In our cool vibrations lesson, we explored how sound is produced by carrying out a range of experiments: rough seas, flickering flame, guitar hero and dancing rice. We recorded all our observations using the correct scientific vocabulary. According to 4B, they absolutely love science! With the assistance of lit candles, musical instruments, tuning forks, rice and water, the children now understand how sound travels and the effect that making a sound can have.
After discovering how people’s lives changed during WW2, the children were keen to learn about The Blitz this week. We watched a Blitz simulation and were shocked that London was bombed for 76 consecutive days by the Luftwaffe. Fortunately, we have practised our gas mask drill so we reacted quickly to the air raid siren going off in class.
Today the children have been set an Anderson shelter WW2 homework project which is due to be handed in by 31.10.16 (first day back after half term.) I look forward to seeing all their creative ideas.
What a busy third week in 4B! This week we were contacted by the ‘Horrible Histories’ team. Terry Deary is considering creating a special episode all about inspirational figures in history. He heard we were learning all about the incredible achievements and the events in Jesse Owens’ life. Therefore, we were set the task to convince the creator of Horrible Histories that J.C, the talented, dedicated athlete truly deserves to have an episode written and filmed for him. After all, he achieved what no Olympian before him had managed to accomplish. 4B have eagerly written biographies full of all the key events and important moments in Jesse Owens’ life. It was a real pleasure to witness the children’s enthusiasm for writing. Some members of 4B even asked to continue writing during playtime! I think it is safe to say we have thoroughly enjoyed learning about such an inspirational man.
Over the next few weeks, Year 4 will need to picture themselves in the past. The children will be creating their WW2 personas and stepping into the shoes of an evacuee. In preparation for their evacuation and drama work, 4B made gas masks and gas mask boxes this week. We even tried on a replica gas mask and carried out a gas mask drill.
In maths, we assisted Indiana Jones by completing some Roman numeral challenges in our outdoor learning area. 4B also turned into rounding experts. We practised using our class rule for rounding to help us estimate. 4B know that 5 or more means we raise the score but 4 or less we let it rest. Our army rounding chant helped us apply the rules for rounding as well. We are now ready to turn into smart solvers by tackling some problems next week.
Photographs of our exciting week will be added soon. Watch this space!
Thank you to the parents who were able to attend the Meet the Teacher session on Monday. It was lovely to meet you all and put a face to a name! If you were unable to attend, I shall put the PPT with all the information I shared during the session on the 4B blog page next week. It has been another busy week for 4B. Even though we worked in sweltering heat, the children’s enthusiasm for learning never faltered.
All the children should now have brought home their individual reading books and diaries. During guided reading, Year 4 visited the library in order to choose a book.
In Science this week, 4B completed some super scientist challenges to explore the concept of sound and how sound travels. We had a great time using Slinkys to demonstrate how sound travels in longitudinal waves. The coat hanger, string and spoon experiment caused many a vibration. Our drama work, that focussed on vibrations, particles and how sound is created, will be uploaded in due course. More cool vibration experiments are to be carried out next week. Watch this space!
Congratulations 4B on successfully completing your first week in year 4. The children have made a positive start back and I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them: we have had an exciting and fun-filled week! It has already been a real privilege for me to teach such motivated and enthusiastic learners.
This week, the children have explored Growth Mindset. We have learnt to love challenging our brains. Our favourite Growth Mindset mottos are ‘I will persevere, practise and train my brain’ as well as ‘ mistakes help me learn.’ When the children adopted a can do attitude, they were able to improve and experienced a lot of success in their learning.
In Maths, we turned into Place Value experts. Being Smart Solvers, we developed our problem solving and reasoning skills. As a lot of us have been inspired by the Olympics in Rio this summer, we based our literacy work on the inspirational story of the athlete Jesse Owens. According to 4B, one of their main highlights this week was our first lesson on WW2. The children turned into countries so that we could act out the outbreak of the war. In addition, 4B passed their History Detective mission by discovering who Britain’s allies and axes were. The children found out many fascinating facts on our Horrible Histories timeline trail as well which helped us answer some of our burning questions. I think it is fair to say that we cannot wait for next week’s lesson.
In order to make the most of our outdoor learning area, 4B also worked collaboratively with the other two year 4 classes. Together all three year 4 classes began to explore the secret garden by trying to find natural objects to match paint swatches! We had a great time and enjoyed teaming up.
I am looking forward to seeing you at the Meet The Teacher session on Monday, which will take place at approximately 3.45pm in the 4B classroom. If you are unable to attend, I will ensure all the information is sent home. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Enjoy the weekend!
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