Year 4 Blog

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

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.


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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