WELCOME TO YEAR 4

Adults in Year 4: Mrs Naylor,Mrs Noble,Mr Fellender and Mrs Bulbulia


Information for the start of the year.
Homework will be set when appropriate.

When set, Literacy homework - Monday (to be returned the following Monday)
When set, Maths homework - Friday, this will usually be MyMaths (occasionally a written activity) and should be completed by the following Friday


Children are required to read 3 times a week. Please sign and date your child's reading record book each time they read. Reading records will be checked every Friday.
Occasional topic homework may also be set.


PE: Swimming is on Wednesday morning. If your child has long hair then they must use a swimming cap. Boys swim shorts must not be longer than knee length.
All children need an outdoor and indoor PE kit as detailed in the school prospectus.

Information for class and school events will be sent out via our class page, the school website and the School Jotter app. Please ensure school has your up to date email and telephone number.

Tuesday 19th November 2019

We had a special visitor in class today.  Roop Singh came to tell us some stories about the Sikh faith and helped us to understand about the, "Guru Granth Shahib", their holy book.

Tuesday 17th September.

Today we were lucky enough to to have a go at "Diving". The coaches were looking at our gymnastic abilities.  It was lots of fun, especially when of the coaches did a back flip!

Thank you, to everyone who was able to attend our Brainwaves topic, this morning.  We hope you enjoyed viewing your child's work and had fun skipping or hula hooping!

Bright Sparks

Electricity is an energy that flows along wires in our homes, schools, offices, towns and cities to power lights, televisions, computers, cars and trains, and hundreds of other things that we use every day. Let's find out what we can do with electricity.

In Science, we’ll be finding out:
Which common appliances run on electricity
How to make an electrical circuit
Which materials allow electricity to pass through them
What happens when we change a circuit
How to build bigger circuits
About magnetism and electricity
About using electricity as heat
How to keep safe around electricity
In Technology, we’ll be finding out:
How to make a house with lighting and a door buzzer
In History, we’ll be finding out:
About the history of the electric light bulb
In International, we’ll be finding out:
How we produce electricity in our country
Why saving electricity is good for the planet

Glossary of terms
Amber – a resin from a fossilized tree
Battery – a container that stores electrical energy
Charge – to increase the power in something
Component – a part of an electrical circuit
Conductor – a material that allows electricity to flow through it
Contact – the metal part that can be connected to a circuit
Current – a flow of electricity in a circuit
Current electricity – electricity that flows through wires
Diode – a component that allows the current to pass in one direction only
Electron – a negatively-charged particle in an atom
Energy – the power to make things move and work
Generator – a machine that makes electricity from wind, water, steam, gas or nuclear power
Insulator – a material that does not allow electricity to flow through it
LED – a light emitting diode
Leyden jar – early scientists used them to store electrical energy
Motor – a motor can turn electricity into movement
Socket – a device through which an appliance can connect to an electricity supply

Static electricity – electricity that builds up in one place
Switch – a gap that can be closed to allow electricity to flow or opened to stop the flow
Terminal – the metal part of a battery that can be connected to a circuit
Turbine – a machine that can make electricity though wind, water or steam power
Voltage (symbol V) – a measure of stored electrical potential, named after Allessandro Volta
Watt (symbol W) – a unit of electrical power named after the inventor, James Watt

Scavengers and Settlers

The Big Idea
Humans are special. Unlike other animals, we can adapt and learn new skills in order to survive, which is exactly what our ancestors did in the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages.

In History, we’ll be finding out:
How fossils are made and what we can learn from them
What our earliest ancestors might have looked like
How our ancestors were able to survive
How to use archaeological evidence to find out about a prehistoric hunter
Where our ancestors settled and how they lived
How we can learn about the past by investigating a Stone Age village
What life was like during the Bronze Age and Iron Ages


In Art, we’ll be finding out:
How to create our own prehistoric cave paintings
How to make and decorate pottery, based on one of the periods we have explored


In Technology we’ll be finding out:
About the types of foods that the first farmers would have grown
How we can update the dishes that the early settlers may have eaten
In International, we’ll be finding out:
How we can work together to learn new skills and achieve our goals

Scavengers and Settlers Vocabulary: These are some of the words we have used so far.Can you think of anymore to add to the list?

Pre historic

Pre history

Iron Age

Bronze Age

Stone Age

Fossils

Scavengers

Settlers

Ancestors

Entry Point: We made shelters and fires, to imagine what it would have been like, to live in the Stone Age.

Meet your ancestors!

This is Lucy, she is over 3 million years old. She was about 20 when she died (she fell out of a tree, ouch!) and roughly 1m tall.  We had to draw what we thought our ancestors might have looked like.  Do you recognise anyone in your family!

Image result for lucy mans ancestor

 

OUR FIRST TOPIC IS BRAINWAVES..........

Brainwave

The Big Idea

Our brain is special because we can use it to learn lots of new and different things every day, enabling us to gain the knowledge, skills and understanding that we will need to become successful adults. By finding out more about how we learn, and how we can improve the way that we learn, we will be better equipped for meeting the many challenges ahead of us.

 

In this unit, we’ll be ļ¬nding out:

  • How different people learn
  • About the importance of practice when learning a skill
  • How the brain works
  • How to make connections between our learning
  • How we can share our learning with others
  • Why it is important to learn from other children and cultures around the world
  • How positive thinking can help us to succeed
  • How to look after our brain
  • How to design a school for learning

When they learn children will be:

  • Investigating
  • Thinking
  • Reflecting
  • Researching
  • Teaching
  • Observing
  • Assessing
  • Presenting

Brainwaves Vocabulary:

Knowledge – internet, books, interviews, talks, slideshows, DVDs, newspapers, artefacts, documentaries, paintings, quizzes, tests.

Skills – doing it, practice, modelling, assessment rubrics, workshops, sports clubs, tutoring.

Understanding – reflecting, debate, role-play, teaching others, solving puzzles, challenges, exit point celebrations.

Growth Mindsets

Neurons

Connections

Transmit

Electrical

Chemical

Signals

Memory

Positive and negative emotions

 

We had to think about how we could teach someone a new skill.  We decided that, lots of practice was a good way to start!