Year 4 Blog

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

Blue Peter Music Badge

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We have sent home the application form for a Blue Peter music badge. At Whitehouse Common, we offer many opportunities to learn musical instruments. As you know, this year your child has started to learn a brass instrument.

We would love to have these badges in time for the brass concert on 9th December. Please help your child complete the form at home, we have made a start in school. You will need to sign the privacy notice and give your consent for this application. If you need another copy of the form or further information then please see the website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/bp-music-badge 

Please return these as soon as possible.

Christmas Show Songs to Practise

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Please practise our songs for the Christmas show. The music and lyrics are below:

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Fire Safety Visit

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Today we had a visit form the fire service. They showed videos of how to keep safe in case of fire and the effects fires can have.

We then discussed our escape plans from our home in cas eof an emergency. We taked about shouting "fire!" if we were in danger and also about how to exit the house safely.

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The fire service showed us the safest place to have a smoke alarm in the home (hall and landing). They also told us that we can call the local fire service if we don't have smoke alarms fitted and they will do this for us for free!

Year 4 curriculum and INSPIRE workshops

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Thank you to those who attended the year 4 curriculum and INSPIRE workshops. 

Below are copies of the presentations used for you to access at home and refer to.

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Erupting Volcanoes

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Year 4 have been learning about volcanoes in topic. They watched volcanic eruptions and learned about how these occur.

Volcanoes are formed when magma from within the Earth's upper mantle works its way to the surface. At the surface, it erupts to form lava flows and ash deposits. Over time as the volcano continues to erupt, it will get bigger and bigger.

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The children created a representation of a volcano by moulding clay around a plastic bottle. They then used bicarbonate of soda and vinegar to create the effect of a volcanic eruption.

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Welcome to 4MG and 4AF

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What an amazing start to the year we have had! All the children have settled well. They all have a class job, which they are embracing well.

A copy of key information that has been stuck in planners is below:

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NB 4AF swim on Wednesdays!

Swimming starts next Wednesday and Thursday (18th and 19th) 

We have been learning to round to 10 and 100 this week.

Children have learned how many tens are in a number e.g. 87 has 8 tens. 783 has 78 tens! Did you know this?

You can find some rounding games to play here:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/rocket-rounding 

Dance show!

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This week is a very exciting week as we have our school dance show! It has been fantastic to see the children grow in confidence and really enjoy dance. Over the past few weeks we have been perfecting our class dances and both teachers are very impressed with the level of engagement from all the children in Year Four! It has been exciting to learn a new style of dance for all the children. In 4AF we have been focusing on flamenco and in 4CC we have been focusing on jazz.

On Friday we had a dress rehearsal for our school dance show to the rest of the school and the children were excellent... they looked like professionals! We are very excited for our school dance show this week and can't wait to show all the parents what great dancers we are! 

Here are a few of the comments children have made about our dances and the upcoming dance show:

"It has been fun to learn lots of different dance moves."

"I can't wait to perform in front of our parents, they are going to be impressed!"

"Our dance costumes are amazing!" 

"We have tried hard to make sure our dances are in time, I think it's going to be really good" 

"It has been fun to learn a new style of dance which I haven't tried before.”

Business and Enterprise

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This week we’ve got lots of exciting plans, many of our activities are going to be business related! Mrs Sturch and Mrs Challoner-Miles are both coming into Year 4 to talk all about their jobs. They will tell us all about the tasks they have to complete, the qualifications they needed and what they enjoy about their roles. After we have listened and asked lots of question we will then discuss what we would like to be when we are older. We will finally talk about the qualities we need to succeed and follow our dreams!

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Reign Over Me

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This week Year 4 were lucky enough to enjoyed and fun and informative day at Tamworth Castle. This was part of our 'Reign Over Me' topic. The children took part in three workshops: 

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

Throughout the trip the children were all brilliantly behaved and asked and answered lots of thoughtful questions. They really enjoyed writing with a quill, dressing as the Tudors did and setting a dining table for Lady Ferris.

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Solids, Liquids and Gases

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This half term Year Four will have lots of fun learning about Solids, Liquids and Gases. We have started off by investigating what happens when a different solids are added to water. We used salt, sugar, marbles, pebbles, bicarbonate of soda, flour and oil. All of us made predictions using our scientific knowledge and we also discuss how to make out investigation a fair test. 

Use this website to have a look at some of the topics coming up! 

The Fast and The Furious!

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This term in Topic, we have thoroughly enjoyed learning about The Fast and The Furious! We have been looking at the differences between old and modern cars, the children couldn't believe how cars used to work and what speed they used to travel at! We researched in detail information about Henry Ford and wrote a newspaper report about the release of his first motor car The Model T, the children used some fantastic language features and some of the children's work even got chose to go on display in the Year Four corridor, we were extremely impressed! 

We are looking forward to starting our new topic 'Reign Over Us' after the Easter half term! 

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

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Our theme for this half term in English is Voyage and Return. Our focus text this term has been The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and the children have really enjoyed reading the story and were even lucky enough to watch the film! Over the last few weeks, we have been developing our understanding of voyage and return stories in particular the story of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and have participated in various drama activities such as 'hot seating' and became the different characters from our story. The children thoroughly enjoyed this and really got into character! 

Over the next few weeks, we will be planning to 'invent' our own voyage and return stories and write them using all of our prior learning. The children are continuing to impress us throughout all English lessons with their superb ideas and fabulous imaginations! 

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