St Francis' 
Catholic Primary School 
 
 
A very warm welcome to St Francis' Catholic Primary School  
 

Year 4 
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Welcome to Year 4's Class Page 

Year 4 have had a very busy first term. Everyone has settled in well and we have been very busy. This page is a chance for you to see some of the fun stuff we get up to in our learning. 
Click here for Term 1 curriculum overview 
 
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Autumn Terms 

Celebrating Feast Day 

The whole of St Francis' School went to Noah's Arc Farm Zoo to celebrate our feast day 

When in Rome 

Then children have enjoyed learning about the Romans and life in Rome. We have had a go at creating out own mosaics just like the Romans. 
As well as mosaics, we have been looking at one of the seven wonders of the world, The Colosseum. We worked in the style of Monet and Picasso to create our artwork, using The Colosseum as our inspiration. 

Year Four visited their buddies in Year One to help them with their learning. We regularly meet to help each other with our learning journey. 

Black History Month 

This month to celebrate the Black History Month the children have been learning about Barack Obama and his significance in history. We have had some very interesting discussions about his work and have found lots of fun facts out about him. We have learnt about the policies he put into place as well as his favourite basketball team! We were also lucky enough to have Lawrence Hoo come in and visit us, this provided us with the opportunity to share all the information we have learnt so far and also ask lots of questions about Black History. 

Caerleon 

Year 4 enjoyed a fabulous trip to Caerleon, as part of their topic on the Romans. First stop were the ampitheatre and barracks, where the children were able to explore the ancient remains and marvel at the various activities that took place there so many years ago. Next, the children had the opportunity to visit the Roman baths to learn how the Romans made use of their leisure time. After lunch, the children got to experience life in a strict Roman school, before heading over to the mock Roman barracks, where they got to dress up in Roman armour and experience life as a brave gladiator. Finally, the children enjoyed a trip to the museum, where many exciting artefacts and discoveries were held and more interesting facts were learnt. A brilliant day out! 

Ice Skating 

Year 4 had a fantastic trip trying out the new ice skating rink at the Tropicana. Getting into the christmas spirt Year 4 spent the afternoon on the ice, with a couple of falls and lots of laughing everyone had a fabulous time. It was great to see many children working together to help those less confident on the ice. Thank you to all the parent helpers who helped us!  
 

Roman Feast Day 

The children had a wonderful time celebrating their learning and bringing the topic of Romans to a close by participating in a Roman feast! St Francis School was taken over by some fantastic looking Romans. Not only did the children have the experience of a Roman feast but they also had the opportunity to create their own shields and dress just like the Romans. This provided the children with a great opportunity to put all that they had learnt into context. 

MERRY CHRISTMAS! 

From all of Year 4, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thank you for all the support over the past term and thank you for all the lovely gifts. See you in 2018! 

 

Spring Terms 

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Electricity 

We have had a busy and very interesting start to the new year with learning about lots of new topics. One of our favourite topics this term has been Science and learning about electicity and how it travels. We have developed our skills to work scientifically by investigating how to create a simple circuit and using this knowledge to research different materials which are insulators and conductors. We have developed our teamwork skills working together to find out new things and develop our knowledge further. Here are our simple circuits we made. 

ROBOTS 

We have had a very exciting day and have gone a little ROBOT crazy. After researching the history of robots and spending lessons discussing their uses and designing our own, today we spent the day bringing our ideas to life. Today the children demonstrated the skills to persevre, problem solve, be creative and help one another. It is has been a very fun day and we have been amazed by what we can make out of recycled material. Thank you for helping us make this happen by supplying us with all of the recycled containers. 

PASTA 

What a fantastic end to our learning about Italy. This week the children had an exciting opportunity to make their own pasta and pasta sauce. We loved getting messy and working as a team to prepare and cook our food, it was even better when we got to taste what we had made! Why not ask your child to have a go at putting their new cooking skills to the test at home!  

We have had SNOW much fun! 

Here are some photos of us having lots of fun in the snow. We made the most of it with fear we weren't getting much more. It was great fun getting to go on the field and explore in our wellies! We hope you had just as much fun in the snow to. 

WORLD BOOK DAY 

Although our day was cut short with the snow, we had a fantastic time celebrating 'world Book Day' and raising some money to buy some brand new books for our library. As well as dressing up as our favourite characters we took part in a book swap so that we could exchange our books and have something new to read. We were also lucky enough to do a class swap, Miss Bougourd came and read some of her favourite short stories to us. They were very funny! 

Wheelie Wednesday 

What an amazing day with lots of money being raised for some very important charities. As part of Lent we completed a sponsored scooter ride around the school in our pjyama's in order to raise as much money as possiible. We were given 15minutes to complete laps around the school on our scooters, the more laps we completed the more money we raised. Year 4 managed to complete an astounding 200 laps around the school!! Thank you for everyone who sponsored and those who helped out in the event.  

Spring is finally here! 

We had some very young and cute visitors today. Finally spring is here and as a class we were lucky enough to meet 5 of the Fortune's baby lambs. The children got to have a stroke and see the lambs walking around. Some of our children had never stroked lambs before so it was very exciting. Miss Lamb even got a chance to have a little stroke to! 

Holy Week 

We have finished the term with a jam packed week in celebration for Holy Week and the run up to Easter. We enjoyed our trip to the church for stations of the cross. Here we completed some art work, along with asking some really interesting questions about the events of each station. We also got to complete stations of the cross at school where we travelled round each of the classrooms to complete activities with the different teachers. Finally, year 4 got busy creating easter cards and were lucky enough to even go on an easter egg hunt. We hope you have a lovely Easter break and look forward to seeing you all next term. 

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Summer Terms 

WARBURTONS 

We have had a super start to the term with our visit from Warburtons bakery. Today has been an eye opener for us all, we have learnt all about healthy eating and what we should and shouldn't be eating. We also got to find out about the importance of not wasting food and the ways in which we can avoid this. Can you believe we waste 7million tonnes of food a year, the equivalent to filling 225,000 double decker buses! Finally we were lucky enough to make our own healthy sandwiches, thinking about our portion sizes and what we should include. Hopefully this helps us to think about what we are eating more regularly. 
Volcanoes 
This week Year 4 have been going volcano crazy. Over the past few weeks the children have impressed both the adults and children of St Francis school with the creativity and enthusiasm that they have shown towards their learning. We have had a range of interesting products includings erupting volcanoes, powerpoint presentations, lego models, posters, cakes and even a Minecraft video, all demonstrating the workings of a volcano. Year 4 have blown us away with the individuality and knowledge they have demonstrated throughout their learning. We have loved finding out all the fascinating facts they have discovered through their research. Below are just a few of the super projects we had. 

Hundertwasser 

This week we decided to take our artwork outside, helping make the most of the lovely spring weather we are having. After discussing and looking at the work of Hundertwasser the children worked in his style of freedom of sketch and colours to draw some of the sights around us. The children enjoyed having the freedom to use chalk, knowing that they could do anything and it would be right, the freedom to use colours and shapes was very exciting. We can't wait to complete some more artwork in the style of Hundertwasser. 

Kings and Queens 

With such a special event coming up, we just had to celebrate the royal wedding in style. We have had an explosion of glitter, cake and awards, all to mark the special occasion. We have had a fantastic time making our own unique crowns and flags to wear for our picnic on the field. We also got to have cream tea and had a very big debate on what went first the cream or the jam! We were also lucky enough to have some cake and biscuits on the field to. Well done on our award winners of the week Daniel, Clara, Jamie, Chloe, Arabella, Liam M and Josh.  
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MINI MARATHON 

A huge congratulations to Year 4 on their fantastic participation in our Mini Marathon. The children worked hard and managed to come 2nd place with the amount of laps completed. The children supported one another and cheered for the other classes, they should be very proud of themselves. Remember we are raising money for the NSPCC, so sponsors need to come in as soon as possible. Thank you! 

Backwell Visit 

Today Year 4 were lucky enough to have some Year 8 Backwell students visit, leading some team building games for us to enjoy. We all had a great time and didn't want the afternoon to stop. It was great fun and also helped us with training for our Sports Day ! 

Local walks around Nailsea 

Thanks to the local walkers of Nailsea, Year 4 got to out and explore some of the local walking paths of Nailsea, fitting in with our learning of habitats in Science. We got to explore the different habitats animals live in, the different species of plants and how they grow. The children loved looking at all the animals and finding out why they live in certain habitats.  

St Fagans 

To help with our learning on looking at the history of houses, Year 4 took a trip to Cardiff to explore the houses and different buildings through time. The children had an exciting time looking at how cooking, heating, entertainment and home comforts over history. The children found the school particularly interesting and felt paticularly lucky that they go to school in today's times rather than in the past! The children also found it funny that toilets use to be outside! It is safe to say after the trip the children felt lucky to have the homes and classrooms they do today.  

RE Retreat Day 

Year 4 partnered up with the Year 4 class from St Joesph's Portishead to have a day of reflection and fun. The children completed a 2 mile walk as a group discussing Children CAFOD have worked with and the journey's they have been on. The children reflected on the journey's they have been on as well as others and thought about what they could do to help others. After our walk the children enjoyed a picnic and ice lollies together and then participated in some team building games and rounders and football. They children had a brilliant day at the lakegrounds in the sunshine, the children enjoyed having the time to reflect and also having the opportunity to make new friends! Well done to Chloe and Josh for having the confidence and fantastic speaking voices to volunteer to complete some readings in front of both classes. 

THANK YOU AND GOODBYE 

Already with a blink of an eye Year 4 has gone by and it is now the end of term. Thank you so much for all of your support this year and putting your trust in me to teach your children. It has been a fantastic year full of lots of learning and fun. It has been a pleasure to teach all of your children this year and I will be sad to see them go. Thank you for all your gifts and kind words, have a lovely summer holiday and see you in the new term. GOOD LUCK YEAR 4, YOU ARE ALL SUPERSTARS AND WILL MAKE A FAB YEAR 5 CLASS. 
Miss Lamb  
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