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Year 4 Newsletter

Term 1

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We have our own 4RM email! If you wish to contact us, please do so with the secure form below - we will be checking it regularly. We welcome your comments and suggestions.

Key information:

 

4RM will have indoor PE on Tuesday and outdoor PE on Thursday.

Term 3

Enquiry Overview: ‘His eyes, like headlamps, glowed white, then red, then infra-red, searching the sea.’ How is this possible?

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 Man and 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.

Mental Health Week

 

Across the country it is mental health week and we were asked to bring things to show that make us feel positive and happy. We shared our memories, books and photos with the class and learned a lot more about one another. We definitely all came out with a smile on our faces!

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!

 

4RM had a go at their challenge: To create 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!

Computing

 

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. 

Art Day!

 

For our art day, we started by creating some collages using paper, newspaper and tissue paper. We were practising different techniques to create pattern and texture using simple materials. We then used these techniques to create leaves in a range of colours and the trunks of some trees. Here you can see the fantastic results!

Measure

 

Today, we explored our new maths topic of measure in which we discussed what we might measure, the units of measure and the apparatus that we would use. We then went on to estimate and measure length, mass and capacity. We had great fun and were so surprised by how accurate some of our estimations were. It was a great kick-start to this unit in maths and we can't wait to delve deeper into it.

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Netball

 

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.

 

Conductors and insulators

 

As part of our enquiry this term, we carried out an investigation to identify whether the materials we had been given were conductors or insulators. Before we started, we set up and tested our circuits. After conducting our investigation, we wrote up our findings and thought about what other things we would like to test in the future. We want to know whether hair, paper and rubber are conductors or insulators.

Wow!

 

After slowing revealing the beginning of Iron Man, we made robots out of junk in groups. In the afternoon, we watched the film Robots

Term 2

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.

Art Day

 

To immerse ourselves in the wonderful story of The Green Ship, we looked at different brush techniques to really bring the story to life. Whilst this sounds simple, we were amazed at the variety of paintbrushes that there are! We used watercolour to create some incredible paintings ensuring we use a couple of different brushes for effect and texture - we were so proud of our wonderful pictures.

Would I be an Athenian or a Spartan?

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Would I be an Athenian or a Spartan?

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Would I be an Athenian or a Spartan?

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Would I be an Athenian or a Spartan?

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Would I be an Athenian or a Spartan?

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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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Year 4 hockey!

 

In our outdoor PE sessions, 4RM will be developing our hockey skills. We will focus on passing, possession, shooting, dribbling and working as a team. We aim to become secure in each skill before taking part in a mini hockey tournament within our PE lesson. Look at our fantastic skills as far:

Computing 

 

We had a great day of computing where we delved into algorithms and coding through Scratch. We had to programme our character to speak, move and change the background which was very challenging! We found we needed to use a lot of trial and error  techniques to get used to instructing the character what to do what we wanted, but we definitely improved our skills. Have a look at what we did!

 

We also learnt a lot about how to protect ourselves online, differentiating between personal and private information.

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

 

What a treat! Today we were given the opportunity today to sample school dinners! We tried foods we might not have tried before including chickpea curry and potato, quorn subs and leek pie. We were all surprised by how delicious everything tasted! We even got to try some new desserts!

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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

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?

Showing-off!

 

As a part of our enquiry 'Why does it snow?', we were given the task of creating a presentation to show-off our understanding of the water cycle, with a focus on explaining why it snows. We worked in groups to collate our knowledge and decide how to present to the rest of the class. Have a look at an example below of what we did!

Why does it snow?

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Computing

We had a whole day where we used our computing skills using Chromebooks! We mastered how to create a successful password so we can protect ourselves against others accessing our information. We then worked on Google Classroom where we were had to complete a set of questions, some of which involved using the internet to search for answers, and hand-in our answers online. In the afternoon, we created a slideshow about Purple Learning using Google Slides.

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Our Own Water Cycle!

 

After learning about the key stages of the water cycle, we planned and made our own water cycles! We use a plastic zip-lock bag, drew the water cycle and labelled it. We then poured a little water into the bag and zipped it up. We are hoping to see the key stages of evaporation and condensation to give us a better understand of how the process works.

How long does it take solids to melt?

 

As a part of our enquiry 'Why does it snow?', Year 4 completed an experiment where we would measure how long it would take take for three different solids to melt. The solids used were butter, chocolate and ice. 

4RM were very intrigued by solids turning into liquids and we now know ice takes the longest time to melt and that butter takes the shortest amount of time. Have a look at the experiment below: 

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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. 

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Sorting Solids, Liquids and Gases

 

This week we were given images to sort however we thought best. Some of us sorted them into whether they were healthy or not, but then we were introduced to solids, liquids and gases. We then re-organised the images into these groups and asked questions about a few of them - is jelly a solid or liquid? What is spray when it is squirted out of the bottle?

We made fantastic notes about how solids, liquids and gases differ and what makes them unique. Then, we learnt about how all three states of matter have particles, and that these particles have various forces of attraction which give solids, liquids and gases their properties. After learning this, we went out to pretend we were the particles in these states of matter. We huddled together to represent particles in solids with strong forces of attraction, holding hands to show looser forces of attraction in liquids and finally, we spread apart for particles in gas which have weak forces of attraction.

 

Included and Excluded

 

During Jigsaw this week, we looked at images of people who were included in a group and others who were excluded. We came up with adjectives to describe how they might feel so we can understand why it is important to be kind and inclusive.

We thought of times when we felt included and how it made us feel. 'I feel included when my friends ask me to play,' and 'I feel included when we work as a team.'

Then, we used our teamwork skills to pass the ball between us. There was were only two rules; we cannot use our hands and the ball cannot touch the floor. Through communication and experimentation we came up with the best technique to pass it speedily between us. We mastered it and beat our time!

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 conscience alley to try and persuade Ivan whether to go or not.

Conscience Alley

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?'

Collaborative Learning

 

We have been learning about what 'Purple Learner' is, with a focus on how work in a group successfully. We considered what it looks like, feels like and sounds like when we work collaboratively. We understand we need to take turns, be polite, motivate and support one another. 

 

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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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