Year 4 Blog

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

I'm Henry VIII, I am, I am!!

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This week, as part of our new 'Reign over Me' topic the children have been drawing portraits of Henry VIII.  The children produced some fabulous observational drawings and focused on the appropriate use of scale to get their drawings spot on. Super art work Year 4, well done!!

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The Owl has Landed!

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At Whitehouse Common we are all very excited to be taking part in the Birmingham wide 'Big Hoot'. The even twill see over 200 large scale owls displayed in Birmingham city centre over July and August. To launch the project in school the children have been taking part in a variety of different activities. Each year group has completed some owl themed work and each year group has been on a hunt for 'Hoot' across the school grounds. The chidlren had to answer mental maths style questions and search for the answers on a map of the school grounds to lead them to their next clue and then the owl. We look forward to seeing all the chidlren's fabulous designs for our owl after the Easter break!!



Inter-House Competition Bishop Vesey.

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On Friday all the children in Year 4 took part in a series of games lead by the pupils and staff from Bishop Vesey School. Bryan Davies from the school has worked with the children over the last half term on their passing skills, team work skills and how to keep possession and find space in competitive games. The competition was the children's opportunity to put these skills to the test. Hawthorn, Acer, Elder and Rowan competed against each other to win points in Rugby, Football and Basketball Benchball. The children had a fabulous time and we were all very tired by the time we finished!!

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Maths Inspire Workshop.

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Year 4 would like to say a big 'Thank - you' to all the parents that were able to attend the children's inspire workshop this week. The children enjoyed being able to show you some of the activities we do in class and you have hopefully gained an insight into how we are developing your child's understanding of maths.

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World Book Day Fun.

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On World Book Day the children were able to take part in a range of reading based activities. As well as coming to school in their fabulous costumes the children were also able to swap books at the whole school 'Swop Shop', enjoy D.E.A.R in class (Drop everything and read), read with a different year group (Rec) and research the author of our current year group book C.S.Lewis.

A great day all round.


Fabulous Class Assemblies!!

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Well done to all the children in Year 4 for performing so confidently in your 'Great Whitehouse Common Bake Off' assemblies. You all worked really hard to learn your words, roles or dances. We are really proud of you, Well done!

Upcoming Events!

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We hope you all enjoyed a fabulous half term. Well done to all the children that have completed the holiday homework, your work looks fabulous!!!

A few quick reminders for the upcoming weeks; our class assemblies are next Friday (6th March) with 4JE in the morning at 9.15am and 4AB in the afternoon at 2.45pm.

The following week on Tuesday 10th March is our Inspire Workshop for parents to come in and work with their children. This will be hald in the Oaks hall at 9.00am fro approximately an hour.

Finally dont forget next Thursday is World Book Day. The theme for the day is 'reading for pleasure' so as well as the children wearing their fabulous book character costumes, we would like them all to bring in a favourite book to read during the day too.


World's Kitchen

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We have begun our new topic 'Around the World in Eighty days'.  The topic will be food themed so what better way to begin than by eating cake - Yum!!! The chidlren were given a version of a 'World Food Cake' (nut free), they had to identify as many of the ingredients as they could with sight, smell and best of all taste!

The children then thought about the origin of each ingredient and looked at the packaging of certain foods to find the country they were produced in.

Our next step will be working out the 'Food Miles' created to make the cake.

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Cheeky Charlie Chaplin!!

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We have begun our new PE dance unit of work for this half term 'Silent Movies.' So far we have thought about how to translate the characteristics of Charlie Chaplin through movement and the creation of a simple dance motif. The children are beginning to learn the skill of 'Canon' in dance and have begun incorporating it into their sequences.

Welcome 2015 and Mrs Brady!

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We hope you all enjoyed a restful and enjoyable Christmas break. A big thank you for the thoughtful presents  the staff received from the children - we were all very touched!

We would like to welcome Mrs Brady to the year group. She has had a fantastic first week in school and the children are being very helpful helping her to find her way around and remember the times of the day! Super work all round!.

This week we will be beginning a specially designed 'Friendship Course' in year 4 run by members of 'Our Place Mentoriing Scheme'. The course will run in school for four weeks and is designed to support the children with friendship difficulties and equip the children with strategies to be a good friend and resolve problems when they arise. This forms part of our PSHE work for the half term.

'Our Place' have requested the opportunity to film the children they are working with to help promote their service to other schools and agencies. Your child will be bringing home a consent form to sign so you can agree for your child's participation in this or not.

Wow!! A Fantastic Show!!

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A big well done to Year 4 (and Year 3) for your fantastic Christmas production 'The Polar Express'. You all performed brilliantly and we are very proud of you!

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Christmas Brass Concert

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In a few weeks time, we will be performing a Christmas brass concert and playing our instruments for visitors.

As well as the tunes that we have learning this year so far, we will also be singing some christmas songs. Below is a link to the website you need to practice those songs.


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