Year 4 2019 - 2020

Mrs Bell

Welcome to Year 4. The staff in Y4 are Mr Sainthouse, Mrs Gibson, Miss Anderson and Mrs Robinson.

Rousing Romans
To begin our time in Year 4, we studied The Romans. We used our Geography skills to locate the countries the Romans invaded, this gave us an idea of how they made it to Britain.

We were very interested in the invasions carried out by the Romans and couldn’t help but wonder what invading was like, and what it was like to be invaded, so….

One calm, quiet afternoon, while 4G and 4S were out of their classrooms, 4R INVADED their rooms. What an eventful afternoon it was! The children from 4R tipped chairs over, emptied our trays, mixed up some of the toolkits and put EVERYONE’S name onto red on the traffic light! The children of 4R were very proud of themselves, they had taken over and when the others came back to the class they couldn’t stop them. 4S and 4G had no choice but to admit defeat, they had been invaded and class 4R had taken over.

We found out that the Romans introduced new laws, education and the calendar into Britain as well as the Census. Do you know anything else that they introduced?

We had a very exciting day at Segadunum, a Roman fort in Jarrow. While there we were lucky enough to take part in a workshop and learn how to march like a true Roman, we also had to learn the chant of The Romans, “We will do whatever may be ordered and be ready at every command”. We also saw the remains of a Roman fort.

Circuit Training
In Science, we began to learn about electricity. We thought we knew all about electricity because it’s in our homes and we use it every day, but during our Science lessons we found out how electricity actually works and allows us to use our appliances at home.

To begin our topic we were given some sticks that looked like a tube and a ball, we were surprised when we discovered they made a noise and lit up! After some investigating, we found out that the ball and the tub only lit up and made a noise if we made a complete circuit. It didn’t matter how many people were in the circle as long as everyone was holding hands and there was no gaps – one tiny gap and the circuit was no longer complete, stopping the sound and the light.

Because of our investigating with the ball and the tubes, we could then use wires and bulbs to make a complete circuit and make a bulb light up.

Our learning didn’t stop here, because now we wanted to know how a light switch worked. Using wires, a bulb, some card, split pins and a paper clip, we were able to make a switch of our own and discover how a light switch in our houses works.

We then became creative and applied our knowledge of complete circuits to games. We were able to investigate games and explain the science behind how they work and then use this to create our own versions. To make our games easier we had to use an insulating material to provide rest stops and areas where the circuit would no longer be complete.

World War One
As the country gathered to acknowledge the centenary of the end of World War One, so did the children of Hetton Lyons.

In Year 4, our focus was the battles of World War One, we didn’t realise there were so many!

We began looking at the key events of world War One and we put these events into a time line to show how long each lasted. To develop our understanding of the countries which took part we used map skills to show which countries were part of the Allies, which were part of the Central Powers and those countries who remained neutral.

We walked to our local War Memorial to pay our respects to the fallen and on return to school, we used the Internet to find out about some of our local soldiers. It was amazing to see so many people lists on the memorial with the same surname as children in our class/school.

We were also lucky enough to meet a soldier, who came into school with some artifacts that would be used in the army. As part of the workshop he taught us about life as a soldier in World War One.

As part of the History topic we found out about a man named Manta Singh, he was a very brave soldier from India, he was fighting as part of the allies alongside the British army, he made friends with a British soldier and when he became injured Manta Singh helped him despite being injured himself. The two men remained friends as did their families. Generations later the families still keep in touch and are good friends. What a lovely story!

We have had such a busy first term in Year 4 and have learned so much already, we can’t wait to see what the Spring Term brings.

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