Cage Green Primary School Cage Green Road, Tonbridge, Kent, TN10 4PT T. 01732 354325 F. 01732 369 468
Head Teacher: Mr Graeme Garthwaite, NPQH, Headteacher

Year Four

Please click below to see Topic Webs:

Topic Web Terms 5 & 6 2017 Africa

Topic Webs Terms 3 & 4 2017 - Invasions

Topic Webs Terms 1 & 2 2016 - Extreme Environments

28 April to 30 April 2017

Year 4 Residential Visit to Margaret McMillan House, Wrotham, Kent

Over the April bank holiday weekend, some children from Year 4 attended a residential visit to Margaret McMillan House in Wrotham. All of the children were extremely excited as for some of them, it was their first stay away from home. There were many fun-filled and challenging activities for them all to take part in such as rock climbing, a low ropes course, orienteering and a blind trail where they all took turns in wearing a blindfold to be led through a rope maze through the woodland. On the first night there, they had a big bonfire too where they toasted marshmallows to eat.

The food available was great and the children enjoyed sharing rooms with their best friends. The staff at the site were really friendly and helped everyone achieve their own personal goals, especially when it came to going that little bit higher on the climbing wall.
It was a super time and one child even got to celebrate their birthday while there!
Everyone came home with fond memories and these are just some of the photos showing what a good time was had.

Terms 3 and 4 2017

4B Class Learning

Maths

We have been using a variety of manipulatives to help us with our maths learning this term. We have used place value counters to help us understand the size of numbers and calculate visually what is 1000 more/ less, 100 more/ less and so on. We have used number tracks and rods, as well as Numicon, to support us when dividing numbers with and without remainders too, which we found really helpful.

English

We all loved taking part in World Book day celebrations in Term 4! There were some fantastic stories written about an experience going round Mr Wonka’s Chocolate Factory! Of course, we had to have all won a Golden Ticket first though. There were many rooms in the factory that were visited, including the Oompa Loompa Training Room, The Packaging Room, Potion Room and the Chocolate Drizzling Room.

  

We have also spent time perfecting our Non-Chronological Report writing skills by producing information booklets about Viking Weaponry to go alongside our topic learning over terms 3 and 4.

Reading

We have just finished reading a fantastic novel by Tony Bradman, ‘Viking Boy’. It really inspired us to imagine what Asgard, home of the Gods, was like in Norse mythology. It was an eye-opening book which helped us to understand the life of a young Viking and how difficult life could be if the Norns, (who were responsible for weaving the path of your fate), chose your ‘thread’ to be cut. 

Topic

Our topic learning has been so much fun this term. We have loved every minute of learning about how gory the lives of the Vikings were! We have made Longhouse models, Long Ship models, created Viking faces from clay and become experts in the landscape of the Scandinavian countries. It has been interesting to find out why exactly the raided other countries and whereabouts in England they came to first.

We learnt how to carefully carve runes, the Viking alphabet, into pieces of clay, just like the Vikings would have done in stone and wood. We spent time writing messages to one another to see if they could crack the Rune code. Below are two names, ‘Amy’ and ‘Elizabeth’.

Terms 1 & 2 2016/17

Topic - Extreme Environments

We were lucky enough to have some of our own Antarctic explorers visit us. They were the grandparents of one of the children in our class. They told us all about the animal life they saw in Antarctica as well as the geographical features they came across, such as glaciers. We got to try on their warm, thick coat they were given for their journey. Our assembly was also about the Topic and everything we had learnt; including the adventures of Sir Ernest Shackleton. We have even ‘adopted’ a Polar bear through the WWF charity (sadly Mr Garthwaite won’t let us keep a real bear!), as we have realised how important it is to care for our planet.

PE

We have been improving our skills in a variety of activities so far this year. These have included sports such as Netball and Hockey as well as other areas of PE, including dance and orienteering/ team building tasks.

Computing

Our school has new Pro Bots that we have been programming. We have been giving sets of instructions called algorithms, to tell the Pro Bot were to go. We have also been using the programme called ‘Scratch’ to create short animations by putting together more complex algorithms.

Maths

In our maths learning we have dabbled in a little problem solving. We had the ‘Straw Problem’ where we had to try to make as many squares as we could from 20 straws. We were then challenged to find a different way of forming the squares which would create a larger number of squares we made. It was challenging but some of us had a real eye for ‘thinking outside of the box’!

Science

We have studied ‘Sound’ and ‘Changes of State’ as our science topics so far in Year 4. We carried out several investigations to answer such questions as ‘Which melts quicker? Chocolate or Lard?’ To our surprise, the chocolate melted quicker, although some of us predicted this as we know it melts when we hold it for too long. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to eat the melted chocolate at the end of the investigation.

English

As part of our English curriculum, we had the chance to visit our local library to enhance our love of books and reading with one another. One of the Librarians shared a really funny book with us while we visited and some of us were able to borrow books to take home. We have used ‘Talk for Writing’ through a variety of our work to help share our thoughts and ideas first, before putting pen to paper. We have learnt the process of how igloos are built in an explanation text as well as rehearsing information texts that give facts about the Polar Regions.