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St Mark Year 4

Welcome to Year 4!

 

We are being taught by Ms Miller. 

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The children have begun a 10-week course in basketball. They will learn all the basic skills a basketball player needs, increase their fitness and have fun at the same time!

Easter Bonnet Parade

Acting parts of the Bible

Our most recent visit from Br Alejandro saw the children using their creative sides! In groups they acted out important parts of the Bible that will come up during the Lenten celebrations. They had lots of fun!

Here are the performances:

God creates the Earth

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God asks Noah to save the animals

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God sends an angel to Earth

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Passover - Pharaoh lets the slaves go free

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Moses parts the Red Sea

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Jesus' tomb is found empty

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Jesus shows the people where to fish

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Year 4 Spring Curriculum

Science Dome visit

We were fortunate enough to have a visit from the Science Dome and a Professor of astronomy. She took half of the class inside to learn about our view of the night sky and learn how the Ancient Egyptians use it to structure their lives. The second half of the class learnt about our Galaxy, the Milky Way, and our nearest planets and stars. We had a wonderful time because the 360 view inside is spectacular! (The photos inside the dome didn't come out.)
We had such a fun World Book day and were able to read with year 1, a real treat! 
We were visited by the smoothie bike today. We learnt about the information on packaging, the different vitamins in fruits and how to make a smoothie!
We held a class debate based on some key ideas in our Michael Morpurgo book Why the Whales Came. There excellent arguments put forward, careful use of language and even some heckling!
The school was visited by the wonderful Darren from Roots to Food. He taught the children many new cookery skills which they greatly enjoyed using to cook their own chicken chow mein!

Year 3/4 Fashion Show

We had so much fun putting on our own fashion show for all the parents that were able to come to watch. Designing and making our own clothes was really interesting too!

Visit from Brother Alejandro

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Team working in literacy

The children worked in teams to order newspaper reports, ready to write their own this week. Can you see a topical news report you recognise?

Class reading!

We have wonderful class reading sessions every day. The children enjoy reading the text aloud and testing their knowledge with tricky questions!

Children performed the poems they had chosen for their homework! Expressive reading was what we were looking for and I was very impressed!

I took photos and videos of all children who shared their poem with the class. Well done for performing!

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We enter the new year with hopeful hearts and good intentions.

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Friction

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Centrifugal force

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We had a wonderful time at the Science Museum and learnt so much through experimenting!

We welcome Advent with a purple advent table and notes to God.

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Bicarbonate of soda and vinegar reactions

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Picture 1 Brave Janina!
Picture 2 Popping candy mixture.
Picture 3 We could hear the popping candy in the reaction.
Picture 4 Tomato sauce and vinegar made a slow reaction.
We wanted to experiment with different recipes to find the most exciting reaction. The children made predictions about which ingredients would react most violently together. While our mentos and coke experiment was a flop, the classic bicarbonate of soda and vinegar was exciting!

Science - Changes of State

Experimenting with carbonated drinks was so fun! The bubbles in the lemonade buoyed the raisins to the top of the bottle, when usually they would have sunk. When the raisin broke the surface some of the bubbles popped which meant there was nothing keeping the raisin up. So when enough bubbles popped, the raisin would sink back down to the bottom... unless more bubbles met it on their way to the surface!

Maths - Fractions and Decimals

Maths - Fractions and Decimals 1 Plotting the equivalent decimal.
Maths - Fractions and Decimals 2 Plotting the equivalent decimal.
Maths - Fractions and Decimals 3 Plotting the equivalent decimal.
The children physically plotted decimals on our fraction number line. This helps them to visualise see the equivalent numbers together.

Inventions that Changed the World - children's own inventions.

Inventions that Changed the World - children's own inventions. 1 Keanu invented a new type of goggles.
Inventions that Changed the World - children's own inventions. 2 Liam's eagle flies using helium balloons!
Inventions that Changed the World - children's own inventions. 3 Victoria invented a new type of boat.
Inventions that Changed the World - children's own inventions. 4 Sean's Selfie Taker - the whole class enjoyed it!
All of the children designed their own invention and realised their vision using recyclables brought in from home.

Science - Changes of State

Fortune ice cubes was a fun way to study the changes of state possible for water. The children worked hard to melt their ice, recording the effect of their efforts along the way. Their fortunes were well-deserved!

Maths - Fractions and Decimals

Maths - Fractions and Decimals 1 Creating their own fraction walls.
Maths - Fractions and Decimals 2 Creating their own fraction walls.
Maths - Fractions and Decimals 3 Creating their own fraction walls.
The children worked on creating their own fraction walls out of strips of paper to help them visualise equivalent fractions. For example: 1/2 = 2/4 = 3/6 = 4/8 and so on.

Science-Moving particles-Solids, liquids and gases

The children behaved as solid particles. They warmed up and moved around like liquids and they heated up and finally evaporated as a gas. They had great fun pretending to be gas particles!

As part of the IPC topic we have been exploring Our Lady of Lourdes School community from the past. An ex-pupil took us on a journey through a time machine. Do you recognise her? We wrote about our experiences.

 

 

Making and Using Classification Keys

In science, we are looking at grouping living things so we decided to group some children in our class using classification keys on a flow chart.

Author Visit

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We are reading Jake Atlas and the Tomb of the Emerald Snake as part of our English novel. The author, Rob Lloyd Jones, came to visit us and talk to us about fantasy story writing!

Y4 Curriculum

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