Year 4 Events Gallery

Academic Year 2019/2020

 

Year 4 WOW Activity – The Romans!

Roman Games
The children in year 4 were given different types of Roman games, they would have played in order to keep themselves entertained. Some of these games were familiar to our children and others were new, such as knuckle bones and tic-tac-toe.

Roman Gladiators
The Romans had many past times, one of which was watching chariot racing in The Circus Maximus. However, the most popular form of entertainment was watching the Gladiators fight against each other in the arena for victory. This is year 4 enduring strict training to become St. Markus’ Gladiators. One child reportedly said. “It was gruelling and tiring but helped us to overcome some of our fears.”

Roman Foods
A letter arrived for Year 4 asking them to find out some important facts about The Ancient Romans; who were they, why did they come to Britain, what clothes did they wear and what foods did they eat? We were also asked to find out when they were around using a time line.
We were able to taste some of the foods the Romans would have eaten years ago and tried on some of the clothes they might have worn. This gave us many clues helping us to answer some of the questions in our letter.

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Rainforest Inhabitants Visit Year 4

To begin our topic, Year 4 were visited by some of the inhabitants of the Rainforest. We were surprised to find out how much insects are used in our day to day lives e.g. for medicine and food. It was also distressing to find out how many of these animals and plants are endangered because of human intervention.

During this visit, we saw glow in the dark scorpions, held spiders, snakes and millipedes and watched tortoises, lizards and flying squirrels. All of which can be found in the rainforests. From this, we now have a better understanding of the types of animals that live in rainforests and how they contribute to its ecosystem.

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Academic Year 2018/2019

 

Year 4 WOW Activity – Africa

After discussing numerous misconceptions, Year 4 discovered that Africa is a continent made up of 54 countries and not a country. We discovered that it ranges from deserts to rainforests with the longest river in the world, the River Nile. It is very diverse in its many languages but has many tribal cultures. We then learnt a song from Ghana, which used to be sung by farmers hoping to scare away the birds as they were sowing the seeds in Springtime. The song included, drumming, shakers, tapping sticks and xylophones with call and response singing.

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The Dinosaurs Visit St Mark’s!

As part of the year 4 Science topic, we looked at reasons why certain species become extinct. The majority of the times it is due to human interference; like hunting, overfishing or deforestation. However, the dinosaurs became extinct after a huge asteroid hit the earth millions of years ago. This changed the eco-system of the land. There were more earthquakes, floods and volcanic eruptions than usual, which killed the trees and vegetation. As their food sources began to disappear, the dinosaurs started to die out until they became extinct.

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Year 4 Visit Bagnall Village

On Thursday 7th February, Year 4 visited Bagnall village to explore the key differences between the city of Stoke On Trent and a small village. During the day, the children completed multiple activities in and around the village hall. These included a traffic survey, to explore the volumes of traffic and the most popular forms of transportation in the village. The children conducted a resident questionnaire to explore the reasons why people choose to live in the village and how it may have changed since they moved there. They also completed a village treasure hunt to support their understanding in using ordnance survey symbols. All of the children enjoyed themselves and they had a wonderful day.

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Year 4’s Sprint Topic – WOW

In our Year 4 Spring topic, we are looking at where we could build a city and the sort of things needed to create a city.

For our WOW, we used Computing skills to create a maze. We designed the layout of our maze, added some coins to collect then included a ‘baddy’ to chase our main character. You had to use the directional keys to navigate around the maze. Every time the ‘baddy’ caught our character he would lose a life. Our maze was created using a program called Purple Mash.

Here is an example of one the mazes designed and created by Johana and Syeda.

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Year 4’s Visit to Chester’s Dewa Museum

It was a cold, crisp winter morning as Year 4 set off to experience what the Romans faced all those years ago in the quaint city of Chester. The straight, long streets lay before us, reminding us of the journeys the Roman soldiers may have taken. The children will never forget the experience. “Sin! Sin! Sin, Dex, Sin!” (Left! Left! Left, Right, Left!) rang through the city as we marched to the coliseum, the gladiators preparing for battle. “Mercy!” they cried as the Emperor cast judgement on those who were defeated. As we returned to the ‘valetudinaria’ (hospital) battered and bruised, we learned how the medicus (doctor) would use sticks and wax to heal our broken bones. This trip was a truly worthwhile experience where the children gained a lot of knowledge about the Ancient Romans.

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Year 4’s Visit to Chester Zoo

On Tuesday 2nd October 2018, Year 4 visited Chester Zoo to support our learning into the animals that may live in the rainforest. As we arrived, we walked straight to the Education Centre to learn about how we use the Rainforest during our daily lives, and the impact that we may be having on their habitats because of this. Through a virtual tour to the rainforests of Borneo, we learned how humans are cutting the Rainforests down to grow palm trees, which is used in most of the foods we eat.

After we had our lunch, we explored the Butterfly House to experience the humidity of the rainforests. This made us feel hot, sweaty and sticky. We then moved into the Tropical Realm to explore the plants, birds and snakes that you would find in the rainforest. There was a boa constrictor, a hornbill toucan, which is the bird from our story: ‘The Tin Forest, and a poison dart frog.

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Academic Year 2017/2018

 

Year 4 Visit Chester’s Dewa Museum

On Tuesday 28th November, Year 4 visited Chester’s Dewa Experience Museum as part of our learning challenge this half term. Before our tour, Mr Jones took us on a walk over the Roman walls of Chester to the old harbour over the River Dee. As part of our learning, we explored many differences in the way people of the Roman Empire lived and how we live today. Some of these differences included: medicine, bathing, food and clothing. We had guided tour of the Roman museum in which we examined the archeological dig which help us to learn about the past. We marched through the city of Chester as a Roman patrol practicing the ‘Tortoise’ formation before witnessing the trial of a Roman Gladiator. Both Mrs Elsby and Mrs Thorley lost their battles in the amphitheatre. A wonderful day!

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Year 4 Visit Chester Zoo

On Tuesday 26th September, Year 4 visited Chester Zoo to explore the animals and climate of the tropical rainforest. We first visited the butterfly house to experience the humidity of the tropics and how it affects our bodies. The children did find this a little uncomfortable, and many said they wouldn’t like to live in that climate for a long time. Mrs. Akhtar had a very close encounter with a ‘flying beast’. We then moved to the tropical realm to study the leaves of the layers of the rainforest. The children were able to explain the changes some leaves needed to make to survive including their surface area and drip tips. In the afternoon, we visited our friends from the story ‘The Tin Forest’ – a story we are reading in our Literacy lessons – this includes the Bengal Tiger, the Hornbill Toucan and many colourful birds. The children loved their visit to the Zoo and were exhausted from all their walking.

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Academic Year 2016/2017

 

Year 4 Visit Stafford Castle

As we explored ‘Who were the early lawmakers?’, Year 4 had a visit from the local Police Community Support Officer (PCSO), who explained and worked with the children to help them understand how crimes are challenged in modern Britain. We used this experience to develop our understanding of how laws have changed since King John signed the Magna Carta in 1215 and the punishments people may have faced.

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Local Police Community Support Officer Visits Year 4

As we explored ‘Who were the early lawmakers?’, Year 4 had a visit from the local Police Community Support Officer (PCSO), who explained and worked with the children to help them understand how crimes are challenged in modern Britain. We used this experience to develop our understanding of how laws have changed since King John signed the Magna Carta in 1215 and the punishments people may have faced.

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Year 4 Study the Local Area

For Year 4’s study of the local area, they embarked on a journey through Shelton and Stoke planning a route using the map skills and orienteering they had been learning about in school. Through their route the children walked alongside the canal to develop their understanding of the canal system and why Josiah Wedgwood had them built to support the pottery industry in Stoke-on-Trent. The children also completed a number of surveys, including a traffic survey, as they investigated the ways in which Stoke-on-Trent could be improved. This was supported by a survey the children asked their parents to complete.

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Year 4 Visit Chester Zoo

In September, Year 4 visited Chester Zoo as we began to explore the Rainforests and the animals that live within them, exploring the question: “Why should we care about the Rainforest?” As part of our visit, we spent some time in the Tropical Realm, looking at the many different types of plant and the adaptations some of the have. The Butterfly Greenhouse was a big success as the children experience what the conditions might be like in a Tropical Rainforest. To conclude our visit, following a short boat ride around the new islands, Year 4 explored the new Monsoon Forest zone in which tropical birds and frogs surrounded us. It was a great educational visit and a magnificent experience for all of the children.

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Academic Year 2015/2016

 

Year 4 Visit Stafford Castle

On Thursday 17th March, Year 4 visited Stafford Castle as we learned about the Normans and their Motte and Bailey castles. In our Learning Challenge: ‘Why were Norman castles certainly not bouncy?” We explored the structure and purpose of these castles during the reign of William the Conqueror. On our visit, we had an excellent opportunity to experience what it might’ve been like inside these castles. We explored and sparred with the armour and weaponry the knights and soldiers used, and demonstrated how the English shield wall helped to protect our friends. In the castle, we were able to mint our own coin. We really enjoyed our visit.

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