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Year 4 Dolphins - 2017/18

Mrs. E. Robertson      

Class Teacher: Mrs. E .Robertson

Other adults who help us: Miss Khalid, Mrs. Kay, Miss McLean, Miss Bibi, Miss Jeffreys, Mrs. Rai

2017/18 Autumn Term  (2nd Half)

Curriculum Information

English

Our fiction focus for English in this half term will be writing a non-chronological report about the Ancient Egyptians. 

We will be linking our report to our Egyptian topic and will be writing an Egyptian traditional tale.  

We them move onto a new topic called How Humans Work. Our link to English will be writing a story about a journey through the digestive system. 

Maths

This year we have introduced a new maths system to the school. This is called Inspire Maths and works through a series of lessons, both number and non-number. Ask your child what maths they have been learning.

Topic

We will continue with our  topic  ‘Ancient Egypt’  for the first part of this half term which will conclude with a visit to Leeds City Museum on Tuesday 14th November. Then we will move onto How Humans Work. This will cover our teeth, digestive system and how to stay healthy.

R.E.

Our question for this half term is ‘What do different religions think about God?’ We cover the religions Christianity, Islam and Hinduism.

Festivals for this half term will be Christmas. Details about this will follow in a letter.

P.S.H.E.

During this half term, year 4 will look at health and well-being, our goals in life and how we deal with problems that may come our way.

P.E.

Dolphins have Outdoor PE on Mondays and Indoor PE on Tuesdays. Dolphins go swimming after February half term.

Turtles have Indoor PE on Tuesdays and Swimming on Thursdays until February half term.

** Although children are allowed to wear small stud earrings to school, these need to be removed on PE and swimming days. Thank you.

 

The children can complete work at home and add it to our display, especially if you think it would be beneficial to the children's learning.

 

Thank you for your support. The Year 4 team.  

 

2017/18 Autumn Term  (1st Half)

Curriculum Information

English

Our fiction focus for English in this half term will be poetry and narrative. Our poem will be about Me / My Family.

We will be linking our narrative to our Egyptian topic and will be writing an Egyptian traditional tale.  

Maths

This year we have introduced a new maths system to the school. This is called Inspire Maths and works through a series of lessons, both number and non-number. Ask your child what maths they have been learning.

Topic

This half-term, our first introductory topic is ‘Brainwave’.  During this topic we will learn how our brain works and what we can do to help us learn.

Our second topic will be ‘Ancient Egypt’ and will help us learn about what the Egyptians did, how they lived and what we still use today.

This topic concludes next half term with an educational visit to Leeds City Museum to take part in an Egyptian workshop – life and death of a mummy, looking at and making an amulet, embalming an Ancient Egyptian doll.

Details of this visit will follow nearer the time.

R.E.

Our question for this half term is ‘What do different religions think about God?’ We cover the religions Christianity, Islam and Hinduism.

Festivals for this half term will be Harvest. Dolphins class will hold a harvest assembly, a letter will follow.

P.S.H.E.

During this half term, year 4 will look at health and wellbeing, ways of keeping safe and healthy, responding to friendships.

P.E.

Dolphins have Outdoor PE on Mondays and Indoor PE on Tuesdays. Dolphins go swimming after February half term.

Turtles have Indoor PE on Tuesdays and Swimming on Thursdays until February half term.

** Although children are allowed to wear small stud earrings to school, these need to be removed on PE and swimming days. Thank you.

 

The children can complete work at home and add it to our display, especially if you think it would be beneficial to the children's learning.

 

Thank you for your support. The Year 4 team.  

2016/2017

Summer Term  (2nd Half)

Curriculum Information

English

In English this half term, we will be writing a dilemma story where the main character has to make a choice between what is right and wrong. This will be linked to PSHE and school rules. This will be followed by 2 weeks of poetry. We will then finish the term with a range of non fiction texts linked to our theme about Yorkshire artists. This will see us producing an information leaflet.

Maths

In Maths this half term, we will be covering place value (what each digit in a number is worth), addition, subtraction, fractions, word problems and reasoning skills (explaining how we know an answer is correct or incorrect). 

We will also be looking at statistics, interpreting data in graphs and presenting data in graphs. 

Please work with your child on the 4 operations, + - x and÷.

The internet has lots of suitable, child friendly sites to help. Please remember to monitor your child's use of the internet.

Theme – Yorkshire Yorkshire Yorkshire

We are continuing this theme with the Vikings. Then we will move on to looking at Yorkshire artists - David Hockney, Henry Moore and Andy Goldsworthy (who went to Bradford College and lived in Yorkshire for a while).

 Useful sites include:

http://primaryfacts.com/2493/david-hockney-facts-and-information/

http://primaryfacts.com/823/henry-moore-facts-and-information/

Please monitor your child's use of the internet. 

Summer Term  (1st Half)

Curriculum Information

English

In English this half term, we will start by learning the features of and then writing, a newspaper report. This will be linked to our theme work about the Vikings. We will then write a mythical story, again linked to the Vikings and their beliefs.

Bug Club/Active Learn – all the children in year 4 have access to this website using their given logon. They are able to read books and complete the activities as they get to them. Please encourage your child to use this very useful resource to support with reading / phonics. Please see one of us if your child can not access this programme.

 

Maths

In Maths this half term, we will be covering place value (what each digit in a number is worth), addition, subtraction, fractions and word problems. 

We will also be looking at measurement which will include length, capacity, mass, time and money. Please support your child with these over the holiday so they gain some understanding before returning to school. 

Please work with your child on the 4 operations, + - x and÷.

The internet has lots of suitable, child friendly sites to help. Please remember to monitor your child's use of the internet.

Mathletics – all the children in year 4 have access to this website using their given logon. They are able to answer maths questions as well as challenge others around the world. Please encourage your child to use this very useful resource to support with mathematics. Please see one of us if your child can not access this programme.

Theme – Yorkshire Yorkshire Yorkshire - Vikings

This half-term, our topic is ‘Yorkshire, Yorkshire, Yorkshire - Vikings.’ During this topic we will learn about our home county, when and why the Vikings invaded it. Our learning will be based on history and geography:

  • Where the Vikings travelled.
  • Who they invaded and why.
  • What evidence do we have?
  • Viking gods and beliefs.
  • How the Vikings changed Yorkshire.
  • What influences did they have and what do we still use in the modern day.

Spring Term  (2nd Half)

Curriculum Information

Reading week

The first week back is reading week and will include World Book Day on Thursday 2nd March. Each year group will be choosing a book to base their learning on. For year 4, we have chosen Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. During this week we will write in different ways (diaries, stories, descriptions,  acrostic poems etc.). Our maths will look at measuring quantities for potions. PSHE will be based on the 4 Hogwarts houses (Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Syltherin), the qualities of each house and rules each house will follow. We will also design wands and shields. Children (and adults) will be able to come to school on Wednesday 1st March dressed as their favourite book character.

English

In English this half term, we will be writing a discussion text using arguments 'for' and'against' different topics.

We will also write poetry, looking at British poets. We will link this to our theme work.

Maths

In Maths this half term, we will be covering place value (what each digit in a number is worth), addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and word problems using all of these skills. 

We will also be looking at Geometry. This covers 2d shapes and 3d shapes, their names and properties, angles, symmetry, positional vocabulary and directions.

Please work with your child on the 4 operations, + - x and÷.

The internet has lots of suitable, child friendly sites to help. Please remember to monitor your child's use of the internet.

Theme – Harry's Journey

Our topic for next half term is Harry's Journey.  This will continue our link with reading week and will see 'Harry Potter' journey around the British Isles. This is a geography based theme and we will be using geographical vocabulary to cover map/atlas skills and identifying the features of maps - towns, cities, land height, rivers, mountains, the coast etc. 

We will also be looking at where we would live and why.

Challenge - Who can identify the various symbols on maps?

Suggested things to find out -

Where do you live?

What does the map tell you about your area?

Where is the highest place you can find on your map? How high is it?

Spring Term  (1st Half)

Curriculum Information

English

In English this half term, we will  be writing fairground poems. Then we will be reading and writing wishing stories. Our stories will be based on the fairground. This links to our theme work and will give year 4 an opportunity to invent stories that they can read to younger children.  Non-fiction for this half term will be explanation texts where we can explain how machines work, linking to fairground rides. 

Maths

In Maths this half term, we will be exploring the relationships between number patterns, statements and designs in order to develop our ability to work systematically to solve problems and explain our strategies. We will also be working towards using, identifying and creating a general rule for sequences. Our systematic approaches will then be applied to a range of logic and visual puzzles.

We will also be looking at statistics, interpreting data in graphs and presenting data in graphs. 

Please work with your child on the 4 operations, + - x and÷.

The internet has lots of suitable, child friendly sites to help. Please remember to monitor your child's use of the internet.

Theme – All the Fun of the Fair

 Our topic for next half term is All the Fun of the Fair.  This is a music based theme and we will be covering music skills such as composing, music appreciation and investigating musical instruments. 

Challenge - Who can research the history of fairgrounds?

Suggested things to find out -

Where did the first fairgrounds open?

Who ran the first fairgrounds?

What instruments are in the percussion section of an orchestra? The woodwind section? The brass section? The strings section?

What instrument does Mrs. Palmer play?

 Some websites about fairgrounds that you might like to look at:

http://fairground-heritage.org.uk/learning/

https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/nfa

http://www.antons-show.co.uk/heritage.htm

http://www.victorian-steam-fair.com/victorian-fairs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BL4ldrhLorw

Autumn Term  (2nd Half)

Curriculum Information

English

In English this half term, we are reading and writing warning stories. Our stories will be based in Ancient Egypt. This links to our theme work and will give year 4 an opportunity to invent stories that they can read to younger children. 

We will then use the same characters from our stories to write diaries and letters. 

Maths

In Maths this half term, we will be exploring numbers, including place value and rounding. We will study written methods for multiplication and division, as well as fractions of numbers and shapes. 

We will also be looking at measures, including mass, length, capacity, time and money. 

The internet has lots of suitable, child friendly sites to help. Please remember to monitor your child's use of the internet.

Science

We will be studying states of matter - solids, liquids and gases.

Theme – Ancient Egypt

 Our topic for next half term is Ancient Egypt.  We will be learning about who the Ancient Egyptians were, when they lived, how they lived and what they did. 

Challenge - Who can research the most information about Ancient Egypt over the half term holiday?  You can use books, use your ICT skills to search online or you can ask an adult for their help.

Suggested things to find out -

Who were the Ancient Egyptians?

Where were they from? 

When did they live?

What was life like then? Is it different to life now?

What did they do for us?

Look on these websites - your child must always be supervised when using the internet:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/egyptians/

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/homework/Egypt.html

https://www.britishmuseum.org/learning/schools_and_teachers/resources/cultures/ancient_egypt.aspx

 

Class Teacher: Mrs. E .Robertson

Additional Adult : Mrs. C. Brookes will teach the class during Mrs. Robertson's PPA time and Mrs. L. Towers will teach the class during Mrs. Robertson's management time.

2016/17 Autumn Term  (1st Half)

Curriculum Information

English

In English this half term, we are using The Omnibombulator, a book by our year group author, D. King-Smith. This book links to our theme work and we will be writing our own short story about an animal. You can support your children by reading stories with them, looking at the features that make the story exciting to read, e.g. exciting vocabulary, different punctuation, paragraphs, the use of description etc. 

Maths

In Maths this half term, we will be exploring the relationships between number patterns, statements and designs in order to develop our ability to work systematically to solve problems and explain our strategies. We will also be working towards using, identifying and creating a general rule for sequences. Our systematic approaches will then be applied to a range of logic and visual puzzles.

We will also be looking at geometry/shapes/position/direction, mainly names and properties of 2-D and 3-D shapes, angles and lines of symmetry. 

The internet has lots of suitable, child friendly sites to help. Please remember to monitor your child's use of the internet.

Theme – Who would live in a home like this?

This half term, our Theme is driven by our Science skills and knowledge.

The pupils will be learning how to:

  • group, classify and identify a variety of animals.
  • discuss and describe habitats.
  • make a habitat - understanding what makes a good habitat. 
  • investigate the human impact on habitats.
  • use an atlas to locate areas of change linked to habitats. 

You may wish to explore the following websites with your children during this half term

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/living_things/plants_animals_environment/play/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/living_things/plant_animal_habitats/read/1/

Science – Teeth and Eating

This half term, we will be learning about that animals have different diets and many different kinds of teeth. 

You may wish to explore the following websites with your children during this half term

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/7_8/teeth_eating.shtml

http://www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/interactives/science/teethandeating/


The children can complete work at home and add it to our display, especially if you think it would be beneficial to the children's learning.

 

Thank you for your support. The Year 4 team.  

Year 4 Dolphins - 2015/16

   Mrs. E. Robertson      Mrs. A. Tattersall      Mrs. D. Hampson      Mrs. S. Walker

Class Teacher: Mrs. E .Robertson

Additional Teacher: Mrs. A Tattersall

Year 4 Maths Teachers: Mrs. E. Robertson & Mrs. L. Palmer

Classroom Support: Mrs. D. Hamspon & Mrs. S. Walker

 

2015/2016

Summer Term  (1st Half)

Curriculum Information

English

In English this half term, we have now moved onto writing a dilemma story where the main character has to make a choice between what is right and wrong. This will be followed by a week of poetry.

Maths

In Maths this half term, we will be covering place value (what each digit in a number is worth), addition, subtraction, fractions and word problems. 

We will also be looking at measurement which will include length, capacity, mass, time and money. Please support your child with these over the holiday so they gain some understanding before returning to school. 

Please work with your child on the 4 operations, + - x and÷.

The internet has lots of suitable, child friendly sites to help. Please remember to monitor your child's use of the internet.

Theme – Yorkshire Yorkshire Yorkshire

 We are starting this theme by looking at Yorkshire artists - David Hockney, Henry Moore and Andy Goldsworthy (who went to Bradford College and lived in Yorkshire for a while)

 Useful sites include:

http://primaryfacts.com/2493/david-hockney-facts-and-information/

http://primaryfacts.com/823/henry-moore-facts-and-information/

Please monitor your child's use of the internet. 

 

2015/2016

Spring Term  (2nd Half)

Curriculum Information

English

In English this half term, we start with reading week on 22nd - our book is 'Journey' by Aaron Becker and we will be doing reading, rhyming couplet poetry,drama and art linked to the book. We are looking forward to this. 

In the rest of our English we will be writing a discussion text using arguments 'for' and'against' different topics.

We will also write instructions. 

Maths

In Maths this half term, we will be covering place value (what each digit in a number is worth), multiplication, division and word problems. 

We will also be looking at shape - 2d shapes and 3d shapes, their names and properties. 

Please work with your child on the 4 operations, + - x and÷.

The internet has lots of suitable, child friendly sites to help. Please remember to monitor your child's use of the internet.

Theme – Rule Britannia

 Our topic for next half term is Rule Britannia.  This is a geography based theme and we will be using geographical vocabulary to cover map/atlas skills and identifying the features of maps - towns, cities, land height etc. 

We will also be looking at where we would live and why.

Challenge - Who can identify the various symbols on maps?

Suggested things to find out -

Where do you live?

What does the map tell you about your area?

Where is the highest place you can find on your map? How high is it?

 Some websites about fairgrounds that you might like to look at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2HmL_enx94

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRYSSNq5GSc

http://www.kidsgeo.com/geography-for-kids/0027-map-key-and-scale.php

http://www.eduplace.com/kids/socsci/books/applications/imaps/maps/g2_u1/

 

 

2015/2016

Spring Term  (1stHalf)

Curriculum Information

English

In English this half term, we are reading and writing wishing stories. Our stories will be based in the fairground. This links to our theme work and will give year 4 an opportunity to invent stories that they can read to younger children. We will then be writing fairground poems.

Maths

In Maths this half term, we will be exploring the relationships between number patterns, statements and designs in order to develop our ability to work systematically to solve problems and explain our strategies. We will also be working towards using, identifying and creating a general rule for sequences. Our systematic approaches will then be applied to a range of logic and visual puzzles.

We will also be looking at statistics, interpreting data in graphs and presenting data in graphs. 

Please work with your child on the 4 operations, + - x and÷.

The internet has lots of suitable, child friendly sites to help. Please remember to monitor your child's use of the internet.

Theme – All the Fun of the Fair

 Our topic for next half term is All the Fun of the Fair.  This is a music based theme and we will be covering music skills such as composing, music appreciation and investigating musical instruments. 

Challenge - Who can research the history of fairgrounds?

Suggested things to find out -

Where did the first fairgrounds open?

Who ran the first fairgrounds?

What instruments are in the percussion section of an orchestra? The woodwind section? The brass section? The strings section?

What instrument does Mrs. Palmer play?

 Some websites about fairgrounds that you might like to look at:

http://fairground-heritage.org.uk/learning/

https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/nfa

http://www.antons-show.co.uk/heritage.htm

http://www.victorian-steam-fair.com/victorian-fairs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BL4ldrhLorw

 

2015/2016

Autumn Term  (2nd Half)

Curriculum Information

English

In English this half term, we are reading and writing warning stories. Our stories will be based in Ancient Egypt. This links to our theme work and will give year 4 an opportunity to invent stories that they can read to younger children. 

Maths

In Maths this half term, we will be exploring the relationships between number patterns, statements and designs in order to develop our ability to work systematically to solve problems and explain our strategies. We will also be working towards using, identifying and creating a general rule for sequences. Our systematic approaches will then be applied to a range of logic and visual puzzles.

We will also be looking at 2d and 3d shapes. We will be identifying and classifying a range of shapes. 

The internet has lots of suitable, child friendly sites to help. Please remember to monitor your child's use of the internet.

Theme – Ancient Egypt

 Our topic for next half term is Ancient Egypt.  We will be learning about who the Ancient Egyptians were, when they lived, how they lived and what they did. 

Challenge - Who can research the most information about Ancient Egypt over the half term holiday?  You can use books, use your ICT skills to search online or you can ask an adult for their help.

Suggested things to find out -

Who were the Ancient Egyptians?

Where were they from? 

When did they live?

What was life like then? Is it different to life now?

What did they do for us?

Look on these websites - your child must always be supervised when using the internet:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/egyptians/

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/homework/Egypt.html

https://www.britishmuseum.org/learning/schools_and_teachers/resources/cultures/ancient_egypt.aspx

 

2015/2016

Autumn Term  (1st Half)

Curriculum Information

English

In English this half term, we are using The Omnibombulator, a book by our year group author, D. King-Smith. This book links to our theme work and we will be writing our own short story about an animal. You can support your children by reading stories with them, looking at the features that make the story exciting to read, e.g. exciting vocabulary, different punctuation, paragraphs, the use of description etc. 

Maths

In Maths this half term, we will be exploring the relationships between number patterns, statements and designs in order to develop our ability to work systematically to solve problems and explain our strategies. We will also be working towards using, identifying and creating a general rule for sequences. Our systematic approaches will then be applied to a range of logic and visual puzzles.

We will also be looking at different kinds of measuring - length, capacity, weight/mass. At home you can look at different items in the home or when you are out shopping. Does your child know how many centimetres (cm) are in a metre (m), how many millilitres (ml) in a litre (l) or how many grammes (g)  in a kilogram (kg)? 

The internet has lots of suitable, child friendly sites to help. Please remember to monitor your child's use of the internet.

Theme – Let it Grow

This half term, our Theme is driven by our Science skills and knowledge.

The pupils will be learning how to:

  • How to group, classify and identify a variety of living things.
  • Recognise that environments can change and can pose dangers to living thing.
  • Describe the functions of the digestive system
  • Construct and interpret a variety of food chains – identify producers, predators and prey.

You may wish to explore the following websites with your children during this half term

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/living_things/plants_animals_environment/play/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/living_things/plant_animal_habitats/read/1/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/teachers/ks2_lessonplans/science/plants_animals.shtml

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/plants.html

 

The children can complete work at home and add it to our display, especially if you think it would be beneficial to the children's learning.

 

Thank you for your support. The Year 4 team.  

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Year 4 Dolphins - 2014/15

Countryside Show - Jun '15

Year 4 had a great day out at the Countryside show.  They got to see farm animals, potato farmers, beagles, the famous dancing sheep and they even got to dig in the dirt for worms! There is more information about the countryside show here http://yas.co.uk/

As always the children from Fearnville were very well behaved and complemented on their excellent behaviour.  Below are a few photos from our day in the countryside. 

 

 

Heart Day - Jun '15

Year 4 had special visitors from Guiseley football club (http://guiseleyafc.co.uk/) and Heart Research UK (http://heartresearch.org.uk/) to teach them all about the heart and how to keep healthy. The day involved science, maths, English, PSHE and PE. The children found out facts about the heart and how to keep it healthy, they did practical activities to increase their heart rate and then used the information gathered to make graphs. Children also made informative posters to display the information they had found. Guiseley AFC defender Danny Ellis joined the sessions and also did practical football coaching with the children. All the children had a great time. You can find out more information about the heart here http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/living_things/circulation/read/1/

 

 

 

Theme-Yorkshire, Yorkshire, Yorkshire-Summer '15

Year 4's theme topic for the Summer term is Yorkshire, Yorkshire, Yorkshire and is a PE based driver.  Children we be doing art, geography, history and writing based on Yorkshire sports teams including Bradford City, Yorkshire County Cricket, Bradford Bulls and others.  We will also be looking at the Vikings and their impact on Yorkshire. 

For homework the task is to research an athlete or sports team from Yorkshire.  Who are they?  What do they play?  Why are they special?  What information can you find out? 

** Try to research an athleresearch an athlete or sports team from Yorkshire. 

Also research the Vikings - Who were they?  What did they do? Where did they come from?

** Who can find the most information? ** 

 

 English this term we're writing stories, newspapers and poetry.

Maths - Mr Cassidy's maths set are focusing on securing the four calculations and are looking at statistics.

The non-negotiable targets this half term are to count backwards through zero including negative numbers, to add and subtract mentally pairs of two digit numbers, to multiply and divide numbers up to 100 by 1000, 2, 3, 4 and 5. 

Jigsaw - Changes

 

 

Running club - May '15

Children from year 4 have been taking part in a running club.  All abilities are welcome to join.  They have been running, jogging and walking around the field, running relay races and playing running games including fox and hound.  A special thank you to the year 6 boys Reece, Liam, Tristan and Matthew who help Mr Cassidy organise and run the club.

 

Bradford City fire 30th anniversary - May '15

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Bradford city fire children from Fearnville had a “claret and amber day”. Children paid 50p to where Bradford City shirts or colours for the day and raised money for the Bradford plastic surgery and burns unit (PSBRU).

The children and staff were very generous and raised over £200!

During the day children did work based around the fire including poetry, art and creative writing.  All the children researched the tragic events of the day where 56 football supporters died and 265 were injured. It was very meaningful to some children as they had family or close friends who were involved on the day.

Year 4 Dolphins looked closely at the awful events and Kayden made a fantastic A1 sized collage.

It’s great to see children showing so much respect to those who lost their lives 30 years ago.

 

http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/12940877.Schools_embrace_Claret_and_Amber_days_to_support_burns_research_unit_appeal/

 

Trip to Odsal, Bradford Bulls - Apr '15

As part of their Yorkshire, Yorkshire, Yorkshire topic Year 4 visited Bradford Bulls' Odsal stadium.  The children worked with the Bulls Foundation on their fantastic Birch Lane Heroes project where they looked at Bradford during World War 1 and the affect it had on the community.  The children all enjoyed learning about how the first world war started, designing and making their own flags and medals, learning how to communicate using semaphore and having a guided tour of the group.  For more information about the Bulls and their excellent community foundation see http://www.bullsfoundation.org/birch-lane-heroes/

 

Theme-Yorkshire, Yorkshire, Yorkshire-Summer '15

Year 4's theme topic for the Summer term is Yorkshire, Yorkshire, Yorkshire and is a PE based driver.  Children we be doing art, geography, history and writing based on Yorkshire sports teams including Bradford City, Yorkshire County Cricket, Bradford Bulls and others.  We will also be looking at the Vikings and their impact on Yorkshire. 

For homework the task is to research an athlete or sports team from Yorkshire.  Who are they?  What do they play?  Why are they special?  What information can you find out? 

** Try to research an athleresearch an athlete or sports team from Yorkshire. 

Also research the Vikings - Who were they?  What did they do? Where did they come from?

** Who can find the most information? ** 

 

The Vine, Easter - Mar '15

Year 4 were lucky enough to be invited to learn about Easter at The Vine with the good people from St Mary's Church  http://www.atthevine.org.uk/ 

They read the Easter story, did activities using The Bible, made Easter bracelets and completed some art activities. 

All the children loved the trip and really liked showing their bracelets off to others at school. 

 

Tennis tournament - Mar '15

Some year 4 children visited Tong High School for a tennis tournament.  They competed against schools including Thornbury, Ryecroft and Newhall Park.  All the children loved the experience of playing in the competition and although they didn't win they competition they were recognised for their good sportsmanship and great behaviour with a special award. 

 

Science day - Mar '15

LKS2 children enjoyed a day of science.  They looked at plants, physical processes and magnets.  Dolphins loved learning all about magnets.  They now know that Magnets have north poles and south poles which attract each other and they know that two north poles will repel each other, as will two south poles.

They experimented with different objects and found that Iron is magnetic, so any metal with iron in it will be attracted to a magnet. They also found  out that other metals, like aluminium, copper or gold, are not magnetic.

 

Theme - Rule Britannia - Feb / Mar '15

Year 4's theme topic for Spring 2 is "Rule Britannia" this is a geography based theme topic and will focus on the physical and human geography of the UK.  we will be doing lots of map work and learning facts about the UK.

For homework the task is to research the UK and find out as much information as possible about the geography of where we live.  To help you here are some group websites. 

 

http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/content/kids/en_US/explore/countries/united-kingdom/

 

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/questions/britain/uk.htm

 

 

Cricket assembly, James Wainman visit - Feb '15

Year 4 were very lucky to have a visit from Yorkshire County Cricket club's fast bowler James Wainman.  He came to show the children the LV= County Championship trophy that Yorkshire won last season and talk about life as a professional sportsman. James answered the children’s questions, posed for photographs and signed autographs. Year 4 then presented him with a handmade papier-mâché badge and some poems they had written about cricket.

The questions asked by the children were really interesting and they linked to the school’s Jigsaw target of “dreams and goals”. James explained that to achieve his goals on becoming a professional cricketer and to represent Yorkshire he had to train hard, listen carefully to his coaches, to work together as a team and to never give up.

 

*** James' visit to Fearnville was covered by the Bradford Telegraph and Argus

http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/sport/11793562.Yorkshire_bowler_and_cricket_trophy_are_stars_of_school_assembly/ ***

 

Theme - Jan '15

Year 4's theme topic for Spring 1 half term is called Toys and is a D&T lead topic.  The main learning challenges will be -

1. How to investigate a wide range of toys (market research)

2. How toys are made

3. How to design a toy

4. How to make a toy

5. How to evaluate a toy

Over Christmas year 4 Dolphins have to look at their toys.  Pick their favourite one and write a review about it.  Why is it their favourite?  What makes it special?  Who is it aimed at?  How is it made? 

 

 

Winter Wonderland Trip - Dec'14

Year 4 loved their trip to Winter Wonderland.  They met Santa, fed reindeers, watched a puppet show, went on rides, played games and even played in the snow.  Merry Christmas everyone. 

 

NAK, Tong High School - Dec'14

Two teams of year 4 children went to Tong High School to compete in a New Age Kurling competition. They played against 27 teams from other schools including Ryecroft, All Saints, Newhall Park and East Bierley.  The children all enjoyed themselves and loved trying out a new sport.  More details and photos from the event can be found on the Accelerate website http://www.accelerateths.co.uk/

 

Cricket trip - Oct '14

Year 4 went on a trip to Headingley Carnegie Stadium which is the home of Yorkshire County Cricket (http://www.yorkshireccc.com/) and Leeds Rhinos Rugby League team.  The children worked with cricket coaches to develop their cricket and PE skills, they did a classroom based activity on the history of the teams and stadium and then went for a tour of the grounds.  All the children really enjoyed the chance to play a different sport and the opportunity to see the world famous stadium.

 

Theme - Oct ‘14

Our topic for next half term is Ancient Egypt.  We will be learning about who the Ancient Egyptians were, when they lived, how they lived and what they did. 

Challenge - Who can research the most information about Ancient Egypt over the half term holiday?  You can use books, use your ICT skills to search online or you can ask an adult for their help.

Suggested things to find out -

Who were the Ancient Egyptians?

Where were they from? 

When did they live?

What was life like then? Is it different to life now?

What did they do for us?

 

 

Stephen Darby, Bradford City Visit Oct '14

Year 4 children were very lucky to have Bradford City's captain Stephen Darby come in and speak about his life as a professional footballer.  The children spent the morning writing poems to give to him then he answered questions, posed for photos and signed autographs.  Q) What is it like playing for Bradford City?  It's amazing playing in front of so many great fans each week.

Q) Do you prefer playing for Bradford or Liverpool?  I supported Liverpool as a kid and I loved playing for them but I've played my best football at Bradford and it has been great being captain.

Q) What do coaches and managers look for?  It's the same as at school, football coaches always look for people who listen and try their best. 

The children really enjoyed the visit and will definitely be supporting Stephen and the rest of the Bradford City team this season!

 

* This was reported in the Bradford Telegraph and Argus too *

 

 

 

Bradford Bulls visit - Sep '14

Year 4 children were very lucky because they got a special visit from Bradford Bulls' hooker Adam O'Brien.  The boys loved learning how to play rugby league from a professional player and the girls did some Bradford Bulls based artwork.  Adam was very impressed with the skills on show and how well the children behaved.  He helped deliver a coaching session, answered the children's questions, posed for photos and signed autographs.  He is looking forward to seeing a few of year 4 play for the Bulls in the future!   

 

* It was even reported in the Bradford Telegraph and Argus *

 

 

Theme - Sep '14

 

Our theme for the first half term is Animals.  It is a science theme topic and will focus on animals, their habitats, food chains and skeletons.  We are looking forward to going on our theme trip to Cliffe Castle on Thursday 18th September where we will be doing workshops about animals and their habitats.   

 

Important days - Autumn 2014

PE - Monday (outdoor) / Wednesday (indoor)

Swimming starts in February 2015

Library day - Tuesday

Homework day - Thursday (at least one piece of English and one piece of maths per week) 

 

 

Homework - Aug '14

I hope you're all having a great break.  In September your class will be called 'Year 4 Dolphins'.  I would appreciate it if you could do some research about Dolphins over the holidays.  You could use the internet or visit the library and find information in books.  You may want to write about where Dolphins live, what they eat, what their babies are called - or any other information you can find.  A massive well done to Bamie and Khansa who both handed in their research before we had broke up! 

 

Thank you.

 

Mr D Cassidy

For 2014 - 15 see above

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For 2013 - 14 see below

Olympic torch / sports festival opening - Jul '14

To kick off Fearnville's sport and health festival there was a special opening ceremony with a very special guest.  Chris Ferry the founder of the Kenyan based charity Eating Stones (www.eatingstones.co.uk) made his second visit to Fearnville and brought along his Olympic torch.  The children loved seeing the Olympic torch, learning about the Olympics, making their own torches, waving flags, beating drums and walking around school in their classes. 

Tour de France drama - Jul '14

Year 4 had an excellent day working with the enthusiastic and talented Steve from One Day Creative (http://onedaycreative.com/).  They made up a play, learned all their lines and performed it in front of the entire school all in one day!!!  All year 4 staff were very proud of how well the children worked.  After this exciting and inspiring day learning about the Tour de France year 4 will now use this experience to help them with their writing.  They will write their own descriptions, stories, poems and newspaper reports about the Tour de France.

Countryside Show - Jun '14

Year 4 had a great day out at the Countryside show.  They got to see beekeepers, dairy farmers, farmers, beagles, plants and even dancing sheep!!!! There is more information about the countryside show here http://yas.co.uk/

As always the children from Fearnville were very well behaved and complemented on their excellent behaviour.  Below are a few photos from our day in the countryside. 

 

Pulse of West Yorkshire Awards - Jun '14

Year 4 Dolphins and Mrs Gray voted for Mr Cassidy in the Pulse of West Yorkshire's Local Hero awards.  They voted for him to win "Teacher of the year"..... and HE WON!!!

  http://www.pulse.co.uk/the-pulse-2014-local-hero-awards/

Year 4 Dolphins voted by making a persuasive video. 

Some quotes from the video;

"He takes us on lots of trips and organises visitors"

"He is always kind and happy"

"He gives up his time on evenings and weekends to take us on football trips"

"He is nice to me and always gives me merits"

"He is fun and fair"

"He loves to do exciting lessons like PE"

Mr Cassidy, Mrs Gray and Mrs Walker went to the awards ceremony where they met Huddersfield Giant Eorl Crabtree.  Mr Cassidy brought his trophy to school and let the Dolphins have a photograph with it.

 

 

Art, Andy Warhol - May '14

We loved looking at Andy Warhol and pop art.  We made our own art work in this style using pens, paint and even ICT.  We also looked closely at his Campbell's Soup pictures and made our own using our favourite sweet wrappers.

 

Art, Jackson Pollock - May '14

During our theme lessons this half term we have been looking at art and different artists.  We have looked closely at the life and work of the abstract artist Jackson Pollock.  We loved making our own versions of his drip paintings.  We used paint and we also made our own using ICT and this link http://manetas.com/pollock/     

 

Music - Apr'14

Year 4 took part in lots of music and dance activities as part of their end of term golden gotcha treat.  They used their art skills to draw still life pictures of musical instruments, used their ICT skills to research different musicians, painted mood pictures to music, played drums, sang, danced, listened to musicians, wrote to musicians and performed songs using instruments they had made.  We even invited parents in to share in all the fun and show off our great work!

 

The Vine, Easter - Apr'14

Year 4 were lucky enough to be invited to learn about Easter at The Vine with the good people from St Mary's Church  http://www.atthevine.org.uk/ 

They read the Easter story, did activities using The Bible, made Easter bracelets and completed some art activities. 

All the children loved the trip and really liked showing their bracelets off to others at school. 

 

 

Sport Relief- Mar '14

Year 4 loved raising money for Sport Relief http://www.sportrelief.com/?gclid=CNbo_fuHpL0CFQKWtAod8jYAaQ

They came to school wearing their favourite sports clothes, had an active maths relay, did challenges in PE and also ran around the school as many times as they could.  All the children enjoyed it and tried their best.  Well done year 4. 

 

Theme, Music - Mar '14

Year 4 Dolphins were treated to a musical master class by friend to the school and music expert Mr Medlock.  They spent the afternoon listening, composing and appraising music they made using ICT.  They used the online tool drum machine which is available here http://www.onemotion.com/flash/drum-machine/ to compose their own pieces.  They also got to play along using various percussion instruments.  Talented Mr Medlock was kind enough to bring in a bass guitar to show how using ICT and traditional instruments can be combined to create great sounds.  Mr Medlock stated "Year 4 Dolphins were very well behaved and I was highly impressed by their enthusiasm, musical ability and teamwork."  Year 4 Dolphins would like to say thank you to the fantastic Mr Medlock for giving up his time to inspire year 4 to become musicians. 

Drama - Mar '14

For world book day year 4 were lucky enough to work with local actor Neil Hurst (http://www.neilhurst.co.uk/)

He told the story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and in groups the children  acted out different parts.  The children all loved learning through drama and using their incredible imaginations.  Thanks to Mrs Robertson for organising the visit and thanks to Neil for his energy and enthusiasm. 

Indoor PE - Mar '14

In our theme lessons we have been learning about British music since the 1970s.  We have been listen to the music, looking at clips of the dances and describing the clothes of the time.  In PE we choreographed our own dances to songs by The Bee Gees and we used our ICT skills to record them.

Golden gotcha treat - Feb '14

To celebrate a half term of excellent behaviour children from year 4 Dolphins were treated to some time on a bouncy castle.  All the children really enjoyed it.  Even Mrs Gray and Mr Cassidy had a go!  Remember to stay in gold all next half term to earn another exciting treat. 

Habitats - Feb '14

Year four opened the doors to parents for an afternoon of science.  We looked closely at what makes a good habitat and we then designed and made our own.  Parents and children both really enjoyed it.  There is more information about habitats here http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/living_things/plant_animal_habitats/read/2/.

Temple Newsam - Jan '14

As part of our location, location, location topic we travelled to Temple Newsam in Leeds.  We went to experience life in the countryside and see some rural views.  We sketched the rural landscapes, walked around the peaceful countryside and even saw some of the animals on the farm.  We came up with some exciting adjectives to describe the countryside including tranquil, calm, relaxing, peaceful and silent. 

Local area - Jan '14

As part of our location, location, location topic we walked around the local area.  We went to look at urban views of the city.  We sketched the urban landscapes and walked around looking at the busy streets.  We came up with some exciting adjectives to describe the city including hectic, stressful, frantic, loud and chaotic. 

Romans - Dec '13

During the past half term we have learned all about Roman life.  We have developed our history skills by researching Romans through books, ICT and artefacts. 

We have written Roman poems, stories, newspaper reports, diary entries and explanation texts.  We even made our own Roman swords and shields! 

 

Romans - Oct '13

Our topic for next half term is the Romans.  We will learning about who the Romans were, when they lived, where they lived and what they did for us. 

Challenge - Who can research the most information about Romans over the half term holiday?  You can use books, use your ICT skills to search online or you can ask an adult for their help.

 

Dance - Oct '13

 Year 4 Dolphins were treated to a special street dance lesson by the wonderful Miss Vo from Tong High School (http://www.tongschool.co.uk/).  The children were all on their best behaviour as Miss Vo taught them a choreographed street dance routine before they had a go at choreographing their own dances.  All the class loved it and had a great time.

Cricket trip - Oct '13

Year 4 went on a trip to Headingley Carnegie Stadium which is the home of Yorkshire County Cricket (http://www.yorkshireccc.com/) and Leeds Rhinos Rugby League team.  The children worked with cricket coaches to develop their cricket and PE skills, they did a classroom based activity on the history of the teams and stadium and then went for a tour of the grounds.  All the children really enjoyed the chance to play a different sport and the opportunity to see the world famous stadium.

 

African Dance - Oct '13

Year 4 Dolphins got to experience African Dance with the talented people from One Day Creative (http://onedaycreative.com/).  The children learned a traditional African dance and then made up their own African dances.  African dancing is very important and is based on day to day life in Africa with moves about elephants, harvest, praying to gods and carrying water.  The children loved it and produced some great follow up writing about it.

Indoor PE- Sep '13

During this half term we have been looking at indoor athletics.  We have done relay races, thrown shot puts, thrown javelins, worked on standing long jumps, running long jumps and have looked at triple jumps.  We have spoken about the benefits of exercise and a healthy lifestyle.  Did you know there are many benefits of PE?  It helps your body keep fit, it makes you happy, it helps you make friends, it is enjoyable and it keeps your mind focused by helping concentration.

 

Food day- Sep '13

We had a Food Day to start our new topic.  We decorated buns, made our own fruit smoothies, tried food from around the world and also did observational drawings of fruit. 

 

SEAL day- Sep '13

During the first week at school we had a day of SEAL activities and getting to know our new classroom and teachers.  We designed our own games using the playground equipment and also spent time practising routines.  Look at our photos to see how nicely we can line up and sit on the carpet.

 

Food Glorious Food - Sep '13

Our topic for the first half term is Food Glorious Food.  We will be learning all about different foods.  We will use our senses to describe and identify different foods, we will taste food from around the world, we will learn about healthy and unhealthy food, we will learn about food chains, teeth, staying healthy and we will even get to make our own food!

Challenge - Who can research the most imformation about different types of food over the summer holidays?  You could make a list of healthy foods and unhealthy foods, you could find out where different foods come from or you could draw detailed pictures of different foods for our new topic display.   

Homework - Aug '13

I hope you're all having a great break.  In September your class will be called 'Year 4 Dolhons'.  I would appreciate it if you could do some research about Dolphins over the holidays.  You could use the internet or visit the library and find information in books.  You may want to write about where Dolphins live, what they eat, what their babies are called - or any other information you can find.  A massive well done to Caleb and William who handed in their research before we had broke up! 

Thank you.

Mr D Cassidy

 

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Timetable 2017-2018

Monday - Outdoor PE

Tuesday - Indoor PE

Tuesday - homework to be handed in

Thursday/Friday - homework handed out