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“Where Learning Comes Alive”

“Where Learning Comes Alive”

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Year 4

February

We have been identifying, grouping and classifying quadrilaterals in maths and learning the properties of these shapes. We used Geoboards to make our own quadrilaterals; they had to fulfil the criteria we were given. 
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January

This week we used potatoes, lemons, grapefruit, oranges and carrots as batteries to light LEDs!  It was really tricky at first- we had to use copper and zinc nails to be the positive and negative ends of our 'batteries' and then then had to connect several up to get enough energy to power our bulbs.  We used boxes to keep out the light so we could see the LEDs working.  It took a lot of perseverance and problem solving but we really enjoyed it!
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Making switches

 

We found out about current in a circuit and how a light bulb works.  We then made our own switches to put into our circuits.

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Making circuits!

 

We spent the morning trying to make different circuits, seeing which would work and which wouldn't and thinking about why.  We then made a game adding wire into our circuits to make a 'don't light up the wire' game- we had to have a very steady hand to win!

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Artbots

We kicked off our new theme 'Artbot' by making our very own artbots.  We made them by placing a motor in a electric circuit and using a plastic cup, lolly stick, cork and 3 felt tip pens.  They danced across our paper and made some exciting 'modern art'.  It was a very exciting build- we have more exciting builds to come this term!

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December

 

We have been busy getting ready for Christmas- making cards to take home, making stockings that will hopefully get filled with goodies and going to see Dick Whittington at the panto in Harpenden!  We have also finished or sculptures.

November

 

We started the month by having a visit from a contestant on Robot Wars.  He brought his 2 robots 'Crackers and Smash' that have both taken part in the most recent series.  We were excited to see the actual robots and to learn about what a past George Street pupil has been up to!

 

We had the most amazing trip to the sculpture park- there were over 800 sculptures along the paths in the woods.

 

We were all very excited by the range of sculptures- the styles, materials used and colours caught our imaginations and we are looking forward to getting sculpting back in class!

 

To continue our topic of Eurovision we learnt some Greek style dance in our dance workshop.

The Sculpture Park

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Our Greek Dance

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Robot Wars Visit

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Anti-bullying Week Display

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October

 

We have been continuing with our hand on maths, using the resources to help us show and understand mathematical concepts.

 

We were lucky enough to work with Para-Olympian Ian Rose. He talked to us about what qualities allowed him to succeed- it was interesting to see how this fits into our learning powers and growth mindset.

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Ian Rose Visit

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September: The first busy month back!

 

We have been getting to grips with life in year 4 and have done lot of work around working together as a team, helping each other and how we can work as effective learning partners.

 

This month we have kicked off our topic of ‘Eurovision’!  We started out by trying lots of different foods that are popular across Europe.  We have made links with this to RE, looking at how sharing food together can be important in different religions.  We also made some food of our own and used this to write instructions. 

 

We then found out a lot about the rules of The Eurovision Song Contest and wrote explanation texts about how to get an entry into the competition.

 

We have studied the flags of some of the different European countries and look at the names of some of the capital cities.  We have learned about mountains and volcanoes and have researched some of the well-known ones in Europe.

 

We have learned about the saltwater Fjords of Norway and about the solar winds that form the Northern Lights.  We created some of our own northern light inspired artwork using wax crayons, watercolour paint and chalks.

 

In maths we have been concentrating on place value and have been using the base 10, bead strings and place value grid lots to work with numbers in lots of different ways!

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Eurovision Writing

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Welcome back! Don't forget it's celebration assembly on Friday 23rd February at 2.35 - everyone is welcome.
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