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Champions' Leaderboard Spring Week 5

 

The results for this week's leaderboard are as follows:

 

Spellodrome: First place - Andrew Freeman, second place - Eleanor Burkert and third place - Olivia Magill

 

Mathletics: First place - Scarlet Williams, second place - James Doyle and third place - Eleanor Burkert

 

Well done to all of those children!

Champions' Leaderboard Spring Week 4

 

The results for this week's leaderboard are as follows:

 

Spellodrome: First place - Eleanor Burkert, second place - Evan Cantwell and third place - Scarlet Williams

 

Mathletics: First place - Scarlet Williams, second place - Zach Hogan and third place - Eleanor Burkert

 

Well done everyone!

Champions' Leaderboard Spring Week 3

 

The results for this week's leaderboard are as follows:

 

Spellodrome: First place - Ava Beckett, second place - Kole Ademuyiwa and third place - John James Foster

 

Mathletics: First place - James Doyle, second place - Scarlet Williams and third place - Kole Ademuyiwa

 

Well done everyone and how lovely to see some new names at the top! Keep up the hard work!

Science Week

 

After a fascinating assembly led by Mr Cleaver, Year 4 have had a fantastic time during Science week. On Monday we did an in-depth look into air pollution. We learnt what air pollution is and that we can't always see it, but that it is always around us. We also learnt that it can directly effect our health, bringing on conditions such as asthma and it can effect children's development. We discussed the main causes of air pollution and did an experiment which focused on the air pollution that vehicles cause, determining that busy roads would have more air pollution than parks. Then we began to discuss solutions and played a game of Top Trumps with different possible solution cards for how to reduce the number of vehicles on the road. On Tuesday, we followed this up by writing a letter to the Metro Mayor of Liverpool to try and persuade him to look more closely at the problem of air pollution and to consider our suggestions for solutions. On Tuesday, we also attended the Sublime Science workshop where we saw lots of different scientific principles in practice. There were lots of WOW moments that made both the children and adults gasp! On Thursday, we had a visit from Zoolab where we got to learn about all sorts of different creatures and hold quite a few! We've also conducted some stand alone experiments with Miss Hopewell and Mrs Maddock. See below for photographs and further details of what we've done.

POLLUTION EXPERIMENT

ABSORPTION VERSUS GRAVITY EXPERIMENT

We did an experiment to see if we could move the coloured liquid from one glass to the other without touching the glasses. We placed rolled up toilet roll leading from one glass to the other. Gradually, the liquid moved up the paper. When it got to the other side of the paper (over the other glass), gravity pulled it down into the glass. We learnt from this that absorption is stronger than gravity!

AN 'EGGCELLENT EGGXPERIMENT'

Y4 did a fantastic experiment and learnt a little bit about pressure too! The task involved carefully breaking the egg so that the yolk and white didn't mix. Then gently squeezing some air out of the bottle to place on top of the yolk. Gently loosening the grip on the bottle, we then had the challenge of moving the yolk only to another plate. We learnt that when you squeeze the bottle initially you push some of the air out. When you put the bottle top over the yolk this seals the remaining air in. As you release your grip

the bottle expands and returns to its normal size but no more air can rush in, as the yolk is in the way. This means you’ve got the same amount of air in a bigger space so the pressure will be lower. As the pressure outside of the bottle is higher, it’s this higher air pressure that pushes the yolk into the bottle!

What a wonderful afternoon we had when the ZOOLAB visited! We met Mildrid the giant millipede from Africa and learnt that she would squirt ink when she was scared and that ink smelt like bleach! We also met Tracy the Tarantula who had eyes in her butt (really!). We couldn't believe that the turbo giant African land snail would grow to the size of a football or that it had more teeth than a crocodile or a shark!!! We met Suke the Snake who eats two large mice every week. As we are learning about animals including humans, it was interesting to look at the food chains for these animals.

Champions' Leaderboard Spring Week 2

 

The results for this week's leaderboard are as follows:

 

Spellodrome: First place - Eleanor Burkert, second place - Evan Cantwell and third place - John James Foster

 

Mathletics: First place - Stephen Oyelowo, second place - James Doyle and third place - Kole Ademuyiwa

 

Well done!

Maya archaeologist visit

 

This week we were extremely fortunate to receive a visit from the Maya archaeologist, Dr Diane Davies. She is the only archaeologist in the whole of the UK who specialises in the Maya. In fact, she spends several months every year working in the rainforest in Guatemala digging on Maya sites. We had a fascinating morning learning what archaeologists do and what it's like working in the rainforest. We also learnt some amazing things about the Maya civilisation, like the fact that they invented chocolate! We got to examine an incredible range of Maya artefacts and investigate what they were used for, what they were made from and who they might have belonged to. Finally, we learnt the Maya number system and how their calendar worked, making our own Maya calendars. What a fantastic morning!

Pyramid Paintings

 

As part of our work on Ancient Egypt, we have been painting pictures of the pyramids at sunset. We started by reviewing how to mix colours and we learnt how to make shades and tints of red and orange. We then used the colours we had made to create the background sunset for our pictures, before painting on the silhouette of the pyramids.

Champions' Leaderboard Spring Week 1

 

The results for this week's leaderboard are as follows:

 

Spelldrome: First place - Eleanor Burkert, second place - Stephen Oyelowo and third place - John James Foster

 

Mathletics: First place - Joshua Starling, second place - Stephen Oyelowo and third place - Max Wilson

 

Well done to all of those children. How lovely to see some new names at the top of the leaderboard!

Spring Newsletter 2019

Home Reading Champions!

 

The target number for home reads this term was 42 (averaging 3 reads per week).

 

In first place is Max Hogan with 98 home reads! In second place is Zach Hogan with 97 home reads! In third place is Eleanor Burkert with 81 home reads! What an amazing amount of home reading!

 

Well done to those three children and well done also to Benjamin Ajene, Ben Ashton, Rhianna Bates, Ryan Gibbs, Sadie Kilmurry, Joshua Starling, Max Wilson and Erica Woosey, who all achieved the target number of home reads or even higher.

Y4/5/6 Christmas play 18th December

Our Christmas play is fast approaching! Here are all of our songs, so that you can get practising at home.

What Was It Like (Vocal).mp3

What Was It Like (Reprise) (Vocal).mp3

Guten Morgen (Vocal).mp3

The Alleluia Yodel (Vocal).mp3

What A To-Do! (Vocal).mp3

Were Making Christmas Music (Vocal).mp3

Twinkling Stars (Vocal).mp3

Carol Medley (Vocal).mp3

Silent Night (Vocal).mp3

Time For Celebration (Vocal).mp3

Snow Dance Music (Instrumental).mp3

Champions' Leaderboard Autumn Week 14

 

This week's results are as follows:

 

Spellodrome: First place - Stephen Oyelowo, second place - Eleanor Burkert and third place - Evan Cantwell

 

Mathletics: First place - Joshua Starling, second place - Stephen Oyelowo and third place - Bobby Shirley

 

Well done and keep up the healthy competition!

Today, Y4 had a fantastic afternoon being robot engineers, using accurate engineering skills and writing algorithms for their own robots! Wow!!

An example of one of the lion robots

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Y4 were able to write different algorithms to instruct their robots to do different things - so impressive!

Champions' Leaderboard Autumn Week 13

 

The results for this week's leaderboard are as follows:

 

Spellodrome: First place - Stephen Oyelowo, second place - Andrew Freeman and third place - Eleanor Burkert

 

Mathletics: First place - Stephen Oyelowo, second place - James Doyle and third place - Joshua Starling

 

Well done to all of those children!

Year 4 visit to the World Museum

 

On the 14th of November, we visited the World Museum to learn more about the Ancient Egyptians. We met a real-life archaeologist, much to the delight of the children! They were thrilled to be able to handle ancient Egyptian artefacts and the archaeologist was most complimentary about our children.

 

Following that session, we spent time examining other exhibits from all four corners of the world and the children had the opportunity to try on costumes.

 

After lunch, it was time to "Meet the Mummy!" Three of the children dressed up and assisted in the removal of the vital organs, before the whole class helped to bandage the body. This was met with several fits of giggles, as well as quite a few "yucks!" It was a good time had by all!

 

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Champions' Leaderboard Week 12

 

The results for this week's leaderboard are as follows:

 

Spellodrome: First place - Stephen Oyelowo, second place - Sadie Kilmurry and third place - Eleanor Burkert

 

Mathletics: First place - Stephen Oyelowo, second place - Sadie Kilmurry and third place - Bobby Shirley

 

Home reading (so far this term): First place - Max Hogan, second place - Zach Hogan and third place - Eleanor Burkert

 

Well done to all of those children!

Champions' Leaderboard Autumn Week 11

 

The results for this week's leaderboard are as follows:

 

Spellodrome: First place - Eleanor Burkert, second place - Stephen Oyelowo and third place - Andrew Freeman

 

Mathletics: First place - Stephen Oyelowo, second place - Bobby Shirley and third place - James Doyle

 

Well done to all of those children!

Champions' Leaderboard Autumn Week 10

 

The results for this week's leaderboard are as follows:

 

Spellodrome: First place - Stephen Oyelowo, second place - Eleanor Burkert and third place - Joshua Starling

 

Mathletics: First place - Stephen Oyelowo, second place - Bobby Shirley and third place - Joshua Starling

 

Home reading (so far this term): First place - Max Hogan, second place - Zach Hogan and third place - Eleanor Burkert

 

Well done to all of those children and thank you to parents/carers for your support with homework and home reading. A special well done to those families who ensured their children still read over the holidays!

Shape, space and measure

 

Looking forward to being back at school - hope you've all had a lovely break smiley

 

For Shape, Space and Measure this term we will be learning about perimeter and converting units.

 

Challenge: Can you learn these measurement conversions that will help you in Maths?

1 kilometre (km) = 1000 metres (m)

1 metre (m) = 100 centimetres (cm)

1 centimetre (cm) = 10 millimetres (mm)

 

 

Champions' Leaderboard Autumn Week 7 and 8

 

The leaderboard results for the week before half-term are as follows:

 

Spellodrome: First place - Stephen Oyelowo, second place - Andrew Freeman and third place - Eleanor Burkert

 

Mathletics: First place - Stephen Oyelowo, second place - Scarlet Williams and third place - James Doyle

 

Well done to all of those children! As per my letter before the holidays, there will not be any homework set on Mathletics and Spellodrome this week due to our Ancient Egypt project.

 

Champions' Leaderboard Autumn Week 6

 

The results for this week's leaderboard are as follows:

 

Spellodrome: First place - Stephen Oyelowo, second place - Bobby Shirley and third place - Eleanor Burkert

 

Mathletics: First place - Stephen Oyelowo, second place - Max Hogan and third place - Scarlet Williams

 

Home reading (so far this term): First place - Max Hogan, second place - Zach Hogan and third place - Evan Cantwell

 

Well done to all of those children, keep up the hard work!

 

 

Champions' Leaderboard Autumn Week 5

 

The results for this week's Champions Leaderboard are as follows:

 

Spellodrome: First place - Stephen Oyelowo, second place - Ryan Gibbs and third place - Eleanor Burkert

 

Mathletics: First place - Stephen Oyelowo, second place - Scarlet Williams and third place - James Doyle

 

Well done to all of those children!

Disabled artists week

 

This week we have been learning about the challenges disabled artists face. In Year 4 we have focused on the foot and mouth artist, Peter Longstaff. Unfortunately, Peter was born without arms due to his mother being treated with a medicine called thalidomide during her pregnancy. However, Peter has never let it hold him back and uses his right foot as we would use our right hand (or left if you are left-handed!). In fact, for twenty years he was a pig farmer, doing all the jobs required using his feet, including driving a tractor! When pig farming became more financially difficult, he left the career and turned to his hobby of art, finding that he was actually really talented. He now works for the MFPA (the UK Mouth and Foot Painting Artists) designing Christmas cards. He also produces lots of pieces of art focusing on nature, as he loves the beauty of nature. It is this focus which we have used in our paintings, first attempting to paint the inside of a flower outline using our mouths to control the paintbrush. Then we sketched our own flowers and painted them using our hands, a task all of the children found much easier than the first one! See below for pictures of some of the art we produced.

Champions' Leaderboard Autumn Week 4

 

The results for this week's Champions Leaderboard are as follows:

 

Spellodrome: First place - Eleanor Burkert, second place - Scarlet Williams and third place - James Doyle

 

Mathletics: First place - James Doyle, second place - Scarlet Williams and third place - Stephen Oyelowo

 

Home reading (so far this term): Joint first place - Zach and Max Hogan, second place - Evan Cantwell and joint third place - Ben Ashton, Ruby Reney-Smith and Rhianna Bates.

 

Well done everyone, keep up the hard work! Prizes will be given to the top three home readers at the end of Autumn term.

Champions' Leaderboard Autumn Week 3

 

The results for this week's Champions Leaderboard are as follows:

 

Spellodrome: First place - Eleanor Burkert, second place - Olivia Carter and third place - Evan Cantwell

 

Mathletics: First place - James Doyle, second place - Joshua Starling and third place - Stephen Oyelowo

 

Well done to all of those children!

Welcome Back!

 

Welcome back to the start of a new year! It is lovely to have our new class with us in Year 4. We have a lot to look forward to this term, especially learning all about the Ancient Egyptians and starting our brass instrument lessons.  Please read our class newsletter below for dates of this year's trips and an explanation of the structure and routines in Year 4. We look forward to seeing you all at the 'Meet the teacher' meeting on Monday 17th of September. Please note there are two sessions available to attend, 3:15-4pm or 4:15-5pm, so we hope to see you all there!

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