Message from Mrs Harling
Well today is your last official day in Year 4. I would like to take the opportunity to say that I have enjoyed being your teacher and it was a shame that we could not spend the last 3 months of our time in class. You are all unique individuals who shine as bright as the stars in the sky. Believe in yourselves and show Mrs Savage how wonderful and talented you all are.
I will miss you all so make sure you give me a wave when we return to school in September. Keep safe this Summer.
Love Mrs H x
Unfortunately due to the Covid 19 virus our class is not currently in school. Click on the distance learning tab to see what we are up to whilst we are at home.
A message from Pope Francis about the Covid 19 pandemic affecting the world.
‘Let us try, if we can, to make the best use of this time: let us be generous; let us help those in need in our neighbourhood; let us look out for the loneliest people, perhaps by telephone or social networks; let us pray to the Lord for those who are in difficulty… Even if we are isolated, thought and spirit can go far with the creativity of love. This is what we need today: the creativity of love.’
Word of the week: luminous meaning something that is luminous shines or glows in the dark
Idiom of the week: Like a fish out of water - You feel like a fish out of water if you're surrounded by people who are different to you, and it's making you feel a little uncomfortable.
PE takes place on Thursday and Friday afternoons. All children need to ensure they have the correct PE kit in school on these days. The PE kit consists of:
- Black PE shorts
- White T shirt
- Black pumps
- A black track suit
- White T shirt
Earrings and other jewellery items are not allowed to be worn during PE sessions.
Want to help your child with their reading? Encourage them to use the Read Theory website. In Year 4, we complete a ten minute session on a daily basis. Click on the books to enter the site.
Ukulele lessons take place on a Wednesday morning with a trained music teacher. (Mr Fleming) Children must bring in their ukuleles either on a Tuesday or Wednesday.
For children to reach their full potential, they must practice on a regular basis.
Every day, the children in Year 4 practice their times tables using the online programme, TT Rockstars. At the end of the week, the children's scores are totalled and they are given a 'Rock Star rating'. The winner gets to wear the Rock star hat and guitar for a photo opportunity.
Please encourage your child to play on this site on a regular basis to help them learn their times tables in a fun way.
Click on the link below to enter the site.
Pancake Day in Year 4
Year 4 celebrated Shrove Tuesday in a traditional way by making and eating pancakes. The children enjoyed eating the pancakes whilst researching Ash Wednesday and making information leaflets for Year 1 & 3 to use during their liturgy on Friday.
Teamwork in PE
During PE, this half term, the children will be studying OAA. They will take part in a variety of team work activities.
This week, the children had pass around a hope without breaking the chain in a circle and work together to order themselves in different ways without stepping off a bench.
During this week's history lesson, the children researched the studied a range of pictures depicting scenes from London during the play. The children discussed what they say and discovered how those who died from the plague were buried in huge pits. They watched a short film about the discovery of these pits when a new underground line was being built in London. The children then used the IPads to locate the plague pits within London.
Today, the children in Year 4 looked at the importance of cleaning their teeth properly. The children began by sorting out foods and activities which were good/bad for looking after teeth. They learnt about how plaque attacks their teeth and then used disclosing tablets to observe how much plaque they have on their teeth.
The children then conducted an experiment to using eggs placed in different drinks to see the effect they have on the egg and therefore their teeth. The results will be in on Friday so watch this space.
Today, the children found out the results of the experiment they conducted on Wednesday. The children took their eggs out of the different liquids to observe how they had changed the egg. They discovered that the Ribena had really darkened (stained) the shell of the egg whilst the Coke and the Cherryade slightly darkened (stained) the eggs colour but the milk had no affect at all. The children realised that these liquids would also have the same affect on their teeth and would suggest that people stick to drinking either milk or water in order to keep their teeth healthy.
Making Eco bricks
Today Bob Turner, a representative from Cafod, came into school to give an assembly about how to save the environment linked to Laudato Si - a letter written to the world by the Pope to ask people to protect the world.
After the assembly, Bob held a workshop for Years 4 and 5 about putting our plastic waste to good use by make Eco bricks. The Eco bricks made by the children will be used to make planters for our play ground which will be used by each class to plant flowers and vegetables.
Year 4 have been set the challenge to make 80 Eco bricks in the next few weeks.
Click on the image below to find out how to make Eco bricks.
Father O'Brien blessing the Year 4 classroom
The children were visited by our parish priest Father O'Brien this week. He had arranged to come into the school and bless the children and the classroom. The children behaved brilliantly even when sprinkled with holy water.
We thank Father for visiting us and look forward to seeing him again in the near future.
Below are some photos taken during the blessing.
Wallace and Gromit role play
In class, the children have been reading and watching the Wallace and Gromit story, 'A matter of loaf and death!' The children were set a task to act out a scene from the story ready for them to write about it. Below are videos taken during their role play.
Which weighs more an inflated balloon or a deflated balloon?
This was the question given to the children in year 4. Many children predicted that the deflated balloon would the most because the inflated one was full of air which is light and balloons usually float.
When weighed, however, they discovered that the inflated balloon weighed more. This was because air has a mass but it can only be weighed when trapped in a solid object which doesn't let the air escape.
Year 4 visit the Life Education tent.
This week the children have been learning about keeping themselves safe during PSHE sessions. As a treat, all the children in the school visited the Life Education tent.
This week in Geography, the children looked at the different continents of the world and then used atlases to discover the names of countries which could be found in Europe.
Did you know!
The Smallest Country in Europe (by land area and population) is the Vatican City. The Vatican City is a tiny country within the Italian city of Rome. The Pope, the leader of the worldwide Catholic Church, lives here along with its 800 other citizens.
Day trip to Italy
In today's Geography lesson, the children went on a day trip to Italy! Before the session, they filled in a passport and each child received a boarding pass. On arrival at the class airport, the children found their seats and enjoyed an airborne tour of Italy whilst enjoying in-flight refreshments (popcorn).
After their flight, the children researched the physical features of Italy, located the different regions of Italy and discovered the population of the different regions which they presented in graph form.
Class worship takes place every Thursday and is planned and delivered by children from the class. This week, the children listened to the Gospel story about Jesus being tempted in the desert.
Book day Potatoes
This year, Sacred Heart decided to decorate potatoes as book characters rather than children dressing up. The creations were wonderful. We had The BFG, the White Witch, Maleficent and Mr Bump as well as many more book characters. We'd like to say a big thank you to all the parents who helped their children to take part and decorate a potato. See below for a photograph of the amazing potatoes.
In science today, the children received a letter from Danny the Dentist asking the children to find out which was the best toothpaste to recommend to his patients. As part of their investigation, the children completed the following tests.
1. Taste test - The children were given 5 different blobs of toothpaste to taste to see which was the most appealing.
2. The foam test - The children added water to each toothpaste and shook it in a container for 30 seconds to find out which created the most foam and kept it's frothiness for the longest time.
3. Cleaning Properties - The children used different blobs of toothpaste and a toothbrush to find out which was most effective at getting rid of dried paint on a plate.
The class found, the most effective toothpaste was Colgate intense foam.
Making cornflour slime
For the start of their science unit about States of Matter, The children in Year 4 enjoyed making cornflour slime or Ooblek as it is affectionately called by the children.
The children discovered that when you pushed down on the slime it felt hard and had the properties of a solid but when it was placed in their hands, it ran freely and acted like a liquid.
The children had lots of fun playing with the Oobleck whilst learning about scientific concepts.
If you want to try out Oobleck for your self, click on the image below.
In art, the children have been studying skulls linked to our history topic on the Plague of London. The children observed the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat and created their own interpretations of his work using different mediums and vibrant colours.
Who needs to go to the Tate modern when we have such fantastic artists in Year 4!
Rights of a child
During PSHE, the children in Year 4 have been learning about the rights of a child as set out by the UN Convention. Each class in school were set the task of choosing a right to make into a display. Class 4 chose article number 30
Every child has the right to learn and use the language, customs and religion of their family, whether or not these are
shared by the majority of the people in the country where they live.
Below is the display they created entirely by themselves and can now be seen on entry into the school hall from the entrance hall.
Year 4 Class worship
In Year 4, class worship lays an important part of our school life. Each week, the children from the class plan a worship for the other children to take part in. The children really enjoy these spiritual times and being able to reflect on the love of God.
Teeth and Digestion
During Science lessons, this half term, the children in Year 4 are learning about teeth and digestion. Today in class, the children found out the names and jobs of the different teeth humans have and the make up of a tooth. The children enjoyed an activity to discover the purpose of the teeth using bananas, tweezers, building block and scissors. The children had to decide which tool represented either the molar, incisor or canine teeth. Much fun was had by everyone as you can tell by the photos below.
Click on the tooth above to listen to a song about the teeth in your mouth.
A member of our class received an extra special birthday present today, a BOB (Bird or Bat) box presented by Steve Burrows who had visited the school to tell the children about Laudato Si - a letter written to the world by the Pope to ask people to protect the world.
Bob boxes will be placed all around our school to attract more wildlife and will also be sold to raise money for CAFOD.
Click on the picture below to find out more about Laudato Si and how you can help.
Book Day Drama Workshop.
Today, the children in Year 4 celebrated book day with a drama workshop. The children had fun acting out scenes from the book 'Fortunately the milk' by the author Neil Gaiman. Below are some photos taken during the session along with a short video piece.
Click on the picture below to listen to the story being read by Neil Gaiman
PE Problem solving week 2
During today's PE session, the children worked as a team to solve the problem of the Farmer, the fox, the chicken and the seed. See below for the problem.
PE Problem Solving Week 3
This week, the children were at to find ways of fitting different sized groups into hoops. The children worked as a team, squeezing and squashing themselves together so they would not step foot outside of the hoop.
The next task set continued on from the one set out the week before. This week the children had to use stepping stones to cross the river and a newspaper which could not be touched by the framer was added into the problem.
Do you think it is possible to walk on a swimming pool filled with custard? Click on the link below to watch a video and find out.
For their music lessons, the children in Year 4 have been learning how to play the ukulele. As the children were getting so good, it was decided that they would show off their talent and hold a concert for the school and parents to watch.
They were fantastic! if you don't believe me watch the performance for yourself.
The Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
if you want to find out more about this artist, click on the skull below.
Year 4 dress up for Bible day
To deepen the children's understanding of scripture from the Bible, the children were encouraged to research and dress up as a Bible character. The class winner was Noah and his very own ark. The children looked brilliant and really got into the spirit of the day.
Making it rain in the classroom
In science, the children have been looking at the different states of matter. Today, the children investigated how the water cycle works by creating their own version.
The children filled a bowl with hot water, covered it with cling film and placed ice cubes on top. After a few minutes the children started to see water droplets appear on the underside of the cling film. These droplets merged together and then dropped into the water below, just like rain in the water cycle.
Below are some photos taken during the investigation.