Category Archives: Year 4

Year 4 blog

Magnificent Magnets

 

Last week we started our new Science topic by exploring contact and non-contact forces.  We discovered that magnets are objects which create a non-contact force. We had great fun exploring the concepts of repel and attract. This week, we narrowed our exploration down to a single  question to investigate. We also practised planning our investigation, […]

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Published Date: 13th June 2018
Category: KS2 blog, Science Blog, Year 4


 

Times Tables Fun

 

Today, we found a fun way to test our times table knowledge by playing a version of Squares.  We can’t wait to play it again.

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Published Date: 8th June 2018
Category: KS2 blog, Year 4


 

Bilbo’s Riddle – Super Singing from Year 3 & 4

 

This term has all been about Treasure and Mrs Baker has taught the children in Year 3 and 4 a hauntingly beautiful melody inspired by J.R.R.Tolkien’s epic story “Lord of the Rings”. What do you think?

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Published Date: 25th May 2018
Category: Arts blog, KS2 blog, Year 3, Year 4


 

Fairtrade Fortnight

 

  This afternoon, Year 4 learnt about the benefits of Fairtrade as part of Fairtrade Fortnight 2018, and wrote some great poems on the subject!   First we worked in Kagan teams to brainstorm ideas, using round-robin to make sure everyone’s ideas were included. Next, we wrote and performed poems/raps to the rest of the […]

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Published Date: 7th March 2018
Category: KS2 blog, Year 4
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Beautiful assembly

 

Well we certainly had a treat today with Miss Wyatt and her friends performing for us! They played some music by a composer called J.S.Bach – it was incredible. Thank you Jo and Steve for visiting us 😃  

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Published Date: 6th March 2018
Category: Arts blog, KS2 blog, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6


 

World Book Day

 

We had a great World Book Day in Year 4. Here are some of our outfits-  W And here are some pictures of us reading with reception in the afternoon.  

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Published Date: 1st March 2018
Category: Arts blog, KS2 blog, Year 4


 

The Winners Are…

 

We held a competition for the best dressed character from Nursery to Year 6. Take a look at our winners: Ladybird in Nursery Tiger in Reception  Cat in the Hat in Year 1 Mary Poppins in Year 2 Goth Girl in Y3 Willy Wonka in Year 4 Hetty Feathers in Year 5       […]

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Published Date: 1st March 2018
Category: KS1 blog, KS2 blog, Nursery, Reception, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6


 

Chinese New Year

 

This afternoon Year 4 learnt the story behind why the years of the Zodiac are named after animals. We found out what animals the years we were born in were named after. Next we made some traditional Chinese paper drums which we decorated with Chinese symbols for the animals (or which ever ones were our […]

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Published Date: 16th February 2018
Category: Arts blog, KS2 blog, Year 4


 

Drama Workshop

 

Year 4 were very luck to have a drama workshop led by Geoff Readman today. We worked around the ideas of poverty and wealth, linked to our class story for this half term, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. This led to some fantastic writing in character as Grandpa Joe, writing to one of the golden […]

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Published Date: 6th February 2018
Category: Arts blog, KS2 blog, Year 4


 

Cadbury World Trip

 

  Year 4 had a brilliant trip to Cadbury World yesterday. Not only did we learn a lot, we also had lots of fun AND got free chocolate! What a day!   We started off with a talk about how chocolate is made, all the way from bean to bar.    Isaac wore the factory […]

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Published Date: 25th January 2018
Category: KS2 blog, Year 4


 

Riverside ‘Adventures in Oz’

 

This morning, we were treated to another amazing show from Riverside Performing Arts, featuring singing, dancing and amazing acrobatics! Which was your favourite song? What messages did the play teach us?

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Published Date: 19th January 2018
Category: Arts blog, KS2 blog, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6


 

Nativity

 

The academy nativity was a huge success, with some star performances from Year 4, the hand-bell players and Super Choir. Here are some pictures from the day.            

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Published Date: 30th December 2017
Category: KS1 blog, KS2 blog, Year 4


 

Baby ball room

 

Today we had the privilege of seeing some professional ballroom dancing from Miss Meah’s younger brother. They were incredible and have definitely inspired some of us to start dancing. Our chins were literally on the floor. They were amazing!!!  

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Published Date: 24th November 2017
Category: Arts blog, KS1 blog, KS2 blog, sports blog, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6


 

Uklele Lessons in Year 4

 

Year 4 continue to amaze myself and Miss Todd, their ukulele tutor, with how quickly they are picking up the songs and skills she is teaching them.   Here are a few pictures of our budding musicians from Monday’s lesson-     Ethan has even perfected a pretty advanced ukulele-solo face!

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Published Date: 23rd November 2017
Category: Arts blog, KS2 blog, Year 4


 

Children in Need: Best Dressed Bear Competition

 

This year, to raise money for BBC Children In Need, children from every year group dressed up their bears in all sorts of different outfits. We were SO impressed by your creativity and imagination, and awarding prizes was verrrrry difficult. Thank you all for your generous donations – we hope to have the total added […]

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Published Date: 21st November 2017
Category: Arts blog, eyfs blog, KS1 blog, KS2 blog, Nursery, Reception, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6


 

Year 3 and 4 Reading Inspire Workshop

 

Year 3 and 4 had a lovely morning sharing their classroom with some very special guests… their parents! It was their chance to explore some of the many ways we use to develop our reading skills: inference, the meaning of words in context, retrieval of information and reading for a purpose. Just look at all […]

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Published Date: 14th November 2017
Category: KS2 blog, Year 3, Year 4


 

Magical maths is back!

 

Today we had a magical maths assembly and the clubs will be starting again in January. The clubs will be after school every Wednesday for 6 six weeks. You can join by visiting the website or calling the telephone number on the flyer that was handed out today. There is a cost for the workshops. […]

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Published Date: 7th November 2017
Category: KS1 blog, KS2 blog, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6


 

Year 3 & 4 and the Deadly Dinosaurs at the Lapworth Museum

 

  This week Year 3 and 4 have been on an exciting visit to the Lapworth Museum of Geology, just over the road at the University of Birmingham.   We thoroughly enjoyed looking at the fascinating exhibits, and exploring the museum itself. We then got the chance to learn about the different types of fossils; […]

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Published Date: 1st November 2017
Category: Science Blog, Year 3, Year 4
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McMillan coffee morning

 

The McMillan coffee morning was a success this morning – thank you to Mrs Matthews for organising it and all the staff that helped set up. A huge thank you to all the parents/carers/staff and children who donated cakes and biscuits in order to make it successful. We had a good turn out and we […]

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Published Date: 29th September 2017
Category: eyfs blog, KS1 blog, KS2 blog, Nursery, Reception, School Council, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6


 

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
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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
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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
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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