Stories and toilet talk!

17/01/2020 at 18:58

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This week, the children continued their science topic around the human digestive system. They drew around one of their friends then cut out and placed the various organs and parts into the correct place on the paper.(Pictures of organs, not the children’s organs!)

Also, as part of the digestion topic, plus linking to our PSHE healthy living focus, we talked about the importance of washing hands.We demonstrated this by one child on each table dipping their hand into a tub of glitter then shaking hands with their neighbour. The hand shake was then passed on and on leading to a very sparkly room. The children then learned how to wash their hands correctly to ensure that all the glitter (germs) were removed.

On Thursday, half of the year group were involved with skipping practice. This was in preparation for the skipping competition in March. The other half were able to be part of the national BBC 500 Word Story competition live lesson. Last year we had plenty of brilliant stories entered and some of them progressed to the second round of judging. Hopefully, this time we may have a finalist. Next week’s learning log will be to write a story suitable for entry but there is no need to wait. We will give details next week but, if you wish to check, the rules are on the BBC website. Stories can be emailed to your child’s class teacher who will submit them. (Children who missed the live lesson will be able to watch it next week)

Special mentions this week go to Zuhra, Imogen, Vaughn and Alexis. Well done!

Have a great weekend.

The Year 4 team.

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Happy New Year to Year 4

10/01/2020 at 14:51

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Hi all,

Year 4 have made a great start to the New Year and have already been focused and working hard!

Here are some belated photos from our Musical instrument making day last term.

Sorry we are a bit out of tune but having lots of fun !

This term we have a lot of exciting topics to fit in.

We have begun work on the Vikings in History which the children are really enjoying.

In Science we spent some time classifying vertebrates into their different groups. The children were very knowledgeable and I believe Mr Beevers has some photos to post from this work.

Edit – He has

In Maths we are continuing to work on Multiplication and Division. Please do continue to practice times tables with your child. For homework we have asked you to time how long it takes for children to fill in all their times tables. The government test that Year 4 will do in May will only allow them 6 seconds per question!

In PE all of 4K are now going to Gym Magic on a Wednesday morning and we leave at 9am so please ensure your child is on time on a Wednesday. 4B will all be doing dance with a professional dance teacher.

As part of PSHE we are doing about looking after our bodies and minds and staying healthy. We have therefore asked children to complete a 2 day food and exercise diary for Learning Log homework. This week we have looked at how our food is produced and at making choices about the food we buy. We focused particularly on eggs and the difference between free range, barn eggs and caged hens.

Enjoys your weekend,

Mrs Kroon and the Year 4 team.

We hope you have a great weekend

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Jingle Bells, all the way.

13/12/2019 at 18:26

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On Thursday we spent the whole day making our musical instruments. The children all worked brilliantly to create a variety of pan pipes, rain shakers, xylophones, drums, recorders, and flutes. It was great to see everyone working safely and helping their partner to complete their projects.

At the end of the day, 4B formed their own orchestra to perform Jingle Bells.The harmony and rhythm is something to behold.

On Friday, the children learning guitar (plus their tutor, Julian) showed us their work over the past few weeks with their version of Jingle Bells.

Special mentions this week go to Lottie, Rhys, Isaac and Holly. Well done for for all your hard work, especially when making your instruments.

Have a great weekend.

Mr Beevers, Mrs Kroon, Ms Howells and all the Year 4 team.

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Christingles

06/12/2019 at 20:52

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All the PE groups took advantage of the fine weather at the start of the week and went outside for their activities.

Tchoukball is a relatively modern sport that is non contact and involves plenty of catching and throwing. The children’s skills are developing well, with team work and strategy starting to become used more.

In RE this week the children made Christingles. They learned about the history of the celebration and the significance of the parts of the Christingle itself.

Instead of farming in the depths of winter, the children have been enjoying music sessions with Ms Howells (and parent volunteer Mr Naysmith). The children have been using tuned boomwhackers to compose their own pieces and perform more familiar tunes.

Special mentions this week go to Madeline, Joshua, Sumayyah and Erin. Well done!

Have a great weekend.

Mr Beevers, Mrs Kroon, Ms Howells and the Year 4 team

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A sound day

29/11/2019 at 19:59

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Sam the Sound Man visited on Thursday, giving us a very entertaining day. He explained and demonstrated how sound is created and travels through air, liquids and solids. He then showed the children how to build their own musical instruments using a variety of household materials. Next week we are planning our creations, with construction taking place the week after. If you have any spare plastic pipes, metal pipes, wooden planks, wooden blocks, wooden boxes, cardboard boxes, plastic boxes, fishing wire or anything else that might resemble part of an instrument, then please send it in with your child.

In English, our Nanabush stories are nearing completion, with the children now editing them. Next week we will showcase some examples.

Our aim in science this week was to find out which was the loudest percussion instrument from a selection, then create our own, even louder one. We used laptops and the school’s new data loggers to investigate this. Metal chocolate tins, dried pasta and coins seemed to be the most effective at creating noise although they were perhaps not the most tuneful!

Special mentions this week go to Abigail, Hira, Florence and Kaleb. Well done!

Have a great weekend.

Mr Beevers, Mrs Kroon, Ms Howells and the Year 4 team.

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4K Maps, Skipping and Sound

24/11/2019 at 19:27

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Hi all,

Here are a few extra photos from last week.

4K really enjoyed making maps of America using collage to get a feel for the landscapes:

The skipping morning was also a great success and we are looking forwards to lots of practise, followed by a competition in March for 30 of the Year 4 pupils.

In science, we continued our topic on sound and the children really enjoyed exploring vibration and sounds in everyday objects. One of the questions to explore was: does sound travel best through a solid or a gas? They were delighted by the sounds that they could generate and feel from the new radiator covers! We are looking forward to Sam the Sound Man next week.

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