Year 4 Class Diary

Keep checking here for Year 4 updates during the current term.

Date What did Year 4 do and what did they learn? Say Cheese!!
19th June 2017 On Friday 16th June 2017 the St Christopher's School community came together to celebrate VE Day. Children arrived at school in a variety of 1940s era costumes from returning evacuees to military personnel. Year 4 children podded fresh peas in preparation for a special lunch WW2 luncheon prepared by Mrs Baker and Mrs Wallace. At 2pm the real festivities started. Throughout the weeks leading up to VE Day pupils had been practicing celebratory performances to present to their peers and parents. On the day pupils delivered excellent renditions of the following songs and readings. Year 4 read a series of letters and poems from the frontline. The readings were expertly accompanied by Hazel on the violin.
8th June 2017

We held a whole school election. Year 3 and 4 pupils learnt about democracy and our election process whilst creating their own party and campaigining for overall power at St Christopher's School. 

The Christo Party Manifesto:

More Play Equipment

LED Lighting in the School

3 Hour and 45 Minute School Days

More Plants to Clean the Air

Solar Panels to Power the School

The Christo Party Logo
6th May 2017
Some of the Year 3, 4 and 5 pupils took part in a Dragons Den themed day. They came up with group names, slogans , designed a product, thought of cost/profit and had to present their ideas to others. We all voted for our favourite design, which was a very close vote!
The winning invention was 'MINS' (Moving bins). They would recognise your voice and come to your call, hoover as it travelled and had recycling compartments. It also had stretchy arms, which could reach out and collect pre-designated litter. The winning pupils were; Gabriel (Y5) George (Y4) Martha (Y4) Sophia (Y4) and Daisy (Y4) All children worked hard and came up with some amazing ideas!
 
Dragons' Den Logo
25th May 2017

Year 4 pupils visited The Crystal in London. The world's largest exhibition on future cities it is also one of the worlds most sustainable including using rainwater to flush toilets!

Siemens opened the Crystal in 2012 as a global hub for debate on sustainable living and development and Year 4 visited in preparation for an upcoming project for their thoughts on future cities.

The Crystal sets the benchmark for sustainable building design. It is the only building in the world to achieve the highest certification in both the BREEAM and LEED schemes, as well as many other accreditations. Siemens technologies throughout the building ensure the highest energy efficiency and CO2 standards are met.

It was an excellent day in London completed by an exhilarating ride on the Emirates cable car 'flight' to North Greenwich.

 

St. Christopher's Pupils at The CrystalSt. Christopher's Pupils at The Crystal
24th May 2017 Year 4 enjoyed a fantastic drama workshop with the excellent Ian Crosher from Kic Theatre. Our topic today was 'Behaviour' and the children enjoyed a specialist workshop  based on the theme 'Bad Language: How to and How not to Communicate'  to complement classroom work during PSHE. Pupils were encouraged to explore the  theme through various practical dramatic exercises.  Kic Theatre Company Logo
11th May 2017

Over the past couple of weeks, Year 4 have been enjoying ‘Mr. Stink’ by David Walliams. We have been investigating the characters’ back-stories and the children have been writing their own ideas for the main character, as well as composing back-stories for their partners – some of which have been most imaginative!

Having thought about the novel in detail, the children are now planning their own story, following a similar outline to that of ‘Mr. Stink.’ 

'Mr Stink' by David Walliams
27th April 2017

Year 4 joined the whole school in welcoming Table Tennis star Darius Knight visited St Christopher's School. Darius is currently playing for England on the ITTF World Pro Tour Circuit and counts European Youth Champion, Youth Olympic Champion, British Men's Champion and a member of Team GB for London 2012 amongst his accolades. He is therefore well placed to come to St Christopher's to deliver a professional circuit training workout to the whole school in addition to holding a whole school assembly to talk about how he came into sport and his ongoing success as a professional sports star.‚Äč

The presentation from Darius was excellent, focusing on the idea that we all have a talent but invariably it is hard work and practice that allows us to reach our goals. Do something you have a passion for and work hard and you can achieve anything. A good example of this theme is featured in a book by Matthew Syed entitled 'Bounce'.

Darius came to our school as we aim to raise funds for our own sporting endeavours including extra play equipment to get our pupils active. This was done by pupils being sponsored by their families to take part in the circuit training and we thank parents and extended families for being so generous. Not only do we hope the morning as a whole was beneficial, but we hope the money raised will keep the children active in the days, weeks and months ahead as they make use of the additional resources. 

Table Tennis Star Darius Knight with Pupils