Year 4 Blogs

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!