Welcome Back! We hope you had a wonderful Christmas!
This week we have begun our animals including humans topic in Science. We recalled the organs of the body and began looking more specifically at the digestive system. We found out the names of the different organs involved and their location in the body.
We began December by learning about Christian stories and discussing what Christmas means to Christians and each other. We celebrated Christmas with a Christmas party with lots of food, games and dancing as well as enjoying a Christmas Dinner. We made 3D stars and Christmas cards to sell at the Christmas fayre.
We finished reading Georges Marvellous Medicine by making potions, writing poems and recipes.
In topic, we learnt about life in Svaalbard, the northernmost town on earth. We wrote postcards about a visit there.
We finished our Science topic by making torches in DT.
19th - 30th November
It has been a busy two weeks in Red Kite Class!
For our IT morning, we began planning our digital stories to make on iMovie. We followed this with an afternoon of learning how to read maps - a vital skill for survival on extreme earth. We also learnt you need 8000 calories a day to survive one day on an Arctic expedition so we planned menus to make sure we would have enough to eat. In Science, Year 4 were chosen to respond to a letter from the charity practical action. We spent the day researching renewable energy sources for Moja Island and writing letters with our findings. We are excited to hear their response.
In PE we have been playing Star Wars Dodge Ball and learning to play as a team in different positions. Many children have also achieved their level 8 in Gymnastics.
In Math we have been measuring perimeter of rectilinear shapes and working out the missing perimeter using our knowledge of the properties of squares and rectangles.
Our Georges Marvellous Medicine books have finally arrived and the children have produced some fantastic writing inspired by the story.
Finally, it is Switch Off Fortnight. We have been learning more about Fossil Fuels and their impact on the environment and learning to switch off electrical items we are not using to preserve the fossil fuels we have left. We are having a school wide competition to see who can save the most energy by switching off.
12th - 16th November
This week was anti-bullying week and we focused on kindness and discussed this years theme of choosing respect. We decided respect means being kind, accepting other peoples decisions, standing up for ourselves and each other, being polite, and listening. We know to respect others even if they are not our friends or family. We have played kindness bingo and realise that the smallest act of kindness can improve somebodies mood as well as our own. We aim to continue being kind to each other and anyone we meet going forward.
As part of antibullying week, we watched a video about internet safety. We know that we should not give out our personal details or photos to strangers and avoid talking to people we do not know in real life online. We should keep our settings private and tell an adult if we are unsure about strangers trying to talk to us. It is best to only play with our real life friends online or against the computer.
In Math, we finished our addition and subtraction topic. We are confident using column addition and subtraction of two 4-digit numbers and will continue to work on rounding and problem solving.
Georges Marvellous Medicine has finally arrived and this week we read the first chapter all about grouchy, gruesome Grandma. We used this to help us create our own characters and write character descriptions.
We continued to learn about survival in extreme climates and decided on which animals are the most well adapted to extremely cold climates such as Antarctica.
Finally, we kicked off our Exciting Electricity topic by creating scripts and performing in TV programmes about how electricity is generated from renewable and non-renewable energy sources.
Creative Hero Day
We began the day by remembering the heroes who fought for us in the First and Second World Wars.
We went on to learn about a young environmental Hero - Boyan Slaat, who began at the age of 13 to create a machine which would clear plastic from the ocean. He has now founded the Ocean Clean-up Project and his dream is on the brink of becoming a reality. We made turtles out of recycled egg cartons and stuck them in our ocean. We are so proud of how fantastic they look swimming through the ocean and know the importance of caring for our planet. Head over to our class blog to find out who our creative heroes are.
What a fantastic first half term we’ve had in Y4 Red Kite!
As part of our Extreme Earth topic, we have learnt about the causes and effects of volcanos, earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis and flooding. We have written newspaper articles, poems and diary entries as well as making posters and leaflets informing others on how to care for the planet we live in.
In Science, we have learnt about materials and their properties, how different particles behave and how materials can change state. We acted out the water cycle and know that evaporation occurs when water (liquid) is heated and rises turning into water vapour (gas) and that condensation occurs when water vapour cools and turns back into water. Space week was also exciting because we shared our knowledge and went on to make UFOs.
In our Math lessons, we did extremely well meeting many of our Place Value targets. Furthermore, we began looking at addition and subtraction of two 4-digit numbers, solving missing number problems and using the inverse to check our answers.
On RE day, we discussed identity and belonging as individuals as well as from a Christian perspective. Fantastic collages were made represent our identity. We discussed many important issues including how we welcome newcomers to our school and community and acted out how we would be welcoming and supportive towards a new member of our class.
In French we have been learning the names of all the items we might find in our pencil cases and whether they are masculine or feminine by playing games, singing songs and matching pictures with their written form.
in PE we have been working on teamwork and skills needed to successfully play handball. Many of us have earned badges in gymnastics. We have been working on balances, shapes and rolls.
The first week back after half term is an exciting one which includes making poppies for a memorial to the centenary of the First World War. On Wednesday, will visit Magna where we will learn more about Extreme Earth and be introduced to our new topic of electricity with hands on activities and demonstrations. Finally, on Friday, we will be getting creative as part of Creative Hero’s Day in partnership with The Harley Gallery. Their will be an opportunity in the morning for the children to design and make t-shirts. We will be introduced to young creative hero’s and thinking about who our creative hero’s might be from dancers and singers to sports people, engineers, scientists and many more!
I hope you are all having a fantastic half term! Don’t forget about the blogging challenge - I look forward to reading your entries! See you on Monday for a fun filled term where we will be learning how to survive in extreme climates, making our own torches and producing some fantastic writing based on Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine.
We have had a great start to our school year in Red Kite class. We began last week by thinking about how we can be the best we can be and creating our class rules together.
Next, we kick started our Extreme Earth topic by going on an underground explorer adventure to discover what lays beneath our feet and learning about the lifecycle of volcanos. We also created our own hurricane satellite pictures to enhance our extreme earth display.
We have been keeping fit and healthy this week by attending gymnastics, playing handball and karate.
French lessons have begun and we have had two band practise sessions with Mr Bellingham.
In Science we conducted an experiment to test the viscosity of liquids (conditioner, water, oil and washing up liquid) and can identify the properties of solids, liquids and gases as well as how their particles behave.
We have been working on place value in Maths and successfully completing Times Table challenges.
Finally, in English we have enjoyed writing character descriptions, using expanded noun phrases, based on the book Black Dog. Visit our class blog (http://redkite2018.norbridgeblogs.net/) for a snippets of our fantastic writing found in the replies.