Super Stone Age Afternoon

On Friday 23rd November, Years 3 and 4 had a special Stone Age activity afternoon in the woods to experience a little of what life would have been like in prehistoric Britain.  We sampled some foods that Stone Age people would have gathered, collected wood for the fire, made shelters, created cave paintings and other art from natural materials and made wooden arrows / spears.  

Brilliant Bhangra

On Wednesday 14th November, Year 4 had a special bhangra lesson with the ‘Lions of Punjab’ dance group to celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights.

I Remember… Marvellous Middle

On Friday 9th November, Year 4 took part in a variety of activities to remember 100 years since the end of World War 1 and to celebrate the end of World War 2. These activities included a World War 2 ‘bake off’, performing ‘Wish me luck as you gave me goodbye’, taking part in a celebration assembly and dancing in a VE day party ‘tea dance’.

Spooktacular Halloween Disco

Before breaking up for the half-term holidays, many of Year 4 attended the annual Key Stage 2 Halloween disco where there were some creepy costumes and devilish dance moves on show.  Take a look at some of the photographs from the evening – don’t worry – we won’t bite!

Crazy Composers

On Thursday 18th November, Year 4, along with children from a number of other schools, took part in a music event called ‘Crazy Composers’ at Walsall Town Hall.  Children learnt how to play a piece of music and performed along with a professional orchestra called The English Concert Orchestra.  This was a great achievement as Year 4 are only just beginning to learn how to play their brass instruments.  

Awesome Addition

This week, Year 4 have been doing some excellent work based on addition.  We have been using column methods to carry out addition calculations with and without renaming.  We have also been using place value counters, base ten materials, pictures and descriptions to show our understanding.  Please take a look at some of our working out.

‘During the Blitz’ Dance

In Year 4, we have been learning about life during World War 2, including what people did to protect themselves during air raids.  In PE, Year 4 have been listening to sound clips such as the Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain announcing that war had begun; sound effects of bomber planes and bombs exploding and sounds of people in air raid shelters. 

The class have then been using body movements, poses and facial expressions to act out an air raid scene in order to create a group dance.  The actions have included: reacting to the news that the country is at war; hearing an air raid siren; grabbing their gas mask; making their way into their shelter; listening to the sound of bombs and spending a night inside the shelter.

Here are some of our poses and movements so far.

Can you work out what is happening in each picture?

Our first Brass lesson

This week we had our first Brass lesson with Mr Bennett.  We learnt about brass instruments and then about the three instruments we have in school: the trumpet, the trombone and the baritone.  We all then got to try to play a trumpet.  

Next week, we will all get to try the trombone and then we will find out which instrument we play best.  Following this, we will then be issued with our instruments.  

Creative digestive sytems

In Science, Year 4 are learning about the parts of the digestive system and how it helps to break down food in our bodies.  Miss Guy challenged Year 4 to try to make models of the digestive system using art materials.  Here are some of our creations so far! 

We will update our blog when the are completely finished and on display.

Type the link below into a search engine to see an interactive cartoon which shows you how the digestive system works.  Select your food and see how it travels through the digestive system.  We hope you enjoy it as much as Year 4 did!

(Tip: try typing the link into Internet Explorer as Google Chrome did not work for us at school.)

http://kitses.com/animation/swfs/digestion.swf

Year 4’s World War 2 Discoveries

When Year 4 arrived in their new classroom, they noticed a shelter containing some unusual objects.  When we inspected them closely there were two World War 2 newspapers, a bag for a gas mask and a small suitcase with a name tag saying Lenny.  Inside the suitcase were a number of items, including clothes, an identify card, a teddy bear, marbles and a yoyo.  We think that the suitcase must belong to a World War 2 evacuee but we are hoping to discover more about Lenny soon.

What are your ideas about Lenny and his mysterious suitcase?