Year 4 SQUIRT

Our children have been able to enjoy some of their favourite books during their SQUIRT session. SQUIRT stands for Sustained, Quiet, Uninterrupted, Independent, Reading, Time. Mrs Ellis and I really enjoy listening to children read during this time and it can be a really personal time where we can learn about what type of books the children enjoy reading. In addition to this, it is obviously really important for children to read aloud as much as possible. See if you can spot yourself reading below.

Year 4 Science Lesson

Today, we completed a scientific experiment where we looked at whether items from a shop would melt at room temperature. Mr Brocksom went to the shop and bought: some ice cubes, an ice cream, a pop ice, a chocolate bar, some butter and some sweets. We made our predictions and set out the rules on how to make it a fair test. We left the items for an hour to see what would happen as we completed PE. We came back and found some very interesting results. The pop ice, ice cubes and ice-cream had completely melted. The butter had started to melt but not gone completely. The sweets and the chocolate bar remained in the same condition. Tomorrow, we are going to write up our results. Year 4 are very good at writing in all areas of the curriculum and the Science books are prime examples of this.

WOW Moments

Well done to these two boys for receiving a WOW certificate this week. One received it from Mrs Ellis for the fantastic progress he has been making in English (specifically his writing). The other has received it for his outstanding presentation and content of his writing in Science and Topic. Well done boys!

Break Times

Break times currently look quite different to the way they used to be. This has not stopped our children from enjoying themselves and exploring more friendships within their own bubble. Children are enjoying playing with the equipment that has been provided for their bubble. I always enjoy joining in with a game of catch with the children when it is my break duty. Keep on having fun! We all need a break sometime!

WOW moments

Well done to the following children for receiving WOW certificates. They have been received for fantastic maths scores, problem solving ability and amazing learning behaviours. Well done to all and keep it up!

Welcome to Year 4

Welcome back to Year 4! I know some of you have had a long time off but it is great to see you all again. We have had a fantastic start to the term and all of the children have settled extremely well. The school and the classroom may look slightly different, however, this has not stopped all children from learning. Being able to split the class between Mrs Ellis and myself has already had an impact on the progression of all children in the class. Keep it up Year 4 and we will have an amazing year!

Sound

Today in Science, we have learnt about how different sounds are created. First of all, we established that all sounds are created through vibrations. We also discussed that the stronger the vibrations, the louder the sound. To prove this, we completed a number of tests. Firstly, we held our fingers to our throat and we hummed so we could feel the vibrations. Then, we used a tuning fork so we could see the vibrations. When using the tuning forks, we noticed that when we hit the tuning fork and placed them into the water we could see the vibrations because it made the water spurt. Afterwards, we created our own Kazoos to understand how musical instruments work. We had so much fun, have a look below to see what we got up to.

ICT

Today during ICT, the children have looked at manipulating shapes and objects on the programme Microsoft Word. The children first looked at how to make shapes bigger, smaller and how to rotate the shape. Then using the skills taught, the children created their own pictures. Have a look below to see us working hard.

Pond dipping!

Yesterday the children of Kexborough Primary school became pond explorers! We spent the afternoon learning about the life cycle of a frog and the different creatures you might find in a pond.

Luckily for us, we have a fantastic school pond that we could use to go and investigate to make our learning fun and practical! The children worked in pairs to carry out the pond dipping experiment and used a checklist to tick off any interesting creatures they found.

Planting

This afternoon we learnt about the different parts of a plant, their functions, and what plants need in order to grow. We then had the opportunity to plant various plants, flowers and seeds in our school grounds. We worked together in groups to fill the school planters full of beautiful flowers and plants. We made sure they had plenty of compost, water and access to sunlight. We can’t wait to see how they grow over the next few weeks.