Year 4 Term 1

Our learning this term
 
The current topic web for this term can be found below. It provides information about the topics children will cover in each subject area for the term.
Visit to the Old Gaol
 
On Friday 1st October, Year 4 visited the Old Goal next door to the school. The children learnt all about the history of Penkridge and asked some relevant and sensible questions. Some of the children even made it into the stocks..although we did let them out aqain!
Torch Making
 
In DT this term, we have been designing and making our own torches. This has linked to our Science learning about electricity and our English learning about instructions. 
 Vision Days 
 
For the first two days of this term, the children explored the meaning behind our school vision.
 
At St Michael’s we strive to develop and inspire courageous, respectful and resilient learners encouraging them to serve with kindness and tolerance guided by our Christian values so that they can flourish, living ‘life in all its fullness’ (John 10:10).
 
Each child designed their own t-shirt to represent what the vision means for them.  They showed courage and determination to overcome the climbing wall, learnt how to start a fire in a bushcraft session and finished the day off with a silent disco.
 
Philosophy for Children
 
On Monday 11th October 2021, Jason, the Philosophy Man, came to school to talk to the children and work together to answer some questions.  We started by warming up using different and unusual facial expressions and movements. After this and because in Year 4 in RE we have been looking at forgiveness, we discussed the question 'Can it ever be wrong to forgive someone?' Year 4 worked well in small groups and were respectful and sensible in their discussions.
 

Whitemoor Lakes

In November, Year 4 went on a residential trip to Whitemoor Lakes.  At Whitemoor Lakes the children had activities for three days, sleeping away from our families for two nights and seven meals away from home.

While we were away Year 4 took part in abseiling, ziplining, archery, jump, nightline, crate stacking, climbing and games against our friends, with a very special visitor. The children showed all of the school values throughout the whole trip, but especially perseverance and courage.

Look at the photos below to see how fun it was!

 

Trip To Wolverhampton Theatre
 
On Wednesday 17th November 2021, Year 4 went to visit Valerie Bloom at Wolverhampton Theatre. The children caught the train from Penkridge train station to Wolverhampton train station and walked to the theatre. Valerie taught us some Jamaican words before reciting her poetry to us. Year 4 felt so lucky because they were all given a book, which we were able to share while waiting for the train. On Friday 19th November 2021, Valerie came to visit and we wrote poems with her.