Today, year 4 looked at completing some different rolls. We initially looked at a forward roll which is actually part of the Year 3 curriculum. This helped us to gain confidence to be able to complete the Year 4 version which is a forward roll over a bench. The children really impressed me today and even though not everybody got onto the forward roll over the bench, everybody improved in their techniques and confidence. We also looked at completing a teddy bear roll which is a Year 2 objective but we are going to develop this into a paired teddy bear roll. Next week, we are going to look at some individual balances so stay tuned for more photographs.
Today, Mrs Frostick completed the cold task for Music. The children had to sing "Ho Down". This was one of the first times they had completed it, so it will be great to see the comparison by the end of the block. I hope we might even be able to have some dance moves included!
Today, we have been learning about Ancient Greek warfare. We are waiting to go on our trip to wear some of the proper items so for now, we had to improvise. We had our fantastic volunteer below who came up. Can you spot the following items?
Next week, we are going to look at the importance of the bronze age on all of these items and what would have happened if this period of time had never taken place.
As part of a big push across school, Year 4 have been using practical resources to look at X by 10 and 100. We are trying to show that we do not just add 0s but instead, we move each digit 1 place to the left (for X by 10) and 2 places to the left (for X by 100). This may work sometimes at the start of Year 4 but, as we move through the rest of KS2, and we have to start multiplying by decimals, this will teach a misconception. We have shown that if we have a place with no digit there then we will include a place holder which is the 0. The children have really enjoyed using the counters and also being up out of their seats being physically moved when they have been X by 10 and 100.
Today, we have been completing a scientific experiment to see which weighs more out of an inflated balloon or a deflated balloon. We initially made our predictions and then we worked ingroups of 3 to try to attempt to work out this investigation. We used a coat hanger as a balancing scale. We ensure that we kept it a fair test by having the same amount of string and sellotape on both sides of the coat hanger. That way, we would only be measuring the actually weight of the balloons. In the end, we found out that the balloon which was inflated weighed more because air is not a "nothing" and does actually hold weight. This is why we can feel the wing and how hang gliders are able to stay in the air.
Well done to all of our class who today represented our school in such a positive light. All children completed 4 laps of the football pitch which in total was just under a mile. Every single child in Year 4 completed this and I was so proud of them. There was a torrential downpour, but this did not stop the determination of Year 4. It was a participation event and we celebrated the fact that we had so many children participating. Saying that, we did come 1st and 2nd in the girls' race and we also came 2nd in the boys' race! Great effort and keep on running!
Currently, Year 4 are learning about the internet. Last week, they learnt how the internet works and this week, they are putting that into into action. They have been looking at a range of websites including: Newsround, Horrible Histories and the Kexborough Primary School website. They have really enjoyed searching the internet and we had a recap of safety rules whilst on the internet and what to do if they see something that makes them feel uncomfortable. They really enjoyed looking at the blogs and even saw some of their siblings on the other year groups' blogs.
Well done to the two pupils below who have been elected as our student council representatives! A large handful of children created some fantastic speeches to try to get themselves elected and they should be very proud of themselves. I am really looking forward to them going to their first meeting and feeding back to the rest of the class what they have found. 1st step school council; final step prime minister!
Today, we have been completing a skills lesson in Art. Our L.O was "To experiment with different grades of pencil to draw different forms and shapes." Even though myself and some of the children may not be natural artists, we never gave in and applied the skills of sketching and shading to draw different characters that could go on on our masterpiece at the end of the half term. We have learnt a lot about what works and what does not work. Keep an eye on the web page for our final masterpieces in a few weeks time.
Today, we looked at how network switches and routers worked. We completed a practical lesson where we passed messages between different buildings such as Barnsley Hospital, a fire station, a police station and an office. It was a lot of fun and we learnt a lot about the intricacies.