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Year 4

Welcome to Year 4! 

Year 4 News

Friday 26th May - Year 4 Visit Lichfield Cathedral to take part in INSPIRE Workshops

Friday 7th April - Easter Bonnet Parade

Friday 7th April - Easter Bonnet Parade 1

Wednesday 5th April - Y4 Learn All About the Digestive System!

Y4 learned all about the Digestive System and the journey that our food takes through our body.  We initially learned the names of the vital parts of the Digestive System, then we took things to a practical level!  This helped us to embed our understanding of the function of the system. 

Sunday 19th March - Mckenzie Takes to the National Stage!

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Recently, our very own Mckenzie has been preparing and training to take on all comers in national motorcross competition. He has been part of the British motorcross scene for several years and is now competing in two national series this year, the ACU British Premier Cup and the Thor British Youth Nationals. They both have 6 rounds (March - Sept) and the maximum age for the category is 11, meaning that Mckenzie is one of the younger rides in the field.

This weekend, he battled a tough and tricky course, red flags and bumps and bruises to bravely finish in a very commendable 12th place. We're very proud of Mckenzie and will continue to follow his progress closely throughout the rest of the year.

(Check out the short video above of Mckenzie's jump training last week)

Friday 10th March - Investigation Results Time!

Friday 10th March - Investigation Results Time! 1
Friday 10th March - Investigation Results Time! 2
Friday 10th March - Investigation Results Time! 3

Tuesday 7th March - The Great Eggs-periment!

Tuesday 7th March - The Great Eggs-periment! 1
Tuesday 7th March - The Great Eggs-periment! 2
Tuesday 7th March - The Great Eggs-periment! 3

As part of the 'Animals Including Humans' area of our Science curriculum, Y4 are currently looking at the types of liquid that could cause the most potential harm to our teeth.  It's important to keep teeth healthy so that they're able to carry out their functions as well as possible for as long as possible.  As it would be unwise and very messy (!) to leave our own teeth in liquid for a number of days, we're instead using egg-shell to act in place.

 

After we planned our investigation very clearly (making sure that we were 'working scientifically'), we placed the eggs into cola, apple juice, milk and water.  We decided to check and record any changes to the egg-shell every day and on Friday we'll report our findings!  Mrs Graham, our school Science Subject Leader, paid us a visit during the lesson and is very keen to hear about what Y4 have discovered during the investigation.

Monday 6th March - SMLC Times Tables Challenge!

Monday 6th March - SMLC Times Tables Challenge! 1
Monday 6th March - SMLC Times Tables Challenge! 2
Monday 6th March - SMLC Times Tables Challenge! 3

This morning, Y4 took on the 'Times Tables Challenge' with the aim of beating their own individual personal bests.  It was clear that all class members were extremely motivated to do well and they all got their heads down in determined fashion.  After the class had all marked and worked out their scores, there was a total of 22 new personal best scores & times achieved!  Well done Y4!

 

A massive thank-you must go to all parents.  It is very clear that the children have been working on their times tables at home and the improvement has been great to see.

Saturday 4th March - Mckenzie's Swimathon Success

Saturday 4th March - Mckenzie's Swimathon Success 1
Well done to Mckenzie! Along with Mr Clarke and 9 other pupils from St John's, he swam non-stop for an hour to raise money for the Headway charity.  What a great gesture and commitment.  We're very proud of you!

Gymnastic Brilliance!

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On Monday we completed our gymnastic P.E. unit of work. It was a great opportunity for children to work on their balance, strength and understanding of the elements needed to create an effective gymnastic routine. A number of children then asked to perform their routines to the class as we unexpectedly had a little extra time due to assembly time being moved to the next day. Well done Y4 - you all thought carefully about your routines.

Friday 17th February - "London Marathon Challenge" Charity Run

Friday 17th February - "London Marathon Challenge" Charity Run 1

This photo really does tell a story! 

 

Y4 were FANTASTIC this afternoon as they ran an incredible 58.5 miles between them! Mrs Higton had set the whole school a target of running 10 marathons (262 miles!) during the day and Reception, Y6, Y1, Y2 and Y3 did really well to push us over the 160mile mark as he moved towards lunchtime.  In the afternoon, it was all down to Y4 & Y5 to add the extra 100miles to the total to hit the target and together we did!

 

Well done to all- you've raised a brilliant amount of money.

Numeracy Award Winners and Accelerated Reader 100,000+ Words Club

Numeracy Award Winners and Accelerated Reader 100,000+ Words Club 1
Numeracy Award Winners and Accelerated Reader 100,000+ Words Club 2

Thursday 16th February 2017 - "Countdown" Conquered!

Thursday 16th February 2017 - "Countdown" Conquered! 1
Thursday 16th February 2017 - "Countdown" Conquered! 2

WOW! I challenged Y4 to crack the countdown numbers game as their Numeracy starter this morning.  The entire class went straight into discussion and sharing of ideas.  Eventually, Tom solved the puzzle with a fantastic bit of reasoning and skills work.  Truly impressive.

 

Mr Redfern

 

Tuesday 14th February 2017 - Mr Keen's Final Working Scientifically Session

Tuesday 14th February 2017 - Mr Keen's Final Working Scientifically Session 1
Tuesday 14th February 2017 - Mr Keen's Final Working Scientifically Session 2

On Tuesday, Y4 had their final scientific investigation session with Mr Keen.  This week's focus was on measuring the current of electricity around a circuit using ammeters.  Once again, the whole class was brilliant throughout the lesson and used their scientific knowledge to the full.  It was great to see that all of the groups independently chose to repeat their tests to ensure that their results were satisfactory.

 

Before leaving, Mr Keen remarked that he thought Y4 were an "outstanding" class.  He was mightily impressed by their ability to tackle complex work he would normally associate with Y7 pupils.  What a fantastic, and deserved, compliment.  Well done Y4.

Tuesday 17th January - Moorside Science Investigation Lessons Begin

Tuesday 17th January - Moorside Science Investigation Lessons Begin 1
Tuesday 17th January - Moorside Science Investigation Lessons Begin 2
Y4 had their first Science lesson with Mr Keen, Moorside High School Science teacher.  The children worked through the process of a Science Investigation and had their first opportunity to investigate how acid can affect different types of metal.  They all ensured that they followed the correct safety instructions and recorded their results appropriately.  Mr Keen commented on how good their scientific knowledge and understanding was throughout the lesson and Y4 particularly impressed with their understanding of the differences between solids, liquids and gases.  Mr Keen will be visiting us on two more occasions within the next month to continue to develop Y4's ability to work scientifically.  The next session will be a sound investigation on Tuesday 31st January.

Monday 9th January - Frightening Fruit!

Monday 9th January - Frightening Fruit! 1
Monday 9th January - Frightening Fruit! 2

Y4 were shown a bizarre looking item (which we were assured was a fruit- phew!) for us to all examine.  After making sure that it didn't crawl, bite or wriggle, Y4 all agreed that it was unlike anything any of us had ever seen before!  Can you succeed where Y4 couldn't and identify this octo-fruit?

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