Author Archives: Mr Peat

Do we have some budding jewellery designers in Year 4?

Working with Mrs Burgoyne, Mrs Dent and Mrs Gornall, Year 4 have continued to use clay in order to produce their own jewellery based on Anglo-Saxon designs.

They have really enjoyed the work and they have all created some fantastic pieces.

 

Incredible ‘Cold Lands’ homework from Year 4

During this half term, our Year 4 children (and their adults) have been using their imagination to complete homework projects linked to ‘Cold Lands’.

These are not due in until the final week of term but already we have had:

  • Poems
  • Stories
  • Fact books
  • PowerPoint presentations
  • Giant 3D snowflakes
  • Lots of artwork
  • And many other ideas

In the past week we have even had sugar igloos and a penguin themed cake:

Keep it up Year 4s, you’re creating some fantastic work!

 

Year 4’s Clay Designs

Our fantastic Year 4 children had great fun this afternoon, using clay to model a selection of beads, bowls and brooches in Anglo-Saxon styles.

As you can see from the look of concentration on their faces, this task tested not only their fine motor skills but also proved a stern challenge for ‘the old clay matter’…

 

Sports coach working with Year 4

Year 4 have been incredibly fortunate this term to have a professional sports coach working with each class once a week.

Last term, Mr Littlewood coached the children on their football skills.  This term, he is teaching the children handball and basketball skills.  All the lessons have been great fun!

In these pictures the children are practising their new handball skills.

Learning about gases

In this week’s Science lessons, some of the Year 4 children have been following in the footsteps of local Science superstar Joseph Priestley, carrying out experiments to find out more about gases:

  • What happens to air when it is heated?
  • Is carbon dioxide lighter than water?
  • Does air weigh anything?
  • Can we produce and capture carbon dioxide?

Its fair to say that the experiments we conducted were a lot of fun and gave some really useful results.

More Minecraft Maths

Year 4 have really enjoyed the current Maths learning on perimeter.

To finish the week the children produced their own Minecraft characters and scenery for individual collages, carefully measuring the perimeters of their complex rectilinear shapes each time.

Minecraft inspired Maths

In today’s Maths lessons, Year 4 children have been using bricks to explore the concept of the perimeter of compound rectilinear shapes.

They’ve discovered some of the pitfalls when calculating and have explored the relationships between the number of bricks and total perimeter.  

Smile if you brush with fluoride

In Year 4 Science, the children have been conducting our final experiments on teeth and dental health.

Once again, we have used eggs as substitutes for teeth when testing.  This time we wanted to test whether fluoride toothpaste protected our teeth as well as cleaning them.

We rubbed half of an egg with toothpaste containing fluoride and left it for four days before rinsing it off.  Then we put the egg in an energy drink for 24 hours.

We were amazed by the results!

In the top picture the side that had toothpaste on stayed clear of the growth that stuck to the untreated side.

In the second picture we can see the way the energy drink had burned through the unprotected shell (on the left this time).

Our conclusion was that when we brush our teeth we shouldn’t rinse away the toothpaste.

We also tested some of our tooth brushing techniques with disclosing tablets but the results were too disgusting to share!

Big sheet problem solving in Maths

Last week some of our children explored  addition and subtraction problems on ‘big sheets’.

The children needed to work together – often teaching each other as well as sharing ideas – in order to solve the problems.

The adults were hugely impressed by the way the children approached the challenge and the confidence they all showed.

Exploring non-fiction texts in English

In Year 4 English this week we are examining, and then writing, non-fiction texts.

To start things off we have deconstructed a text about the Anglo-Saxons, identifying all the different features the author had used.