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In Term 5, Year 4 will be exploring the fascinating continent of South America and comparing it to the UK. We will be locating and plotting the major countries, cities, rivers and mountains before zooming into Tierra Del Fuego as we discover the life of Jemmy Button through our Power of Reading text. After following Jemmy’s extraordinary encounters as an outsider in an unfamiliar land and his emotional return home, we will finish our enquiry What does it mean to belong? by writing a letter ‘home’ from the perspective of Jemmy.
As part of our enquiry into Jemmy Button, we realised that Jemmy was taken by men in the Georgian Era. To add to our knowledge and to help with out character descriptions we practised many different art skills to create silhouettes. We used: chalk, collage, paint and charcoal. We loved how they came out!
Continuing our focus on being healthy, we have been learning new skills that will help us in our house cricket match at the end of the term. Here is what we have been practicing so far:
What an exciting computing lesson we had! Using the Probots, we had to spot bugs in algorithms, debug the issue and then recreate our own algorithms to make sure we created the correct shapes. We learned out about:
4KA started their brand new topic with research into Jemmy Button’s home country – South America. In our pairs, we were given a flag of a South American country which we needed to research to create an information poster about. We couldn’t believe how big it was! Did you know that it is a continent? We created some superb posters and presented our findings to the class. In the afternoon, we got to watch Rio 2 and we loved every minute of it – it is so funny!
In Term 4, Year 4 will be using their investigative skills to answer the question: How are Wolves and Humans similar? We will grouping and classifying different animals before focusing on wolves, their habitats and the dangers they face. We will then move onto looking at the digestive system and teeth of both wolves and humans before finishing our enquiry with a small presentation based around a Venn diagram.
Challenge - Are wolves and humans similar?
To finish off our enquiry, we presented our findings on a Venn diagram and then explained them in a short presentation.
Windows of forgiveness
Having come to the end of our enquiry, Is forgiveness always possible?, we wrote a prayer about forgiveness in our writing lesson. As our challenge, we picked a symbol of forgiveness and coloured it in the style of a stained glass window. We then oiled the paper to make it translucent and displayed all of our pictures together to form two beautiful stained glass windows of forgiveness in our classroom.
Does Jesus forgive?
As part of our RE enquiry this term, we read the Easter story in the bible and discussed who Jesus forgave and why. We read in the bible 'Then , after supper, he raised the cup and gave thanks. "Drink, all of you. For this is my blood, poured out for forgiveness. It is the blood of the new covenant - the binding promise of God."' and discussed Jesus dying in order to forgive people's sins.
Below, are the freeze frames we created of important moments in the story. These include: Peter denying Jesus, Judas betraying Jesus, Jesus washing Judas' feet and finally, Jesus getting crucified.
We have been improving our skills in hockey this term. We have used our outdoor PE lessons to improve various parts of our game. Skills such as passing, shooting, awareness and balance have been our main focus. This will all help us when we complete in our class hockey tournament at the end of term. Have a look at what we have learnt:
Google virtual reality!
What a great day! We got to use some goggles fitted with a special App to explore lots of different places. It was like we were there! We went through the human digestive system, went to outer space and swam with sharks in the space of half an hour!
We were really lucky to be able to take part in an athletics challenge. We showed off our skills in the speed bounce, chest push, sitting throw, vertical jump, standing long jump and balance. It was a great day!
Wow, what a start we've had to our new enquiry! We started off with a slow reveal of our new text before Mr Allen revealed our enquiry question and we thought about what we already knew and what we wanted to find out. Next, we worked in groups of three to create a piece of art using different mediums of art. After that, we tried to match up animals with their footprints before making our very own wolf footprint out of clay! Finally, we used the Ipads to do some research on wolves and created a mini booklet with this information in.
Challenge - Robot heads!
4KA had a go at their challenge: To make a 3D model of Iron Man with eyes that glow. We took cardboard boxes and tin foil to create our masterpieces! Once we had the head ready to go, we used our knowledge of circuits to help bring our robots to life!
As the space-bat-angel-dragon landed on Australia, we took this as an opportunity to find out a little about this country. Using the Ipads and chromebooks, we conducted some research and then wrote a non-chronological report. We also had a go at some aboriginal inspired art!
Chinese New Year
We're very excited to be learning Mandarin again and thrilled to have Miss Nie teaching us! To celebrate Chinese New Year, Miss Nie taught us how to fold paper and how to do some calligraphy using special brushes!
After our exciting trip to the Synagogue, we challenged ourselves to recreate it in junk. This helped reinforce the key features of a Synagogue. Can you spot the Ark where the Torah is kept? Can you see the Bimah, the Ner Tamid, the Rabbi's podium and the stained-glass windows? Now we feel happy discussing the similarities and differences that we spotted between the Synagogue and St Stephen's Church.
Bristol and West Progressive Synagogue
Wow! What a great trip we had today to the Bristol and West Progressive Synagogue. We learnt lots about the Jewish faith and it was great to see the key features of a Synagogue. We're looking forward to junk modelling the Synagogue tomorrow and having further discussions about any similarities and differences we've spotted between the Synagogue and St Stephen's Church.
We had so much fun experimenting with electrical components to make circuits. First, we began making circuits so a lightbulb would work and then added in a buzzer - they were so loud! Once we had a practise, we drew our own circuits in our science books - did you know that we draw circuits using special symbols?
To kick start our enquiry, Mr Allen slowly revealed the first part of our Power of Reading text Iron Man. Next, working collaboratively in groups, we planned and made our very own robots out of junk, identifying what we thought the key features of a robot were. Finally, in the afternoon, we took our robot pals into the hall and watched the film Robots.
Throughout term 3, 4KA has the privilege of experiencing exciting and high quality basketball lessons delivered my members of the 'Bristol Flyers' basketball team. Here is a preview of our first lesson.
It was finally time to build our instruments out of 'junk' and perform a simple rhythm in a group. We were very creative when it came to making our instruments and we worked really hard to create a rhythm in our groups. We hope you enjoy our performances!
" I really enjoyed our Stomp Workshop! " Connor
" I loved making instruments!" Sienna
"Making music was really exciting for me!" Amy
We had a chance to try out the new Chromebooks in school. We had lots of fun exploring how the Chromebooks work and how we could use Gdrive to share our work with the whole class. We then used Isle of Tunes to create music as a class. We used our knowledge of rhythm to create impressive tunes.
In order to investigate pitch, we made some panpipes and investigated how the pitch of the sound varied according to the length of the pipe.
RE: What is the most significant part of the Nativity?
This week we have been learning about the Nativity story. Firstly, we discussed what we thought we already knew about it. We were shocked to find out that Mary was only in her teens when she had Jesus AND did you know, it doesn't actually say that there were 3 wise men in the Bible?!
As we were looking at what part of the Nativity we thought was most important, we started the week by making Christingles and finding out what each of the elements represent. Finally, we wrote poems to show the Nativity and created a class advent calendar with pictures of what we thought the most significant part was! We're really looking forward to opening a door each day!
How are sounds made and how do they travel?
This week, we began the science aspect of our enquiry. We started to look at how sounds are made- did you know they were made from vibrations? We put chickpeas on a drum and when we hit the drum, the vibrations made them jump everywhere! We then lit a candle and saw what happened to the flame when he hit a drum next to it. The soundwaves made the flame flicker or go out!
To excite and inspire us ready for this term's enquiry, How can we make music from junk? We were lucky enough to take part in a music workshop where we used bins, bin lids, homemade shakers and pipes to perform a composition. We worked hard to keep our different section's rhythm going and it sounded great in the end!
In Term 1, we’re immersing ourselves in the world of storytelling. We will be moving away from the traditional storybook to investigate the many wonderful ways that stories can be told without the written word. Using shadow puppetry, British Sign Language, mime, picture books and many other mediums, we will explore and retell different stories before deciding which medium we would like to use to retell the ending of our Power of Reading text Ice Palace by Robert Swindells.
RE Enquiry: What is a place of worship?
This week, we started a brand new enquiry to find out what a place of worship in particular the Christian religion. We kick started the enquiry by thinking about what we thought was inside a church and why these objects were important. In the afternoon, we had the opportunity to visit St Stephen's church to find out the importance of these objects, what they were used for and what they symbolise. We began to look at the shape of churches and sketched our very own floor plan in preparation for our junk model church!
This week in PE, we looked at created different shapes with our bodies. We also concentrated on keeping in sync with our partners during the transition of each movement. Have a look at some of our final balances.
Our Challenge: To retell the ending of Ice palace without written words!
After finding out the surprising ending of the book, we began to plan out what we wanted to use and include in our retelling. We were extremely excited to get started and show everyone what happens to Starjik and Ivan. Some of us chose to retell the ending through art work and some of us through puppetry. It took a lot of planning but we got there in the end. Have a look at what we did.
To build our skills in preparation for our challenge, we had a go at performing a small sketch using puppets. We based our sketches on the well known children's story 'Little Red Riding Hood.' We listened to the story to remind ourselves of the key events and began making our puppets. Once we had done this, we started to practise our sketches. We really enjoyed performing our puppet shows! Here are a few snippets of some....
What a great start to our enquiry! We started the day with a traditional story around the fire and discussed what a story was. After Mr Allen told us the title of our new enquiry, we discussed the different ways that stories can be told without written words. Next, we started to explore shadow art and created different shapes with our bodies. Finally, we tried our hand at mime and looked at how effective picture books are when telling a story without written words.
After discussing what collaborative learning would look like, the class were separated into groups. Once in groups, we began to assign each other roles. Ranging from recorder to time keeper, we all played an important role in our groups' success. The groups were then given a task in which we had to create a team (clan) uniform using natural and man made resources. As a class, we then reflected on how well we worked collaboratively and what we would improve next time.
We were very excited to get our hands on the play pod equipment. We reminded ourselves of our responsibility to take care of all the new equipment and then had fun exploring and playing with all the exciting new things.
We were introduced to a wild week this week. Our goal was to experience learning outside of the classroom walls. It was important for us to make use of the fantastic outdoor facilities that the school has.
We started the term reminding ourselves of the school values. 4KA focused on the value of friendship and discussed as a class what it takes to be a good friend. Outside, we created a friendship web and had a look at what qualities are needed for a strong friendship. The web linked each child with the qualities of a strong friendship. Once back in class, we wrote down experiences where we had been a good friend to someone and when people had been great friends to us.
We pray for all children to feel loved and included by all their friends in school.
Help us to be kind and caring friends, who can always be relied upon to be loyal and trustworthy.
Show us how to be someone who is generous and thoughtful.
We hope that we can be as loving to each other as you are to your people.
Thank you for giving us so many happy friendships.
In your name we pray.