September 2017 - July 2018
Yeargroup - Year 4 (Weekly Updates - Autumn Term 2017)
|Year 4 - Weekly Newsletter
Yeargroup - Year 4
Based Learning 'Project Passports!'
Western House Academy we use a project based approach to our learning
where each half term each year group chooses a topic. This might be a
focus on a period in history, a famous person, a geographical location
or something similar. It is then the goal to link the children's
learning to this topic wherever possible. This means the children have
a focus and their learning can be tailored and themed to suit
their current needs for that topic. At the end of the topic the
children then celebrate their learning for this topic with a special
outcome to parents or other children around the school.
support this approach further we are launching 'Project Passports!' At
the start of a new topic we will be giving children a 'Project
Passport!' activity sheet that contains five mini projects. These
projects cover a range of curriculum areas and relate directly to the
topic being covered in that half term. The children have the whole half
term to choose and complete two out of the five topics and bring them
in to school to share. We want the children to really engage with the
new topic and encourage them to explore their learning further at home.
We want the children to be as creative as possible with these 'Project
Passport!' activities and hope to share and display them in school.
support is most certainly encouraged with the 'Project Passports!' as
we want to share the children's learning with those at home and
encourage as much excitement and imagination as possible!
Many thanks for your continued support and encouragement at home.
Mr. R. Jones
Vice Principal Years 1, 2 & 3 and Leader of Curriculum.
September 2015 - July 2016
Yeargroup - Year 4
September 2016 - Y4 Turner and Y4 Morris learn all about the Egyptians.
Jewellery Making and
Mummification - Y4 Morris
On Wednesday 3rd February, Year 4 at Western House Academy took a trip
back in time. The coaches were loaded and driven right into 1534AD at
Hampton Court Palace. The students explored the kitchen, enjoyed a
roaring fire and learned what it took to feed the 600 people that would
have been living at court on any given day. They explored the great
apartments of King Henry VIII, and saw the last remaining evidence of
Anne Boleyn’s influence in the Great Hall. Children walked down the
haunted corridor where it is believed that the ghost of Catharine
Howard still roams. They were then transported into the 1700’s under
the reign of King William I. Lady English, a spy for England, who had
only just returned from France, led us through the palace. The children
discovered the importance of marriage and connections in establishing
power. Our young Kings and Queens were quite dashing in their
positions. As the day wound to a close the children bid the palace a
fond farewell and returned to 2016, exhausted and happy.
Trip to Burnham Beeches
In Year 4 on 20th May, we had a fantastic time on our trip to Burnham
Beeches! We spent the morning session using our artistic creativity to
draw the beautiful plants that make up the scenery of the area, which
links with our work in Art and Science. We also saw different stages of
the life cycle when we saw a family of ducklings and their mother! We
even got to satisfy our sweet tooth at the lovely café at the heart of
the conservation area. In the afternoon, we got into role as characters
from the legend of Robin Hood, inspired by the nature of the area as if
we were really in Sherwood Forest. It was a super day, full of fun and
real life experiences in the natural world. Well done to the children
for staying positive, focused and full of energy for all their learning.