What Will My Child Be Learning This Half Term?
Click HERE to watch the children read poetry from the book, The Lost Words.
Tuesday 26th April 2022 - Ufton Court
Another sunny and glorious day here at Ufton Court! Our first activity was archery. This is where we learnt about the Viking’s hunting skills. Although it looks easy, we all agreed it is a lot more harder then we expected. After a bit of practice, we were able to shoot and ‘kill’ our dinner. We managed to hunt a badger and a rabbit. We then headed back to the house for our delicious snack - a scone with butter and jam. Yum!
After break, we then moved on to our next activity which was called Life On The Farm. In this activity, we were able to have a go at churning cream into butter, milk a cardboard cow and grind wheat into flour. We also managed to say hello to the pigs and Elvis the goat.
We have learnt so much about life as a Viking already and still there is more to learn! It has been commented many times by the children how hard but exciting life was. All the children have immersed theirselves into this experience and the teachers couldn’t be more prouder of them all.
We are hoping for more good weather for our final day tomorrow!
Year 4 :)
Monday 25th April 2022 - Ufton Court
Year 4 have arrived safe and sound at Ufton Court. As soon as we stepped off the coach, we were immersed in Viking life! Already we have sailed the seven seas, weaved a fence and learnt how to fight in battle.
After all this excitement, we sat down for a yummy dinner of sausage, chips and peas. Yum! We all agreed that the chips were the best we have ever tasted. Now, we are off to a Viking funeral…
We will write tomorrow,
Ufton Court 2022
Only 20 more days to Ufton Court! We are so excited for our school trip. Don't forget to use the kit list to ensure you have everything you need.
Please read the kit list carefully and make sure that your child is able to carry their own bag/holdall. Do not bring mobile phones or any other electrical device, including alarm clocks, on the trip.
- Waterproof warm coat
- Wellies/outdoor shoes in a plastic bag
- Indoor shoes
(only bring slippers if they have non-slip soles – light trainers are more suitable)
- Set of clothes for each day
(make sure you bring a long sleeved top for Archery)
- Personal wash kit with a hairbrush/comb
- Teddy bear (or other favourite cuddly toy - optional)
- Dressing gown
- Water bottle
- Personal medication
- Black tights/leggings and black shoes/plimsoles for the historical banquet
Do not bring your best clothes; comfortable, casual wear is much more suitable for the activities in which you will be participating.
Please name all your clothes and belongings, especially shoes and coats.
Monday 21st March 2022
Wow! We can't believe it is half way through the term already. Year 4 have been so busy with a range of exciting learning tasks from mystery boxes in History to exploring pneumatic systems in Design and Technology. They have even become coding experts in Computing (see photos below).
Recently, we had a visitor in school who came to see our fantastic learning. The year 4 children were amazing at explaining what they were learning and how their knowledge linked with previous learning. Not only was the visitor impressed with the knowledge and skills the children had but also their super attitude and behaviour in the classroom. Well done, Year 4!
Today, we have begun to start a new text driver in English called Beowulf. See below for photos of the children using their prediction and inference skills to gain some knowledge of this story.
Palm Class made a 'circle of time.' We begun with the beginning of time and worked our way to modern day. The children used words such as century, decade, millennium. Because of the circle of time, children understood that the Victorian era was not as long ago as they originally thought.
Welcome to Year 4
Some of our finished Faith Ringold work
We introduced fractions this week by looking at concrete objects in our class.
This is a fantastic example of persuasive writing from one of our children in Year 4.
Click here to see Palm Class working hard in Art.
Monday 13th September 2021
A warm welcome to our lovely Year 4 children!
It has been a fantastic and busy first week back at Balksbury Federation.
Tuesday 13th July 2021
Click here for Palm's Geography movie.
Thursday 24th June 2021
Do you really want whales to go extinct?
Are you a friend or an enemy?
Click here to watch Year 4's persuasive speeches.
Thursday 17th June 2021
In English, we have been busy making persuasive posters to encourage people to stop whaling (whale hunting). We were inspired by a short film that we have been studying called 'Catch A Lot' - we worked hard to collects lots of facts and information about whales and whaling before we started. Next week, we will be using our knowledge to write persuasive speeches which we are very excited about!
If you would like to, you can watch 'Catch A Lot' here.
Friday 11th June 2021
This week in maths, we have been focusing on fractions. We have been using lots of different practical resources to demonstrate what we already know, build on our previous learning, and to help us understand improper and mixed number fractions.
Monday 24th May 2021
We are having great fun using the Federation's new poly tunnel!
As part of our health and wellbeing learning, we have planted a variety of different seeds in unique containers that are special to us. Some people used old shoes, old wellies, dressing up hats, their favourite toys and we even had some special unicorn shaped containers!
We have organised a watering rota to ensure that our plants grow big and strong - it is so exciting to watch them change each day.
Friday 14th May 2021
Year 4 drew mythical creatures to use in their stories. What creative drawings!
Friday 7th May 2021
In maths this week, we have been busy focusing on our quick recall of the 3, 6 and 9 times tables. We started our learning by spotting patterns, then we created images and silly rhymes to help us remember the trickier multiplication facts. We also had a go at some speed sheets and board games to support our learning in an engaging way. It was hands on and great fun!
Friday 30th April 2021
Today was our History day! We are now Viking experts. Open Box even came to visit us to teach us more gruesome but exciting facts.
Wednesday 17th January 2021
Year 4 have had a fantastic start to the week! In Maths, we have been learning all about time. On Monday, we went outside to create the human clock. In English, we have begun researching facts on King Alfred the Great for our information reports. Look at our photos below.
Friday 15th January 2021
This week, Year 4 children have been working incredibly hard at home with their online lessons. A huge WELL DONE to the whole of Year 4 for completing some fantastic home learning with a range of subjects and being so engaged in the live lessons.
Below, we have some pictures of children's work.
Monday 14th December 2020
Wow! What amazing runners we have in Year 4. The children were put into house teams and raced against each other for their place in the final. We have our winners below. I am so impressed with the perseverance of all the children in Year 4. Not to mention, the support and encouragement everyone gave to each other. Go Year 4!
1. Harry (Palm, Fosbury)
2. Tobias (Pine, Walbury)
3. Oscar M (Palm, Danebury)
4. Joe (Pine, Walbury)
5. Blake (Pine, Sidbury)
1. Freya (Palm, Fosbury)
2. Emily (Palm, Fosbury)
3. Marnie (Pine, Walbury)
4. Evie (Palm, Fosbury)
5. Mabel (Lime, Fosbury)
Wednesday 2nd December 2020
Today, we had an exciting day of making our baked product based on the book, Alice In Wonderland. Palm class made divine Queen of Heart's jam tarts. Pine made cheese straws with a Wonderland twist. Lime made Alice's scones with a range of the finest fillings! All of Year 4 had a fantastic time. We are now baking experts. Watch out, The Great British Bake Off 2021!
Friday 20th November 2020
This week, children have been writing their final 1st person historical narratives in English based on the book, The Chimney Child. The children have produced writing of such high quality. Below are some photographs of their writing and the writing process.
Monday 9th November 2020
Last week, Year 4 were transported back in time to 1870! When the children arrived at school, the boys and girls were told to sit and line up separately. After that, there were many rules which were read aloud and repeated often. We read the Lord's Prayer and learnt about Queen Victoria. Our lessons quickly progressed onto true Victorian style lesson such as learning by rote and copying out poetry repeatedly. We even wrote on "slate" boards with chalk.
We learnt a lot in our day, we started by learning about the first ever photo taken and looking at a model of a Victorian style camera. We were taught Victorian playground games too. These included a competitive game of marbles amongst the boys and hopscotch for the girls.
In the afternoon, we explored the Victorian and Albert museum where we learnt about the many wonderful inventions the Victorians created. Inventions such as the penny farthing, Christmas cards, the post box and even the lightbulb!
1st October 2020
National Poetry Day!
We started our day by finding out what poetry was and discussing poems and poets that we already knew. Here were some of the responses:
"In poetry, words are chosen for their sound, beauty and meaning to help the poet share an idea, experience or feeling."
"Poems don't have to include full sentences and not all poems rhyme."
We then listened to a selection of poets performing their poems. As a class we generated top tips for performing poetry inspired by Benjamin Zephaniah, Robert Macfarlane and Joseph Ceolho. After performing our poem and listening carefully to the performances of others, we discussed which of the four poems we had read were our favourite and why. Here are some of the responses:
"I liked reading The Ning Nang Nong because of the way it rhymed and how it sounded cheerful when we read it."
"The spelling in Talking Turkeys helped us talk with an accent like the poet. It was also really funny."
"I enjoyed reading the Jabberwocky poem as it was a challenge to work out what the words might mean and it made you use your imagination."
After Guided Reading, we learnt about a particular type of poetry called Haiku poetry. See the photos below of the children working hard to create their own Haiku poem and our lovely poem tree
Settling in to Year 4
Year 4 have been very busy over the past few weeks getting back into school routines, familiarising themselves with their classes, new class friends and new teaching staff. It's been great to have them all back in school and we thank you for all your support in getting your children to school ready to learn and with everything they need for a successful school day.
In English we have been writing diary entries as either a bee or an ant and have been outside to watch ants in action marching up and down tree trunks and watching bees collect pollen and nectar, buzzing from flower to flower. In Maths, we continue to work on Number and Place Value learning to partition numbers in different ways, using addition and subtraction mentally and rounding.
Are all biomes the same? The Geography question we are trying to answer this half term. Year 4 are investigating six different biomes across the globe and along with this are learning how to read a 4 digit map reference to increase their map reading skills. This is closely linked to Habitats and Survival which we are learning about in Science.
8th September 2020
Wow! What a fabulous start to the school year. It has been such a pleasure to see all your wonderful smiling faces back at Balksbury Federation. We most definitely have missed our V.I.P (very important people). We hope that you have begun to find your feet again as we start our "new normal" school life. Remember if you do have any worries, please talk to anyone in the Year 4 Team. We are here to support and care for you.
A hello from the Year 4 Team!
Scroll down the page for pack 1 to 4.
Hello everyone at home,
I thought I would share the amazing adventure Molly experienced in her own home. Like us Molly was upset that she could not go on our residential trip this year. So this is her story.
Such a fantastic idea.
Good Morning Year 4!
Below, you will find your Home Learning Pack 4. We hope you are well and that you enjoyed your Easter weekend. Hopefully, like us it was filled with Easter egg hunts, lots of chocolate and of course time with the family.
Quiz for the Family
Sports Challenge for the Family
Easy Access Home Learning
Can you Solve the Riddles?
Hello Year 4!
Below, you will find your Home Learning Pack 3. We hope you are well.
It will soon be Easter. A time for those delicious chocolate eggs and to be grateful for those around us. We wonder if you can answer this question...
What came first the chicken or the egg?
We are sure you will come up with some cracking and eggxcellent ideas.
Year 4 Team
Good morning Year 4,
Wow! What lovely weather we are having. We hope you are enjoying your home schooling. Here are some updated tasks for you to complete.
Year 4 Team
Good morning Year 4,
We hope you have had a well rested weekend. This week, we will updating this page with work for you to complete at home. Below, we have attached the home schooling pack you were given on Friday.
As today is a sunny day, you might choose to work in the garden or have PE lesson. Joe Wicks will be uploading a PE lesson, Monday - Friday at 9AM, on his YouTube channel. We have put the link below as this may be something you are interested in doing.
We hope you have a good day,
Year 4 Team
Week beginning 9th March 2020
In computing, Year 4 were exploring how to programme a probot. We were able to programme our probots so they made a square and a rectangle. Palm class had lots of fun!
Week beginning 9th March 2020
On World Book day, Year 4 had a range of exciting activities to do with a variety of books. Below, we have the winners of our Brilliant Book Quiz. The children were shown 10 famous books opening sentence. Then, they had to write down which book it was. We also shared stories with Year 3.
"When we read, we learn more things!" - Palm Class
The Anglo Saxons: the ruin of Britain? This term, we will be learning about the Anglo Saxons but who were they? What impact did they have on Britain? Through drama, we went back to the 5th century where we watched the Saxons grow stronger and more powerful until we learnt that they controlled most of Britain.
Beaulieu Palace House 1889
Year 4 visited Beaulieu to experience Christmas as a child of a wealthy family in 1889. We met Miss Clark, the governess who gave us a lesson in etiquette before being introduced to Lord Henry and Lady Cecily. Morning refreshments were taken in the upper drawing room before we learnt about the latest fashion of the 'Christmas Tree' and the meaning behind each of the decorations. We also discovered what life was like for the servants who ran the house. Miss Clark showed us the kitchen with all the 'modern' equipment and the different types of food which were fashionable at the time. We had luncheon in the garden room with Lord and Lady Montague and toasted Queen Victoria with delicious punch. We completed our day with an afternoon soiree full of entertainment and Christmas Carols.