I am Mrs Shaw, the Year 4 class teacher. The children are also supported in their learning by Miss Duffy. The children in Year 4 are fantastic learners. Explore our Class page to see some of the fantastic, exciting things we have done this year. You can also head over to our Curriculum page to see more about what we are learning this year!
Your child has access to Purple Mash, Mathletics, Timestable Rockstars and Spelling Shed. Please allow your child to access these websites at home to continue their learning at home.
A positive work ethos makes all the difference to your child's learning, so your support from home is welcomed and encouraged. Reading is a very important aspect of learning, so we actively encourage children to read every night. Each week, the children will be set a Chapter of Reading on Purple Mash along with comprehension questions they can access as home.
Every Friday, homework will be given out or set online and is to be handed in on Thursday the following week. The purpose of this homework is to review what the children have learnt during the week. Year 4 will also complete weekly arithmetic/reasoning tests which they are to take home and revise from each week. The children should identify areas of the test that they find challenging. The children are encouraged to come and see me in the morning if they are unsure on any of the questions and we can go through this together. If you or your child are ever unsure on a piece of homework, please do not hesitate to speak to me. The children will also be given weekly spellings to learn.
Please click the link below to find a range of activities your child can do at home.
Please click the link below to view the Year 4 curriculum.
Writing on the Wall - Words are our Power
Year 4 had a great surprise to find that evil creatures had taken over our playground - tearing up books we love reading!! Thankfully superheroes soon appeared and caught the evil creatures. The superheroes reminded us that Words are our Power! Each child got their own amazing book called Superheroes. It was full of amazing stories - each story teaching the children about diversity and inclusion. We loved reading a story based in Liverpool!
Year 4 had so much fun at a Halloween disco! Look at our amazing outfits! So scary!
Eyes of the World: COP26 Campaign
Year 4 had an interesting discussion all about Climate Change and what is happening with the COP26 meeting. We joined the CAFOD campaign to call on our government to keep the poorest people at the heart of their talks. The Year 4 children at Holy Cross want the government to know that we are watching. We want to help improve our beautiful Earth. The eyes of the world are watching, and so are we.
Music: Aaron Copland - Rodeo – Hoe-Down
Originally composed in 1942 for a ballet called Rodeo, the Hoe-Down features two American square dance tunes and fuses evocative music and dance. Rodeo takes us to the exciting, dramatic world of cowboys, cowgirls and the American West. A hoedown is a dance competition that is often described as noisy and riotous. The music is full of vigour and energy as the cowgirls and boys pair off. Watch Year 4 create their own cowboy and cowgirl dance moves to this magical piece, ensuring they keep to the beat and rhythm of the music.
Judaism: The Torah Scroll
Year 4’s Digital Leaders
These are Year 4’s Digital Leaders. These children have the responsibility of promoting online safety across the whole school. Each half term they will have a Computing challenge to complete.
Art: Roman Mosaics
The children in Year 4 used lentils, pulses and beans to create some wonderful mosaics! We have enjoyed using a range of different materials to create mosaics in different ways.
Computing: Hardware Investigators
In our Computing lessons, Year 4 are currently Hardware Investigators. The children learnt the difference between Hardware and Software. They then explored different parts of a Computer.
Art: Roman Mosaics
In Science, as part of our learning about Sound, we created string telephones. We observed how we could hear each other louder using a string telephone than without one. We then spoke about why this was. We learnt that the string and the cups are solid, so the particles are much closer together than the particles in the air, which is a gas. The sound energy can travel from particle to particle far easier in the solid string telephone, so the sound of our voices is louder over the same distance than it was in the air.
PSHE: Talk PANTS
Talk PANTS helps children understand that their body belongs to them, and they should tell someone they trust if anything makes them feel upset or worried. The children remembered from previous years the Underwear rule. We spoke about the difference between good touch and bad touch, how our privates are private, and how we should never be asked to keep secrets about touch. We listened to a fun song by Pantosaurus. Then, Year 4 enjoyed designing their own pants!
PSHE: Zones of Regulation
Using the Zones of regulation approach the children have been learning about their own emotions. We have been exploring how we feel a range of different emotions throughout the school day and have begun to focus on how the different zones affect our learning. We practised techniques we can use to bring us back to green zone. We practised using the Rainbow breathing technique. We also enjoyed writing our worries in a worry bag - we then scrumpled this up and threw our worries away!
In our RE lessons, we have been learning about family trees. Year 4 enjoyed creating their own family tree in their books. We have now moved onto learning about all the special people in Jesus's family tree. Year 4 enjoyed listening to the story of Jacob and his sons. In particular, his favourite son Joseph. We watched a cartoon which told Joseph's story. We had an interesting discussion about Joseph's story and gave reasons for his actions. We then painted our own technicoloured dreamcoat! We also enjoyed singing along to a little clip from the musical.
History: Roman Artefacts
Year 4 enjoyed acting as History Detectives as they explored different Roman artefacts. We thought about what the object looked like, what materials it was made from, what it was used for and what it tells us about the past.
Art: Roman Mosaics
Year 4 have been enjoying learning about Roman Mosaics in art. We researched different Mosaic designs, including; the Roman Maze design, the Celtic knot and geometric designs. We spoke about what features we would like for our own mosaic design. We then looked at a modern mosaic artist called Carrie Reichardt. We were amazed to find out that she had created a mosaic house in London! We then enjoyed creating a research page all about her and her work in our sketchbooks.