Year 4 Blog

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

Happy New Year!

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It has been really exciting to get back to school and settle into the New Year. We are kick starting the Spring Term with the theme of Friendship.

 

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This week we will be exploring what it is to be a good friend to all and work on developing strategies so we build life skills to ensure we can always get along with each other and everyone. We will also be making a friendship pledge (a bit like a promise) on Friday, vowing to try our hardest to make sure everyone has a positive, friendly and warm school experience.

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On top of this we are also devoting much of the week to exploration of Maths in different subjects. Already we have delved into using Maths in PE (we called it Mathnastics!) and searched for maths within our topic of the Rainforest. We will continue to work on our problem solving skills throughout the week.

No Business Like Show Business!

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With the Christmas production fast approaching, our current Literacy unit focusing on play scripts and our own brass band concert less than a week away, Year 4 are most certainly becoming a clan of talented performers!

We have been busy perfecting our songs and moves for "Cinderella Rockerfella" and also rehearsing with our cornets and baritone horns to enable us to showcase our progress in music next Monday afternoon. 

In Literacy, we have been planning and writing scripts to tell the story of Joseph's Coat (linking to our colour topic) which will lead to a short performance at the end of this week to demonstrate our understanding of using stage directions, vocabulary and punctuation for expression and character.

With commitment, hard work and so much talent, who knows... perhaps you will see our names in lights in the future!

Watch this space...

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Bright Sparks in Year 4!

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We have been working really hard on our Science topic of Electricity (Circuits and Conductors) and have enjoyed lots of practical work to investigate how circuits work.

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Recently we explored designing and testing our own switches through our "Making Links" BLP skill. We had to apply both our knowledge of materials which conduct electrcity and our understanding of simple circuits to be successful.

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It was great fun and we came up with some interesting and innovative designs!

This week we are going to be taking part in a science linked workshop with Sustrans which will let us explore using energy to generate electricity. This will be another opportunity for us to think about electricity and circuits whilst considering environmental issues too. 

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Pyjama Pandemonium for Pudsey!

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Last Friday we enjoyed a day of fun and activity to raise money for Children in Need.

We dressed up (many of us in our pyjamas, slippers and dressing gowns!) and took part in a number of different activities to help us understand more about this important fundraising event.

Each of us designed a new and unique Pudsey Bear, following in the footsteps of famous fashion designers who had done the same for this year's campaign.

We played games and completed a quiz on the official Children in Need website and we also had a handwriting lesson with a twist! We had to write using the opposite hand which helped us to think about how challenging and frustrating tasks can be for children with disabilities. It was certainly tiring as it took a lot of effort and concentration!

Now we are approaching the festive season, our Christmas production rehearsals have begun and we are busy learning the great songs which we will be performing in a few weeks. Listen out for us practising at home too!

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Maths Day!

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On Friday of last week Year 4 thoroughly enjoyed the opportunities to extend their skills in maths through a day devoted to the subject. 

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During the day we increased our understanding of co-ordinates by playing (and learning) a large scale version of battleships with ourselves as the targets!

 

We moved on to increase our understanding of time (which links with our targets) and finally we met Mr NK the exciting rapping times table expert.  

 

We have also launched our exciting new Times Table cards, which are going to help us to learn all of our tables and achieve Bronze, Silver and Gold awards. 

Topic Launched!

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Welcome back from a well-deserved break!

We are a raring to go with our new topic all about colour, with which we will be looking into themes within poetry; in  ICT, creating onscreen patterns; and Art creating our own ‘Technicolour Dreamcoat’ using collage techniques. On top of all this we will make links within RE and other areas of Literacy such as drama, and storytelling.

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We shall also be continuing our Music lessons and beginning to learn Christmas Carol's in our music.

 

Spirited Away and Wikispaces

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Year 4 thoroughly enjoyed their cinema trip yesterday to the Empire cinema in Sutton Coldfield. We watched a film originating from Japanese culture that really stretched our imaginations. When getting back to school we created storyboards to retell one scene of our choosing.

 

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Throughout the Autumn term we have been creating our own Wikipage websites sharing all of our learning about Egyptians. Within this we have explored the ideas of collaborative writing and peer editing. We have learned how to add images to a webpage and gone even further by adding videos using a technique called embedding.

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The children have all said what a fun time they have had with their ICT.

Homework!

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Well done to the children in Year 4 for their super attitudes and efforts with their homework. It's great to see all your learning at home in those yellow books and on Moodle. 

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It's great to build upon your learning in school and share it with others at home.

Another reminder about our flourishing brass band: Mr Orgill has requested you practise for 10mins a day. 

The website you can access at home for the music sheets and backing tracks is:

http://martinorgill.wix.com/whc#!

Swimming and Stories!

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Moving forward nicely!

We are into our stride with swimming this term, looking forward to all the progress we are and will be making. 

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Just to remind you 4JM's swimming is on Wednesdays and 4JH's on Thursdays; don't forget your kit! 

Also this week we have started writing our 'Stories from Another Culture' for which we have linked to our Egyptian topic. We have absorbed a lot of information and read lots of texts from other cultures. This has helped us to plan and start writing our own. We have based it on the Three Little Pigs; with our own twist- Egyptian style!

 

Music Madness!

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If you haven't already heard all about it, Year 4 will be learning a brass musical instrument this year - even the teachers. Some of us are learning to play the Cornet, others the Baritone horn. 

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We had much fun practising our 'floppy buzz'  and 'tight b's'. Your child is not blowing raspberries at you; they are actually practising their music! SmileThey should be practising for at least a minute every day.

 

You will have the opportunity to see the Year group in action come Christmas time when we will be holding a special concert to show off our progress. 

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SMSC Week

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4JM and 4JH have settled in nicely to their new year group.

We started the term off by exploring Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural learning. Within this we had great fun during a drumming workshop. It was very noisy!

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We also thought about ‘awe and wonder’ and what these words mean to us. We wrote poems to explore our ideas.

Because of our link with the Indian School Bawa Lalvani we chose to replicate Rangoli patterns that represented our British culture. We enjoyed the bright old use of colour.

 

 

Business Magic!

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Year 4 have been working extremely hard on their Business Enterprise products this week!

After pitching the ideas in a Dragon’s Den style to Mrs Allen and Mrs Milward, Year 4 have planned, collected resources and made their Funky Frame ready to sell at the Whitehouse Common Primary School shop this week.

The children came up with the fantastic idea of making the frames magnets so they could be displayed on the fridges at home.

After much discussion the prices were decided upon; £1.50 for the magnetic Funky Frames and £1.00 for the larger Funky Frames.

We can’t wait to see how they fly off the shelves, keep on eye on the Blog for updates on Year 4 Funky Frame business. Laughing

 

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