4D-The Dragon Trainers
We follow the Cherryfold values, Enjoy, Respect, Succeed!
Meet the Staff
During your time in Y4, you will grow into an independent learner, aim to be more resourceful and resilient, make new discoveries about the wider world and develop lasting memories!
We follow a theme based curriculum in Y4, through which you will learn National Curriculum skills. Each half term, our theme changes so that you will be involved in lots of different activities, to enable you to become a better learner and achieve your potential. Examples of our topics in Y4 include; Journey to Egypt, The Vikings and Burnley V Barcelona. We ensure your learning is enhanced by engaging in Enrichment days/Activities. We have a viking visitor coming in to spend the day with us, and, during our topic, Endangered, we have a visitor bringing lots of animals coming too! This also links with our science. As well as all that, we engage in stimulating activities, in our Forest schools, making the most of our exciting outdoor learning environment.
In Year 4, we are encouraged to make our writing creative and exciting. We follow the Lancashire English Units and study novels linked to our topics such as, The Mousehole Cat, The Treasure of the Loch Ness Monster and Gulliver’s Travels which inspire our writing further. Additionally, we use Acceleread to help us improve our reading, taking quizzes once we have completed novels and gain as many points as we can, the more we gain the deeper our understanding! In Maths, we follow the Lancashire Red Rose Maths Mastery Scheme, which deepens our understanding of key concepts. By the end of Y4 we will have taken the National Multiplication tables check and are Times Tables Wizards after having learnt up to our 12x tables!
To support you on your learning journey, we hope that you will receive help from your parents and carers. They can do this by listening to you read, helping you to learn your Spellings and Times Tables and encourage you to complete your weekly Grammar and Maths Homework Tasks.
Finally, we use Class Dojo to send pictures and messages home about what you have been learning and all the fantastic achievements you have made!
We want you to have fun whilst learning. Remember Enjoy, Respect, Succeed!
Children will have a reading book chosen by themselves appropriate to their reading level. Accompanying these books are their reading diaries, where you can write comments on their reading daily. Your child will also be given many opportunities throughout the week to read a variety of texts and will then undertake an online quiz to assess their understanding of the text.
Miss Bux will be teaching on a Tuesday afternoon, split with Mr Caldecott for PE.
In Year 4, children are expected to complete two to three pieces of homework a week.
Your child has been provided with both CGP English and maths books to complete their homework. Each week, they will be provided with different page numbers in order to complete different tasks from each book!
Weekly spellings will be every Friday. You should practise these throughout the week, ready for our test the following Friday morning!
PE will take place every Monday and Tuesday.
Please ensure a full kit is in school ready for your child’s lesson.
It is important to note your child can bring a healthy snack at break times such as fruit or vegetables. We also encourage your child to bring water to drink in class throughout the day, but they may bring something else to drink with their packed lunch.
Burnley Vs Barcelona
This half term we will be looking at the unit ‘Burnley VS Barcelona’ where the children will be looking closely at their own locality and comparing it to that of another European City. The children will be enhancing their map skills by studying both places in detail, learning how to measure straight line distances between certain landmarks in each place, using OS maps and 6 grid figure references, as well as drawing their own maps of both Burnley and Barcelona using more complex keys to explain features of the localities. They will also be completing some artwork in the style of Antoni Gaudi which is represented throughout the city and the architecture that surrounds Barcelona.
This half term in PSHE we are looking at Being my best:
· Look at how we are unique and appreciate ourselves.
· To make choices based on our own decisions
· How we can live a healthy lifestyle.
· To understand ways in which we can care for the environment.
During RE we will be studying Islam
We will be examining the structures that underpin Islamic beliefs and practices in greater depth. By studying Ramadhan, opportunities are provided for the children to understand the key values of Islam of submission to Allah and service to God through charitable life and actions. They will consider the role of commitment as part of religious life and reflect on the wider human value of being committed to ideas, to self-improvement or to other people. The children will have opportunities to think about their own commitments and the extent to which these have a positive impact on their lives. Our learning about this topic will be enhanced further by our trip to visit one of our local mosques in Burnley.
Below is 4D's curriculum map for Summer 1. Please find enclosed the exciting things we will be learning about this term!
Year 4 Common Exception Words
Common exception words are a key aspect of the KS2 English Curriculum. Children can practice these words which will help their school work and throughout the curriculum, as well as independent writes.
Our climate change documentary
We have thoroughly enjoyed our unit this term, exploring all things climate change! Please watch our finished outcome below as 4D had so much fun presenting all of our hard work by filming a documentary. We made excellent presenters and producers!
We love to get creative in 4D, which is why we spent an afternoon creating artwork for our 'Climate Crisis' unit. We used the technique of 'splatting'. Although it was messy, we got hands-on as we created the Northern Lights using the colours blue, green and white. Afterwards, we used white chalk to create the snowy, picturesque mountains.
Burnley Vs Barcelona
From the first lesson of our new Geography unit, we have been experiencing the Spanish culture first-hand. Below are a few pictures from our food tasting session. We explored our senses whilst evaluating different foods which are notorious in Barcelona, these included corn snacks, chorizo, tortilla, olives and much more.
World Book Day 2023
We have had an amazing and productive World Book Day. The whole school dressed up as a word and in 4D we had some fantastic ideas such as 'snuggly', 'exhausted', and 'creative'. After listening to stories by famous Authors, we had a class quiz to see who knew the most about books! Please have a look at the pictures of our freeze frames inspired by David Walliam's 'Fing'.
The King's Coronation
On the 5th May we celebrated King Charles III and his coronation! We spent the morning learning lots about traditions and the Royal family. We had a jam packed afternoon when we looked at the significance of the British monarchy and how they played a role in Ancient Egypt, which links to our History topic in Autumn. The pictures below show some of our collage stamps for King Charles. 4D also had the opportunity to role play as a King or Queen. As you can tell, we thoroughly enjoyed celebrating our new King!
Here in 4D we love investigating and experimenting! Below are some images from just a few of the investigations we have carried out so far this year.
We have created our own digestive system, we did this by making a sandwich and passing it through our homemade Oesophagus. It was fascinating but a bit messy!
As part of our 'Teeth and Digestion' unit we explored how different liquids can effect our teeth, to do this we used boiled eggs and five different liquids to carry out the test. We looked every day to see how the eggs have changed and the results were surprising!
Currently, we are learning all about the 'states of matter'. It is so interesting to see how some states can change from a liquid, to a solid, as well as a gas! We have melted chocolate and created crispy cakes to visually see how we can change a matter!
Rock Band Experience
We had a great music session playing and singing along to the rock song 'We Will Rock You'. Whether we played the drums, electric guitar, keyboard, or sang - we all rocked it!