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4AH

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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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Key Information:

4AH have outdoor PE on a Wednesday and indoor PE on a Monday. 

4AH's entrance and exit point is through the classroom door leading onto the playground. At the end of the day, children will be realeased from the coloured spots on the upper  part of the playground.

 

Times Tables of the Week: 11

4AH Rights Respecting Charter

Year 4 Overview 2021-22

Term 6

Enquiry question: What is energy? Sustainable Development Goal 7

The term we are continuing with our Enquiry on energy and  we will be exploring the different forms of energy that there are, how it is produced, how it is used and also finding out about differences in energy production across the world. Our ambition is going to be to create 'knowledge organisers' to answer the question. These are a different and personalised way to help us remember the information we have discovered. We have also been discovering about life in Roman times following our fantastic trip to the Roman Baths in Bath.

 

Term 5

Enquiry question: What is energy? Sustainable Development Goal 7

This term we will be exploring the different forms of energy that there are, how it is produced, how it is used and also finding out about differences in energy production across the world. Our ambition is going to be to create 'knowledge organisers' to answer the question. These are a different and personalised way to help us remember the information we have discovered.

 

Enquiry Overview: What effect does palm oil have on the world? - Sustainable Development Goal 15

 

 

We are continuing our enquiry from term 4 with the question 'What effect does palm oil have on the world?' This term, we will be planning, designing and making our orangutan puppets to sell to raise awareness for the effect palm oil has on orangutans. We will also be writing letters to Bristol Zoo explaining what have done and why we have raised the money. Keep an eye on our class page to stay updated with the amazing things we are going to be doing.

Being Historians: Roman Shield Making. Article 6: Life, survival and development.

What an incredible day we had beginning our exploration of the Romans.

How do we know they were here? When were they here? Why were they such successful invaders?

We found out about some of their battle strategies- sometimes winning battles against armies ten times larger.

After looking at designs for shields, our Romans made their own and then tested them against some champion javelin throwers. 

Being technologists: Online Safety and coding Interactive displays. Article 17: Access to Information.

We have been coding our own interactive displays in our 'Prove it' stage of our Computing. The display was to educate others about the rainforest biomes.

Not only could you click on parts of the image to find out more, but video sensing was used so you only had to move your finger near the different parts of the screen: very tech!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmD40pzKQ0Y

We always start our Computing days with an Online Safety lesson: this term's was 'The Power of Words'. We thought about the different ways that messages can be taken online and how hurtful using unkind words can be.

Watch our video for some helpful tips on STOP.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jL6pEx5afU

Being athletes -Article 28 Access to education.

 

During our outdoor P.E lessons this term with the sports coach we are learning how to play cricket. Our first session started by warming up our bodies as bears and crabs and then we had lots of time practising how to throw the ball over arm. We had to point one arm in the direction we would like to throw the ball and then with the other arm throw over our head to try and aim in to the hoop. We worked as a team to rotate practising our skills. 

R.E Day

 

To start term 5 we had a R.E day where we created stained glass windows based on the Easter story. We planned our designs based around the events on Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. We then learned how to make a collage with tissue paper and how we can turn this in to a stained glass window using a polly pocket. We made sure we used black paper as the outline to make our pictures stand out. 

Term 4

Enquiry Overview: What effect does palm oil have on the world? - Sustainable Development Goal 15

 

Our new enquiry this term will be 'What effect does palm oil have on the world?' This term, we will be learning about climates and biomes, how they could change over time and the effect that this has on our rainforests. We will also be learning about living things and their habitats, classification and life cycles of different types of animals. We will be planning, designing and making our orangutan puppets to sell to raise awareness for the effect palm oil has on orangutans. We will also be writing letters to Bristol Zoo explaining what have done and why we have raised the money. Keep an eye on our class page to stay updated with the amazing things we are going to be doing.

Being a Mathematician- Article 17 Access to Information

 

For maths day today we have been learning about maths around the world. We have looked at how they use maths in Japan and Iran. In Japan, Tangram puzzles are used. These are repeated patterns using shapes and we created our own puzzles. They also make oragami so we tried to create our own oragami dogs, we found this really tricky but we kept on trying!! We then learned about Persian tiles in Iran and we created our own designs and tiles. I hope you enjoy looking at our amazing work, we really enjoyed our maths day!

No Pens Day!

 

Today was no pens day. We started the day by recapping the four strands of Oracy so that we could use them in every lesson. When we were writers, we learned how to use speech in our writing and the correct punctuation.  Being mathemeticians, we learned how to use our oracy skills to answer problem solving questions linked to equivalent fractions. When we were readers, we looked at a poem by our favourite poet Michael Rosen. We performed his poem 'Chocolate' and tried to add some actions to it. We have really enjoyed using all of our oracy skills today!

Term 3 Shining Star

Term 3

Over the course of this term, Year 4 will be looking at protest. What does this mean? Why do people protest? What do they protest about and why is it such an important right.

There have many high profile protests in Bristol including important historical ones such as the Bristol Bus Boycott in the 1960's. This lead to national change and we want to take inspiration from this knowing that each and every one of us is able to make a difference by campaigning for change and being change makers.

Being a Mathematician- Article 17 Access to Information

As we are starting to learn about capacity and volume we had a hand's on 'concrete' maths lesson with lots of water.

Each group had a variety of different containers to fill with water and then pour out to measure. We estimated each container first and some groups got very, very close once they had measured. This improved as the lesson went on which demonstrated us becoming more accurate with the estimation.

We need to be able to visualise how much millilitres and litres are before we start to convert between them. 

Chinese Dance Workshops! Article 28: Access to Education 

After finding out about what the Chinese New Year means, we were taught a dance which we then performed. We learnt about the rituals and traditions that accompany the new year including that it is a time to leave negativity from the year before, behind and start off with deciding what we want to change in the coming year.

Watch our video to see what we created.

Chinese New Year

Whole-school Maths Day - Animal Inspired Maths! 

 

This term's maths day was focussed all around animals for Year 4 and mostly involving animal's poo!

We collected data which compared the amount of food animals ate, their size and then how much poo was excreted and from this. We then compared and ordered this data from biggest to smallest.

During the workshop, we were ordering different animals from lightest in weight to heaviest and then moved our learning on to fractions and teeth! We discovered some very interesting facts. We counted how many teeth we have altogether and what fraction of these were incisors, canines and molars. We then compared the teeth of a tiger and a cow and worked out what fractions of their teeth are incisors, canines and molars- it was very interesting comparing this to the teeth of humans!

 

In the afternoon, linking back to the animal poo learning, we made no-bake cookies (involving lots of weighing and measuring) and used our fact files from the morning to make different animals waste products out of the cookies. Who knew poo could taste so good!

Being a Historian

 

As part of our ‘engage’ for our new Enquiry ‘How can one person make a difference?’ 

We have been learning about Martin Luther King and his famous speech  ‘I have a dream’. This week, we watched a lot of videos about peaceful protests and the effects these had on our world. We were inspired by Greta Thunberg and Martin Luther King to learn and perform this iconic speech.

Term 2

This term, Year 4 will be continuing our enquiry "How can we change farming so there is enough food for everyone?"  We will be historians and geographers as well as scientists in order to conclude our enquiry.  We are going  to be delving deep into the world of the Anglo-Saxons and why farming was such an important aspect of their everyday lives and how it has impacted on our lives today. To finish our enquiry, we will be creating window boxes to help those who don't have gardens but will still be able to grow their own fruit and vegetables to use in their home recipes. 

Being a…… mathematician!

Article 28 You have the right to education.

We started off our space themed maths day by realising that we had already experienced and used maths in many different ways- it was only just past 9am! Following on form that, we then had an amazing workshop lead by Lilly who shared with use The Golden thread in maths and how maths is integral in many, many different jobs.

In reading, we learnt about the space race and the first moon landings. All the answers to the comprehension questions involved maths. The main part of our day was taken up with looking at nets and then designed and built rockets. Once they had been completed, we then tested which rocket travelled the furthest by measuring the distance they travelled- maths again.

No Pens Day!

Article 13: Sharing Thoughts Freely

On No Pens Monday, we recapped oracy and how talk helps us to learn. When being a writer, we explored the world of persuasion and looked at a variety of persuasive texts. We then used some of the new persuasive language to help us decide whether life would be better if we didn't have to go to school! In maths, we explored different types of word problems and used a range of equipment to help us reason our understanding.  In reading, we looked at a couple of poems and recited one in pairs.

Being an athlete.

Article 31: You have the right to play and relax by doing things like sport, art, music and drama.

Today, the focus was improvement. We were supported to take part in agility challenges by our Year 6s and sports coaches. The aim in each activity was to show improvement through practise. The activities ranges from throwing, to shuttle runs, to balancing to speed bounce. Lots of red faces around by the end of the session and the coaches were impressed with our determination to improve.

Being an artist

Article 31: You have the right to play and relax by doing things like sport, art, music and drama.

Today, we learnt about Romare Beraden who was an African-American artist, author and songwriter. He worked with many types of media including cartoons, oils and collage. We focused on collage for the day.

We started off by exploring how to create effects and shapes using pieces of coloured paper, phots and newspaper cuttings. The next step was to create a collage in the style of Bearden. Our final creation was based on an Anglo Saxon settlement.

Term 1

This term, we are going focus on the Sustainable Development Goal - Zero Hunger. As a planet, it is our aim to achieve zero hunger by 2030. We are going to become scientists and understand how our digestive system works, how our teeth help us to chew, grind and tear our food ready for digestion and look at different food chains within the animal kingdom. We are also going to become historians, delving deep into the world of the Anglo-Saxons and why farming was such an important aspect of their everyday lives and how it has impacted on our lives today. To finish our enquiry, we will be creating window boxes to help those who don't have gardens but will still be able to grow their own fruit and vegetables to use in their home recipes. 

Farmer's Week

Article 27: The right to nutritious food

In week 6, we took part in Farmer's Week. We started by exploring what was meant by 'Farmer's market' and the term, 'Field to Fork'. We used this to help us order the stages of food production - from cow to yogurt; sow to sausage and bee to honey.

 

Next, we split into groups. One group was led by our resident gardener - Mr Evans in the allotment distributing and raking compost and planting seeds. In the other session, we were joined by visitors from The Travelling Kitchen who taught us how to make cous cous salad and feta fritters.

 

At the end of the day we got to taste the things Year 4 had made and share them with our parents and carers. We've had a great week being farmers and look forward to tasting more of our school-grown produce!

National Poetry Day

Article 31 - Rest, Play, Culture and Arts.

We have had such a wonderful day celebrating National Poetry Day! It started with a visiting poet, Ian Bland, coming in and amazing us with his poetry. He taught us about action and performance poetry which was great fun. We spent the day learning a poem off by heart to perform. We used actions to help us and thought carefully about how to use our oracy skills to help with the performance. We performed our poem to 6RO and enjoyed their performance too. 

Visit to St Stephen's Church

Article 14 -freedom of thought, belief and religion

On Tuesday, Year 4 visited St Stephen's Church. We deepened our understanding of the key features of a Christian place of worship. Peter explained some of the symbolism behind features such as the candle, altar and cross. We had lots of questions which Peter was able to answer. 

Being Athletes 

Article 31- the right to play and relax

Today we had a great first day with Sporting Chance! We learnt how to dribble and control a football and we can't wait to continue working on our techniques. 

Playpod Fun! -

Article 31: Rest, Play, Culture and Arts

In Week 3, we were finally allowed to play with our wonderful playpod equipment! We were able to experiment and have fun with a wide range of new and exciting junk that the PTA kindly sorted out for us. 

Exploring the library -

Article 31: Rest, Play, Culture and Arts

We were excited to explore the library and choose a book to read and share. Lots of the books have been gifted to the school by parents and supporters of the school which makes our library a very special place. The books have been carefully selected and indexed by theme: from Earth and Beyond to Influential People. It will be open for lunchtimes from now on.

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