Year 4 Blogs

Friday 19th January 2017 
Today was Science day! This morning, Year 4 investigated the viscosity of different liquids including oil, ketchup and honey. This afternoon, we studies optical illusions and even had a go at creating our own! Have a look at the photos below. Can you guess how we managed to create them?
Thursday 18th January 2017 
Today, we had a visit from a volcanologist, who showed us pictures and videos of famous expeditions his colleagues had been on very close to volcano eruptions. He also brought in different types of rocks for us to sort such as rocks with crystals and gas bubbles. Check out these photos...
Friday 12th January 2018 
This week in Maths, year 4 have been telling the time in analogue and digital time. In English, we have started to study Haiku poems. Next week we will be writing our own Haiku poems about volcanoes! In IPC, we have been collecting our Knowledge Harvest to brainstorm what we already know about our Active Planet. In ICT, we have been learning about different input and output devices. And in PE, we had our first swimming session and we tested our netball skills in a friendly game of bench ball. Photo to follow...
Friday 5th January 2018
Happy new year everyone! and welcome back. 
On a first 2 days back, we have been looking back at 2017 and looking forward to the new year. We have discussed new years resolutions that we want to stick to! We also enjoyed hearing about everyone's favourite moments from their Christmas holidays, which we have written as a recount. In Maths, we have been refreshing our brains with some problem solving. 
And this morning, we had an exciting task to do for our entry point for our new topic, which is Active Planet! We had to pretend we were experiencing a real earthquake and had to take cover and follow all the procedures needed to keep safe. We were then given a detailed map of the school and we had to plan a disaster relief centre! We could decide which room would be used for which purpose. Below are some examples of our plans...
Wednesday 13th December 2017
Year 4 had a very exciting morning yesterday. A chocolatier came to Shirley to conduct a chocolate workshop for year 4. She told us all about how chocolate is grown and we got to see some real cocoa beans and we even tried some nibs, which were very bitter! We were then given the chance to make our very own chocolate lollies using white, milk or dark chocolate and then decorate them with sprinkles, popcorn and marshmallows. Have a look at some of our designs....
Friday 8th December 2017 
This week, Year 4 have been busy solving fraction problems in Maths and writing our Christmas dilemma stories in English. We have also been designing Christmas cards and in Music we have been learning hot cross buns on the recorder!
Well done 4AU on your class assembly today! :) 
Friday 1st December 2017 
This week in Year 4, we have been planning our chocolate dilemma stories in English, ready to write next week! In Maths, we are continuing with fractions and have been busy finding halves, quarters and thirds. Some of us have even moved onto finding decimal equivalents!
In PE, we are continuing to create dances to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with Miss Carter. Below are some photos of our sequences.
4AU are very excited for their class assembly next week, don't miss it! :)
Friday 24th November 2017 
This week has been very exciting in Year 4! We have been acting out to the Iron Man in English and we have learning all about fractions in Maths. This morning we had a special visit from Luke Temple who shared his 3 recent novels with us. He showed us some cool clips of his stories and some of Year 4 were invited to come to the front and act out his characters! Here are some photos of his visit. 
Friday 17th November 2017 
What a great Children in Need day we have had in 4AU. Well done everyone for making such an effort and raising so much money!
This week, Year 4 have been super busy writing their explanation texts, working on our 2D and 3D shape knowledge and most importantly, discussing bullying behaviour and strategies to help people who are being affected. 
Friday 10th November 2017 
This week, we have been working on our number bonds in Maths and we are also perfecting our 4x table. 
In English, we have been planning and orally rehearsing our chocolate machines, which we will be writing next week. Below is a video all about the Cadbury World competition that we have entered. 
In IPC, we have been discovering how chocolate first came to Europe. 
In ICT, we are starting to design adverts for our chocolate bars, which we will be performing next week. 
Friday 3rd November 2017 
This week, Year 4 have started their new half term by inventing their own chocolate/sweet machine to send to Cadbury World! Fingers crossed we have a winner at Shirley. Below are two examples of  explanation texts which we have been studying about machines to give us some ideas for our own machines.  
We have started our dance lessons with Mrs Carter on Monday afternoon!
We are also enjoying exercising in class to Go Noodle! 
Friday 20th October 2017 
This week, Year 4 have completed their newspaper reports! In Maths, we have been subtracting on a number line and some of us are moving on to column subtraction. In IPC, we completed a story board to show the process of chocolate production. 
Happy half term everyone! See you all on Monday 30th October. 
Friday 13th October 2017 
This week in English, Year 4 have been planning their newspaper reports all about Charlie finding the golden ticket! In Maths, we have been finding the inverse and we started to add numbers on a number line. In IPC, we have been ordering the different stages of chocolate production. 
We are looking forward to the house matches next week!!
Friday 6th October 2017 
This week,Year 4 have conducted a science experiment to see whether the type of chocolate affects the speed in which it melts. We found that the white chocolate was the quickest to melt but the caramel, fruit and nut and dark chocolate took much longer. Check out our photos below!
In Maths, we have been learning mental strategies to solve simple addition and subtraction calculations. 
So many children in Year 4 received Token Economy jobs this week to receive extra tokens. Let's hope we get just as many next week so don't forget to apply! :)
Friday 29th September 2017 
This week, Year 4 have been rounding numbers in Maths to the nearest 10 and 100. 
In English, we have been writing our own narrative openings describing a character entering a factory. In IPC, we have been studying the stages of chocolate production; harvesting, exporting and manufacturing. In PE we are learning to performing different jumps in gymnastics and we are practicing our chest and bounce passes in Netball. 
Friday 22nd September 2017 
This week in Year 4, we started off the week taking part in a Roald Dahl drama workshop all about Fantastic Mr Fox! We got to act out scenes from the book and we also recited some poetry. 
In Maths, we have been ordering and estimating the positioning of numbers on a number line and in English we have been story mapping a piece of text all about Charlie Bucket entering the chocolate factory. Today we started orally rehearsing the story, ready to edit next week to create our very own factory descriptions.
In IPC, we have been testing our atlas skills by locating the various producers and manufacturers of chocolate on a world map. 
Photos will be up shortly...
Friday 15th September 2017 
This week, Year 4 took part in their Chocolate entry point, where we had to create our own chocolate investigations based around our 5 senses. We have also been busy in Maths comparing and ordering numbers and in English we have been revising our nouns, verbs and adjectives and we have written setting descriptions with this knowledge. Here are a couple of photos from our chocolate entry point, more to follow...
Friday 8th September 2017
Welcome to year 4! We have had a great start to our year this week. We have been creating our own class charters, we have also written a recount about our summer holidays, solved maths problems and some of us have presented our holiday homework with the class, which is all about out new topic...CHOCOLATE! We're looking forward to our chocolate entry point next week!