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W/c: 5th February 2018 

Marvellous multiplication

These week we have been continuing to develop our strategies for solving multiplication problems. We started by thinking of different ways to represent multiplication problems in different ways. 

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We then moved onto solving 2 digit x 1 digit multiplication problems. 

 

After  half term, we will be multiplying three numbers. You could practise these questions to get a head start: 

 

3 x 4 x 7                               5 x 6 x 9                                         6 x 4 x 8 

W/c: 29th January 2018 

Braving the weather... 

It was time for our third forest school session on Wednesday and we all came to school prepared to get going. However, as we were taking the register we were disappointed to hear the sound of rain falling outside. The children really didn't want to cancel the forest school session and after practising our clover hitch knots again in the classroom we decided to brave the weather. 

 

As we walked outside, the rain got lighter and lighter- and by the time we had reached the back field we were amazed to find it had stopped altogether.
 

We were given the task of making a boat that followed the design criteria: 

  • It has to float
  • It has to contain clove hitch knots.

 

Have a look at the pictures to see how we got on... 

W/c: 22nd January 2018 

Literacy 

This week, we have started thinking about our entries for the BBC Radio 2 500 word competition. 

We found our inspiration in our outdoor environment and went looking for living things around the school grounds. We then imagined that one day we woke up as one of these creatures- we used some fabulous descriptive language to describe what we saw. 

 

On Wednesday, bad weather meant we brought our forest school lesson to the classroom. We learnt how to make a clove hitch knot, to join wood together to make a photo frame. 

Then we created settings for our stories inside the frames and used these to do more fantastic writing! 

W/c: 15th January 2018 

Trip to the woods... 

This term, we will be taking part in a six week forest school project. We started it this week by visiting the woods on Wednesday. 

 

First we explored the woods and looked for an 'interesting' thing. The children came up with some fabulous stories to go with their interesting thing! 

 

Next, we used the natural environment to create some metaphors.  

After that, we discussed the skill of foraging and thought about the things that were safe to collect and the things we should avoid. 
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We worked as a team to create our own Viking long ships. We think we did a really good job: 

W/c: 8th January 2018 

Maths 

This week in Maths, we have been identifying 2d shapes and their properties. We have learnt new names for different quadrilaterals and types of  triangles. We have also learnt to group these into venn and carroll diagrams. 

 

Here we are on Tuesday, when we went spotting shapes in our outdoor environment:

 

Viking longships

We have begun our enquiry of 'Set Sail'. We started the week by thinking of questions that we would like to find out about the Vikings. Some examples of these are: How long did they stay on the boats for? Did they dance and celebrate? Why did they invade other countries? 

 

We looked at the countries where they originated from on a map and thought about how they would have travelled to Great Britain. We then read some information about Viking longships- and created our own! This also ties into our art lesson, where we were considering different types of paint and colour mixing. 

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W/c: 1st January 2017 

Happy New Year! 

We have had a fantastic start to 2018 this week. In Literacy, we have enjoyed reading a range of poetry and wrote some fantastic versions of 'The magic box' by Kit Owen. We even learnt how to use metaphors and similes to create imagery. 

 

In Maths, we have been securing our understanding of place value and learnt to partition numbers in different ways. We were also introduced to the website Timetables Rock Stars. The children loved creating their own rock star avatars and competed against one another to earn coins. This website can also be used at home and it will help the children to practise their times tables whilst improving their recall and fluency. All of the children should have brought home their usernames and passwords on Friday. 

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W/c: 11th December 2017 

This week we have been busy preparing lots of Christmas crafts to bring home! We have certainly had fun covering ourselves (and our classroom) in glitter and sequins. 

 

First we made our hats ready for the Christmas meal:

Next we made our calendars and our cards. 
Finally we made our wreath decorations: 

This week we also received an early gift... a building area! We have enjoyed exploring different structures that can be made from the bricks and even found ways to apply our Maths and History learning. 

 

One child made her own Stone Age Skara Brae structure, she then used her addition and multiplication skills to find the area an the perimeter of her building. 

W/c: 4th December 2017 

Science: changing rocks. 

In our Science lessons this week, we have been considering how rocks change over time. We learnt about both erosion and weathering and discussed their affects on different types of rocks. 

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History

In History, we learnt about Stone Henge and it's many mysteries! We created some lovely artwork based on this. 

W/c: 27th November 2017 

Pop Art  

In our Art lessons, we have been looking at Pop Art. We have focused upon the artwork of Andy Warhol. We discussed our opinions of his artwork and thought about why he choose to use the techniques that he did. 

We then created some of our own versions using paint, pastels and felt tip pens. 

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W/c: 20th November 2017 

Stone Age day 

On Monday 20th November, the children in Year 3 and 4 arrived at school dressed like stone age boys and girls. 

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We all chose our own stone age names and used our imaginations to create our own character profiles. We were told that we had moved to Manea because wehad followed footprints of bison and woolly mammoths- and being hunter gatherers we move to where the food was. We considered why Manea would be a good place to build a settlement. The children suggested things like lots of flat land, water and shelter in the woods. So off we set, to build our own shelters in the woods (we had to pretend the materials used were actually animal skins!). 
Whilst we were there, we also spoke about Stone Age weapons and thought about how we would hunt these animals. We found out that people on the Stone Age would use sharpened flint to make tools- we used the knives to create the same effect when making our very own spears. 
Back at school, we went hunting! 
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In the afternoon, there were two activities for us to complete. The first required us to write a diary entry using simple pictures and symbols with charcoal- but we had to lay under the tables to do this! 
The second, was to make Stone Age jewellery. We hollowed out willow to create beads and threaded shells onto string. We also used the shells to do some Maths. 

W/c: 13th November 2017 

Celebrating difference

This week, we have been celebrating differences! We have thought about what makes us special and unique. We also looked at different types of families and realised it doesn't matter what our family looks like as long as it's filled with love and happiness! We thought of what family meant to us, some children said "They look after me when I'm ill" and "They make hot chocolates!". 

 

In addition to this, we watched a range of videos that showed some people being pushed away because of their differences- this led to a lot of interesting discussions and two new displays for our classroom. 

On Friday, we used everything that we had learnt to write our own celebrating difference poems: 

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W/c: 6th November 2017 

Fossils Galore! 

After counting down the days for weeks, Thursday was the day that we finally had a visit from Fossils Galore. We met Jamie and Sarah, who showed us a range of fossils and giant bones. They also told us lots of new facts about how humans developed during the stone age, we were surprised to find out that the tallest man would have only been around 4 ft and that they used shells and bones as money! We also learnt lots of interesting facts about stone age animals and had the opportunity to ask some of the questions that we had e.g. 'In a fight, who would win: a modern day lion or a cave lion?'. 

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Sarah and Jamie also helped to understand how fossils are discovered and we got to search for different artefacts in sand. 
On Friday, we discussed what we had learnt about fossils and how they are formed. We also thought about all of the facts which we had discovered about Stone Age animals. We put all of this information together and created our own Stone Age fossilised footprints out of clay! 
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Maths

This week, we have been discussing place value. We learnt about decimals and identified tenths and hundredths as pictures, fractions and decimals. On Thursday, we played a game of pairs where we had to match the fractions to the decimals (some of us got very competitive). 

W/c: 30th October 2017 

Harvest festival art

As we are in the season of harvest, we have been studying the artist Giuseppe Acrimboldo, who created portraits out of fruits and vegetables. Some of us thought this were very clever- but also quite funny. 

 

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We have been creating some of our own versions, using everything that we have learnt about shading and colour. 

W/c: 9th October 2017 

Music

In our Music lessons, we have been thinking about how to create a Stone Age cave scene using music. Last week, we used instruments to create sounds such as dripping water, roaring fires and animal footsteps. This week we used the keyboards to add a backing track. We can't wait to put it together next week. 

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Art

As we are in the harvest season, we have been looking at creating art with fruits and vegetables. On Wednesday, we looked at the work of Giuseppe Arcimboldo. We then practised sketching different fruits using a range of pencils. We think our work is really effective. 

W/c: 3rd October 2017 

Celebrating differences

 

This week we have thought about how everybody is different and we decided it was a great thing! We spoke about different stereotypes and how they didn't apply to our class e.g. boys always love football and girls always like the colour pink. We also discussed different families and relationships and read stories such as "Worm loves worm" and "Tango makes three". 

W/c: 25th September 2017 

DT week!

 

We have had a fabulous week this week completing challenges to develop our skills of designing, making and evaluating. All of our challenges were based around the book 'Ug' by Raymond Briggs. 

 

Challenge 1: Make new trousers for Ug

We started this challenge by completing market research to help develop our design criteria for our products. We then designed four new pairs of trousers and asked our classmates to vote for their favourite. Next we faced the task of making the trousers using new sewing skills. Come and see some of our trousers on display at the market place on Monday! 

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Challenge 2: Design a new meal for Ug

In the story, Ug only ate meat- we discussed healthy eating and the food groups and realised he was missing some things to ensure he had a balanced diet. We decided to create a fruit stew, we weighed out our ingredients (and even had to divide the measurements in the recipe by four!) and then cooked it on the fire. 

W/c: 18th September 2017 

Amazing addition: 

In Maths this week, we have been working hard to solve a range of addition sums. We started by using practical resources to add and progressed to partitioning on a number line. We also learnt about the equals side and began to balance equations- we found it quite tricky but persevered until we found success. On Friday we applied all of this to solving word problems, which were in our outdoor environment. It was great to hear lots of mathematical vocabulary being used. 

Natural Art 

We have been learning about Stone age cave art. We thought about the materials which would have been used and considered how we could make our own art using the resources in our local environment. We managed to get some really vivid colours using dandelions and grass and quite enjoyed getting our hands muddy! 

W/c: 11th September 2017 

Our first full week in year four has been a real success! Have a look at what we have been doing below- don't forget our welcome meeting is on Monday straight after school in the hall. We'd love to see as many parents there as possible. 

 

ROCK AND ROLL!

We have started our new 'rock and roll' topic this week, by learning all about the Stone age! In Literacy, we have been reading the story Ug by Raymond Briggs. We have really enjoyed describing the characters in the story, writing dialogue between characters and predicting the ending of the story using role-play. We were also able to continue the story in the style of the author. Here are some of our comic strips:

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This story really sparked our interest in the Stone Age. One child was really intrigued by how Ug would have got his food and decided to use the class laptop to research Stone Age weapons. He was soon joined by others who were also interested. 
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We also noticed that Ug painted on the wall in the story. We came up with lots of questions about this including 'What did they paint?' and 'How did they paint on the walls?'. We found some of our answers by looking at photos of cave paintings and decided to have a go at creating our own using charcoal and paper. 

W/c: 4th September 2017

The children have settled quickly into life in year four and have worked extremely hard this week in a range of lessons. 

 

Maths

In Maths this week, we have been working hard to recognise the place value of numbers with up to 4 digits. We started by building numbers using base ten, before learning how to use pictures to represent numbers. Towards the end of the week we used this to order numbers and position them on a number line.

Please note: Our PE days will be on Mondays and Tuesdays. Please make sure your children have their PE kits in school on these days. 

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