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Year Four

Year Four

Have a look at all we have been doing in Year Four.

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Year 4 - Osprey - Harry Potter

In English this week we have been taking on the roles from the Harry Potter fairy tale, The Tale of the three brothers. The children asked some very powerful questions and it was wonderful to see the children take on the role of the characters so well. 

Year 4 - Osprey - Geography

In Osprey's class we have been discussing some environmental issues as part of our Geography work in topic. We have debated the positives and negatives of different topics, such as pollution, green areas and congestion with a focus on London. 

Year 4 - Hutton Le Hole

In Hutton Le Hole we had so much fun racing our boats down the little stream that runs through the village. 

Year 4 - World Book Day

We absolutely loved seeing everyone's fantastic costumes for  World Book day! There were some phenomenally creative costumes and it was really exciting trying to guess the word that some children had come as! We're incredibly proud of our story in a box based on 'The Dinosaur Express'.
As part of Woodthorpe Times Tables Rock Star day, Owl class dressed up as rock stars! We too kparts in lots of times tables games throughout the day including a times tables battle with Year 6!

Year 4 - Owl - Drama Workshop

Year 4 took part in a brilliant drama workshop with YOYO. The children took part in lots of acting activities, developing their skills to enhance their end performances. The children were really engaged and enthusiastic throughout and it was lovely to see them take on the different roles!
As part of world book day, Owl class went to visit the local Yorkshire Dementia group to read with them. The children took their favourite book to share, which the members loved hearing. It was lovely to see the children so enthusiastic and engaged with their reading!

Year 4 - Owls - Dementia Friends

Owl class were very lucky to be visited by Natalie, who runs the local Dementia Yorkshire support group. Natalie taught the class about dementia and how to care and look after for people living with dementia. After the training 

session, children all received a special badge to let other people know they are a 'dementia friend.

Year 4 - Owls - Nature and Danger

As part of our exciting nature and danger curriculum, Owl class took part in our very own paper aeroplane contest! We had 15m and 1 sheet of paper to create our aeroplane designs. We then went to the hall to compete with Dean winning the competition! 

Year 4 - Osprey - ICT

As part of the computing curriculum, we have been collecting our own data for the number of star jumps and frog leaps we could complete in 30 seconds. We then inputted our data into a spreadsheet and have then created bar charts to show it. Next, we are going to analyse our charts and graphs to see who could complete the most star jumps in the time limit.

Year 4 - Osprey - Reading Champions!

For the first time this year, Osprey have come first in the reading Challenge! We have all worked so hard to beat the other classes to first place. 

Year 4 - Osprey - Yorkshire Rose

We have been learning about wonderful Yorkshire in topic and as part of the Design and Technology curriculum, we created our very own textile Yorkshire Rose! We are so pleased with how they have turned out!

Year 4 - Owl - Slime

As part of our new Science topic, we are learning all about different states of matter. We decided to make slime, a state which has both liquid and solid properties. We had great fun watching the different ingredients combine to make super stretchy slime!

Year 4 - Osprey - Making Slime

To launch our new science topic, 'States of Matter' we created our own slime! We had so much fun creating it. We are going to freeze it to see what happens to its properties. 

Year 4 - Osprey - Christmas Baking

Ospreys had a wonderful time baking Christmas cookies. They were delicious!

Year 4 - Osprey - Roman Shields

In Osprey class we have created Roman shields using paper mache. We worked in small teams to create our shields. We carefully looked at the designs that were used on the shields to create our final pieces. This was a great way to finish off our topic 'The Ruthless Romans'!

Year 4 - Osprey - Tessellation of shapes

Year 4 Ospreys have been having a wonderful time experimenting with the software 'Scratch' on the chrome books. The children enjoyed creating their tessellations and experimenting with different colours and amounts of degrees so that the patterns they created were all different. There were some wonderful designs!

Year 4 - Osprey - Bauble making

Osprey class loved using the glue guns to create our gorgeous baubles for the Christmas showcase.

Year 4 - Osprey - Yorkshire Museum

Osprey class had a fantastic day at the Yorkshire Museum and thoroughly enjoyed the Roman workshop. We couldn't believe how heavy the Roman armour was!

Year 4 - Owl - Singing

Owl class were invited to sing at a local 'Dementia Yorkshire' Christmas party. We spent some time learning a selection of different christmas songs and even added in some spectacular drumming! We had such a lovely time singing and meeting members of the group. It was a fantastic way to celebrate the lead up to Christmas!
Year 4 visited the Yorkshire museum as part of our exciting Roman topic. We explored the Roman exhibition, discovering Roman skeletons, artefacts and mosaics. We then took part in a workshop in which we dressed in Roman clothing and took part in a job interview. We decided which characters were civilians or slaves through activities such as mosaic making, bread baking and hair dressing!

Year 4 - Osprey - Rice Experiment

Osprey class have thoroughly enjoyed completing an experiment, linked to our topic 'sound'. We had a drum and some rice and tapped it with different strengths (a light tap and a really hard tap). We learned that when we banged the drum harder, the vibrations were greater and therefore the volume (amplitude) was louder too. 

Year 4 - Owl - Boudicca Presentation

As part of our ICT topic, we discovered how to present our ideas using google slides. We learnt how to add text, how to add images and how to animate our slide show. We then presented our finished presentations to the class. 

Year 4 - Owl - Chromebook Workshop

We was lucky enough to be visited by Clint, who is a Chromebook expert! He demonstrated lots of different ways we can use the Chromebooks to enhance our learning. Out favourite app we discovered, was Google Earth, in which we traveled to the Colosseum in Rome! 

Year 4 - Owls - Halloween Biscuits

As part of D&T, we made our very own biscuits to celebrate Halloween. We had to carefully measure out the correct ingredients before combing them to make a dough. We selected biscuit cutters to shape the dough before putting them in the oven to bake.

Year 4 - Osprey - Mental Health Awareness

We enjoyed supporting mental health awareness day this week and learned lots of new mindfulness techniques which we think will be really helpful. It was a lovely calming day.

Year 4 - Osprey - Circuits

Ospreys have loved learning all about electricity this half term. We thoroughly enjoyed making our circuits and experimenting. We found that if there was a gap in the circuit, it would never work.

Year 4 - Owl - Missing Witch

We received an email from Mrs Smith in the office, informing us that a strange flying object had been spotted on CCTV. We decided to investigate for evidence on a hunt through school. We found a mysterious letter, a broom and a photograph. We rung the BBC to let them know of our findings and they would like us to all write a report based on the events. 


Ryder - 'I have already wrote down our notes ready to write my report. We think it might be a witch who is lost!'

Year 4 - Osprey - Witch in the woods

Ospreys were alarmed when an email came through from the school office reporting a mysterious flying object which had been seen flying around their classroom. We immediately set off to investigate and found some very interesting clues! We are going to write a newspaper report to explain all of the information we have found and try to solve this mystery!

Year 4 - Osprey - Bread Making

Osprey class have thoroughly enjoyed making bread as part of their topic work. It tasted absolutely delicious!
As part of our Roman topic, we have been learning about Roman mosaics. We discovered that they were made using broken tiles and wet plaster and the more elaborate the mosaic, the wealthier the family. We first designed our own mosaics thinking carefully about the colour and layout. We then used our own mosaic pieces to create our own design.

Year 4 - Osprey - Mosaic making

We loved creating our Roman mosaics as part of our Ruthless Roman topic.
Year 4 - 2019 Upwards 

Year 4 - Osprey - Newspaper Interviews

To travel our minds back in time to when Woodthorpe Primary School first opened 50 years ago, we dressed up as pretend ex teachers and ex pupils. We imagined what life would be like without computers, without televisions and most importantly without the internet. We created some fantastic debates and discussions around the differences over time in schools. The quotes from the interview were perfect to use in our English newspaper report on the school’s anniversary.

Year 4 - Osprey - Active Maths

To secure our knowledge on the ‘Triangle Family’ we used our indoor and outdoor space to combine our maths lesson with PE. Everyone was moving around, grouping together, working as a team and using our maths skills to complete the tricky challenges. Everyone really enjoyed it and has excelled in the following shape lessons.

Year 4 - Osprey - Indiana Jones Temple Run

To inspire our imagination before writing our own Indiana Jones style story, we took off to the forest to create our own temple run. We used natural materials and our own imagination to create traps and treacherous pathways.

Year 4 - Osprey - Jelly and Ice cream

Year 4 - Osprey - Henri Rousseau art

We travelled to the forest at the end of the field to find inspiration that would help us to create our Henri Rousseau rainforest style artwork. We found lots of different leaves and grass that we studied in detail and put into our art to make it realistic.

Year 4 - Osprey - Sid the Snail

Osprey class was visited by a very special snail. Sid the Giant African Snail was brought in by Molly and she gave us a detailed lesson about the species for our rainforest topic.

Year 4 - Osprey - Judo

Osprey enjoyed an exciting Judo taster session from a Great Britain team trained expert. We learned some fun games and how to safely throw someone over your shoulder!
Woodpecker class joined up with Osprey class to complete a challenge. As our active planet topic had come to an end, we decided to test what we had learnt about surviving a natural disaster, such as an earthquake. We headed to the forest in our teams to plan what our shelter would look like and need. We worked extremely well together, supporting each other's ideas. We then looked at each teams shelter, deciding if it would be strong enough to survive an earthquake! 

Year 4 - Osprey - Music Workshop

We had the special opportunity to attend special music lessons for a full half term. The workshops were run by a musical expert who specialises in making music from body percussion and recycled objects. He is a current member of the music group Stomp!

Year 4 - Osprey - World Book Day 2019

The children loved dressing up in their favourite book characters and getting comfy in their pyjamas for World Book Day! We managed to listen to a story, eat biscuits, drink juice and also have a special visit to nursery where we got to read to some children.

Year 4 - Osprey - Spanish Headteacher visit

 Woodthorpe Primary School had a special visit from over 30 Spanish headteachers, which allowed us to test some of our fantastic language skills learnt from our Spanish lessons! It was a brilliant experience and everyone was impressed with how much Spanish we had learnt and could use. 

Year 4 - Owls - Drumming

So far this half term, Owls have had the privilege of working with a performer from 'Stomp', who has come and shown us how to make music with only our bodies and recycled goods. We love been able to groove and boogy to a pulse and a beat.

Year 4 - Owls - Chicks

Owls really enjoyed visiting the little baby chicks this week. Hollie: 'They were really soft and cuddly', Louis: 'They were as fluffy as a cloud'.

Year 4 - Owl - Spanish visitors

This week we have had several Spanish Head teachers visiting our school! Throughout the day, Year 4 had the opportunity to get to know these teachers through Spanish 'speed quizzing'. We had so much fun!

Year 4 - Owl - World Book Day

Owls had a fantastic day celebrating World Book Day dressing up, with Emily winning best dressed as she decided to dress up as a character from Mallory Towers ! We all had such a lovely morning visiting Nursery and reading books with our reading buddies.

Year 4 - Author Visit

We had a fantastic time listening to and reading.

Owls were truly inspired when a local Author (Stephen Pass) came to visit our class to talk about and read his own fantasy story. The children were captured by Stephen's magical words and inspired them to write their very own mystical stories about an enchanted forest. Stephen very kindly came back and listened to our stories and we left his hairs on his arms stand on end!! 

Year 4 - Owl - Volcanoes

This week in Owls, we launched our 'Active Planet' topic by making our very own ferocious volcanoes. We have absolutely loved building and creating our own volcanic structures. We then used vinegar and bicarbonate of soda to finally erupt our volcanoes!!

Year 4 - Osprey - Author Visit

 A local Author kindly made a visit to Osprey class to talk to them about his own book and inspire them during our story writing week. The children were totally captured by Stephen Pass and his imagination. "I have read his book Madge the Mermaid three times already" - Josh P. He even returned to listen to the children read out their own stories.

Year 4 - Osprey - Hula Dancing

After our English writing, we were interested in the traditional Hawaiian Hula Dancing. Osprey class are currently working on their own choreography.

Year 4 - Osprey - Magnets

For the current science topic (magnets), we carried out a special investigation. It was to find out if we could find the North and South pole using only a magnet, pin, paper and a bowl of water. One group had outstanding results, realising that they had just created their own compass! 

Year 4 - Osprey - Hawaiian Travel Agent

For our new exciting English topic, we had to write a travel guide to persuade the reader to travel to Hawaii. We acted out the part of the travel agent to come up with some fantastic description that would make sure the reader hopped on a plane straight away. "I am definitely going now!" - Josh P

Year 4 - Osprey - Exploding Volcanoes

To launch our 'Active Planet' topic Osprey class used their design and engineering skills to create their very own volcano. They then added special ingredients to make them erupt everywhere! 

Year 4 - Osprey - Space Food

To get excited about writing an astronaut job advert we decided to taste some special space food. It was completely new to everyone and the reactions were very mixed! "Disgusting" - Evie and " I could eat this everyday" - DJ

Year 4 - Osprey - Ultra Eve

We were challenged with the task of creating an advert for a brand new energy drink - Ultra Eve. Some of us tried making a prototype to make our adverts even more persuasive!

Year 4 - Osprey and Owl - Scientific Skeletons in science

Both classes used a range of dog biscuits and other resources to cleverly create their own human skeleton. "We had to think carefully about how two bones are connected and how they work" - Toby C

Year 4 - Osprey - Nestle Artwork

Osprey class paired up to create a chocolate wrapper! They had to carefully work together to make sure the proportions were accurate. "The result looks amazing" - Harry and Jimmy.

Year 4 - Osprey - Remembrance Day art

We created poppy art in groups to remember those who fought in World War I.
In Year 3 and 4, we had a Dragons Den afternoon in which children had to deliver a sales pitch for their new chocolate design. We were lucky enough to have the wonderful Miss Taylor and some special helpers judging. Children worked in small groups to deliver a presentation on their new bar. The children worked extremely hard and were able to answer some very tricky questions on their designs.

Year 4 - Owl - Chocolate

In Owls this week, we have carried on with our chocolate theme! We have made delicious chocolatey buns and written a fab set of instructions on how to make them in English. Also, we have used a range of materials in our Topic lessons such as: water colours, sketching pencils, paint and pastels to re-create well known chocolate bars (KitKat and Smarties)! 

Year 4 - Osprey - York Chocolate Story Trip

York Chocolate Story Trip.

Year 4 - Owl - Penguin Art

In owls we have been writing fact files and researching all about our adopted animal the 'Adelie penguin'. This week we have experimented with water colours to create wonderful pieces of art work.

Year 4 - Osprey - Mayan Art

Caption: Osprey looked into the Mayan calendar and studied its details very closely. We then designed our very own and created it using chalk and black card so it really stands out! "Using the chalk was a very challenging task. It didn't react like a pencil and could easily be smudged" Toby.

Year 4 - Osprey - Computing, Mayan PowerPoint

Osprey class were tested on their computing skills. Their task was to produce a PowerPoint in pairs that gave an insight into the life of a Mayan. They included a range of information on chocolate making, football, food and traditions. They really rose to the challenge and created some interesting and brilliantly designed slides.


Year 4 - Osprey - Mayan Chocolate

This week, Osprey class got the special opportunity to explore real Cacao beans and Cocoa nibs (Cacao beans that have been crushed after roasting) picked from South America. The children commented that it smelt very bitter, but also delicious at the same time.

Year 4 - Owl and Osprey - Making Chocolate lollies

Year 4 carefully followed a set of instructions to create a delicious chocolate lollipop, complete with sprinkles! We then began to create our own set of instructions for others to follow, adding more detail and improved descriptions. The lollies looked and tasted amazing!

Year 4 2018 - 2019 Please see above. 

Year 4 - Osprey - World culture week

Ospreys were introduced to African Drumming during World Culture week!

Year 4 - Osprey - Battery power

Ospreys set out to investigate if a lemon could be used as a battery in a circuit. We found that using a galvanised nail and a copper penny would act like the two ends of a battery to produce an electrical current. Unfortunately, this time we didn't manage to light up the bulb!

Year 4 - Osprey - Police Visit

Ospreys had a visitor from a local Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) as part of British values week,  to discuss their role in the area and to answer any questions. We discussed a lot around laws and the children found out how they can keep safe. "The police officer told us all the different ways they can keep us safe and the different numbers we could tell our parents if there was any trouble" Ceejay. 

Year 4 - Owls - Forest School Faces

Owl class had a fantastic time on Thursday afternoon when we went to the forest to create our own Boggarts. The children collected different things from the forest area to use on their clay faces. Not only did they make some amazing creations, they also worked with the children from nursery. It was amazing watching them help, support and encourage the younger children.

Year 4 - Owls - Reading with Cygnets

On Friday, Owl class went to read with Cygnets in EYFS. The children loved having the opportunity to read with the younger children and they did an amazing job supporting Cygnets when words became more challenging.

Year 4 - Osprey - Digestive System

Osprey class acted out each section of the digestive system. Firstly, they crushed up bread, banana and water in the stomach then passed it through some tights that acted as the intestines. Eventually, the mushed up food was passed out through a small hole in a cup.

Year 4 - Owl - Cricket

Owl class had a fantastic cricket session led by Rachael from YCC. We began by practising our throwing and catching skills, which we then used in an exciting game. During the game, each side took turns at batting and fielding, but we had to work as a team showing sportsmanship and resilience.

Year 4 - Owl - Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Despite the cold and snow, Owl class had a fantastic day at Yorkshire Wildlife Park. Throughout the day, we had the opportunity to see some amazing animals, learnt lots of fascinating facts and had the opportunity to hold some interesting creatures. Some of our favourite animals were the giraffes, lions, wallabys, tigers and polar bears.

Year 4 - Owl - Boxing

Owl class have taken part in two Boxing sessions led by Mr Harrison from Premier Sports. We learnt some of the different techniques including the hook, cross, uppercut and duck. The children had a fantastic time and joined in with real enthusiasm.

Year 4 - Owl - Pedestrian Training

Owl class have taken part in pedestrian training, during the sessions the children thought about the dangers of the road and how to keep safe. The children had the opportunity to cross different roads after identifying hazards and steps to ensure a safe crossing.