Well Done to these children who earned well-deserved Merits over the past two weeks!
This term, we are learning about scientists, inventions and important discoveries made in science. This week, we learnt about the discovery of oxygen. We then conducted an experiment to find out more about oxygen's properties. We discovered that the bigger the container, the longer it takes for the fire to burn out. We concluded that this was because the larger glass jars had more oxygen in it.
We've had an extremely busy last week of the spring term.
On Monday, we walked up to St. Mary's for Easter Experience. We had a wonderful time contemplating Jesus' life and death and thinking about how we can live our lives just as Jesus would want us to.
On Tuesday, we went to Tatton Park for our Anglo-Saxon trip. We got to dress up as Anglo-Saxons and learnt a lot about their way of life.
We hope you all have a lovely, restful Easter break. We'll see you all in two weeks' time!
In R.E. this term, we will be looking at forgiveness. As part of our lesson this week, we looked at several extracts from the Bible where Jesus advocates forgiveness and models how to forgive. We discussed part of the Easter story; how Jesus was able to forgive Peter and Judas. We then thought back on other Bible stories that demonstrate Christian forgiveness and acted these out.
Today, we learnt about Jamaican music to tie in with our geography learning. We sang one of Bob Marley's songs ("Three Little Birds") and also got to shake our maracas whilst singing!
On Monday we had the opportunity to visit the Islamic Cultural Centre in Altrincham. Here, we learnt very interesting things about Islam. The people there explained to us that the Islamic faith is all about peace and kindness. It was also a great opportunity to demonstrate everything we've learnt about Islam so far at school. We were also showed how to write in Arabic- we had the chance to write our own names in Arabic. We loved the challenge! Thank you to all the parent helpers who came with us.
This week we are still learning about persuasive writing in English. We are going to write a persuasive letter to Tesco arguing that a new shop should not be built on our school field! We are enjoying learning about different persuasive techniques such as the use of rhetorical questions and balancing an argument in order to persuade the reader.
In our science lesson we continued to develop our understanding of sound. This week we looked at how sound travels. We learnt that the louder the sound, the bigger the vibration it causes and thus, the bigger the amplitude. To demonstrate our understanding, we became science show presenters and thought about the best way to show children how sound travels from the source to our ears. We enjoyed doing a bit of drama in our science lesson!
We've had a very busy first full week back at school! We have started looking at persuasive text and we've all written a persuasive letter to Mrs Martin after hearing that she is thinking about removing morning playtime! We were outraged by this suggestion and were all motivated to write some excellent letters.
In science we have started looking at sound and learnt that sounds are caused by vibrations. We went on a learning walk where we listened out for some interesting sounds. We also visiting the pond to see what it looked like during the winter season.
Wishing all the Year 4 children and their families a wonderful Christmas and New Year. We all hope that you have a lovely time celebrating with family and friends and also manage to get a well earned rest.
See you all in 2018.
From All the Year 4 Teachers and Teaching Assistants
Yesterday was the Years 3 and 4 Christmas party!
We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves playing lots of party games and feasting on the delicious food and drinks our parents sent in.
It was great fun to celebrate with our friends and teachers.
Thank you for sending in all the food and drinks!
We hope you have a lovely, restful Christmas break!
We have had a very busy week this week, starting with our trip to the Altrincham Baptist Church for "Rewind to Christmas". We hope you have enjoyed looking at all the lovely photos of the children having fun whilst learning about The Christmas Story. They particularly loved making their candle holders. The children have now completed their imaginary stories, so the Teachers will be busy this weekend reading them! In Maths, we have been working on decimal fractions and conversions. The Place Value Chart (sent home with the homework) has really helped them to understand multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000. In Science, we have been investigating evaporation and we will have to wait till Monday for our results. We look forward to seeing many of you at the Christmas Fair!
All of Year 4, together with all Junior Classes in Bowdon Church School, took part in a National Computer Contest last week, called the UK Bebras Challenge 2017. The children were tested on their spatial awareness, non-verbal reasoning skills and computer fluency. After an initial practise the previous week, all the children participated and received certificates. They thoroughly enjoyed the activity and were proud of their results. Here is a photo of some of the children who received Certificates of Merit and Jamie received a Certificate of Distinction. Well done to Jamie and all the children in Year 4 who took part.
Rewind to Christmas
Today, we went to Altrincham Baptist Church for an event called "Rewind to Christmas". Here, we took part in some lovely activities all about the real meaning and the real reason we celebrate Christmas. We took part in quizzes, craft-making and also completed a Christmas themed activity booklet. We had a great morning! Thank you to all our parent helpers who walked down to church with us.
This week we started our new topic in English. We will be looking at imaginary worlds, such as Narnia in "The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe". We have already started learning about the different techniques authors use to tell the reader that the story is set in a fictitious world. We have enjoyed exploring how language demonstrates this and it has been fun reading our new book!
This week in year 4 we have been using our imaginations to write a diary entry from the perspective of a firework!
We used our understanding of what it is like on the 5th November and here are some examples. As you can see we have worked hard to learn a variety of different methods of creating exciting sentences. We thought of interesting adjectives, adverbs, embedded clauses and some great examples of onomatopoeia!
Year 4 have been busy creating fabulous firework poems, full of figurative language.
Enjoy the Bonfire and Firework displays this weekend and remember to wrap up warm and keep safe.
Miss Hong was particularly impressed with one group's performance poetry. She decided it was too good to not share! Please sit back and enjoy this wonderful performance!
It's the last week before our half term! This hasn't stopped us from working extremely hard though. Although it's only Wednesday we've done an awful lot already. In English we've started learning about poetry and as part of this we looked at performance poetry. We thoroughly enjoyed learning about the different features of poems and particularly liked watching each other's performances!
In maths we've been looking at fractions- in particular equivalent fractions and finding fractions of quantities.
We also had a very special visitor who came to talk to us about the human body. Ebbe's granddad, a retired doctor, brought in a REAL skeleton (it actually used to be a real person!) and he taught us a lot of new things about the human body. He also shared with us some of his special books that he collects; they were full of interesting pictures and introduced us to how medicine started long ago.
It's half term next week! We'd like to take this opportunity to say a massive well done to the whole year group for settling into year 4 so wonderfully. Well done for working so hard the past seven weeks and we hope you have a safe, restful, enjoyable break.
Miss Hong and Mrs Davies
This week has been an incredibly busy week in Y4. We've had lots of challenging tasks to complete as our teachers have been assessing our progress. In English we have mostly been carrying on with our information books, which we have now finished (yay!) and in maths we have looked at translating 2D shapes using co-ordinates on a grid.
Congratulations to our six award winners this week! We had double merits as we didn't have an assembly last Friday. Well done to Kiefer and Lauren for receiving role model awards and well done to Alfie, Max, Ebbe and Coco for their merits! A huge congratulations to all of you- keep it up!
Year 4 have had another busy week! In Geography, we completed our collage of The British Isles and we were pleased with the finished artwork. In Science, we have been investigating what happens to our pulse rates when we exercise. After completing various exercises, including skipping, jogging and sprinting, the children discovered that their pulse rates were comparatively faster with each type of exercise. In R.E., the children have been looking at similarities between Jesus in 'The Feeding of the 5000' and 'The Easter Story' and they acted out both events. The children have also enjoyed creating their non-fiction books in English relating to our "Animals, including Humans" Science topic and they are very proud of their fabulous results.
This morning, we were very lucky to have the opportunity to watch a performance of "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe", by a visiting Drama Company. All the children loved it and we will soon be reading the story in class.
On Thursday, we walked up to St. Mary's for our annual Harvest Festival. All the children took wonderful gifts and we thoroughly enjoyed the service. Well done to Harry, Isobel, Tom and Amelia for their beautiful harvest prayers. We were so proud of them!
-Mrs Davies and Miss Hong