Year 4 Class - 4C - Spring - 2019 - 2020

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Welcome to our class page - We are 4C

Our Teacher is Mr Chalmers

Our Teaching Assistant is Mrs O'Neill

This page will be updated each week to show everybody all of the exciting things we've been up to in class.

Some very important things to remember.....

1) Our PE takes place on Monday and our dance is on Fridays. This means that PE kit should remain in school all week.

2) Homework books will be handed out on Monday evenings and are expected to return on Friday morning. Your child also has a login for both TT Rockstars and Spelling Shed. These are updated weekly and the children really enjoy playing them. TT Rockstars is hugely important as we move towards our times table assessment in the Summer Term.

3) Pupils will also have a reading book to take home. Please read this with your child each night and sign their reading record. 5 Minutes a day will make an enormous difference.
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In our history lessons, we are learning about the Anglo Saxons and how they came to Britain after the Romans left. We have been learning about the 7 kingdoms that they set up, using our geography skills to locate them. We've also been looking at places in the UK that still Anglo Saxon names. Did you know Birmingham translates into the 'People of Birm's village'?
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We have had the most incredible World Book Day in 4C today! The children all arrived looking fantastic in their costumes and have taken part in lots of fun activities throughout the day.

We designed our own book covers, we learnt about the history of the celebration, tackled some maths problems about our favourite characters and even decorated a potato!

Our highlight of the day were being invited to share a story with Mrs Pritchard's class in Year 1. 4C were all buddied up with a Y1 partner and read a book to them. It was lovely to see the caring side of our Year 4s!
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The Haka
In our dance lessons, we are learning the Haka! It is a tribal dance that is performed by the New Zealand Rugby team to intimidate their opponents. Have a look at our attempt - we think we're quite terrifying!
Science Oracy 

We have been learning all about sound insulation. Have a look at our verbal definition below
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This week, our school have been celebrating 'Children's Mental Health Week'. The theme has been #FindYourBrave and we have celebrating our uniqueness and discussing all of the ways we show bravery each and every day. We designed superheroes who were designed in ways to make them fearless.

Eg - Amy - "My superhero has strong ankles so they can bounce back up again,"

Gerrard - "My superhero has a big heart to care for anyone in need,"

Sophie - "My superhero has a strong neck to keep her head up high!"
Decibels Experiment

Today in Science, we conducted an experiment into how distance impacts volume. In our scientific roles, we went out onto the yard to complete our study. We used decibel readers, iPads as a sound source and trundle wheels to measure our distances. We learnt that sound gets quieter the further it travels.
Music - Glockenspiels

Our end of topic assessment is fast approaching - have a listen to our latest glockenspiel rehearsal..
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Today, we started our new Science topic - we will be learning all about sound. We have learned that all sound is a vibration that travels into our ear canal. To start our topic, we looked at some key vocabulary and used it in a game called 'Freeze Frame Olympics'.
Father Dominic Visit

This week, our children were visited by our Parish Priest, Father Dominic. He came in to help the children complete our RE topic on the parish community. Father spoke about all of the people who are part of the Parish of St Matthew's. Afterwards, he took questions about the qualities needed to be a priest. Our children learnt a lot!
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Take a look at our TT Rockstars hall of famers this week! Each of these children logged on every night to practise their times tables. As a reward, they all take home a special certificate and go into a prize draw to win one these amazing guitars! The children also win iPad privileges next week. We would love every child to log-on every night!
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We are learning about fractions in maths. We had a go at counting up in our sixths as a whole class. Have a watch!
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We love our SPaG and getting off our seats to practise it. Today, we came up with actions to help us with our homophones. We thought all about 'there, their and they're' and how to know which one to use!
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We had plenty to celebrate in 4C last week! After lots of hard work, two members of the class were awarded with their pen licenses! As well as that, we gave away our first TT Rockstar of the week prize. Well done boys!
Our music lessons with Rosie are hard work but we are learning how to play the glockenspiel with perfect rhythm. We can play parts of Harry Potter and The Simpsons now.
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Our whole school had the most fantastic day out at Chester Zoo! Year 4 headed straight to the tigers as soon we arrived and we caught a glimpse of a mother and daughter! After that, we saw the butterflies, the bats, the giraffes, the lions, the apes, the penguins and many many more! A great day out!
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As we are reaching the end of Global Week 2020, we decided to draw a tiger. We studied videos and pictures to study their features before following a step-by-step guide. We are made up with the results!
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As part of our Global Week focus, in literacy we have been reading a story about tigers. Our literacy focus is stories that have an issue or dilemma in them. To help us get to know the text, we divided it up and added actions to the story in small groups. Have a look at what we produced...
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To celebrate Global Week 2020, Year 4 are studying tigers and their habitats. We are very excited for our upcoming trip to Chester Zoo to see them for real. In Geography, we focused on Bengal Tigers and used atlases and iPads to find out where they are based. We discovered they live in India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal.
Visit to Church
We were lucky enough to be invited over to Church by Father Dominic to see the crib before it was packed away for the year. Father explained why it is so important and recapped the story of Jesus's birth.