Emmaville Primary School

Africa Yr 4

Welcome to the Africa Year 4 Class Page.  Here, you can find out about everything that we've been doing this year.

Over the last week we’ve been treated to two different types of online author talks, one from poet Matt Goodfellow and the other from local author David Arnold. It was great to hear about how much they enjoy the work they do and how they each found their own styles.

Matt Goodfellow told us that poetry is a really great way that we can express ourselves. He told us about how poetry can be great to write because we can make the rules and we can find our inspiration anywhere. He then read us some of his own poetry which was great fun to listen to.

Matt set us the task of finding some poetry inspiration during play time and then to ‘write, not get it right’ which means to jot down our initial thoughts which we can turn into poems later. We used our rough ideas to create our own playtime inspired poetry and the results were fantastic! Not only were all the poems well written, but the children read them brilliantly as well. I hope you enjoy listening to some of our poems :)

Happy weekend!

Ms Lamb

Friday 20th November

This week we have learnt about the Tudor family tree and talked about the importance of the Tudors in our History. The children were able to recognise each family member and talk about the dates that they were crowned (or married to Henry VIII). We also talked about the Windsor Royal family and their family tree and the children were really interested in how it all worked. We then put together a family tree for the Tudors to use to support our future learning about them.

A big well done to Myles and Max who came 1st and 2nd in our class on TTRSs in the latest tournament – really proud of your efforts and the whole class for pulling together so well :) 

The children are also working really hard on Accelerated Reader and last week we had 16 children get full marks on their quiz! I'm so impressed with this! Well done!

Happy Weekend!

Ms Lamb

Friday 13th November.
Another fabulous week under our belts! Well done everyone. 
We've had a great week learning about working together and helping each other in our PSHE sessions finished off with a great Children in Need celebration with Joe Wicks this morning. I hope you enjoy their 'Silly Billy' dance as much as we enjoyed doing it.
Well done everyone for your fantastic Bake Off entries - it was SO hard to choose between them all and I'm very sad there wasn't a taste test involved as they looked delicious - enjoy eating them!
Have a lovely weekend
Ms Lamb :)

Week ending 16th October

We have had a very successful week this week, we have completed our Persuasive Writing unit and edited and written up our persuasive writing texts. Look at our fantastic handwriting as well!

Over the last few weeks I have been particularly impressed with the development in our explanations during maths lessons. The children have really focused on making sure we explain their approaches and  working clearly to show off their great understanding.

This week we have been learning how to read and write using Roman Numerals. First of all, the children have had a great growth mindset towards this new task and secondly, they have been particularly brilliant with their explanations and reasoning. Listen to the examples below.

Well done everyone – great effort!

Happy Weekend

Friday 9th October.

Happy weekend everyone!

This week the children have blown me away with their fantastic persuasive writing. Having studied the 'I Spy' text so well, they were able to use it to support their own persuasive writing. I am looking forward to seeing the finished write ups next week.

In our Geography lesson, as part of our Human Geography work, we picked on our knowledge of the Roman invasions of Britain and learnt that they laid our early road systems which have been developed into the road systems we use today. We then used a transport map of the UK to help us think about how people might travel around the UK. We also thought about which of these transport options would be the most efficient for example, you could travel by car, train or plane from Edinburgh to Newquay but it would be most time efficient to fly. We then developed our knowledge of the compass and used it to find out where places were in relation to one another, for example, Newcastle is east of Carlisle, London is south of Cambridge, Dublin is nest of Liverpool and surprisingly, Edinburgh is due north of Bristol!

Well done everyone

Have a lovely weekend

Ms Lamb

Friday 2nd October.
We've had a lovely week to start October.
We started our Roman History topic and used our mapping skills to chart the spread of the Roman Empire through time - we are so lucky to live so near such important landmarks linked with the Roman Empire! We also shared facts we knew about the Romans and what they have done for us and had some fun sharing the strange facts we have remembered - ask your child what gladiator sweat was used for...
In our P.E lessons we completed our first cricket match - the children have put all their batting, bowling and fielding skills to good use and we had some high run totals, great wickets and excellent catches! Well done everyone!
Our persuasive writing skills are also developing well. We've looked at different types of persuasive writing and on Friday we produced a poster advert for a spy gadget. I think the children are both great at using persuasive devices and brilliant at thinking about what a spy might need :)
Well done all.
Have a lovely weekend!
Ms Lamb
Friday 25th September
We've had another great week this week thanks to the hard work and positive attitude shown by everyone :)
We've developed our cricket skills, mastering bowling, batter AND fielding - we are ready to put our skills to the test with some games now...
I have also been really impressed with the children and their 'stickability' and great 'growth mindset'. I set the class the task of learning the 17 times table in 10 minutes. To start with we weren't sure we would manage but were excited to give it a try! Taking it a step at a time (to their delight) within 10 minutes they were all chanting it from memory, Let's see how we do on Monday!
We had a fantastic Science lesson this week. We have started learning about electricity, what it is, how it was discovered and how we can generate it.
Take a look at our photos of our static electricity experiment - it was amazing :) 
Happy weekend! 
Ms Lamb

Friday 18th September.

What a lovely week we’ve had! Well done to all the children for settling in so well in to Year 4. I’ve had such a great week with you. Thank you!  You’re all being so sensible, SO polite and trying your absolute best with all our work and to remember all the news rules, I’m really proud of you.

We’ve had a great week learning about African history, geography and culture and we have also created some beautiful writing, collected and represented data, and worked as a team to create art work – please see the picture below.

We have also started our cricket work in P.E and I have to say, we have some excellent cricketers within our ranks and that really has made my week!


Well done Africa – here’s to a great 2020-2021 school year!

Ms Lamb