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13/03/2020- Art: Pointillism
We have been working in the style of the artist Seurat and been applying a specific brush technique called pointillism to create our paintings. This involved using small concentrated dots of colour to make our work impactful. Initially, we learnt how to make tints of colours such as blues, greens and reds. We then practised colour mixing different shades together. We now know how to make a range of secondary colours such as purples, oranges and greys. We used this knowledge to create a wash/background for our masterpieces. Then we added contrast colours and used pointillism to paint a famous London landmark. The lessons were enjoyable and we learnt lots about painting.
13/03/2020- Mathematics: Percentage of Amounts
This week, Dali class reviewed their understanding of how to find a percentage of an amount. We now know that we need to convert the percentage into a fraction; then divide the dividend (the whole number) by the denominator (the divisor) and finally multiply the quotient by the numerator. We thoroughly enjoyed working with our partners and we now feel much more confident to work out a percentage of an amount.
5/03/2020- Acting out a scene from 'I Was a Rat'
This week in literacy we were introduced to our new text called ‘I was a Rat’. First, we made inferences based on the illustrations and text from the front cover and the first few pages. Then, we looked at the language of the text in more detail and made many discoveries about the characters and the time in which the story was set. Later on in the lesson, we acted out the first part of the story, focussing on the character’s emotions.
28/02/2020- Religious Education
During our RE lesson, we spent time looking at and discussing the importance of artefacts that link to Easter. We used the artefacts as a stimulus to make a ‘big question’ in small groups. Later in the lesson, we chose one question and had an intense discussion about it. From this discussion, we learned how to thoughtfully express our opinions about a faith and debate why it still remains important to Christians today.
14/2/2020- Equivalent Fractions
During this maths lesson, we consolidated our knowledge of what is meant by ‘equivalent’. We applied key mathematical language to explain our choices as to whether a fraction was equivalent and used our reasoning skills to find which fraction was the ‘odd one out’. In order to find an equivalent fraction, we either simplified the fractions by dividing the numerator and denominator by the lowest common multiple, or we multiplied our fractions by the same multiple. The rule was ‘whatever we do to our numerator, we must do to our denominator’. This ensured that our fractions, although look different, remained the same value i.e. equivalent.
14/2/2020- Being different
In our PHSCE lesson this week, we reflected on what makes us unique. We appreciated the qualities we have and what we value in our peers. At the start of our lesson, we read a book by Maggie Glen titled ‘Ruby’. This tells the story of being different, feeling you don’t belong but whatever you look like, you are special and unique. We then created a circle and played a game called ‘special’. Here we used the statement, ‘I am special because’ and outlined features which we like about ourselves. This could have linked with our skills, talents, interests or personality. We also did the same for our peers where we created a compliment slip. Finally, to showcase our uniqueness we created photo frames for our classroom display.
7/02/2020- Robotics workshop
This computing workshop involved both year 4 classes. The objective was to make a robot. We were provided with instructions and had to work in groups of four to produce a robot which mechanically moved. This required team collaboration, good communication and a great deal of resilience. We had to ensure that the components were slotted in correctly and that we followed the picture instructions carefully. Once our robot was made, we had a battle against other groups to see whose robot could collect the most rings and which was faster!
7/02/2020- PSHCE: Bullying
In our PHSCE lesson this week, we learnt how bullying is not always apparent and that it can be hard to spot sometimes. For example, it might start slowly, it might be done secretly, or you might think people are your friends but their intentions might not be as pure as you think. We reviewed the guidelines for bullying and worked in groups to reflect a scene where bullying takes place. We created freeze frames for this session and had a clearer understanding of the role of an ‘up stander’.
This week in D&T, we have been producing an alarm system. We initially considered the design and purpose of our alarm and then began to make the device itself. We considered the components we needed in order to make a circuit. These included mechanisms such as an on/off switch, a buzzer, wires and a battery. We noted that in order for our alarms to be working, the circuit needs to be complete. We ensured that we worked safely and carefully due to the fact we were working with electricity. We were happy with our overall product and had success with making an alarm which ‘buzzed’!
This week in literacy, we have spent a lot of time on producing our final draft about the Iron Man. In our article, we wrote about the extreme phenomenon (Iron Man) and the chaos he had left behind. We wrote a newspaper article to help articulate the anger and confusion of the farmers. We focussed on embedding their reaction by including direct speech. Later in the week, we read the next few chapters of our text, The Iron Man. We acted out a few parts from the chapter to help us bring the words on the page to life. This will also help us with our writing next week, as we are going to write a narrative in a similar style to Ted Hughes.
20/1/2020- Art Educational Visit- Tate Modern
This week, pupils in year 4 went on an educational visit to the Tate Modern Museum. We were exposed to new artists and new forms of art. We were flabbergasted by the talent that was on display. During our visit, we drew some sketches of the art that we saw and made our own interpretation of what it might mean.
In science, we have been looking at different methods for sorting living things. We examined the different groups of classifications and discussed some of their features. For example, did you know humans are classified as mammals because we have hair and feed our young milk? We considered and generated other criteria to sort living things through the use of a Venn or Carroll diagram.
13/01/2020- Iron Man
This week in literacy, we acted out chapter two from our story The Iron Man. We acted out the part when Hogarth had an unexpected encounter with a tall, dark figure (the Iron Man). We focussed on our body language and facial expressions to portray the shock and bewilderment of Hogarth and his parents. By doing this, we have a better understanding of the sequence of events and can empathise with the characters.
This week, we are exploring division and how it works. Division is breaking a number up into an equal number of parts. Today we consolidated our learning of the bar model by using cubes and counters to group a number. This way we could make links between division and multiplication. We have thoroughly enjoyed working on division so far and are looking forward to learning more methods about division.
Here is an example of what we were doing today:
If you take 20 things and put them into four equal sized groups, there will be 5 things in each group.
6/1/2020-English: Iron Man
In English, we have been looking at a new book titled ‘The Iron Man’. We read the opening scene and sketched an illustration based on what we inferred. We used evidence from the text to annotate the key words or phrases which helped us to visualise what was happening in the story. Following this, we made predictions about the key character and what might happen next.
13/12/2019- NRICH-Multiplication squares
In maths, we completed multiplication squares during our NRICH lesson. This involved us applying our knowledge of factors pairs and our times tables. We firstly identified key terminology such as what are rows and columns. We then identified patterns in the multiplication square to help solve missing boxes. We found this task interesting as there were many different approaches to solving the problem. To help us work efficiently, we ensured that our methods were systematic.
11/12/2019-Religious Education (RE)
This week in RE, we have been learning about the bible and why it is still important to Christians. We learned that in 2009, the top five children’s books were: 1. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, C S Lewis; 2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle; 3. Famous Five series, Enid Blyton; 4. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne; 5. The BFG, Roald Dahl. These great books were all written in the last 60 years, but the sacred books are at least 1400 (Qur’an), 1900 (Bible) and 2700 (Torah) years old. In our last lesson, we explored the bible in more depth by looking at the bible; interviewing a Christian; reading the ten commandments; discussing the proverbs and reading stories from the bible. From this lesson, we now have a greater understanding of the old testament and the new testament and their significance. We can also compare the bible to other holy books and we can explain the similarities and differences.
2/12/201- A visit to the British Museum
Over the last few weeks, Monet and Dali have made a trip to the British Museum to learn more about Ancient Egypt. We were spellbound when we saw the hieroglyphics and mummies in real life! We loved exploring the museum as we found out more interesting facts. We came to realise that Egyptians believed that certain symbols represented good fortune. Such as the eye of Horus (the Egyptian god) represented protection, wealth and power.
This week, we made our own version of Tibetan prayer flags. We learned about the Tibetan culture and how important the flags are in Buddhism and in country of Tibet. We learned that the Tibetan people believe that their mantras (prayers) can be heard if they are blown by the wind. Each Tibetan flag represents the four elements so we tried to incorporate this into our own flags. We designed our flags to inspire our world to be more positive. We drew a positive symbol, included a positive message and used vibrant colours to make it stand out.
21/11/2019- The Digestive System
In science, we have been exploring all about the human body. We carried out enquiries to take a closer look at the digestive system and how this is used to process our food. We focused on an enquiry looking at how bread is digested using a plastic bag and water. The bag acted as the stomach and we learnt key terms such as stomach acid to explain the journey of our food. Following this, we created brain hats to investigate how our brains work. Did you know that the left side of our brain controls the right side of the body?
Using the method of exchange in mathematics
In one of our mathematics lesson this week, we worked in pairs to work out how to add using the exchange method. We know that if there are more than nine ones, tens, hundreds or thousands we need to exchange it. We worked together using the counters to help us with our understanding of place value. We then began to use the written method to record our findings.
In PHSCE, children have been using cosmic yoga to help keep a heathy mind and body. We explored the benefits of yoga and watched a cosmic yoga clip on the Wizard of Oz. We followed the video and copied the movements and positions. Afterwards, we reflected on which was our favourite position and how this helped us feel calm.
In literacy this week, we read a page from our literacy text Charlotte’s Web using expression. We annotated how the verbs are used to suggest tone of voice and carefully looked at the way speech marks are used to indicate when someone is speaking. We now understand how punctuation is used to carry on and end the speech of a character. We also acted out a part of the story, focusing on the speech and tone of voice. Next week, we will rewrite the part of the story that we were acting out and use speech marks to demonstrate our understanding.
30/10/2019- Healthy Eating Workshop
This week Monet class took part in a workshop with parents. The focus was on healthy eating which was led by our PE teacher, Mr Mason. We looked at what is a healthy lifestyle and the things associated with this, such as having a balanced diet, exercise and keeping active. Next, we worked with parents to estimate how much sugar was in a variety of food and drink. We used teaspoons of sugar to guess the amount and were surprised by the findings! Did you know there is 7 teaspoons in a can of Pepsi?
29/10/2019- Mental Health and Wellbeing
This term, we are focussing on our mental health and wellbeing. We are learning to take more responsibility for our wellbeing by having more time to reflect and consider strategies that will help us have a positive mind-set. This week we took our first step in improving our mental health by creating our own affirmations. Affirmations are positive messages that encourage us to do something to better ourselves.
During this lesson, we learned how to create different moving mechanisms. We explored a range of techniques with our partners and now know the correct terms for moving mechanisms that appear in story books. Later in the week, we will be using our new knowledge of moving mechanisms to create our own story books. We will challenge ourselves to include as many moving mechanisms as possible to make our stories pop out.
11/10/2019-Planning an alternative ending for Wolves by Emily Gravett
In our literacy lessons this week, we collaborated with our partners to create a new ending for the story 'Wolves' by Emily Gravett. First we discussed our ideas in groups, next we acted out our ideas to see how an alternative ending would work with the story. Finally, we wrote down the first few sentences of our ending with our partner. We are proud of our first steps to gathering our ideas for an alternative ending. Next week we will be publishing our alternative endings for the story.
30/09/2019-04/10/2019 Learning to Swim in Year 4
This week, year four have been taking swimming lessons at the Olympic Park Aquatics Centre. So far, we have learned how to float in the water, swim under water, how to swim backstroke and breaststroke. We feel very proud of ourselves for all we have achieved so far and cannot wait to learn more next week!
04/10/2019-The Rules of Roman Number System
This week in mathematics we have been explaining the rules associated with the Roman Numeral system. We discussed key questions such as ‘what rules do you know for Roman Numerals?’ ‘What can and can’t we do to create numbers?’ Following this, we extended our knowledge by solving calculations using this historical system. We also explored negative numbers this week and looked at counting forwards and backwards using counters and number lines.
Roman Numerals in Year 4
In mathematics, we have been looking at the history of our number system. We have investigated how our numbers have evolved over time and have realised that Roman Numerals use letters to represent numbers. In today’s lesson, we worked in pairs to convert calculations into Roman Numerals. We had to use our knowledge of the symbols, along with being able to add and subtract accurately.
A Visit to Sri Murugan Temple
This week, Year four visited the Sri Murugan Temple in Manor Park. We had a delightful tour that was hosted by the priests of the temple. They gave us plenty of information about Hinduism and the way in which Hindus worship within their temple. We noticed that all the Hindus worship in different ways and that is because they choose to pray only to the Gods and Goddesses that they favour or need at that time. We also learned about the five elements that Hindus believe in; Earth, air, fire, water and sound. We learned that the five elements can be controlled within the temple but not outside the temple, but each element is important to our everyday life.
A Poetry Workshop for Year 4
This week we had an exciting opportunity for a poet, Franchesca Beard, to come and visit year 4. She used a range of literary devices and showed us why expression was needed in poetry. We also had the chance to write and perform our own poems to an audience!
Place Value in Year 4
This week in year four our learning has been based around place value. Within lessons, children have been consolidating their knowledge of place value. They have looked at how to add or subtract 1,000 from a given number. The focus was to identify which digits remain the same and which are change.
Poetry in Year 4
During this literacy lesson, pupils worked in groups and partners to find key features of poetry within the poems. By the end of the lesson, we established that most of the poems have rhythm, repetition and imagery. We were fascinated by the fact that the poems were not written in standard English as this told us that our poet is most likely from another country.
In mathematics, children have been looking at place value and have used manipulatives (counters and Dienes) to partition numbers. They have consolidated their knowledge of place value and are able to identify each column correctly. Children have also been ordering numbers in ascending and descending order.
8th July 2019
Year 4 Planetarium Experience
Today, the Year 4 children experienced life in space through their planetarium workshop. During this extraordinary session, the pupils stepped in a circular tent where a 3D projector gave them a clear view of life in space. Some of these views were from the perspectives of living organisms, others were pictures taken from a space ship or a capsule. One of the most memorable moments for the children were to experience the speed at which the astronauts go when re-entering the atmosphere from space. At this point, it seemed that the whole entire world was spinning around. This phenomenon was very useful for the children to deepen their understanding of the gravitational force pulling all living creatures towards the centre of the Earth.
Another unexpected view was the image of a bacteria manipulated in space. It took some time for the children to work out what this amount of red tissue was all about and why it was attracted by light. Finally, when the camera zoomed out, it became obvious that it was a scientific experiment on a part of the rocket before its journey into space.
This incredible space journey took the children’s imagination to the limits of our solar system, passing by our planets and their moons. This unique experience gave them a sense of owe and wander. Some of them seemed determined to become astronauts!
4th July 2019
Manor Park Library
Coming up to our final weeks of the school year, we have recently been discussing activities we can do in order to continue developing our knowledge through the summer, and getting ready for year 5. We felt as though reading was the most powerful tool for this.
Because we felt reading was very important during the summer, we decided to take a visit to the library! Specifically, Manor Park library. The library informed us about a competition that had ‘landed’ in their local library. This competition was called the, ‘Summer Reading Challenge: Space Chase launch event.’ Students’ throughout the summer will be working alongside aliens and astronauts in order to read as many books as they can. Reading these books will eventually give them a code, which they can use to defeat the evil aliens! (But that’s for us to soon discover). At the library, we had a librarian read us a book and discuss the challenge with us. After, we had the opportunity to explore the library! And WOW, was it huge! The amount of books and different selections to choose from was unbelievable. From your very first reading book, to comic books, all the way to even audiobooks, there were books there for the whole family (even your cousins, and their cousins)!! Overall, we were very thankful to see this library and understand that even though school is over, the learning must go on!
3rd July 2019
Topic Afternoon - PSHCE
This afternoon, the children in Year 4 had the opportunity to explore further the meaning of bullying and its damaging effects on individuals and family. They discussed a range of strategies to stop and prevent this dangerous phenomenon from happening whether at home or at school.
During this session, the pupils listened to the touching testimony of a young teenager online bullied and reflected on her story using various creative tasks. Firstly, they used their inference and imaginary skills to visualise the story, representing the main facts and labelling them using some of the phrases from the story. Secondly, they re-told the story, performing its main events before acting out their own anti-bullying situation. The third activity of this special afternoon was to create a powerful writing to promote friendship and respect and give advice to stop or prevent bullying form happening. Where most of the children decided to create a persuasive poster on this subject, others opted for an acrostic poem or a leaflet to explain their thoughts and strategies against bullying clearly. Finally, the pupils created their own emotional wheel showing different coping strategies when bullied or witnessing bullying and more importantly, they gave clear step-by-step advice as to stop this dangerous situation from happening.
2nd July 2019
Stubbers End of Year Visit
What a wonderful day we had at Stubbers! This year, the children embarked in an adventurous day just a ride away from Manor Park. Stubbers is a park that offers many sporty activities for young people. In Year four, we had the opportunity to practice four different activities: archery, kayaking, raft building and rock climbing. We were guided by a team of professionals who explained how to take part safely and be successful in each of these activities. Over the course of the day, we developed our team building skills and learnt a lot about knots, paddling and using our whole body to facilitate movement. The children’s favourite activities were kayaking, raft building and rock climbing.
Even though most children were not confident in water, they all enjoyed kayaking. “Kayaking was the best because you get to splash your friends!” reported Ahmed and Yasmin while Sara explained that it was easy to control the boat and great fun to get wet.
25th June 2019
Virtual Reality Space
This week in Year 4, we got the amazing opportunity to explore space, and get as close as we can to space, right here in our school. This was accomplished through the use of Virtual Reality. For those of you who do not know, Virtual Reality (VR) is a piece of technology that allows us to perceive what we see on TV, and with that, puts us ‘inside’ the technology. This is done with a pair of goggles that has a screen covering the eyes. Inside the goggles, we had videos of space and planets in our solar system. Once the goggles were over our eyes, you feel as though you are inside the screen, or in this case, floating in space. Wherever you look, the view moves with you. We had an awesome mentor instruct us through the videos and ask us questions that were discussed throughout the video. For example, did you know that Jupiter has the most moons out of all of the planets we have found? Even better, did you know, some of those moons are so similar to earth, they might be our next planet to live on? Overall, it was an amazing experience, and very useful when learning, as we found that retaining information was almost easier and more fun this way.
11th and 20th June 2019
Empowering Children Workshop
Today the children in Monet class had the second session on Fly-Tipping. During this session, they had the opportunity to work as a team to create their own poster preventing fly-tipping. The first session was all about discovering the meaning of fly-tipping and identifying instances in the local community and the country, this session focused on using their knowledge in a creative way to address this environmental issue. They started by listing arguments in favour of fly-tipping or that would justify such an action, using their own experiences in Manor park and making inferences based on visual clues. Here are some of their ideas.
Once these ideas were shared, they had to come up with solutions to address them in the most efficient and appealing way. They thought of strategies for various audiences and backed their idea using some of the facts learnt previously. One of their most popular idea was to create a competition with reward for the cleanest road in the local community. They also suggested that schools, libraries and police stations should be involved, distributing posters to prevent fly-tipping. Have a look at some of their posters.
16th May 2019
Year 4 Football Festival
Today, our school went to the beautiful park down the road to participate in a football tournament! In support of the Women’s World Cup, we got into teams based around particular countries, such as, Brazil, England, Scotland, and Italy. The games were very organised with either a teacher referee or student referee. Teachers were coaches for their countries. Each game lasted for 20 minutes, with water breaks in between. Teams were divided evenly based on students age groups, and girls and guys were split up to participate in two different tournaments… which only meant… more medals to be won! It was a great day.
Throughout the day, we had the chance to face each country at least once, before we got to our finals which then became elimination. During this awesome day, we spent our lunch having a giant picnic across the field, mixed in with a little dancing. Overall, the day was a huge success and we all were awarded medals for our efforts. This opportunity also was very beneficial for teamwork and working well with others from different classes as we needed to work together in order to achieve what we wanted.
8th May 2019
Wembley Arena Visit
This week in year 4, our class has been learning about the Women's World Cup, specifically, women’s involvement in sports. To further our knowledge of football, we went on an educational to Wembley Stadium! The visit was coordinated so we had an awesome tour guide who took us from the entrance, to the changing rooms, down to the pitch. We were lucky enough to take pictures where the royals would generally sit, and hold the replica FA cup. Finally, we took a stroll down the museum in the stadium and learnt about the history of the Football Association. Throughout the visit we got to complete a quiz asking certain questions about Wembley. Finally, before departure, we pulled out our sketch books and sketched out our favourite moment from the visit!
On Wednesday 27th March, parents/carers and pupils from Year 4 participated in a creative Geography workshop, based on our Geography themed term. They worked in small groups and had to create a grid map of the Olympic Park. Carousel activities included:
Using secondary sources to write a description of one of the landmarks of the Olympic Park.
Using 3D modeling to create one of the landmarks found in the park.
Creating a quiz about the impact of the Olympics on Stratford.
Mapping out their recent visit to the park
This week in Monet we have been learning about alarms. During the week we have worked as a team to design our own alarms. We discussed the electrical materials needed in our installation and how we can safely place them inside our device. Where some of us decided to start creating our alarm's packaging, others chose to focus on the making of an effective alarm before finding ways to secure the device inside a packaging. We had to think carefully about the type of switch to use so our alarm would work effectively and without using too much energy.
During the making of our project, we had to use practical skills such as: cutting plastic, shaping foil and paper or drawing clear camouflage illustrations. Once again, we made sure to work collaboratively and to use the resources safely. Some of our project evolved from our original planning, but we could explain clearly why we changed our mind about certain aspects. Please take a look at some of our alarms.
Dali class have been learning about the digestive system this term. We conducted an experiment about the digestive system using orange juice (acid), water (saliva), cream crackers, bananas (food) and half a pair of tights (intestines) to explain and demonstrate the process of digestion. Children were able to conduct and explain the process confidently.
Art in Monet
During our art block, we have been learning about Georges Seurat and the artistic movement he created: Pointillism. We started by researching facts about his life, education, family and artwork. Next, we explored how to create secondary and tertiary colours using only primary colours. Finally, we were able to use our knowledge and artistic skills to create a Pointillist piece of art. We used the pictures from our learning walk to Wanstead Flats to inspire our artwork, using precise colours, shapes and concentrated dots to translate movement in our art work. We also reflected on our painting as well as gave constructive feed-back to others on their artwork. This enabled us to improve our own skills.
Spring term- History: Making an Egyptian Mummy
This term pupils in year 4 have been learning about Ancient Egypt. One of the sessions was dedicated to exploring the process of mummification. Once pupils had learnt about how Ancient Egyptians used to preserve the body of their pharaoh, they had the opportunity to create their own mummy using specific resources. During this activity, the children used the bandages, straws and tape to form the structure of the mummy, before adding the necessary amulets using playdough. All children used their communication and motor skills to achieve the task at hand. Throughout the afternoon, the children used their creativity as well as their knowledge of the life and beliefs of Ancient Egyptians to create their mummy. At the end of the lesson, they had the opportunity to reflect on their learning and final product, discussing their achievements and suggesting solutions to overcome issues they might have encountered.
This week Dali class have been reading the text ‘The Iron Man.’ Children in Dali class were given the opportunity to re-enact a scene from the story ‘The Iron Man’ using freeze frames. Children worked in their table groups and chose their individual characters to explore and present each character profile. They discussed how each character must have felt and inferred using clues and their observation skills to present their act.
The pupils in Monet and Dali classes have been really busy over the last couple of weeks, learning about poetry, the history of our number system and how sound works. Read the following chapters to discover the challenges they faced and their achievements.
In literacy as part of our school’s focus term on poetry, the children have explored different types of poetry and written their own using many poetic devices and choosing meaningful structures. Inspired by the visit of the poet, Paul Lyalls, the pupils have practiced some performance poetry and presented it to the class.
In science, the children have conducted different experiments to understand what is sound, how sound waves travel through different materials and how we hear sounds.