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Sir John Heron Primary School

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Year 4

Welcome to the Dali and Monet Class page!

 

Your teachers will very soon be filling this page with exciting class news, pictures of things we’ve done and more.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.       

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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.

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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!

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Topic Workshop

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

 

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Making Alarms

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. ​

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Digestive System

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), cr​eam 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.

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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.

Pointillist Work

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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.

 

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Spring Term

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.

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September 2018

 

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 mathematics, the pupils have explored the history of our number system, comparing it to those of ancient civilisations. To understand our base ten system, the pupils have practiced reading, representing and writing three and four-digit numbers as well as partitioning them. They have also started calculating with Roman numerals and created human number lines using both positive and negative numbers.

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.

Finally, the pupils have discovered some fascinating facts about the way of living and the writing of ancient civilisations, such as Ancient Sumer, the Minoan dynasty and the Egyptians. They learnt how and why these societies used trading and designed their own writing system using their knowledge of the Cuneiform writing as well as the Phoenician alphabet.
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