Blogs: Y4 2016-17

Thursday 13th July 2017 
Today we had our first Swap morning and really enjoyed meeting our new teachers! 
In IPC this week, we have been learning about the Water Cycle. Here are some videos of us performing the different processes of Evaporation, Condensation, Precipitation and Collection...
Friday 7th July 2017
In English this week, we have been writing our pupil pages for our reports and we are also starting to look at contract poems! In Maths we have been creating repeated patterns.
This afternoon, 4AU had their attendance prize! We chose to have a party which involved games such as Guess the Disney song, Pin the tail on the donkey, Musical statues and Wink murder. Here are some photos of our awesome party! 
Monday 3rd July 2017
This morning we are learning about using speech marks and creating conversations. Here is the text we will use.
Why not use it at home to practise adding speech marks? You could bring the finished conversation to show your teacher.
An example of a conversation which children completed today is below.
Friday 30th June 2017
In 4EW this week we have been learning lots about grammar terminology. It's really important that we know not only how to use grammar, but also what it is called. We made posters and tested ourselves on our knowledge. I am sure you will agree it makes our working wall look a lot more interesting!
In maths we have continued to work on our mental arithmetic in 4EW and in 4AU we have been learning about time. We all made posters to help us remember some tricky concepts.
In English, we have been writing news paper reports about football. We really enjoyed that as it was a little bit different to usual. To finish the week, we have been using emojis to tell stories. 
I hope you have enjoyed reading our blog and looking at the pictures from the last couple of weeks!
Welcome to our Year 4 Blog. Watch this space for information on our topics and photos of our work and learning!
Friday 23rd June 2017 
On Wednesday, we attended a Dogs Trust assembly which was all about how to keep safe around dogs. A lady from BBC radio and she involved children from Shirley to demonstrate what they've learnt. 
Yesterday, most of Year 4 went to the Abbey Leisure Complex to take part in the Youth Games, where we took part in different activities such as Football, Hockey, Cheerleading, Sitting Volleyball and Tag Rugby. The children worked very well together and showed excellent sportsmanship. Photos to follow...
Some of us worked in Year 5 or 6 for the day. In Year 6, we took part in a Science experiment about Electricity and we learnt how to make a circuit. We also practiced songs for the Year 6 production...
Friday 16th June 2017 
The Shirley school choir did us proud this evening with their fantastic singing and enthusiasm at their very first concert at Milton Road Primary School! Well done everybody, you sounded amazing :) 
Thursday 8th June 2017 
Today Year 4 were invited to take part in a Cricket festival at the North Cambridge Academy. There were many cricket activities for us to try out and some of us took part in competitive games against Orchard Park. One of our Shirley teams won the tournament and received medals for this. Some of us also received medals because of our efforts, determination and perseverance. This afternoon, we performed adverts to try and persuade the class to buy our new smart phone creations!
Below are some photos of our trip to the NCA and videos of our adverts! 
Friday 26th May 2017
It was a busy final week in Year 4. We have been learning a lot about Tutankhamun. It was really interesting to hear about why he was famous- his tomb was largely left untouched and so when Howard Carter found it in 1922, it was full of amazing treasure! We imagined what it would feel like to find the tomb and wrote letters to our friends telling them all about it.
We also created Ancient Egyptian images on brown paper and oil pastels, using a grid to help us enlarge our drawings.
In maths, 4EW have been learning a written method for division called the 'bus stop' method. It was tricky, but we got there in the end. We have also been doing lots of investigations.
We are looking forward to coming back refreshed after our week off. Hope everyone has a great half term!
Tuesday 16th May 2017 
Yesterday afternoon, Year 4 went to Chesterton Community College to watch an E-Safety show. The play was about a girl who became trapped in the Web because she had not been safe online. On her journey, she meets many people who help her realize her mistakes. However, she also meets 2 villains called Virus and Spam, who she must defeat with all the E-Safety knowledge she has learnt. Here are some photos of the play...
Friday 12th May 2017 
In English, we have been writing our own adventures stories starring a hero and a villain. In 4AU Maths, we have identifying and ordering right angles, obtuse angles and acute angles. In 4EW we have been completing work on estimating and number lines. In ICT, Year 4 have been using a program called Scratch and this week we learnt how to make a character glide across the screen. 4AU have been writing letters to their french pen pals and we will be sending them off this weekend and hope to get a reply before the end of the term. As today is non uniform day, we were able to wear anything in exchange with bringing in dry food for the tombola at the fare. 
Tuesday 25th April 2017 
This week in Maths, 4AU have been learning to multiply using partitioning and 4EW have been revising their 2D and 3D shape knowledge. This afternoon, year 4 took part in their Temples, Tombs and Treasures entry point. In groups, we completed different activities based on the Ancient Egyptians which included a mummification game, breaking hieroglyphic codes and sketching pyramids and Ancient Egyptian gods. Today, year 4 also had a go at GoNoodle in the hall with year 6. It was so much fun and a great way to exercise our brains! Below are some photos of our Entry Point and our GoNoodle session :)  
Friday 21st April 2017 
This week in year 4, we have been discussing gender roles for example the different toys that boys and girls play with. We watched a video which showed the different locations of the toys in toy shops. The boys' toys are usually in a blue section and tend to be centered around games, toy weapons, cars and technology whereas the girls' section is usually pink and is centered around dolls, animals, creativity and care. On the first day that we came back, we produced some art about the creation of the Earth. We discussed different theories such as religious ones e.g. the creation story and scientific theories such as The Big Bang. Here are some photos below of our creations! 
Friday 31st March 2017 
This week, Year 3 and 4 have been very busy working on our production of The Wind in the Willows. We were really excited to welcome our parents and friends on Wednesday and Thursday. One of the funniest moments was when Kyrone (stoat 1) fell off the stage as he was the clumsiest stoat. The narrators had many lines to learn and were very enthusiastic when they delivered them. Another one of our favourite, funny moments was when the tyre rolled across the stage during the car crash. When the police were running after Toad, he brought much comedy to the role. Year 4 performed a dance to Life of Luxury, while 3AS performed a dance to We're the Stoats and 3AE performed a river dance. We were very exhausted after our final production but we were still proud of ourselves and sad that it had come to an end. We hope you enjoyed it just as much as we did :) 
Tuesday 28th March 2017 
It's production week in year 4! Our dress rehearsal today went really well and we can't wait to perform to our parents. Photos to follow...
Today, 4AU received post from France. Earlier in the year, we sent some french letters to our french pen pals and we received their french letters today! It was great fun learning about their interests. After Easter, we will write another letter to send back. Here are some photos of us reading our letters :) 
Friday 24th March 2017
Today is Red Nose Day and a variety of children raised money for their community by dressing in red and giving £1 as a donation. This morning, we had a Red Nose Day assembly to tell us where all our money is going to. We found out that £4 would pay for 1 child to be vaccinated from 5 deadly diseases and £10 is going towards helping homeless people in the UK by giving them a nutritious hot meal and shelter. At the end of the assembly, all the teachers participated in a parade on stage, where they danced to some silly music. Mr Frett, a year 6 teacher, was particularly funny with his dance moves and costume!
This week, we have been practicing for our Wind in the Willows production and we have managed to shorten the time. We have been practicing with no script and we are now starting to include props.
Our production dates are:
9:30 on Wednesday the 29th March
1:45 on Thursday the 30th March
Friday 17th March 2017 
This week in Year 4, we have been celebrating diversity and the world in our kitchen. For our homework, we had to write our favourite recipe and explain why it's special to us. Examples of these recipes included: Rice Krispie treats, Pasteis De Nata, Carphian, Tiramisu, Chicken Noodle soup and Tomato, Olive and Pesto Pizza. Later in the week, we performed a role play about Fairtrade and how Fairtrade has helped many farmers in the world e.g. Glen and Elizabeth Mentoor to earn a fair pay for their work. We were also given the chance to enter a competition to name as many UK regional foods as possible!
Here are some photos of us performing our Fairtrade role plays...
Thursday 10th March 2017 
This afternoon, Year 4 were very fortunate to have 2 visitors who came in to tell us all about their expeditions to Antarctica and what the living conditions are like. Not only did they have amazing facts and photos to show us but we even had the chance to try out some of their equipment. We were able to test the tent they sleep in and the sleeping bags. We also tried their snow jackets and boots. We had to try and write our names with these giant gloves! Our visitors also brought in some fossil and ice which they had collected from their last visit. Have a look at the photos of us in our Antarctic gear!
Wednesday 9th March 2017 
Last Friday, Year 4 started to create their own earthquake resistant structures using various pieces of junk modelling. Today, we finished our creations and tested how sturdy they were. Most of structures survived the 'mini earthquake!'. Here are some photos of us as we built our models.
Thursday 2nd March 2017 
Year 4 have had a fantastic World Book Day! Everyone made such an effort with their costumes. Well done to Cara in 4AU who won the best KS2 costume! This morning, we had a go at creating our own stories with illustrations, with the help of Beatrix Potter's stories. We also researched unusual creatures and designed our very own Fantastic Beasts! Here are some photos of year 4 in their costumes and with their Fantastic Beast creations!
Friday 3rd February 2017 
This week, Year 4 have been busy in their Active Planet topic. We have been learning about the different parts of a volcano and their different functions. In English, we have been reading a recount all about the Mount Vesuvius eruption and we have been creating story maps in order to learn the text off by heart. In Maths, 4AU have been working on Money by learning how to add different combinations of pounds and pence together. 4EW have been solving different word problems. 
Friday 27th January 2017
Year 4 had a very special visitor on Wednesday. Nigel Woodcock, a geologist from the University of Cambridge, came in and spoke to us about volcanoes as part of our Active Planet topic. The children have been really excited about this particular topic and Nigel brought with him some fascinating samples of rocks for the children to sort out. There was even a rock which had formed during the volcano in Iceland in 2014. He also showed us some really cool ash that has come straight from an eruption. We learned the ash cloud can go 35 000 feet into the air!
Thanks very much to Nigel for coming to see us! Here are some pictures from the afternoon..
Friday 20th January 2017
Year 4 have had a very busy week and a very exciting Friday. On Tuesday we enjoyed our first swimming session this year. Today we were so lucky to welcome Kate Richardson Walsh to Shirley. She explained to us that she became a hockey player when she was 12 then at the age of 19 she began to play professionally. Also, she discussed her achievements in her career and what it feels like to win a medal. She even showed us 3 of her winning medals including her gold medal from the Rio 2016 Olympics! This afternoon, we very much enjoyed watching 4EW's class assembly all about new years resolutions. Their Reach for the Stars routine was great fun to watch :) 
Friday 13th January 2017
Year 4 have had a very exciting first week back! On Thursday we had our entry point for our new Active Planet topic. We had to pretend that an Earthquake had hit and we had to take cover under the tables until the siren had stopped. We then designed our own Relief centre using maps of Shirley school. We had to decide on the supplied we would need as well as the uses of different rooms. 
Today we enjoyed our French Day. We were given French names for the day and got the chance to design our own timetable for the week by learning all the names of the french subjects. We also learnt all about the French Revolution and we performed role plays portraying the selfish King and Queen and how they treated the peasants. Below are some photos of some year 4s in action...
Friday 16th December 2016 
Year 4 have enjoyed a very christmassy week at Shirley. 
We finished making our Christmas cards using finger printing and different shades of green. Here are some photos below. On Wednesday, we enjoyed our Christmas lunch! And on Friday, we were invited to go and watch the Year 5 Carol Service which we thoroughly enjoyed. In English, we finished writing out Christmas stories which you are welcome to come and read after school. And in Maths, we have been solving Christmas coordinates. 
Friday 9th December 2016 
Today, Year 4 had an exciting visit from a chocolate maker, who told us all about how Chocolate is made and how the Aztecs first encountered it. Our visitor then demonstrated how to make chocolate lollies. We then made our own using white, milk or dark chocolate and we were even allowed to decorate the lollies with toppings such as popcorn, chocolate buttons and sprinkles. Below are some photos of our creations!
Well done to 4AU for their performance in their class assembly. Everyone made a huge effort with their lines, their singing and acting! :) 
Friday 2nd December 2016
4EW have been looking at the Nativity story in RE. We explored how each of the characters might feel in the story and then created 'stills' from the story. We asked each of the characters questions and they answered as that character. As you can see we have lots of fun making up our scenes!
Pictures to follow.
Friday 25th November 2016
In English this week we have been adding the finishing touches to our Cadbury machine explanation texts.  
In Maths, 4AU have been naming, sorting and identifying the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. In 4EW, we have been comparing, ordering and converting different types of measure. 
Tuesday 15th November 2016 
In Maths this week, 4AU have been investigating number bonds to 100 by using our number bonds to 10 to help us. In 4EW, we have been investigating different problems about measuring including length, weight and capacity.  
Today, year 4 conducted a science experiment. We tested 5 different types of chocolate to see which one would melt the quickest. We observed all 5 chocolates and concluded that the white chocolate melted the quickest due to its high cocoa butter content. The Fruit and Nut chocolate took longer as the solid pieces of fruit and nut kept the chocolate bar whole. Here are some photos of the different chocolates melting...
Monday 7th November 2016 
Year 4 have had a very exciting start to the week. We were taught by some hockey coaches this afternoon. We learnt many ball skills such as dribbling through cones, tackling and passing. We then had the opportunity to take part in a mini hockey game!
Wednesday 2nd November 2016 
This week in English, year 4 have started a new exciting unit! Cadbury World have been in touch with a competition where they would like us to create our own chocolate or sweet machine which could used in the Cadbury World factory! 
In 4AU Maths, we have been starting to multiply numbers by 10, 100 and 1000 using our place value grids to help us. In 4EW Maths, we have been starting to look at area and perimeter. 
Friday 14th October 2016
This week in IPC, year 4 have been creating a comic strip to describe the timeline of events describing the history of chocolate and how it came to Europe. We have also started to conduct some research on the Aztecs. We discovered what their buildings looked like, what beliefs they had, their most common occupations as well as their involvement in the making of chocolate. 
In English, we have been boxing up our plans for our news reports, ready to write for next week. In Maths, 4AU have been working hard to follow their steps to subtract numbers using a number line. In 4EW, we have been investigating fractions and learning how to add and subtract them. 
Friday 7th October 2016 
This week in English, year 4 have started a brand new unit on Newspapers. A film director from LA has sent us a video asking us to create newspaper articles about the moment in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory when Charlie finds the last golden ticket! 
In Maths 4EW have been solving weight problems using written methods and 4AU have been using the inverse to help us solve missing number problems. 
Friday 30th September 2016
Today was environment day! In year 4, the children spent the morning learning about renewable and non-renewable energy. They learnt how fossil fuels are formed and what they are used for. In the afternoon, year 4 made different sized parachutes and we tested how the surface area of a parachute affects the rate at which it falls. Here are some photos of our day!
Tuesday 27th September 2016
This week in English, year 4 have been writing their narrative openings about their characters entering a factory of their choice. Both classes have worked really hard to make their openings exciting and the children have also been trying so hard to improve their presentation!
Today, our second year 4 group went on the Life Bus. The children have been learning lots of fun facts about the topic IT'S GREAT TO BE ME! Here are some photos of today's group.
Thursday 22nd September 2016
In Maths this week, 4AU have been starting to round numbers to the nearest 10. In 4AS, they have been working hard to solve number problems by using their column methods. In English, we have created our own story maps for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We are currently orally rehearsing our stories, ready to write next week. In IPC, year 4 have been identifying on a world map the different countries where chocolate is produced and manufactured!
Friday 16th September 2016
This week, year 4 have been creating story maps in English to retell the opening of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory when Charlie first enters through the doors of Willy Wonka's factory! Next week we will be starting to orally rehearse our story maps. Here are some of our story maps so far...
Friday 9th September 2016 
Year 4 have had a fantastic first week back! In IPC, we had our chocolate entry point on Wednesday where we had to investigate different questions using our senses. Some of us tried to guess which chocolate we were tasting, with our eyes closed and one group compared a chocolate that had been in the classroom with one that had been in the fridge. Here are some photos of our chocolate experiments!