Author Archives: Mr Peat

Silsden: School of Rock

To celebrate the end of their ‘Playlist‘ topic, children in Year 4 were invited to come to school dressed as their favourite pop stars on the last day.

Although the identities of some of the ‘stars’ remained a mystery to Mr Crossley, Mr Peat and Mrs Walker, everyone enjoyed the day and all of the learning that built up to it.

The activities across the half term have included:

  • Attending the Primary Prom at Halifax Victoria Theatre
  • Having a picnic and outdoor sing-a-long
  • Coding and performing the triangle dance
  • Designing, making and then performing with their own instruments
  • Producing presentations on the science of sound
  • Having weekly year group singing practice
  • Enjoying a showcase performance from the Crossley Family Band
  • Researching, then writing about, the role of percussion instruments within an orchestra
  • Writing their own compositions and performing with chime bars
  • Learning the New Zealand Maori ‘Haka’
  • Enjoying a performance by the Steeton Male Voice Choir
  • And much more!

Next term, we will be taking to the hills for our topic:  ‘Misty Mountain Sierra’.

Road Trip USA!

Today, Year 4 launched their virtual road trip around the United States by flying out from Silsden International Airport.  We can report that the children landed safely at JFK Airport after a brief mid-Atlantic stop off in the Azores (which looked remarkably like Silsden…).

The children enjoyed an in-flight movie and ‘at seat’ refreshments during their flight, and some were able to enjoy a virtual helicopter tour of New York.

They will be sure to keep you all up to date with their adventures as they tour the sites of the States over this half term.

What a drama!

It’s fair to say that the children in Year 4 didn’t all look happy to be back at school after the Christmas holidays!

However, they had a fun day, especially the drama in English:

So that by the end of the day, everyone was happy!

 

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.