Grangetown Primary School

Grangetown Primary School

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Welcome to Miss Hunter's Class

Welcome to Year 4! This year we have 29 fantastic children who are eager and ready to learn. Over the school year, this page will be full of the exciting activities the children have been up to. For now, we have added some important dates for your diaries. 

 

Important Dates for your Diary:

  • On a Tuesday the children will visit the school library and will be able to choose a book to take home and enjoy.
  • Every Wednesday Miss Christie and every Friday Miss Martinez will be reading with the children individually so they need a reading book and their home school diary. 
  • Each Thursday, the children will have a weekly swimming session at Southmoor. Children must have swimming costume or shorts and towel. Children will be walking to Southmoor in all weather conditions so please make sure your child also has a coat.
  • Every Friday, the children will have PE.  They will need indoor P.E. kits which includes plain shorts, plan t-shirt and plain black plimsols or trainers.
  • Homework will be set every Friday and needs to be returned on the following Tuesday.
  • Spellings will be set every Tuesday for the children to practise and learn and then they will be tested on the following Tuesday.
  • Every Tuesday the children in Year 4 can take part in a lunchtime football session with Arj. The children will need to have shorts, a t-shirt and suitable footwear for playing outside on the field.

A World of Wonder

Our New Topic - A World of Wonder

Our new topic is based on the fantastic book 'Wonder' By R.J Palacio. The children will be learning about August Pullman who is a very special boy attending school for the very first time. They will learn about the challenges he faces and how school can be a tricky place for everyone. Children will also be looking at how wonderful animals and humans are, how their bodies are adapted to help them digest the food they eat. They will also look at humans teeth and the purpose of the different types. Through geography, children will be looking at Wonders of the World. They will also look at the Modern Wonders of the World and locate the countries they are in on maps.

Remarkable Robots

Year 4 visit the Life Centre

As part of their topic, Year 4 visited the Life Centre to take part in a circuits and conductors workshop. They visited the museum and explored the exhibitions they have there. The toilet which doubles as a water fountain was definitely a favourite of the children. They also got the chance to visit the ice rink where they practised their ice skating skills. During the workshop, children were absolutely amazed when they realised their bodies had turned into conductors of electricity and that they were able to make a light bulb light up without wires. They created a class circuit between the bulb and the battery. During the workshop, they also identified the problem with circuits and explained how they would fix them. They certainly impressed the staff at the Life Centre with their knowledge of circuits and conductors. All of the children had a fantastic time.

Iron man - 'With a head the shape of a dustbin, but the size of a bedroom....'

 

After being inspired by Ted Hughes's words about the sheer size of The Iron Man, children went outside onto the yard and imagined how big their bedrooms were. They then imagined how big that must make the rest of his body and created similes to describe him. My favourite of the day was 'He has eyes as large and round as ferris wheels.' Back in the classroom, the children then produced some fantastic descriptive writing about The Iron Man.

Our New Topic - Remarkable Robots 

Our new topic is an exciting new science topic. Children will be reading The Iron Man by Ted Hughes which they will use as inspiration for their drama, poetry and writing. Children will be identifying and creating circuits. They will learn to understand the difference between series and parallel circuits and the elements which these need to work. Children will investigate which materials conduct electricity and also how to make bulbs brighter.

 

Settling Saxons and Vicious Vikings

Violent Volcanoes in the snow.

After reading the fabulous book Arthur and the Golden Rope, which sees a young boy travel to Iceland in search of Viking Gods, the children began to learn about the Icelandic landscape. Children learnt about the many volcanoes which make up the Icelandic landscape, and many children found out facts at home to share with the rest of the class. At the end of our topic, children worked together to paper mâché a volcano. Once it was completed, we all went outside and watched our volcano erupt. 

After watching the volcano erupt in the snow (and after having a snowball fight of course) the children needed to warm up. So we rushed inside and had hot chocolate, which went down very well with the children! 

  

 

Our New Topic - Settling Saxons and Vicious Vikings

Our new topic is an exciting new topic looking into life in Britain during the Anglo Saxon times. We will be looking at how Britain changed due to the invasions of the Angles, Saxons and then the Vikings. Children are reading a fantastic new story called Arthur and the Golden Rope. They have just met the hero of the story Arthur. They know he's a hero, but they're not sure why just yet! Inspired by the book, the children produced some absolutely fantastic advertising videos about Iceland. We definitely have some charismatic children with a future in television here in Y4! 

 

Oliver and the Seawigs 

Year 4 are currently reading a fantastic book called Oliver and the Seawigs. It's a book about a young adventurer named Oliver Crisp and the rather peculiar people he meets on his dangerous adventure to save his parents. As part of the book, there is a very special event called the Night of the Seawigs which takes place at the Hallowed Shallows. The children in Year 4 were gathering lots of items which could be used to make seawigs. We even had a very special judge come and choose a winning seawig, just like in the book. If you haven't read Oliver and the Seawigs, Year 4 definitely recommend it! 

Marvellous Maths!

Year 4 have already started the year of extremely well. They have been making sure they understand the place value of 4 digit numbers. All of the children were using place value counters or base 10 to show that they could make, order and compare 4 digit numbers. It was fabulous to see so many children working well together, great teamwork!