The Year 4 teachers are so proud of how well the children have settled back into school and the ease with which they have adapted to our new rules and routines. It has been a very busy first half term and we can’t quite believe we are at the end of it already.
Don’t Lose Your Head
The Year 4 topic for the Autumn Term is ‘Don’t Lose Your Head’ which covers the Tudor and Stuart period in history. During this half term our Y4 super sleuths travelled back in time to the Tudor era where they have enjoyed learning about some of the kings and queens of that time; as well as the types of food they ate and the houses they lived in. Digging into the lives of the Tudor monarchs, we unearthed some of their quirky and cruel traits. The children were amazed to discover that Henry VIII was one of the most famous kings in British History, most notably because he had six wives and beheaded two of them. The children uncovered lots of interesting facts about Henry VIII through their research and created an informative word cloud using Mentimeter. Using Adobe Spark the children made a video presentation about the types of food that the Tudors ate. They found it very interesting that the wealthy Tudors thought raw fruits and vegetables were unhealthy and were particularly amused by the fact that even children drank ale because the water was so dirty. To finish our time with the Tudors year 4 learnt about Tudor houses and spent a whole day designing and building their own Tudor houses. They collaborated well in their groups and showed great resilience and resourcefulness throughout the whole activity.
How Our Body Works
The children have been learning about how their bodies work for our STEM topic. This half term they have investigated the human organs. They drew life sized bodies and illustrated the organs within their outlines, and then they wrote detailed reports describing their function and location. They discovered some really interesting facts during their research, such as, the intestines are about 15 feet long and the human brain weighs around 3lbs. The children are looking forward to learning more amazing facts about our body next half term.
Our new school way of life has meant that we are not able to congregate on mass any more but we didn’t let that stop us celebrating harvest time. We really enjoyed drawing cross sections of fruit and pumpkin displays for harvest as well as being able to sing and participate in our whole school virtual Harvest Festival. Harvest Festival is not just about celebrating the food we have but is also about being mindful of others who may not have enough to eat. The children brought in very generous donations of tinned and packet food for the Raven House Trust, which they were grateful to receive.
We wish you all a safe, happy and healthy half term holiday. Year 4.