Year 4 Blog

Thursday 23rd January 2020
This week we Year 4 have been enjoying getting active with our learning.
In English, we sorted out the features we would need to include in our recount writing, before taking it in turns to sit in the 'Hot Seat', answering questions about surviving a bushfire.
Meanwhile, in Maths, we used metre wheels to measure the perimeter of the playground.
Finally, we put our Growth Mindset skills to work in PSHE. We tested our resilience levels through repeatedly adapting a drawing. We noticed that through supporting each other, we can be more resilient. We decided that, 'we do things great when we collaborate.'
Tuesday 14th January 2020
After a busy morning swimming at Parkside Pool, this afternoon, we began to investigate the impact of volcano TAAL's eruption in the Philippines; in English, we identified the language features of a recount which detailed a person's escape from an erupting volcano.
Meanwhile, in Maths, we explored new and fun ways to practice our times tables. Check out our Maths display!
Thursday 9th January 2019
Year 4 have been enjoying participating in interactive Maths lessons around 'Measure'.
We have investigated links between the circumference of our head and the lengths of our arms, legs and feet. We will be continuing to explore measure in Maths through weight and capacity.
In English, we have been honing our formal language techniques through hosting debates with our peers.
We have also begun our new topic; Active Planet. So far we have redesigned our school building to become an emergency shelter during an earthquake!
Wednesday 11th December 2019
Today, Year 4 enjoyed taking part in Religious Education, outside the classroom, by visiting St. Geroge's Church to follow 'The Christmas Trail'.
First, we enjoyed listening to the Christmas story and sharing our favourite moments.
Then, we participated in a range of activities such as creating Christmas characters from modelling clay and decorating images from the Christmas story.
This week, we have been writing our own Christmas/ Winter themed narratives in English and plotting co-ordinates in Maths.
Finally, as part of our IPC topic, Chocolate, we have been investigating the impact of sugar on our teeth. 
Thursday 5th December 2019
We have just returned from a fabulous morning at the Pantomime! We thoroughly enjoyed watching and participating in Cinderella at the Cambridge Arts Theatre.
Over the last few days, we have been researching the origins and features of pantomimes in preparation for our trip.
After the performance, we took part in a class discussion about our favourite characters, scenes and jokes. 
Monday 25th November 2019 
This week in our Science lesson, we have been melting different types of chocolate using hot water, bowls and aluminium foil. We made notes of any observations we could see as the chocolate was melting. The white chocolate was extremely quick to melt but the milk chocolate took much longer. Here are some photos of our experiment. Later this week, we will be writing up our results and discussing if our predictions were correct and also how we could have made the experiment a much fairer test. 
Friday 22nd November 2019 
This week, we have enjoyed singing Christmas songs in singing assembly and in choir! We are really excited for Christmas! 
During the house matches, we enjoyed taking part and also watching. We thought the house captains were very wise and supportive and they also treated us fairly.
In ICT, we had lots of fun making our chocolate adverts. Some were amazing, fun and some were crazy! We made some scripts and started acting them out. 
Miss Ullmann's brain started to hurt with the challenging maths we were doing this week!!
Thursday 21st November 2019
In Maths this week, we have been identifying equivalent fractions and comparing fractions of amounts. We have also begun to convert tenths and hundredths into decimals.
On Wednesday, we braved the cooler weather to compete in our House Football Tournament and are now eagerly awaiting the results.
Finally, 4EB have been busy rehearsing for their Class Assembly, which is due to take place tomorrow afternoon.
Friday 15th November 2019 
We have had lots of fun today raising money for Children in Need! we have donated money to come into school dressed in yellow, colouring in Pudsey bear sheets and also watching Lego Batman! 
Today we also shared our learning from anti-bullying week in assembly. 
Yesterday, 4AU reached their highest score in the Daily Mile at a whopping 33.58 miles with one child running 2 whole miles!!!!
Wednesday 13th November 2019 
For Anti-bullying week, Year 4 have been focusing on writing compliments about their peers. 4AU have created a compliments box so at the end of every day, we read out a few names and comments to the class and by sharing these, we go home feeling valued. We have discussed in our circle time how these compliments make us feel. Here are some of our responses:
"The nice comments make me feel less alone."
"It makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside."
"It makes me feel happy that someone could have written this comment about anyone, but they chose me."
We have also been studying different scenarios and debating what we would do to improve the situation for others. We created posters to show how we can make people feel less alone. 
Finally, we have been adapting The Sound Collector poem, which we studied in English and we have created an anti-bullying poem all about Shirley School. Below is our final version. 

The Shirley School Sound Collector

A bully called this evening,

dressed all in navy blue,

holding bad sounds in his bag,

trying to give them to you


The playground full of wining,

the staffroom full of rage,

the classroom full of teasing,

in the lunch hall not scraping trays


In the MUGA children are screaming,

the field’s frustrated voices and fists up for beating,

the musical instruments shattering

and at lunch time bashing and cheating


But his idea didn’t turn out right,

for Shirley is not the place,

here is only delight,

of bullying there is no trace


The playground has only laughter,

the staffroom is full of kindness,

the classroom has pencils writing,

the lunch hall mindful manners


The hut full of friendship,

the field alive with happy playing,

the hall full of voices singing

and at lunch times football and giggling!


A stranger called this morning,

kindness was his name,

he left us only friendship,

Shirley will always be the same

Tuesday 5th November 2019
In English, we have designed machines to make a new style of chocolate, as part of a competition. To help us explain how our machines work, we have been investigating small machines in the classroom.
We have been using imperative verbs and causal connectives to enhance our explanations:
Press the arrow key in order to move the Beebot.
In Maths, we have begun to divide larger numbers along a number line; knowing our Times Table facts have been really useful for this!
In singing assembly, we started to learn a new song called Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen. 
Tuesday 29th October 2019 
In maths this week, we are looking at multiplication using our times tables and moving onto the grid method. 
In English, we are preparing our designs for a new chocolate/sweet machine to send to Cadbury World in an exciting competition. Here are some photos of our designs below. 
Later this week, we will be doing some cooking and making some chocolate, potato cakes, which were very popular during the war. Watch this space for more photos at the end of the week. We were so excited to cook as we don't do this very often! And we hope to do more. 
In PE, we enjoyed making our own balancing sequences and then we showed a small group and gave each other feedback. 
In PSHE, we have been thinking about how to give and receive compliments. We have written a kind comment about each person in the class and at the end of the day we read these out. 
Friday 18th October 2019 
This week our school council reps asked the class to share their ideas for new clubs and also to come up with fundraising ideas to raise money for charities. One of our ideas was to have a Superhero dress up day to raise money for Cancer Research and The Princess Trust. 
We have also been studying The Sound Collector poem and we had to think of our favourite place and describe the sounds. Some of our favourite places included holiday destinations such as Cyprus, Ibiza and Portugal. 
In Maths, we have been looking at column subtarction and today we solved word problems and displayed our ideas onto posters!
Friday 11th October 2019 
This week in Year 4 we have been writing our newspaper reports in English ready to send off to America to be made into a new film!! In Maths we have been working on our column addition and representing numbers in different ways. 
The new books that we ordered have arrived! Below are some of Year 4s new books. 
Friday 4th October 2019 
In ICT, we have been creating chocolate bar wrappers on Publisher. In 4AU, we have been busy practicing our class assembly which is all about our IPC topic Chocolate! We have also been practicing our netball skills and our jumps, rolls and balances in gymnastics!
Wednesday 2nd October 2019
To make the most of today`s sunny weather, Year 4 took the English learning outside. 
We are preparing to write newspaper articles linked to Roald Dahl`s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
We thought about catchy headlines to describe Charlie winning the Golden Ticket and also considered appropriate quotes from witnesses.
Tuesday 24th September 2019
This week, Year 4 have been broadening their range of reading materials, to include newspapers.
After reading a newspaper article about the supposed disappearance of some stationary at Shirley School, we have been collecting quotes to help identify the 'culprit.' 
We have been investigating the information, using the '5ws'; who, what, where, when and why.
Having studied the traditional newspaper format, we will now begin to consider suitable headlines, images and captions in order to write our own articles linked to our IPC topic, Chocolate, about Charlie Bucket winning the Golden Ticket.
Thursday 19th September 2019 
This week in Year 4, we have started our Daily Mile sessions. 4AU are hoping to run the distance of Cambridge to Hong Kong by the end of the year!!
In English, we have been writing our Charlie and the Chocolate Factory descriptions ready to send off for our competition. 
In Maths, we have been positioning and estimating numbers on a number line. We have been using hundred square grids and laminated number lines to help us. Some of us started to look at decimals and negative numbers. We had to use our reasoning skills to explain why certain numbers were in a certain position by using our known number facts. We have also been choosing which books to spend our £30 on by adding different amounts of money. 
In computing, we have started to design our own chocolate bar and wrapper which we will be designing on Microsoft Publisher. 
This week in choir, we were excited to hear about a new trip to the O2 arena in February! watch this space...
Friday 13th September 2019 
This week in Year 4, we enjoyed watching the Treasure Island performance especially when the pirates were battling to the music. 
In English, we have entered a special writing competition to celebrate Roald Dahl's birthday. We need to create a short piece of writing. We have started to plan our own factories which can include whatever we want and we're going to be writing about our factories next week. Some of our ideas include crisps, sweets, spaghetti and burgers. 
In PE we are starting our gymnastics topic and this week we practised some of our jumps and rolls. As the weather was nice, we ended the lesson with a tag game outside where you had to wait for your tagger to get tagged in order to continue running. 
Friday 11th October 2019
This week, we have made the most of the inclement weather, by honing our Gymnastics skills inside. We have used a range of beams, benches, tables and mats to practice balancing and landing safely when jumping from a height.
We have finished writing our Newspapers in English and have been resilient when solving Maths problems.
Today, we are really excited to meet a visitor who has working in a chocolate factory!
Friday 6th September 2019 
Welcome back Year 4! We hope you all had a lovely summer.
This week, we have really enjoyed seeing our friends again in our new classes. We have also done a lot of art work such as creating a collage using tissue paper and also including a poem based on the poem called The Writer of this Poem. We also played some getting to know you game such as Who is Missing? where we had to observe our peers to try to remember who was missing. We also created our very own class charters which included our 5 golden rules along with some illustrations. 
Tuesday 15th October 2019
This week, we received a letter from a previous teacher, asking us to create a fact book about the Aztecs. Therefore, in IPC, we have been using the ipads to independently research the origins of chocolate in Aztec Mexico.
We have been using neat writing to present our knowledge of the cacao bean journey. Check out our display!
In Maths, we have been using number lines and the column method to subtract.