Blogs: Y4 2018-19

Friday 12th July 2019
Wish us luck! In English this week, we entered a writing competition which required us to write an Ancient Saga in just 100 words. 
In Science, we observed pieces of celery to investigate how xylem transports water through a plant's stem and how phloem cells transport energy or glucose around the plant.
We used Carnations and food colouring in an experiment to see how well the xylem cells work. If we are successful, the petals should change colour.
Friday 5th July 2019
This week, we have been creating poems to celebrate the beauty of nature.
We read Christina Rossetti's 'What is Pink?' before using a range of poetic features for our own versions. We have displayed them on our classroom windows, to show others the importance of protecting our planet.
In Maths, we have put our Team Building and Times Table skills to use, through creating a range of interactive board games. 
Friday 28th June 2019
This week, Year 4 became GLOBAL CITIZENS!
During our ICT lessons, we researched the effects of plastic entering our oceans and discovered a vast number of endangered species around the globe. From this, we knew it was time to take action.
First, we created bar and line graphs in order to better analyse the range of endangered species.
Then, during our Art lessons, we used oil pastels and water colours to create scenes of nature we would like to see.
Later, we put our persuasive writing skills to use by creating a range of adverts to encourage others to join us in reducing, reusing and recycling plastic waste.
Friday 8th March 2019
We have been collecting data about ourselves in Maths.
We used our measuring skills, to investigate the size of girls' heads compared to boys' heads.
Today, we presented the continuous data from a weather chart into a bar and a line graph.
On which day was the difference between the highest and lowest temperatures the greatest?
Monday 4th March 2019
In IPC we have been designing our own earthquake resistant buildings. Today, we created junk model prototypes that will be tested tomorrow.
In English, we have started writing an information text to allow tourists to stay safe when travelling in earthquake zones.
Tuesday 12th February 2019
In Science, we have been investigating 'States of Matter'. We researched the way solids, liquids and gases are formed. After this, we carried out an investigation to see if all liquids freeze in the way that water does. First, we wrote our predictions, then we set up the experiment, penultimately, we noted down our observations. Finally, we wrote a conclusion about our findings.
Wednesday 23rd January 2019
Year 4 started a new unit in English; Recount Writing! We will consider what it would feel like to lose our home in a natural disaster.
To get started, we thought about our homes and community, as well the special people and items we have there. On Monday, we built our own model homes and drew or created our favourite items to place inside. 
In Maths, we have been noticing the power of team work, by teaching each other column addition skills. 
Friday 18th January 2019
To help us write more imaginatively about our topic, 'Active Planet', Year 4 have been looking at images of erupting volcanoes and tsunamis.
In art, we noticed the different colours that appear in these natural events. This time, we used bubble and straw effects to recreate the colours in our own works of art.
Friday 11th January 2019
Year 4 have got straight into our new topic: Active Planet.
So far, we have planned out how to use Shirley School as an emergency evacuation centre, in case of an earthquake. Then, we began to investigate volcanoes. So far, we have been using powerful vocabulary to write volcanic Haiku poems and used oil pastels to create our own images.
Check out the photos of our artwork.
Monday 26th November 2018
What an exciting start to the week! We received a visit from Michael Rosen, who led us through a range of poems and songs, to get us excited to write poetry.
In the afternoon, we observed the changes sugary drinks had made to our eggs. Check out the results in the photos. We all agreed there's a reason the adults want us to drink more water!
Monday 19th November 2018
In Science, we have begun an investigation into the way sugar affects our teeth.
First, we inspected our own teeth and explored the different roles each tooth has.
Next, we noticed that eggshell and enamel have similar properties. Therefore, we are testing different liquids on eggs, so as not to damage our teeth.
Today, we set up our experiment before discussing and writing our predictions.
We will compare the effects of: chocolate, orange juice, energy drink, coke, squash and water.
Thursday 15th November 2018
Anti-Bullying Week.
In support of Anti-Bullying Week, Year 4 have been discussing the definition of 'bullying'. We have been creating posters to both explain and prevent bullying.
We have also considered what makes us unique and have been thinking about celebrating our differences.
As we reach the end of this week, we are using drama to practice resolving conflicts.
Monday 5th November 2018
We have explored the origins of chocolate in the Mayan and Aztec civilizations in Mexico. From this, we have created our own, Aztec style, patterns in art.
We are getting close to writing our 'Explanation Texts' to support the chocolate making machines we have designed in English. 
This week, we are using causal connectives to explain how our machines work.
Example: press the red button in order to start the conveyor belt.
Wednesday 17th October 2018- Computing, Religious Education and Art.
Our computing unit this term is linked to our IPC topic; Chocolate.
We have been using Microsoft Publisher to design a chocolate bar wrapper.
We have also created some pencil art work, linked to our R.E unit, Islam, by creating our own Mehndi designs. We discovered that Muslims often decorate their skin with Mehndi designs when celebrating special festivals such as Eid.
Check out our designs...
Monday 8th October 2018
In English, we stepped outside to create 'conscience alley' or 'corridor of ideas'. This enabled us to share ideas of quotes Charlie could say when he won the Golden Ticket, so that we can include them in our newspaper reports.
Later, we enjoyed an arty afternoon, painting 'candy lollipops' for our 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' display. We practiced mixing primary colours to create secondary colours and tried a range of painting techniques.
Check out our display during Parents' Evening!
Thursday 4th October 2018
Success! We have finally mastered the note 'B' on the recorder!
In our Geography lessons, we have continued to investigate the chocolate making process. We have followed the journey from the cacao plant, to the chocolate bars we enjoy eating today.
Whilst exploring this, we agreed that, cacao farmers work very hard!
Friday 28th September 2018
This week, Year 4 have been writing for a competition!
Having been inspired by Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate factory, we have been writing descriptively about a character entering an alternative factory.
Fingers crossed we will win a Golden Ticket!
Thursday 20th September 2018
In Maths, we have been adding and subtracting 10, 100 and 1,000.
Outside, we practised placing 4-digit numbers on a human number line.
Friday 14th September 2018
This week, Year 4 have been discovering how chocolate is made. We have been using atlases to locate some countries which produce cacao and some which use cacao to manufacture chocolate. 
We have also been trying to edit our descriptive writing to make it more interesting.
Thursday 4th October 2018
 Success! We have mastered the note 'B' on the recorder, in Music.
In Geography, we have been investigating the chocolate making process, from the cacao plant to the chocolate we love to eat today.
We have compared the humid climate of the countries near the equator, to the cooler climates where chocolate bars are manufactured.
Friday 7th September 2018
The Year 4s have quickly settled into their new classes. Over these two days, we have been playing games to get to know each other and discussing our thoughts on how to create a successful learning environment. We have promised to be respectful towards each other and our resources.
We utilized our communication skills in order to solve problems in Maths and we practiced our handwriting whilst writing about our Summer holidays in English.
We ended today with a series of Science experiments all about our senses and our IPC topic-Chocolate!