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Resources for during school closure 

Hi all, 

During this time, I’m on the lookout for as many different websites and apps that I can link you to in order to make learning time more interesting/varied/exciting/easier. I will try to update our class page as often as I can with new ideas when I find them. As a school we’re also working on provision for getting additional work to you at home, should this go on for longer beyond Easter. This will be an extension of the home learning packs that children have been given, should they have worked their way through them. Watch this space & look out for texts for more info on how we are going to do this. 

I know many parents and carers are working from home so I hope that my lovely Year 4 children are being kind and helpful (I have no doubt that you all are seen as you’re such a lovely bunch). If possible, try to do some independent learning and playing of games. It will help you and your people at home. Be fabulous as you always are. Sending my very best wishes, Miss Scott :) 

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Virtual Tours - some more educational than others but all looks fun! I’m unable to post the links to these but if you search for them on google, they should come up. Have fun!

Disney World offers a free virtual tour of the park on Google

Elmwood Park Zoo is offering free educational Facebook livestreams 

Explore offers free livestreams and videos from all over the world 

Google Earth is offering free virtual tours of National Parks 

Legoland offers a free virtual tour of their Lego Hotel 

The Louvre offers free virtual museum tours 

NASA offers free virtual tours including Ohio’s own Glenn Research Center

Seaworld Orlando offers a free interactive virtual tour of their park

The Cincinatti Zoo offers free livestreams and educational videos

The National Aquarium offers several free livestreams of the world’s coral reefs

The National Women’s History Museum offers a free virtual tour and educational resources 

The Smithsonian’s National Museum offers a free virtual tour 

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo offers the Panda Cam livestream and educational lesson plans 

the Van Gogh Museum offers a free virtual tour on Google 

Wild Earth offers free educational videos and livestreams in the African Safari

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smiley Our PE sessions for this half term (Spring 1) will be on a Monday and a Friday smiley

Year 4’s Class Assembly this year was all about being SMART online. Children performed some catchy songs to their audience, delivering the important message of staying safe online. Throughout the assembly the children shared important examples and words of wisdom about turning to an adult that they trust if they ever see anything online which upsets them or makes them feel uncomfortable in any way.Children shared their SMART rules, giving advice on what to do if anybody encountered any problems online. The S stands for Safe and Secure (keep your personal information safe), the M stands for Meet (do not agree to meet anyone you meet on the internet), the A stands for Accept (do not accept any e-mails or messages from people you don’t know because they may contain mean messages or nasty viruses that would harm your computer), the R stands for Reliable (do not always rely on information that you find on the internet. It may not be correct) and the T stands for Tell (if something upsets you when you are on the internet, always TELL an adult, whether you are in school or at home). Well done, Year 4. You worked very hard to deliver a very important message to our audience. Our Safer Internet Day celebrations will take place on 11th February. More information about online and digital safety can be found on our school website under the ‘Parents’ tab.

Year 4’s Class Assembly this year was all about being SMART online. Children performed some catchy songs to their audience, delivering the important message of staying safe online. Throughout the assembly the children shared important examples and words of wisdom about turning to an adult that they trust if they ever see anything online which upsets them or makes them feel uncomfortable in any way.Children shared their SMART rules, giving advice on what to do if anybody encountered any problems online. The S stands for Safe and Secure (keep your personal information safe), the M stands for Meet (do not agree to meet anyone you meet on the internet), the A stands for Accept (do not accept any e-mails or messages from people you don’t know because they may contain mean messages or nasty viruses that would harm your computer), the R stands for Reliable (do not always rely on information that you find on the internet.  It may not be correct) and the T stands for Tell (if something upsets you when you are on the internet, always TELL an adult, whether you are in school or at home). Well done, Year 4. You worked very hard to deliver a very important message to our audience. Our Safer Internet Day celebrations will take place on 11th February. More information about online and digital safety can be found on our school website under the ‘Parents’ tab.  1

Year 4 enjoyed dressing in their pyjamas and Pudsey clothing to raise money for Children in Need. We contributed to an excellent total of £192 raised across our school! Well done Y4

Year 4 enjoyed dressing in their pyjamas and Pudsey clothing to raise money for Children in Need. We contributed to an excellent total of  £192 raised across our school! Well done Y4 1

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 took part in the Quicksticks Hockey Festival and had a wonderful time developing their skills in using hockey equipment and playing hockey games. The children represented the school really well and demonstrated great sportsmanship. Well done to everyone who took part – it was really impressive to see how quickly they all mastered dribbling, passing and stopping the ball.

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 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!  1
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!  2

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 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!)  1

Year 4 have really enjoyed the last couple of weeks of History work, where we have started to learn about The Romans!

Year 4 have really enjoyed the last couple of weeks of History work, where we have started to learn about The Romans! 1

Year 4 thoroughly enjoyed their homework task of designing their own Greek vases. Our classroom looks lovely with this work on display!

Year 4 thoroughly enjoyed their homework task of designing their own Greek vases. Our classroom looks lovely with this work on display!  1

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.

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. 1

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.

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. 1

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 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! 1

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 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. 1

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 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! 1
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! 2

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.

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. 1

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!

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!  1
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!  2
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!  3

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!

Year 4 are thoroughly enjoying their French with Mrs Hamill!  1
Year 4 are thoroughly enjoying their French with Mrs Hamill!  2
Year 4 are thoroughly enjoying their French with Mrs Hamill!  3
Year 4 are thoroughly enjoying their French with Mrs Hamill!  4

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!

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! 1

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!

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! 1
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