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In Term 6, Year 4 will be exploring all the amazing things the Romans introduced to the United Kingdom . We will be learning about exciting new ideas that the Romans used to make everyday life easier. We will be experimenting with aqueducts, use maps to explore roads, create mosaic art pieces and create an invitation using only the Latin language.
We will finish our enquiry by writing a non- chronological report on what we believe the most important entities the Romans have brought to the United Kingdom are. These reports will then be made digital using the google chromebooks.
Our art focus in Term 6 was sculpting. We were given the artist and sculptor Barbara Hepworth to study. We analysed her work and created our own sculptures mimicking her style.
We had fun making costumes. We had to make wrist bands with different coloured flames and some fire themed skirts to go with our tie dyed t-shirts. In the afternoon, we also had a dance workshop to help us prepare for our carnival on Friday.
We enjoyed a great sports day this morning in the beautiful sunshine. First thing, we all did basketball shooting, skipping, speed bounce, tug of war, target throwing and distance running. We then finished off the morning with distance running, sprint and team sprint. Well done to everyone who took part and a special well done to Cosham who came first!
4KA were lucky enough to be visited by Paralympic athlete Jack Rutter this week. It was all a part of an incredible fundraiser held by our school. Jack led a circuit for our class and we used this experience to raise money for new PE equipment for the school.
4KA were lucky enough to sit in on a music workshop dedicated to rock music. It was incredibly interactive and children from the crowd were even allowed to get up and play instruments themselves. The workshop has inspired to try and learn new instruments in the future. Have a look at how we got on:
As a part of our computing enquiry, we used the tool Google X-ray to edit ANY website we wanted. This tool showed us not to believe everything we read online as it is very easy edit content.
What a day! We have had a fantastic day learning all about the Romans and reenacting fights between Romans and the British. We discovered all about Roman soldiers' lives, uniforms and duties as well as learning about how the Romans changed Britain. We even got to be archaeologists and dig up real Roman artefacts! It was a great way to start our new topic!
As Sports Day is right around the corner, 4KA have been practising different events that will feature on the day. Team work is at the centre of everything we do and it was great to see such high levels of encouragement this afternoon. Bring on Sports Day!
Enquiry Overview: What does it mean to belong?
In Term 5, Year 4 will be exploring the fascinating continent of South America and comparing it to the UK. We will be locating and plotting the major countries, cities, rivers and mountains before zooming into Tierra Del Fuego as we discover the life of Jemmy Button through our Power of Reading text.
After following Jemmy’s extraordinary encounters as an outsider in an unfamiliar land and his emotional return home, we will finish our enquiry What does it mean to belong? with a piece of artwork.
As a part of our unit 'Measure' we have been learning about time and what useful strategies we can use to help us tell the time. We then put these strategies to the test and completed the online activity "Telling the time"
For our challenge, we created our own versions of the 10 Commandments. We did this by writing our rules on A5 paper and soaking them in coffee. This gave the effect of an ancient scroll. Have a look at the finished product:
Rhythm and pulse!
As a part of our music enquiry this term, we learned that without rhythm and pulse, a song can't be made. Together we created our very own body percussion to the rhythm of Ed Sheeran's 'Shape of you'. Look how we keep in time with the beat:
With our cross country competition fast approaching, 4KA have stepped up our training. We began our outdoor PE lessons with long distance relay running. Have a look at a preview of the lesson:
We're about to start our new Power of Reading text Jemmy Button so we created some button artwork as our wow.
The Ten Commandments!
4KA looked at what rules the Jewish faith follow. We learnt about the Ten Commandments and how they must be followed to be close to God. We then created a diamond nine to arrange the commandments in order of importance.
A day to remember...
Our RE unit this term looks at celebrations. As part of this, we thought about the special church services and celebrations that are happening over the Easter holidays. We designed posters to remind people of the significance of these days.
Isle of Tune
Today we looked at a piece of music production software called Isle of Tune (click on the link below if you want to have a go!) After exploring the software, we then learnt the names of the different music notes and had a go at creating a road that played the tune Yankee Doodle!
To finish off our enquiry, we created venn diagrams in groups to highlight the similarities between us and gorillas. We also shared what we had learnt about food chains and how important a food chain is for the human race to stay alive. Have a look at our incredibly detailed presentations:
World Book Day
What a fantastic day! We dressed as our favourite book characters and 4KA looked phenomenal in their costumes. So much thought had clearly gone into each costume and we were happy to share our favourite books and the characters.
In school we read the book 'Friend or Foe' by Michael Morpurgo about a boy who was evacuated from his home in London during World War 2. It was an extremely emotional book which made us consider what life must have been like for David and all the other children who were evacuated whilst learning a little about WW2. We thought about what we might take with us, had we been in his shoes. We then created booklets and evacuation posters to immerse ourselves in the story.
We were lucky enough to have Year 5 take us for a PE session in which we played castles. This game developed our team skills and defending skills whilst giving us a fantastic workout. We had so much fun! Thank you Year 5!
This term, we are very lucky to have Bristol Sport come in to support us develop our hockey skills. We will focus on dribbling, passing and tackling to improve our game. St Stephen's will be an unstoppable sporting school once we are done!
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, their habitats 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 video presentation based around a Venn diagram.
For our Wow Day we went to Bristol Zoo. We explored all of the different animals and had a workshop about food chains and teeth. We got to hold some hissing cockroaches, stroke a slithery snake and pet a wriggling rat. We had a fantastic time.
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.
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!
Challenge - Robot heads!
4KA 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!
This term, we are looking to improve our skills in netball. We will practise passing, shooting, balance, pivoting and moving into space. Once we have a strong understanding of the game, we will finish Term 3 with a netball tournament. Have a look at our introduction to netball:
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.
We kicked off Term 3 with fractions. A concrete lesson helped us to understand what a fraction actually is. It started with just a piece of paper. This was our whole. From this, we were able to break our paper down into smaller fractions. Have a look at how we got on:
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.
After slowing revealing the beginning of Iron Man, we made robots out of junk in groups. In the afternoon, we watched the film Robots.
4KA will have outdoor P.E on a Tuesday and indoor P.E on a Thursday
To immerse ourselves in the wonderful story of The Green Ship, we looked at different brush techniques to really bring the story to life. This was a two- step process. First, we selected the right brushes to select the back ground using a variety of colours we mixed ourselves. Then, once the background had dried, we used fine liners to add detail to our piece.
Have a look a what we learnt during our art day and the wonderful green ships we produced as a result:
We held a debate on whether or not we would chose to be Athenians or Spartans if we were alive in Ancient Greece. Have a look at how it went:
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.
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.
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!
Year 4 hockey!
This Term, 4KA will be developing our hockey skills to help us perform better in a game situation. These skills will include 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. Have a look at how our lessons have been going so far:
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!
4KA will have indoor PE on a Tuesday and outdoor PE on a Thursday.
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.
Thanks to everyone who came to watch our Harvest performance. The support from the parents and guardians gave us the confidence to perform clearly.
States of matter!
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. 4KA were very intrigued by solids turning into liquids and we now know ice takes the longest time to melt and that chocolate takes the shortest amount of time. Have a look at the experiment below:
This term, we have the pleasure of Bristol Rugby teaching Year 4 how to play badminton. We will begin with the basics with the aim of progressing to playing a tournament of badminton at the end of the term. Have a look at our exciting start to the sport.
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 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 44 seconds. Well done 4KA!
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!