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4JS

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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Year 4 Newsletter

Term 2

Key information:

4JS will have outdoor P.E on a Tuesday and indoor P.E on a Thursday

Enquiry Overview: Would I be a Spartan or an Athenian?

In Term 2, Year 4 are learning about Ancient Greece. We will be answering the question: 'Would I be a Spartan or an Athenian?' During this enquiry, we will look at the Global goal of equality and discuss if we believe men and woman were equal in the past, comparing the roles of men and women in Athenian and Spartan society and look at how this may have changed over time.  

4JS Nativity

We were lucky enough to get to perform our nativity over at the Church this year. We did an amazing job delivering our lines in a clear and confident way. We remembered exactly what we needed to do and were super proud of ourselves. Our message was all about understanding the true meaning of Christmas. 

Painting Fun!

We have been learning how to paint using a variety of paint brushes. We started off my looking closely at different paint brush tips and discussed which ones might be used and why. We then had a go at painting some flowers where we mixed paints to create purples and pinks. After we had practised the skill,we sketched the Green Ship and painted it using a selection of different greens we had mixed. We used a think black pen to go around the ship resulting in a fantastic final piece. 

Painting fun!

Prove it!

For our 'prove it', we held a debate to answer our question: Would you rather be a Spartan or an Athenian? We delivered our thoughts and opinions clearly. Which one would you rather be?

Would I be a Spartan or an Athenian?

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Would I be a Spartan or an Athenian?

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Would I be a Spartan or an Athenian?

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Anti-Bullying Week 

This week, we have been thinking about what bullying is. We understand that bullying is STOP. Several, Times, On, Purpose. We thought about different ways we might be unkind to one another and how we can make sure this happens less. We also know that the most important thing to do is to TELL. A problem shared is a problem halved!

We made posters to raise awareness of what bullying is and what you should do if you think you are being bullied. 

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Hockey

As part of our PE lessons, we have been learning to play hockey focusing on how to dribble and pass the ball.

Measure

we have been thinking about different ways to measure. We now understand we use different tools to measure and that estimating is a really important skill to help you get an accurate result. 

Safer, Fitter, Greener

We have been visited by Andy who is part of the Road Safety Team to talk to us about safe places to cross the road. We played games in groups in learn about all the different ways. We know it is important to stay fit and healthy but also how important it is to be seen on the roads and to stay safe. We were given a reflective smiley faces to stick on our school bags to make sure we are seen when we are walking to and from school. 

Safer, Fitter, Greener

Sampling School Dinners

We had a great opportunity today to sample school dinners! We tried foods we might not have tried before including chickpea curry and potato and leek pie. They were really delicious! School dinners are great!

Sampling School Dinners

WOW!

For our WOW, we dressed up as Ancient Greeks. We spent the day learning about what life was like in the Ancient Greek times. We carried our research to find out our information and created a fact file. We also tasted Greek food. We were surprised by some of the different tastes. Not many of us were very keen on olives!

Tasting Greek Food!

As part of our WOW, we got to taste Greek food! We tried olives, feta cheese, falafels, flat bread and houmous. We were surprised at how much of it we liked but olives are certainly a taste to be desired! We really enjoyed the feta and can definitely see this being added to salads! 

Term 1

Key information:

4JS will have indoor P.E on Tuesday and outdoor P.E on Thursday.

Enquiry Overview: Why does it snow?

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 snow?

Sketching

For our art enquiry, we have been learning to sketch from different view points. We started off by making lots of different marks. We looked at hatching and circles to make lighter and darker patterns. We then used these skills to sketch a snow boot and a snowy owl, two things that Ivan might of seen on his journey. 

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What is a place of Worship?

We went to visit St Stephen's Church to understand what are the main features of a church. We had a great time learning about the font, alter, stain-glass windows and pews. We really enjoyed hearing the bell ring as we left. We will be using our new knowledge to draw a floor plan of the church. 

 

Pupil Voice Elections

4JS have been busy preparing their speeches for the Pupil Voice elections. After hearing the speeches, we were able to vote for one boy and one girl to represent our class. These representatives will help us make the school better. They will attend meetings and feed back to us.  

Challenge

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 including states of matter, the water cycle and types of cloud. Working collaboratively, each member of our group were assigned a different role and this helped us to produce very interesting and detailed presentations. Have a look at the results:

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Computing

Today we were able to use the chromebooks to help us with our learning. We first looked at how we could make our passwords stronger so people do not have easy access to our information. In the afternoon, we were introduced to Google Classroom. We used Google Classroom to complete a set of questions and submit our answers online.

Computing

Observing Over Time 

Today, we went outside and used a thermometer to explore how the temperature changes across a day. We measured the temperature every hour. We were surprised that the temperature seemed to increase by one degree each hour! 

Observing Over Time

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Melting Points

We conducted an experiment to learn about melting points. We wanted to find out which solid had the lowest melting point. The solids we used were ice, butter and chocolate. We made sure it was a fair test by using the same amount of solid and applying the same amount of heat. 

Melting Points

Collaborative Learning

After researching how to survive in snowy conditions, we worked in pairs to produce an eye catching leaflet to inform others. We thought about layout and how to present our findings. We worked well with our partner and we are really proud of our finished products. 

 

 

Collaborative Learning Project

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Conscience Alley

We helped Ivan make up his mind as to whether he should leave his family and village to go and look for his lost brother or stay. We thought carefully about the reasons 'For' and 'Against' and then created a concience alley to try and persuade Joseph.

Conscience Alley

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Prior Knowledge

To kick start our science learning, we have been discussing our prior knowledge. Finding out about what we already know. We were asked several different questions where we talked to others around us to see if we had similar ideas. It was fascinating and we can't wait to learning more about, 'Why does it snow?'

Prior Knowledge

Collaborative Learning

We have been learning about how to work in a group successfully. We understand we need to take turns, be polite, motivate and support one another. We cheered each other on as we passed the hoop around the circle in the record time of 2 minutes and 16 seconds! Well done 4JS! 

Team work makes the dream work!

Marvellous Maths

We have been using dienes to help us with our place value. We made 4 digit numbers and thought carefully about what each digit represented.

Wow!

We kick started our enquiry by making snow! It was great fun! We couldn't believe how it expanded to make so much. We went outside and played with it while the sun shone which was a strange feeling!

Snowflake Fun!

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