Welcome back to our Spring Term!

This week we have been introduced to some new topics, as well as revisiting some learning from before Christmas.

In Maths, we have been dividing with remainders, using a written method. Although this is tricky, we have all tried our best and are really getting the hang of it!

In Science, we were introduced to our new topic 'States of Matter-Solids, Liquids and Gases.' We have shared what we already know about this ready, ready to learn much more this term.

In RE, We are looking at Jesus as 'the teacher'. Our first lessons were centred around Jesus' faith when he was growing up. We have learnt more about the Jewish faith and symbols of this faith. We are going to compare Judaism to Christianity, as we know that are some similarities and some differences.

In English, we are looking at the play Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare. All of Key Stage 2 will be studying this play, and we will be producing some amazing pieces of writing from it too! This week, we acted out the play in 20 minutes. In groups of 4, we were all given a little part of the play and had to act it out, with narration. After we had all acted out our part, we had collectively acted out the entire play. There are some fab actors and actresses in year 4!

Here are some pictures of us, acting out Macbeth...

 

 

 

 

Posted
AuthorCatherine Slater

Well what a great first term we have had in year 4!

It has been a pleasure to watch you all grow so much this year and I am excited to see you all go from strength-to-strength, in the New Year!

Thank you so much for all your efforts and hard-work this year and thank you to all parents for your continued support!

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas, and take a well deserved break for the festive period.

See you next year,

Miss Slater and the Year 4 Team.

Posted
AuthorCatherine Slater

We were really lucky this week to enjoy the musical talents of 'The Travelling Tuba'. As well as watching their concert, as a whole school, we also has a class workshop, in the afternoon.

In this workshop, we got to play different musical instruments and 'layer' these instruments over each other to produce a wonderful musical performance. Here are some pictures...

This week, we have also made our very own musical instrument. We made guitars!

Here are some pictures of the different stages of our guitar making...

 

Also, there has been no homework set this week. However, let's get some more reading quizzes taken before we break up for Christmas! I have been so pleased with the enthusiasm and enjoyment the children have when reading and taking their quizzes! They are all doing so well! Keep it up!

Thank you,

Miss Slater

Posted
AuthorCatherine Slater

Well, what a great week of learning!

I have been so impressed with the children's writing, this week. They were given the opportunity to plan and write their own narrative. After watching a video to inspire them, they have all gone away and used their imaginations to write their own story. We will be continuing with these on Monday and I cannot wait to read their complete, edited versions! 

In maths we have been looking at weight in kilograms and gram. We collected and order the weights of different foods and then presented this data in a bar chart. We then went on to interpret this data. We have all done a great job with this!

In Geography, we have been looking at the tropical regions-we found the Equator, the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn on a world map, in our atlases. We then used this to draw them on our own map of the world and this helped us to locate the countries that are located in these Tropical regions. Next lesson, we will research which foods come from these tropical regions.

In computing, we are really progressing with out simulation of a toy, using the Scratch programme. After designing our toys a few weeks back, with an input and output function, we are doing our best at using coding to simulate our toy designs electronically. Some of us have added sound and movement to our toys!

We are also trying our best to fulfil our Advent promises and have been looking at the symbolism of the advent wreath, in our RE. We are all trying our pest to prepare for Christ's birth by 'proclaiming God's love'.

Next week, we will be designing and creating our instruments in our D & T lesson. If you haven't already, please bring either a shoebox, tissue box, cereal box etc, into school before Wednesday. Also, if you have any cardboard tubing (not toilet roll) to bring in, that would be great! 

Thank you,

Miss Slater

Posted
AuthorCatherine Slater

This week, in Maths, we have become great at rounding numbers! Whether it's to the nearest 10, 100 or 100, we can do it! We used number lines to help us visualise what numbers they were in between and this helped us to see what the 10, 100 or 1000 they were nearest to. We will definitely revisit this, as there is a lot to remember when rounding numbers!

In English, we have all made a great start to our 'big write'. Using our personal writing targets, along with the class writing target, we have started to produce some quality pieces of writing. Next week, we will edit and improve our writing before copying it up for our new display....watch this space for pictures of our display.

In R.E, we have been preparing for Advent by writing our own Advent promise. We have really thought about how our actions reflect the teachings of the Bible, and how God wants us to be.

In Science, we have been looking at how distance effects sound. We braved the elements and went outside to record what happened to sound the further away we were from it...we even used our measuring skills to measure the distance between ourselves and the sound each time.

Here are some pictures....

Posted
AuthorCatherine Slater

We have been very lucky this week to have, not one, but two visitors in our classroom.

On Monday, Michael Brown came in to tell us all about the foods he grows on his allotment. This really helped us with our Geography topic 'where does our food come from?' He also talked about what season was good for growing and what the best conditions were for this. On top of this, he informed us of the seasons when he doesn't grow much because of the change of temperature. We also learned that some of the foods we asked him about, we can't grow here at all because of our climate-we are going to research where they come from next week!

On Wednesday, we also had a visit from Fr Jim who talked to us about sound (he's quite the scientist, you know!) He told us all about a meteor that hit Russia a few years back and how the sound took so long to travel to earth that the people of Russia saw the meteor, before hearing it about 2 and a half minutes later-how interesting is that?! The sound waves were so strong, they shattered windows and destroyed buildings!

This week, we also made a start a sketching a pencil drawing of some of Cezanne's artwork. We are practicing sketching and shading with pencil, in preparation for our own pieces of art work, inspired by that of Cezanne's. Here are some pictures of us starting the sketching process..

Posted
AuthorCatherine Slater

PENNIES FOR PUDSY- Today, we raised money for Children in Need by bringing in pennies to put on our big Pudsy, in the entrance hall. As a school, we have raised a lot of money! Thank you to all for your generosity.

Below, you can find out what else we have been up to this week.

Miss Slater

 

So this week has been very busy!

In Maths, we have been doubling and halving 3-digit numbers. We have also been using our reasoning skills to explain rules and patterns when doubling any number...can we ever have an odd answer?? What is the pattern with the ones when we create doubling chains??

In English, we have been looking at the different characters in Kaye Umansky's 'The Bogey Men and the Trolls Next Door'. We have looked at the Character of Fred Bogey and planned our character descriptions but looking at different words and phrases to describe him-we will be writing our character descriptions next week!

In Geography, we prepared some questions for a local farmer, who will be coming in to school on Monday afternoon! We are so lucky to have someone come and speak to us, who grow their own foods and can tell us more about the foods we can grow here, in Blackpool.

In Science, we have proved that sound is made by something vibrating. We felt our voice boxes vibrate to create the sound that comes from our mouth and we also saw that vibrations create the sound from a drum. We put polystyrene balls on the drum skin and beat the drum with our beater-we saw the balls dance around. We know that this was because the drum skin was vibrating and this made the sound!

Here are some pictures....

In Art, we have been introduced to some of the works on Paul Cezanne. We used our critical thinking skills to offer our opinions and views on several pieces of his work. These pieces of art work were spread around the class room and we silently made our way round each piece to write our opinion (with a justification), or a reflection and response to someone else's opinion, around the image. We then had an open debate about some of our views, listening and responding to each other-it's amazing just how many different and valued opinions we had! Some us came to the front of class to discuss our views, and to make comparisons between the different pieces of art.

Here are some pictures to give you a better idea of the activity.

Posted
AuthorCatherine Slater

This week has been a great 'introduction' week. We have been introduced to new topics in Science and Geography, sharing what we already know and what we would like to find out.

We have also started our new Fictional Text Unit, in English, based around a fun story, written in Narrative Verse. We will be building up to planning and writing our very own chapter to this story-it will involve Bogey Men and Trolls!

Maths has involved a lot of fraction work-equivalent fractions and simplifying fractions. Although we find some fraction work tricky, we are definitely growing our brains through our new learning.

This week has also been a time for us to prepare for Remembrance Day, which is a very special day in the year. We even made our own poppies and accompanied it with some writing and a reflection on what we are remembering on this day and what the poppy represents.

Here are some pictures...

Posted
AuthorCatherine Slater

I hope you have all had a well-deserved break and are ready for what I'm sure will be another great half term.

Here is an insight into what we are going to be looking at this half term:

R.E-'Trust in God'. We will be looking at the importance of trust and faith in God and linking this to stories from the bible. This will lead us into looking at the nativity story and Mary and Joseph's trust in God.

Science-'Sound'. We will be looking at how sound is made and how it travels. We will also be investigating how distance, volume and pitch can effect the sound.

Geography-'Food and Trade'. We will be investigating the question 'Where does our food come from?'

For a more detailed overview of these topics, please check the Autumn Curriculum Map on the year 4 home page.

Miss Slater

 

Posted
AuthorCatherine Slater

This (short) week, has  been very busy. Not only have we finished our Electricity and Anglo Saxon and Viking work, we have also performed our amazing, history-inspired dance to other classes.

We have also been looking at E-Safety, particularly what we would should do (or not do) if anything ever upsets or concerns us online. We know to 'Click clever, Click Safe!' We looked at three main things: 'Zip it', 'Block it' and 'Flag it'. It is so important that when we are online, we are sensible and responsible and we are also aware of what information we can trust.

After creating posters, with our learning partners, some of us even presented them to the class. Here are some pictures..

We have had such a good half term and learnt so much along the way!

This half term has been full of new learning and year 4 really have been growing their brains. They have all developed their 'growth mindset' and it has been so rewarding to see such positive attitudes towards learning (and mistakes-they're our First Attempts in Learning!).

I hope you all have a lovely break and I look forward to what I'm sure will be another fabulous term, in November.

Miss Slater

Posted
AuthorCatherine Slater

To celebrate World Maths Day, we had great fun using our problem solving skills to find solutions (or more than one solution!) to challenges-we looked great in our maths-themed attire as well!

The challenges we were given required much resilience and perseverance-which we all proved we have! We used logical thinking to find the area of all the windows in the classroom, realising that there was a quicker way to do this and a longer way-it didn't take too long for every group to discover the quicker way!

In our small teams, we also solved many 'What if' problems, even writing our own problems as well!

Here are some pictures of our day....

 

 

Posted
AuthorCatherine Slater

This week has been so productive!

In History we continued with our Diary entries, all about the Viking raids and invasions in Britain. We presented these in our books like the 'lift the flap' style books.

Here's a glimpse of what the look like, so far...

In English, we have been drafting and editing another 'Big Write'. This time it's a non-fiction text. We are writing an article for 'Gadget Magic' magazine, all about this amazing SPEC-tacular glasses-we have to do our best to really sell them to the reader!

In Maths, we have been re-visiting time and looking at converting analogue times to digital times. Today, we were calculating time intervals-we were very good at it!

In Science, we have been very busy! We we looking at the function of a switch in an electrical circuit and why we might use them. We used this learning in our D&T lesson when making our own torches. We were given lots of equipment and materials and the aim was to make a functional torch, with a switch. After designing our torch, with our learning partner, we then got busy making the actual torch.

Here are some pictures of the different stages of our torch making...

Posted
AuthorCatherine Slater

We have learnt a lot this week!

In English, we finished writing our 'Big Write'. We planned, drafted and edited (using our Purple Pen of Progress!) our writing before highlighting our personal writing targets. When we had done all that, we did a final draft, ready for our display.

Here's our writing display.

In Maths, we have been finding fractions of amount. We have learnt the rule to always divide the amount by the denominator and then times that by the numerator!

In Science, we have been learning all about electrical conductors and insulators. We did an investigation to find out what materials were conductors/insulators.

Here are some pictures of us testing materials...

In History, we have been learning all about the Viking raids and invasion of Britain. We are writing some diary entries from the point of view of the Anglo-Saxons, documenting the key dates and events that occurred when the Vikings came (and eventually stayed) in Britain.

In RE, we have been thinking about some questions that we find difficult to answer. We looked, in detail, at the story of Jonah and came up with questions about the story that we found tricky to answer ourselves. We then asked for our friends to respond to those questions. Next week, we are going to reflect on our friend's response and compare them to our own views.

Overall, we have had a week full with some amazing learning...our brains are definitely growing!!

 

Posted
AuthorCatherine Slater

Last week, to celebrate European Languages Day, we dressed in the colours of Sweden. Our afternoon was filled with lots of Swedish themed activities, including, dancing and food tasting!

Here are some pictures of our day...

Posted
AuthorCatherine Slater

We have been doing a lot of investigating in Science, this week. Firstly, we were given lots of electricity equipment and we had to make our bulb light up-we were very good at choosing the correct equipment and constructing a simple series circuit.

We then went on to plan an investigation to see what would happen when I had more than one bulb in a circuit. We all made predictions that we compared to our conclusions at the end-were we correct?

After completing the investigation, and testing a different number of bulbs in a simple circuit we realised it was much brighter when there was only one bulb-I wonder why this is???

Here are some pictures of us, in our science lesson...

Posted
AuthorCatherine Slater

I will be holding a Parent Meeting @ 3pm, this Friday, in the year 4 classroom.

This will be a great opportunity for me to outline the year 4 expectations and routine. I would also like to dedicate some time talking to you about our whole school 'growth mindset' approach and the wonderful reading programme we are using in school (this will make the numbered ZPD on your child's home reader make much more sense!)

This will also be a chance for you to ask me any questions that you may have.

I appreciate that some parents may be unable to make it, so I will send home any hand-outs with your child. If you wish to see me to discuss anything, I'd be more than happy to arrange another time for you to come and see me.

I hope to see you there.

Miss Slater

Posted
AuthorCatherine Slater

This week has been jammed-packed with so much new learning.

In Maths, we have been measuring and looking at the place value of 4-digit numbers-some of us have been trying to solve some really tricky problems as well (Here's one of the problems if you want to have a go at home! Deca Tree)

In English, we have been looking at the story 'Lost or Stolen?' We have been looking at the different characters and the powerful vocabulary used-we are trying to drop this vocabulary into our every day conversation!) We also did some hot seating and had to get into character-there are some great actors in year 4!

In Science, we have looked at the dangers of electricity, and made some amazing posters. Next week, we will be constructing actual circuits!

We have also learnt lots of new things in our History topic and this has inspired both our Art and our Dance!

Although no homework has been set this week, the children are asked to read as often as possible at home, and have their reading record signed. It has been great to see some children taking their reading quizzes in class when they have completed their book!

Posted
AuthorCatherine Slater

Well, what an amazing first week back!

We have made a great start to our Science and History topics, sharing what we already know.  We can now look forward to the new learning ahead.

We have also had our first dance lesson in PE, which is inspired by our History topic, 'The Anglo-Saxons vs. The Vikings'.

On top of all that, we have made a great start in our English, Maths and RE....and there are so many more new things to learn!

With our 'growth mindset', we are approaching our learning with a positive attitude, as we are all capable of achieving so much. We know that if we put the effort in, we WILL succeed.

In class today, we made our own 'growth mindset' poster, with our learning partner. We are working on the language we use every day in the classroom, and how to keep it positives! There will be no 'I can't' or 'I'm no good at this', and plenty of 'I can't do this yet, but I will with practise!' and 'I will keep trying my best!'

Here are some pictures of us creating our posters...

Posted
AuthorCatherine Slater

I hope you have all had a lovely Summer break, and are now ready for an exciting year ahead, in year 4!

We have lots of great learning to look forward to and I cannot wait to see how much you have grown since I had the pleasure of teaching you in year 2!

This term, in our History topic, we will be looking at the Anglo-Saxon and Viking struggle for the Kingdom of England.

In Science, we will be studying Electricity. We will be doing lots of investigation work involving circuits and will even be making our own torches in D&T! (We will be needing cardboard tubing to make our torches, so please bring any in if you have any already!)

In RE, we will be looking at The Bible-we will be looking at the Old and New Testament as well as the four Gospels.  It is important to know that the Bible is a living book through which God is telling us about himself! We will also learn how to find and write bible references.

We also have much to learn in our Maths and English, a great chance to really develop your skills in both subjects.

The curriculum overview for the year can be found on the home page-this will give you an idea of what we will be covering over the course of the whole year.

A more detailed overview of our Autumn term learning is also on the home page-please take a look to have a better idea of our learning this term!

I cannot wait to see you all tomorrow and I look forward to our exciting learning jouney ahead!

Miss Slater

Posted
AuthorCatherine Slater

Today, we had great fun learning all about animals, their habitats, lifecycles and food chains.

We also acquired some great map reading skills (what a useful geography skill!), and made our own maps, using natural material.

Overall, the day was such great fun-we loved learning outdoors!

Here are some pictures of our fun-filled day..

Posted
AuthorCatherine Slater