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Food for Thought - Bird Feeders

posted 6 Feb 2019, 23:56 by Richard Hanks

Our topic this half-term is 'Food for thought', we have learnt about: teeth, digestion, how cooking causes changes in state, how food is important in religious ceremonies and around the world.

But we haven't forgotten our feathered friends in this cold weather, so last week, we used out Design and technology skills to create bird feeders to help keep the wildlife healthy through the winter.

This meant using:
  • Maths skills to divide up the ingredients,
  • Use of tools and equipment (making holes in yogurt pots is harder than it sounds),
  • Understanding of species and diets,
  • Resilience: handling the fat was not the most pleasant experience,
  • Teamwork, getting the feeders to the higher branches.

Y4 travel through a portal to a fantasy land

posted 6 Feb 2019, 23:42 by Richard Hanks

The children of year 4 have created magical portals that have transported them to magical world, you would not believe the characters we have found there!

Inspired by The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, The Hobbit and new favourite Journey, the children have been describing settings and characters using imaginative descriptions. 

We are now planning what adventures our characters will have next...

Outdoor Learning - Fire-lighting and States of Matter

posted 18 Jan 2019, 08:25 by Richard Hanks

Over the last two weeks we have been lucky enough to have Mr France lead us in Outdoor Learning sessions focusing on Fire-lighting and States of Matter. Children showed great resilience to practice their ability to start a fire using flint and steels even in very chilly conditions.

We also began to consider the solid, liquid and gas states that materials could exist in.  We witnessed ice melt quicker in a metal pan than directly on the fire and appreciated the difference between steam and smoke. We will investigate this further in subsequent science lessons.

Oh, we also made and ate quite a lot of popcorn.

It was pleasure to see the children supporting each other, taking turns and sharing limited resources together.

Fantastic afternoons of outdoor learning fun!

Y4 Spellings - Set 16

posted 18 Jan 2019, 00:03 by Richard Hanks

Capoeira Sheffield

posted 19 Dec 2018, 08:37 by Richard Hanks

To celebrate the end of our ‘Destination Brazil’ topic, the Y4s spent the day practicing the Brazilian Martial Art, Capoeira.

Professor Socadinho from Capoeira Sheffield led the children through a rigorous introduction to this historical mix of martial art, dance, music and acrobatics.

The children showed great resilience to keep going on some tricky moves, creativity in the actions as well as kindness and respect to the trainer and each other.

It was a super way to finish our term together.

Samba on BBC Sheffield

posted 7 Dec 2018, 07:40 by Richard Hanks

Our Year 4 Samba expert was on BBC Radio Sheffield on Thursday talking about his experiences and enjoyment of being in the band.

We know all about this as he taught us our rhythms and lead the procession on our Brazil Day samba.

Brazil Day

posted 6 Dec 2018, 04:42 by Richard Hanks   [ updated 6 Dec 2018, 05:11 ]

At the coldest time of year, Y4 decided to warm things up with Brazil Day! Children wore bright colourful, carnival clothes and had a fun day inspired by different aspects of Brazilian life.
  • Cooking (and eating) stuffed peppers using Brazilian ingredients of their choice
  • Making head dresses with feathers and designs inspired by the rainforest
  • Hearing a Brazilian folk-tale and using it's message as a stimulus for a Philosophy for children discussion.
  • Learning Samba rhythms and paraded round school by our very own Samba expert J!  
A big thanks to the parent helpers. It was a great day!

Road Safety Week

posted 28 Nov 2018, 01:19 by Richard Hanks

As part of Road Safety, Year 4 have been thinking about the first journeys they might make out on their own and how they will keep themselves safe. We watched a Think! video of other children talking about this subject and consider our own first journeys.

We then headed outside to draw some roads (and railways) on the playground to act out some good and bad examples of road safety.

Also on the Think! website is a nice game on a similar theme, which we didn't get to use in school, check it out together!

Y4 Spelling Week 11

posted 23 Nov 2018, 07:58 by Richard Hanks

Y4 Spelling Set 10

posted 16 Nov 2018, 07:36 by Richard Hanks

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