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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

4SF have indoor P.E. on a Monday and outdoor P.E. on a Wednesday.

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

 

Times Table of the Week: 11

4SF's Rights Respecting Class 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.

 

Music Day! Article 31: Rest, Play, Culture and Arts 

On Music Day, we explored music, what it means to us and why it is important. We discussed our favourite genres of music and singers/bands before looking at country music! We explored the classic 9 to 5 by Dolly Parton and performed it! 

Music Day Performance

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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 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 athletes -Article 28 Access to education.

 

During our outdoor P.E lessons this term with Mr Gill we have been learning how to play hockey. We have learnt how to hold the sticks, how to pass and how to mark our opponent. We have had lots of fun practising these skills in a game in small groups and can not wait to play a big class game and learn more skills.

Being athletes -Article 28 Access to education.

 

During our indoor P.E lessons this term we are focusing on dance. We are creating a dance based on circles and counting in 8 beats. We have learned a chorus and made our own parts with our partners so far. We cannot wait to finish the dance and put it to music. 

Red Nose Day

 

We started red nose day with a whole school assembly and listened to Declan and Morgan tell their fantastic jokes. We then learnt about Teddy and discussed how we might have some challenges in our life and what we can do to help us. After break, we had a fun red nose and spoon race. Mcewan won all the races and 4BD won overall. We then did some relaxing red nose day yoga and a whole school quiz. We have really enjoyed our red nose day in school!

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!

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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.

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Anthony's speech

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Esmie's speech

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Being Athletes - Article 28 Access to Education

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Today we combined all of our gymnastics skills we have learnt over the past 6 weeks to make our own dance routine to music to perform to eachother. We did so well and Miss Fox was really impressed with how well we worked together in our teams!

Chinese New Year!

We were so lucky to have a special chinese dance workshop to celebrate Chinese New Year this week. We used parasols and a Chinese dragon to create a fun dance routine learning about traditions and rituals which are followed by those in the Chinese community. We had so much fun!

Being a Mathematician- Article 17 Access to Information

 

As part of our Maths day,  all of our learning was based around animals and maths. We have created a fact sheet about animals' poos equivalent in fruit using data from a website.Then we put them in order from biggest to smallest.

During our workshop, we had to order different animals from lightest in weight to heaviest. We have discovered some very interesting facts! We did an investigation that involved teeth and fractions. We had to count how many teeth we have altogether and what fraction of that are 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. 

 

After the workshop, we read some very interesting facts about animal waste and have answered some comprehension questions linked to this. We were so excited that we wanted to find even more facsinating facts.

In the afternoon, we made no-bake cookies and used our fact files from earlier to make different animals' waste products out of the cookies. Who knew poo could taste so good!

Being athletes -Article 28 Access to education.

 

During our outdoor P.E lessons this term we are learning the techniques for netball. We have been practising a chest pass, chest bounce pass and today we learned what we need to do when our feet land. We learned that we are only able to move one foot and pivot around on that spot. We first practised moving with our feet then turning around to throw the ball to our team. 

Being athletes -Article 28 Access to education.

 

During our lesson, we learnt how to use our coordination skills to use opposite hands to opposite feet. Then it was made even trickier by trying to reach behind as well as in front. The last thing was to reach under twice. This was just the warm up!

On the balance beams we learnt that if 'we look where we want to go', use good posture and straight feet then we will be able to balance properly using great coordination.

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Balancing on the beam

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 what formal language is and why it might be used. and had a go at speaking with our 'formal hats' on for different situations. Being mathemeticians we learned how to divide by 10 and 100 using counters and place value headings. Then, we learned all about Banksy by using our oracy skills to pick apart the text and summarising the information without stopping for one minute. We have really enjoyed using all of our oracy skills today!

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.

Term 2 Shining Star!

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Maths day!

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 from that, we then had an amazing workshop lead by Lilly who shared with us 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.

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, arts.

What a fantastic day we have had! It started by a visiting poet coming in and amazing us with his poetry. He taught us about poetry which was great fun. We spent the day learning a poem off by heart to perform later in the day. We used actions to help us and thought carefully about how to use our oracy skills to help with the performance. 

Engage Day!

Article 6: Life, survival and development

Today we had so much fun spending some time in the allotment. Mr Evans taught us what an allotment is, what it is used for and the history of allotments. We were able to try some herbs such as rosemary and mint as well as picking and eating fresh strawberries. We also dug up some potatoes, spring onions and picked some sweetcorn and rhubarb. 

Library time!

Article 17: Acess to information

Today we spent some time in the afternoon going to the library to enjoy and share some of the new books. We loved sharing some of the stories with each other and relaxing in this space. 

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.

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. 

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