Week 3 (w/b 6th April)
Hope you are all keeping well and staying safe at home. We are still setting tasks on Mathletics, Spellodrome and Purple Mash. It is the Easter holidays so these are optional tasks for you to do. However, as we are missing so much school, please do try to do a little when you can
**Parents, please note that we are unable to offer printing or additional learning packs as there are not enough staff in school to be able to do so. Thank you for understanding.**
Sending lots of love to Y4 families xx
Home Learning Week 2 (w/b 30th March)
We miss you!!!
We hope that you are having lovely quality time with your family and are keeping safe. Remember to keep filling buckets with acts of kindness: you could help out around the house, offer to do something, give compliments etc.
Hopefully everything will be back to normal soon so we can all be back in class together! For now, we will set work on a Monday each week. If you open the Week 2 Home Learning document, it gives you lots of activities to be doing. We are setting work on Mathletics, Readiwriter and Purple Mash so please log on to see your set tasks.
Stay indoors and keep well Y4 xxx
Please note that we are no longer updating Spellodrome for Year Four's spellings, as it is being phased out due to its reliance on Flash Player, meaning we can no longer add word lists. Therefore all Year Four pupils' spellings will be set on Readiwriter. It uses the same login which we use for Spellodrome and Mathletics.
The wordlists are set up on there for this week, but please note that there are now only two groups: South America and Africa. All children who were in South America previously are still in that group, but EVERYBODY ELSE is in Africa.
Below is a weblink to a video that children can watch to show them how to use Readiwriter. There is also a parent tips sheet to give parents some guidance on it.
Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies Week
This week, we have celebrated Healthy Minds and Healthy Bodies. As well as having extra lunchtime sports sessions available, Y4 participated in a special yoga session on Monday and today have completed an inter-house cross country race. The children did so well doing two full laps of the school grounds. Well done to all those who finished as it was very windy and absolutely freezing! An extra well done to our first, second and third place winners: For the girls it was Olivia, Mia and Willow and for the boys it was Blake, Isaac and Hayden. Congratulations!
World Book Day 2020
Today in Melling Primary, we celebrated World Book Day. You may have seen us all on our walk around Melling! It was quite a sight to see over 200 children and adults dressed as book characters wandering around the village! Thank you to families if you came out and waved at us and also for providing the children with such amazing costumes.
After our walk, we did a short video masterclass with the author Matt Haig. He challenged us to write a short story from the perspective of an animal. We are still in the process of writing these, so watch this space.
This afternoon, we turned humble potatoes into fantastic book characters. The children were so creative. We had potatoes who had been turned into Harry Potter, Willy Wonka, Little Red Riding Hood, Captain Underpants and Horrid Henry, to name but a few! Look below to see the photos from our fantastic day.
During our ESafety Day, we explored this year's theme of 'Free to be me online'. We discussed the meaning of identity and what things it includes. We then looked at how our online identity can differ. We looked at some examples where people had been allowed or not allowed by others to be free to be themselves online. The conclusion that we came to was that everyone should be allowed to be themselves online and like whatever they choose. However, they aren't free to do whatever they like if it means hurting others' feelings. Treat others as you want to be treated yourself!
We have had a fantastic week celebrating our science week theme, which was 'Our diverse planet'. We have conducted several exciting experiments which you can see below. One of which, was linked to our main topic, Animals including humans. We tested hard-boiled eggs in a variety of liquids to see which liquid caused the most tooth decay. The children were fascinated to discover that orange juice had the most impact on the shell of the egg and therefore our teeth. It was closely followed by coke, which turned the egg shells brown!
Maya archaeologist visit
Today we had a visit from Dr Diane Davies, the UK's only archaeologist who specialises in the Maya civilisation. She spent the morning with Year 4, telling us what it's like to be an archaeologist who spends several months of each year living in the rainforest in Guatemala! She also shared with us some of the amazing achievements of the Maya civilisation, such as the fact that they were one of only two ancient civilisations to have developed a number system using place value. They also had a proper writing system including vowels, despite the fact they lived in 2000 BC! The achievement that excited the children the most though, was the fact that the Maya discovered chocolate and how to use it to make hot chocolate! Later this term, children will get to try the Maya hot chocolate with chilli and see if they like it!
Will Santa Get Shot Down?
See below for the songs from our Christmas play. Please get practising!
Last week we celebrated Friendship Week in school. We had assemblies about what bullying is and isn't, how to show respect for others and how we are all unique. In class we've focused on how to be a good Melling friend by showing respect and kindness. We then went on to create a recipe for a Melling friend!
We have also been practising our presentation and oracy skills, so every child in Year Four read their recipe to the rest of the class. We focused on the objectives of volume, clarity and eye contact. The best four children were then selected to read their recipe in our final friendship assembly.
Congratulations to Hallie, Willow, Olivia and Emilia who were selected to present their recipes. Congratulation also to Blake, Riley and Georgie, who's booklets were chosen by Ms Ainsworth-Brown as best showcasing what we had learnt through our Friendship Week.
Today the children of Year Four participated in a SBAR day with Mrs Hargreaves. SBAR stands for Stop, Breathe and Relax! They have done all sorts of activities, including yoga, mindfulness colouring, icing biscuits and painting. Along with those relaxing activities, they have talked about their worries, how we can keep our bodies feeling good inside and out and also wrote kind words about every member of the class. It has been a fantastic day that the children have thoroughly enjoyed. Thanks Mrs Hargreaves!
We all had great fun at the disco. Can you guess who the children are in these photos?
Welcome to Y4's class page! The children have settled really well into Y4 and have been tackling some challenging lessons already! What superstars!
Thank you to all the parents who came to our 'meet the teacher' session. If you were unable to make it, please see below for the newsletter and important paperwork we handed out (CHET paperwork has been sent home).