Year 4 Blog

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

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. 


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.


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.



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.


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


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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. 



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:!

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. 


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. 


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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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!



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



The Sun Shines for Year 4!!

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With all this bad weather we were certain we would be rained on during our Cluster Day on Thursday, BUT it couldn't have been a more ideal day for us to be bouncing around have loads of fun.

We had a fantastic time on the It's A Knock Out equipment, competing against Year 6's from other schools, we shone brightly and won many races!

We all had a go at ducking and diving on the inflatable equipment; the hurdles, obstacle course, the sponge run and finally they ball tunnels, finishing the day with different activities around the tracks including a little bit of French Cricket and Parachute games.

All in all a great day for all, we couldn’t have wished for better weather!


Sharing Our School!

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Last week Whitehouse Common was lucky enough to have visitors all the way from our link school in India and The Lord Mayor of Birmignham.

We put together a marvellous presentation of our dancing and performance skills to share with our visitors and they all thoroughly enjoyed it.

Another of our visitors was Sarabjit is a teacher at Bawa Lalvani School in the Punjab.  She came to school  for a few days and she shared her experiences of school life at her own school and marvelled at our school and children.

During her visit to Whitehouse Common she spent a lot of time going to different classes to answer all the children’s questions about her life, school and the children back in India. 

We all learnt a lot from her, as she did from us, and we look forward to continuing our link with Bawa Lalvani.



Dancing the days away!

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Year 4 ended last half term and started this half term showing off our dancing skills!  4JH danced for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and 4AG showed of their skills to our Indian Visitors.

Everyone worked so hard learning the fantastic routine, including Miss Harper who choreographed the whole dance to the Joseph Mega Mix, well done Miss Harper.

We also hope to show our dance to the children of Bridge Special School that 4AG are linked to, we are all sure they will love it as much as we do.

There are many more exciting things ahead of us during our final half term in Year 4: we have our Superheroes topic, work on circuits and conductors in Science, as well as looking at imaginary worlds in out Literacy lessons.  We can’t wait! Laughing

As a final built up to the London 2012 Olympics and getting ready for our sports day we will be practising our athletic skills during our PE lessons to ensure we are the best we can be! Laughing

Getting Ready to Dance

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Hope you have all had a fantastic holiday and you are all ready for your last half term in Year 4! Laughing


Just a reminder to 4AG to bring in their dancing gear on Monday to show off your skills to our India visitors.  All you need is black bottoms and a plain brightly coloured top.



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