Category Archives: Year 4

Year 4 blog

Year 4 In Wonderland

 

The new Year 4 have had a very busy arts week! We read Alice in Wonderland, and had lots of fun doing activities linked to the story.   We covered some balloons in papier mâché… We made magic ‘drink me’ potions that separated into different colours, we did some more work on our balloons,we made some […]

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Published Date: 28th June 2017
Category: Arts blog, KS2 blog, Year 4


 

Hot and cold colour paper weaving

 

We learned about hot and cold colours and then used a wet paper technique to create sheets of each colour. We then carefully drew lines on the back to cut the paper into strips. After learning the under/over technique for weaving, we could choose how to combine our strips. Next week we’ll be trying to […]

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Published Date: 18th May 2017
Category: Arts blog, KS2 blog, Year 4


 

The Volcano is…… A Poem

 

After reading The Sea ( in which the poet describes the sea as a hungry dog) we decided to write our own metaphor poem about the volcano.  We studied videos of volcanos and made a list of descriptive phrases in our draft book.  We then thought about what it reminded us of, chose one and […]

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Published Date: 16th May 2017
Category: Arts blog, KS2 blog, Year 4


 

Homework Projects!

 

Year 4’s homework project last week was to research either volcanoes, tsunamis or earthquakes.  They were then given free choice over how to present their findings. Wow! Just look at these imaginative, informative results.  We even had a demonstration – imaginatively using card to represent the tectonic plates and wallpaper paste for the mantle. Amazing.

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Published Date: 11th May 2017
Category: KS2 blog, Science Blog, Year 4


 

Design and Technology – Final boxes

 

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Published Date: 5th April 2017
Category: Arts blog, KS2 blog, Year 4


 

Easter Treat Box Challenge – Design and Technology progress

 

After last week’s research into boxes, their purposes, how to disassemble them and then how to create 3D shapes using nets, this week we started to design our Easter box specifically.

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Published Date: 4th April 2017
Category: KS2 blog, Year 4
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Lickey Hills Adventurers!

 

What an amazing day! Den building, the natural history of the Lickeys, survival fire-starting and orienteering! Thanks to Dave the Ranger (not a Power Ranger – we checked!) for our fantastic day.   

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Published Date: 29th March 2017
Category: KS2 blog, Year 4


 

Design and Technology – The Easter Treat Box Challenge

 

Year 4 are embarking on their latest D&T project – The Easter Treat Box Challenge.   We have been given the brief to design a new box which is suitable for storing Easter treats to give to one of our friends or family.

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Published Date: 27th March 2017
Category: KS2 blog, Year 4
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Clarinet Concert – Monday 27th March 2017

 

Year 4 and Electives Clarinet Concert 27 March 2017 Just a quick reminder that on Monday 27th March 2017 at 9:15 am there will be an opportunity for Year 4 and the electives from Year 5 and 6 to perform their clarinet pieces in their first concert of the year.  We hope you can join us!

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Published Date: 13th March 2017
Category: Arts blog, KS2 blog, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6


 

Internet Safety – Uploading Videos to YouTube

 

It has come to our attention this week that a few of our children have been uploading their own videos to YouTube. 

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Published Date: 7th March 2017
Category: KS2 blog, Year 4


 

Tudor Galleons – tone drawings

 

We were so interested in Tudor galleons after yesterday’s sketching session, that we wanted to try using another media to capture their features.  Using charcoal to show tone, we learned to start at the top (so we didn’t smudge our work – or get covered in charcoal dust!) and we were shown how to use […]

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Published Date: 7th March 2017
Category: Arts blog, Year 4


 

Tudor Galleons – line drawing

 

Our new text for the half term is Drake’s Drummer Boy and it is an adventurous sea story set in Tudor times. We thought we’d better find out about the types of ship it might involve so we collected images of Tudor-era galleons.  We then used our observation and sketching skills to record the key […]

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Published Date: 6th March 2017
Category: Arts blog, Year 4


 

Kensuke’s Kingdom – Our opinions

 

Today, as part of our World Book Day activities we used the KAGAN strategy Find Someone Who to share our opinions about the book we have just finished.

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Published Date: 3rd March 2017
Category: KS2 blog, Year 4
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World Book Day 2017 – Spot the Character

 

Year 4 went all out with their costumes this year. Can you spot any of these characters?

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Published Date: 2nd March 2017
Category: KS2 blog, Year 4
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Performing Poems

 

Today, we had a chance to show off our performance skills.  After watching Michael Rosen performing his own poem, we were inspired to use expression and gestures when we performed poems such as Overheard on a Saltmarsh and The Great Galactic Ghoul.

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Published Date: 28th February 2017
Category: Arts blog, Year 4


 

Space Exploration – A teamwork timeline task

 

As we continue our journey through the explorers and adventurers topic, it is  time to start thinking about some of the most recent explorations.

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Published Date: 27th February 2017
Category: Year 4


 

What a day! Muddy but Joyous!

 

Today, Year 4 set off full of hope and expectation, fully prepared for the day of exploring and adventure!  We had binoculars, spotter guides, nets and compasses. Ready to go! Here we are doing our best “Explorer Poses”

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Published Date: 15th February 2017
Category: KS2 blog, Year 4


 

Claude Monet – Artist of the Term

 

Our whole school art focus this term is Claude Monet.  Year 4 have been learning about Monet and his part in the Impressionism art movement.

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Published Date: 7th February 2017
Category: Arts blog, Year 4
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Let’s Explore …. and get muddy!

 

Year 4 park trip Feb 2017 Next Wednesday (15th February 2017), Year 4 will be going off exploring our local area – we will be doing river dipping; compass and map work; bird-watching and nature spotting. Don’t forget you will need to wear: Waterproof coat (ideally with a hood, but a hat will do.) Wellies […]

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Published Date: 7th February 2017
Category: Year 4


 

It’s Up To Me To Choose

 

Here is the recording of the song “It’s Up To Me To Choose” that Mrs Baker has taught and recorded with KS2 last week. Have a listen Song taught from the Singing Connections resource.

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Published Date: 26th January 2017
Category: Arts blog, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6


 

Kensuke’s Kingdom – Michael’s Beach

 

This term we are reading Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo.  As not many of us have had the opportunity to visit a desert island we are using visual images to help us imagine and describe the scene.  Isn’t it beautiful?  I wonder what will happen next?  

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Published Date: 21st January 2017
Category: Year 4


 

Scratch Jnr!

 

In preparation for some project work over the next few weeks, Year 4 had an enjoyable explore of one of our iPad apps. Scratch junior!

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Published Date: 19th January 2017
Category: KS2 blog, Year 4
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Y3 and Y4 painting pots and researching Bug Hotels

 

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Published Date: 19th January 2017
Category: gardening blog, Year 3, Year 4


 

Honesty – What does it mean to Year 4?

 

After lots of discussion with our KAGAN teams about honesty we finalised what was really important to us about the idea of honesty.

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Published Date: 12th January 2017
Category: KS2 blog, Year 4


 

Fruity!

 

What we love in year 4 is when someone thinks about what we’ve been doing in class and takes it upon themselves to do something extra at home.

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Published Date: 10th December 2016
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Gardening latest!

 

Last week in gardening club, we had lots of work to do clearing beds, filling up the composting bins with weeds and “putting the garden to bed ” for winter.

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Published Date: 9th December 2016
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The Christmas Case – Year 4 are Detectives for a Day

 

Today, Year 4 took up the kind offer from the Elim Church Centre to take part in a special detective adventure to put together the clues to discover the true meaning and reason for Christmas.

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Published Date: 7th December 2016
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Christmas Clues

 

Preparations are well underway in Year 4 for this year’s Christmas performance.  Here is a sneak preview of some of our characters. I wonder what it will be about…

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Published Date: 5th December 2016
Category: Arts blog, KS2 blog, Year 4


 

George’s marvellous medicine

 

Wow we had the most amazing travelling to the theatre by train and going The Alex theatre to watch George’s Marvellous Medicine. The show was great and we even had a special visitor come with us too, Mrs Rahul 😝

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Published Date: 30th November 2016
Category: Arts blog, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6


 

Chinese calligrapher

 

We had the most amazing assembly to start a Monday morning, we had a famous visitor from China that did calligraphy in Arabic and Chinese. He spoke in Chinese and had a translator to help us understand what he was saying. He called up children to copy his writing. They were amazing!!

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Published Date: 28th November 2016
Category: Arts blog, KS1 blog, KS2 blog, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6


 

Issey Miyake artist/designer of the term

 

After learning about influential  Japanese designer Issey Miyake and his innovative pleating and folding techniques.

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Published Date: 28th November 2016
Category: Arts blog, KS2 blog, Year 4
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Children in need

 

Super Choir were super excited to perform live for BBC Children In Need at The Black Country Museum on Friday 18th November. What an experience for us all.    

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Published Date: 21st November 2016
Category: KS1 blog, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6


 

Gardening Club is Growing!

 

This half term, Mrs Edwards and a team of Key Stage 2 gardeners have been getting to grips with Autumn in the garden and preparing for Winter.

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Published Date: 15th November 2016
Category: gardening blog, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6


 

Year 3 & 4 Reading Workshop

 

Yesterday, Year 3 and 4 invited parents to come and join them for an afternoon of reading and enjoyment.  Thanks to all those who came to take part!

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Published Date: 15th November 2016
Category: KS2 blog, Year 3, Year 4


 

Citizenship: Year 4 Learning How to Keep Ourselves Fire Safe

 

On Friday, Year 4 had a visit from the SPARKS team from the West Midlands Fire Service. They came to talk to us about how we can keep ourselves and our families safe around the home.  We had a great time and learned a lot!

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Published Date: 12th November 2016
Category: KS2 blog, Year 4


 

Children in Need

 

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Published Date: 9th November 2016
Category: eyfs blog, KS2 blog, Reception, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6


 

Deforestation Debate

 

After learning about different viewpoints and the concept of a balanced argument, we were able to have our first experience of a debate – Decision Alley.

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Published Date: 4th November 2016
Category: KS2 blog, Year 4


 

Diwali Dancing!

 

Check out our moves!    

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Published Date: 31st October 2016
Category: Arts blog, Year 4


 

Happy Diwali 2016 from Year 4!

 

Today in Year 4, we joined in the Diwali celebrations with our friends. We listened to traditional music, watched videos to show how Diwali is celebrated around the country,  lit our divas (well, we had battery operated candles – safety first!), ate party food with our friends and finally had a go at Indian style […]

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Published Date: 31st October 2016
Category: KS2 blog, Year 4


 

Pizza Programming

 

Over the last few weeks, Mr Bertuello and Year 4 have been refining their skills at “programming” human robots and writing algorithms to create pizzas.  They then practised their video recording skills using the iPads. Results to follow!

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Published Date: 21st October 2016
Category: KS2 blog, Year 4