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4JP

Welcome to our class webpage where you can find out about our amazing learning journey. You will find information about our activities, examples of our work and comments from us! Please visit often to see our learning journey develop.

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Term 6

Our challenge: To produce an e-book answering the question 'Who were more powerful: Athenians or Spartans?'

 

After weeks of learning, we were finally able to answer our enquiry question. But if you want to know the answer, you'll have to read our books to find out!

Enquiry: Who were more powerful: Athenians or Spartans?

For our final enquiry, we will be travelling back in time to the Ancient Greek civilisation, thinking about who were more powerful - the democratic Athenians or the battle-ready Spartans. We will focus on a range of areas, including social life, army and the role of women, whilst deciding which state was ultimately the most powerful. Additionally, we will consider the impact of both on the modern world as well as taking an in-depth look at the Peloponnesian War. This should be a great enquiry and we can't wait to get started.

 

Our Challenge: To produce an e-book, answering the question 'Who were more powerful: Spartans or Athenians?'

Wooftie: Who performed the best in our cat and dog show?

Olympic week

During Olympic week, we took part in some paralympic sports such as Botchya and Blindfolded Football. Whilst we had a lot of fun, it also made us think a lot about the challenges faced by some of this years Olympic athletes.

The Ancient Greeks invented democracy. But will 4JP vote for or against girls competing in Sports Day?

Someone tell them they're supposed to be weeding, not eating all the lettuce!

In week 6 we felt very lucky to release some butterflies into our grounds. They were brought in after being hatched by one of the girls in our class.

Decision Alley: Would you choose Spartan or Athenian school?

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Call my bluff: What do you think these Ancient Greek artefacts are?

Call my bluff: What do you think these Ancient Greek artefacts are? 1
Call my bluff: What do you think these Ancient Greek artefacts are? 2

The Greek Alphabet

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We've loved our enquiry this term. One of our favourite parts was showing everybody what we have learned in our class assembly. We learned the entire Greek alphabet in just two days!

Muddy faces: What stories might a tree have to tell?

We've heard loads of new words in our new enquiry. But what do they all mean?

WOW: The Ancient Greeks

 

To kick start our enquiry, we spent a whole day learning about the Ancient Greeks. We started by learning about the Greek Alphabet, and learned to write our own names. Whilst dressed in our finest Grecian clothing, we tasted a variety of Greek foods, from olives to feta cheese. In the afternoon, we learned about the Ancient Greek Olympics. We were shocked that women were not allowed to compete and the athletes who took part were completely naked! We have already learned so much, and can't wait to learn more about who was the most powerful.

What stories might a tree tell?

Term 5

Enquiry: What are conductors?

This term, our enquiry will help us to answer the question ‘What are conductors?’ We will be learning about electricity, particularly focusing on how electricity powers a lamp, which materials are conductors, and what happens when you break a circuit. All of this Science will help us with our DT challenge to create a 3D model of Varjak Paw, with eyes that glow! We will update as we go so please visit again to see our learning.

Power of Reading: Varjak Paw

This term, we are reading Varjak Paw by SF Said. The main character, Varjak Paw, is a pure-bred Mesopotamian Blue, who lives with his family in the Contessa's grand house. He is not often allowed outside, and has never been further than the garden wall. Strange things start to happen at the house, making the Elder Paw worried that something is going to happen to the family. He tells Varjak to find help, in the form of a dog. But to do this, he must venture into the outside world.

Will he succeed in his mission to find a dog and save his family?

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Challenge: To make a 3D model of Varjak Paw with eyes that glow!

Contrast: How different is Varjak's home to the big city?

Makey Makeys: How can celery conduct electricity?

Can you believe that salt and pencil graphite can conduct electricity?

We use concrete resources to help us balance calculations

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We use concrete resources to help balance calculations

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Playing battleships is really helping us to learn coordinates!

Varjak's view from his garden: Check our art work inspired by shadow patterns.

Decision alley: Should Varjak Paw stay or go?

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Decision alley: Should Varjak stay or go?

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Decision alley: Should Varjak stay or go?

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Decision alley: Should Varjak stay or go?

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Role play: What is Varjak trying to tell his family?

Who can estimate a right-angle?

How many right-angles are in our playground?

Indoor athletics with The Grange. Have we improved our skills?

Wow! The Aristocats

 

To introduce our new power of reading text, Varjak Paw, Year 4 had a movie afternoon. We watched the Aristocats and we had some popcorn too! We are very excited to start reading this amazing, cat-led adventure!

WOW! The Aristocats

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Term 4

Enquiry: How can we make Music from Junk?

This term, our enquiry will help us to understand how music can be made from junk. We will be experimenting with which recyclable materials make the best sound. As well as this, we will be investigating how the sound travels and how it reaches our own ears! We will finish with our own orchestra of sounds, performing for parents and carers with our home made recyclable instruments.

Junk adventures: Where might your junk go?

Music made from junk

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Music made from junk

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Do you think we look like rock stars with our junk instruments?

Isle of Tune: Can you work out which song Ruby and Macy created?

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In week 6, we learned how to be music producers!

Our challenge: A musical performance using junk!

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Our challenge: A musical performance using junk!

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Expanded noun phrases

What happens to the sound when you blow through straws of different length?

Can you guess what our kenning poem is about?

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How far can a whisper travel?

How long does it take to walk 1km?

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How long does it take to walk 1km?

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Using a speaking frame.

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Using a speaking frame.

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Using a talking frame: Good speakers make good writers

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What is the best unit of measurement?

What is the best unit of measurement?

WOW

 

To inspire our learning this term, we watched the amazing musical production 'Stomp!'. Stomp is a well-known group of performers, who make music with junk! We couldn't believe how many amazing sounds they could make, with every day items such as brooms and bin lids! We will use some of these ideas when experimenting with our own sounds.

WOW: Stomp! The Musical

E-Safety: Should we share personal information online?

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E-Safety: Should you share personal information online?

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What does collaborative learning look like?

Term 3

Enquiry: What is snow?

Our enquiry this term will allow us to become scientists in order to understand what snow is and how it is formed. We will carry out a range of experiments to help us identify the differences between the three states of matter: solid, liquid and gas.

Our Challenge: What is Snow?

These girls were inspired to reinvent the 'Cup Song' and create their own 'Watercycle' version. It's very catchy and you can learn so much about this incredible natural process.

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Can you play darts with tiddlywinks?

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Can they program the Probot to navigate the maze?

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In Week 4, our Mandarin teacher, Miss Lee, taught us how to make Chinese Dumplings. After being a bit apprehensive, we were all brave enough to try, and (mostly!) they were thoroughly enjoyed. Thank you Miss Lee for sharing this recipe with us.
In Week 4, the coaches from Bristol Rugby Community Foundation taught us a new game; Square Ball. We can't get enough! Everyone has given it 100%. What a great way to raise heart rates and score house points!

Which solid will melt quickest? We conducted an experiment to find out.

States of matter: Can you work out which state we are?

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States of matter: Can you work out which state we are?

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Equivalent fractions: How many ways can you show one half?

In week two, we learnt about the three states of matter: solids, liquids and gases. We worked in teams to group and categorise a number of objects. Some were easier than others, but some had us questioning the differences between each state. For example, if you can pour a solid, such as sand, does it make it a liquid? And which group does cream belong to? We will be answering these questions in our science lessons this term.

 

Grouping: The Three States of Matter

Tag rugby skills with Bristol Rugby Coaches

Shackleton's decision: Stay or go?

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Shackleton's decision: Stay or go?

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Shackleton's decision: Stay or go?

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Shackleton finds a stowaway on his ship! What will they do with him?

WOW: Which liquid makes the best snow?

Ice Trap! Shackleton's Incredible Expedition.

 

We will begin our enquiry by exploring Sir Ernest Shackleton's amazing exploration of the Antarctic.

Term 2

Enquiry: What is a Quest?

In Term 2, we will be answering the question, "What is a Quest?" As part of our enquiry, we will be exploring an exciting and intriguing quest story; The Ice Palace. We will be using the story as inspiration for learning in Geography, Drama and Art lessons, as well as creating our own quest stories, based on this adventure. 

This term's value - Friendship. We made a friendship paper chain to show how we are all connected, and that you can always find a friend at St. Stephen's.

This term's value - Friendship. We made a friendship paper chain to show how we are all connected, and that you can always find a friend at St. Stephen's. 1

RE Enquiry: What is the most significant part of the Nativity story for Christians?

 

In our final week, we learned about symbolism in the Nativity story. For example, did you know that the wise men and shepherds also symbolize the fact that Jesus was a gift from God to everyone, rich or poor? There are many more symbols in the Nativity story, have a look at our writing below which explains what we learned. We also held our own mini Christingle service. The Christingle is representative of Christ and the service celebrates that fact that Jesus can be a light in our lives. Have a look at our descriptions below.

Some examples of our amazing narratives, based on the Ice Palace.

Using our learning wall to complete our end write.

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4JP's hopes and wishes for the future.

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We've started learning yoga to help stretch our bodies and help our brains get ready for learning.

In week 4, we were surprised with a second WOW! This time, an incredible storyteller came in, and treated us to an exciting and adventurous Quest story. He even let us add our own ideas to the story! After the main character had defeated the dragon and retrieved the golden apple, we worked in pairs to design our own Quest stories. We can wait to finish them off. Have a look below at some photos from the session, you can see from our faces that we were completely transfixed!

More teaching from 4JP

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More teaching from 4JP

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Look at 4JP teaching division!

Ice Palace: Role Play

 

To help us understand the story, we take part in drama activities such as freeze-framing, role play, and decision alley. In the photos below, we 'froze' to show the different seasons in Ivan's village. In the summer, the villagers are happy. But in winter, they are scared and apprehensive, as they know that evil Starjik is rounding up his wolves, ready to pay them another visit. 

 

In decision alley, we take turns to play the role of Ivan, who has a difficult decision to make; stay in the village or venture out into the cold, icy forest, to rescue his younger brother from Starjik the child-snatcher. As we walk down the alley, our 'conscience' whispers thoughts to us, helping us to make our decision.

Freeze Frames

Decision Alley

Ivan's decision. Will he stay or will he go?

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Celebrating our OUTSTANDING Ofsted judgement with a free ice cream for everyone!

Miss Perrett couldn't believe how many countries 4JP knew!

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Verbs and Adverbs

In week one, we recapped verbs and adverbs. We chose a verb (a doing word), and an adverb (a word which tells us how the verb is performed), and acted them out for our class to guess. Looking at the videos below, can you guess what they're doing and how?

What are they doing? How are they doing it?

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What are they doing? How are they doing it?

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What are they doing? How are they doing it?

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Building fires

 

To introduce our new enquiry topic, our WOW this term was building fires. We explored the techniques needed to make the longest lasting fire which would keep us warmest in a cold climate. We also used different wood-stacking techniques to build the strongest fires.

Term 1 

Enquiry: How can pizzas be healthy?

The Challenge

 

We spent two weeks learning about healthy balanced diets. The Eatwell Plate taught us about the five different food groups, and how much we should eat from each group. The traffic light system taught us more about Fats, Proteins and Carbohydrates, and how much of each we should eat. We used all of this knew knowledge when preparing for our challenge, which was to make a healthy but tasty pizza. We tried different bases such as wholemeal tortilla and pitta! Check out our pictures below. Trust us, they were tasty!

 

The Eatwell Plate: Which food groups are best for us?

Enquiry: How are wolves and humans similar?

This term, our enquiry will help us to answer the question; 'How are Wolves and Humans similar?" We will be exploring and research a number of areas, from social habits to position within the food chain. We will be updating as we go so please visit again to see what we've found out.

Our Non-Chronological Reports

Enquiry Challenge

Our challenge was to film a wolf documentary, in the style of wildlife reporter, David Attenborough. We filmed our documentaries in sections, then learned how to use iMovie to stitch them all together. Take a look at the examples below, some groups even managed to capture some footage of some actual wolves!

Group 1

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Group 2

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Group 3

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Group 4

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Group 5

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Our Anti-Gossiping Posters

4JP's Harvest Celebration

 

4JP had the job of leading this year's Harvest Celebration. We wanted to share the fact that many of our foods are actually imported from other countries, thousands of miles away. For example, the ingredients used to make a simple pizza could have travelled a staggering 22,900 miles! We showed artwork which represented foods that can harvested in our own country, there was a huge variety! We also shared some of our poetry, based on the song, Cauliflowers Fluffy. We had a great time preparing for our assembly and learned a lot too.

 

Harvest Poetry

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Harvest Poetry

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4JP love doing their Maths on the tables....not sure our cleaner would agree!

Bug Hunt

4JP went on a bug hunt, to explore different creatures' habitats around the school. Some preferred dark, damp hideaways, whereas others liked leafy and grassy homes. Now we're starting to think about Wolves' habitats, and what conditions they'd prefer.

Read some of our amazing recounts of our trip to the Wild Place Project.

PlayPod

On Thursday, we had our turn playing with our brand new Playpod. Who knew scrap could be so much fun?!

Den Building

 

Following our trip to the Wild Place Project, we started to think about wolves and their habitats. We thought about how their habitats are very different to humans, and whether we would be able to survive in an outdoor environment. We worked in teams, using only a blue sheet, some bamboo sticks and some string, to build shelters in the school grounds. When we had finished, the teachers tested how waterproof they were by pouring water on top of them - with us inside them! We found it very challenging but persevered and worked as a team.

WOW: The Wild Place Project

 

In week two, Year 4 visited the Wild Place Project to kick-start our enquiry. As well as learning lots of interesting facts about Wolves, we were lucky enough to walk through the Lemur enclosure, see Rams practise their fighting skills, witness Cheetahs prowling their grassland, and watch Meercats scurry around their own sandpit.

 

But the highlight was definitely the Wolves, who put on a playful display of their fighting skills. We took the mini ipads to document our trip so check out or photos below. Our time in the Barefoot Trail was a particular highlight!

Friendship

 

In 4JP, we have been thinking about one of our school values - Friendship. We considered how it would feel to have no friends, and thought about how lucky we were to be surrounded by lots of kind and compassionate friends. We talked about friendship circles, and about how we are all connected to one another. We listed the qualities of a good friends and thought about a time when we were a good friend. Have a look through our photos to see examples of friendship posters, and see how we are all connected through our friendship web.

Diplomacy

 

In week one, we thought about what it meant to be diplomatic and courteous when we have different opinions to others. Have a look at our role play videos which show how it should and shouldn't be done!

Diplomacy

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Diplomacy

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