Year 4 Blog

Welcome to the Year 4 blog. Find out what our classes have been up to lately!

Welcome to Year Four

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Welcome back!

The children in Year Four have been working very hard this week and they should feel very proud of how well they have settled into their new classes. They are already reaching the high expectations. 

In topic this week the children have started to learn all about Volcanoes. Their hook lesson was extremely exciting. They cut into a scotched egg and compared the layers to the  earth's surface. They did incredibly well using lots of geographical language like mantle, inner core as well as earth's crust. 
If the want to learn more, click on the link below. 

Needles and Thread

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Art in a Day has taken 3 days to finish. :-)

The children have had great fun evaluating, designing and creating their own coat of arms. They looked at the meaning of different colours, animals and items, and then created their own coat of arms to represent their family.

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Coding

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CodingCodingDuring our Computing lessons this half term we are looking at Coding.

We started the topic by tring to teach our teachers (robots) how to walk, of course using coding language. We weren't very successful! After a little discuss we realised that we have to tell computers very detailed instructions for them to work.

Using Purple Mash we have been practising giving instructions to a knight protecting a castle.

Have a go!

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K-NEX Building

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This morning we were luckily enough to have an engineer come and visit us.

She set Year 4 the challenge of building a fairground ride that had to either move on it’s on, or move with a little bit of help from us.

We spent time working in teams to design and build our fairground rides, then had to present them to the class.

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The ideas ranged from the traditional to the sublime! 

The Indian in the Cupboard

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To help us develop our APE style answering we have been reading a new book for the last few weeks, The Indian in the Cupboard. The story is all about Omri and a cupboard he was given for his birthday.  We have enjoyed the magically side of the story, as well of some of the more bloodier parts of being an Indian.

The children enjoy being read to, and some even offer to the give the teachers a rest and read to the rest of the class. :-)

We are excited to see what happens to the characters!

Indian in the Cupboard

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indian in the cupboard

To help us develop our APE style answering we have been reading a new book for the last few weeks, The Indian in the Cupboard. The story is all about Omri and a cupboard he was given for his birthday.  We have enjoyed the magically side of the story, as well of some of the more bloodier parts of being an Indian.

The children enjoy being read to, and some even offer to the give the teachers a rest and read to the rest of the class. :-)

We are excited to see what happens to the characters!

SPARKS Fire Service Training

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To start our week off we had a visit from the fire service team from Sutton Fire Station. The fire fighters delivered information which concentrated on fire and road safety.

They told us all about the importance of having working smoke alarms, knowing how to get out of the house in a fire and what do to once we are out the house. We looked at hazards around the home that could potential start a fire and what to do to reduce the risk.

The firefighters also talked about road safety, such as being safe inside a car, where to cross safely and how to stay safe near the roads.

The final part of the session was about hoax calls and how this can cause serious harm to others. 

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Dress up :-) The gear was very heavy!

Wind in the Willows

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Terrific Torches (and a Happy New Year!)

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Happy New Year!

Last week Year Four had great fun designing and making their own torches as part of our design and technology curriculum learning.

We needed to research current products, create a working electrical circuit, design and install a working switch and then finally encase the components in a sturdy molding (or plastic bottle).

We evaluated our products and identified areas to improve them should we do it again.

Blessings

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During RE we have been learning about Siddartha Gautama. He was an Indian prince who gave up his privileged life to study with monks and found the way to enlightenment. He is better known as the Buddha.

We have looked at the beliefs of those who are Buddhist and tried to experience their beliefs by doing some meditation in class.  We wrote blessings to say to ourselves during our meditation and focused on being calm and listening to our surroundings.

We also discussed the importance of everyone taking time to just be still and calm as the world we live in is very busy and loud.

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Rotten Romans

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Professor McGinty visited Year 4 today to help start our Rotten Rome topic. He told us all about the Celts and the Romans. We got to see lots of "stuff" that the Romans would have used, from under floor heating to Roman shields.

It was a fantastic lively start to our Roman learning and we all got VERY excited!

Can You Catch A Mermaid?

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To start off our myths and legends work we have been reading Can You Catch A Mermaid? 

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To help us to remember the story we have used Talk for Writing activities. We started by imitating the story, which meant we needed to explain the main parts of the story. We then created our very own actions to help us remember the story. We could be as creative as we liked as long as it helped us remember the words/phrases in our part of the story.

Don't forget to ask us to show you some of our actions and what the story is about.

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