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Year 4 Spring 2 Week 3

Date: 15th Mar 2019 @ 3:39pm

 

This week had flown by and we can't believe it is Friday already!

We have had more fun learning this week across the curriculum. In RE we have looked at different stories in the Bible where Jesus earns the trust of his disciples. We have discussed how there are so many ways Jesus shows us we can trust him and will next week be looking at when Jesus was betrayed as we begin to focus on the Easter story.

It was British Science Week this week and the national theme was 'Journeys'. What better journey was there to explore than the journey of food through our digestions systems? Connecting our learning with our visit from dentist, Mr Smith last week and Mrs Edmunds, Clinical Psychologist, the children thought about how they eat, the purpose of the different teeth... and thoroughly enjoyed eating a cookie to demonstrate this! Using PicCollage, the children then identified the parts of the digestive system after watching an incredible video by the popular, 'Operation Ouch'. To then investigate this further, the children created their own digestive systems using bananas, brown bread, water and orange juice! The children's vocabulary was wonderful as they were able to articulate the whole process - many preferring to use the word 'chime' than the alternative! Finishing off with a Kahoot quiz caused great excitement where the children recapped on their black hat thinking - well done to our quiz winners!

Our diary writing as Ahmet from our class read 'The Boy at the Back of the Class' is now complete and it has to be said that some pieces of writing are incredible. Once we have illustrated them next week, we will share some with you on our Twitter feed - keep an eye out for this! They are pretty special! 

The children have been working hard on fractions this week and using their times tables knowledge they are now finding fractions of numbers - even including money! A tricky task completed well... remember to keep on practising those times tables as they help with ALL areas of maths!

Today for Comic Relied we watched a video clip about a young refugee called Farhad. Farhad's story was so similar to that of Ahmet's and it really made the children realise that whilst Ahmet is a fictitious character, his story only reflects the story of millions of refugees across the world. The children decided that it was time for us to join the campaign of supporting refugees so that they can live dignified lives. They have begun to suggest ways which we could become Courageous Advocates for so many refugees across the world and our green hat thinking really made us  empathise with them as we considered being separated from our most special people and belongings. We then went on to sing 'Comic Relief Song for Schools' - lots of smiles were shared as they realised how every penny they have donated is helping the lives of so many across the globe. 

Wishing you all a lovely - and hopefully rain free- weekend!

Year 4 Spring 2 Week 2

Date: 9th Mar 2019 @ 12:15am

What a brilliantly busy week it has been in Year 4 - filled with so many wonderful opportunities and experiences!

We started the week with our new unit in RE, ‘Easter Betrayal’, by focusing on trust. We played the 'Game of Trust' by giving instructions to our partners (when blindfolded!) as they carefully guided one another through a maze. The children held an interesting discussion afterwards - 'Should you trust someone you don't know?' - which led to many different ideas and viewpoints being shared and built upon. The children also enjoyed celebrating the start of Lent by attending the Ash Wednesday service at St. Peter's Church with their friends in Years 4 and 5. Thank you to Anne and Nathan for this lovely service and for reminding us of the importance of Lent.

As this week is careers week, we have been extremely lucky in Year 4 to have a number of inspirational parents join our class and teach us about their professions. Mrs Charnley and Mr Killen shared their interesting careers in law with the class and Mr Dawson and Mr Davis gave us informative talks about their varied roles within the Fire Service. It didn't stop there! We were also inspired by Mr Bond who educated us about the 'coding world' with a career in Computing and we even had Mr Lissett (who earned himself 'Super Uncle' award) by coming along to talk to the children about his career within United Utilities and educating them all about the cleaning water process. Mrs Edmunds informed the class about a career in mental health and shared not only what her role entails as a Clinical Psychologist with us, but she also kindly shared some Haribo too as she led us through a mindfulness eating exercise! Mr Smith not only visited the class to teach us about his life as a dentist but he also launched our new Science unit 'Teeth and Eating' by teaching us about the different types of teeth and their functions. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who gave up their time to visit us and their workplaces for supporting this also. THANK YOU!

On Thursday, It was an absolute treat to have so many of our favourite characters in class for World Book Day; the array of costumes was simply spectacular! One costume even received a response from the author Onjali Rauf of ‘The Boy at the Back of The Class’ - our current class read. We were incredibly touched with her heartwarming reply especially on the day the book was also declared the 'Best Blue Peter Book of 2019'. We look forward to sharing some of our diary entries where the children have written in role as the main character Ahmet, with her soon. From the Vashti Harrison book 'Little Leaders', the children were inspired to think scientifically after reading about Marie Curie. A range of some of these interesting questions were tweeted to some experts in their field! Thank you to everyone for making such a special effort  with your costumes and questions! It truly was a terrific day!

This week we completed our learning about the Fairtrade cooperation by baking 120 chocolate cupakes using only Fairtrade ingredients. These cakes were sold in minutes in our Fairtrade cake sale at the end of the school day on Friday. Our intention as Courageous Advocates, was to not only raise money for this worthwhile charity, but also to give people the chance to taste the delicious ingredients encouraging them to choose to purchase Fairtrade in the future. THANK YOU to everyone who came and supported us - we raised £68! Well done Year 4.

Ending the week with International Women’s Day, we looked at the incredible life of Maya Anegelou. We loved her simple outlook on life that she shared with us all: Be proud to be a child of God and just be the best you that you can be! 

Finally, congratulations to the three children who received Headteacher's Awards for knowing all of their multiplaiction and related division facts up to 12! An incredible job so very well done - they displayed great hope as they worked so hard to achieve this goal. Well done!

We wish you all an enjoyable weekend! Have fun! 

Spellings: Recap on previous three weeks spellings

Year 4 Spring 2 Week 1

Date: 1st Mar 2019 @ 8:08pm

       

What a lovely start to this half-term we have had; made all the better with the glorious sunshine which certainly has added an extra skip to our step this week! 

We have really enjoyed welcoming Miss Browne to our class this week and have enjoyed getting to know her just as she has enjoyed getting to know the wonderful Year 4 children too! 

We started the week by studying the Fairtrade cooperation as this week saw the start of Fairtrade Fortnight. The children enjoyed a game which required them to use their black, white, grey and green thinking hats. After learning about the jobs the growers of bananas on the Windward Islands have - alongside the roles of the other companies who play a part in the journey of the banana - the children had to decide what share of the 30p per banana the growers would receive. They believed they worked hard enough to deserve 26p of the 30p so when they discovered they in fact only received a measly 3p, equating to many farmers living off 78p per day, the children were gobsmacked. They felt this was hugely unfair and understood the power of the Fairtrade cooperation in ensuring these farmers received enough money each day to love a simple, dignified life. The children then went on to watch this advert - 'The home delivery service they never expected', which initially left somewhat of a sombre mood in the class. The children felt a great sense of injustice and inequality and making links to Articles 24 and 27 of the UN Convention, the children agreed that NO child should have to work and not receive an education. The children's thinking moved on to creating new ideas as to how they could step up to the challenge and support Fairtrade by educating others about the difference it makes. This will continue next week as the children finalise their ideas.

We were thrilled to receive our first reply today to our 'Courageous Advocate' letters we sent last week. Nestle sent a most informative letter explaining how they are committed to sourcing palm oil from unsustainable sources and are working closely with Greenpeace to do this. 

In RE this week the children enjoyed learning about Sikhism and used the Double Bubble thinking map to make connections between the foundations of Sikhism and Christianity. The children had many questions to ask about Guru Nanak, the Gurdwara and the Guru Granth Sahib. The children selected a prayer from the Guru Granth Sahib they felt they most connected with spiritually and explained how they connected with this as a Christian.

We have started our new genre of writing - diary writing - and our very much looking forward to start writing our own imaginative diary entries for a competition we are going to enter! This class of writers will be busy once again putting pen to paper and creating their next wonderful pieces of writing. 

This week in maths we have been adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator and have moved onto finding the fraction of a given number e.g. 3/5 of 45. Excellent arithmetic and problem solving Year 4!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

Year 4 Spring 1 Week 6

Date: 15th Feb 2019 @ 2:39pm

                                  

How can it be February half-term already?!

This week has been action-packed - full of more wonderful learning opportunities for Year 4.

The letters the children wrote in their roles of Courageous Advocates – helping to campaign about putting an end to the use of dirty palm oil – have now been posted. We are very much looking forward to the recipients receiving our letters and hoping our small, yet powerful, voices will be heard and begin to make a difference.

Valentine’s Day at Trinity St Peter’s this week marked Climate Coalition Day – a day when the love was shown by us all for our planet! After learning about exactly how us as humans are destroying our planet and habitats for wildlife, the children pledged how they could make a difference. Some children pledged to plant a tree each year whilst others pledged to do more to protect and nurture wildlife in our local environment. Our new school poster of ‘Think Global – Act Local’ was launched and will be a constant visual aid to help us all remember that we can make a difference to the whole world if we make a small difference first in our own lives. We thanked God for his creation and promised to look after this precious gift we have been given.

Using the skill of pointillism in art this week, the children illustrated their latest piece of writing in their ‘author books’. Their finished piece of explanation writing informs the reader of how the water cycle works and just how important it is. Progress is being seen in not only the children’s handwriting but in the detail they are adding to their written work being sure to engage their reader.

We look forward to welcoming Miss Browne, a PGCE student, who will be joining the Year 4 team after half-term. We are sure she will very much her time here with us in Year 4.

The children have been telling me their many wonderful half-term holiday plans – I am sure they will all keep you very busy! Have a great time everyone!

 

 

Year 4 Spring 1 Week 5

Date: 8th Feb 2019 @ 6:50pm

                                               

The time really does fly by in Year 4! We have had yet another super busy week with a huge array of learning taking place.

Our new monthly value of 'Love' has begun and the children have been most reflective in their worship sessions this week. They enjoyed hot-seating 'Jesus' after listening to the story of 'Jesus healed the paralysed man' and the responses to their questions was most inspiring.

There was a bittersweet moment this week when we came to the end of our class read 'The Ice Monster' by David Walliams. Just like the main character Elsie, who felt rather emotional when she said goodbye to her mammoth friend, Woolly, we also felt sad to see the story come to an end. The story has captivated every one of us and at points has been responsible for roars of laughter across the classroom! We have now commenced our new class read 'The Boy at the Back of the Class' by Onjali Q Rauf. Already, this story has captured the children's interest around the new member to the class in the story.

National Online Safety Day was a focus on Tuesday and we were most thankful to our three Digital Leaders who led a presentation and question and answer session for us. We also discussed our school's new Online Safety Poster and ensured we all understood the importance of how and why we must keep ourselves safe online.

Chinese New Year was also enjoyed by Year 4 this week! After reading their own fortune cookie messages, the children then made their own 'piggy' themed fortune tellers. In fact the children enjoyed making them so much that more and more 'fortune tellers' have been appearing each day as the children make them at home!

Our class of wonderful scientists have enjoyed carrying out investigations on the impact salt has on ice. They also enjoyed creating their own ice marbles this week and were able to explain how the particle arrangements inside the water-filled balloons changed as they became solids. Of course, a game of ice marbles was also enjoyed on the playground too - and if it hadn't been such a chilly game to play they may have been tempted to play a little longer!

Wishing everybody a wonderful weekend!

Year 4 Spring 1 Week 4

Date: 1st Feb 2019 @ 4:50pm

                            

As January came to an end, we enjoyed a beautiful child-led worship on the monthly value of ‘humility’. The children planned a thoughtful and reflective worship, which involved all children, encouraging them to think, listen and respond. The children enjoyed recapping on some other ways we can show humility with the reminder from ‘Kid President’ who can be sure to always make Year 4 smile.

 

In our theme lesson this week, the children created their very own miniature water cycles using just a small plastic ziplock bag and some blue-coloured water. The children were able to use these simple but effective models to demonstrate how the water cycle works and used the key vocabulary to explain it effectively. The children have all taken their water cycles home – I am sure they will enjoy giving you a demonstration!

 

The term ‘Fake News’ was introduced to the children this week too! In our computing lesson, the children were given five examples of ‘fake news’ (without knowing they were fake!) and had to give their opinions on each article. As the class discussion progressed, more and more questions were raised by the children! They began to query just how likely it was that these events could have happened despite the articles appearing most genuine at first. We then moved on to video clips… because if you see it happen then it must be true?! After watching the ‘House Hippo’ video clip, the children accepted that they should not believe everything they see or read about on social media. 

 

Our second piece of writing is completed in our ‘Author Books’ as the children completed their letters to a range of different ‘people in power’ regarding the use of palm oil in half of the products in our supermarkets. After watching the banned Iceland Christmas advert, quite enraged, the children felt the need to put pen to paper to become courageous advocates to help save the lives and homes of the orangutans. Once they have completed their artwork to accompany these letters, they will posted out to the recipients. I hope we hear back from them letting the children now their voices are heard. Watch this space…

 

Keep warm this weekend – it’s certainly chilly out there!

 

Spellings for all: Recap on the previous four weeks of spellings.

Year 4 Spring 1 Week 3

Date: 26th Jan 2019 @ 3:54pm

We began our week on Monday by celebrating the life of  Martin Luther King on MLK Day. The children were fascinated by his incredible life journey, his humility and how he was a wonderful example of being a courageous advocate. The children discussed how he made a big change by having the right attitude to doing what was right and just. We agreed we can all be courageous advocates in our lives and over the next few weeks we look forward to deciding how we can be courageous advocates ourselves.

This week’s discussion led to some really thought-provoking answers. The children considered if we should spend more time with people older than us. The children made links to the time they treasure spent with their Grandparents or other older family members and how the feeling is always mutual. After watching some clips from the popular Channel 4 documentary, ‘The Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds’, the children were amazed to see the impact on the older generation after spending time with youngsters. They even broke into a spontaneous round of applause when ‘Linda’ began running to win the Sports Day Race. They loved her inspiration and their green hat thinking explored the way it made both the older and younger people.

The sweet smell of baking bread across the school this week was courtesy of the talented bakers in Year 4, as the children prepared for their Shabbat celebrating in RE. The children enjoyed learning all about Shabbat and the Sabbath after listening to scriptures from the Bible.

Continuing with the food theme, in Science the class carried out an investigation to see how the temperature of water affected the time taken to melt chocolate. The children discussed what made the test fair and then repeated it by changing one of the variables. The children enjoyed testing out their predictions… almost as much as the smell of melted chocolate that filled the air! The children were even heard talking about how they could smell the chocolate through the air due to the particle arrangements in the air and the chocolate that had changed state from solid to a liquid! Impressive Year 4!

In English this week, the children have completed their first piece of writing in their new ‘Author Books’ – a wonderful job has been done of these! The children are feeling a great sense of pride and are very much looking forward to their letter writing next week. The children have been using the ‘Multi-Flow Thinking Map’ to help plan their ideas for their letter content, and have found this most useful.

I wish everyone a  lovely weekend and will see you all on Monday!

Year 4 Spring 1 Week 2

Date: 18th Jan 2019 @ 10:38pm

                              

In preparation for the warmer days that we hope are not too far away, this week the children undertook Bicycle Biology lesson! Thanks to the staff from ‘Bike It’, the children are now able to names the different parts of the bike, perform a safety check and even repair a puncture. Following this, the children put their wheels into motion and checked their bikes were in full working order during a cycle on the school grounds. We are hoping to see more children riding their bikes as it gets warmer in support of reducing our carbon footprint and doing our part in saving the planet.

In our RE Unit ‘Jesus the Son of God’, the children have studied Jesus as authority and looked at other figures of authority. The children discussed who has authority, why they have it and the difference it makes to the lives of others ranging from teachers and police officers to Teresa May and The Queen! Using Picollage, the children recorded their ideas. They then looked at different scriptures in the Bible that portrayed how Jesus’ authority enabled miracles to happen.

The children have particularly enjoyed beginning to write in their author books this week as they produce their final piece of writing all about the brain. They have practised using powder paints in a variety of ways – these skills they will transfer to their illustrations for their non-chronological reports.  We look forward to sharing some pictures with you on Twitter next week of the finished pieces.

Today the children were particularly excited by the albeit fleeting flurry of snow! It didn’t stay for very long but the children still managed to have a quick play in it!

Have an enjoyable weekend everyone!
 

Year 4 - Autumn 2 - Week 8

Date: 21st Dec 2018 @ 8:53am

                                                               

It's Christmas!

The very talented Year 4 children led our school's Christmas Service in St. Peter's Church this week and filled the air with true festive spirit! The children narrated, acted and sang out the Christmas story with such confidence they made everyone feel incredibly proud. Using BSL (British Sign Language) the children signed to their final song 'Hallelujah' at the end of the service... and I don't think there was a dry eye in the church! Linking in beautifully with our RE unit this half-term, they shared the message of Jesus being the light of the world and reminded us all of the true meaning of Christmas. 

We would also like to express our sincere thanks for the kind, thoughtful gifts that were received today too - they are by no means expected but truly appreciated.

Thank you Year 4 for a a wonderful half-term! You have worked so hard and achieved so much and I am very proud of you all. 

Happy Christmas one and all; treasure every moment together!

 

 

Year 4 - Autumn 2 - Week 7

Date: 14th Dec 2018 @ 9:39pm

                                      

 

From DT projects to RE lessons; to rehearsing and performing; it has been a very 'Christmassy' week here in Year 4!

The children started the week by completing their playscripts for 'The Snowman' movie. The children in Year 4 are quite the budding playwrights! The children have also completed their artwork in RE and this artwork has gone on to create really effective Christmas cards for their families (photographs to be shared next week to avoid any spoilers!).

On Monday the children celebrated their rights as a child by learning about Human Rights for Human Rights Day 2018. The children considered what all children deserved and needed in order to thrive. The children shared their thinking through the use of the thinking maps and the green hat and then compared their thoughts to the rights as defined in the articles of the United Nation's Charter of Children's Rites. 

Our rehearsals for the Christmas Service are well under way and our talented class of children all have an important role to play. We are really looking forward to leading this special service for you all next Wednesday at St. Peter's Church. This week we visited the residents at Halcyon House and joined them for their Christmas Service (along with parishioners and the choir from St. Peter's Church) which was led by Anne and Nathan. It was a wonderful service and the children really were a true credit to themselves and our school family.  Thank you once again for having us (and for the yummy Rudolph chocolates too!)

It was like Santa's workshop today in Year 4! Not only were the children wearing some of the best Christmas jumpers I have ever seen for Christmas Jumper Day 2018 but they also began stitching their Christmas stockings for their Design Technology Project. The children worked incredibly hard and helped one another also as they tried different sewing techniques: overstitch, running stich and a new favourite for some, the blanket stitch. The children were quite rightly very proud of themselves as they saw their stockings take shape. The children are looking forward to completing their stockings next week.

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend - there are so many wonderful plans being made and I look forward to hearing about all of your festive fun next week!
 

Year 4 - Autumn 2 - Week 6

Date: 7th Dec 2018 @ 8:01pm

                                                                                 

 

When I asked the children what their highlight this week was, the children shared so many different moments! It’s fair to say we are a very lucky class and a very busy one too!

A popular choice was starting the preparations for our school’s Christmas Service. Year 4 are very excited to be leading this service for the whole school this year. Parts have been allocated, carols are being sung and lines are being learned! We really do hope you can come and join us at St. Peter’s Church on Wednesday 19th December.

The children are also very excited and exceptionally proud of themselves and their fellow Key Stage 2 friends for all placing in the top four of the latest Sefton Sumdog competition. The boys and girls have worked so hard at both home and school to complete their 1000 questions each and in claiming 4th place, the children have now also got a 3 month subscription as their prize which opens up many more mathematical games for them. Well done everyone!

This week we have also been very busy in the world of computing. Using their iPads, the children all completed their ‘Hour of Code’ by creating algorithms for BB-8 in their very own Star Wars Galaxy. The children loved this coding game and I am sure many of them have shown you this at home also. We have also been enjoying the ‘Play Like Share’ videos which have really made them question and discuss their ‘online identities’ and how they can keep themselves safe online. We have also focused on the importance of being kind online and how passwords must only ever be shared with a trusted adult.

A big thank you to Formby High School PE Department and their Young Leaders for planning a range of activities to help raise awareness for International Day of Disabled Persons. From playing curling through to throwing and aiming, the children were able to understand and empathise with those who are faced with disabilities in their everyday lives.

‘Hope’ is our new monthly value, and the children started the week by decorating the class Christmas tree with stars, which stated their own hopes and how they play their part in achieving this hope. The star decoration reminders are a wonderful way to remind us of the importance of hope and how we can play our part in making a difference to the lives of themselves and others.

Have a lovely, festive weekend everyone!

 

Maths focus: Times tables - all children know which times table they are working towards on their chart or the divisional facts they wish to improve. 

There is no spelling homework this week - all children have been provided with the lyrics to the carols they will be singing at the Christmas Service, which they are to learn. 

Year 4 Autumn 2 Week 5

Date: 30th Nov 2018 @ 11:21am

Despite the wet and windy weather this week, Year 4 have brought their own sunshine to school each day with their cheerful smiles and happy little selves.

On Wednesday, we visited the Southport Eco Centre for a day of learning all about the Stone Age period. The children had the opportunity to learn in a variety of ways including being a paleontologist by searching for footprints and playing an enormous board game based on the Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic periods. Using their own hand-held console, the children took part in quizzes throughout the day where they had the chance to reflect upon their new learning.  Special thanks to Julie at the centre for leading such an engaging day for us all.

In RE this week, the children studied several different pieces of art which depicted the Nativity scene -  from the renaissance period through to modern day computer produced images of the Nativity. Using the Double Bubble thinking map, the children compared and contrasted two different pictures of their choice. Many comparisons showed that the pictures all had light radiating from baby Jesus – the Light of the World. They started to create their own paintings of the Nativity using the skills they learned in art last week. They are looking wonderful so far!

This week we had an interesting discussion based on the question ‘Should gender affect your job choice?’. Watching two different video clips, the children shared their thinking of stereotypes and how equality for all really does matter.

Our maths focus this week was coordinates. The children learned to plot coordinates as well as translate coordinates from one coordinate to another. Some of the coordinates showed Christmas scenes when completed – yes Christmas in Year 4 really has commenced! In other maths news, the children are very excited to have been entered into the Sumdog competition for Sefton. All children have their log in details and have until Thursday to complete 1000 questions!  We are hoping to see ourselves at the top of leaderboard alongside our Key Stage 2 friends. Accuracy is the key boys and girls so be sure to answer carefully!

In Computing we discussed what our online identity is and the importance of keeping ourselves safe online. The children particularly enjoyed watching the ‘Play, Like, Share’ video and used their green thinking hats to consider how the characters Sam, Ellie and Alfie felt at different points in the clip. The children displayed a mature attitude to keeping themselves safe online and are already looking forward to flowing the characters on their online journey next week.

As tomorrow is 1st December, the children are all very excited about welcoming advent and all the excitement it brings. We have our ‘Kindness Countdown Calendar’ in class ready for Monday and I also think there will be a few elf tales to be told on Monday morning! We hope to see many of you at the Christmas Fair and Santa Dash after school this afternoon.

Happy weekend everyone!

Spellings:

musician, magician, politician, electrician, optician, mathematician, minute, heard, natural, peculiar

 

 

Year 4 Autumn 2 Week 4

Date: 23rd Nov 2018 @ 5:06pm

 

It was like Christmas morning in Year 4 on Monday morning this week as the children finally returned to their refurbished classroom! So much excitement from everybody - pupils and staff alike! Our new learning environment really is fantastic and bespoke to the vision of us all here at Trintiy St. Peter's. We are so very thankful for the improvements that have been made and are making a difference to our learning already! 

This week in RE we listened to a favourite song of the children, 'My Lighthouse'. The children made connections between the lyrics and Jesus being the Light of the World. There were so many interesting thoughts shared by the children in this lesson as they listened to and built upon one another's interpretations. 

Our reading sessions linked to David Walliam's 'The Ice Monster' continue to be a huge success and this week we extended our thinking using the 'Double Bubble' thinking map to compare and contrast the two characters Elsie and Dotty. Using this map and the green 'thinking hat', the children shared many thoughts about the character's perceptions of the newly introduced character, the Professor. We also used our black, white and grey thinking hats during Wednesday's class discussion 'Have we become a throwaway society?'. The children considered the positives and negatives of recycling and upcycling. The general consensus at the end of the discussion was that whilst there are many families and businesses who are recycling every day, there was still a lot to be done in saving the planet. 

We started our Science unit this week - 'Living Animals' and using their own criteria, the children selected different ways they could sort and classify different animals. Ranging from dangerous and tame to omnivores and carnivores, the children shared their ideas through a Venn diagram. Using iPads to confirm some of their facts, the children discovered many more facts than what they had originally set out to achieve!

We ended the week with a wonderful art session where the children had to mix only two colours together to create different effects. These skills will be transferred into a piece of RE related work next week... so watch this space.

The times tables sticker charts have proved a roaring success this week too - so many children receiving their stickers for knowing their times tables with rapid recall and the division related facts too! Well done! Keep on using Times Table Rock stars this week to see if you can improve further. Can anyone beat this week's rock star who collected a whopping 35,000 coins? Well done rock star! 

Next Wednesday will be our school trip - don't forget to wear warm coats and bring a packed lunch.

Have a lovely weekend one and all!
 

Spellings:

inform, admire, sense, adore, prepare, preparation, information, admiration, sensation, adoration

 

Maths focus: Using the grid method to multiply 2 and 3 digits by one digit. 

 

Year 4 - Autumn 2 - Week 3

Date: 16th Nov 2018 @ 6:14pm

                       

Just when we think our weeks couldn't be any more fun... another wonderful week at TSP arrives!

This week has been non-stop as we commenced our Celebration of Kindness week. On Tuesday (World Kindness Day), 'TSP's Got Voice' contest took place - it was a wonderful way to spend the day with siblings and friends across the school in their house teams. Whilst everyone had such a great day singing, dancing and performing, we give a special well done to the house team 'Matthew' for being this year's worthy winners! Well done!

On Wednesday, alongside our Year 5 friends, Year 4 completed a run around the school field and then collectively cycled a whopping 80 miles in four hours on the exercise bikes in class! The children showed great determination and grit and as a result they totally exceeded their goals in both the running and the cycling element of the triathlon. Congratulations to our Year 5 friends who also did extremely well as they completed their swim at Formby Pool - thank you Year 5! At the end of the day, when the children heard how far they had travelled, there was smiles galore and even a celebratory dance in the school hall! Thank you to all the children for their hard work as well as all the families and friends who kindly sponsored them.

This week we have also started our Times Table Challenge sticker charts. It is fantastic to see the children working so hard practising their times tables (on Times Tables Rockstars at home too) and related division facts in order to gain their stickers. Well done boys and girls!

Our week ended with a wonderful day full of thinking! Throughout the day, the children were given three different issues to explore through different thinking hats and thinking maps. The children thought reflectively, creatively and critically to decide on the following: 'Should we leave the EU?', 'Could anybody be a bully?' and 'Is it always easy to be a good learner?'. The children worked so hard all day and loved thinking differently, building upon the ideas of others and articulating their own thoughts and opinions with clarity. 

We are all super excited to return to our refurbished classroom on Monday. The classroom eagerly awaits the 31 smiling faces of the fabulous Year 4 children on Monday morning! Please can children enter in the morning via the Key Stage 2 ramp and be collected from the Year 4 doors at the ramp at the back of the Y4 classroom at the end of the day.

A little reminder for everyone about the upcoming Stone Age visit on Wednesday 28th November... please can  all payments be made online via the school payment system. If any parents or grandparents are available to help out on this day, please inform the school office or Mrs Martin - that would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Happy weekend everyone and I look forward to seeing you all in our new classroom!

Spellings:

expression, discussion, confession, permission, admission, possession, fruit, breath, complete, continue

This week's maths focus:  Roman Numerals 

 

Year 4 - Autumn 2 - Week 2

Date: 9th Nov 2018 @ 3:58pm

 

It has been yet another wonderful week in Year 4 with so much to be celebrated!

We started the week with our 'Readathon' day where we enjoyed reading a range of  genres from different authors. Throughout the day the children would drop everything and read for their designated sessions. Well done boys and girls and thank you for all of the sponsorhsip money we have raised towards childen's hosiptals. 

Our love for reading continued on Tuesday with the arrival of David Walliams' latest book 'The Ice Monster'. There was great excitement from everyone and plenty of laughter too as the character of Dotty was introduced! This book is also the stimulus for our reading comprehension sessions this half-term too... much to the children's delight!

This week saw the start of our new RE Unit 'Christmas - Exploring the symbolism of light'. In a darkened classroom, the children explored how their feelings and mood could change once light was removed. Slowly, light by light, one by one, flickering tealights were turned on bringing what the children described as 'the return of warmth, love, peace, comfort and hope'. The children made connections with the story of the birth of Jesus when he brought light to the world and recognising how even when it is dark, the light of Jesus is still with us. 

Today we visited St. Peter's Church and together with our Key Stage 2 friends we remembered the fallen soldiers. We laid a poppy wreath and marked a two minute silence. We were so proud of the children's behaviour which was both respectful and reverent. 

In our English this week, the children have thoroughly impressed me with their wonderful imaginations. In their story writing, they have taken me back to the time of the stone age period where I have found myself being chased by bears, cornered by sabre-tooth tigers, trapped in a cave and even hunting deer! They certainly have kept me on the edge of my seat!

The undeniable highlight this week, was this afternoon when we all gathered together to watch the launch of this year’s TSP Kindness Video. Reminding us all to be kind to each other and ourselves - Laugh More and Worry Less - this video certainly did just that! Smiles were spread all around and laughter we are sure could also have been heard for miles; it is a true reflection of the joy we had creating it! Please click the link here to watch the video for yourselves! Enjoy!

We are very much looking forward to our ‘Kindness Week’, which starts next Monday, where we have many more exciting things planned for the children to enjoy. Year 4 and Year 5 can’t wait to team up with one another and complete their sponsored TSP Triathlon (more information available on the letter section of the school website).

Enjoy a wonderful weekend everyone – and remember laugh more; worry less!

Spellings:

Group A:

action, injection, completion, attention, direction, education, invention, perhaps, popular, bicycle.

Maths:

This week's maths focus has been on negative numbers where the children have counted backwards and forwards through zero.

 

Year 4 - Autumn 2 - Week 1

Date: 2nd Nov 2018 @ 3:19pm

                  

 

It has been a super busy start to our new half-term as we stepped back in time to the Stone Age period! In such a short space of time, already the children have learned many new facts about when and how these people lived. The story 'Stone Age Boy', helped us to imagine just how simple (and brutal!) their lives were. The cave art in the book inspired the children to go on to create their very own cave art using natural resources they found in our school grounds. It was quite a challenge but being the amazing children they are, they persevered and produced a rather spectacular cave creation! We have now started reading 'Stig of the Dump' as our class read and are enjoiyng seeing the relationship between Barney and his new stone age pal ' Stig' develop.

Our new monthly value of 'Peace' has had the children considering the importance of peace in our homes, school and within the whole world. The children considered how our school values help us to embed peace in our own lives and the lives of others. 

We are very much looking forward to the half-term ahead and the many exciting things planned. 

Year 4 you have worked incredibly hard this week and you have all done yourselves extremely proud. Well done and thank you boys and girls!

Keep safe as you celebrate Bonfire Night this weekend and I look forward to seeing you on Monday.

Spellings:

This week the spellings are a recap of the last three weeks.

 

 

Year 4 Autumn 1 Week 7

Date: 19th Oct 2018 @ 3:22pm

           

We have had a fantastic week in Year 4!

During our Collective Worship we looked at the book 'The Giving Tree' and asked some big questions such as 'Can you ever be too generous?' which led to using our 4C thinking to discuss our answers. We also spent time creating shoeboxes for the Shoebox Appeal which made us think about appreciating everything we have and linked to our school value ENJOY. 

We made some lovely paper mache globes which should be ready to paint after half term. We used team work to make the structures as accurate as possible to match the earth's shape. 

Finally, in RE we discussed and explored psalm 23. We listened to a beautiful musical version of the psalm and some of us even created our own. 

Year 4 have worked super hard this week. Enjoy your half term break! 

Spellings

Group A

Expansion, extension, tension, confusion, transfusion, supervision, comprehension, busy, experience, remember.

Group B

Wrap, wreck, knock, knight, knit, gnome, gnaw, sign, gold, everybody. 

Group C

Draw, chair, white, dolphin, cream, are. 

Year 4 Autumn 1 Week 6

Date: 12th Oct 2018 @ 9:47pm

                                                  
                                                                        

This week Year 4 have spent their time investigating angles in triangles and quadrilaterals, exploring sound and writing descriptive journals about a journey home through the frozen north. 

After reflecting on our collective worship value of GENEROSITY, the children have discussed the Christian values they want to display throughout their lives and the ways in which they can show GENEROSITY. This linked to their RE discussions on the qualities of a good friendship and they wrote a job description looking for a good friend and describing everything they would like a friend to be. 

Year 4 have worked extremely hard this week. Have a relaxing, fun weekend! 

 

 

 

Year 4 Autumn 1 Week 5

Date: 5th Oct 2018 @ 3:49pm

                                                                                

Year 4 have had a week filled with Wonderlands and creativity. They enjoyed debating about their favourite poems with their peers before writing their entry to the Young Writers poetry competition. 

In Collective Worship we have been working towards developing our understanding of different ways in which we can show GENEROSITY both at school and at home. 

During RE we reflected on times when we have had to show courage or confidence to overcome something. This led to us learning about the story 'David and Goliath'. After learning about David's courage to stand up to Goliath and his confidence in God, we performed a unique retelling of the story as TV news reporters. 

Year 4 have had a fantastic week. Wishing you all a peaceful weekend. 

Year 4 Autumn 1 Week 4

Date: 28th Sep 2018 @ 2:47pm

What a busy week for Year 4!

The children have worked really hard on writing their own manifestos to gain votes to become a member of the pupil voice committees. They developed their own ideas on why they should be elected thinking about our school value HOPE and how they would use their abilities and talents to benefit everyone. They then presented their ideas as a speech to the class including the use of some campaign materials such as badges and posters. Everyone then got a chance to vote after a discussion about democracy and our British values. The elected members have been announced today and deserve a huge congratulations for their persuasive speeches! 

They have also spent time working on their rounding skills in maths and solving some real life problems using those skills. In English, they used some fantastic presentation in their top copies of their newspaper reports. Within Science, they experimented with sound and different instruments questioning how sound is made and how we can change the sound. 

Finally, during collective worship this week the children spent time discussing a range of ways to show RESPECT to themselves and others. The whole class were able to contribute ideas which can be applied in their actions and choices everyday. 

Enjoy your weekend Year 4! 

 

Year 4 Autumn 1 Week 3

Date: 21st Sep 2018 @ 2:43pm

Year 4 have worked super hard this week to show RESPECT and DIGNITY for others and themselves. In RE we reflected upon the blessings we have been given which inspired some beautiful prayer writing. This also linked to our mindfulness and collective worship time within which we thought about feeling happy and what makes us happy linked to the upcoming Harvest Service next week.

This week our English lessons included role playing as newspaper editors in order to annotate and edit different newspaper reports. We also collected facts, quotes and spoke to eye witnesses in relation to 'Shine' coming to our classroom this year. Finally, we edited and wrote our own newspaper reports which are bursting with information. 

Within Maths, the children have persevered to explain their understanding and show in depth reasoning skills related to their work on place value, decimals and fractions. They were able to challenge themselves and it was lovely to see them having a go at more challenging work independently. 

Focusing on our power word 'YET' we have been able to develop our mindsets and understand that by adding yet to the end of a fixed mindset sentence we can change the way we approach something difficult. By changing our thinking from 'I can't do this' to 'I can't do this yet', Year 4 have demonstrated a growth in their abilities to understand how they can move forward in each lesson.  

Wishing you all a positive and wonderful weekend! 

 

 

Year 4 Autumn 1 Week 2

Date: 14th Sep 2018 @ 2:43pm

 

Following a week with the monthly value of respect and dignity in our minds, we have spent time working as a team along with building and developing our listening skills. Year Four have worked extremely hard to identify and provide reasoning for a variety of number representations as well as solving and creating their own place value problems. In English, we have been researching newspaper reports which even included a report about our new classmate 'Shine' being spotted having a real life teddy bear picnic over the weekend! 

Within Art, we have explored memories and emotions using water paints inspired by Pablo Picasso. These paintings also linked back to the novel 'Wonder' and our school motto, 'CHOOSE KIND'.  

To summarise this week would be drawing upon memories of communicating kindly, persevering and always trying our best no matter the scale of the challenges we face. 

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Year 4 Autumn 1 Week 1

Date: 7th Sep 2018 @ 4:23pm

 

 

 

As the first week of officially becoming Year Four students draws to a close, we reflect upon the exciting week we have had. Considering our collective worship involving DIGNITY and RESPECT, we have spent our time this week discussing and connecting with the story 'Wonder' written by R. J. Palacio. This included lots of wonderful drama and hot seating activities as well as some time to review how we can best achieve our school motto this year; CHOOSE KIND. We even welcomed the newest member of our class too... 'Shine'. 

The children thrived when building upn their original views of the characters and developing them through thoughtful discussion and writing into more complex and detailed ideas. They were able to decide on their own opinions and provide lots of evidence to support what they thought as well as using critical thinking skills to address other points of view. Furthermore, the class were able to use dictionaries and thesaurus' independently in order to improve their vocabulary and make their ideas the best that they could possibly be.  

This week has been bursting with new beginnings, hard work and an abundance of high fives and smiles. I am fully looking forward to the rest of the year - enjoy your weekend Year four! 

Miss Shanks

Year 4 Autumn 1 Week 1

Date: 7th Sep 2018 @ 1:54pm

Welcome to Year 4

Date: 1st Sep 2018 @ 10:36am

Miss Shanks and Miss Bryan extend a warm welcome to Year 4 to you all! 

During the Autumn term, PE lessons will take place on Monday and Tuesday afternoons. Children must have both their indoor and outdoor school PE kits with them on these days. 

Recorder lessons will be each Thursday and will be taught by Mr Horner from Formby High School. 

Children are encouraged to bring a snack each day to be eaten at break time. Please remember to provide your child with only a healthy snack - e.g. fruit, vegetables. 

Bottles of water with a sports cap lid are also encouraged so the children can have a drink of water as and when they need it throughout the day.

The Successful Start to Year 4 PowerPoint below has additional information for you to ensure your child has the best start to Year 4.

We look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday 4th September!

Miss Shanks and Miss Bryan