Year 4 Blog

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

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.


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.

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