Year 4 – Memories of Heatree
One of our homework activities this time was to listen to a piece of music and then express it as a piece of art. One of the Year 4 pupils created this wonderful painting. He also created a booklet to go with it, the booklet explained some things about the painting as well as the artist that inspired it.
In Fir and Redwood class, we have started thinking about the letter we are writing to a Chinese school. We have learnt a lot about Chinese schools and we used this to create some questions we would like to ask them:
Do you like your uniform?
Do you like dinosaurs, if so would you like to be a paleontologist?
Do you have a school uniform you have to wear?
Do you know the English alphabet?
What do you do in mathematics?
When do you stop for summer holidays?
What is your lucky number?
How hard is it to work with 50 people in your class?
How long is your normal school day?
What is your favourite subject?
Do you find using chop-sticks easy or hard?
How old are you?
Year 3 and 4 had the most amazing time sampling a wide range of foods connected to China. The teachers were especially impressed by all of the lovely sharing that took place (as well as children being very daring with trying new things!).
Please have a look at this short video we made to remember the event:
It was lovely today to stand back and see the range of activities happening in our S.O.L.E. sessions. One one classroom we had children: using Google Maps to explore local and national locations, creating a perfect plate of Chinese food (in their opinion) and using pop up cards to reflect on Chinese new year.
In the other classroom the children were busy learning a range of french vocabulary as well as researching what different Hindu symbols meant.
Another fabulous day at Hazeldown Primary School!
Year 4 spellings
Focus: Word ending -ly
In Year 4 (Fir and Redwood), we have been starting to work on our Dragon Dance inspired by our China topic.
Last week we had developed our movements by imitating the different animals in the Chinese Zodiac.
This week we focused mainly on the Dragon. In fours we thought of different ways to move around our space, whilst looking as dragon-like as possible.
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Check the blog later today for pictures of our day! 🙂
A great start to the day in our wonderful book day costumes! We loved having visitors from Redwood class come and read to us this morning. Fantastic sharing and celebration of the written word.
|Year 4 Home Learning
Friday 20th January; To be handed in on Wednesday 25th January
|Task 1 – Maths
After the Maths morning last week, we would like you to play one the games that we had a go at.
The game Nice ‘n’ Nasty is extremely beneficial and allows the children to look at place value, as well as move on addition and subtraction.
Can you play Nice ‘n’ Nasty with someone at home? The children have played this game lots and should know all the rules and different variations.
Use the link below if you get stuck.
|Task 2 – Word Class Poem
The children are required to know the different word classes within SPaG and literacy. This week we would like the children to have a go at learning the following poem.
Word Class Poem
A NOUN names each idea or thing,
As school, computer, fear, or swing;
ADJECTIVES describe the noun,
As true, new, frantic, sharp or brown;
Instead of nouns the PRONOUNS sit –
As he, you, my, they or it;
The VERB means action, something done –
To read, to write, to have, to run;
How, when and where the ADVERBS tell,
As slowly, soon, now, near, or well;
CONJUNCTIONS join the words together,
As ‘men and women’, ‘wind or weather’;
A PREPOSITION stands before a noun,
As in, behind or through the town;
Which noun you mean DETERMINERS tell –
The ball, two books, those pens, my bell;
Through Poetry, we learn how each
of these make up THE PARTS OF SPEECH!
If you are unable to access the home learning or are finding it difficult, please speak to your teacher.
Mr Pattison’s Spelling Group – Week 1 Focus: Prefix – inter
Handed out on Friday 13th January; Tested on Friday 20th January
Note: Spellings 1-7 focus on this week’s focus; spellings 8-10 are from the Year 3 & 4 word list.
Year 4 Home Learning
Friday 11th November; To be handed in on Wednesday 16th November
Task 1 – SOLE
What would your Viking name be?
We have met Stoick the Vast, a big, burly Viking, who is imposing to others. Now it is your turn to come up with your own Viking name. Will you have a scary name, or a pleasant name? Think about your hobbies and personality, could that influence your name choice?
Coat of arms
Now you have your Viking name, can you create a coat of arms? Make sure you include your name on it somewhere and items that represent your personality and interests.
Please complete on plain paper, so it can be stuck into your SOLE book.
If you are unable to get some plain paper, please speak to your teacher
From Mrs Cooke the Reader, Mr Pattison the Burly and Mr Evans the Cheerful
Times tables: Keep practising those times table facts – you need to know all facts up to 12 x 12 inside out, at the click of your fingers! Make sure you are rehearsing these facts regularly, preferably several times a week.
Reading: Remember that you should be reading on a daily basis at home, and should be discussing this reading with an adult – talking about the text, commenting on the author’s purpose, noticing particular features of certain genres, etc. In reading record books, please could children/parents write a comment about this reading.
Spellings: Remember to spend time daily learning your spellings – will you earn both of your raffle tickets this week?
This half term the children have the opportunity to take part in some tag rugby sessions delivered by the Exeter Chiefs. Richie and Aaron will be imparting their knowledge to help the children improve.
The first session saw the children do some ball skills and play some invasion games!
Task 1 – SPaG
The children have been looking at Non-chronological reports within literacy.
We would like the children to complete the pages 22-23 on conjunctions.
Task 2 – Maths
Times Tables – We are embarking on Multiplication and Division in maths. The children are going to be using their times tables on a daily basis to help complete calculations. We would like the children to practise their times tables in any way they would like.
Here are some ideas to help you:
- Times tables games on the internet
- MangaHigh – some challenges have been set
- Make your own mini times tables tests
- Write out the times tables in your H/L book
A sneaky peek at the Redwood reading tree! Well done everyone who has moved up this week!
Redwood have made a great start this week with their reading! Several were able to move up the tree thanks to some brilliant quizzing. One person has already reached 20% of their target! If you haven’t quizzed yet make sure you read over the weekend so you can on Monday.
John Townsend thrilled the children with some brilliant stories about snakes and tigers!
Today in maths, children were set the challenge to investigate magic number squares. They realised that the sum of the columns, rows and diagnals all had to add up to the same number. Then they had to complete their own magic squares using careful mathematical thinking and of course lots of resilience!
Costume designs are in full flow! Have a look at Henry’s super instructions explaining how he has made his! Also look at Ella’s fantastic design using a small cut out drawing!
Today we had to use quotations to support our arguments. We learnt that factual evidence from valuable sources such as scientists and journalists help to make the argument more powerful! Have a look at the example. Can you spot the quote?
After submitting detailed applications for the School Council Rep position, three children were shortlisted from Redwood class: Josh, Jed and Sorrel. All the applications were of a very high standard and well done to everyone who applied for the position. The three shortlisted pupils gave a one minute presentation to the class and there was then a secret ballot. The winner was Sorrel Carter, with Jed and Josh coming a very close joint second, just behind Sorrel! Well done Sorrel! Your presentation was very powerful, persuasive and professional!
Today in Literacy, we watched a clip of Steve Backshall gathering information about Mount Snowdon. He was discussing the reasons for and against tourism. We had to use these ideas to create sentences using sophisticated connectives, adjectives and adverbs.
Here is an example of a fantastic headdress made by Heather and modelled by Ciara. It’s brilliant to hear about the wonderful designs that you are all coming up with.
Have a look this one for inspiration!
Today, we started rehearsing for our samba performance at the Princess Theatre!
Today the children have been researching facts about animals which can be found in the Amazon Rainforest. They also used Shoo Rayner tutorials to draw the animals.
Have a go at drawing some of the creatures at home! Just search for Shoo Rayner videos.
Today the children shared their musical talents with us so we could start to plan our show!
We we were blown away with the incredible dancing, singing and drumming on display.
I hope you’re all looking forward to the show!
This afternoon, we transformed our year 4 classrooms into science labs consisting of 6 fascinating activities.
In the physics room, we had:
- Investigating sound- using drums and guitars, we observed the difference in vibrations between the variety of sized drums and strings. We realised that the larger drums make slower vibrations and therefore deeper sounds causing the spaghetti to bounce up and down. The smaller drums had tighter skins, which vibrate quicker so the spaghetti did not bounce up and down as much.
- Friction- rolling a car down a ramp, we investigated the friction caused by different materials. We found that the towel created the most friction and the large books the least.
- Electricity- we experimented with circuits to make bulbs light up and to power buzzers. We found out the a circuit needs to be complete for the electricity to travel.
We had a thrilling afternoon at TCS as part of our Science Week, where we carried out experiments using heat and chemicals! The children were so excited as they saw simple materials change before their eyes! What chemical did we add to the PVA glue and water to make the magic putty? Remember to ask an adult at home if you want to try the drinks can experiment!
As part of science week, year 4 were invited to take part in a science lesson at TCS.
They were very impressed with the facilities and resources on offer in the science lab.
They carried out a variety of experiments and witnessed chemical reactions involving hydrochloric acid and magnesium. They also made a special goo using pva glue mixed with chemicals.
Can you remember why the magnesium caused the test tube to heat up?
Redwood class are enjoying listening to Stig of the Dump this afternoon in the newly refurbished library.
After an incredibly exciting assembly full of explosions and reactions, year 4 spent the afternoon with Mr G experimenting with different scientific concepts.
- Making vibrations to create sounds in different ways using slinkys, straws and cups
- experimenting with water displacement
- learning how our eyes work
- Using the force of air from a balloon to move CDs
Isn’t science fancinsting!
Can you explain how these things work?
What a jam packed day of fun!
All children experienced the extremely high ropes course, some went on an adventurous walk over the moors and others got caked in mud during their low adventure course.
After a delicious roast, we had a camp fire followed by a talent show.
All staff are incredibly proud of the values the children have portrayed over the 2 days. They’ve had a great time and they are all looking forward to seeing their parents tomorrow. I’m sure you’ve all missed them!
We have had a fantastic first day at Heatree!
After settling into their rooms and unpacking, the children spent the afternoon doing an exciting activity around the beautiful grounds of Heatree.
Some of the groups took part in a team quest whilst others experienced the challenging low adventure course-filled with mud and obstacles to overcome.
What will tomorrow have in store?
In preparation for our residential, we have spent the day carrying out a variety of activities to help us learn about Dartmoor. These have included: Map reading skills, learning about the country code, making information posters about plants and animals and taking part in a quiz.
Furthermore, we organised a competiton which involved having to put a duvet cover on a duvet (a skill they will need for tomorrow). Children worked in pairs and were judged on speed, technique and aesthetics.
The children were extending their multiplication knowledge by using manipulatives To help them calculate a range of different number sentences. Also, we were putting our knowledge into context by cresting a range of word problems. Can you write a range of number facts using the images below?
Children who have been taking part in Mr Hardee’s gymnastic club were selected to represent the school in a competition against the other schools in the learning community at TCS.
The 22 children selected from year 3 and 4 all had to learn a floor routine including forward rolls, cartwheels and challenging balances such as arabesques. Furthermore, they had to perform a vault. All children were judged and their scores go towards their team’s total score.
It was mentioned by the organisers of the competition that the children were impeccably behaved setting a super example! Mr Hardee is extremely proud of them.
We we find out the results tomorrow so look out for the blog!
Next week, we will start our new topic ‘A World of Fantasy’ which coincides with book week. The children will be writing their own fantasy/adventure story and make a movie trailer to advertise it!
Have a look at the plan to see the other exciting things we are doing which relate to the topic!
Can you think of other activities which relate to the topic which we could possibly include in our SOLE work?