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  • Geography week in Year 4

    Published 18/07/21, by Andy Mari

    Year 4 have had a fantastic week this week. We kicked off with a camouflage day to immerse ourselves in all things Geography. Our focus for our afternoon work was the water cycle and we created weather plates to show the repeated, continuous cycle. If that wasn't already great fun, we had an afternoon camp out on the field where we cosied up with hot chocolates, marshmallows around the campfire and blissful reading time in tents.

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  • Structures in Year 4

    Published 13/06/21, by Andy Mari

    Year 4 have started the week with our DT unit all about structures. We  began by looking at a range of pavilions and discussed their purpose, including exploring the Milan expo! We then used tooth picks and sweets to explore temporary frame structure. We were tasked with making a frame structure which was both strong and stable. Through our exploration we learnt that triangles were very strong shapes and helped to make a stable structure. We also learnt that the taller the structure the more unstable it can become! Having learnt these valuable lessons we moved onto designing our own pavilions for a class expo all about our new topic peculiar plants.

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  • Art Attack!

    Published 18/05/21, by Andy Mari

    Year Four have been letting their creative juices flow over the past week and delving into their unit of art work. To begin, we studied lenticular optical illusions inspired by Luz Perez Ojeda and create our own. We noticed that depending on what perspective we looked at the optical illusion, a different image could be seen. Next, we designed and drafted ideas for a willow pattern plate which involved careful hand movements and delicate brush strokes. It was very hard not to cover our hands in blue ink but luckily, no smurf hands here! Moving on, we then took part in an observational drawing of everyday items for our still life lesson, this was inspired on multi-medium pieces by Giorgio Morandi. It was clear to us that using a HB pencil and 2B pencil created very different effects for our shading and sketching.

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  • Year 4 spreadsheets work

    Published 14/04/21, by Andy Mari

    To kick start the Summer Term, Year Four have dived into the world of technology and begun their spreadsheets computing unit. The children have been responsible for use their own ICT equipment from the comfort of their desks and creating percentages, using formulas, generating line graphs and even some budgeting. The children have shown great resilience and have put their lockdown knowledge of using technology to fantastic use. 

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  • Y4 in Science week

    Published 23/03/21, by Andy Mari

    To celebrate Science Week, Year Four participated in a STEM science competition to make their own insect using only four pieces of paper, scissors and a pencil! With only one hour on the clock to practice folding paper in different ways, the pressure was on for this wonderful cohort, but we used our growth mindset to stretch and challenge ourselves! The outcomes were weird and wonderful, unique and creative. What do you think of our interesting insects or do they make your skin crawl?

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  • Art in Year 4

    Published 07/03/21, by Andy Mari

    For Art this week, the children put their thinking caps on and stepped into the artwork of famous artist ‘Paula Rego’. The children discussed a particular piece called ‘The Dance’. Both at home and at school, the children worked collaboratively to put a story together to describe the piece, making it unique and individual

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  • Year 4 get active!

    Published 27/02/21, by Andy Mari

    The Year Four cohort kept themselves busy over the half term break, making sure they took a break from the screen and gained some fresh air! The children took part in fitness challenges, trying to reach 100 of a chosen activity. The activities ranged from roller skating to bouncing - hand standing to throwing and catching! 

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  • Year 4 Devide down day

    Published 10/02/21, by Andy Mari

    For Device Down Day, the children got into the school ethos at home by creating their own letters using items from around the classroom and house to create letters for the school values. On Device Down, we also focused on doing good deeds for members of our family and wrote letters of gratitude to NHS workers.

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  • Home learning experts!

    Published 30/01/21, by Andy Mari

    The Year Four cohort have been busy at home this week getting stuck into all things google classroom. We are jamboard experts, pioneers at using google word documents and have been quiz masters. Here are some examples of a few of the many pieces of work that have been submitted online this week. We have even begun to collaboratively work on a single document, contributing ideas in live time alongside our peers virtually.

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  • Sound in Year 4

    Published 18/01/21, by Andy Mari

    In Science we have been learning about sound. On Friday, the children were learning how sounds travel. We began by completing some scratch tests to reveal which materials sound could travel through easiest. Then, we moved onto to making a string telephone. One child held the cup up to their ear while their partner placed the cup over their mouth and spoke into it. Through trial and error, we found the vibrations were able to travel through the string when it was pulled taught but not when the string was slack. Even the children who are learning at home had a go at making one too, testing it with their adults and discussing alongside the class during the live lesson what went well. Why don't you have a go too?

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  • Art in Year 4

    Published 05/12/20, by Andy Mari

    Throughout art this half term Year 4 have been learning about the formal elements of art. We began by experimenting with charcoal and used this to represent words or phrases in an abstract way. Then we moved onto printing. We explored using playdough to imprint different textures and patterns before making a print from this. This week we drew around geometric shapes onto polystyrene foam to make our own stamps - which we then used to create repeated patterns and explored symmetry. We particularly loved these lessons because we could get messy with the printing ink! 

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  • Odd socks day!

    Published 20/11/20, by Andy Mari

    Cedar Class looked colourful and bright on a gloomy Monday morning this week to commemorate Odd Socks Day for anti-bullying week. The children explored the themes of being unique, self-expression and standing out from the crowd. It was great to see the children participating in such a wonderful themed day and the discussions that we had in class were insightful and empathetic!

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