Meet our fantastic Year 4!
Miss E. Hunter
Mrs M. Friar
About the class...
Class Teacher - Miss Hunter
Learning Assistant - Mrs M. Friar
Year 4 is an exciting year as the children are preparing for Upper Juniors and the roles and responsibilities they will gain. In Year 4 the children are always encouraged to strive for excellence both independently and as part of a team.
We have a safe, caring learning environment where children’s individual talents and achievements are recognised and built upon. We have both Numeracy and Literacy working walls and the children are encouraged to develop their independence by accessing the resources when necessary. We have three class computers and have access to 15 laptops and ipads each week, enabling us to have lots of opportunities to develop our computing skills.
Literacy and Numeracy
Literacy and Numeracy are taught daily and are often incorporated into other lessons. The activities we complete range from practical to written and they are always differentiated to cater for the different learning needs of the children. Our Literacy lessons are taught around a book such as 'Robin Hood'. We use the text to explore grammatical features and to provide us with inspiration for exploring and writing different text types.
We learn about lots of exciting topics through the Learning Challenge Curriculum, such as What were the Romans so powerful? What happens to the food we eat? and Why is the River Mersey so important to Liverpool? To enhance our learning, we aim to take part in exciting trips, such as visiting Norton Priory Museum, have the opportunity to learn a woodwind instrument. Click on the 'Curriculum Overview' document, for more information.
Homework is set on a Friday and should be handed in by the following Friday.
Year 4 use a range of strategies and activities to practise their multiplication tables. They enjoy using I pads to access TT Rockstars and Topmarks games but one of their favourite games has to be bingo.
The Book Bus
Year 4 pupils visited The Book Bus and were delighted to see some of their favourite books and have the opportunity to explore new titles.
Visit from The University of Manchester Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Year 4 participated in a workshop where they designed and made a circuit for their own smart gadget. Pupils took part in a Question and Answer session with Alex an Associate Professor from The University of Manchester and found out all about careers and studies in Electronic Engineering. We now have some budding engineers at Ashurst!
We loved our Lego Rovers workshop delivered by The University of Liverpool's Computer Science Department. We navigated our own space rover, saw the effect of the time delay between the Earth, the Moon and Mars, and experimented with automation rules based on concepts from artificial intelligence programming.
Working Scientifically - Using Microscopes
Year 4 used microscopes, which we loaned from the Royal Microscopical Society, to practice our working scientifically skills. We closely observed different solids and were able to group and classify them and record our findings.
DT - Adapting a recipe
During our DT topic we sampled and evaluated a range of biscuits. Then, working to a budget, we made our biscuits and designed our own packaging. Finally, we sold our delicious cookies at the Christmas Fair.
Take a look at our learning so far this year 2019-2020
We have been learning to explore different materials and drawing techniques this term. We experimented with hatching, cross hatching and stippling, with different grades of pencil and pens, to create texture in our drawing.
Letters from our Spanish pen-friends
We have enjoyed writing to our new Spanish friends and showcasing the knowledge and vocabulary we have acquired this half term. When we received our letters, we were thrilled. It has been wonderful to learn all about them.
Games Using Electrical Circuits
Year 4 loved applying their knowledge of complete and incomplete circuits to design and make games using an electrical circuit. They learned lots from the challenges they faced along the way and felt a real sense of accomplishment when playing with the finished products.
During our music topic Mamma Mia, pupils have enjoyed learning to play G and A notes on a recorder to then perform the song.
Pupils have been learning to explore different commands and share challenges with their Kagan group.
Investigating Electrical Conductors and Insulators
As part of our Science topic about Electricity, pupils investigated which materials are insulators and which make good conductors of electricity.
Welcome to your new class, Year Four. Take a look at the fantastic learning and enrichment opportunities we experienced last year (2018-2019). Keep checking this page for our exciting learning this year.
Shakespeare Day at Haydock High
Pupils thoroughly enjoyed their Shakespeare day at Haydock High where they took part in Art, English and Drama activities all based around Shakespeare's work.
Year 4 pupils made incredible progress during their Printing project. After studying William Morris they created their own print design, printing block and experimented printing an different materials.
RSPB Workshop Bioblitz
Karen from the RSPB came to school to deliver a Bioblitz Workshop. Children explored the habitats found around school and discovered a variety of species living here. Using identification clue sheets children identified different species of trees living within the school grounds. It was fantastic to see such progress taking place and how engaged the children were in their outdoor learning.
D.T - Drawbridge
Working as part of a team, pupils made wonderful drawbridges. They practised measuring and cutting skills while using new materials from their design kits. Miss Hunter was extremely impressed with their resilience, determination and team work skills. Super work Year 4!
Visit to Halton Castle and Norton Priory Museum
As part of our Normans topic we visited Halton Castle and Norton Priory Museum. We enjoyed a sunny day exploring the ruins and discovering clues about its past. Afterwards we built Motte and Bailey Castles, investigated the Bayeux Tapestry and took part in sword training.
Visit to Walker Art Gallery
The class thoroughly enjoyed learning more about the roles of artists and the purpose of art during their Draw To Explore Workshop. Pupils were encouraged to observe, experiment, and develop their drawing skills. One of the highlights was exploring the Leonardo Da Vinci exhibition.
World Book Day
To celebrate World Book day Year 4 enjoyed reading with Reception class and dressing up as some of their favourite characters. Take a look at some of the wonderful costumes.
Year 4 pupils learned about the colour wheel and successfully mixed colours to create hues and tints. Then we progressed to experimenting with brushstrokes.
Year 4 logged the temperature in class and used the data recorded to analyse reasons for varying temperatures throughout the day. Children came to conclusions about fluctuations in temperature.
Discovering Ancient Egypt
Year 4 enjoyed designing and making their very own Egyptian jewellery.
Chester Zoo Ranger Visit
To start our celebration of British Science week 2019 Chester Zoo rangers visited school and Year 4 participated in a workshop about life cycles.
Does temperature affect how a ball bounces?
Year 4 children worked on questioning, measuring, recording results and making conclusions during this investigation. It lead them to ask questions about how temperature would affect performance and strategy when playing different ball games.
Capoeira for All
Mike came to Ashurst to teach children Capoeira. It was the first time Year 4 pupils had experienced this exciting and dynamic Afro-Brazilian art-form. They absolutely loved it and can't wait to try it again.
First Aid Training
Year 4 pupils received first aid training from Leanne and Josh. Leanne is a nurse from Whiston Hospital and Josh is a trainee nurse and former Ashurst pupil. They were very impressed with the children's knowledge and skills of CPR.
The whole class enjoyed various Roman themed activities. Their costumes looked incredible! They enjoyed creating a Roman structure inspired by the Pantheon in Rome.
Year 4 pupils were challenged to construct a circuit which lit a light bulb. They went on to name and label its basic parts. Super Kagan collaboration. Well done year 4!
To start our topic Why is the River Mersey so important to Liverpool? children participated in a workshop presented by Janet from United Utilities. We enjoyed learning about the water cycle and the importance of water to our daily lives.
Solids, Liquids and Gases Show
Visitors from the University of Manchester enthralled Year 4 with their states of matter show. Children consolidated their learning of the topic and our visitors were impressed with the children's insightful questioning to further their understanding.
Music Stars Of The Week
Well done to our latest music stars. We are very proud of your progress!
This year we will be learning to play the clarinet. During their first lesson, Year 4 learned how to assemble their clarinets and played rhythm games, which they loved.