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Year 4 Oak

Oak Class
Welcome to our class webpage where you can find out about our amazing learning journey. You will find information about our activities, examples of our work and comments from us! Please visit often to see our learning journey develop.
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How powerful is art?

This term, Year 4 will be sailing away with The Green Ship as our Power of Reading text. To immerse ourselves in this wonderful story, we started off the term by studying the power of Quentin Blake's artwork. Our focus was to look at the effect of using different brushes. After trying out the many different brushes, we used what we had learnt to copy the illustration of the green ship, focusing on mimicking the style of Quentin Blake. This was a two step process. First, we selected the right brushes to create the background using a variety of greens that we mixed ourselves using just yellow and blue. Then, once the background had dried, we used fine liners to bring detail to our piece. We were most impressed with how closely they match the the Quentin Blake illustration!

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Class Exhibition


Advent has begun in earnest in RE. We have been learning about the Jesse tree and not only the importance of each story in the build up to Jesus’ birth but also the importance of the symbols as well. Please keep an eye out of our wonderful Jesse tree in the corridor next to the office and at celebration worships.


Thank you to everyone who attended our exhibition.  It was amazing to show off all our hard work. The artistic ability of the children is brilliant and it was awesome to see and hear loved ones being taught by the class.  Well done to everyone in Oak Class - you have created amazing works of art!

Advent begins...


This week has been our first assessment of year 4. I would like to say how proud I am of all the effort Oak class has put in, everyone has been amazing!


In RE, we have started our exploration of Advent. We had some amazing discussions about the journey of Mary and Joseph and how difficult and scary it must have been for them. We cannot wait to continue our work and learn more about the Jesse tree.


In English, we have been exploring the character of Mrs Tredegar and we have produced amazing expanded noun phrase whilst writing character descriptions.

Always remember...


This week has been a wonderfully busy week in Year 4. We have been developing our knowledge of multiplication using the grid method. We understand that we have to work on our timetable knowledge, as this will really help us crack the harder questions. In English, we have been researching facts about Antarctica in order to write fascinating non-chronological reports. The facts discovered through the wonders of google were brilliant. Including the fact that Antarctica is actually a desert!


We have continued our investigation into the power of art throughout the week. We have shown how powerful art can be by creating wonderful and poignant silhouette landscapes for remembrance and to say thank you for the sacrifices the brave men and woman of the first and second world wars made for this country.

The Green Ship


This week has been another exciting time in Oak Class. We have been continuing our work on the bar model and applying our knowledge to addition and subtraction problems. In English, we have been continuing to explore the wonderful discovery of Alice and Thomas in ‘the green ship!’. We have been introduced to Mrs Tredegar who owns the ship and using speech punctuation to bring her to life.


Enquiry has been really exciting as we have been using different brush strokes to created brilliant art work in the style of Quentin Blake.

Bench = ??


Term 2 has begun and in Oak class, it has started with a bang! We began the week by wrapping up Ivan’s adventure to save his brother, where he managed to save not only the children but Starjik as well. We then introduced our new power of reading book, The Green Ship by Quentin Blake. We have been exploring how Quentin Blake creates such powerful images and how they add to the story he is telling. We practiced mixing colours to see if we could recreate some of his wonderful backgrounds in preparation for designing our own Quentin Blake inspired art work.


In Maths, we have been exploring the bar model. We have been using it to understand and check complex questions.  In order to understand how it could be used fundamentally, we posed problems in the hall and asked the children to use creative and practical ways to produce solutions.  There were some wonderfully inventive answers including: Hoop = skipping rope + cone + bean bag!

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Useful information


Outdoor PE - Monday

Indoor PE - Wednesday

Our enquiry - Why does it snow?

Year 4 are starting the year as scientists! We will  be looking at the characteristics of solids, liquids and gases before focusing our attention on conducting scientific investigations. We will be setting up simple practical enquiries to look at the melting speed of different solids, and measuring temperature changes over time. We shall then use this data to draw simple conclusions and present our findings. Finally, we will look closely at the water cycle and consider our enquiry question: Why does it snow?


Alongside our enquiry we will be reading Robert Swindells's novel 'Ice Palace'

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Particles matter


It’s been another busy week in year 4. We have been expanding our knowledge of states of matter in enquiry by learning about the arrangement of particles in solids, liquids and gases. We even became particles ourselves on the field! We have also investigated if gases are actually matter. We did this by observing the weight of an empty balloon verses and full balloon. Our observations proved that gases are matter as the have weight and take up space!


In Maths, when have continued to develop our understanding of place value buy round numbers to the nearest 10 and 100. In English, we have be exploring Ivan’s thoughts and feelings after his brother disappeared and using fronted adverbial phrases to enhance our descriptions of the events. RE has been extremely thought provoking as we explored the words of St Francis and how they can help us become better stewards of creation.



We are back! Start of year 4 has been a nice busy one. We are very excited about our new enquiry, ‘Why does it snow?’, which we launched this week. During our wow day, we made snow and observed the similarities and differences between fake and real snow (we also had lots of fun making finger angels!). To ensure that others could make snow whenever they wanted, we also created ‘cooking show’ style instructional videos.


Maths has started off this year with place value. We have been developing our knowledge of 4 digit numbers by partitioning and identifying the values of individual digits. In RE, we have begun our year by studying creation. We have been learning about what it mean to be a steward of creation and linking our knowledge to Pope Francis’ speech form ‘World Youth Day’.