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Anti - Bullying Week
This week has been Anti - Bullying Week, we have been focusing on ways to stop bullying and raise awareness of bullying in our school. We created 'Words Can Hurt' posters which explained the effects words can have on people and gave examples of more positive words that we can all use. We also created some fantastic Anti - Bullying Superheroes that had some fantastic superpowers to help tackle bullying.
Power of Reading
For our power of reading text ' The Green Ship', we sailed through stormy seas and travelled all around the world. Once we were finished, we used descriptive language to help us reenact the trip. The children really enjoyed making out boat!
The Green Ship
This term, Year 4 will be sailing away with The Green Ship as our Power of Reading text. To immerse ourselves in this wonderful story, we started off the term with our art unit. Our focus was to look at the effect of using different brushes. After trying out the many different brushes, we used what we had learnt to copy the illustration of the green ship, focusing on mimicking the style of Quentin Blake. This was a two step process. First, we selected the right brushes to create the background using a variety of greens that we mixed ourselves using just yellow and blue. Then, once the background had dried, we used fine liners to bring detail to our piece. We were most impressed with how closely they match the the Quentin Blake illustration!
Year 4 are starting the year as scientists! We’ll be looking at the characteristics of solids, liquids and gases before focusing our attention on conducting scientific investigations. We will be setting up simple practical enquiries to look at the melting speed of different solids, and measuring temperature changes over time. We shall then use this data to draw simple conclusions and present our findings. Finally, we will look closely at the water cycle and consider our enquiry question: Why does it now?
Happy Birthday St Stephen's!
Today is St Stephen's school 50th birthday. To mark this important milestone in the school's history we all dressed up in 1960's themed clothing. Throughout the day, we learnt a little about what life was like to be a child in the 60's. We also learnt about some music of the 60's, created some tie dye patterns and played some traditional playground games such as hopscotch and 'What's the time Mr Wolf?
Year 4 Athletics
Today we practised some of our athletics skills with the help of Year 6 and the Schools Sport Partnership. We practised jumping, running, throwing, balancing and aim. Everyone had a great time.
It would fantastic to find someone who could go to the 2024 Olympics!
RE Enquiry: "All places of worship are the same." What do you think?
This week, we started a brand new enquiry to find out what a place of worship was. We looked at both the Christian and Jewish place of worship in particular. We kick started the enquiry by thinking about what we thought was inside a church and a synagogue and why these objects were important. We had the opportunity to visit St Stephen's church and The Bristol and West Progressive Synagogue. As a group, we looked at the comparisons between both the church and the synagogue and recreated them both through junk modelling. Have a look at our results:
St Stephen's church visit:
As a part of our enquiry 'Why does it snow?', we were placed into groups and were given the task of creating a presentation to show to the rest of the class. The presentation would test our knowledge on what we have learnt so far. Working collaboratively, we produced very interesting and detailed presentations. Have a look at the results:
This afternoon, Year 4 were treated to a Zumba taster session. Led by Fay, we were all put through our paces. There will be a Zumba club starting next term on a Thursday.....we have lots of budding candidates!
Take your partners.....
Today, we continued to read more of our Power of Reading text- Ice Palace. The main character, Ivan, continued his quest to find his brother who had been taken by Starjik. It wasn't long before Ivan came upon a group of villagers who were dancing a jig and having fun. To help us immerse ourselves further in the text we too got up, cleared the classroom floor and did a bit of line dancing.
Not quite a jig but fun all the same!
Today we used the playground to help use explore negative numbers. We drew number lines and counted up and down the scale crossing zero.
It was also great to be in the early Autumn sunshine!
Which will melt the quickest: Butter, chocolate or an Ice cube...
91% of the class were certain that the ice cube would melt the quickest and the chocolate would melt the slowest....so 91% of the class were shocked to see that it was actually the other way around! Here are photos of us conducting our experiment.
This week we started out new PSHE learning through Jigsaw. We started off by agreeing our Jigsaw charter- we all felt that only one person should talk at a time, listen to all views and feelings, take turns and respect everyone's privacy.
Although may of us know each other quite well we played 'Mingle Bingo' where we looked to find other people with similar interests. We then went on to calm ourselves through meditation. Finally, we talked about how it feels to be included and what it feels like to be excluded. Everyone agreed that we liked to be part of a group and included. As we shared our ideas we passed Jigsaw Jaz around.
We found out early on in our Power of Reading text, Ice Palace, that winter brings Starjik, the child-taker. The book follows the journey of Ivan through a wintery pine-wood forest as he desperately tries to find his brother who has been taken by Starjik. Using pastels and cotton wool, we used this contrast in mood to show Ivan's land during the dark wintery months.
What do you think Ivan should do?
Part of deepening our understanding about our Power of Reading Text Ice Palace we put ourselves in the position of Ivan the main character. His dilemma was should he go and rescue his brother form Stajik or stay at home with his parents.
Suggestions to go were-
'You love your brother, go and find him',
'You are brave, it is the only thing to do'
Suggestions to stay were:
'Starjik will get you as well if you follow'
'It's dangerous, stay safe at home with your mum and dad'
What would you do?
We're starting the year by recapping how to write instructions in writing. We're going to be writing instructions on how to build a fire so today we went out and Mr Walters showed us how to safely build one. We then prepared our own mini fires using tinder and kindling (not forgetting to create a safe area first). After, we had some marshmallows around the fire and listened to the first part of our new Power of Reading text Ice Palace.
States of matter
We learnt about what matter is today and the three states of matter: Solids, liquids and gases. After learning about their properties, we went outside and pretended to be particles in each one.
We made fake snow in class today to kick start our new enquiry: Why does it snow? Then, we had a go at making paper snowflakes!