# This week in Year 4...

In Maths we have been looking at negative numbers. We have looked at them specifically in the context of temperature to help us get our head around the fact that the greater the negative number is, the smaller it is…-13 degress Celsius is much colder (lower) than 3 degress Celsius!

In English, we have started to draft our own play scripts-and what an amazing start we have made. Not only have we had to remember all the features of a play script, we’ve got our personal writing targets to consider too! Next week, I will be selecting a number of completing play scripts for groups to act out to the rest of the class-those picked will be the ones that give the clearest directions for the actors!

In History, we have been studying the many uses of the River Nile in Ancient Egypt. We have created information leaflets all about this, and how important it was in the running of their every day lives in Ancient Egypt.

In RE, we have been interpreting the words and actions of Jesus when he reappeared to disciples on Lake Galilee. His words and actions we so significant and had deep meaning…just like our words and actions truly reflect our beliefs!

In Art, we have been writing in hieroglyphs! We have written our names and then a secret message…all in hieroglyphs! We have even tea stained them to give the appearance of the papyrus paper the Ancient Egyptians used. These will go on display outside our classroom, so passer-by’s can have a go at deciphering them!

AWARD WINNERS:

I simply has to give the whole of year 4 the Golden Award this week. They represented Our Lady’s School in such a positive way on our trip to BFC for the Fit2Go Festival. They wore their Our Lady’s bage with pride and certainly did me proud!

The writing award this week went to Sophie for her amazing start to her play script!

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Slater and the Year 4 Team.

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# 'I am the way and the truth and the life.' John 14:6

This week’s learning….

In Maths we have been focusing on 5-digit place value. We have been reading, writing, comparing and rounding numbers with 10,000s, and what a good job we have been doing too1

In English, we have been looking at the traditional tale of ‘Rumpelstiltskin’. We are going to use this story to put a character on trial for their crimes by writing a play script of the courtroom scene. To help us prepare for this, we have been familiarising ourselves with the story and the characters and acting out some parts.

In RE, we have been thinking about how our behaviour and our actions are influenced by our beliefs. Knowing that Jesus truly is ‘The way, the truth and the life’ has really helped us to explain why we (and others) behave in certain ways, for example going to church, forgiving others, praying, raising money for charities…

In History, we have used images of Ancient Image to help us get an insight into what life was like during the time of Egypt all those 1000s of years ago. We are loving this new topic so far and we have so much more interesting things to learn!

In Science we have been looking at which parts of the body (which we can’t see), make up the digestive system. We put actions to each part to help us remember the function of the mouth, oesophagus, stomach and intestines…test us at home!

AWARD WINNERS

This week’s Golden Award went to Joseph for really developing his Growth Mindset, and showing resilience in the face of a challenge!

This week’s writing award went to Samuel for his fantastic use of our ‘power’ words in both his spoken and written English!

I hope you enjoy your lovely long weekend!

Miss Slater and the Year 4 Team

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# Summer Term!

Welcome back to our Summer Term…and what a busy term it will be too!

Let’s see what we’ve been up to this week….

In Maths we have been completing some assessments (nothing like a test to get us back in the swing of things!). I was so impressed with the effort all the class put into their assessments, and despite having over a week off school, our brains are clearly still switched on. We also practised the long method for multiplication and division this week, as we are keen to master it before year 5!

In RE, we have been looking at the significance and importance of Christ’s Death and Resurrection, and how the Easter story reflects Christian beliefs about Jesus.

In English, we are looking at Play Scripts. We have read the script for a Vietnamese play called ‘The Fly and the Fool’. We identified the different features of a play script and focused on a character from the play. Today, we had the opportunity to act the play out. The script was divided into 7 parts and in groups of 4, each scene was acted out….so as a class we acted out the whole play. I was blown away by the acting skills in this class!

Here are some pictures of us mid-drama….

In History this half term, we are looking at Ancient Egypt. This week, we completed our Egyptian concept map, to see what we already know, and today we had 6 different images related to Ancient Egypt which encouraged a ‘silent debate’. This entailed us going around the classroom and writing our opinions and thoughts around the image. If we had an opinion on anyone else’s comment, we could add that too…and this was all done silently. These pictures may give you a clearer idea as to what we did…

This week’s GOLDEN AWARD went to Liliana for her hard work and determination. She always puts effort into her work, and we all know in Year 4 that EFFORT=SUCCESS!!

Thank you to all the class for a strong start back at school…with just one more term left in Year 4, we need to start preparing ourselves for Year 5!

Have a lovely weekend (I know it’s a busy birthday weekend for a few girls in the class!)

Miss Slater

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# This week in Year 4...

Well this week we have been looking at perimeter in Maths. We now understand how to find the perimeter of shapes, and we have looking at quick ways to find the perimeter of squares and rectangles, without adding the length of each side individually.

In English we have fully planned and made a start at our new chapter of ‘Sugarcane Juice’. I have been wowed with some of the opening paragraphs the class have written-such great use of descriptive language to really paint a vivid image in the reader’s mind. We will continue with our Big Write next week. We also took our PIRA comprehension tests in English this week. I can confidently say I am not disappointed by anyone’s score...that’s not to say we couldn’t have done any better, as there is always room for improvement!

In RE, we have been celebrating our differences! We know that we are all part of God’s family and that He made us all in His image, but He also made us all so different and that’s what makes us unique! We looked at what makes us different to others in school, in the UK, and the biggest picture of all...the world! We recognised that we don’t all look the same, or speak the same, or come from the same country, but we do ALL deserve to be treated fairly and equally!

In Science and Geography we have added to our concept maps from the beginning of term, to show what we have learnt. We have also completed our initial concept maps for Science to show what we already know about next term’s topic ‘Animal, Including Humans’. In particular, we will be looking at teeth, the digestive system and food chains.

THIS WEEK’S AWARD WINNERS:

This week’s Golden Award went to Lily for her continued hard work and effort in class. The word ‘continued’ in really important as Lily always tried her hardest, in all that she does!

This week’s writing award went to Gabriella. If Gabriella’s Big Write is as good as her plan, I cannot wait to read it!!

YEAR 4’S EASTER REFLECTION

We will be reflecting on Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. Our reflection is on Wednesday morning at 9.10am, in the school hall. All are welcome to come and watch and share in this reflection with us.

Have a lovely weekend, and I look forward to our last week together, before our Easter break!

Miss Slater

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# Continuing on our Lenten journey...

As we are mid-way through our Lenten journey, we have been reflecting on the Lenten promises we made. Some of us are really pleased at how well we are doing with our promise, while some of us realise we need to make more of an effort to live out that promise. We talked about the importance of fulfilling promises we make, just like God always does…and our Lenten promises help us to be an even better version of our wonderful selves!

The first Lenten Challenge Mass was this morning at 8.15am, in the school hall, followed by a cup of tea and some toast in the dining hall. It would be lovely to see more faces joining us at next week’s morning mass, next Friday!

In Maths this week, we have been looking at time on a 24-hour clock. This always proves to be a trickier concept to get our heads around, but I have been so pleased with everyone’s understanding. We all now know how to tell whether it is an AM or PM time on a digital clock, without having to have a.m or p.m next to it.

In English, we have continued to look at the story ‘Sugarcane Juice’. We did some great drama of a particular part of the story. Our first drama was a mime, without any dialogue and the second version was with the dialogue. As our story is set in Pakistan, we have read about ‘rupees’ being exchanged, as this is their currency. The Rupee is also the currency in India, so we were so lucky that Ryan brought in a 20 Rupee note for us to look at in class…

Here are some other pictures of us mid-drama…

This week, we were also invited along to St Mary’s for an afternoon of Athletics. We played handball, took part in several mini-athletic events and learnt a dance from the Greatest Showman (my favourite film!). I was so impressed with the classes’ behaviour-they really did Our Lady’s proud! We also won a lot of the events, competing against other schools in Blackpool!

AWARD WINNERS:

This week’s Golden Award went to Gabriella for being an absolute delight to teach, every day!!

This week’s Writing Award went to Tia for her amazing spelling!

I hope you all have a wonderful, well-rested weekend, ready for what I know will be another wonderful week of learning.

Miss Slater and the Year 4 Team

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# This week....

In Maths, we have been multiplying and dividing numbers by 100…we know to move each digit up or down two place values, as each digit is getting 100 times greater or smaller. We have also been using different methods for subtraction-we don’t want to become too reliant on just one way to solve subtractions,  when other ways may be more efficient!

In English, we have started looking a new text ‘Sugarcane Juice’ which is set in Pakistan. This week, we have been looking at some ‘power’ words  from the text and using them in our own sentences.

In RE, we have been looking at a piece of art, depicting Jesus in the Wilderness. This has evoked some questions, which we have noted down, and asked our friends to respond to. Next week, we will compare our own responses and reflections with our friends.

In Science, we have been researching the temperatures that some materials change states. We were very surprised to find out that aluminium changes states to a liquid at 660 degrees Celsius…this is very high!

In Geography, we produced some great information posters on Fair Trade. As our topic is ‘Where Does Our Food Come From?’, this really helped us to understand how important it is for poorer countries to be paid a fair prices for the products we have imported over to us.

AWARD WINNERS:

This week’s Golden Award went to Hollie for being so focused in class. I have noticed huge improvements in her work this week -keep it up!

This week’s Writing Award went to Lily. I was so impressed with her determination to improve her own work. She really thought about what edits to make, and her second draft blew me away!

CHANGE TO P.E DAY NEXT WEEK

As we are going to St Mary’s on Wednesday afternoon, to partake in different athletic events, the children will need to come to school in their PE kit on this day. Due to this, we will not be having PE on Tuesday, so children can come in their normal uniform on this day-this is for this week only!

Enjoy your weekend!

Miss Slater

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# This week in year 4...

In Maths, we have been completing our problem solving and reasoning maths paper. We had to read the questions really carefully, before working out what the question was actually asking us to solve. This was a great way to show how much we have learnt (and remember!) from Spring term so far, as well as highlight the areas that we need to work on/ revisit.

In English, we have been drafting and editing newspaper reports. We had to include complex sentences in this report as we learnt about these last week. I was so impressed with the subordinate and relative clauses used in everyone’s writing. However, there was a fair bit of editing and improvements to be made. Some of us get into habits of missing some words out of sentences or repeating ourselves-we have really focused on improving this for future pieces of writing!

In RE, we have been looking at the different ways that we can share in the life of Jesus. This is particularly important to reflect on this now, as we are in the period of Lent. I was really touched (and teary eyed) reading all about the ways that the class feel they can personally share in His life, and their Lenten promises were lovely!

In Science, we have been investigating what happens to some materials when we apply heat to them and then let them cool down-did they change states? I will let your children fill you in on the answer to this…

AWARD WINNERS:

This week’s Golden Award went to Abigail. She is such a helpful member of the class and always tries her hardest. It has also been lovely to see that she has been keeping her ‘friendship door’ wide open this week, always allowing people to walk through it and join in her games.

This week’s Writing Award went to Audrey for including our whole class targets in her newspaper article. It really made her writing much better!

Enjoy your weekend, and once again thank you for your continued support!

Miss Slater & the Year 4 Team

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# World Book Day 2019!

Well what a success World Book Day was!!

World Book Day is an amazing opportunity to remind ourselves of how enjoyable and important reading is. Reading allows us to take ourselves on amazing adventures, without stepping foot out of the door. Dr Suess was spot on with his quote, ‘The more you read, the more things you will know. the more you learn, the more places you’ll go.’

Yesterday we had the chance to clear the morning’s timetable, and partake it a variety of different activities…

The class had so much fun working their way around each activity, and it was a great chance for them to share their love for reading with others.

We also took part in the whole school ‘read in an unusual place’ challenge. Year 4 had VIP access to the staff room for our whole class read. We are currently reading Michael Morpurgo’s ‘Why the Whales Came’.

The day was great fun and we had a whole school assembly, in the afternoon, to show off our amazing costumes!

Thank you for all your support-the children looked fabulous and I could tell a lot of effort had been put into their costumes!

AWARD WIINERS:

This week’s Golden Award went to Naomi. She is such a hard worker who always puts her all into her work-what more can I ask for?!

This week’s Writing Award went to Thomas. We did some tricky work on complex sentences, this week, by adding a subordinate or relative clause into a simple sentence (main clause). Thomas did this really well and used some great vocabulary.

Miss Slater

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# “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

Well this first week back has been great!

We have been looking at lines of symmetry and factor pairs in Maths, preparing for our newspaper ‘big write’ in English, explaining the water cycle in Science, researching seasonal foods in Geography and thinking about ways that we can act on Jesus’ advice in RE…..busy bees indeed!

This week we have also spoken about the importance of Internet Safety. More information about this can be found on the ‘News’ tab on the home page-there are some useful links for parents!

WORLD BOOK DAY HOMEWORK

In preparation for World Book Day, every child has been sent home with a blank book template. We would like your child to draw a picture of the character that they are dressing up as for World Book Day, accompanied by the book they are from, the name of the character, and a few sentences about why they have chosen that character. Please can these be returned on (or before) World Book Day, which is next Thursday 7th March.

AWARD WINNERS

The Golden Award this week went to Tom for being so focused in class, this week. He has been trying so hard in all his learning-I’m very proud!

The Writing Award this week went to Charlie for his much improved presentation! Even Mrs McCooey brought me his RE book to show me how neat his handwriting was-your hard work paid off!

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Slater and the Year 4 Team

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# Half way through the year!

Can you believe we are half way through year 4 already?!

This last week has yet again been a jam-packed one!

In Maths, we have been looking at perpendicular and parallel lines. On top of the work we did on angles, we then had a greater range of vocabulary to describe different shapes and their properties.

We also did a maths arithmetic test and I was so impressed by how well the class did, on the whole-it also highlighted the areas that we need to do more work on!

In English, we have had a huge spelling focus this week. We have used our Read, Write, Inc spelling books to revise the prefixes, suffixes and sounds we have already done. We then had a go at writing down sentences, from memory, that were dictated by me (Miss Slater).

In Geography, we had prepared some questions for our visitor, who came into class on Wednesday. Mr. Brown is a local gardener, who has his own allotment. As our Geography topic is ‘Where does out food come from?’, this was a great opportunity to find out what foods we can grow locally, and also which foods we can’t. He talked to us about climate, weather and the importation of foods too!

AWARD WINNERS:

This week’s Golden Award went to Liliana for being an enthusiastic and positive learner. Not only is she a pleasure to teach, she is also a pleasure for others to be around!

This week’s writing award went to Grace B for her recount of Mr Brown’s visit, in our Geography lesson. As well as being well-written, she had used lots of words from the Geography Word Bank.

OUR ART WORK IS IN THE GRUNDY ART GALLERY!!

Before Christmas, we had the chance to go to the Grundy to look at some art work which them inspired us to create our own masterpieces. An Artist from the gallery came in and worked with us and the artwork we produced is on display in the gallery now! How exciting!

Their artwork will be on display until 2nd March, so if you get chance over half term to go and see it, that would be great!

Year 4’s Artwork in the Grundy Art Gallery!

I have not set any book homework, but please keep up with home reading and times table practise.

I hope you all have a lovely week off and I look forward to the half term ahead!

Miss Slater

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# So much to learn...our brains are always growing!

I have been so impressed with the efforts and work that the class have produced this week. We sure have been busy!

In Maths, we have been looking at different angles. Ask us what an acute, obtuse and right angle are! We have been naming these angles in different shapes and some of us have even been using protractors to measure our angles too!

In English, we have produced another Big Write. Our class target was to use inverted commas to show speech and I am pleased to say that everyone managed to do this! I was also blown away by some of the vocabulary choices that were used for effect…and what a powerful effect they had!

Tuesday was a Internet Safety Day, so we did lots of work and role play on the theme of ‘Digital Consent’. This was all about the importance of receiving or asking for permission before we make online choices. This was something that was really important to discuss with the class as more and more younger children have access to the digital world.

In RE, we have been looking at Judaism. We have looked at the different symbols of the Jewish religion as well as discuss their core beliefs. Next lesson, we are going to be comparing Judaism with Christianity…we already know that each faith shares some beliefs but differs with others.

In Science, we have been classifying solids, liquids and gases…we know that everything on earth can be classified into one of these groups. We will be discussing the differences between the three states of matter, on Monday.

In Geography, we have been researching were some foods originated. We know that many foods we can grow in lots of different places of the world but they had to come from somewhere. Next lesson we will be preparing some questions to ask to a visitor that grows his own food, here in Blackpool…he has an allotment. We can find out what foods he grows and which ones he can’t grow as well. We can also find out about how the weather can effect food growth.

In Art, we have been using oil pastels to draw pieces of fruit…we were inspired by Cezanne’s art and it just so happened to link in with our Geography topic too. Here are some pieces of our work so far (we will complete them next week)…

Award winners:

This week’s GOLDEN award went to Charlie for the efforts he has put into all his learning this week. On top of that, Charlie is such a caring and considerate member of the class, and a pleasure to teach. Although we had no certificates today, Charlie will get his award on Monday.

This week’s writing award went to Bella for her accurate use of inverted commas and her ambitious vocabulary choice-well done!

Enjoy your weekend!

Miss Slater

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# Mini Cezannes in the making...

We this week has been very productive!

We have been looking at subtraction methods in Maths, planning a ‘big write’ in English, looking at the story of The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple in RE, and on top of all that, we’ve started new Science (States of Matter) and Geography (Where does our food come from?) topics!

To end the week, year 4 have been doing an amazing job at doing some pencil drawings of a piece of artwork by the famous French artist, Cezanne. Last week, they used their regular HB pencils to sketch an outline and this week they have been using different shades of H and B pencils to create light and dark shading.

Here are some pictures of my little artists….

As we were at mass this morning, celebrating the feast of Candlemas, there was no Golden Assemble.

I will add the award winners to the blog on Monday….

This week’s GOLDEN award went to Vinny for simply being a delight to teach! His positive attitude and loving nature make him a joy to be around.

This week’s writing award went to Thomas for his big write plan. he used some great vocabulary! I can’t wait for the final draft!

Have a lovely weekend!

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# Another busy week!

This week’s learning:

Maths-we have been subtracting one-digit numbers from a 4-digit number, crossing over a 1000s bridge. We quickly realised that it is easier to work it out mentally if we subtract to our multiple of 1000 first and then subtract the remaining amount. So for example, if we had 4002-6, we would partition 6 into 2 and 4 so we could subtract 2 first (4002-2=4000) then we just needed to take 4 away from 4000, which we know would be 3996. The class have done a great job at using this method, and can practice this at home with their maths homework.

In English, the class have produced some great character descriptions! We have been looking at the character of Mr. Patch, and using some ‘power’ words to describe what kind of man he is. I was so impressed with the detail that the children had included and how they had made the descriptions detailed rather that just listing adjectives-they are so good, they are display-worthy! Watch this space for pictures of our writing display!

In Science, we have been looking at the pitch of a sound. We investigated how different things can affect the pitch of a sound, including length, size, density and tightness/slackness. We made sounds with different instruments in class-some long/short, big/small. heavy/light and tight/slack. We then made a note of when the sound was high pitched and when it was low pitched. We then used our results to write a conclusion about what we had learnt.

In RE, the class have planned their own shared worships, in little groups. They have really thought about what they would like their theme to be and what prayer, scripture reading, music and resources, they want to include. Starting next week, the class will start to lead their own worships!

AWARD WINNERS:

This week’s golden award went to Megan for being such a kind and considerate member of the class. Her positive attitude really shines through!

This week’s writing award was a tough one to choose, as I was so impressed with the effort all the class had put into their descriptions. I did, however, have to choose Sophie as my winner as she really won me over with her vivid description, accompanied with great grammar!

As always, I have been so impressed with the effort this class out into their work-keep up the hard work!

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Slater

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# Happy New Year!

Welcome back! I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

Here’s what we’ve been up to this week….

In Maths, we have been using a written method for division. This method has proved to be a tricky one to grasp, but I am so pleased to see how EVERYONE’s confidence has grown from day 1 on it to day 3! We really need to know our times table facts to solve division questions, so keep up with your times table practice! I have given the class some division questions to practice at home for their homework this week with as clear an explanation as possible (it’s a hard method to explain on paper!)

In English, we have been doing lots of reading, including a reading paper to see how well we are doing with our comprehension of a text. We have also started to look at a new story in our Read, Write, Inc lesson, which has a historical setting. The class are really enjoying this story and there are so many writing opportunities that this story provides. This story has also given us an insight into Victorian London and the dreadful conditions of the workhouses…so dreadful that a couple of brave children decided to escape in our story, ‘Runaways’.

In RE, we have been reflecting on the story of the Epiphany and thinking about what three gifts we would like to offer to Jesus. Rather that picking literal objects like Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh, the children have really thought deeply about what words and actions they could offer that reflect Christ’s example.

This week’s Golden Award went to Ryan for his positive attitude towards his learning and towards the people around him. Ryan is such a kind and considerate member of the class, and a joy to be around!

This week’s Writing Award went to Audrey for her beautiful piece of RE writing. Not only was it a well-written piece. it was thought-provoking and really highlighted her religious beliefs.

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# Second Week of Advent.

We have been continuing to pick different acts of Kindness, each day this week, as part of our Advent Challenge. This week, we have been making an extra effort to use our manners, help others, play with people we don’t usually play with and SMILING!

in RE, we have been making links between the story of Mary and Joseph and Trust in God. We then thought about who else this reminds us of and what these stories teach US about trust.

In Maths, we have been rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. We have done so well with this and are really starting to understand the HOW and WHY!

In English, we have drafted our own narrative. I have been really impressed with the children’s choice of vocabulary and the humour used in some of their stories. It has become apparent, however, that we need to work on our basic punctuation-capital letters and full stops!!! (Hence the English homework this week!)

In D & T we finished making our guitars….

This Friday we has the privilege of watching the Reception class’s nativity-which was amazing! Due to this, there are no award winners this week.

Have a lovely weekend, and keep up all the hard work!

Miss Slater and the Year 4 Team

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# A prayerful week.

This week, we have been talking about what prayer means to us and why we pray. In our shared worships, we have been taking moments of silent prayer to talk to God about our own intentions as well as some shared prayers. This has all lead up to today when we took part in the Adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. This was such a special occasion, as we had the opportunity to pray to Jesus, who was present with us in the Blessed Sacrament. We began the day with a whole school Mass to celebrate the Assumption and then we processed over to school, Fr Jim leading the procession with the Blessed Sacrament in the monstrance. In our individual classes, we then spent time to pray and adore Jesus, before the Bless Sacrament. The morning came to an end with the whole school gathering together again, as Fr Jim lead Benediction, in which we received a blessing. It was such a beautiful and peaceful morning and in Gabriella’s words, ‘it made me feel really refreshed and my heart feels full of love.’

In Maths, I have been sooooo impressed with year 4’s understanding and work on converting units of measurement. We have looked at the relationship between grams and kilograms and litres and millilitres, and used this to convert between the two.

In English, we have been planning our narrative, which we will draft next week. We have used the story of The Bogeymen and the Trolls Next Door to help us plan a new story, using the same characters and what we know about them.

In Science, we are investigating how distance effects sound, but more importantly, WHY? We have planned what we are going to do to investigate this, and we will carry this out next week. We can then use our results to answer the question WHY?

In D & T we have started to make our guitars. Steps 1 and 2 were to cut out our hole and paint the boxes. Here’s how we are doing with them so far….

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# An Arty couple of weeks!

Well last week we were lucky enough to visit the Grundy Art Gallery, in town. While we were there, we got to look at some posters advertising Blackpool, some old and some more recent. From this we started to think about what we think represents Blackpool, and what Blackpool might look like in the future. The lady at the Grundy was so impressed with the ideas that the children came up with-what an imaginative and creative bunch!

Following on from this visit, on Wednesday, an artist from the Gallery, Lisa Wigham, came into school to deliver an amazing art lesson with the class. They all produced some amazing posters of Blackpool, using printing. Oh and guess what?! All of the children’s artwork will be displayed at the Grundy Art Gallery as part of the exhibition, in January! Watch this space, for details of when this will be, so you can go along and see the artwork for yourself!

Here are some pictures….

AWARD WINNERS:

Last week’s Golden Award went to Grace K for being a little star, who’s light is always shining! Grace always does the right thing and is a great example to follow!

This week’s Golden Award went to Leo! Leo tries his hardest in ALL that he does. He is a focused young boy, who, despite any challenges (including a broken wrist!) he faces, always perseveres and put in all his effort.

This week’s writing award went to Ryan for his much improved presentation of his written work. Ryan has been trying so hard to ensure that he writes in his neatest handwriting all the time-no matter what book or subject this is in!

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# A wonderful week, full of wonderful work!

I have been blown away with the children’s work, this week. What a hard-working class I have-I’m very lucky!

Not only was I blown away by the quality of their Shakespeare writing, last week. they have produced some fabulous pieces on non-fiction writing all about The Battle of Edington, in our History lesson!

In our Read, Write, Inc English lesson, we have looked at a great story written in narrative verse. We will be using the story line and characters to plan and write our own story, which I have no doubt will be superb!

FRACTIONS! FRACTIONS! FRACTIONS! If you hadn’t already guessed, this has been our maths focus this week. Fractions are not the most straight forward concept to get your head around, but year 4 have been doing a great job at trying to. We have looked at what a fraction is, to begin with, before looking at equivalent fractions and we even touched upon simplifying fractions-we will continue with the next week.

In Science we had fun using a drum and polystyrene balls to make links between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations-we made a mess of the classroom in the process too!

In a few weeks, we will be making our own instruments (linked with our Sound topic), in our DT lesson, so please can I ask if you have any shoe boxes at home, we are collecting them from this week.

Following on from Remembrance day, on Sunday, we have had a prayerful week. Not only have we been thinking about all those soldiers who fought, and died in the war, we have also been thinking about our personal, and shared prayer intentions. We have discussed how special and important prayer is, and how it helps to closen our relationship with God.

GOLDEN AWARD WINNERS:

Last week’s Golden award went to Tia for trying so hard with all her work form last week. Tia always tries so hard, and she is proving that this really pays off.

Last week’s writing award went to ALL of year 4. I was so blown away with their Shakespeare writing, I couldn’t possibly choose just one!

This week’s golden award went to Sophie. Sophie is such a great role model, always doing the right this and having such a positive attitude towards school.

This week’s writing award went to Lily for her very informative writing on The Battle of Edington!

Have a great weekend!

Miss Slater

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# 'To be saints is not a privilige for the few, but a vocation for everyone.'-Pope Francis

This week has been a really special week, not only was it our first week back after half term, but because we celebrated the feast of All Saints. On Thursday morning, we celebrated this special occasion, as a whole school, with Mass at Our Lady’s church. In class, we have been discussing the saints that we are familiar with as well as looking into some saints we didn’t know much about. What was really important, was that we realised that these people are just like us, and if we follow Christ’s example, just like they did, we could be saints one day too!! This year is also going to an extra special year, as it is The Year of the Eucharist. We will be doing lots as a whole school and in our classes to celebrate this important year.

Also this week…..

In Maths, we have been seeing how much we have remembered from before half term by completing our reasoning paper. It was soon clear, that we had not yet mastered fractions of amounts, so we went over this again in class. This is why our homework is all about fractions of amounts. We had to clear up some misconceptions, such as, ‘if the denominator is bigger then the fraction is always bigger’-I’d much rather have 1/3 or cake than 1/5 of cake!! Hopefully, the more time we spend on this, and look at different ways of working them out, we will eventually master this concept!

In English, we have been doing lots of drama to familiarise ourselves with Shakespeare’s ‘The Comedy of Errors. Using active approaches, we now know the characters and storyline of the play, despite how confusing it becomes! To prepare ourselves for writing a detailed description of the port in Ephasus, that we hear about in the play, we did a word carpet. We used our senses to describe the port and used post-its to jot down our ideas. In partners, we then lead each other around the classroom using these ideas to help describe the port to our partners.

Here are some pictures of our ‘port walk’….

In computing, we have been focusing on e-safety. After a class discussion about the ways that we can ensure we are safe and feel happy when we are online, the class produced some great information posters…

This week’s GOLDEN AWARD went to Reece for his ‘growth mindset’. He has such a positive attitude towards his learning, and sees every mistake as a challenge and a learning point. Keep it up, Reece!

Have a lovely weekend, and get ready to keep up the hard work, come Monday!

Miss Slater

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# Investigators, boat makers and fencers...what a busy week!

Well, we have had an action packed week!

In Science we have been investigating which materials are electrical insulators and which are conductors. We did this by testing different materials in our circuits, and recorded our results in a table. Here are some pictures, showing some of the materials we tested…

We were very lucky this week, as we got to try our hand at fencing. A fencing teacher came to our school, and each class had the opportunity to have a lesson with him. We learnt some fencing lingo as well as poses. We had great fun…

To end our week, we had great fun making some Viking long ships. These will look great on our history display…

Thinks week’s awards….

GOLDEN AWARD-This went to Mya for being an absolute pleasure to teach! She’s a great role model

WRITING AWARD-This went to Audrey for her great ‘big write’. She used some fantastic vocabulary to help paint a vivid image in the reader’s mind.

MATH AWARD-This went to Vinny for his great problem solving skills! He did so well, his name was published on the NRich website!

Keep up the hard work, year 4!

Miss Slater

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