White Hall Residential.
Year 4 have recently attended a two night stay at White Hall Outdoor Education Centre. The children had a fabulous time taking part in a variety of activities such as canoeing, rock scrambling and they even took part in a night hike. It was wonderful to see the children in a different environment working together as a team.
Plastic Pollution - Art Project.
The Year 4 children decided that they wanted to contribute to reducing plastic pollution by collecting plastic milk bottle lids. The children then agreed to create a display of a sea turtle using the milk bottle lids. The results were amazing!
Plastic Pollution: Summer 1.
This half term we have been learning more about the global issue of plastic pollution. As part of our topic, the children were visited by Chloe Lewis from Derbyshire Dales Council. Chloe spoke to the children about the importance of recycling and how the children could do their bit in our local area. All the children made a pledge to try to think about the three rs more - Recycle, Reuse and and Reduce. The children were able to demonstrate their understanding of this fascinating topic in a question and answer session.
University of Derby.
The Year 4 children today had the opportunity to attend the University of Derby and take part in a variety of activities based around different areas of the National Curriculum. The children worked alongside students who are in their final year of training to become teachers. The children lived the opportunity to take a tour of the University and learning more about higher education.
Tuesday 5th March 2019.
Fairtrade Fortnight with Sainsbury's.
Year 4 were today treated to a visit from Sainsbury's staff who came to talk to the children about Fairtrade. The children were able to investigate the different Fairtrade products that the company sell and learn more about the reasons behind the Fairtrade charity.
The children were able to use use their knowledge of the tropics and chocolate to help develop their understanding and importance of Fairtrade.
Monday 25th February 2019.
Wow! What a start to the new half term! A trip to Cadbury World! The Year 4 children were enthralled by the adventure of visiting the world of chocolate. The children first took part in a workshop where they all learnt about Rainforests and the links to the Tropics and chocolate. After that they moved onto exploring the history of chocolate and deepening their understanding of the historical developments of the Cadbury company.
The day was finish off with a ride in the 4D cinema and of course, a few bars of chocolate!
Friday 15th February 2019.
As a reward for showing such a positive attitude towards their learning, Year 4 attended an afternoon with Mrs Kershaw. The children decided that they would like to celebrate their success by eating cake! A wonderful time was had by all and needless to say there was very little cake left over!
Monday 7th January 2019.
Chocolate Theme Day!
The Year 4 children have made a very tasty start to the New Year! The children were introduced to their new topic 'Chocolate' through a theme day based around the topic.
In the morning, the children made chocolate truffles. We thought about the presentation of our truffles especially when you maybe making a product that someone may buy.
The next task was to design a chocolate bar. The children used their creative imagination to name their chocolate bar, think about who would buy their product and finally, to think about what ingredients would go into the bar.
After lunch, the children learnt about where chocolate is grown and how chocolate is produced. The day was completed with chocolate poetry. The children loved listening to 'Chocolate Cake' by Michael Rosen.
Year 4 have been learning about Sound this half term. This is a new topic within Science for the children. We have had great fun making their own instruments for their homework. We then used the instruments to deepen our understanding of pitch and volume.
We carried out a number of different investigations during this topic. The children particularly enjoyed making ear defenders and tested the effectiveness of different materials.
Today, Year 4 were immersed in their learning when a special visitor came into school. Scientist Liz Pasture came to work with the Year 4 children to enhance their understanding of Antarctica. As part of our Poles Apart topic, the children took part in a question and answer session with Liz before listening to a talk about the work Liz has carried out in Antarctica over the years.
The children then had the opportunity to try on clothes that Liz wore in Antarctica and help to build a map of the continent. The map work was great for developing the children's understanding of the physical features of the landscape of Antarctica.
After break, it was Science time. The Year 4 children undertook an number of different investigations which demonstrated the impact of Climate Change to the children.
Liz kindly offered to send four flags that the children have designed to Antarctica. These flags will hopefully be displayed by the team who are currently working there.
The Year 4 children and I would like to say a massive 'thank you' to Liz for giving up her morning to us. A fantastic time was had by all.
On Friday 16th November 2018 the Year 4 children took part in Health Fest. The afternoon's activities were organised and held at our local Secondary School, Highfields school.
The children spent the afternoon getting active. They took part in a variety of activities including circuit training and Zumba! They even had the opportunity to make their own smoothies.
Tuesday 6th November 2018.
To support the development of the children's understanding for subtracting two 4-digit numbers with more than one exchange, the children created their own problems and represented the numbers pictorially. The Fantastic Year 4 children loved this activity and their understanding was really deepened.
Road Trip USA!
Week Commencing 3rd September 2018.
This week the Fantastic Year 4 Class took part in a theme day to enthuse and inspire them into our new topic: Road Trip USA!
The children came to school wearing stars and stripes. During the day the children completed the passport challenge and visited many of the different states in the USA.
In the afternoon, the children took part in the Tower Challenge and they had to try and build the tallest tower. This challenge was great for developing the children's understanding of sky scrappers.
Exciting Electricity Week!
Week Commencing 15th October 2018.
This week the Fantastic Year 4 children have been taking part Exciting Electricity Week.
Through out the week the children have been putting their scientific skills to the test through completing a number of electrifying challenges. At the end of the week, the children became the proud owners of a Junior Electrician Certificate.
Well done Fantastic Year 4!