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4OL will have outdoor PE on Tuesday and indoor PE on Thursday.
Enquiry Overview: Are we the same as a gorilla?
In Term 4, Year 4 will be using their investigative skills to answer the question: Am I the same as a gorilla? We will be grouping and classifying different animals before focusing on gorillas, theirhabitats and the dangers they face. Using what we learnt last term, we will then move onto looking at the digestive system and teeth of gorillas before finishing our enquiry with a small videopresentation based around a Venn diagram
As a class, we talked about food webs and how different animals depend on each other for food. We understood the terms: predator, prey, consumer and producer. We used string to create our own giant food webs.
This term, 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. We shall be carrying out different investigations to solve these. Alongside the science, we shall be reading our Power of Reading text: The Iron Manand using what we learn about him to create a 3D model of the Iron Man with eyes that glow!
The Digestive System
Today we had a fantastic time getting messy whilst learning about the digiestive system! First of all, we mixed all sorts of food in a bag and squished them all together to represent the food being chewed up in our mouths. We added water and orange juice which acted as saliva and bile in our stomachs. The food got even more churned up with all the juices! We then squeezed the mixture through the tights which acted as our intestines, allowing minerals, nutrients and water to pass through the walls into our bodies. The experiment really helped us visualise the journey of our food as it passes through our digestive system.
RE - Body language
In our RE lessons, we have been looking at how Muslims pray and what body language they show when doing so. We tried to show some different emotions using our body language: excitement, frustration, worry, happy, shock and embarrassment . See if you can guess which is which:
Safer Internet Day!
Today was Safer Internet Day and schools across the country took part in a variety of ways. We spent the whole day looking at the terms 'permission' and 'consent', exploring what these mean in our online world. We thought about what we need to do to ask for permission and also how to get consent before taking photos or posting/sharing online.
We then went on to design our own internet superheroes and what their superpower would be. We came up with fantastic ideas that would keep us safe and happy online.
WOW - Pizza time!
We've managed to squeeze in another science enquiry this term! To finish off the term, we'll be answering the question: Where does my lunch go? To get us thinking, we all made pizzas and then thought about the pizza's journey through our bodies after we ate them. We're going to be looking at the role of teeth and how our digestive system works next.
Challenge - Robot heads!
4OL 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!
For computing this term, we looked at Probots. Probots are mini robots that are able to move when you have programmed in a specific instruction. We challenged ourselves by programming the robots to follow circuits and some of us were even able to draw pictures using these intelligent machines. Have a look at the Probots at work.
For our art day we started by creating some collages using paper, newspaper and tissue paper. We then used these to create leaves in a range of colours and the trunks of some trees. Here you can see the fantastic results!
Our outdoor P.E. sessions are focusing on netball this term. We are going to improve our passing, catching, shooting and defending skills. It's a fantastic sport which will use our spacial awareness and communication skills in order to be successful. By the end of the term, we will be fantastic netballers who will be worthy of St Stephen's netball team.
As part of our enquiry this term, we carried out an investigation to identify whether a circuit would work depending on its components. We tested and then edited our circuits so that they would work and challenged ourselves to incease the number of cells and the number of working bulbs within the circuits.
After slowing revealing the beginning of Iron Man, we made robots out of junk in groups. In the afternoon, we watched the film Robots.
4JS will have outdoor P.E on a Tuesday and indoor P.E on a Thursday
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.
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.
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?
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.
As part of our PE lessons, we have been learning to play hockey focusing on how to dribble and pass the ball.
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.
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!
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!
4JS will have indoor P.E on Tuesday and outdoor P.E on Thursday.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?'
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!
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.
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!