Welcome to Year 4
Autumn 2 2020
It has been another strange term, but we have managed to stay in school for the whole half term. We continued our Victorians topic and used our knowledge to write a report about conditions in workhouses in English. We did a lot of work on multiplication and division in Maths.
Unfortunately, we couldn’t go to Beamish for our Topic trip as they were in a Tier 3 area, so we reorganised and went for a more local trip to Muncaster castle. We were given a tour by a Victorian maid and met a Victorian school inspector. We finished with a victorian craft session.
Autumn 1 2020
We had a lovely start to the term in our brand-new, enormous room. Things have been different in school because of COVID-19, but we didn't let that stop us!
We began our topic on the Victorians and found out about the artist L S Lowry. He didn't actually paint in the Victorian era, but his subjects of Victorian urban areas helped us to understand what Barrow looked like in Victorian times. We painted an urban scene in his style of "match-stalk men and match-stalk cats and dogs" while singing the song about his life.
We had planned to visit Barrow Archives and Local Studies Centre to find out about the |Victorian Railway system and how it affected Barrow. Restrictions meant that we couldn't go, so Susan, one of their archivists had a virtual visit with us via Zoom, helping us to use primary and secondary sources.
For our second English unit, free verse poetry, we took a wonderful autumn walk to the old quarry and How Tun woods. We used our senses to discover what autumn is like and collected items to inspire our poetry.
"Wow, that view is amazing!"
In the last couple of weeks, we unfortunately had to go into isolation. We didn't let this stop us! We continued our learning from home, meeting every day for all our normal lessons and assemblies using Zoom and Showbie.
"It's really nice seeing everyone on Zoom"
Summer 2 2020
This half term, we continued to work hard at our home learning while staying safe at home.
All the time we were looking forward to our end of year events: home camping and our socially distanced 'Brighter Days are Coming' event.
At our 'Brighter Days are Coming' event, we arrived in our bright clothes to see all of our teachers and many other school staff. We took part in craft activities themed around each colour of the rainbow. We also had the chance to pay our respects to our well-loved bus driver, Ronnie, who tragically died while we were away from school. We were pleased to dedicate our new school bus to him - 'The Ronnie Bus' as the children had always known it. Finally, we had a free ice cream as we left to return home.
We look forward to the brighter days when we can return to school to spend time and learn with our friends and the school staff.
Summer 1 2020
Not being in school has been strange this half term. We have continued our home learning, but we have taken the opportunity to spend quality time with our families, doing new things together that we might never have done otherwise. Luckily we have been blessed with the beautiful weather.
As well as our home learning, Mr McGoldrick's daily challenges have had us doing some very strange things!
In spring term we began our Topic learning about the Roman occupation of Britain. We learned about the extent of their empire and when they invaded Britain. We learned about their relationship with the British tribes such as the Iceni and learned and recorded a poem about Boudicca.
Our Topic learning was enhanced with a wonderful visit to Hadrian's wall. We visited the remains of the Roman fort, Vindolanda, and the Roman Army Museum.
Book day was great fun and we dressed up in a huge range of fabulous costumes.
Autumn 2 2019
In the second half of Autumn Term we continued our Topic work learning about WW2 and began to focus our learning on the local area and the 'Barrow Blitz'.
We visited the Dock Museum and took part in a workshop about WW2 in Barrow, and then walked back to school using original War Department maps to identify which areas had been bombed. We noticed that where buildings had been bombed there was either still a gap in the Victorian buildings or newer buildings had been built.
We also had great fun building our bomb shelters in DT and creating videos to describe our building process using our iPads.
Autumn 1 2019
We have had a wonderful start to the year. Year 4 began their learning about World War II with some beautiful silhouette artwork depicting the drama of the Blitz.
Along with Year 3 we led a hosted a beautiful Mass in school celebrating God's gifts to us in the harvest, including a blessing of our collections for the food bank. We also prepared for our parish Novena with a Mass at St. Mary's where we lit candles and asked Mary, Our Mother in heaven to intercede for us through praying the Hail Mary.
We had an inspirational workshop led by Desiree from CAFOD. We learnt about the Rights of the Child, and how many children in the world have their basic rights denied.
We were excited to get our one to one iPads and beginning to learn hour we can use them to enhance our enjoyment of learning.