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Y4 Nightingale Class

Welcome to Nightingale Class!

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We are an enthusiastic class of Year 4 children, keen to share our exciting learning experiences. We have lots of interesting things planned for this year. On this page you will find information about our learning as well as pictures showing what we’ve been up to. You can also read some examples of our class’ writing at http://nightingale.norbridgeblogs.net/ and keep up to date by following our class twitter page: @Y4Nightingale.

 

Teacher: Miss Miller

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Williams, Mrs Prince and Mr Crossland.

 

Key Dates:

Monday 16th April - Summer Term Begins

Wednesday 2nd May - Year 4 Roman Day

Monday 7th May - May Day (Bank holiday)

Friday 11th May - Year 4 Romans Assembly

Tuesday 15th May - Year 4 Romans Blogging Event (After school)

Wednesday 16th May - Year 4 RE Islam Day

Friday 25th May - Summer Term 1 Ends

 

Monday 4th June - Summer Term 2 Begins

Week beginning 9th July - KS2 production week

Friday 20th July - Trip to Murton Park

Tuesday 24th July - Break up for summer holidays

Wednesday 25th July - INSET day

 

P.E:

Children will have a weekly P.E session with Mr Scott on a Friday morning. Please ensure your child has a P.E kit in school on this day. 

 

Karate:

On Wednesday afternoons children have karate with Sensei Dave.

 

Swimming:

From 27th February, children will have a weekly swimming session on a Tuesday morning. Please ensure your child has a swimming costume/swimming trunks on this day. If your child would like to wear swimming goggles, please make sure their consent form has been given to the Class Teacher. 

 

Book Bags:

Children will be provided with a reading diary and a library book. Please ensure your child brings their reading book and diary to school every day. Diaries will be signed each week and children will be given the chance to change their reading books weekly. Don't forget to record you reading at home to help you earn stickers on our reading chart so that you can attend our reading party!

 

 

Homework:

Homework will be sent home each Wednesday along with a list of spellings and children will be tested on these spellings the following week.

Boudicca's Rebellion...

 

Yesterday on our Roman Day, we discovered that in 43AD, the Romans' 3rd invasion of England succeeded. They took over British land, charging the Celts taxes. We discussed how this made the Celts feel and learnt that a Tribal Queen Boudicca organised a rebellion against the Romans. We worked in groups to act out the battle, finishing with the Romans succeeding due to their clever tactics and superior armour.

               

 

               

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Year 4 Roman Day!

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Our new class book...

 

This week in English, we have started reading our new class book: Iron Man.

 

                                        

 

We started the week by predicting what we thought would happen in the story. We then wrote character descriptions of Iron man using expanded noun phrases and similes and finished the week by writing our own opening to the story. We look forward to discovering if any of our predictions are right.

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Today we enjoyed watching Mr Huthart fly his drone in the sun...

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Smoothie Making

 

Some of us enjoyed making fruit smoothies today to cool us down in this wonderful sunny weather. We blended different combinations to make lots of different flavours:

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Today in music we learned to play a medley of JustPlay songs...

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Spellings

 

We have been working on learning our Year 4 spellings this week...

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Comparing Ancient Civilisations

 

Today we began learning our Ancient Roman topic by looking at and comparing Ancient Civilisations. We began by discussing which Civilisations we knew, comparing masks, landmarks and coins from these periods. We then worked in groups to order a range of Ancient Civilisations on a chronological timeline and compared the length of time each one was around for.

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Fairy Tales

 

This week in English we have been looking at fairy tales. We began the week by identifying features of existing fairy tales and acting these out so we were familiar with the storylines. We then planned and wrote a chosen tale, trying to include all the key features we had talked about. On Friday, we began thinking about ways we could alter fairy tales (characters, settings and the story line) ready to write our own creative story next week...

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Summer Term - Roman Britain

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In Summer Term, our topic will be Roman Britain. Read below to see what we will be learning about in the different subject areas this term:

 

English: In English, this term our focus text will be 'Iron Man'. We will be using these to help inspire our ideas for our writing. We will also be looking at producing longer pieces of texts, using paragraphs to separate ideas, using features of different text types, improving our story writing skills and writing poetry. We will be continuing to practise spellings daily using our spelling scheme and will continue to improve our handwriting through our handwriting sessions.

 

Maths: In Maths, we will be furthering our understanding of the place value of 4-digit numbers, multiplying and dividing using a written method, recognising and reading Roman numerals, comparing fractions and decimals, interpreting data on bar charts and pictograms and using coordinates to draw shapes. We will also continue to develop our times tables knowledge throughout this term.

 

History/Geography: We will be looking at understanding how the Roman Empire was formed, understanding how the Romans invaded and what Roman life was like, identifying Roman Gods and Goddesses, recreating Roman mosaics and Pottery, comparing entertainment across time periods, investigating the structure of Roman buildings and researching the Roman legacy.

 

Computing: We will be looking at continuing to develop our coding knowledge this term as well as gaining basic computer skills when using programmes such as PowerPoint and Excel.

 

Science: In Science, we will be learning all about the human body. We will be looking at the digestive system, the function of different types of teeth and how to keep our body healthy. We will be completing a range of scientific enquiries to help us develop our skills in predicting and completing fair tests.

 

Art:This term, we will be continuing our graphic design lessons each week run by  Mr Slaney. Also, we will take part in Art and DT activities as part of our Roman Day, including making sheils, peg soldiers and catapults.

 

Music: We will continue to have band sessions each Thursday with Mr Bellingham and Mr Oakton to develop our skills in playing different instruments, composing music and developing our singing skills.

 

French: We will be having weekly French sessions with Madame Walsh to continue to develop our skills in reading, writing and speaking French.

 

RE/PSHE: This term, we will be having RE. /PSHE days. We will be learning all about Islam in the first half term and how we can take action against Cimate Change in the second half term.

 

Physical Education: This term, we will continue to have PE sessions each Friday with Mr Scott. We will also have weekly Karate Sessions with Sensei Dave and swimming lessons at Valley.  

 

Venture Experts: Children will continue to have their chosen venture experts sessions on Tuesday afternoons until the end of the summer term. 

Our Trip to the Buddhist Centre

 

Sunset Silhouette Pictures 

 

To celebrate Art and DT day, we have been creating sunset silhouette pictures. We looked at which colours to use and how to blend these together to create a sunset effect. 

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RE Day - Buddhism 

 

Today we spent the whole day learning about Buddhism, ready for our trip to the Buddhist centre next week! We learnt about the story of Buddha, the main Buddhist symbols and what they represent, the 5 main rules Buddhists follow (and created our own) and mindfulness. We looked at different mindfulness techniques including: meditation, colouring, reading and listening to relaxing music and discussed how they made us feel. 

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Coding

 

In Coding this week, we discovered how to use a repeat code to direct a character around a maze using the lowest number of blocks possible. 

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Why do objects float and sink?

 

For #ScienceWeek, we predicted which everyday objects would float and sink and then tested our theories in a science experiment. We then hypothesised why the objects floated or sank before learning that it’s all about an object’s density in relation to water! 

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Performing our play scripts

 

After we worked hard perfecting our play scripts based on our class book ‘Millions,’ we worked in groups to perform these to the rest of the class: 

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Trip to Western Park Museum..

 

 

MUSIC

 

We had fun learning to play a song this week:

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Mother's Day Cards

 

Today we took lots of care making cards for our very special Mums!

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English - Play scripts

 

This week in English we have been learning how to write a play script. We began by finding the main features of play scripts and acted out existing scripts. Throughout the week we have become script writers, writing our own scenes to perform using the key features: title, cast list, scene description, character names with colons, stage directions etc... We acted out different emotions to help us decide on the stage directions for the characters' actions when performing.

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We really enjoyed sharing our favourite books with friends:

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In the afternoon, we decorated biscuit snacks to eat during story share time:

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#SnackAndShare

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SNOW DAY!

 

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Ancient Egyptian Gods

 

This week in Topic, we learnt about the different kinds of Gods the Ancient Egyptians believed in. We looked at their different powers and compared these to Gods that we have learnt about from other civilisations/religions.

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Should Damien and Anthony keep the Millions?

 

This week in English, we learnt how to write a balanced argument and used these skills to answer the question above. We started by analysing discussion texts and identifying the main features. We then looked at how to use different connectives to make each point (e.g. Firstly, On the other hand, Furthermore) and created a list of ideas for and against the boys keeping the money. Finally, we wrote our own balanced argument to answer the question above.

 

                                                             

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Make Do and Blog Challenge...

 

This week, the whole school took part in the Make Do and Blog Worksop Challenge! We began by designing characters in Art and then created these using a range of different fabrics for clothing. Children then blogged about their creations. They either wrote a story about their character or instructions for how they were created. Take a look at our blog entries at: http://nightingale.norbridgeblogs.net 

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Ancient Egypt Day

 

We joined with Hummingbird Class to enjoy a very exciting day, learning all about the Ancient Egyptians! In the morning, we learnt all about the Afterlife. We took part in a range of activities including: learning about the stages of mummification, mummifying a tomato and then ourselves and making Ancient Egyptian death masks. In the afternoon, we created cartouches from Salt dough and carved our initial in hieroglyphics.

History Around the World Blogging Day - Medieval Britain

 

 

We began our history blogging day by discussing what we already knew about the medieval period and comparing this to other historical periods including our Topic (The Ancient Egyptians). We then took part in the first team challenge. Our tables split up and we learnt as much as we could about key topics related to medieval times including: medicine, religion, law and order and games. Children then had 10 minutes to read about this topic and learn as much as they could to then share with their topic group! Some of us remembered lots of interesting things.

We then learnt about what life was like living as a farmer and the main jobs people had who lived in the small towns/villages. For our second team challenge, children discussed what life was like in a Medieval castle and then made their own from different materials. Finally, we learnt about Medieval medicine, including the strange treatments people were given for their illnesses. We then made the 4 humours medieval people believed made up our bodies: blood, phlegm, black bile and yellow bile. 

Venture Experts Showcase

 

On Tuesday, the whole school took part in a Venture Experts showcase, showing off all the learning children have been doing in their specialised subject, from September until now. Some groups performed what they had been working on to the parents. These included dance, karate, drama, music and singing. Other groups such as coding, STEM, digital media, crafts, life skills and mechanical engineering, presented their work to parents through pictures. and showed them what they've created. The children had a brilliant time showcasing all of their hard work!

Take a look at some of the photos taken on this fantastic day:

 

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Marvellous Maths

 

This week in Maths, we have been looking at division of 2 and 3-digit numbers. We began our learning by using place value cards to partition the numbers into parts which were then easier to divide by the divisor.

We then used times table facts to solve the problems. Later on in the week, children used their understanding to use the chunking method for division.

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Pantomime Time...

 

On Monday afternoon, we were lucky enough to have a surprise visit from M&M productions, who performed Dick Whittington to the whole of KS2! The school hall was full of smiles, laughs and excitement as the actors showed us their fun and music-filled performance! We enjoyed ourselves so much, that on Tuesday, all of our class wrote down their favourite part of the show. Take a look at our glowing reviews at http://nightingale.norbridgeblogs.net/ 

 

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Sikhism Day

On Monday we enjoyed learning and understanding all about Sikhism.

Lesson 1: Understand how Sikhism began

We looked at a video and power point about the life of Guru Nanak, we then worked in groups to  reinact stories of Guru Nanak. 

Lesson 2: Investigate what Sikhs believe

We talked about what it means to believe in something and looked at the main beliefs in Sikhism, comparing them to our own beliefs. Our activity was to work in small groups to create artwork to demonstrate the Sikh beliefs.

 

 

 

 

 

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P.E

In our P.E lesson this week we worked in groups taking part in completing various athletic activities. The activities included speed jumping, relay racing and high jump.

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Coding – debugging a programme.

 

Today in Coding, we worked in pairs to analyse existing codes for a maze. We discussed what debugging meant and talked about what was currently wrong with the maze instructions. We then worked together to fix the game, rearranging the codes so the character could walk safely through the maze.

 

 

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Ancient Egyptian Hierarchy

 

We have been learning all about the different Ancient Egyptian jobs, from Soldiers to Craftsmen to slaves. We discussed how these are very different from our society today.

Children then learnt about what hierarchy means, using the structure of the school to help them. They then worked in groups to sort the different Ancient Egyptian jobs into a hierarchy. We learnt that most people were farmers and slaves.

 

 

                       

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Diary Writing

 

This week in English, we began reading our new class book: Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce.

 

                                                            

 

We began the week by describing Damien’s personality (the main character) using our inference skills.

 

We have also been looking at how to write a great diary entry. First, we looked at good examples of diary entries and decided on the main features. We then wrote our own diary entry about an exciting personal experience. On Friday, we edited our diaries to improve our writing.

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Geometry

 

In our maths lessons this week, we have been learning all about shape. To start the week, we looked at identifying types of angles as either acute or obtuse, depending on whether they were larger or smaller than a right angle. We then learnt about parallel and perpendicular lines and used this understanding to sort 2D shapes using their properties. We finished off the week by looking at symmetry and identifying lines of symmetry on 2D shapes.

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Science

 

In Science, children have been learning about the different types of teeth and their functions. Children have named the teeth: incisors, canines, premolars, molars and wisdom teeth and identified these on themselves and a diagram. They have discussed the different jobs the teeth have and how they are adapted for eating certain types of food.

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Art

 

In Art this week we created interesting art pieces with our initials:

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Hieroglyphics

This week we have been learning all about Hieroglyphics, the Ancient Egyptian alphabet.

In History we found out about the Rosetta stone and how the stone was found, we then tried writing our name using the Hieroglyphic alphabet.

In Art we used the Hieroglyphic alphabet to show a typical day in our life, Mr Slaney then had to work out what we had written.

English

In our English lessons this week we have been planning and creating a fact file on Ancient Egypt.

Monday: We researched and selected information to use in a fact file.

Tuesday: We started to plan the design and content of our fact file.

Wednesday:We looked at using the correct style for information texts eg: writing in third person, putting information into an appropriate order in paragraphs and expanding on ideas to give more information in paragraphs. 

Thursday:We used appropriate features to write a fact file eg: Subheadings, pictures, fact boxes and paragraphs.

Friday: We presented our fact files digitally on a laptop.

Researching Egypt

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Karate

On Thursday we enjoyed our weekly karate lesson with Sensei Slaney.

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Music

In music this week we have been practising changing C and G chords on different instruments.

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Maths

In Maths this week we have been dividing and multiplying mentally by 4 by doubling and halving numbers. We then moved on to multiplying by 20 and 5 using the x10 table.

Later this week we looked at finding non unit fractions of 1,2 and 3 digit numbers. We have also been finding equivalent fractions and simplifying equivalent fractions.

 

Coding - gaming

 

Today in computing we talked about what makes a great game and used this knowledge to create our own maze game. We then edited this game, thinking about how to make it more challenging for the player..

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PE

 

We had another great session in PE with Mr Scott playing field hockey! We worked on different ways to dribble  then played a fun game of 1v1. To score we had to stop the ball in a end zone.

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We are archaeologists...

 

In our topic lesson this week, we looked at different Ancient Egyptian artefacts and thought about what they might tell us about Ancient Egypt. We asked a range of questions and discussed what the answers to these questions might be, using our archaeologist skills…

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Music 

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Maths

 

We have been busy in Maths this week. We have looked at subtracting 4-digit numbers, the 7 times table and the ladder method for multiplying 3 digit numbers, including money! We also helped our friends when some of us were finding it tricky:

 

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English

 

This week in English, we have been learning all about descriptive writing inspired by Tadeo Jones' journey through the Ancient Egyptian pyramid.

 

                                                      

 

We have looked at varying sentence openers, including speech and alternative words for said, using senses in setting descriptions and including powerful verbs, building on our learning from last week.

Check out some of our fantastic writing at: http://nightingale.norbridgeblogs.net/ 

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PSHE

 

During our PSHE lesson this week, we discussed what friendship means to us and what makes a good friend. We then talked about scenarios where children are not being good friends and used drama to show how we should act in that situation:

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PE

 

We enjoyed our first hockey session with Mr Scott on the brand new MUGA:

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Topic

 

This week in Topic, we learnt all about what chronology means in history. We looked at a timeline and thought about historical events that happened in BC (Before Christ) and in AD (Anno Domini). We then tried to order events in chronological order, thinking about the date that they happened. Some of the dates of events surprised us!

 

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English

 

This week in English we have been focusing on using more powerful verbs in our writing. We started the week by thinking of more interesting verbs for words such as 'walk,' 'talk,' 'see,' and 'went.' At the end of the week, we used think understanding to write a short story using powerful verbs and expanded noun phrases.

 

 

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SPaG

 

This week in our SPaG lessons we have been practising the year 4 spelling words and have looked at different word classes. We also practised using our dictionary skills, finding the meaning of new vocabulary to use in our writing.

 

 

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Our new classroom...

 

This week we have been lucky enough to move into our classroom in the brand new building! Children were very excited to see their new learning space, we look forward to enjoying the rest of the year here!

 

Spring Term: The Ancient Egyptians

 

 

In Spring Term, our topic will be Ancient Egypt. Read below to see what we will be learning about in the different subject areas this term:

 

English: In English, this term our focus text will be 'Iron Man'. We will be using these to help inspire our ideas for our writing. We will also be looking at producing longer pieces of texts, using paragraphs to separate ideas, using features of different text types, improving our story writing skills and writing poetry. We will be continuing to practise spellings daily using our spelling scheme and will continue to improve our handwriting through our handwriting sessions.

 

Maths: In Maths, we will be looking at properties of shapes, rounding numbers, using the ladder method to multiply, identifying different types of angles, identifying equivalent fractions, comparing and ordering decimals and solving problems involving money. We will also continue to develop our times tables knowledge throughout this term.

 

History/Geography: We will be looking at discovering information from Ancient Egyptian artefacts, learning about hieroglyphics, understanding Ancient Egyptian hierarchy, understanding why pyramids were used, understanding Ancient Egyptian views on afterlife, recognising Ancient Egyptian Gods and understanding the process of Mummification

 

Computing: We will be looking at developing our coding knowledge this term. We will be learning about algorithms, how to debug programmes, how to give directional code and how to use repeating blocks.

 

Science: In Science, we will be learning all about the human body. We will be looking at the digestive system, the function of different types of teeth and how to keep our body healthy. We will be completing a range of scientific enquiries to help us develop our skills in predicting and completing fair tests.

 

Art:This term, we will be having graphic design lessons each week run by our new Art teacher Mr Slaney.

 

Music: We will continue to have band sessions each Thursday with Mr Bellingham and Mr Oakton to develop our skills in playing different instruments, composing music and developing our singing skills.

 

French: We will be having weekly French sessions with Madame Walsh to continue to develop our skills in reading, writing and speaking French.

 

RE: This term, we will be having RE Days to help us learn more about different religions. We will be learning all about Sikhism this half term and Buddhism in the second half term.

 

Physical Education: This term, we will continue to have PE sessions each Friday with Mr Scott. We will also have weekly Karate Sessions with Sensei Dave. After February half term, we will be having swimming lessons at Valley (letters about this will be given out closer to the time). 

 

Venture Experts: Children will continue to have their chosen venture experts sessions on Tuesday afternoons until the half term break. Children will then get to select a new Venture Experts activity to take part in.

Week Beginning 11.12.17

 

Christmas card making:

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South America Blogging Day!

 

On Wednesday, children took part in lots of different activities related to different countries/cities in South America. This included: traditional weaving, Inca dancing and making floating islands like the ones on Lake Titicaca, Peru. Children blogged all about their exciting  experiences: 

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Pointless...

 

We had a great time using our SPaG skills to play a game of pointless:

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English

 

To finish off our Brazil topic, this week in English we have planned and created our own TV adverts to persuade people to visit Brazil. We began by watching existing adverts and identifying the persuasive features. After we agreed on what a great advert looks like, we planned, wrote the script and performed our own...

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Brazil Day

 

We started this week with an exciting day all about Brazil! In the morning, children learnt about Fairtrade and took part in a blind chocolate tasting in order to decide if Fairtrade produce is better tasting than foods which are not Fairtrade. 

During the afternoon, we were lucky to have a visit from Action Aid. Our visitor told us all about the Brazilian rainforest and brought in lots of different artefacts for the children to explore...

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Art

 

This week in Art we used oil pastels and chalk to create effective drawings of Rainforest animals. Check out the children’s creations below:

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Christmas Dinner Day

 

This Thursday, we had a great time celebrating Christmas dinner day! Children came to school in their Christmas jumpers, played jingle bells on the ukuleles in music and enjoyed a lovely roast dinner at lunchtime. We had a wonderful day!

 

 

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Electrician Challenge!

 

This week, Nightingale class took part in a Junior Electrician challenge for a chance to win a Junior Electrician Award! In groups, they were given the task of creating a burglar alarm using the contents of their tool kit: wires, batteries, a buzzer, string, tin foil, pegs and cardboard. Children needed to use all the skills they had learnt in previous lessons to do with complete circuits and electric conductors, in order to create effective working alarms! They were very inventive and designed a variety of burglar alarms:

 

 

 

 

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Week beginning 27.11.17...

1st December: the countdown to Christmas...

 

Today we are very excited in Nightingale Class as the countdown to Christmas begins! Children have helped to make our classroom look like Christmas by creating colourful paper chains to hang from our ceiling. They've definitely done a great job of it!

 

 

 

 

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Science - the power of switches...

 

This week, we created our own switches from tin foil. We then investigated how they work and whether the position of the switch would affect if the circuit was complete.

 

 

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Brazilian Culture...

 

This week in Topic, children worked in groups to create a poster all about the Brazilian culture which they then presented to the rest of the class. Children used ipads, books, and information on the classroom walls to help them investigate the Brazilian way of life. This included football, carnival, capoeira (Brazilian martial arts), samba, tourist attractions, family traditions and other things. Everyone in the group had their own role and task to focus on...

 

 

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Maths

 

This week in Maths we have been focusing on multiplication and division of 3 digit numbers using the grid, ladder and chunking methods. Here we are practising our times tables while playing 4 in a row:

 

   

English

 

This week in English we have been working on suspense writing in order to create an exciting build-up and climax! We practised showing emotions through our actions and expressions to help us include this in our writing: 

 

      

 

       

 

Week beginning 20.11.17...

English – Poetry

 

In English, we have been looking at descriptive poems. We started the week by identifying common poetic devices in some example poems. We found that these were: onomatopoeia, personification, alliteration and rhyme. Children then planned and wrote their own descriptive poem about a busy street, using their understanding of the poetic devices.

 

  

 

  

 

To finish off the week, children became performers of poetry. We looked at a poem called “The sound collector” and created success criteria for how this could be performed effectively. Our success criteria included: pace, vocal expression, actions and speaking clearly and loudly. 

 

  

 

  

Brazilian Tribes 

 

In our Topic lessons, we learnt all about the variety of Amerindian tribes living in Brazil. We discussed and compared their lives to our own, thinking about how they hunt and prepare food, build shelter and create their own medicines from things available in the rainforest. Children researched about one tribe in their groups and then presented this information to the rest of the class.

 

  

 

  

 

Once we had shared, children then pretended they were a member of the tribe, acting out what they might do.

 

  

 

  

Exciting Electricity!

This week in science, children investigated whether everyday objects were insulators or conductors of electricity, setting up a circuit and testing the objects themselves. They discovered that all metals conducted electricity but were surprised at the variety of metal everyday objects which conducted electricity. Take a look at our investigations below:

 

  

 

Let's make fireworks!

This week in coding, we worked in groups to create fireworks using Hopscotch. We followed instructions to add the correct codes in the right order – our fireworks looked fantastic!

 

  

 

  

 Week Beginning 13/11/2017

D.T

Today we have been making our Samba instrument prototypes  using resources that we have brought into school from home,our resources included boxes,cardboard tubes,plastic tubs and foil trays. We thought about what sound we wanted our instrument to make and what materials we needed to make the sound.

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Maths

In our Maths lesson today we worked in groups to solve Maths challenge cards,we had to decide which method to use to solve each problem.

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Children in Need

To raise money for Children in Need we held a non uniform day, some of us came dressed in spots and Pudsey clothing.

 

Music

In our Music lesson we have been singing  Journeys song Don't stop believing acapella and also used our bodies as percussion.

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Science

In Science this week we have been identifying complete and incomplete circuits, we also built our own complete circuits to light a lightbulb.

English

This week in English we have been focusing on persuasive arguments, we have been looking at the features of a persuasive argument, working in groups to perform persuasive arguments and writing our own persuasive argument.

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Week Beginning 06.11.17

Remembrance Day

 

As Remembrance Day is coming up this Saturday, Nightingale class learnt all about the history behind this special day and how we can remember those died fighting for our country.  We also discussed why poppies are used as a symbol of remembrance.

Children then created their our own acrostic poems for the word ‘remember' - take a look at some of our brilliant writing at: http://nightingale.norbridgeblogs.net/ 

 

  

Geography - The Brazilian land and Climate

 

This week in our topic lesson, we learnt that there are 3 main areas of land in Brazil: the Amazon rainforest, the Cerrado and the Brazilian highlands. We discussed what the word climate means and compared the climate across these different areas of Brazil.

 

Children then researched the climate in different Brazilian cities, using online facts and graphs.

 

  

 

Finally, children presented a weather report, explaining what you'd expect to see if you visited the Brazilian cities in certain months of the year:

 

  

 

 

English - Instructions Writing...

 

This week in English we have been looking at instructions writing. At the beginning of the week, children identified the key features of instructions and then used these features to instruct others how to do an everyday task.

On Wednesday, we received a letter from Max (the troubled Hedgehog in our class book, "The Hodgeheg"), asking us to provide him and his family instructions for how to cross the road without getting hurt! We rose to the challenge, writing well thought out advice to ensure Max's safety. Here are some of our children sharing their instructions:

 

  

 

Amazingly, he visited our school the day after....

 

 

(We think this was to thank us for some great instructions!). 

Maths - All about adding!

 

This week in Maths, we have been working on our addition skills. First, we practised column addition using 4 digit numbers. Then we looked at effective strategies for addition, thinking of the easiest ways to add sets of numbers (as mathematicians are lazy!). We used adjusting, partitioning, number bonds and other methods to solve problems mentally...

 

 

 

Autumn Term 2 - Week beginning 30.10.17

 

What a busy start to the half term we have had...

Music - Practising our vocals...

 

In Music this week, children had a great time singing a range of popular songs which all have the same chord progressions. It was amazing to see that all the lyrics could be sung to the same backing track!

 

    

 

 

Investigating the religions of Brazil...

 

We have started this half term's new topic - Brilliant Brazil! Today in RE, we worked in groups to investigate the main religions of Brazil, using pictures of different Brazilian places of worship. We discovered that most people follow Christianity, but that there are different kinds of Christianity e.g. Roman Catholics and Baptists.

 

        

Homophone Experts

 

This week in spelling we have been looking at lots of different homophones. Here the children are testing each other on common homophones:

 

     

 

English

 

In our English lessons, we have been working on our class book - The Hodgeheg. Children have re-told the events of a chapter from a fictional character's perspective - The cafe owner across the street! We thought about what the cafe owner might say, do and feel after noticing Max the hedgehog trying to cross the chaotic road.

 

                        

 

                        

Fractions are Fun!

 

This week in maths we have been learning all about fractions. Children have been comparing and finding equivalent fraction families, using a fraction wall to help! 

 

                                        

Week beginning 16.10.17...

Collagraph Printing...

 

Building on our work from last week's Art lesson, children painted their collagraph plates and then pressed them onto paper to create their own collagraph prints! Some of the children used different colours to create a multicoloured effect! We then finished of the week, by painting pictures of our choice...

 

    

 

    

RE

 

This week in RE, we learnt about the Hindu Story of Krishna and Sudama and discussed the message behind it. Children then acted out the story and performed it to the rest of the class:

 

   

 

   

Hello to all the children of the world!

 

This week in French, children learnt how to say 'hello' in different languages! We learnt a song to help us remember...

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Diwali Celebrations!

 

In Topic this week, we learnt all about Hindu Festival Diwali! Childen discussed how Diwali is celebrated in India and compared this with our celebrations. We also learnt about the story of Rama and Sita and how this links to the festival. Children then created their own colourful Diwali lanterns!

 

   

 

   

 

              

English

 

This week in English, we have been writing a description of a busy Indian market setting, using the photograph below. Children have been focusing on using different senses, interesting adjectives, expanded noun phrases and fronted adverbials in their writing. Check out some of their brilliant descriptions at:  http://nightingale.norbridgeblogs.net/  

 

                              

 

This week in Nightingale Class.....

09/10/17-13/10/17

Let's get printing!

 

Nightingale class finished off the week with Art. We created a collagraph plate using a variety of textured materials and arranged these to into a design that relates to India. Next week, we will paint our textured plate and then press it onto paper to create a collagraph printing effect!

 

    

 

    

 

 

PE

 

In this week's PE lesson, children started to incorporate their fundamental skills into an invasion game!

 

                                               

English - Max the Hedgehog's diary entry

 

                                                                  

 

This week in English, we have been thinking about how Max the hedgehog would feel after losing his Auntie Betty to traffic! Children have worked on using emotive language and different types of questions in their writing. To finish of the week, children wrote diary entries as though they were Max and published these on our class blog! (http://nightingale.norbridgeblogs.net/) 

   

 

   

 

 

Geography - Life in Urban Mumbai

 

In today’s Topic lesson, we learnt about life in Urban India. We watched some videos about life in the City of Mumbai and then discussed the similarities and differences between Indian and British cities. Children made a list including some of the things we discussed. Children then pretended to be Indian tour guides, showing their partner (a British person) around Mumbai and identified some of the sights they might see.

 

  

 

  

R.E

In R.E today we have been learning about the Hindu God Ganesh. Ganesh is is the son of Lord Siva and the Goddess Parvati. He is known as the remover of obstacles. Hindus pray to Ganesh when they feel that they want to overcome obstacles or problems. Today we have thought about what obstacles we would like to overcome and over the next few weeks we are going to try and overcome these obstacles.

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Science - Understanding how changes to the environment affects habitats.

In Today's lesson we were looking at how changes to the environment can affect habitats. We chose an area within our school grounds to draw and then label to show where change has taken place and how the change has affected habitats of living things.

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Maths

Measure in Metres, Centimetres and Millimetres.

Today we have been using rulers and tape measures to accurately measure objects, lines and distances. we have been able to recognise the relationship between cm and mm and also measure using the decimal notation. 

 

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Harvest Celebration

This morning we joined Years 4, 5 and 6 for our Harvest Celebration Assembly. Each class performed their Harvest song in front of Parents, carers, children and teachers. We sang 'Cauliflowers Fluffy'. As part of our Harvest festival celebrations we asked for donations of food for Bassetlaw Food Bank. We would like to say a HUGE THAK YOU!! to everyone who kindly donated.

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This week in Nightingale Class 2nd-6th October

Whole School Music Day

 

This week, all children in school were lucky enough to take part in music themed lessons for a whole day!

 

Nightingale class got involved in body percussion, samba drumming, lyric writing, singing and iPad orchestra!

 

Lyric Writing:

 

In lyric writing, children first watched adverts and thought about how the lyrics to famous songs have been changed in order to sell products. Children then chose their own product to advertise and re-wrote the lyrics to a catchy song - just like the adverts! 

 

                

iPad Orchestra:

 

In iPad Orchestra, using GarageBand, children created a sequence of sounds from different musical instruments in order to create their own song. Nightingale class composed some great music and had fun doing it! 

 

Science:Classifying living things 
In our Science lessons this week we have been looking at Classification Tables and Keys. We worked in groups to classify living things into a Classification table and then used our information to create a Classification Key.
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English:Acting out play scripts
In English we worked in groups to act out the play scripts we had written based on chapter one of our class book The Hodgeheg.
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English: Writing a play script
This week in English we have been looking at features of a play script.In Tuesday's lesson we turned chapter one of our class book The Hodgeheg into a play script,we thought about how a character would say something and how they would act.
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Yoga
This week we enjoyed a Harry Potter themed Yoga session where the story of Harry Potter was told through Yoga exercises.

Harry Potter Yoga

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Rice rangoli patterns

 

Nightingale class finished of the week by completing their rangoli designs. After drawing their patterns onto cardboard tiles and painting the background to create a colourful base, children covered their art pieces with multicoloured rice - similar to how they do in India.

 

 

We had a lot of fun and the finished rangoli patterns look fantastic!

 

 

 

Hodgeheg the hedgehog

 

 

This week year 4 were introduced to their new class book - Hodgeheg by Dick King-Smith. The children worked hard all week, researching information about hedgehogs, learning the features of fact files and then creating their own. To finish off the week, children worked in groups to improve their fact file and added photographs to make it more appealing for the reader. 

 

Nightingale class School Councillors

All of our children were given the opportunity to put themselves forward to say why they feel they should represent our class in the school council. After some fantastic speeches we were all given ballot papers to vote for who should be our representatives.

Congratulations to our new Nightingale Class Councillors!!

 

 

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Maths is Fun!!!

In our Maths lessons this week we are learning our 6 and 9 times tables, we know that two multiplication sentences can equal the same answer using commutative law, we are also able to work out the inverse of a multiplication number sentence.

To help us recognise multiplication facts for the 9 times table we have been singing a 9 times table rap and learning the 9 times table finger method.

 

 

9 Times table rap

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Expert Classifiers!

 

In today's science lesson we continued to classify living things. Working in groups, children identified the types of invertebrates they found on their hunt! Some of us were surprised to find that spiders are actually arachnids, not insects!

 

This week in Nightingale Class - WB 18.09.17

 

We have had an exciting and busy week in Nightingale Class!

 

Children have learnt all about the place value of 4 digit numbers in Maths and how to use inverted commas in English. (Check out some of our writing on our class blog - http://nightingale.norbridgeblogs.net/)

 

 

In Science we classified animals into the 5 vertebrate groups and went on an Invertebrate hunt at the park. Take a peak at some of the creatures we found below:

 

 

 

To finish off the week, in Art we used vinegar and food colouring to create coloured rice for our Indian Rangoli patterns. I think you'll agree that the children did a great job! Looking forward to creating our finished artwork next week.

 

PE

 

Today in PE we worked on our fundamental movement skills will Mr Scott and had fun playing team games. 

 

 

English

In English today we were working in groups to write descriptive sentences that included amazing adjectives and super similes to enable a reader to create a picture of the setting in their mind.

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Music
One of our first lessons in Nightingale Class was music with Mr Bellingham, we played a variety of instruments including Keyboard, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar and Ukulele. We learnt how to play various rhythms and strumming patterns using the A minor chord.

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Autumn Term 1: India

 

In Year 4, our first topic will be ‘India.’ We have lots of exciting activities planned for this half term. Read below to see what we will be learning about in the different subject areas:

 

History & Geography: We will be learning about the location and climate of India, we will look at daily life in India, compare rural and urban life in India and learn about languages and religions in India.

 

Art and D&T: We will be looking at using a range of different techniques to create artwork inspired by India and explore different forms of printing.

 

RE: We will be looking at Hinduism and will learn about religious stories and practices, learning what it is like to live as a Hindu.

 

ICT: We will be looking at developing and improving our skills in Word, PowerPoint and Excel. We will be learning how to use the different programs for a range of different purposes.

 

Science: Our Science topic for the first half term will be ‘Living things and their habitats’. We will be learning about grouping living things, identifying vertebrates and invertebrates, classifying animals, completing a local habitat study and looking at the effect of environmental changes on animal’s habitats.

 

Music: We are very excited to start our band sessions. At the end of Year 3, we had the chance to experience band sessions and loved them. In band sessions, we will have the opportunity to develop our skills on different instruments, develop our singing skills and learning how to play a range of songs as a class.

 

PE: We will continue to have weekly PE sessions with Mr Scott, our schools sports coach. In Year 4, we will also have swimming lessons for half the year. Letters will be send out containing dates for these sessions. Children will also be able to select to have Karate sessions during the year.

 

French: We will continue to develop our skills in French in our weekly lessons with Madame Walsh.

 

Venture Experts: We are excited to reveal our new Venture Experts opportunities to children this half term, in which children will have the opportunity to try new activities and develop skills in an area of their choice. We will be sharing more details of our new Venture Expects programme soon.

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