We are so lucky to have Flora the Reading Dog visit some of the children in our school. Reading out loud can be quite a daunting experience, even to us adults! However when Flora arrives, we can see the children becoming less self-conscious and more confident with their reading.
These children in Year 4 shared their thoughts about reading with Flora:
"Flora thought it was interesting because she stuck her head in my book. I loved reading with Flora because she is cute and she made me feel happy. I got to give her treats." - Jake
"I felt really calm when I read with Flora because it was lovely and quiet so I could concentrate on my reading. It's like I read her to sleep. We both loved it." - Eddie
"I enjoyed it because it helped my reading and it made me feel special. I think Flora liked it because she sat on my lap and let me cuddle her." - Sadie
"I loved reading with Flora. It made me feel confident because it was just me and her. I think she enjoyed it too because she kept staring at my book and laid on my lap." - Harry
"Flora laid on my arm and stayed really quiet when I read to her. It made me feel calm and relaxed. I think she felt relaxed because she made herself comfortable." - Teddy
Learning about Chronology.
We looked at timelines on key events in British History and where the Viking World fits into the period of time from Ancient Egypt to the Modern World. We asked questions about why Ancient Egypt lasted for so long, but the time of Vikings in Britain lasted for only 300 years. We had more questions than answers in this lesson!
Science Week in Year 4
We have been finding out all about our digestive system and how it works. We have been asking lots of questions about how our bodies get their nutrients from food and how food travels through each organ and what happens at each step of the way. Digestion is a fascinating, messy and fun area of learning and has required us to investigate the activity of the mouth and also what actually happens to food when it is in the stomach.
We have been learning about the Vikings this term and the Viking sagas in English. The children have been writing descriptions of a setting to entertain a reader. These setting descriptions are all about the city of Asgard, the land of the gods. We think these are incredibly well written and the children are so proud of their writing. Well done Year 4!
“A long time before you or I there was a land named Asgard, with its vast towers and domes it plunged the areas around it into darkness. The only thing illuminating the black was a magnificent rainbow bridge, it’s guardian standing before the gates. These gates glimmered in the morning sun. The spine-chilling breeze would make a tingle on your neck. Inside the gates was the most wonderful land with fountains the size of elephants. All humans would be mesmerized by this land of gods, some would even pray to live there because of its glory. The marble streets would glimmer in the dawn light as you walked in. This is the land of all dreams.” - Adair
“The sun reflected off the golden palaces. The glimmering, glittery gates overlooked the rainbow bridge. Vivid shades of radiant colours brightened the sky even more. Castles towered into the sky, no one knows when they stop. When you walk over the hovering track you would see marble statues of every god. A gentle cool breeze drifted towards Asgard, kissing the faces of the glorious, peaceful gods and goddesses. The attractive, beautiful, breath-taking palaces shimmered in the sunlight and glimmered in the moonlight. The only sounds that punctuated the day was the whispers of the gods answering the prayers of human. Every time Odin spoke the spectacular rainbow bridge changed its glistening colours.” - Eden
“Stars twinkled in the midnight sky. You can feel the cold breeze brushing past your face. As your enter Asgard the silver gates will open for you. The rainbow bridge guides you through the darkness. As you enter the golden palace, you will feel power corsing through your veins, you will feel mighty like a god. Standing at the edge is beautiful marble statues of the fallen gods. Every time Odin spoke a dozen mortals died. Every time Odin moved a mortals home got destroyed. As quick as a flash the rainbow bridge disappeared into the moonlight.” - Sonny
Illuminating the dim night were punctuating stars, like a shadowy ocean. There were ornate turrets stretching into the distance like a great golden masterpiece.
Stolen whispers echoed down the gleaming turrets on a magnificent stage with splendid stone statues. Leading down to large front doors were vast stairs. Outside was a shimmering rainbow bridge.
Far, far away, the beautiful palace of Asgard dissolved in a wave of time.
A light scattering of stars were the only light source that punctuated the sea of navy sky. Brunches of glimmering, steel-white light shone brightly in a sheet of blue. Below the canopy of night, towering turrets rose up from behind a great golden masterpiece, spreading out the shimmering light of their gleaming garrets. Echoing footsteps and the tiny whispers were the only traces of life in the stunning city. solid statues stood tall with pride, as they looked over all the huge world around them.
Watch the gentle bobbing of the rainbow bridge, shooting out all of its colours, as a warm breeze dance over it. Below the glossy bridge, a calm flowing gentle flood of good times flew out like a bag of deepest desires.
Sadly Asgard is only a mythical place in the world of Viking dreams.
Emily (she got Star of the Week for this writing!)
The great golden masterpiece glimmered in the moonlit sky. Beneath the skylight stood the imposing sight of the magnificent statues. They appeared even more majestic as they reflected against the glow arising from the rainbow bridge, connecting Asgard and the Land of the Humans.
Asgard stood proud and tall, looking down far below. The peace and tranquility of Asgard was apparent by the stillness throughout the palace. The eerie silence could be felt all around, only being broken by the intrusion of the commanding voices of the Gods.
Touching the clouds, a magical city stood. Above the night sky glittered and the day shimmered. The canopy of blackness was only punctuated by the stars of the fire and the moon of silver. During the daytime, clouds circled the gold turrets as the sun shone down. The city glowed silver by night and gold by day.
The city's streets gleamed as gods walked by and let the breezy wind blow. Swirling domes topped the ornate turrets that flew above this admirable city. The bitter, smooth buildings froze fingers like ice when touched. A magical rainbow bridge was the only exit from this sorcery encrusted world.
In Maths, we are learning all about fractions. Here are some photos of us investigating equivalent fractions using Numicon. An equivalent fraction is a fraction that means the same thing, but is written in a different way. It also looks different and we have shown that here.
Ancient Greek Day
Year 4 have had an outstanding day today, we have fully immersed ourselves into our topic about the Ancient Greeks.
Our day began with an inter-house Ancient Greek Olympics where we included the long jump, javelin, discus and relay running race. The children demonstrated fantastic sportsmanship towards each other and helped each other overcome the nerves.
After break we spoke about daily life in Ancient Greece and specifically looked into the foods that were eaten during this time. We looked at the healthy food plate and realised that eventhough people in Ancient Greece didn't know about having a balanced diet, they still managed to live a healthy life due to farming fresh fruit and vegetables. We made a Greek Salad including cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, feta cheese and black olives. Many of us had never tasted these ingredients before but loved the whole experience. We think we may be up for trying more vegetables at home!
Finally, we looked at Ancient Greek Art and focused on pottery. Using clay, we have made our own pinch pots which we will be decorating next week. Maybe these will be good to store olives in!
In French we are becoming a lot more confident in greeting each other and having conversations. We have now combined this with music and are practising 'The Meet and Greet Song'.
Learning about the Gospel
Year 4 have been learning about the Gospel according to Christian beliefs. We have been reflecting on what kind of world Jesus wanted. We have been discussing the actions and meanings of Jesus healing the different people he met. We played a game called 'Frozen Beanbag' where we had to freeze if a bean bag fell off our heads as we moved around the classroom. Someone had to notice, stop and put it back on. This made us think about how Jesus must have felt helping people and how those people must have felt when they were made better.
Today we have been sharing our writing about Ancient Greece with our classmates. We buddied up and listened to each other read, then we made suggestions to each other about how we could improve our writing. It's great hearing another person read their writing!
Ancient Greece Research Groups!
The children in Year 4 have been very busy in their 'expert groups' and have been researching their chosen area of study for creating a non-fiction piece of writing. They have been reading a huge variety of non-fiction texts as well as navigating websites to find interesting details and facts. Some of the areas of research are: Ancient Greek cities, Ancient Greek Theatre and Arts and everyday life in Ancient Greece. The research will then be used to create non-chronological reports, where the features of this style of writing will be explored further.
This term, we are learning all about sound in Science. Today we began investigating what a sound is, how a sound is made and what happens when we make a sound. As you can imagine it was very noisy! But we learnt so much and absolutely loved our learning.
In Maths, we are learning to multiply and divide by 10 and 100. Here we are investigating what multiplying by ten actually means and representing it in different ways.
Stone Age Day at Kent Life
Year 4 visited Kent Life to experience a Stone Age day! It was brilliant!
When we arrived we took part in different experiences to understand what life was like in the Stone Age such as grinding grain to make flat breads, trading without speaking a language, hunting and gathering, weapons and cave painting.
We even met a man who lived in these prehistoric times called Claw who taught us how to track animals and make weapons.
This has helped us learn so much and we are on our way to answering the big question - what did the Stone Age do for us?
Stone Age Art
We are investigating Changing States in Science. We have been investigating a number of big questions including: what happens to a gas when it is heated? What happens to a solid when it is heated? Can mixing a solid and a liquid make a gas? It has been great fun wearing the lab coats to investigate and it made us feel like the scientists at Pfizer!
Drama for Writing in Year 4
We have been enjoying reading our class text, Ice Palace by Robert Swindells. We have learnt that the author uses lots of suspense and ends some of his paragraphs on cliff-hangers to keep us on the edge of our seats. The writing is so full of drama and excitement that we have been acting out some of the scenes ourselves. We have taken on the roles of the two main characters, one good and the other evil. We're sure you can guess from the photographs which character we are acting!
We are learning to speak French! Currently, we are having lots of experience in speaking to each other by asking questions and answering them. We know how to ask a person's name, how old they are and how they are. We are now very confident and aren't afraid to make mistakes if we are trying new words.
Place Value in Year 4
We have been representing numbers to 9,999 on a place value grid and understanding that a 4 digit number is made up of 1,000s, 100s, 10s and 1s. We have been using Base 10 blocks and the Part-Whole method, where we used place value counters to help us partition different 4 digit numbers. Have a look at our work to see how we did this.
We had to know how to write the numbers in words as well as write the numbers in numerals. Using equipment to help us with our understanding is called using 'manipulatives'.
In Reading, we have been learning all about quests. A quest is a search for something involving a journey and we realised that we knew a lot of quests from other books and films. We plotted a quest that we knew in a Story Mountain to see the journey that the story goes on.
This term, our key text is called 'The Ice Palace' by Robert Swindells.
Investigating Roman Numerals
Today we have been learning about Roman numerals. We had a basic 1 - 100 square and had to choose a number and make it into a Roman numeral using our lollipop sticks. We were able to look at a Roman numeral 1 - 100 square as well, especially for those tricky numbers to represent, like 41 and also numbers like 89, which need lots of lollipop sticks to make! The Minster School Learning Values of Independence, Aspiration, Resilience and Engagement, were all put to good use in this lesson.
Botanical Drawings 29.6.17
As part of our Science work on Living Things, we investigated plants from around our school by making close observational drawings. We looked very carefully at each small part of the plant and drew exactly what we could see. We started to enhance the drawings with watercolour, to help distinguish the parts of the plant's anatomy.
In Science, we are learning all about Living Things. Today we found out about classification keys and how we can use the leaves to identify the tree. We went outside all around our school site to identify the types of trees we have. We learnt a lot of new scientific vocabulary about leaves and trees, plus we were observing carefully which is a great skill to develop.
We have been so inspired by our mythical beasts that we created we have been making links across many different areas of our learning. Today we learnt all about relief maps and how they are a 3D representation of the landscapes. We created our own 3D map outside today where we used grid references from our Maths knowledge to help us plot specific points, used our knowledge of geographical features to think about the landscape and also involved our Science topic of Living Things and their Habitats to think about what our beast might need to survive! We had a brilliant afternoon and can't wait to move onto map making next.
In RE, we are learning about our values and the Bible stories. Today we listened to two stories that we felt had a strong link to our Christian Value of justice: Daniel and the Lion's Den and also The Prodigal Son. We listened so carefully that we were then able to re-enact the stories which we did on our fantastic outdoor stage!
In English we are going to be creating our own poetry about a mythical beast. Before we can begin writing our poetry, we needed to design our own beast! Today we looked at different animals and chose the different body parts that would be on our beast and how we can use these body parts to inspire our poetry. We carefully cut out the features we had chosen and created a collage of our creature. We think they look fantastic and that they will be very inspiring!
Healthy Bodies Week in Year 4
This week Healthy Bodies Week kicked off with a special visitor from Tesco, as part of the Farm to Fork programme. We learnt all about healthy foods and the Eatwell Plate. We tasted fruit infused water and discussed the benefits of making good choices with our diet.
We also learnt all about how to keep our bodies clean and why it is important. We learnt about some of the basics of First Aid as well.
The highlight of the week was making a healthy snack of flatbread and dips. We made the bread by independently being responsible for reading the recipe, weighing the ingredients accurately and kneading and proving the dough.
All this had to be done before we had our class photographs, so no flour on uniforms!
As you can see from the pictures we enjoyed the baking from start to finish!
Design and Technology Project in Year 4
As part of our English unit on Explanation Texts and investigating a shirt machine, we have moved our learning into designing and making our own shirt for a teddy. The number 1 school value was 'Resilience' throughout the whole process! First we disassembled a shirt by cutting and ripping along the seams to see how shirts are made. We learnt lots of new vocabulary such as dimensions, circumference, pattern, prototype and product. We used a stapler for the paper prototype and fabric, pins, needles and thread for the final piece. Some of us sewed on metal poppers as the ultimate challenge. We have evaluated our work and how well it meets our original design criteria. We had to go through lots of difficulties along the way, but we persevered and worked with each other to learn all our new skills.
This weekend some of our Year 4 children competed in the Thanet Schools Swimming Gala. We were so proud of their effort and achievements. It was a fantastic experience! Many of our children had never taken part in an event like this before and we are thrilled they all want to take part again next year. Well done to our team, you were a fantastic representation of our school.
This term we have been investigating electricity and circuits in Science. We have really enjoyed learning about this because it feels amazing to make a bulb light up by connecting components together!
In Maths, we have been learning all about 2D shapes and how we can classify them. We have learnt a lot of new vocabulary including parallel. These photos show us investigating parallel lines and also some of the children teaching our class.
In Maths we are investigating and understanding time. While learning about how many days are in each month, the children really enjoyed listening to this song. We are also learning the rhyme :
Thirty days has September
April, June and November.
All the rest have 31
Except February, it's a different one
It has 28 days clear, and 29 each leap year.
We hope it helps them at home with their learning!
In English, we have been learning about the different types of nouns. We made posters together to show our understanding of proper nouns, collective nouns, abstract nouns and common nouns. These posters are now displayed in our classrooms to remind us of the different types. We were categorising nouns from our science vocabulary and other subjects too when we realised we knew so many!
In RE, we have been learning about Christianity and temptation. To understand how Jesus may have felt being tempted by the devil, the children were given different scenarios. One side tried to convince them to do the wrong thing, the other tried to convince them to choose the right thing to do. We had a good discussion about how we all have a choice even if people ask us to do something.
21/2/17 At the parent consultation at the end of Term 3, many of our parents requested some computer games links to help with their children's maths skills. We have got together a list of interactive games for your children to play at home. Hopefully this will help encourage them to practise at home.
Hit the Button – a quick fire game for mental maths http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button
Beatbox Tables –choose your instruments, make your own backing track and sing along whilst learning your times tables https://www.nationwideeducation.co.uk/www/flash/bso/bso-flash/index.html
Fact Families - for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division http://www.topmarks.co.uk/number-facts/number-fact-families
Underwater Bubble Shooting Game – pop the bubbles and test your 4 times table knowledge http://www.mad4maths.com/4_x_multiplication_table_math_game/
Meteor Multiplication – Shoot the meteors that have the answers to the multiplication question http://www.arcademics.com/games/meteor/meteor.html
Times Tables Grid - complete the grid against the clock or in your own time http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/maths/ma13time/game/ma13tabl-game-tables-grid-find/timestables_2.swf
Bamzooki Place Value – understand the place value of digits http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?a=activity03
Year 4 are preparing to do some topic based Report Writing on the Ancient Greeks. Here we are in our groups, based on our chosen area of research. We are learning a lot of different things in these lessons. We have organised ourselves so that we each have a 'Manager' and an 'Enabler', they have been selected by us to help us work efficiently. We are all sharing the task of taking notes from website links and texts. There is a lot of reading for facts to be done, then we have to organise and arrange the facts into areas for further writing. We were working so well that we asked Mrs Stone to come and take a look at how we have been getting on so far.
6/1/17 In Maths, we are learning about time. We are now able to read and write time in different ways and also convert time from analogue to digital. We have been using clocks to help us learn.
During 'Open Day' today, Year 4 were demonstrating cross curricular links in the curriculum. We were attempting to communicate with each other through drawings and pictures, just as the Stone Age people would have done in their cave paintings. We had to think about things that would have affected us like, 'There's a mammoth coming over the hill, warn everyone to be ready!' Once we had attempted to plan and draft our experiences, we then went outside and collected sticks, leaves and anything else useful to paint and draw with, (no paintbrushes available in the Stone Age!) Once we had done our cave paintings, we had to guess the information being told.
We are learning about food chains in our Science this term. We have been using words like, Primary Consumer, Secondary Consumer, Tertiary Consumer as well as Producer, Predator and Prey. This has helped us with our topic on the Stone Age too. On our trip last week, we were able to answer questions all about hunting, while considering Herbivores, Carnivores and Omnivores.
18/11/16 We learnt so much at Kent Life experiencing a Stone Age Day. It taught us all about rites and rituals, Stone Age weapons and tools, how people survived, shelter, food and so much more! We even met a real cave man who gave us all our own Stone Age names!