WELCOME TO YEAR 4 KINGFISHERS
Kingfishers are resourceful, hardworking and as the oldest children in the Year 3/4 team, we also bring vibrancy and imagination to our daily learning.
P.E AND DANCE DAYS
P.E. is on Tuesdays.
Dance is on Fridays.
HOME LEARNING DAYS
Home Learning will be set every Friday and expected to be returned by the following Wednesday.
Monday 16th November - Anti-bullying week
Thursday 10th December - Human Rights Day
Friday 18th December - Break up for Christmas
This term, we will celebrate our dreams and aspirations by ultimately creating a picture book that captures what ‘free to be me’ means to us. We will recognise that life isn’t plain-sailing and we may need to overcome barriers but that no characteristic (including race, religion and gender) within us should limit us.
Christmas dinner day! (17.12.20)
It was a truly great day today! A lot of fun was had as we celebrated making it to the end of a term in which the children have had to adapt to different ways of doing things. Kingfishers have been brilliant throughout and have tried so hard all term with their learning. Super proud of them all!
Christmas Art (14.12.20)
Wow! What an achievement! The children have been remembering the story that Christians celebrate at Christmas through assemblies and lessons. We've then combined our learning in Art about tone and concentric circles to create these wonderful pictures to represent the nativity. What a result!
Spark of Brahman (27.11.20)
Over the past few weeks we have been learning about how Hindus understand What God is like. We learnt the story of Svetaketu and how salt in water is similar to what Hindus believe about Brahman -he might be invisible but he is in everything. We learnt about 'atman' -the spark of Brahman that is in every created thing and reflected on whether this would make us treat people differently if we believed it too. We thought about how we can treat others as though they are special and how we can treat ourselves as special.
States of Matter (20.11.20)
In Year 4, we have started looking at different states of matter. The children have successfully classified solids and liquids and described their properties. Yesterday we investigated gases and enjoyed listing the gases that we are aware of! The class carried out a couple of investigations to explain how we know gases are there even when we can't see them. One of those was trying to squash a bottle with the lids tightly on - it turns out the bottles weren't empty after all!!
Our muscles are learning too! (13.11.20)
We may be in a national lockdown but Kingfishers have been out, unlocking their muscles! For the next four weeks, we are working on fitness and strength as we complete some circuits. Each week we'll count how many of each activity we can complete in 30 seconds and hope that by week 4, we can do more than we could in week 1! Every single member of the class has worked their hardest this week and are looking forward to seeing how the next 3 weeks go.
Clear targets (6.11.20)
We've had a great first week back after half term. Kingfishers have come back to get stuck straight into converting between different units of measurement and have been learning about the impact of Harvey Milk on the world. On Thursday, we had the opportunity to learn some new skills in Archery. We discovered how to hold the bow and arrow properly, how to aim well at our targets and of course, how to remain safe throughout.
Living Things (16/10/20)
Wow! This week, Kingfishers have worked really hard on all of their learning. In Maths we've been covering addition and subtraction with exchanging of values. In writing, together we've been coming up with a class version of the story of Salwe. In Guided Reading sessions, all groups have started reading a fiction book and have had the opportunity to discuss them with adults almost every day. In Science, the class have been coming to the end of their science unit on Living Things and have created posters to demonstrate what they have learnt about. Theyve discovered the impact of climate change, urbanisation, deforestation, single-use plastic and intensive farming.
This week we completed a short Geography and History journey finding out elements of the African slave trade from the late 1500s to the early 1800s. The class were fascinated by the conditions slaves faced, particularly on the voyage from Africa to the Americas.) we then started our new writing journey looking at the story of Salwe, a young black girl who is called names for her dark skin.
Exploring local habitats (2.10.20)
This week we have continued looking at our science unit of Living Things. We've considered the natural habitats we have in our school grounds and the ares we most love to spend time. We considered a (fictional) letter about the possibility of new climbing equipment in the school grounds but at the expense of the living things that inhabit the woodlands area. The class could recognised the value of living things -both plants and animals -and agreed that ruining the natural habitats would be unfair to the living creatures living there.
"Girls shouldn't be allowed on the field at break and lunch times." (25.9.20)
This is the statement the class have been considering this week. Having been reading Bill's New Frock (Anne Fine) in which Bill discovers how differently girls and boys can be treated we decided to explore how gender might affect they way we experience life. The whole class had the opportunity to write a discursive text to consider the different points of view and they've all done it brilliantly! We've recognised gender shouldn't stop us from being free to be ourselves.
In Maths, we've played a lot of games to consolidate our understanding of place value for up to 4 digit numbers. This included a game of Top Trumps in which the children ordered a set of very swish looking cars based on their engine sizes.
Beginning our Year 4 Science (18.9.20)
Another great week getting stuck into our Year 4 learning. This week we have Refreshed our minds of some of our Year 2 Science, remembering the seven characteristics of living things. We went outside to find some living things and write about how we knew it was living. We also began our second writing journey of the year as we considered the statement "Girls shouldn't be allowed to play on the field at break and lunch times." There was some passionate debate and we started to look at how to present this in a discursive text.
Welcome back to Kingfishers! (11.9.20)
It's been so great to have everyone back to school this week! In Kingfishers, we've got off to a great start. The class have done brilliantly at consolidating on their place value knowledge and taking on rounding for the first time. Leading up to Roald Dahl day on Sunday (13th), we've been reading The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me and thinking about why they work so well as a team. We've started to think about the the amazing talents, skills and personalities we each have and how we can help our learning partner by working as a team. In PE, we've begun learning indoor cricket and in Dance we've started learning about African dance.