In Year 4 this week, the children have been consolidating their understanding of place value in maths, and using prepositional phrases, adjectives and adverbial phrases to engage readers with their stories. In science the children have been conducting various experiments to establish how sound travels. Watch this space for some photographs and observations.
Year 4 received a letter from Wallace explaining that his inventions had been stolen by a mysterious figure! Have you seen him? He is disguised as a chicken and is on the loose! To help Wallace, the children have worked hard to produce their own blueprint designs of their inventions which all have a specific purpose. To accompany the designs, year 4 have been using sub-headings to organise their information to form part of their explanation texts ready to be delivered to Wallace on Friday.
This week in year 4 we have been looking at time in are maths lessons. I have been converting from analogue to digital and back, using 12 and 24 hour clocks and we have been converting between units of time. In science this week we have been explaining how electricity works. We have been drawing circuits then labelling the circuit with what components are and what way the electricity flows.
Last week, we were writing mythical stories about Theseus. We used adjectives, metaphors and similes to describe Theseus’s emotions and journey, some of use used a twist at the end of the story. During maths, we were looking at litres and millimetres. We were converting the measurements and making potions to link in with our story on Theseus journey to Crete. We used imaginative ingredients, including unicorn blood, box woggle juice. In UoE, we were researching and making pots to do with ancient Greece. In science we made windmills to look at the force of wind and we looked at different surfaces to see how objects travelled on them.
It was a dazzling sunny afternoon at the Thurrock Nature Reserve on Wednesday 8th June. Six pupils from Year 4 represented the year group at a special prize giving ceremony for the borough-wide Sculpture on a Pallet Project. Children from our school were the youngest in the competition and waited with baited breath as the winners were announced. Our first cheer was when we won a highly commended award for 4BG’s sculpture, though Mr Barry-Gregory preferred that it wasn’t referred to as ‘the one with all the sand and mud on it’! We were so excited to be presented with certificates by the CEO of the Essex Wildlife Trust for all of our sculptures and to hear about his passion to work with animals from a very young age, as this also tied in well with this week’s Aspirations and Enterprise Week. A huge well done to all of Year 4. You will be able to see our pallets on display as part of a summer art trail from 9 July.
In Year 4, we have been learning about imaginary worlds, using the story of Narnia. As part of our writing, we have created new characters for the story and written a letter to the Wicked White Witch persuading her to release Mr Tumnus.
During Roald Dahl Day, we drew inspiration from the outdoor environment to think about how nature can help us to travel and to do some creative writing. We have also been practising our written multiplication methods and using our skills in reasoning and problem solving.
As part of Unit of Enquiry, we have discussed the impact speeches have on us and how they inspire us. This has led on to talking about what’s important to us and what we are passionate about. We have also had interesting debates related to this, ranging from the problems of healthy foods, to how much we love our family.
We designed our own experiments to test hypotheses about muffling sound and later visited the Science Museum in London. We had a great time, especially meeting Sir Isaac Newton and trying out all the experiments in Launchpad.