Year 4 Blog

Welcome to the Year 4 blog. Find out what our classes have been up to lately!

Magnificent Mosaics

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As part of our art day we designed and created mosaics. Our art was linked to our current topic: Rotten Romans. We had lstudied Roman mosaics and how they were used to elaborately decorate the coliseums and baths of ancient Rome. Throughout our art day we used many skills including:

  • Shading and tone
  • Proportion
  • Symmetry
  • Colour palettes
  • Grouting

Here are some examples of our work:

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Magical McGinty!

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mcginty 2017This week saw Professor McGinty grace the classroom of Whitehouse Common Primary School. He, and Mr Hoot, took us back to 43AD to solve a postal mystery! The postman had brought a letter with very unusual digits on the front. What could they mean? The pupil’s looked at different Roman artefacts including coins, ceramic plates and jugs, mosaic tiles and clothing. Professor McGinty brought ancient Rome alive for us. The children loved his lively delivery and learnt a lot from the session. Well done to the children who solved the mystery!

Super Subtraction!

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This week the pupils in year 4 have been applying their mental maths skills to a variety of mathematical problems. They have used formally written methods to work through number problems, as well as word problems.

As always, the pupils have used apparatus to support their learning. The new Rising Stars Maths books have gone down very well too, with the children loving the new challenges set.

Well done Year 4.



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Wonderful Week!

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Year 4 have settled beautifully into their new routine. The children have working hard on their new topic; natural disasters. They have also participated in the Whitehouse Common Spelling Bee! What a week. Above is an image of one of the classes ordering themselves from smallest to highest during a mastery maths lesson. The children found ordering the decimals a little tricky at first, but soon realised when they worked as a team they could do it easily and efficiently.


Well done year 4! Here's to a great year.

Nighty Night

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This week the pupil's completed their own individual sleep diary. The diaries linked into Health Week and our maths lessons. Each pupil recorded the hours they slept, collating the evidence in a tally chart. From here the pupils created line graphs from the data, answering questions set. 



The data was very informative and the pupil's noticed that their sleep pattern was interrupted by certain activities such as iPad use before bed and drinking drinks with high sugar contents. We agreed the best activity to aid sleep was reading and our results highlighted that a drink of something without sugar, such as a glass of milk, helped us settle quicker. The graphs were well made and the pupil’s represented their data with great detail.

Is this the way to Amarillo?

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The pupils in year 4 have completed many activities related to the Queen's 90th birthday. We wrote letters, we attended a disco and we designed a birthday cake. Fun was had by all.

We have also been learning new brass songs, including 'Is This The Way To Amarillo?' which has entailed pushing oursleves to use new variations in our breathing.

lennon brass

Thank you for all the great hoemwork we have received so far this week. The deadline is not until the last week of term but we have thoroughly enjoyed seeing the wonderfully creative peices we have had so far.

Well done!

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Marvellous models!

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This week we have had a number of Tudor models brought in. The models are very detailed and the pupil's have clearly spent a lot of time on their homework pieces. We done!

Here are some examples:






In other news it is almost time for our educational trip to Tamworth Castle. The pupil's will attend two workshops across the day and a tour. The first workshop is entitled 'Tudor artefacts' and will be held in the Guard Room and the second workshop is called 'Tudor Table setting' and will be held in the Dining Room. The weather is forecast to be positive so sun creams at the ready! Fingers crossed for sun.




Raving Reviews!

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Last term the pupils in year 4 completed a review of a Blue Peter show. The show focussed on endangered animals and the importance of sustainability. It also hosted a world record attempt and one presenter, Barney, leading a choir of over 1000 children.

I am pleased to say that all of the reviews were accepted and that nearly all of the badges have now arrived. Wow! The pupils did excellently in reviewing the show and made some inspiring suggestions on improvements and what they would like to see in the future. We are so proud of their effort.

Well done year four!





Brilliant balancing!

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This half term the pupils in year four created balances and holds during their gymnastics lessons. The balances consisted of transitions, floor routines, as well as apparatus use. The pupils loved using their bodies to move around the beams and benches and created some excellent sequences that would make Beth Tweddle proud. Well done Year 4!



Oh no! Those rotten Romans are coming!

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This term the pupils spent time designing their own Roman shields. They used traditional colours and added symbols that had meaning to them. The shields were either rectangular or oval in shape and all had a traditional boss. They were ceramic and made from air-drying clay, this allowed the pupils to create and paint their shields this week. The results were fabulous with lots of metallic colours being used. The shields will be displayed round school as part of our Roman topic. Thanks to our parents for all the support, the children have loved the topic and have gained much from it.

roman shield


Marvellous Maths!

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Happy New Year! We hope you all had a wonderful break.

This term has brought exciting changes to our maths curriculum. Year four have been, and will continue to, develop depth to their maths knowledge through questioning and investigation work. They have taken up the challenges with determination! This week we have undertaken an investigation into how we can sort objects, namely Smarties, and represent this data in an appropriate manner. Many pupils used histograms and pictograms to explain their investigation. Higher level learning, well done!

In other news it is almost time for our class assembly. Thank you for supporting the children to learn their lines and the songs we look forward to showing you our hard work.



Professor McGinty arrives!

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He came...we saw...the Romans conquored! Year Four had great fun this week travelling back in time with the wonderful and wild Professor McGinty. The pupils' experienced first hand the artefacts used by the Romans such as; mosaic tiles, clay pots, coins and drinking vessels. They learnt all about the Celts and their primative way of life, from the 'pointy do-do sheds' to their choices to live upon the hilltops of ancient Britain. The children thoroughtly enjoyed their history session and produced some excellent work as a result.





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