Year 4

Our latest Curriculum Leaflets will keep you informed about the Cornerstones projects being studied, including the learning activities that are planned and important day to day information. They will also give information about how you can help your child at home (linked with the taught curriculum) and weekly schedules for activities such as P.E. and home learning.

Click on the links below to download the latest Curriculum Information Leaflet for children in Year 4. Parent Curriculum Leaflets will be added during the year at the start of each creative learning project.

You can download Copley Junior's Recommended Reading List for Year 4 by clicking here.

 

Traders and Raiders Road Trip USA I am Warrior Potions Misty Mountain Sierra

 

Our Class News

News from our 'Traders and Raiders' Creative Learning Project

Viking Attack!

On Tuesday 12th September, Year 4 went on an exciting trip to Murton Park, to fully experience what it was like to be a Viking. The children were greeted by a strong Viking woman named Runa, who prepared them for the day ahead. The children dressed as Vikings and, for one day only, the adults dressed as the children’s slaves! They then made their way to the Viking village where they met ‘My Lord’. Once My Lord had accepted them into his village, it was time to get to work!

Throughout the day the children got to be craftsmen, shaping and decorating their own individual pots, farmers, preparing the land to ensure the crops would grow, they ground the flour for bread-making and collected wood, and they also learnt how to be powerful Viking guards. It was a perfect, fun-filled day that helped kick start our Traders and Raiders topic. The children were wonderfully behaved and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Click on the first picture below to view a photograph selection from our visit to Murton Park.

Click on the image below to watch a video clip of a Viking attack!

Project

Year 4 had an exciting start to the school year, with their visit to Murton Park, launching their first Cornerstones topic – ‘Traders and Raiders’. In their Cornerstones learning, the children learned about significant Viking events and placed them in chronological order, and discovered where the Vikings came from and exactly where they settled, looking at maps of places that were very close to home! They have been busy undertaking research about different aspects of Viking life and with the information they have gathered, they will be producing fascinating fact files next half term.

English

In English, the children have looked at recounts, using their experiences from Murton Park to write an interesting account of the day’s events. They have also developed their descriptive writing skills, practising the different techniques, such as using adjectives, alliteration, similes and metaphors, and much more! Most recently the children have been looking at the features of suspense writing, in preparation for writing a paragraph full of suspense about Grendel emerging from the fen from the Anglo-Saxon story, Beowulf.

Maths

In Mathematics, the children began looking in depth at place value up to 4 digits, identifying, representing and estimating numbers, rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000 and comparing numbers. They then moved onto recalling multiplication tables up to 12x12, counting in multiples of 6, 7, 9, 25 and 1000 and using factor pairs.

 

Godly Play
The children have also started Godly Play sessions with the 'Godly Play' team at the Methodist Church. The children thoroughly enjoyed visiting the Methodist Church and meeting Reverend Frank. First, they learned all about his different jobs. Then, the children learned about all the different and important features in the church and took part in a quiz! In the second Godly Play session, Godly Play visited the school and taught the children all about the 10 Commandments. The children had fun learning about these and then enjoyed discussing some of the rules that they have to follow.

Click on the first image below to browse through our carousel of photographs.

Knights Fighting 

The children took part in role play activities to enact a battle scene and we used this to stimulate our writing 'Who will win?'

Please click on the picture link below to view some of our fantastic home learning project work.

Year 4 Express Event

It was lovely to welcome so many parents/carers and relatives to Year 4’s Viking express event. The children showcased some of their fantastic project work, they demonstrated how to defend a Viking raid and even got the parents to join in!

To read some of the comments from parents/carers and relatives about our express event, please click here.

News from our 'Road Trip USA' Creative Learning Project

Year 4 children launched their 'Road Trip USA' creative learning project by using their geography and map reading skills to navigate their way to locate famous American landmarks.

Children used their maths and geography skills as they devised programs to move tourists around a map of New York to visit their choice of locations.

Please click on the picture link below to view some of our fantastic home learning project work.

Godly Play

Year 4 classes visited the Methodist Church for a Christmas workshop led by Mr Banks. Children thoroughly enjoyed taking part in a variety of craft activities and learned more about the Christmas story.

In our R.E. lessons children learned about the Sikh faith.

Harpinder from Appletree Nursery visited us to help us learn more abut the Sikh faith. We learned about the 5Ks and what is special about a Sikh wedding.

Year 4 designed posters to provide safety advice about using electricity.

In their science lessons children constructed simple series electrical circuits, identifying and naming the basic parts. Children then used their knowledge of circuits to identify whether or not a lamp would light in a simple series circuit and next they incorporated switches in their circuits too. Children then investigated common conductors and insulators of electricity.

Visit to the Sikh Temple

Year 4 were warmly welcomed to the Sikh Gurdwara in Doncaster. Children learned so much from their visit and children were praised by the Sikh faith leaders for their interest and the huge amount of knowledge they already had. Mrs Robinson has certainly done an excellent job in teaching children about the key facts of the Sikh religion! Following our visit to the prayer hall, where the book of Sikh scripture, the Guru Granth Sahib is kept, children enjoyed the 'Langar'. The community kitchen in a Gurdwara is where a free meal is served to all visitors. We learned the free meal is always vegetarian so it is suitable for all visitors. At Langar, all people eat a meal as equals.

The video clip below shows the Kirtan - the singing of hymns from the Guru Granth Sahib.

News from our 'I am Warrior' Creative Learning Project

To launch their new creative learning project on ‘I am Warrior’, museum staff from Murton Park visited school. Children enjoyed an exciting day full of activities including a themed presentation and interactive talk, illustrated with a wide range of authentic artefacts. This was followed with craft and artefact handling activities and an active session practising preparations for a Roman battle. By the end of the day, all children successfully passed their Diploma and are all now fierce members of the Roman Army!

Click on the first picture below to view a photograph selection from our 'I am Warrior' workshop day.

Click on the video clip below to see of the Roman Army training in action.