Traders and Raiders
Burps, Bottoms and Bile
Week Beginning 20/01/2020
Year 4s STEM day was all about the digestive system. Throughout the day, full of practical activities, the children were able to explore and understand the function of the digestive system. To start the day off, the children were lucky enough to have Pfizer scientists come in to school to show them some exciting experiments. We then came back to the class room to carry out our own experiments. We are learning about the organs involved in the digestive system, looking at how sick was made and digested through the body, then finally in the afternoon then children made wearable digestive systems. For this the children used/learned different skills. Sewing, drawing, cutting, gluing and lots more. The children had a lovely day and we were really impressed with their knowledge by the end.
Week Beginning 06/01/2020
Happy New Year
The children are back and excited to learn. This terms topic is Burps,Bottoms and Bile, something i'm sure they're all going to enjoy. To start the topic off we have been reading 'Demon Dentist' by David Walliams, which straight away has been a hit with the children.
The first couple of weeks this term in Literacy we will be looking at information texts. The children have been busy this week looking at fact files. The children will be writing their own fact file on 'Teeth'. So far the children have been looking at features of a fact file and have been learning some new technical vocab. We can't wait to read their final fact files.
First week back in science we have started off with an investigation into the effects different drinks can have on your teeth. The children had 5 boiled eggs and sunk them into 5 different drinks. Over the next week the children are to observe the effects the drinks have on the egg shell. We are thinking about the enamel on our teeth and how the egg shell is similar.
A week after the eggs had been submerged in the different liquids
Week Beginning 09/12/19
Its coming towards the end of term now and that only means one thing for the children...CHRISTMAS! This week all the children have enjoyed learning all about Christmas in France and their traditions they have. The children have been busy baking traditional apricot galettes, making Joyeux Noel Christmas cards and learning all about Christmas day for a French family.
The children also took part in Christmas Jumper day.
Week Beginning 02/12/19
Week Beginning 25/11/19
In our reading lesson the children were reading the poem 'Chocolate Cake' by Michael Rosen. A firm favourite from them so far.. I wonder why?. Once we had finished discussing what we liked about the poem and if we could relate to the poem. The children were working on freeze frames with their partner to make a still picture. The children were to pick their favourite part of the poem and create a still picture. See if you can guess what they could be?
Week Beginning 18/11/19
Year 4 have been getting their read on. Fridays are for chilled reading for pleasure...
Week Beginning 11/11/19
On Tuesday we had our 'Odd Socks Day'. Both classes were full of colourful, odd socks. The children have been making Jigsaw pieces with kind and thoughtful words and pictures on to represent 'Change Starts with us'. Each jigsaw is a small piece that creates a big picture. The children really enjoyed making these and we have had some really intelligent, meaningful discussions about bullying and how each individual can’t help make the change.
Today, across year 4 we were attempting to beat box. The children absolutely loved it. Miss White failed miserably at it, however the children on the other hand were very impressive. They all had a go, and the confidence shown by some children to stand in front of the class and perform was amazing. So well done year 4 on a very entertaining/interesting afternoon .
Year 4 Beatboxers
In Literacy this week we have been listening to famous soundtracks such as 'Chariots of Fire','Ride of the Valkyries','Star Wars' and others. The children all chose to look at 'Harry Potter' in more detail. In the last few days the children have been working on collecting ambitious vocabulary. Today we used our bank of vocabulary to help us write a descriptive paragraph about the Harry Potter sound track. All of the children produced some great pieces of writing with some lovely, powerful sentences.
'The tempo of the music is rapid and builds up in intensity.'
'At the start, the music takes a gentle crescendo until more instruments are played.'
'This piece of music begins with a very low-pitched, repetitive, tense tune.'
Week beginning 4/11/2019
We have now been back at school for two weeks and Year 4 have thoroughly been enjoying their learning. In English we have started off the term looking at 'Poems to Perform' by Julia Donaldson. They have been able to look in depth at different poems. The children particularly enjoyed performing and creating their own poems. In Maths we have been working with perimeters and looking units of measurement. The children have enjoyed working collaboratively and practically.
Our topic this term is 'Playlist'. The children are very excited for this topic as we are going to be doing some exciting activities, we will also be having a dress up day from your favourite music decade, so keep your eyes peeled for our Elvis's and Britney Spears .
So far in Science we have looked at sounds, the children have experimented with making vibrations and using different objects to make sounds. Next week the children will be trying to 'beatbox', which we are very excited to hear how they do...
This week we used our British Value of Democracy in our School Council Elections. The children who wrote and presented their manifestos were brilliant! These children had clearly spent time thinking about what they wanted to say and it was said with meaning. The children did not find it easy voting, so well done to those children who presented their manifestos in class. Also well done to those children who listened and were supportive and complimentary to those candidates.
In term 1 we are learning all about Potions. To start our topic we created our own potions and watched as they fizzed, bubbled and sparkled! Below are some of the highlights of the term so far and information about what we are learning.
In Science we have been investigating ‘changing state’. As part of this topic the children have looked at how the particles in solids, liquids and gases are arranged. They have observed the properties of bubbles – this was lots of fun! As a joint science and DT activity they have selected the materials needed to create their own bath bombs and then made them in small groups.
Our text this term is George’s Marvellous Medicine. The children have been really enjoying seeing the crazy ingredients that George chooses to get his own back on Grandma. They have written their own set of potion making instructions, taking inspiration from George and are now learning the skills to write a newspaper report about what happens to Grandma after she takes the medicine.
The children have spent the first part of this term consolidating and extending their knowledge of place value. We have played games to create the biggest number, practised how to count to jumps in 25, 50 and 100 and learnt how to round numbers up to 10, 100 and 1000. The children are also spending more time developing their reasoning and problem solving skills. Most importantly J we are spending lots of time making sure the children learn their times tables!
We started the term with our introduction to the new Christian Foundations. This was a lovely way for us to get to know our classes. As we explored the Foundations, the children got the opportunity to use their creative skills and we did lots of team building activities.
During this term we have spent time exploring the different ways in which colour can be used and blended. Children have learnt how to use different sketching techniques and these skills have been used to sketch potion bottles and then reproduce these using water colour paints. The children have also used acrylic paints to show warm and cold colours and the way these work together.