Year 4 Blog

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

Can You Catch A Mermaid?

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To start off our myths and legends work we have been reading Can You Catch A Mermaid? 

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To help us to remember the story we have used Talk for Writing activities. We started by imitating the story, which meant we needed to explain the main parts of the story. We then created our very own actions to help us remember the story. We could be as creative as we liked as long as it helped us remember the words/phrases in our part of the story.

Don't forget to ask us to show you some of our actions and what the story is about.

Brass!

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The instruments have been handed out. The children have been shown how to open the case. The blowing method has been practised. Now the real fun starts!

As you may be aware Year 4 are lucky enough to have brass lessons all year, playing either the cornet or baritone. In the next few weeks a PowerPoint will be loaded on to Moodle to encourage the children to play at home. But for now please encourage the children to practice how to make a noise on their instrument and remember to send it in every Tuesday.

 

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Year 4 Team

What a great first week back!

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The children have settled back into school life extremely well.

This week we have gone over our school rules, created symmetrical patterns, completed work on Charlotte’s Web AND sent off for our own Blue Peter badges!

To be awarded our Purple badge we had to watch an episode of Blue Peter and then review it. We thought very hard about the things we enjoyed about the programme and those things that we thought would improve the show.

Having these special badges allows us to gain access to over 200 attractions around the U.K for FREE, that is we get in free, our adults still have to pay for themselves. Click on the picture below to see the list of the great places we can visit.

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Terrific Tamworth

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As part of our 'Reign Over Me' topic, Year 4 ventured outside of Whitehouse Common to visit one of the countries few, intact, motte and bailey castles. Upon arriving at Tamworth Castle the children took part in three workshops: 

  • running of a Tudor household
  • artefacts and relics
  • self-led tour of the castle throughout the ages

The pupils had the opportunity to dress as the Tudors did, to set a dining table for Lady Ferris and look into what the Ferris family would have eaten. The artefacts workshop allowed us to look at the cutlery they would have used, how the Tudors learnt in school, their daily routines and how all of this shaped our lives today.

The self-led tour gave us time to explore and take charge of our own learning. The castle has many rooms, all of which have been set up to represent different periods that the castle has survived through.

Light and Sound

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As part of our Science Light and Sound day we have looked at how light travels. In groups we carried out a number of experiments to look at: reflection, refraction and the spectrum of colours found in white light.

 

The pupils enjoyed the tasks and found the practical nature of learning fun and informative.

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Wonderful Wind in the Willows!

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This term we have been focusing on the timeless classic 'Wind in the Willows'. The pupils have been working on their use of fronted adverbials and conjunctions. Reordering sentences has proved tricky but all pupils showed great perseverance. Here is the link to the BBC radio adaptation of the story we have been following:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/schoolradio/subjects/english/wind_in_the_willows

We look forward to seeing you this week for our class assemblies. The children have worked very hard learning their lines. Thank you for all the wonderful outfits, the support from home has been fantastic!

Christmas 2016 Quiz!

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To get our countdown to Christmas started, year 3 and 4 held a phase quiz. The phase gathered to answer some rather tricky questions in a bid to win a star prize. Mr Melville created the quiz and had been particularly clever/mean with some of his questions! The children were mixed across the phase and loved interacting with different children from other classes. Excellent behaviour was displayed at all times… well done guys!  

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Magnificent Mosaics

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As part of our art day we designed and created mosaics. Our art was linked to our current topic: Rotten Romans. We had lstudied Roman mosaics and how they were used to elaborately decorate the coliseums and baths of ancient Rome. Throughout our art day we used many skills including:

  • Shading and tone
  • Proportion
  • Symmetry
  • Colour palettes
  • Grouting

Here are some examples of our work:

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Magical McGinty!

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mcginty 2017This week saw Professor McGinty grace the classroom of Whitehouse Common Primary School. He, and Mr Hoot, took us back to 43AD to solve a postal mystery! The postman had brought a letter with very unusual digits on the front. What could they mean? The pupil’s looked at different Roman artefacts including coins, ceramic plates and jugs, mosaic tiles and clothing. Professor McGinty brought ancient Rome alive for us. The children loved his lively delivery and learnt a lot from the session. Well done to the children who solved the mystery!

Super Subtraction!

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This week the pupils in year 4 have been applying their mental maths skills to a variety of mathematical problems. They have used formally written methods to work through number problems, as well as word problems.

As always, the pupils have used apparatus to support their learning. The new Rising Stars Maths books have gone down very well too, with the children loving the new challenges set.

Well done Year 4.

 

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Wonderful Week!

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Year 4 have settled beautifully into their new routine. The children have working hard on their new topic; natural disasters. They have also participated in the Whitehouse Common Spelling Bee! What a week. Above is an image of one of the classes ordering themselves from smallest to highest during a mastery maths lesson. The children found ordering the decimals a little tricky at first, but soon realised when they worked as a team they could do it easily and efficiently.

 

Well done year 4! Here's to a great year.

Nighty Night

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This week the pupil's completed their own individual sleep diary. The diaries linked into Health Week and our maths lessons. Each pupil recorded the hours they slept, collating the evidence in a tally chart. From here the pupils created line graphs from the data, answering questions set. 

 

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The data was very informative and the pupil's noticed that their sleep pattern was interrupted by certain activities such as iPad use before bed and drinking drinks with high sugar contents. We agreed the best activity to aid sleep was reading and our results highlighted that a drink of something without sugar, such as a glass of milk, helped us settle quicker. The graphs were well made and the pupil’s represented their data with great detail.

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