Welcome to 4TS's class page!
Pictures and useful links will be posted on this page throughout the year to help you find out about our learning.
If you have any further questions about your child's learning please do not hesitate to ask at the end of the day.
Mrs Thomas and Mrs Stephenson
Our visit to THINK TANK Museum, Birmingham.
We had a lovely day exploring all the different exhibits in the museum. There was so much to see discovering about our bodies, space, robots, animals and the world.
One of the highlights of our visit was the science garden which had many unusual play equipment which used pulleys and levers to move and carry ourselves.
Enjoy the photos of our day.
Huge congratulations to all the classes in years 3 and 4 for a fabulous performance of
Everybody played an important role in making it a great success. Well done learning lots of poems to perform to your friends and families.
World Book Day
We had a fantastic day today celebrating books. We began by having a character catwalk to guess the characters that we had come dressed up as. It was just like a real fashion show walking down the catwalk to music! Who knew we had such budding models in our class? Everyone had made such an effort with their costumes and looked amazing!
We followed this by sharing our favourite books that we had brought in from home. There was a real selection of fiction and non-fiction and we enjoyed finding out why they were special.
Later, we listened to the story of The Tear Thief and then using the main character as inspiration, we created our own character such as The Dream Thief or The Secret Thief and wrote a description of them.
During the afternoon, we spent some time with children in Year 1 sharing stories. It was great to see so many caring Year 4 children supporting younger children in school.
Houses of Parliament Assembly
What did we learn?
It is free to visit the houses of parliament.
There are two big rooms called chambers; one is the House of Lords and one is the House of Commons.
Our elected MP is Nicky Morgan.
There are 650 MPs who travel to London and spend Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the House of Commons.
The Prime Minister is Teresa May and she has 20 people in her government in power.
The House of Commons has green benches because that is the colour which connects to the people.
The House of Lords has red benches because red traditionally was the most expensive colour to demonstrate richness.
If anyone wants to make a new law, they present a Bill. The Bill is written on paper and tied with either a red or green ribbon depending on where it came from.
New laws have to be agreed by both the House of Commons and the House of Lords to get accepted. The law can be passed back and forth many times before both Houses agree. This process can take a long time to complete.
If there is a new law the Queen has to sign it. Up to date she has never refused to pass one as she trusts the elected government.
To find out more go to.. https://www.parliament.uk/education/
Creative Writing in 4TS
Changing the Pitch of an Instrument.
Would the pitch go higher or lower? Can you guess what happened?
After our experiment, we went outside and created our own little orchestra.
If you listen carefully, there is almost a harmony at the end!
- Identifying whether or not a lamp will light in a simple series circuit, as part of a complete loop with a battery.
- Exploring switches and know that a switch opens and closes a circuit.
Then we used and applied our knowledge to build a circuit and switch to make a bottle torch. It was great to see the working circuit through the bottle and switch it on and off with our own paper clip switches.
Such concentration throughout. Great job 4TS!
We were SCIENTISTS with Fizz Pop Science.
We had a wonderful morning learning more about ELECTRICITY.
First we explored whether objects were insulators or conductors. Then we made a human electrical circuit to light up a power stick. Who knew that the children were so full of electrical charge?
Then we found out how a van der graaf generator created lightning inside the classroom and how it made our hair stand on end!
A wonderful session with Electric Emma. Have a look at our photos to see what went on.
4TS Parent representitive
World War 1 Centenary Week.
Lest we forget.
This week, our work has been focused on the centenary of the end of WW1.
We have been reading about what life was like for soldiers living in the trenches. In addition to this, we have read some poems by famous WW1 poets. These have inspired us to write our own poetry using imagery to build pictures in our readers' minds.
We made a tunnel book to illustrate our poems. Here are some examples of our completed tunnel books but please pop into school to see the others on display in the year 4 corridor.
The teachers in year 4 are delighted with the hard work from everyone this week.
Enjoy reading some of our poetry tunnel books.
What a brilliant afternoon learning about some of the paralympic sports and meeting some paralympians. The children experienced what it was like to play sport blindfolded using their other senses to listen and feel for a ball. In addition to that they had a judo coaching session with Dan Powell and met his guide dog - Elmo! Sitting on the floor, the children got to experience sitting down volleyball and taking part in a running coaching session with Chris -Libby's running guide.
They met Libby Clegg and listened to what it was like to run in the London paralympic games with a super question and answer session. Libby had kindly brought her medals to show the children who all got the chance to wear them. The gold medals were really heavy!
An inspirational afternoon was had by all.
Some of the class were enjoying maths so much that it was continued outside at lunchtime.
We looked at some Viking helmets based on accurate archeological finds. We were surprised how decorative they were. First we drew our own design in our art books and then made a framework. There was some wonderful teamwork working together to construct the frame.
Then we started to build on our design using papier mache. Keep looking back for updates.
Problem solving in maths.
We had a problem solving session in school on Tuesday.
The children had to use maths talk to describe a lego structure hidden in a box. They they had to relay that information to their team who needed to build an identical structure. It was hard!
The children had great fun (added to some frustration) when the models took a while to become identical.
Great team working skills were required. Well done 4TS!
Meet the Teacher
As I am sure you can imagine, there are many items of clothing which look similar in school. This week some jumpers have been misplaced already. Unfortunately, they were not named which makes it tricky to return.
Please name ALL clothes with a PERMANENT PEN.
A reminder that our PE days are Tuesdays and Fridays.
Please make sure that PE kits are in school on these days.
We will continue to do PE outside as long as the weather allows.
Children may bring a jumper/tracksuit top and jogging bottoms to wear as the weather turns cooler.
The Daily Mile
We will be running (to the best of our ability) one mile everyday. It is therefore very important that trainers are in school everyday. It is stony track and tricky to run on in thin shoes. Log onto the website for more information on the value of this exercise. https://thedailymile.co.uk
Spelling Strategies Support
The topic question we want to answer this term is...
Were the Vikings Vicious?
Our WOW day!
We had a very busy day designing and making shields in the style of a Viking. Then we had our own version of
'The Great Viking Bake Off'.
Shields: The children looked at designs which had been discovered from archaeological digs. This inspired them to create their own.(Photos to be added soon.)
Bake Off: The children were given a technical challenge to follow a recipe to make an authentic Viking loaf of bread.
It was interesting to see how different the shapes and sizes were! Perhaps more practise weighing ingredients is required.