Native Narratives - Week 1
We have had a great first week in Year 4! Everyone has settled back in to school really well and we have all got used to our new routines. We have even been playing the djembes in Music this week. We experimented with the instruments to show our understanding of new musical vocabulary such as tempo, duration, dynamics and pitch. The children really enjoyed making lots of noise!
This week in Science, we have been learning about different types of human teeth and what functions they have. We started off by trying to match the pictures of the teeth to their name and what we thought they did. Then, we used our model in class to talk about why teeth have different functions.
This week, we went into the computing suite for our computing lesson. This half term we are going to be doing coding. We started off by discussing what an algorithm is (a set of clear instructions). We then made our own algorithms to tell a robot how to wash their hands properly. We did a great job!
We are very lucky to have Mr Richards with us for Music this half term. This week, we enjoyed listening to different examples of traditional African music. We have discussed our thoughts and feelings about it and thought about how we would describe it.
Year 4 loved their first gymnastics lesson with Miss Crewe this week! They have practised lots of different skills and worked really hard.
What a wonderful week we have had in Year 4! We have been working very hard! In Maths, we have been continuing with our place value topic and have been rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. In English we have been enjoying exploring our text The Boy and the Tiger. We have really impressed Miss Holt with our fantastic writing. As you can see from the photos, we have been enjoying our playtimes outside in this lovely weather!
This week in French, we have been practising our speaking skills. We worked with a partner to describe the hair and eye colour of ourselves and a member of our family. We had to make sure that the adjectives came after the nouns in our sentences and we also worked hard to pronounce our new vocabulary correctly.
In Computing, we have continued to learn about coding. This week, we used Purple Mash to create our own programmes. We changed our background and added characters. Then, we used blocks of code to make our characters do different actions. We created some really interesting and effective programmes!
This week, we enjoyed taking our Music lesson outdoors! We enjoyed playing the djembes and joining in with some African chants in the paddock.
We have all really enjoyed our Science learning this week. Let us introduce you to our Science EGGSperiment!
We have been learning all about different types of teeth and what they do. This week, we have set up an experiment to investigate which drinks cause the most damage to our teeth. The drinks we are testing are cordial, water, fresh orange juice, energy drink and coke.
Because egg shells have similar properties to tooth enamel, we have put an egg into each liquid to see what effect they have. We are going to leave the eggs in the liquids all week to see what happens to them.
Here are some of our predictions:
Doug - I think the water will be the best drink for our teeth but I can't decide between the energy drink and the coke which will be the worst.
Jude - The eggs might change colour.
Emily - I think the energy drink will be the worst for our teeth because it has lots of sugar in to give you energy.
Georgia - I think the coke will be the worst for our teeth and I think the egg will turn black.
Will F - I think the orange juice will start to smell!
We will let you know what we find out!
This week, Year 4 have been learning at home. On Monday, we watched Mrs Scholes’ worship about the International Day of Peace. We then made our own pledges about how we can bring peace to our school and community.
We enjoyed making our positivity jars this week. We have written positive messages for ourselves to look at if we are feeling down to cheer us up 😊
In French, we have done a great job of describing people (or pets) using new adjectives! We have used the two different verbs ‘avoir’ and ‘être’ in our sentences. 🇫🇷
In Geography, we have researched Johannesburg to create our own travel guides! As you can see, we found out lots of information!
Miss Crewe sent us a video to practise our gymnastics skills. We really enjoyed it!
In Art, we have been looking at the work of Sonny, a South African street artist. This week,we have chosen to focus on the elephant. Mrs Clitheroe sent us a video to remind us of our sketching skills such as holding the pencil lightly and using pressure on the pencil to add details. We have done an amazing job!
As you can see, we have been super busy! As well as all of this, we have been continuing with our place value learning in Maths and looking at The Boy and the Tiger in English. Miss Holt and Mrs Walker are so proud of Year 4 for adapting to learning at home so well.
Here is what the children had to say about their week of home learning:
Douglas - I enjoyed Art. I liked drawing the elephant. I like being able to choose which subject I do next.
Jude - I liked Art best. I like that I can send messages to my friends on Seesaw to make sure everyone is ok.
Louis - I have really enjoyed my Maths work and guided reading.
Bella - I have enjoyed all of the different types of work. It was easy to follow and understand.
Rubee - This week, I really liked Art because I love drawing and sketching.
Leo - I have really enjoyed my school work. There has been lots of different things to do which have been fun. Miss Holt has been there to answer any questions.