Year 4 Blog

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

The Raving Romans!

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This week the pupils' in year 4 have been creating their very own Roman dance sequences. They have based their moves on activities that Romans would have participated in daily, such as: sword fighting, cooking, washing and sharpening tools. The dance has been created using a three-beat piece of music.

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The classes look fabulous and will add set choreography to their dance sequences next week, ready for our class assemblies in the New Year. We will be asking parents to start gathering clothing for the assembly as each child will need to be dressed as a Roman man or woman. Further details to follow!

Perfect Poetry

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This week the pupils have been applying their wonderful literacy skills to poetry. They have used mature vocabulary to make poems much more interesting. Each class created prose from the poem 'Daddy fell in the pond' and we had lots of great ideas as to how and why he fell...Daddy was obviously very clumsy!

In other news pupils received their Walk to School Living Streets badges. A very high number of the pupils across year 4 were successful. A great achievement. Well done!

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Brilliant Ballet!

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This week Year 4 and 5 had a member of The Birmingham Royal Ballet come into school to teach them different ballet skills. The ballet teacher focussed on the story of Swan Lake and discussed how movement and music can tell a story.

The children loved learning the different positions and were enthralled by the different body placements and how they can portray anger, happiness, sadness and hope.

The pupils worked in mixed groups of around six and put together their own pieces which included a starting position, a dramatic dance between Odette and Rothbart and a finishing stance.

The feedback from the children was that their perception of ballet changed and they loved using their bodies in different dramatic ways. What a success!

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Fabulous Footie from year Fours!

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This week Year Four have concentrated theri efforts on learning, and honing, some new football skills. The pupils have worked on their spacial awareness, ball control and heading skills. All pupils stepped up to the plate and had a good go at heading the ball back to their partners. We had some rogue balls that made their way onto the field but on the whole the pupils were great!


In other news 4AB and 4JM spent their science lesson practically explaining how sound is made. They used the tuning forks to demonstrate how sound travels through different mediums such as water, metal and the air. Well done guys, another great science lesson from you all.

Getting ourselves in order!

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This week in maths we have been looking at number ordering. The pupils analysed a variety of different numbers from negative numbers to decimals. They were each given a number from -9 to 964 and the asked to physically order themselves. The pupils applied their knowledge of numbers and collaborated beautifully to ensure the line was correct.

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In other news the pupils in year four were given their brass instruments. Mr Orgil was very impressed with the enthusiasm and how well the children could make sounds with their cornets and baratones. Well done guys!

We had some questions regarding the brass link website where you can access the materials from home. We will clarify where this is with Mr Orgil and post the link on the blog next week.



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This week the pupils in 4JM and 4AB constructed a volcano as part of their volcanoes topic. The pupils spent time using papier mache, card, paper and paints to create some wonderful examples of cone volcanoes. Today they blew these up using vinegar, food colouring and bicarbonate of soda.

The conditions were perfect, the sun was out and the children were prepped wearing their safety equipment. However, when the time came the eruption was more fizzle than fury.

The pupils decided to change the variables and next week we aim to blow our volcanoes using cola and a mint. Wish us luck!

'Whitehouse' the owl, is in place

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Our Wild in Art Owlet is now in place in the Gracechurch Centre in Sutton Coldfield! We are very lucky to have been allocated a location close to home making it nice and convienient for you all to visit!!

He currently stands in prime position with two other Owlets in the main concourse of the centre (near the House of Fraser entrance).  He will be there all Summer so take the opportunity to go and say hi to 'Whitehouse'.

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Brilliant Brass

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Well done to all the children in Year 4 for learning to play their brass instruments this year. Mr Orgill has now completed all of their final assessments and the children are prepared for their end of year concert on Monday. The concert will be in the Oakes hall on Monday afternoon at 2.45pm.

Please come and join us to see all the fabulous progress they have made this year.

Sports Day Fun!

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Well done to everyone for the fantastic effort you all put in to your races on sports day. The children all tried really hard and showed great competitive spirit. Well done to Acer for winning the KS2 event.

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Health and Safety Week

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The week started with Safety Day where the children learnt how to deal with basic first aid issues and how to put each other into the recovery position. The children then participated in Health Week enjoying a fantastic week of activities to help them learn how to be healthy. Each day began with 'Wake Up, Shake up' which involved all the children in KS2 filling the hall and dancing along to some routines led by Year 6. Other activities the children have taken part in include; a visit to the Life Bus where they learnt about self-esteem, athletics with Bryan Davies from Bishop Vesey and a multitude of class based learning including research on the Eatwell Plate and its uses, looking at healthy sleep and writing reports on the growing issue of childhood obesity.

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Mr Coombes comes to life!

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To complete our work on autobiography and the text 'Boy' by Roald Dahl, the children in Year 4 created a piece of drama based implicit and explicit viewpoints. The children chose a character from the text and consider how they viewed another character. The children then had to perform their dramas and were critiqued by their peers.

A special well done to Zeb, Isabel and Alfie for being brave enough to be filmed in these roles prior to this lesson.

Tamworth Castle Trip

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Year 4 enjoyed and fun and informative day at Tamworth Castle. The children were all brilliantly behaved and asked and answered lots of throughful questions. The children learnt about life in the castle and the many tasks done by servants, had a go at quilling, laying a table for the Lady and Lord of the house, made 'Portugals' (pomanders) using cloves and had the opportunity to dress up in many fabulous outfits. The children explored the castle and particularly enjoyed looking at part of the Staffordshire Hoard.


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