26/06/2018 at 15:52
Today’s session was entitled ‘Changing the way we keep clean’.
Learning Objective: To learn about the impact of puberty on physical hygiene and strategies for managing this.
- can explain how changes at puberty affect body hygiene
- can describe how to care for their bodies during puberty
- can recognise the similarities between the needs and wants of boys and girls and challenge gender stereotypes around hygiene and grooming.
We talked about what we know about being hygienic and why it is important. We then focused on why is it particularly important during puberty as we sweat more, get greasier skin due to increased sebum that can block pores, spots and which areas of the body need to be kept particularly clean during puberty.
We then looked at a different range of health and beauty products thinking about and addressing any gender stereotypes about using them.
Again both the boys’ and girls’ sessions were handled maturely and there were some really excellent discussions because of this.
Next week should be the final session and we will be looking at how our moods and emotions can change during puberty.
Mr Garlick & Mrs Kroon
23/06/2018 at 08:31
This week, we have been busy, busy, busy!
In Literacy, we have been looking at Roald Dahl’s rich use of language. We read a few extracts from a range of stories, focusing on the words he made up. Did you realise that he used real root words in order to help him create new characters and objects. For example, a humplecrimp is a camel-like creature and the ‘hump’ part of the word gives us that clue.
In Numeracy, we have been looking at multiplication and division again. We used the commutative and distributative laws to multiply. Simple put, we rearranged or factorised calculations to simplify and solve them.
In Topic, we began our new geography themed unit of work, comparing Farsley to the rural village of Horton-in-Ribblesdale. We looked at the British Isles and how it is split into counties. We then focused on looking at Yorkshire.
In SRE, we focused on menstruation. See my SRE blog post for more details.
Congratulations to Lauren and Umayr for their Special Mention Awards.
Enjoy the weekend and come on England!
23/06/2018 at 08:19
This week, in SRE, Year 4 have been looking at menstruation. We worked in single gender groups, like last week. The session began we a review of last week’s work on puberty, dealing with any misconceptions. Both groups showed excellent understanding of how the body changes for both girls and boys.
We then introduced the word ‘menstruation’ and watched a video which helped explain the menstrual cycle. We then played a true/false/depends on game, looking at and talking about different statements about having a period. We had a chance to see what a tampon and sanitary towel look like and feel like and why a woman will need to use them.
Next, we ordered a set of cards, showing the different steps of the menstrual cycle to show our understanding. Finally, we finished with questions from the ‘Ask It Basket’.
Again, both Mrs Kroon and I were really impressed with the attitude of the children.
Next week, we will be learning about the impact of puberty on personal hygiene and strategies for managing this.
21/06/2018 at 20:00
The children have been working hard and enjoying the sunshine this week.
In maths we have been revising multiplication and division methods. The children have demonstrated great progress from when we covered this at the start of the year. Homework is to use formal division methods. Please check your child can remember how to do this and let us know if they have any problems. Please also continue to practise times tables. We have resubscribed to Timestables Rockstars so your child can play on this again now.
In Literacy we worked on using questions and question marks. We looked at Roald Dahl’s made up words and used inference to work out what they mean.
In SRE we learned about Menstruation. The children were very sensible and asked lots of appropriate questions.
We finished our History topic by learning about the end of the Golden Age of Islam, when the Mongols completely ransacked Baghdad. We then begun our new topic comparing contrasting localities. We will be comparing what it is like to live in Farsley, compared to what it would be like to live in a small rural village called Horton-in Ribblesdale.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy the weekend,
16/06/2018 at 08:02
In Literacy, we have been continuing with our work on biographies. We have been using conjunctions and fronted adverbials in order to write an interesting, chronological structured piece of writing all about Roald Dahl. First though, we practised by creating and using events from our own timelines to write sentences.
In Numeracy, we did some more work on co-ordinates. We used the awesome game ‘Billy Bug’ to review our knowledge from Year 3. The sound effects alone make it worth playing!
In SRE, we did the second session. Again, we were all really impressed with the attitudes of the children. Click on the link to see more details.
In Topic, we finished off our work on the Golden Age of Islam, focusing on the fall of Baghdad and role the Mongols played in its demise! Using the facts, we wrote a diary entry pretending to be either a citizen of Baghdad or a Mongolian soldier. Next week, we will be starting a new geography-based topic, comparing Farsley to the village of Horton-in-Ribblesdale. A quick reminder that Learning Log homework relates to this work and is due in on Wednesday.
Have a great weekend.
12/06/2018 at 15:49
This afternoon, Year 4 did their 2nd SRE session. The aim of the session was for the children to learn about the physical changes associated with puberty. We wanted the children by the end of the session to be able to define puberty and understand that these changes occur generally some time between the ages of 8-17. Also, that puberty is the process that turns us from children to young adults and can they identify the physical changes associated with puberty. They learnt that everyone’s experience of puberty is different and that it begins and ends at different times.
The session was taught in single sex groups, with myself and Mrs Daniels working with the boys and Mrs Kroon and Mrs Wylie working with the girls. We were all very impressed with the attitude of the children and how they took on board the information presented to them. We watched a short Channel 4 educational film entitled ‘Changes’ and used it as a talking point for anything we weren’t sure about or needed more explaining. We did an activity that talked about changes during puberty that we can control, like what we wear, and those things that we can’t control, like the growing of hair on parts of your body. Finally, we finished the session answering questions from the ‘Ask It Basket’.
Next week, we are due to talk about menstruation and it will be taught in single sex groups.