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Welcome to our class webpage where you can find out about our amazing learning journey. You will find 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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4HN will have indoor PE on Thursday and outdoor PE on Tuesday. Please ensure your child comes into school in the correct kit

 

Words of the week: entrepreneur, appreciation and partially.

Times Table of the week: 11s and 3s!

Our Rights Respecting Class Charter 

 

Term 4

Enquiry Overview: How do we save electricity?
This term, our focus is the Sustainable Development Goal 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy alongside Article  we are going to be investigating ways to help save electricity. Firstly, we will begin by looking at what sorts of things run on electricity and whether we need these items or not. After this, we will begin to identify 'hidden electricity' this is where components are left switched on yet we never use/rarely use them. Alongside this, we will be using the book 'The Firework Maker's Daughter' by Philip Paulman. We are really looking forward to this term so we can find ways to help look after our planet by using electricity efficiently and effectively. 

Science - 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.

 

Thi week it has been British Science week and we were lucky enough to have Mad Mark come in and give us an amazing science workshop. He showed us lots of cool experiments including using an air bazooka and shooting air at us, making a bubble filled with smoke inside and used fire in a test tube to expand it. Also, he showed us how gravity works. We loved Mad Mark because he made lots of jokes and we did lots of hands on activities. We have had a very fun and enjoyable week learning all about science!

World Book Day - 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.

We really enjoyed World Book Day as it was great to see everyone dressed up in their costumes as their favourite book characters. Our class had lots of Harry Potter Characters! We started the day with a bit of book speed-dating, where we shared our favourite books with everyone to try and persuade them to read it as well. We also went and shared a book with another in 6CW and we even got to eat a biscuit!

To end the day, each class learned and performed a poem in assembly. 4HN used the poem 'The British' by Benjamin Zephaniah. The poem looked at respect and justice, treating everybody equally no matter where they are from. We drew pictures to represent the different countries and added them to the mixing pot which is Britain.

WOW! (Article 27 You have the right to food, clothing, a safe place to live and to have your basic needs met...)

We had a wonderful start to our Year 4 enquiry with our WOW. We had 3 different activities. The first activity we became explorers and went on a fact-finding mission around the school to find out about different forms of electricity. The second activity we became investigators. Our teacher put wires, bulbs and batteries on our tables and we were told to explore. We managed to light the bulb and added more batteries to make the bulb brighter. For our last activity, we became researchers so we created a presentation informing people how to stay safe when using electricity. We really enjoyed our WOW and can't wait to keep learning about electricity.

Term 3

"What would happen if humans only ate one type of food?"

 

Article 24: 

You have a right to the best health possible, food, clean water and medicine to keep you healthy. You have a right to information that will help you to stay well.

Enquiry Overview: "What would happen if humans only ate one type of food?"

This term, we will  continue to learn about the Sustainable Development Goals, focusing on Goal 2- Zero Hunger. As a planet, it is our aim to achieve zero hunger by 2030. We couldn't believe how many people don't have enough food to help them survive, even in this country! To help with our learning and understanding, we are going to learn about balanced diets, what we need as humans to make sure we are healthy, food choices people make such as being a vegan or vegetarian, why people don't have equal access to food and how much food is wasted around the world. At the end of our enquiry, we hope to have a better understanding of our diets and to make sure we don't waste food.

Our text this term is 'Under the Hawthorn Tree' by Marita Conlon-McKenna. This book is about the struggle during the Irish Potatoe Famine and the daily struggles to find something to  eat. This has really brought it to life with our enquiry 'Zero Hunger'. 

Computing - Article 8: You have the right to an identity...Article 16 You have the right to privacy.

On Tuesday 11th February it was Safer Internet Day. We spent the day learning about our identity and how our identities can reveal quite a lot about us. We spoke about the importance of keeping ourselves safe online and making sure we speak to our parents if we are ever worried about something. As one of the activities, we filled in a spin wheel with details about how we use the internet. From the information given, we had to work out which spin wheel belonged to which person. It really showed how good we are at hiding our identity online after last term's lesson on private and personal information. 

Class Assembly - Article 13: You have a right to find out things...

This week, we had our class assembly. We were so excited to show our parents what we had learned so far in term 3. We set up 5 stations: Teeth, Malnutrition, Digestive System, Food Chains and Healthy Eating. We used what we knew already to make each of stations informative and interactive. Through the use of effective team work and communication skills we were able to creative fantastic stations. We were given full control over what we did and it was great to be able to use our own ideas and work together to adapt and problem solve with our team.  It was so much fun and really hope our parents loved it as well. 

Musical Theatre Assembly - Article 29: Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities. 

Today we had a fantastic time watched a brilliant, musical assembly hosted by King's Oak Academy. We couldn't believe how confident the students were and how many songs we recognised! It was great to hear about them being brave and courageous when facing their nerves of performing - perfectly fitting for our Mental Health Week.

Musical Theatre Assembly

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Mental Health Week - Article 27: You have the right to a standard of living that is good enough to meet your physical, social and mental needs.

This week, we have been focused on mental health and what it means to be brave. We have had a range of activities each day which made us think about how to be brave and what helps us be brave. We also brought in things to share with our classmates and explained how it supported us through more challenging times and how it represents bravery.

See our bravery cartoons:

Science -  teeth and enamel - Article 28: You have the right to a quality education.

This term in science, we have been looking at the digestive system. In doing this, we looked at teeth and the importance they have. We discussed the different type of teeth we have and why each one is shaped the way it is and the function they all have. With this, we discussed how it is important that we look after our teeth. Using eggs, as they have the same make up as the enamel on our teeth, we experimented to see which drink would cause the most damage. We placed an egg in lemonade with zero sugar, orange juice, coke and water. Have a look at the pictures below to see the outcomes. We were all very shocked at the results. 

Playpod - Article 31: You have the right to relax and play in a wide range of activities.

Today we got to explore what is in the playpod! It was such fun creating our own games out of things people have donated. We thought about how to use the equipment safely and in a fair way, and explored our imaginations to create fun, new games. We can't wait to use these during break and lunch!

PE - Article 24: You have the right to the best health care possible...and information to help you stay well.

This term is off to a great start in P.E. We love having Bristol Sport here to teach us the key skills to become football superstars! On our first lesson, we practised passing and stopping the ball, ensuring we use the correct part of our foot to kick the ball. We will also learn about defending, shooting and learning all the important rules of the game. We can't wait for tournaments! 

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.

We've really enjoyed delving into our new Global Goal enquiry! We learnt about what Zero Hunger means and how starvation impacts upon people both in the UK and abroad. We were so surprised to find out how much some people in our country struggle to find food, even those who we might not expect. We were introduced to how much food banks support people in the UK and we really felt passionate about wanting to support those in need. We created our own adverts to ask those who are more fortunate to help those who are less fortunate in our world.

Zero hunger advert

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Term 2

"How can one person make a difference?"

 

Article 24: 

You have a right to the best health possible, food, clean water and medicine to keep you healthy. You have a right to information that will help you to stay well.

Enquiry Overview: "How can one person make a difference?"

This term, we will learning about the Sustainable Development Goals, focusing on Goal 13- Climate Action. We will be focusing on people who carry out peaceful protests, how individuals make a difference and how we as individuals can make a difference. We are also going to explore a different range of artists, mainly Banksy, who create messages in their artwork. As our challenge, we are going to create our own artwork creating a message behind what we make. 

Graffiti Prove it

(Article 13 - The right to find out things and say what you think, through making art, speaking and writing, unless it breaks the rights of others)

 

After learning all about how one person can make a difference, we chose people who we felt inspired by and that had made a clear impact upon others. We then developed graffiti which represented the people, their achievements and what their beliefs were. We want others to see these and be inspired to voice their opinions and begin the butterfly effect on a topic they think worthy. 

Christmas Service

(Article 29- The right to use and develop our talents and abilities)

 

4RM did an incredible job of explaining the true meaning of Christmas today at the church. They all spoke so clearly and confidently and should be extremely proud of themselves. Well done!

Ukulele Performance

(Article 29- The right to use and develop our talents and abilities)

 

Today we showcased our new found ukulele skills for our family and Year 3! A whole half an hour of our beautiful singing and playing! I think it is safe to say that everyone was impressed with our ability to learn new chords, read music and sing all at once.

PE

(Article 24 - the right to the best health care possible...and information to help you stay well)

 

This term, we are learning how to play netball. We have learnt many new skills; chest passing, bounce passing, overhead throwing and pivoting. We have been focussing on our hand positions, feet and how we distribute weight when we pass. We have been practising intercepting too by playing piggy in the middle! We have had a great time!

Debate - is graffiti right or wrong?

(Article 12 - the right to an opinion and for adults to listen and take it seriously)

 

After learning more about graffiti, we made a list of for and against graffiti to help us form an opinion of whether it is right or wrong. We then used our oracy skills to debate our points and put our ideas forward.

Jigsaw - understanding bullying

(Article 19 - The right to be protected from being hurt or badly treated)

 

Today we thought about the affect bullying has on the people involved. We saw a short clip about a girl being bullied, discussed what bullying is and what it looks like. We put ourselves in the position of the victim and thought about the way it would make us feel. Then we thought about what it would feel like to be a witness of bullying and what we would do.

Yamahah Music Assembly

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We had a fab time listening to some live music, learning more about beats and rhythm as well as joining in to support the band.

WOW!

(Article 12 - the right to an opinion and for adults to listen and take it seriously)

 

We have had so much fun today! This term we are looking at the Global Goal: Climate Action. This is all about educating people about saving our planet from global warming, making sure we are breathing clean air and helping our wildlife. To start our wow, we looked at protests and discussed why people protest. Then we read about people such as Greta Thunberg, Malala Yousafzai, Karim Wasfi and Paul Stephenson. We spoke about the protests they held and why they felt the need to protest. We then looked at the word 'peaceful' and what we felt this word meant. We put peaceful and protest together and decided the people we looked at carry out peaceful protests.

 

To enhance our understanding about protests, we were then given time to design our own protest posters. In the afternoon, we painted them. We have all done such different and amazing designs. What a way to start our new enquiry!! 

Term 1

 

Enquiry Overview: 

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?

Why does it snow?

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We researched online and used our knowledge of the water cycle to the answer to 'Why does it snow?'. We wrote our presentations and used our oracy skills to present our findings.

Synagogue visit

 

Today we were lucky enough to visit our local synagogue in Easton. We learnt so much from Iris about the Jewish faith and the key features of a synagogue. It was amazing to see a 200 year old Torah (Jewish holy book) in real life and we were so impressed that it was written by hand and took a year to write! 

Ukulele lessons

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What fun! Year 4 are very lucky this term to be having weekly ukulele lessons. We had such fun in our first lesson and listen to how great we sound!

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.

Hockey

 

In Term 1, our outdoor P.E. focus is hockey! During our first lesson, we made ourselves familiar with the hockey stick and how to hold them. We then began to develop our control of the ball by dribbling it in and out of cones which we found rather challenging! By the end of the term, we will be playing fantastic matches to show off our new skills!

Oracy

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This term, we are focussing on the development of our oracy skills. We role played different scenarios in which we speak differently to people depending on the situation. Here is an example of our more formal speech during an interview.

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.

Collaborative Learning

 

We have been learning about what a '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. 

Wow!

 

We kick started our enquiry by making snow! It was great fun! We couldn't believe how it expanded to make so much when we added a few drop of water. After touching it, we created a bank of adjectives and verbs to describe snow to support our writing later.

We went outside and played with it while the sun shone which was a strange feeling! Who would have thought it could snow in summer?

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