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4th July Party

To celebrate what we have learnt during our Road Trip USA topic, we had an American Independence Day party filled with American games and food.

Have you seen the amazing American flag cake that Mrs East made for us?

Our topic this half-term will be 'Road Trip USA' so buckle up, sunglasses on - we're going on a road trip across the good old US of A!  The children will be exploring the sights and sounds of New York, use their map skills to navigate across the country and meet Native American tribes, with amazing customs and traditions. Hopefully, weather permitting, we will also enjoy a 4th of July party too!

Road Trip USA

Summer Term 2

Chester Zoo

We had a fantastic day at Chester Zoo on Thursday (even if it did rain a little!).  The children were extremely inquisitive and asked the zoo keepers excellent questions about the animals and their enclosures. We look forward to debating whether or not animals should be kept in zoos in our balanced arguments this week.

Time

We have been looking at reading analogue clocks in our Maths lessons. To practice our skills, we played a time board game - where, with our partners we made up a new set of rules to make it more challenging.  

Our Digestive System

This week we have been learning about our digestive system and how the different organs help to break down our food, taking the nutrients and getting rid of the waste.  We drew around one person in our group and then added the main parts of the digestive system: mouth, oseophagus, stomach, large intestine, small intestine and rectum.

We also investigated how the saliva in our mouths starts the process of digestion.  We compared crackers which had been crushed and mixed with water and those which has been chewed.
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Looking after our teeth

Already in our topic we've looked at our teeth.  We've used disclosing tablets to look at plaque on our teeth and help each other with our brushing techniques.  We ate some healthy foods to discover what job each tooth has when we eat. And we have investigated the effects of different drinks (water, milk, orange juice (pure), blackcurrant squash, coke and vinegar) on our teeth - have a look at what these drinks did to the egg shells. We will remember to brush our teeth better now once we've drank some of these drinks!

This what happened to our eggshells!

Burps, Bottoms and Bile

Open wide! This term we're on a voyage of discovery to investigate the busy world inside our bodies!  

We will be looking at how to keep our teeth healthy, testing the effects of sugary substances on our teeth, making models of our digestive systems and exploring whether beans really do have 'wind power'!

Summer Term 1

Welcome back after the Easter break. We hope that you are all well-rested and ready for our final term in Year 4.

This half-term, Year 4 will be having swimming lessons on Friday afternoons.  

For more information about what we will be learning this term, open the Parent's letter below.

Summer Term information

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Anglo-Saxon Villages

We researched what Anglo-Saxon villages were like, what they had in them and what the houses were made from.

We then designed and created our own Anglo-Saxon village, complete with farm!

Traders and Raiders

This half-term, we will be exploring what happened in Britain after the Romans left.  The children will be finding out about the Anglo Saxons; how and where they settled and, discovering the truth about the Viking invaders. 

Greek Myths

This week in English, the children have been learning about Greek myths such as: Perseus and Medusa, Pandora's Box and Theseus and the Minotaur.  As part of our ICT, we have been using the comic strip App 'Halftone' to create our own Greek Myth comic strips.  

SPRING TERM 2

Design and Technology

Water Bottle Submarines

 

After learning about the first submarine, designed and built by Cornelius Drebble, in DT, we have designed, built, tested and evaluated our own water bottle submarines.  

Living things

 

In our science we are currently exploring the topic 'Living Things'. Firstly, we identified the 7 processes which help us decide if something is alive. Next, we completed flow diagrams to help us classify animals into the categories of: mammals, birds, amphibians, fish and reptiles.

 

Today, we have been investigating the habitats where insects can be found and, thoroughly enjoyed our mini-beast hunt in the school garden.

Mini-beast investigation

 Storytelling  

Yesterday, Class 4NB had an exciting afternoon of storytelling.  We were extremely lucky to have a visit from John Birch, an amazing storyteller, who brought with him bags of weird and wonderful props. Using everyday objects, the children created magical stories by changing their objects into story prompts. For example: a rugby ball became a dinosaur egg.  

John was very impressed with the children's imaginative storytelling and, we had great fun too!

 

The Great Barrier Reef

 

This half-term, we have been discovering all we can about the Great Barrier Reef, located off the North-East coast of Australia. In Geography, we have learnt about how climate change and pollution have affected the reef; causing irreversible damage.

As part of our persuasive writing unit in English, we have produced a persuasive leaflet, encouraging people to consider visiting the reef or donating money to save it.  Finally, we have created underwater reef artwork, featuring fish, creatures and coral, which you would expect to see when scuba diving on the reef.

 

Google Expeditions -Ocean Safari

To launch our new topic 'Blue Abyss', Class 4NB were extremely lucky to have a visit from Google Expeditions, who brought Virtual Reality goggles for the children to use.  We were then transported to an underwater safari, where the children could explore 6 different ocean environments, viewing sea creatures up close.  It was a truly amazing experience, which the children found captivating and a lot of fun.

Home Reading

 

While appreciating that everyone has very busy lives, could we ask that parents/carers try to find 5-10 minutes, each evening, to listen to your child read. When your child has read, please complete the home reader diary by; writing the date, recording the number of pages they have read and signing it, making any comments you wish. Children should bring their home readers in each day.

P.E. 

Just a quick reminder for Class 4NB about P.E. kits. This term, P.E. will take place on a Wednesday morning.  Can all children please make sure that they have their full P.E. kit, labelled and in an appropriate bag.  The kit should include: a blue polo shirt, black shorts and black pumps. You may also include a dark pair of tracksuit bottoms and fleece top for the children to wear outside.

Spring Term 1

We hope that you have had a lovely and relaxing Christmas and New Year and would like to welcome you all back to school.

 

Blue Abyss

Our topic this half term is ‘Blue Abyss’. We will be going deep into an underwater world of incredible coral and mysterious sea creatures. We will be writing persuasive texts based on the Great Barrier Reef, creating an under the sea art display and exploring the deepest, darkest depths of some of the world’s largest oceans.

Changing States and the Water Cycle

 

We really enjoyed our science lesson where we recreated the Water Cycle by using the water vapour from the hot water to make condensation cooled by ice.

Fractions

 

We have been learning about fractions this term. We have enjoyed working practically with equipment (and treats!) to help our understanding.

Autumn Term 2

Potions

Our topic this half-term is called "Potions". The children will be learning about the amazing magical world of potions and their properties. As scientists, we will be looking at solids, liquids and gases and use the information that we learn to make incredible potions.  In English we will be reading George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl, who is our chosen author in Year 4.

Military School

For the last three weeks, we have been taking part in lots of exciting activities and drills with the UK Military School.  We have learnt the importance of: respect, confidence, teamwork and discipline.  Before taking part in each exercise, we needed to plan and practice how we might solve the problem, before working together to complete it.  Although at times we disagreed on the best way to complete a task, we learnt that listening to each other's ideas and working as a team, we could complete each challenge.

 

Military Drills

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Harvest Donations

On Wednesday afternoon, Archy, Jack, Carys and Debora were chosen to deliver our school's harvest food donations to the local food bank. With Miss Egan, they delivered the food and were given a tour of the food bank; learning all about how this vital service supports families in our local community.

 

Little Foot Team Building

On Wednesday morning, we took part in team building activities, led by instructors from Little Foot.  Using our listening and communication skills, we worked as a team to complete tricky tasks.  By working together, we were able to complete all the exercises and had great fun at the same time!

 

This was just as tricky as it looks!

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Boudicca and the Celts

This week, we have been learning about how the Celts tried to defeat the Roman invaders in Southern England.  We took part in  role-play activities, where we told the story of Queen Boudicca, the leader of the Iceni tribe, who led a rebellion against the Roman army.  Class 4NB were fantastic actors, who thoroughly enjoyed re-enacting scenes from her life and famous battles.

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School Council

Congratulations to Ellis and Leo, who were chosen by Class 4NB to represent us on our School Council.

School Council

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Merseyside Police Visit

Our local community officers have been in to visit Year 4 this week to explain the role of a police officer and how they protect our community.  The children were excited to find out about all the different types of police roles (especially the police helicopter pilots!).  We were shown the different equipment they use as well as the variety of hats and uniforms. The children were delighted to choose Mrs Barnett to try on the police riot uniform, which was extremely heavy!  We were very grateful for the lovely gifts, which they gave the children for their excellent listening skills and participation. Hopefully, we will have further visits from our local officers during the year.

Ukulele Lessons

We are extremely lucky this year to have ukulele lessons, every Monday afternoon, with Mr Rooney.  The children have already learnt how to hold their ukulele in the correct position and how to strum in time with the beat.  Most importantly, we are having lots of fun!

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Strumming along to the beat

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Just look at the concentration on our faces as we follow the music!

First Aid Training

 

We having been learning basic first aid skills in 4NB this week, with the help of our sports coach Mr Marsh.  We learnt how to recognise danger and help those who were injured by using: the recovery position, bandaging wounds and CPR.  The children performed exceptionally well and really impressed Mr Marsh, Mrs Barnett and Miss Egan with their knowledge and skills.  Well done 4NB!

Roman battle formations

On the playground today, we practised our Roman battle formations after learning how they were experts in using their shields to protect themselves from the enemy.

One of the Romans most famous formations was the Tortoise (testudo). Testudo is the Latin word for "tortoise". The soldiers in front and sides interlocked their shields while the soldiers in the back lines placed their shields over their heads to form a protective "shell" over top of the men.  We had great fun marching in formation.

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I am Warrior!

We are so excited to be learning about the Romans this term.

Welcome to 4NB.  We are a fun, lively class looking forward to working hard this year!

 

Our teacher is Mrs Barnett and our teaching assistant is Miss Egan.

 

We have P.E. every Thursday (remember kits!) and we are lucky to be learning the ukuleles every Monday afternoon with Mr Rooney.

 

Homework will be given out every Monday, which will be maths and spellings.  This needs to be brought back into school by Friday.  Reading as much as possible is still really important in Year 4.

Autumn Term 1

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