We have been learning how to program in Scratch this half term. We have learnt how to create a quiz using selection and variables. We then created our quizzes collaboratively using paired programming. We then had to debug our programs to check they were working correctly. We all persevered to complete our quizzes, as Mr Stephens would only give us hints or tell us to ask others.
On Thursday 31st January, Year 4 were invited to Walsall Football Club’s home ground, Bescot Stadium, to take part in a number of activities. The class were given a guided tour of the stadium, a healthy lifestyles lesson about sugar content in drinks, and a football session on the Astroturf pitches. Despite the freezing cold weather, the class had a great time and learnt lots about how to make healthy lifestyle choices!
On Wednesday 16th January, Hobgoblin Theatre Compamy came to Rushall to perform The Snow Queen. As part of our Ice Worlds topic, Year 4 have been reading some extracts from The Snow Queen so we were excited to find out what happened in the rest of the story.
When watching the play, we were interested to discover that the film ‘Frozen’ was inspired by The Snow Queen.
After watching the performance, Year 4 agreed that they had thoroughly enjoyed the show so the next day in class we wrote thank you letters to the theatre group. We included our favourite parts of the play in our letters. Most of the class chose Barry as their favourite character as he made us all laugh.
Take a look at our pictures to see some of the most memorable moments from the show.
When Year 4 returned to school on Tuesday, they discovered that the classroom was decorated to reflect our whole school ‘Ice Worlds’ theme. The children also found some clues from our new class story ‘Ice Palace’. Year 4 have made predictions about what Ivan’s land is and where it might be. We have also predicted who the mysterious Starjik is and why, if you whisper his name, it becomes winter in your heart.
We are excited to find out whether our predictions are correct!
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.
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.
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’.
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!
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.
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.