Year 4 Mrs Davidson

Welcome to our class page. Please check regularly to find out all about our exciting learning.

Reminders and Dates for the Autumn Term

Wednesday 13th September – swimming (every Wednesday for the next 10 weeks)

w/c 18th September School Council elections

Friday 22nd September individual & sibling photographs

Monday 25th September School Council Representative announced

Tuesday 3rd October Parent Consultations 3:30 – 5:00pm

Thursday 5th October Parent Consultations 3:30 – 6:00pm

Friday 13th October Harvest service 9:00am  (Collection for Food Bank)

Sunday 15th October School in Church for Harvest 10:30am (Collection for Food Bank)

Wednesday 18th October Eucharist 9:00am

Friday 20th October – finish for half term 3:25pm

Monday 6th November back to school

Our Learning

Below you will find lots of photographs about the learning in our class.

Roald Dahl Day – 13th September 2017

Yesterday we celebrated Roald Dahl Day by dressing up as our favourite characters from his stories – don’t we look fabulous?

We did lots of exciting and exciting activities, such as finding out our Roald Dahl character name.  What’s yours?

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We also did lots of work about Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, including a fantastic drama workshop:

Charlie & The Chocolate Factory Workshop

Class Charter – September 2017

As part of our work for the first week back, we learned about a child’s rights and responsibilities.  We then used this information to create our own class charter and we all signed to say we agree to follow it.

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Our Learning in Year Three

Science – Friday 21st July 2017

Today was lots of fun. In fact Krishna thought it was amazing, and Abigail said that it was the best day of the year.

Our question was: Which chocolate melts slowest?

The children planned a fair test to investigate this, and had lots of fun finding out the answer.
Thomas said that it was the best science test ever!

We thought about why everyone’s results were different. We thought about how else we could conduct the test, and why we might need to do the test more than one time to get accurate results. The children thought that doing it again was a great idea.

RE – Expressing Faith Through Art – Thursday 6th July 2017

What creative children I have in my class! This half term we have been looking at artwork from a range of styles, and in different media. Today, we looked at sculpture, and how it can be used to express a message of Christianity. The children were given natural materials, and asked to work in the style of Andy Goldsworthy who is famous for creating art from the natural world. The creations were magnificent, and the children were able to relate their sculpture to stories from the Bible and representations of Christ.

PE – Problem Solving and Making a Strategy – Friday 20th June 2017

Today’s PE lesson was amazing! The children were split into teams, and they had to work together to form a strategy to solve a problem. The last game we played was lots of fun. Each team name was a symbol: hearts, rectangles, stars, flowers, triangles. They had to search through over 200 cones to find their symbols. Each cone they found had a letter, and the children had to use the letters to make two five letter words. We had a lot of fun, and they worked brilliantly together.

Outdoor Adventurous Activities – Friday 16th June 2017

The children had lots of fun working together as a team to solve problems. The warm up game was a huge amount of fun and definitely prepared the children for their activities.

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They worked together to pass the hoop around the circle without breaking hands, and it was lovely to see and hear their excitement encouraging and coaching each other.

Investigating Shadows – Friday 26th May 2017

The sunshine helped us to investigate how shadows change over a period of time. Lots of the children thought that their shadows would stay the same, but were surprised to see they changed shape, size and direction over the course of the day.

Basketball Coaching – Thursday 25th May 2017

Today, we had a fantastic 30 minutes today learning basic basketball skills. The children showed great determination and made fantastic progress dribbling and passing the ball.

Sports Day – Wednesday 18th May 2017

Well we didn’t let the drizzle dampen our spirits or enthusiasm. The children showed fantastic sporting spirit throughout the afternoon; cheering on their team mates and encouraging everyone to do their best.

Everyone was awarded a sticker for their efforts, and we awarded two people with special medals for outstanding attitude and effort.

Microscopes – Monday 15th May 2017

We have been lucky enough to borrow a set of microscopes from the Royal Microscopical Society. The children loved learning how to use them, and taking a peek at the hidden microscopic world.

Science – Friday 12th May 2017

We had fun with torches and mirrors. We looked at how light is reflected from some surfaces. The children investigated if light could travel around corners. They used the mirrors to reflect light onto black card to get past an obstacle. IMG_0475

  

Warrington Wolves Foundation – Rugby Training

The children loved being outside in the sunshine working with the coaches from the foundation. They practised catching and throwing the ball, and played some very exciting games.

Saxon Trip – Tuesday 25th April 2017

Tatta, and his helpers at Tatton Hall, enjoyed working with our children. They Complimented the children on their behaviour and their keenness to learn. We all had a magnificent day learning how to protect our group with shields; making bread to feed the village; weaving to make ropes and threads, and searching for deer. the cold did not dampen our spirits and we all learnt a great deal.

Our Class Assembly – Thursday 27th April 2017

Thank you to everyone who was able to come along and support the children. They worked extremely hard to learn all of their lines in time. It was a great opportunity for us to share our Roman topic with you all.

 

Easter Egg Competition – Thursday 11th April 2017

Today we enjoyed looking at each others decorated eggs. There were some fantastic designs; the children are extremely creative! Our egg rolling race was lots of fun, and there wasn’t any cheating – well not much!

Year 3 Egg Race

British Values Day – Friday 6th April

How wonderful school looked today! A mass of red, white and blue to celebrate British Values Day. We discussed what was great about Britain. All of the children agreed that fish and chips and pop music were an important part of their culture as well as the wonderful diversity we see around us.

We discussed how we are all different and that these differences should be respected and celebrated. In the afternoon we talked about democracy and had a debate. Our question was: Should every day be chip day?

Art – Thursday 5th April 2017

The concentration of the children’s faces is wonderful as they use watercolours and poster paints to finish their Roman building art work. These are going to make a wonderful display in our classroom.

Roman Day – Tuesday 4th April 2017

We are almost at the end of our topic and to help the children find answers to some of their questions we planned a range of activities to help them lean about this exciting period of history. The children had a banquet of Roman food; they learnt about Roman Numerals and made clay pots. The costumes they wore were fabulous and made our day even more interesting.

Google Expeditions – Friday 31st March 2017

Today the children were lucky to have an ICT adventure using the Google Expedition goggles and iPad app. They were transported to the Coliseum in Rome where they could explore its hidden mysteries to uncover secrets of the past.

Red Nose Day – Friday 24th March 2017

The children looked fantastic today in their pyjamas  today. They have worked really hard all day even though they were excited coming to school looking so unusual. Designing their own red nose was their favourite activity.

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Mrs Hogan’s class looking for fun in their pyjamas.

British Science Week – Monday 13th March – Friday 17th March

This week has been a huge success. The children took part in some exciting investigations in class. They tried to make balloon rockets fly a fast and as far as possible by trying out different things. Later in the week, they tried to find out which fizzy drink would make the best fountain by adding mints to their bottles. We had lots of messy fun practising our science skills.

A popular event was our class workshop with Harry who taught us how to make slime. The whole week was brought to a dramatic end by our visitors from Manchester University who showed us how waves travel.

Roman Poop

The children were fascinated to learn about the diet of the Roman people by acting as real archaeologists. They investigated to see what Roman people ate.

PE – Badminton

This half term we will be learning some basic skills for playing badminton. The children loved today’s lesson, learning to use the racquets and shuttlecocks. It is incredible how quickly they grasp new skills, and it is fun watching them being so excited in their learning.

DEWA Trip

We had an incredible day in Chester learning all about the Roman fort that was built in this beautiful city. We learnt about lots of incredible things that the Romans brought to Britain.

World Book Day

We had a wonderful day celebrating books of all sorts. The children looked fantastic in their costumes and wrote some brilliant book reviews and short stories.

We all enjoyed using the green screen to record our book reports using a library backdrop.

Maths – 3D Shape

The children enjoyed using cocktail sticks and marshmallows to make a variety of 3d shapes. They found it challenging to make the correct number of vertices.

Spring Term

The children are enjoying the new topic. They have raised lots of questions about things they would like to research and investigate.

RSPB Bird Watch

The children had a fantastic day logging the birds which we see in and around our school. We were surprised to see that the local gulls can tell the time and arrive on the school field ready for break time.

In the afternoon we designed and made bird kebabs. We hung these around the school playground and were delighted to see that they had been eaten after the weekend. The birds must have thought they were delicious.

Chinese New Year

The children have had a fantastic day learning all about the Chinese New Year celebration. They have taken part in a dance workshop and lots of craft and research to celebrate the year of the rooster. Take a look at our  photographs to see what we have been up to.

Independent Learning

We are always very proud of the children when they take what we have delivered and continue their learning at home. Here are some fantastic examples of children continuing their science investigating at home.

Marble Run

Investigating how to slow down the effect of gravity by making a marble run.

Our homework was to write about an invention of your choice. it was fantastic to see this model of a staircase which adapted into a slide. What fun!

Our homework was to write about an invention of your choice. It was fantastic to see this model of a staircase which adapted into a slide. What fun!

One of our children was so excited about our Pompeii topic that he went home and made this fantastic video clip. He has been excited to learn about volcanoes and how the volcano, Vesuvius, caused the devastation at Pompeii.

Pompeii Video

Thank you to all of our wonderful children for sharing their learning with us.

Library Visit

The children are always excited when we visit the library. It is a wonderful opportunity to share books and select some to bring back to class.

PE – Gymnastics

This half term we have been using the equipment in the hall and developing our gymnastics skills. The children have learnt the basic shapes used in gymnastics and are using these to jump from and onto blocks.

Today we asked the children what skills they have learnt. Thomas said that he had improved his balance. At the beginning he was wobbly when he landed but at the end he could land without falling over.

Science – Skeletons and Muscles

We launched our new science topic by giving children the opportunity to show us what they knew about their skeletons. Each group was given a pile of bone shaped biscuits in varying sizes, and asked to make a human skeleton. We thought about why a skeleton was important and what its role was by comparing our skeleton to one made from jelly. The children enjoyed the afternoon and thought of lots of questions to investigate.

Do all animals have skeletons? What happens if your skeleton breaks or wears out? Which is the biggest and smallest bone?

Maths – Measuring

The children have been using their mathematical skills to measure the length of a range of objects and each other. They can measure in centimetres and metres and can convert both units; centimetres into metres and metres into centimetres. They have used reasoning skills and four calculation functions to solve a range of problems.

Visiting Artist

The children had a wonderful time helping to prepare wonderful artwork for the walls outside our classrooms. They were all extremely enthusiastic, and are excited to see what  their work will look like once it is on display. 

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Science – Sweet Rocks

Learning the difference between igneous rock and sedimentary rock can be tricky, but our class had no problems with it when we compared both types to sweet models. The children looked at how sedimentary rock is formed from small particles of mud and sand (we used rice crispies). The children then explored how fossils form in sedimentary rock, using their sweet rocks as models.

Party Day

Our last day was filled with fun. The children looked very cool in their party clothes. We had fun making party hats and playing games. Some of the children entertained us singing and we even had a go at a mannequin challenge.

Mannequin challenge

Christmas

The children had a wonderful week. Their performances were magnificent, they have worked hard learning lines and dances along with all of the songs. Their hard work definitely paid off and ‘The Stars Come Out For Christmas’ was enjoyed by everyone.

We had a great time making Christmas candle holders this week. The children got creative with paper and glue and the jars that you sent in. I am certain that they will take pride of place on your dinner tables this Christmas.

Elf Mischief

Some of the children brought in their elves, and throughout the week we kept finding them in places which they certainly shouldn’t have been!

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Multiplication Games

The children worked so hard at home making these games. Thank you for all of your support. We enjoyed playing them in class and found that they were very effective at helping us to learn our times tables.

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You can tell from the children’s faces that they are enjoying themselves. Who thought learning times tables and division facts could be such fun!

Children in Need

The children looked fantastic today wearing their spots. They certainly were spotacular! We were even lucky enough to have a special Pudsey poem performed to us by two of our children who had worked hard at home to write it.

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Sponsored Run Medals

Today the children received medals for their fundraising efforts. Thank you to everyone you helped. It was a huge success.

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Remembrance

The children wrote some thoughtful poems and prayers, thinking about those who sacrifice so much for us. Each of us made a poppy to add to our window of remembrance which has made a beautiful display in our classroom.

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Dear God,

We thank you for all of your people who fought in the wars to save and protect our country. Thank you for their sacrifice.

God, please look after the people who died in the wars.

Amen.

Written by Alexander, Finlay and Luke

Stone Age Workshop

To begin our drama workshop, the children were given fur headband to wear to put them into Stone Age character.

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The children took part in a fantastic Stone Age workshop on Tuesday 8th November.

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The children used drama skills to make features of the Stone Age and Bronze Age. Homes, tools, and people hunting.

Stone Age Workshop Gallery

The drama workshop provided us with a huge amount of learning, in a fun and exciting way. All of the children could recall facts that they had learnt through drama, dance and song.

Science – Marble Run

This team designed exciting tubes for their marble to travel through.

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Science is one of our favourite activities. We had lots of fun learning making marble runs to explore whether we could slow down the effects of gravity.

Science Gallery – Forces

The children investigated forces and tried to stop their marble from touching the ground. The winning team were the team who defied gravity for the longest period of time.