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

Brass Concert

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Brass Concert

We had the opportunity to show what we have learned through out weekly brass lessons. Thank you to everybody who came along to see the concert, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! We demonstrated the notes that we have learned a variety of tunes. We were then able to entertain you with a range of Christmas songs which we played and sang along to. We're all looking forward to next term when we can learn even more notes and play even more tunes.

Songs to practise for the Christmas Play

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Here are our Christmas play songs. Try to practise these at home.

  1. Most Wonderful time of the year

2. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

3. Busy Christmas Countdown

4. Nestor – The Long Eared Christmas Donkey:

5. Gloria

6. The Wisemen's Song

7. It's time for celebration

Mad Scientists

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Today has been science day! Year 4 have had lots and lots of fun carrying out 4 different investigations.

The first investigation was linked to our electricity (covering our topic of conductors and circuits) We had to find out which materials were good conductors or good insulators of electricity.

science

Another experiment was investigating the powers of acids and watching the vinegar remove the dirt off all the copper coins.

coins

Finally, we got the change to remove the M from m&ms! Which was very exciting and very unusual.

Christmas Concert

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christmas-music

 

We are really enjoying our music lessons and we are really improving with our instruments. Children are reminded that you should be practising your instruments for 10mins every evening.

Click here to practice our familiar songs.

We are currently rehearsing for a Christmas music concert where parents and visitors can come along to watch us play our instruments. There is now a second website where you can practice your Christmas tunes.

Click her to practice our Christmas songs.

Poems

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Over the past few weeks we have been looking at poetry during our literacy lessons. We started by reading and responding to poems and then writing our own poems, then finally performing poems. To help us think about how to perform a poem effectively we looked at some of the professionals.

Click on the picture!

The website below shows Michael Rosen reading lots of his own poems. We really enjoyed listen to chocolate cake and no breathing in class! He decided he performed the poems extremely well and used lots of gesturers, facial expression and voices.

 

Michael Rosen

Black History Week

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This week at school was black history week and our focus for the week has been Nelson Mandela. We found out all about his life, his story and why he is such an influential figure in history. Over the week, we used role play to explore his feelings and beliefs as well as designing our own persuasive posters.

Mandela 2

Mandela 1

 

Bones and Movement

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Over the last few weeks, Year 4 have been taking part in lots of different science investigations. They have been seeing if children the same age have the same sized bones, as well as considering why we have muscles and how they help us move. They have all learnt so much including; which animals have backbones or not, how many muscles we have and how useful are muscles are when we exercise. All of the children have been very enthusiastic about their learning and have even brought in some x-rays and models of bones.

 

xray pelvis

Ipads

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This week in Literacy, we had a wonderful opportunity to use the Ipads in the classroom. We used them to access the internet to research our current topic - The Ancient Egyptians. It was a new experience for a lot of us and we really enjoyed ourselves. We're hoping to incorporate the use of the Ipads a lot more into our lessons over the course of the year. They are a fantastic learning resource and an exciting way of extending our use of ICT.

FOLTE Day!

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Today was so much fun! We got the opportunity to mixed and make friends with all of the Year 4 children from Hollyfield Primary School. Each group of children got the chance to take part in two different activities. The first was linked to equality and allowed the children to discuss whether they though men and women could do the same jobs. The second activity was also linked to equality; the children got to find out what it is like in other schools around the world.

Here are some of the children’s initial ideas about whether the jobs were traditionally do by men or women.

FOLTE 1

 

Here are some of the posters children made advertising the job or both men and women.

 

FOLTE2

FOLTE Day!

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Today was so much fun! We got the opportunity to mixed and make friends with all of the Year 4 children from Hollyfield Primary School. Each group of children got the chance to take part in two different activities. The first was linked to equality and allowed the children to discuss whether they though men and women could do the same jobs. The second activity was also linked to equality; the children got to find out what it is like in other schools around the world.

Here are some of the children’s initial ideas about whether the jobs were traditionally do by men or women.

FOLTE 1

 

Here are some of the posters children made advertising the job or both men and women.

 

FOLTE2

Keep practising!

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We are learning so many new songs in our music lesson each week. Remember to keep practising them at home, just 10 minutes every evening will be plenty. You can find the songs and the sheet music at the website. As Mr Orgill said - nobody improves with just one practise a week. So bring out those instruments on a regular basis, impress everybody at home with what you've learned and have some fun!

Click here to practise your tunes

The last week has been so exciting!

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We have now started our Egyptian topic, looking at where Egypt is on the map and learning about how important the river Nile was to the people living there.

map

In music on Monday we had an exciting music lesson, we all got given our brass instruments for the year. Some of us are learning to play the Cornet, others the Baritone horn. You will have the opportunity to see us in action at a concern near Christmas time.

We are into our stride with swimming this term, looking forward to all the progress we are and will be making.

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