Welcome to Year 4
2018 – 2019
Year 4 Spring 2 Newsletter
Year 4 Spring 1 Newsletter
Y4 Visit to Wilderspin
On Wednesday 23rd January, Year 4 had the opportunity to visit Wilderspin National School where we stepped back in time. The year was 1897 and we had become Victorian children. We were able to experience what a typical school day was like for Victorian children. Our strict Victorian teacher, Mrs Jones taught us the ‘Three R’s’; Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. We began our day by entering through different doors (boys through one and the girls through another) and then took our places in the dark and dingy classroom.
We had to write our ABC’s in fancy writing using a chalk pencil and on slates – it was really difficult! Liam, who is left handed, was made to wear finger gloves so that he had to write with his right hand – how unfair!
We then had to chant our eight times table and if we got it wrong, we could have been punished. One poor child had to stand in the corner of the classroom with the dreaded Dunce hat on!
Also, we got to experience a drill session in the icy playground. We had to follow strict instructions, making sure we did exactly what was told as we didn’t want to be punished for not doing it right! We could see Mrs Jones’ cane and we definitely didn’t want her to use it.
In the afternoon, we were able to be 21st Century children again and find out how we learn about the past. We learnt how cameras were used in the Victorian times and how difficult it was to stand completely still. We even got to pose for our very own Victorian era style photos.
Visit to Grimm & Co
As part of their ‘Potions’ theme work, Year 4 visited ‘Grimm & Co – Yorkshire’s only Apothecary to the Magical.’ As the children arrived they discovered the secret door into the imagination gym, before climbing the giant’s bookcase up to the writer’s pad, where the magic began. The children worked with ‘experts’ to create their own imaginative stories before returning to ‘the land of the mortals via the giant’s beanstalk slide’. The children returned to school with their amazing published books – well done Year 4 we have many budding authors of the future.
As part of their theme ‘I am Warrior’ Year 4 enjoyed an exciting visit to Doncaster Museum. The children took part in 2 workshops, the first workshop focused on the Roman Invasion of Britain and the local importance of this. Children were able to dress in a range of clothing, including a soldier’s uniform as well as handling genuine Roman artefacts. In the second workshop, the children explored the techniques of an archaeological investigation, identifying artefacts and finding out how we can understand life in the past through items found.
2017 – 2018
On Tuesday 12th December, Year 4 went to Magna, the Science Adventure Centre. We took part in an exciting workshop about Solids, Liquids and Gases, where we made paint using lots of everyday items as well as watching what happens when you empty a whole tube of Mentos into a bottle of lemonade – it caused quite a mess when it reached the ceiling!
As we knew that Magna was a former steelworks, we found out some more by watching the ‘Big Melt’, where we discovered how the factory made usable steel by heating steel scraps and forming them into new metal. Some of us couldn’t believe that steel could actually be liquid!
After our workshop, we all enjoyed exploring all of the different zones. There were 4 – one for each of the elements. We enjoyed making a fire tornado in the fire zone, excavating rocks in the earth zone, making lots of noise in the air zone and finally playing with lots of pumps and jets in the water zone. Ask us which was our favourite!
2016 – 2017
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