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Spring 2 Week 5 W/B 22/3/21

We have had another great week this week! In Science, we have been learning about electricity. We made our own simple circuits to make a bulb light up. Then, we added another bulb to the circuit and observed what happened and thought about why. We have also been testing various objects to investigate which materials will conduct electricity. We found that metal is a good conductor and materials such as wood, plastic and wool are insulators. 

We have loved our short Art project with Mrs Clitheroe over the last two weeks! We have used lots of different skills to create Tutankhamun’s death mask. First, we drew the outline of the mask. This was tricky as there are lots of lines! This week, we have been painting the red, gold and blue colours. We had to use very fine brushes to make sure that the colours did not run. We are so proud of our fantastic art work! 

This week in PE, we took part in an obstacle course. We had to completed different challenges using lots of different skills such as skipping, dribbling a football, balancing, throwing a bean bag into a hoop target and jumping over hurdles! We have also really enjoyed taking part in Tri Kidz! We had to run, cycle and ‘swim’ to complete the triathlon. It was tough but we had lots of fun! 

Spring 2 Week 4 W/B 15/3/21

We all enjoyed celebrating Comic Relief in school on Friday. We had some wonderful entries to the talent competition in Year 4. Well done to Harry who was the overall winner with his impressions! 

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In History and English, we have been learning about Ancient Egypt. We are loving this new topic and finding it really interesting! Here are some of the things that we have enjoyed learning about the most. 

We have enjoyed Art this week with Mrs Clitheroe. We are completing a portrait of Tutankhamun’s mask using different materials. First, we drew the outline of the mask, taking care of where to position the lines. Then, we added some texture to the bottom of the mask using tissue and PVA glue. We are looking forward to seeing the finished artwork next week!

This week has been Shakespeare week. We have talked about who Shakespeare was and his famous work. We then watched a video about A Midsummer Night’s Dream and did a little bit of drama. 

We loved seeing everybody’s favourite book characters around school on Thursday! Well done to everybody for a fantastic effort with dressing up. The costumes were fantastic!

Spring 2 Week 3 W/B 8/3/21

We are all glad to be back together again in Year 4! 

In English, we have enjoyed taking part in a drama activity! We had Augustus Gloop, Violet Beauregarde, Veruca Salt and Mike Teavee in the hot seat and we thought of lots of interesting questions to ask them. Some of us got into character to answer the questions from their point of view. 

We have enjoyed having Mr Richards back with us in Music! We have been using the glockenspiels to improvise blues rhythms. 

In History this week, we have been looking at Ancient Egyptian artefacts. We discussed the different sources and thought about what they would have been used for, what they might have been made from and thought about what they tell us about this time period. We also thought about questions that we would like to ask about them. 

In PSHE, we have discussed how we all feel about everyone being back in school. We talked about what we liked about being at home and what we missed about school. The children who have been in school also shared their feelings about everyone returning! We have created our own worry monsters to share our feelings.

Spring 2 Blended Learning Week 2 W/B 1/3/21

To celebrate World Book Day, we have been writing letters to our favourite authors. In our letters, we explained why we enjoy their books and talked about our favourite parts of the stories and our favourite characters. We also thought of lots of questions that we would like to ask the authors! 

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In PE this week, we have been practising yoga positions. We looked at some of the Roman Gods and Goddesses such as Apollo, Jupiter, Minerva and Mars. We thought about different poses that would represent them well. We found our lesson very relaxing! 

In English this week, we have been doing a bit of drama in our Charlie and the Chocolate Factory topic! We looked at the part of the story when Mike Teavee gets shrunk by television and we thought about how the other characters would react to the event. We have created freeze frames for the different stages of the event. 


1 - Willy Wonka when Mike Teavee is running towards the camera.

2 - The characters in the room when there was a blinding flash of light.

3 - Willy Wonka and Charlie when Mike appears on the television. 
4 - Mike’s mum when she gets him out of the television. 

In Music, we have been singing Three Little Birds and we also incorporated clapping rhythms to our performance. We thought it would be a nice message for everyone before coming back to school on Monday! 

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Spring 2 Blended Learning Week 1 W/B 22/2/21

We have had another great week in Year 4. In French this week, we have been learning about different cities in France. We looked at where the characters were in the map and we have written a caption in French to say which city each character is going to.

In Science, we have carried out an investigation to test which materials can muffle sounds the best. We wrapped a device that could make a sound in the different materials and observed the differences in the volume. Here are some of our investigation plans and results. 

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In PE, we have been practising different rolls and balances. Have a look at our impressive skills!

In Art this week, we have created continuous line drawings while listening to music. We listened to the song ‘Happy’ to draw our continuous line. We then filled in the spaces with different lines and colours. 

We are really enjoying learning about Charlie and the Chocolate factory in English. This week, we looked at the part of the story when Violet Beauregarde turns blue and swells up like a blueberry and wrote an accident report about the event. 

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We have also looked at the song that the Oompa Loompas wrote about Mike Teavee. We then generated arguments for the debate question ‘Is watching TV a bad thing?’

Spring 1 Blended Learning Week 6 W/B 8/2/21

In Maths this week, we have started our Fractions unit. We have been identifying fractions in diagrams, counting in tenths and towards the end of the week, we have been identifying equivalent fractions. We folded strips of paper to investigate them and also had a go at identifying them on a number line. 

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In English, we have been reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. We have done lots of writing including, a formal letter to ask Mr Wonka for a job in the factory and a setting description of the chocolate room. We have also done a little bit of drama. We have been acting in role as Augustus Gloop to answer interview questions about his experience in the factory. Have a look at some of our responses. 

In French, we have been using the phrase ‘Je voudrais’, which we learned last week to write short sentences. Miss Holt gave us some pictures to represent what people would like for different events and festivals. We then created a sentence to show the information. Some of us created our own sentences and used the French dictionaries to find new vocabulary! 

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This half term, we have really enjoyed learning about the Charleston style of dance. Our remote learners have been practising the different steps and working on typical Charleston facial expressions. The children in school have been working on their own Charleston routine with Mrs Walker. Have a look at our performance, we are very proud of it!

Spring 1 Blended Learning Week 5 W/B 1/2/21

In Art this week, we have been looking at the artist Pablo Picasso! We focused on his style of artwork and talked about the use of colour, bold lines and the unusual portraits that he created. We used all of these things to draw our own portraits. We really enjoyed this style of art and we have done a great job! 

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This week in English, our theme has been chocolate! We have written instructions on how to make chocolate, designed our own chocolate bars and created our own persuasive adverts for them. We have also looked at the poem ‘Chocolate cake’ by Michael Rosen. We chose our favourite parts of the poem to perform, using intonation and expression in our voice. Some of us also included actions in our performance. 
In History, we have started to look at Roman armour. We looked at images of the different components of the armour and shared our thoughts about it. We thought about what we thought it might be, what it was made out of and why it was designed in that way. We have come up with some great ideas! 

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In French, we have been learning a new phrase, ‘Je voudrais’ which means I would like. We used the vocabulary that we practised last week to create short sentences. This week, we have been working on our speaking skills and pronunciation. Here are some of our short sentences! 

Spring 1 Blended Learning Week 4 W/B 25/1/21

In English this week, our theme has been all about water. We have done lots of writing including, a travel brochure for the Lake District and a speech about the water crisis. We have been thinking about persuasive techniques that we can use in our writing to have an impact on the audience. We have also written some beautiful fee verse poems about water!

In Maths, we have been using the chunking method to divide. We started with dividing 2 digit numbers and then moved on to 3 digit numbers. We have also been doing calculations which involve remainders! 

In art this week, we have continued to look at how we can create texture in our art work. This week, we have been focusing on creating texture in landscapes. Some of us have used pencils to draw our landscapes and some of us have used paints and watercolours. We used different things to create the textures such as scrunched up paper, lolly sticks, tissue and cotton buds. 

This week, we have been practising our volley ball skills. We watched Mr Hassey’s videos and completed the challenges. We had lots of fun! 

This week, we have been investigating the effect that an object can have on the pitch of a sound. We have created our own guitars with elastic bands to investigate pitch. We found that the tighter the elastic band, the higher the pitch. The looser the band, the lower the pitch.

Spring 1 Blended Learning Week 3 W/B 18/1/21

This week in Maths, we have been multiplying using different methods. We started off by partitioning the numbers to multiply them. Then, we moved on to the formal written method, the grid method. We have been using the grid method to solve problems. We have also talked about choosing the most appropriate method for the calculation that we are doing. 

In English, we have been learning about inspirational people. We have scanned a text about Eugenie Clark for dates to discover the key events in her life. We have written a newspaper report about when Gertrude Ederle swam the English Channel and we have also created our own quizzes about Martin Luther King including different types of questions!

In Art, we have been creating different textures in our drawings. We are going to be looking at how to create textures more in Art next week.

In History, we have been looking at how the Roman Empire spread and which countries were invaded. We identified these countries on a world map to see the extent of the spread of the empire. We did a fantastic job using the atlases to help us!

In Science, we have conducted an investigation to see the effect that the volume of a sound has on the vibrations. We covered a bowl with cling film and put a few grains of rice on top. We then used a drum to make a loud sound and gradually made the sound quieter. We observed the rice to see how the volume affected it. We found that the louder the volume, the more the rice vibrated. Some of the rice even bounced off the cling film! 

Spring 1 Blended Learning Week 2 W/B 11/1/21

We have had another great week in Year 4 this week. In English, we have been focusing on a new text, The Train to Impossible Places. In chapter 2, we were introduced to an unusual character called Fletch. We used the description from the story to draw what we think he might look like. Our drawings were fantastic! We also annotated them with key descriptive words and phrases from the text. 
In History, we have been looking at different sources and sharing our thoughts and ideas about them. We thought about what they might be, what they were used for, who the person is, whether it was an important person and what the objects might have been made from. We have recorded our thoughts about each historical source and we will find out more about them next week! 
We have enjoyed developing our drawing skills in Art this week. Mrs Clitheroe created a video for us to teach us all about continuous line drawings. We discussed that we needed to choose a starting point on an object and that we had to try not to take our pencil off the page. Here are some of our drawings. We started off with drawing apples and pears. Then, we tried tricker objects such as a mug. 
In Science, we have started our new topic about sound. This week, we have been focusing on how sound is made through vibrations. Miss Holt gave us images to represent each step of the process of sound being made and heard by us. We had to put the images in the correct order and create our own captions for each step. 

Spring 1 Blended Learning Week 1 W/B 4/1/21

We are back! Miss Holt is so proud of how Year 4 have settled straight back into school this week, despite the strange circumstances again AND a snow day! We have adapted to our remote learning wonderfully once again! 

In Computing, we have been practising our coding skills from the Autumn term. We explored the Hour of Code website to complete various challenges. We all really enjoyed it! 

In English, we have completed some activities relating to our Guided Reading text from last half term, The Song of Sky and Sand. First, we generated adjectives to describe the characters feelings when the sunbird appeared in the desert. We placed these on the zone of relevance. Then, we used these ideas to do some writing in role as the characters. 

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In PE this half term, we are looking at the Charleston style of dance. In school, we practised our first three moves for our routine and worked on our facial expressions. The children who are learning remotely researched the dance style and had a go at some of the moves they had discovered. This is our first attempt at performing the dance moves, we had lots of fun! 

Factual Footprints Week 5 W/B 14/12/20

We have had a very busy week this week. We have finished our Elf Enterprise stockings! We have used the running stitch, over stitch and sewn buttons on to the felt. We then stuffed our stockings to make them 3D and added a ribbon to hang them on our trees. We have worked really hard on these and we are so proud of them! We think they look great! 

In History, we have been learning about The Industrial Revolution. This week, we researched a significant person from this time period, Samuel Crompton. We used the computing suite to research key information such as who he was, what he invented and how he contributed to the Industrial Revolution. 

We have all enjoyed our last week before the Christmas holidays! We really enjoyed the virtual pantomime, Covidella and the Masked Ball! 

Factual Footprints Week 4 W/B 7/12/20

We are feeling festive in Year 4 this week! We all really enjoyed our Christmas dinner and Christmas jumper day on Friday. 
We have had a very busy week this week in Year 4 as we have been working hard on our products for Elf Enterprise! First, we all decided on a shape for our decoration and created our final designs. We decided to make mini stockings! We have also been thinking about persuasive techniques in our writing to encourage people to buy our product. You can see our persuasive writing on our Enterprise stall page. 
After we had completed our final designs, it was time to make our creations! First, we used a pattern piece to cut out a stocking shape. We had to think carefully about the seam allowance to make sure that we had enough space to decorate our stockings! Then, we used the running stitch to add white felt to the top of our stockings. Once we had done this, we decorated our stockings by sewing on buttons and some of us used the running stitch to create beautiful patterns! When the front of our stockings were decorated, it was time to sew the front and back of the decoration together. For this part, we used the over stitch. Miss Holt and Mrs Walker have been super impressed with our perseverance as this was quite tricky! Finally, we stuffed our stockings to make them 3D! 

Factual Footprints Week 3 W/B 30/11/20

We have had a busy week in English this week! We have used our skills from last week to write an independent biography about the environmental activist, Greta Thunberg. We have also written a non-chronological report about environmental issues. We used the ipads to research the factual information that we needed to include. Then, we used organisational writing features such as subheadings, paragraphs and text boxes to write our texts. Have a look below to find out what we have enjoyed about Non-fiction November.

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In Science, we have been learning about how living things can be classified in various ways. We have looked how vertebrates can be classified into reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds, insects and fish and how invertebrates can be classified into groups of snails, slugs, worms, spiders and insects. We have also looked at more specific classification groups such as molluscs, arachnids, echinoderms, insects, annelids and crustaceans. We chose a living thing and created our own top trumps cards to record their classification. 

This week, we have began to use our Design and Technology skills for our Elf Enterprise. We are focusing on textiles for our project. This week, we have been practising different types of stitching such as the running stitch and the over stitch. We have also started to design our products ready to make them next week. 

Factual Footprints Week 2 W/B 23/11/20

This week, we have been writing our biographies about David Attenborough. We used talk for writing to rehearse an introduction and we came up with actions to help us remember it. We used our research from last week to write about David Attenborough’s childhood, education, career and significant achievements. We have really enjoyed learning more about his life!
We have had lots of brave bananas in Year 4 this week! We have been solving problems involving measurements of length and perimeter. We had to use the dimensions that we were given to calculate the missing lengths in order to work out the perimeter of irregular shapes. 
We have been enjoying continuing with football in PE. This week, we have practised our passing skills. We played mini matches but we had to pass five times before we could score! We have also continued to practise our dribbling skills, making sure the ball stayed close to our feet. 

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We have written some beautiful poetry in RE this week. We used our thoughts and feelings about light from last week to write our own poems about light and darkness. Here are a few examples. 

Factual Footprints Week 1 W/B 16/11/20

This week, we have started our non-fiction unit in English. The theme for Non-fiction November this year is The Planet we Share. We are going to be writing a hybrid text including a biography, a non-chronological report and a persuasive text. This week, we have been looking at the features of biographies and began to research information about David Attenborough. We used the iPads to research information about his childhood, education, career and his achievements. We are excited to write our biographies next week! 
In History this week, we have been putting various periods in History into chronological order. We have created our own time lines including Ancient Egypt, the Mayan civilisation, Roman Britain, the Victorians, the Tudors and the Industrial Revolution to see where they were in relation to each other. 
In RE this half term, we are learning about the symbolism of light. This week, we have been thinking about why light is a powerful symbol and how it makes us feel. We have created some lovely art work using chalk pastels and shared our thoughts and feelings about light. 

Native Narratives Week 10 W/B 9/11/20

We have had a great week in Year 4! We all enjoyed getting involved with Children in Need on Friday. We all came to school in non uniform and some of us entered the dance competition with some wonderful dances!
In Music, we have enjoyed using the glockenspiels to compose our own pentatonic patterns with Mr Richards. 

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This week, we have finished our Native Narratives topic and we have been reflecting on our learning. We have had lots of fun and developed our skills in different subjects!

Native Narratives Week 9 W/B 2/11/20

We have had a lovely first week back after half term! This week we have continued with our Native Narratives learning from Autumn 1. 
We have been working super hard in English to write our own stories based on The Boy and the Tiger. We have used our plans from before half term to write each section of the story and we have included the features that we have been working hard on, including fronted adverbials, expanded noun phrases and speech punctuation. We have also worked on editing and improving our writing. Miss Holt is very proud of our wonderful work!
In Art, we have been continuing with our artwork inspired by the South African Street artist Sonny. Before half term, we chose one of the African animals and sketched the outline. This week, we have been adding our own tribal patterns to our drawings ready to add the texture of fur or skin next week! 

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In PE this half term, we are focusing on football. This week, we practised dribbling the ball with control by keeping it close to our feet. 
In Science, we have been learning about important vocabulary ready to create our own food chains next week. We have discussed the meaning of consumers, producers, predators and prey and thought of examples of these. 

Native Narratives Week 8 W/B 19/10/20

We have had a great final week of the half term in Year 4. Our highlight of the week was definitely our behaviour treat! We were very lucky to ask Britain’s Got Talent finalist Jasper Cherry lots of questions and see some wonderful magic tricks! We all loved it!
In English this half term, we have been looking at the story The Boy and the Tiger. This week, we have started to plan our own version of the story which we will be writing after half term. We have been thinking about appropriate characters that we could include in our stories. We have used the iPads to research different African animals and how they are used by humans. We came up with lots of interesting animals!
In Maths this half term, we have been working hard on place value and addition and subtraction. This week, we have been rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. We rolled the dice to generate 4-digit numbers and then rounded them. We have also used our knowledge of rounding to estimate the answers to addition and subtraction calculations. 
In PSHE, we enjoyed our visit from the Life Education bus! We learnt all about different ways to keep ourselves healthy both physically and mentally. We also enjoyed seeing Harold the giraffe again! 
In Science, we have been creating wonderful leaflets to advise younger children how to look after their teeth! We have discussed all of the ways that we can protect our teeth from damage such as build up of plaque and tooth decay!
This half term, Year 4 have been learning about how to describe people in French, including describing hair and eye colour, personality and nationality. Miss Holt is super impressed with the writing that we have produced to describe ourselves and our family members! 

Native Narratives Week 7 W/B 12/10/20

The weeks are going by very quickly in Year 4! We have had another great week of learning. The children have really enjoyed having a go on our new trim trail this week as you can tell from the big smiles in the photos! 

In Art, we have been thinking about how to create texture in our drawings. We looked at the Sonny’s paintings of the gorilla and the wolf and discussed how the fur is very detailed and makes the paintings look realistic. Then, we had a go at drawing the fur using our pencils. 

We had a tricky task in computing this week! We used our coding skills to make the knights move around the castle. Then, we had to debug code to make the knights move in different directions. It was very tricky but we got there in the end! We all loved the challenge!

In Geography, we have been making comparisons between Darwen and Johannesburg. This week, we drew a line graph to compare the climate in both places. We looked at the average temperature in °C for each month And then plotted them on our graph. We noticed that the climate is very different in Johannesburg! When our temperature increases in the summer months, the temperature in Johannesburg decreases! 

Native Narratives Week 6 W/B 5/10/20

This half term, our British Value is Individual Liberty. We have talked about this value this week and discussed that it involves giving people the opportunities to make their own choices and think for themselves. Miss Holt asked us to work in pairs to create a structure that would stand up on its own. Here are some of our designs! 
We have done circuits with Miss Crewe this week in Gymnastics. We especially enjoyed using the ropes! We all worked very hard! 
We have been learning about Black History Month this week and we have focused on the former professional boxer Nicola Adams. We looked at all of her achievements in the sport and talked about why we think she is inspirational. 

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We have been learning about discussion texts in English this week. We have all done some fabulous writing based on our novel The boy and the Tiger to discuss the question ‘Should the boy have set the dogs on the monkey?’ 
Next week, we are going to write another discussion text independently. Our question is, ‘Is it right how humans treat animals?’ To prepare, we have had a class debate to think about arguments for and against. Watch the video to see some of our ideas! 

Native Narratives Week 5 W/B 28/9/20

We are back!


Year 4 have loved being back at school for the last couple of days. We were all excited to see each other and have enjoyed talking about what we have all been doing at home. We have had another busy week!