Year 4 really enjoyed taking part in the Gymnastics Festival at Durham Gymnastics Club this week.
Year 4 are learning about the artist Edward Tingatinga in Art. We are studying the patterns, colours and shapes that he uses. Some of his paintings can be seen below. The children will be choosing their own African animal to create their own painting in the style of Edward Tingatinga. Watch this space for pictures of the finished products! :)
Year 4 have been completing some excellent homework projects, inspired by our topic of The Romans.
Year 4 have been working hard on their place value skills and knowledge, using concrete manipulatives and pictorial representations to understand more about numbers.
Year 4 were visited by the fabulous Captain Chemistry, who taught them a lot about ‘Sound’ through experimenting and observing. We explored the way that rice vibrates on a surface when attached to an amplifier. We also looked at a wonderful resource called an ‘air-zuker’ which helped us to observe how sound waves travel through the air. We experimented with the concept of blocking sound, using our knowledge of electricity to build a circuit with a buzzer before experimenting with resources that might be used as ear defenders. Taking learning outside, we experimented with how sound travels slower than light over distance, measuring the speed in milliseconds. Year 4 thoroughly enjoyed the whole day! Thank you Captain Chemistry!
Year 4 joined in with Children in Need Day by wearing our pyjamas, onesies and Pudsey clothing. We helped to raise money for those less fortunate and had fun in the process!
Year 4 have thoroughly enjoyed Finchale Spooky Maths Day! We have completed halloween tasks around times tables, column subraction and addition, Roman Numerals and rounding (amongst many other topics!) Well done Year 4, you have been scarily wonderful at Maths today!
Year 4 have been working really hard throughout all subjects to think about how we can use our vocabulary choices to create the best work possible. We are focusing on the effect that vocabulary can have on the audience and also how vocabulary should be selected for a certain purpose. The word wall in our classroom is really helping us to develop our vocabulary so that we can make powerful, appropriate and accurate choices. We are really enjoying learning new words too! There are so many out there (many of which sound really cool!)
Year 4 have really enjoyed the last couple of weeks of History work, where we have started to learn about The Romans!
Year 4 thoroughly enjoyed their homework task of designing their own Greek vases. Our classroom looks lovely with this work on display!
Year 4 took some time to think about mental health during World Mental Health Day. We thought about what could make us feel a range of emotions and who we could talk to about how we felt. We also focussed on what we can do to make ourselves, and others, feel positive in our day to day lives.
Children in Year 4 have been thinking very carefully about how to stay safe online and on digital devices. This is an ongoing topic of conversation in our classroom and we have written our advice for one another.
Year 4 have produced some beautiful poetry about Africa, using the technique of personification. Inspired by a poem called ‘The River’ by Valerie Bloom, we were able to focus on bringing Africa to life for our readers!
Year 4 are thoroughly enjoying learning about the Ancient Greek period. Amongst many other things, we have been writing newspaper articles about the Ancient Greek olympics and we have also been considering the reliability of different sources. We considered what we could learn and infer about the period from primary and secondary sources.
Year 4 celebrated National Poetry Day by looking at different poetic features, styles and purposes. One of the poems that we wrote during the week was a poem about our school values. These were excellent! Well done Year 4!
Year 4 have been thinking about our Finchale School Values, in particular focussing in the meaning of the values and what these values might look like around school.
Having studied a poem called ‘The Sound Collector’ by Roger McGough, Year 4 created their own poetry about the sounds of Kenya. Well done! Great work!
Some of our children in KS2 took part in the Durham Schools Cross Country competition and represented our school in such a positive way! All children were excellent. The levels of determination, sportsmanship and respect that we saw were wonderful. Well done in particular to the Y3/Y4 Boys team who came 1st in the competition and the Y3/4 Girls team who came second! We had many personal bests and Phoebe from Year 4 achieved 3rd place in her race. Well done!
Year 4 have been thoroughly enjoying their Computing sessions on Scratch where they have been designing and making their own Theseus and the Minotaur Maze Game. Well done! Great programming!
Across our school, we have been celebrating European Day of Languages 2019. In Year 4 we have been looking at Greece, learning about their language, location, traditions and culture. We particularly enjoyed researching vocabulary that originates from the Greek language and also trying some of the regional flavours such as olives, feta cheese, pita bread, seasame breadsticks and Cretian honey.
Year 4 have thoroughly enjoyed using a special t-shirt and Augmented Reality technology to explore the insides of their bodies. They focussed in particular on the digestive system as they are studying this in Science. The children were able to see 3D pictures of parts such as their liver, stomach, gallbladder, pancreas, oesophagus and intestines. The children were even able to click to ‘hop into’ the small intestine and see what it looked like from the inside!
Year 4 are thoroughly enjoying their French with Mrs Hamill!
Children in Year 4 have worked hard in their first week to produce their own description of a lion after beginning to read our class novel - The Butterfly Lion. Well done!
Year 4 have enjoyed creating their own Ancient Greek plates, thinking carefully about colours, patterns and symbols. It has been great to see such enthusiasm during our first week in Year 4!