Please keep a close eye on this page, where you will find important information relating to the curriculum and also be able to keep up to date with all of the exciting and interesting work we're doing in class. Take a look at our curriculum map to see what we are getting up to in Year 4 this year.
This term we have been reading Harry Potter and writing our own chapters for the story. In dance the children created a routine with the help of our dance teacher, Miriam, to interpret Harry's feelings when he received his letter and how the letters flew around the room. They were amazing!
It's been a very noisy term in Year 4! The children have been learning how to play the Serdu drums, they studied three diffferent pieces of music but as you can see from the video below they did a fantastic job!
World Book Day
Our children all looked fantastic for World Book Day take a look at some of the characters Year 4 morphed into.
Performing Arts Week
As part of performing arts week in school, Year 4 studied a poem by John Foster called The School Kid's Rap. We discussed the best way to perform it and watched rap artists performing. The children decided on actions and wanted Beatboxing to be a part of their performance. I think you will agree their end result is amazing!
The children have been learning how to play the Djembe since September and put on a performance for their parents. I think you will agree they have all done a super job
The children used their map reading skills to rescue a lost animal in the school grounds and bring them back to the safety of our classroom. Once there the children had to build shelters for their animals to keep them warm and dry during the winter months. Take a look at what they came up with I think you will be very impressed.
This half term we have been studying Romans in History. An archeologist asked for our help researching what the Romans used to eat, he sent in some artifacts for us to look at. We had to search through old Roman poo! We found that they ate things like peas, carrots, olives, apples, bread, rice and peacocks! It was a disgusting job but we had lots of fun!
The children were visited by a Poet, they asked him lots of interesting questions about his career and he performed some of his poems for us. After, he helped us to write a class poem all about our topic Volcanoes, which we had to perform to the whole school. It was great fun!
We went on a class trip to Chester Zoo, we loved seeing all the different animals and where they live. We took park in a lesson where we found out all about the diet of the animals and had to act out the digestive system. We had to pretend we were a giraffes food! We had a great day and found out lots of new things.
We were visited by a teacher, called Miss Banks, from the Victorian times and she was very scary! She gave us diffferent names and made us wear Victorian clothes. We had to do lots of maths and spelling, she even threatened us with this cane if we didn't get it all right!
We were taught lots of things about what life was like for children in schools in the Victorian times. Miss Banks brought lots of artefacts for us to look at and use. We had to write on slate boards and learn how to write with a quill pen. Take a look at the pictures below to see all the things that we got up to!
Christmas recorder showcase
Christmas recorder showcase
Christmas recorder showcase
Before Christmas we put on a showcase for our parents and grandparents to show off the key skills we have been learning in recorder classes. We played lots of different songs as well as using our super singing voices. Take a look at the photos and videos above.
In Music this year Wigan Music Service are coming into school to teach us how to play the recorder alongside practising our singing. So far we have been taught three songs as part of a medley: When the Saints go Marching In, Swing Low Sweet Chariot and I'm Gunna Sing. Please watch the video to see how we are getting on.
This half term the children are learning how to perform different styles of dancing. We have started with the Charleston dance, take a look at them in action. I'm sure you will agree we will be seeing some of them on Strictly soon!
A musical treat
In December, Year 4 were delighted to show off their recorder-playing skills to a packed hall of pupils and parents. The children have been working really hard each week with Wigan Music Service to learn the recorder, as part of the Wider Opportunities scheme. A special concert at St Michael's gave them the opportunity to share their musical talents and perform in front of a large audience. Despite some nerves, the children rose to the occasion and produced a first-class performance. They even found time to fit in some jazz singing and fun Christmas tunes!
A civic visit
Year 4 recently enjoyed a visit from the Mayor of Wigan, Councillor Susan Louden. The Mayor spoke to the children about democracy, the importance of the vote, the day-to-day running of Wigan Council and the roles of some of its key staff. She also provided a fascinating insight into life inside the Town Hall. The children were then given the chance to put the power of democracy into action, placing their vote for their preferred school fundraising initiative into a special ballot box.
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