Year 4

General Information
In September of each year there is a Parents' Information Meeting. This is an opportunity for parents to meet their child's new teacher and hear about the work the children will be doing as well as a chance for the teacher to pass on any information to parents.
Ducking Down the Deben
As we are learning about rivers this term, we investigated a local river with Suffolk Wildlife Trust.  We started near the source at Debenham and travelled downstream, taking measurements and making observations, investigating what lives in the river and how it used by the people who live along it.  As the river meanders, it is much longer than it seems from the source to the estuary at Bawdsey if you did the same journey by road.
Farm and Country Fair
We were fortunate enough to visit the Farm and Country Fair at the Suffolk Showground in April to learn about where our food comes from and the activities that take place in a rural environment.  It was a really hot, sunny day - just like the middle of summer!
Science Week
We have been investigating what could possibly be in some mystery food cans that have lost their labels.  First we tested bottles with varied ratios of ice to water to see how far they would roll.  Ask the children what they discovered!
Then we used this knowledge to try to match some unlabelled cans with similar labelled ones, by comparing how far each would travel when rolled down a slope.
World Book Day
Can you work out the literary characters our disguised vegetables represent?
The Ice Bear
This term we are basing our learning around a fantastic picture book,  The Ice Bear, by Jackie Morris.    
Our home learning projects have taught us many things about the Arctic, including some of the countries that have land inside the Arctic Circle, the animals that live in this challenging environment, and the Inuit people who live alongside them.  Have a look at our posters, games and books!
Sound
We have investigated how sounds can be produced on different musical instruments. 
We discovered that sounds travel in waves, and there is no sound without vibrations.  
We designed and made our own instruments.  It had to be possible to change the pitch of the notes so we could play  a tune.
Foxburrow Farm
Learning how the Anglo Saxons lived
We had a brilliant day at Foxburrow Farm.  We practised lots of the crafts the Anglo Saxons needed to know to build their homes, keep warm, cook their food and keep themselves fed.
Our Visit to the Dales
We have been to the Dales with Lucy from the Suffolk Wildlife Trust.  We played games to help us understand the relationship between predators and prey, learnt how to use a key to identify freshwater invertebrates and went pond dipping to investigate the ecosystem beneath the water.
Classifying Biscuits
We have been creating our own keys to identify biscuits.  We had to think of questions that could only have a yes or no answer; not as straightforward as we thought at first!  We developed our observational skills and had to work as a group to complete the key.
Poetry
We have been listening to, performing and writing poems based on the work of Joseph Coelho in his collection Werewolf Club Rules.
Arthur and the Golden Rope
In our book, Professor Brownstone has a vault where he keeps precious objects collected by his ancestors.  We brought in our own precious objects to make a special collection in our classroom.
We wrote a kenning about the wolf Fenris in our book Arthur and the Golden Rope.  A kenning is an Anglo-Saxon and Viking poetic form.  You can listen to us performing it! 
Graphic texts
Arthur and the Golden Rope is a graphic text.  We wrote other adventures for Arthur and his ancestors or used the setting of the book for other stories.
We designed book trailers for Arthur and the Golden Rope.  We hope they tempt you to read it!
EAGLES: Miss Webb
HAWKS: Mrs Ambrose