As the term draws to a close we are able to look back and reflect on some of the fantastic work our Year 4’s have completed this year as well some of the fabulous learning experiences the children have undertaken. Foremost in our minds are last week's English Speaking Board Examinations. All the teachers and support staff are so proud of all the hard work each and every child put in, whether they took the formal exam or performed in-house.
We were also proud of their beautiful behaviour on our last trip of the year to St Albans Cathedral where staff commented how lovely the children were. The Cathedral education department gave us an entertaining and fact-filled day with Anglo Saxons being chased down the Nave by a vicious Viking before the children made their own jam and butter in true Viking style!
The children’s classroom topic on the Vikings has inspired much creative work this term. Through making Viking portraits, pupils have explored mark making, proportions of the face and colour. They had to cut with real precision when making silhouettes of Viking longship prows and were thrilled with the striking results. For the Coronation of King Charles, the pupils enjoyed painting comical Coronation Chickens in all their royal regalia!
It has also been a busy year in Design Technology! We started in September with the construction of natural disaster-themed cam toys. Then we moved on to investigate levers and mechanisms, culminating in the children designing rainforest insects with moving linkages to create swishing wings, legs and pincers. The Vikings topic saw a more aesthetic approach to design; the children researched the role of jewellery in Viking culture and created their own brooches and pendants. It has been a fun year and I very much look forward to teaching your children again in Year 5.
Finally, we cannot forget the ‘Take One Picture’ week where the children were engrossed in creating their tableaus for the light display - a real highlight of the exhibition.
We hope the children have many fond memories of their time in Year 4, we certainly do. They have worked so hard and been so kind and supportive of each other in their learning. We wish them all the best as they leave us to face the challenges of Year 5 which we are sure they will rise too magnificently!