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Key Information:

4CJ have outdoor PE on a Tuesday and indoor PE on a Thursday.

4CJ's entrance and exit point is the top gate at the top of the playground. 

Times Table of the week: 8s

 

Term 6 

We are continuing our enquiry, 'What effect does palm oil have on the world?' for our last term. 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.

Term 6's Shining Star - Archie White

Term 6's Shining Star

Being an Engineer - (Article 29 Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities)

Challenge! We have come to the end of our enquiry for Term 5 and 6. Throughout both terms, we have been learning about the rainforest, why it is so important to the wildlife, people who live there and ourselves. We have learned many wonderful things about the rainforest but we have also learned some really awful things too. Deforestation is happening at such a rapid pace and it is destroying everything we need in order to survive. We have placed a huge focus on the impact of deforestation on orangutans and palm oil plantations. Did you know 25 orangutans die every day because of deforestation? 

 

To finish, we created our own puppets to sell for a small donation to give to Bristol Zoo. We hope to raise money and awareness about the impact of orangutans and palm oil. 

 

Being an Athlete - (Article 29 Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities...)

To honour England making it to the semi-finals, we had a penalty shoot out with the whole school. We had so much fun competing against other year groups and shooting at the goal. We have some amazing strikers and goal keepers in our class. We were super impressed! 

Year 4 Sports Day! 

Today we had our Sports Day and it was so much fun! We competed in lots of races such as; the obstacle course, the vortex, the long jump, speed bounce, distance running and the sprint. We even had a delicious ice pop once all the fun and hard work was over!  It really helped to cool us down!

Being a Writer - (Article 29 Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities)

In Week 3, we watched a video about a girl who finds an orangutan in her bedroom. She isn't sure why it is in there and finally figures out the reason. It is because humans have destroyed its home for palm oil. We became writers and delved into the world of journalism. We worked with our learning partners, with one of us being an interviewer and the other being the character who found the orangutan and asked a series of questions. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Take a look at some of our videos.

Eniola's and Ajay's

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Fletcher's and Cole's

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Being an Engineer - (Article 29 Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities...)

In week 2, we started to work towards our challenge for our enquiry 'What effect does palm oil have on the world?' We are going to be creating our own orangutan hand puppets to raise money for a Bristol Zoo charity raising awareness about the effect palm oil have on orangutans.

 

To start, we looked at some basic thread patterns such as running stitch, baste stitch and catch  stitch. We practised the different techniques into paper to begin with. This gave us ideas as to how we could move the material to help with our sewing. After this, we sewed into a range of different materials. This proved much harder than paper but we persevered. 

Being an Athlete - (Article 29 - Your education should help you use and develop your talents...)

This term in PE, we have been learning how to play cricket. We have been extremely lucky yo have someone come in to teach us. To warm up, we played a game where we used our foot work skills. This helped us get ready for when we played the games especially when fielding. We then played a game in two teams. We thoroughly enjoyed playing cricket and are super excited to find out more. 

Term 5 Shining Star

Term 5

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

Being an athlete - (Article 29 Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities) 

This term, we have taken part in athletics. We have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in a range of activities. We have been able to develop lots of different skills, which will help when Sport's Day arrives. We have also shown a real side competitive but we have made sure we are great sports people and supported each team by congratulating them. 

Being a computer technician - (Article 29 Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities...)

This week, we have become computer technicians. We used a programme called Scratch. Using a character called a Sprite, we were able to insert codes for the Sprite to follows. We then changed our Sprite's costume, added sounds and backgrounds. From this, we were able to create games and stories using all of the skills we had been taught in the morning. We had so much fun and what is even better - we can also do it at home! 

Being a Geographer - (Article 29 - Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities...)

To get to grips with our rainforest enquiry we used atlases to locate where the rainforests were located around the world. From this, we were able to recognise that the rainforests are located around the centre of the earth, which we found out is called the equator. We then identified the Northern and Southern Hemispheres and were able to understand changes in climates depending on where the country was located. We were then given time to explore the atlases which we thoroughly enjoyed.

Oracy - (Article 12 - You have the right to give your opinion, and for adults to listen and take it seriously.)

In week 1, we had a whole day to really get to understand oracy and what it means. We spent the day discussing different strands and identifying the strands we were using in different activities set for us. One of our favourite activities was the role play. We were put into groups of 3/4 and were assigned role plays such as a head teacher telling someone off, a couple getting married, someone calling 999 and someone ordering a take away. From this, we were able to identify how we use our voice, the word choices we make and how it is important to speak clearly and at an appropriate pace. We really enjoyed watching our friends perform these to us and we were able to tell them which strands we noticed they were using. We recognised that we use so many strands without even thinking about it. 

Fletcher's and Wesley's

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Mius, Archie White, Blake and Hans

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Collaborative Learning

We have been learning about collaborative learning in our Purple Learning sessions. Collaborative learning means to work together as a team and make sure everyone's voice is heard and listened to. We spoke about the STS for what collaborative learning might look like and why it is important to work together in a team.

 

We then created our own jigsaw puzzles. We got into our groups and then assigned each person with a role. There was a timekeeper, a resources manager, a facilitator and a recorder. Each person had to keep this role. We then decided a design for our jigsaw pieces and worked together to create the puzzles. We had lots of fun doing this and then we were able to go around and do other people's puzzles. 

Engage Day

Our new enquiry focuses on the rainforest. When we came into the classroom, we listened to the sounds of the rainforest and discussed what we could hear. We were then showed the word 'biomes'. We were all quite familiar with this word because of a game so many of us play. Biomes are a large community with a variety of plants/trees and animals. Each plant/tree or animal is specifically adapted to that environment. A rainforest is a type of biome.

 

After this, we took a trip to our school pond! We had so much fun and couldn't believe how much wildlife lived in and around the pond. We listed all of the things we could see and then discussed what may be typical to a pond and why we may not see those creatures or plants in a rainforest.

 

During the afternoon, we worked in teams and were assigned certain biomes. We used the iPads for research and created posters full of facts about our biomes. When we had finished, we then presented our findings to our class using our oracy skills, 

Term 4

For the remainder of Term 4, the whole school are focusing all of their learning around the book: Here we are: Notes for living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers. This wonderful picture book will take us on a journey through a series of heartfelt notes introducing planet Earth. From land and sky, to people and time, the notes explore what makes the world and how we live it. We will be using the book to re-establish our class and whole school community, focusing on important messages such as kindness and to inspire our writing, reading and to create some beautiful artwork too.

 

Shining Star - Maisy Florio

Red Nose Day - It's time to be funny for money!

 To celebrate Red Nose Day, we did something funny for money. We came into school wearing something funny like our clothes on backwards or wearing underwear over our trousers. In the afternoon, we told jokes to our class mates. We really enjoyed this and heard lots of funny jokes.

Archie Wolsey's joke

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Being an athelete- (Article 29 - Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities.)

In week 4, we were very lucky to have someone come in on Thursday to teach us how to play cricket. We started with a warm up which tested our listening skills. This would later help us when we worked together in a teams. After this, we got into teams and took it in turns to hit and field. We started with quite a large ball to help with our hitting and catching skills and then as time progressed and we got better, we were using a tennis ball. We had so much fun and Miss CJ was so impressed with our batting skills. 

Being an artist- (Article 29 - Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities.)

In week 4, we have been focusing on drawing in our art lessons. We started by listening to some music and drawing how the music made us feel. It was so interesting to see the different drawings our classmates had done. After this, we focused on shapes starting with lines. We then moved onto squares and rectangles, swirls and loops and to finish with circles.

 

This then helped up the focus on the main activity. We are going to be drawing people so we started by looking at the body and what shapes we think it is made up of. One person stood at the front of the class and we drew them using squares and rectangles (strange, we know!) but it actually worked! We were then able to round off the squares and rectangles using a range of sketching techniques. We were all pretty impressed with our outcomes and looking forward to working towards our final piece. 

Being an outdoor learner - (Article 29 Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities. It should also help you learn to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people.)

In Week 3, we were lucky enough to go outside to do some learning. The sun was shining so we headed out to make tree faces. We had to use resources from the environment to make faces on the trees. Some of us used mud for glue, leaves for eyes, grass for hair and sticks for mouths. Miss CJ was very impressed with the different faces we created and the different resources we made. 

Being an Athlete - (Article 24 You have the right to the best health care possible... information to help you stay well.)

In Week 3, we started netball with Mr Jones. We started by focusing on our throwing skills. To start with, we looked at the chest past. We worked in groups of 5 with someone stood in the middle. We had to use chest past to throw the netball around the group. We had lots of fun and can't wait for our next lesson. 

Being a Purple Learner (Article 29: the aims of education) 

In Week 3, we revisited what it meant to be a Purple Learner, which we know can also be described as a successful learner. It was really useful to recap our suggestions of 'helpful talk' and 'movers' and demonstrate these skills in discussions with our talk partners and in talk trios. We revised what 'the struggle' looked like and discussed how magnificent mistakes truly are since we cannot move our learning forward without them. Finally, we wrote ourselves a positive self-encouragement note and wore them on our jumpers for the day. Take a look at some below!

Lockdown 

The first two weeks of Term 4 were our final two weeks of online learning. During the first week, we developed a fantastic understanding of fronted adverbial phrases when 'Being a Writer'. Whilst 'Being a Mathematician', we learned about measurements. We started by learning about length using mm, cm, m and km then we learned about mass using g and kg.

 

In addition to the fantastic learning we have been doing, we became historians and continued learning about Anglo-Saxons. Throughout our second week, we celebrated World Book Day and explored alternative versions of Twisted Fairytales. We have created superb comic strips,drop the egg challenge and enhanced our skills by creating a news report based on the fall of Humpty Dumpty ! We are so proud of the work that 4CJ have produced and cannot wait to see them back in the classroom. Take a look below at our wonderful work. 

Term 3

How can we change farming so there is food for everyone?

This term, our class book is The Good Garden by Katie Milway. The book is set in Hondouras in South America, where the lives are the people are very different to the lives we lead in England. Through this book, we will be focusing on a variety of genres helping us to incorporate our targets and skills we learn. Our class book links to the concept of farming helping us to answer our enquiry questions - 'How can we change farming so there is food for everyone?' We will be learning about the Anglo-Saxons and how they used farming. We will also be learning about the digestive system and its functions and why we have teeth and why they're important. This all fits hand in hand with our Global Goal - Zero Hunger where we will delve deep into the world of fairness and sustainability when it comes to food and the earth's natural resources.

Lock-Down 2021

This term, we have become incredible technologists by completing our school work online - something nobody else has ever had to do before! Because we were told to stay at home and stay safe, 4CJ have continued to explore and apply new learning and challenge themselves in everything that they do. Whilst ‘Being Wrtiers’, we have developed a wonderful understanding of inverted commas, progressive tenses and apostrophes to show singular possession. When ‘Being Mathematicians’, we have learned how to multiply 3 digits by 1 digit, divide by 10 and 100 and learned all about factor pairs. We have also persevered with sequencing skills whilst ‘Being a Reader’. We have enjoyed activities based on Safer Internet Day and Mental Health Week as well as weekly virtual meets where we can see our friends and play fun games including scavenger hunts. Here is a just a small sample of what 4CJ have been getting up to over Term 3. Keep up the wonderful work Year 4, you are amazing!

Term 2 

This term we are going to continue with our enquiry 'How can one person make a difference?' We learned a lot so far but over the new few weeks, we'll start to use our skills to complete our challenge 'Create a Banksy Style Mural' .

Term 2 Shining Star

Term 2 Shining Star - Amadou Deme

Uploaded by Rebecca Carlile-Jones on 2020-12-18.

Being Mathematicians- Article 28 Access to education

We had a great morning taking part in a Christmas morning with lots of other schools in South Gloucestershire. We had lots of fun puzzles and mathematical challenges to solve, some being really tricky! We particularly enjoyed the Christmas tree consecutive number puzzle and the 12 days of Christmas scrabble maths.

Being authors  - Article 29 Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities

Even though we have been isolating, it has not stopped us from doing some absolutely fabulous learning. This week, we wrote Prove its using the targets we have been focusing on during our home learning. We have worked incredibly hard and our computer skills are really improving! See if you can spot some similes and some compound sentences.

Making recycled sea creatures- Article 29 -Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities.

During our time home learning we have been focusing on the Global Goal 14 - Life Underwater. We have learnt all about the problems facing the oceans and the creatures that live within them, particularly with plastic waste. We expressed our passion towards the problems our sea creatures are facing due to pollution and littering by making own sea creature using recyclable materials. 

No Pens Day! - Article 29 Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities.

In week 3, we started the week off with 'No Pens Monday'. This was something totally new to us but we enjoyed every single minute. It is as simple as it says - no pens all day! We couldn't wait to find out what there was in store for us! The aim of the day was to help improve our oracy skills. Oracy skills include listening, talking, presenting, discussing and debating. During our writing, we worked with our partners. We were given a picture which one of us wasn't allowed to see and the other had to describe as best as possible so we could draw it. It was so fun! During our maths time, we discussed lots of reasoning questions which help when it comes to writing our Prove Its. Then in the afternoon, we planned a protest about climate change and racial equality. We really enjoyed ourselves and cannot wait for the next one!

1- 20 Game

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With one person saying one number at a time, we tried to count to 20 without organising or choosing who is going to speak when.

WOW! - Article 24: You have the right to clean water, nutritious food and a clean environment so that you can stay healthy. Richer countries must help poorer countries achieve this.

To start our new enquiry, we began by discussing what it meant by 'Zero Hunger'. We thought about places all over the world where hunger is a huge problem and the more we thought about it, the more we began to realise it's a problem in all countries. We were shocked to find out that there are children in our country who don't have enough to buy food and this was something for us that hit us quite hard. We discussed the idea of food banks and why these are so important to those who don't have enough money.

 

In the afternoon, we then created our own adverts using green screens to raise awareness for people who don't have enough money and to try and persuade people to donate money or food to help those who are less fortunate than ourselves. Take a look at some of the adverts we created.

Eniola and Fletcher's persuasive advert.

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Bradley and Lauren's persuasive advert

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Isabelle, Skye and Amadou.

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Being Artists - Article 12 You have the right to give your opinion and for adults to listen and take it seriously

In week 3, we completed our challenge and spray painted our Bansky Style Murals. Spray painting was much trickier than we expected it to be but we persevered and completed beautiful designs. We had to carefully consider where the spray paint might go but our finished pieces are something we are truly proud of. Take a look and see if you can guess what our hidden messages are.

Being Artists - Article 29 -Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities.

Our challenge was to create a Banksy Style Mural to represent a message behind this. We focused on Greta Thunberg and Paul Stephenson. We thought carefully about what we wanted our murals to represent and how we wanted them to look. 

 

Because Banksy uses stencils, we decided to use this approach as well. This was much harder than we thought but we persevered and managed to do it. We were so impressed with what we achieved and so was Miss CJ. Take a look at some of our designs. 

Being Athletes- Article 31 the right to play and relax

Today we had a great first day trying out our athletic abilities. We tested our balance skills walking along the bench with a cone on our head, we put our speed bounces to the test over 1 minute and we continued to practise our triple jump. We really enjoyed ourselves and can't wait to see what improvements we make over this term. 

Being Farmers - Article 24 - ...nutritious food, a clean and safe environment, and information to help you stay well.

Every Tuesday this term, we are going to the allotment with Mr Evans. We are going to start to harvest the winter vegetables such a beetroot, carrots, cabbages and onions. We had so much fun learning all about the allotment and helping Mr Evans make sure the soil was nutritious for our delicious vegetables. 

Term 1 

Enquiry Overview: How Can One Person Make A Difference? - Sustainable Development Goal 13 - Climate Action

This term, Year 4 are going to delving into Sustainable Development Goal 13- Climate Action with a focus on how one person can make a difference. Alongside this, we will be doing work based on the book 'Floodlands' by Marcus Sedgwick which is based on a young girl called Zoe who is trapped in Norwich as most of England is under water. Please check our page for updates on our fabulous learning!

Term 1 Shining Star

 

 

Shining Star 4CJ

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Dance routine - Article 29 - Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities.

This term in PE, we have been learning an extremely tricky dance. Miss CJ is super proud of us all with how much we tried and we can all see how much we have improved over the weeks. We really enjoyed learning this dance and we persevered like we have never persevered before! 

 

Here is the website link to the dance: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/physical-education-ks1-ks2-street-dance-masterclass-on-b-boying-and-footwork/zkmf47h 

4CJ's Amazing Street Dance

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E-Safety - Article 16- Right to Protection and Privacy 

In online safety, we learned what it means to be a responsible digital citizen means and how we can be responsible in the digital world. We discussed what it meant by being a digital citizen to start with and what responsibility means. We then created 'Rings of Responsibility' on our whiteboards to show what we were responsible for, what we were responsible for in our community and in our world.

Take a look at some of our ideas:

Being authors - Article 3 - All adults should have the child's best interest 

This week, we have been planning and then writing our own set of instructions on how to carve a spooky pumpkin. We thoroughly enjoyed writing this with Halloween coming up soon! The first thing we did was discuss why we have instructions and what we use them for.Then we looked at a range of instructions and what features they all had. After that, we got planning. To support our learning, we watched a video of someone carving a pumpkin and used this to write our method.

 

Finally, when we had planned our instructions, we got to write them! We absolutely loved writing these and really hope we get to do more instruction writing in the future! Take a look at some of the fantastic instructions we wrote and maybe you could use them to help when you carve your very own spooky pumpkin!

Being Musicians- Article 31- The right to participate in cultural and artistic activities

In week 6, we have been musicians. We have used our scientific knowledge of sound and developed our understanding of pitch, pulse and rhythm. We practiced creating a simple four pulse/beat composition as a class then we worked in small groups to perform our own 16 beat body percussion composition in a round.

Alfie's solo musical performance

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Chloe, Eniola and Amadou's musical performance

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Rowan, Archie, Blake and Lauren's musical performance

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RE - What is a place of worship? - Article 28 You have the right to education

This week, we went to church. We absolutely love going to church and learning about Christians and their religion. For this trip, we had to ask lots of questions about the features of the church. We were taken around by Peter who spoke about the font, the altar, the pews, the pulpit, the organ and the stained glass windows. Did you know the stained glass windows tell a story? It was so interesting to see the pictures and the beautiful art that was on them. We were also told that churches were built in the shape of the cross to represent Jesus but this particular church wasn't. St. Stephen's Church was built 110 years ago. Did you know the pews came from a church in London and they survived World War II bombings? 

Echo Reading - Article 28 - The Right to an education

In week 3, we learned a new skill called Echo Reading. In order to echo read, Miss CJ read a sentence at a time of our text. We had to listen very carefully to the way she used her voice. We then had to echo the way Miss CJ read the sentence. This way, we were able to recognise the use of punctuation and voice. After, we worked with our learning partners and took it in turns to echo read. We then came to the front of the class to show everyone. 

Maisy and Cole

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Sophie and Esme

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Hans, Isabelle and Bradley

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WOW Day! Article 24 - We have the right to...a clean and safe environment. 

To begin our enquiry we started with a WOW day. When we first came into the classroom, we noticed the door. It looked amazing! We had so many questions and couldn't wait to find out more. After discussing the door, we then started to look at protests and spoke about the reasons people protest. It was really interesting to see the different ways people protest such as peaceful protests in order to get their message across. We honed in on the word peaceful and discussed what this meant to us. 

 

When we had finished break, we came in and looked at a range of protest photos and discussed what we liked about them. We then used some of the ideas we had seen and started to design our own protest posters to help save our planet. In the afternoon, we drew onto the cardboard and started to paint. We had so much fun and didn't want the day to end! 

Being Athletes - Article 31 the right to play and relax

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

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