Welcome to Year 4! Our teacher is Miss Williams and she's also the Deputy Headteacher here at Puriton. On a Monday, we have Mrs Coling as our teacher. Mrs Huddart is our teaching assistant and she is with us all week. We are lucky enough to also have Bubbles the goldfish and Norman the hasmter to keep us company.
'Here Comes the Carnival' is our theme for this term. We have been learning all about the Bridgwater Carnival. This has included how it began and how it has evolved and changed over the years. We have been looking at different ways to find out about the past and where different information can be found locally.
We enjoyed creating the carnival masks for the town celebration. One was based on Guy Fawkes and the other was inspired by Africa and our school links with the OLC school in Kenya. We are very proud of them both!
This week we have been focussing on addition and subtraction. We have recapped mental strategies and have been deciding which methods are quickest to use. This isn’t always the column method! We have also been practising our joined handwriting and trying to make sure all of our letters are correctly formed. Yesterday, we looked at fronted adverbials and how we can use them to improve out writing.
We were set the task of planning a science experiment. We are going to be investigating which materials are conductors and which are insulators. We have planned what equipment we will be using and how we make sure it is a fair test. Next week, we will carry out the experiment. Today we will be mostly baking! We need to make the toffee apples and gingerbread biscuits ready for the bake sale on Monday. Please come along and support our enterprise project. All of the profits will go to the OLC.
We are all looking forward to the Carnival on Saturday night! We are hoping to see lots of photographs next week.
We would like to start by thanking everyone who came and bought some gingerbread or a toffee apple this week. We had a few problems with the toffee apples. The ones that we made on Friday didn’t last too well so had to be re-made on Monday. Unfortunately, some of the second batch got stuck together so we couldn’t sell as many as we had first planned. However, we are very pleased to say that we made £56.50 profit overall which will be going to help children at the OLC school in Kenya.
In class we carried out our science investigation and came to the conclusion that only metals are conductors of electricity. This is why the wires in plugs and cables are covered in plastic or rubber. They are insulators and so protect us from getting electric shocks. We also started our DT project which is to make a model carnival cart. So far we have learned the skills of measuring, cutting, sanding and joining wood together. We are very excited to continue this next week!
This week we have been continuing to work on written methods for addition and subtraction. Miss Williams has been impressed with our ability to use the methods but we need to try not to rush and make simple mistakes in our work. We have started to plan out our newspaper reports and today we are going to be writing questions that we want to ask people in order to get quotes that we can use in our reports. We spent time thinking about possible catchy headlines that could be used. Our favourites were ‘Gremlins Gallop to Glory’ and ‘Spectacular Squibbing’.
Most of our afternoons have been spent on our DT project. We have completed the frames for our carnival carts and need to finish adding the wheels today. It has been a real learning experience with lots of WWWs and EBIs. We realised how important it is to measure and cut accurately. This is much harder than it looks! Also cutting a straight line is tricky. However, we are pleased with results – even if we had to creatively overcome some of the problems!
This week we braved the chilly weather to continue out basketball skills outside. We recapped passing and dribbling skills and moved onto shooting techniques. Next week we are going to think about playing as a team and how to move around the court effectively. In Literacy we have been refining our skills as journalists and been producing our own newspaper reports on the computers. We have evaluated them and are already keen to write another so we can put in all the improvements we would like to make.
Diamond Class received some great news this week. Our carnival masks were awarded first and second place in the Bridgwater competition. We are over the moon with that result! Mrs Rich went to the EDF shop in Angel Place yesterday where all of the masks are currently being displayed. One of the members of staff said that four out of the five judges put both of our masks in the top three places and so we were awarded the top spots. Thanks to everyone for their input on the great designs and taking such care with the decorating.
Thank you to all of the parents who managed to make it to our Celebration of Learning assembly this morning. We loved having you there! It was lovely to share all of our learning with you. It was also great to hear how impressed you were with our clear speaking and detailed writing.
Welcome back! We hope you all had a nice Christmas and new year. We have been excited to be back in Diamond Class this week. Our new theme is called ‘You are what you eat’. We kick started it by making scientific observations of our mouths, naming and identifying the different types of teeth and finding out what their functions are in our mouths. We then read a book called ‘What if you had animal teeth?’ which told us all about different types of teeth in animals and what they are needed for.
Yesterday we started looking at different drinks that we like to drink. We collected information from the rest of the class. Miss Williams set us the challenge of coming up with our own way of recording all of the information. Today we will use Microsoft Excel to create bar charts which show the information. We also explored the packaging and advertising behind Yazoo milkshakes to see how they persuade people to buy their products. We decided that their target audience was children. We really liked the humour they used in their adverts.
We also welcomed our new arrival this week. Norman the Syrian hamster has very much enjoyed his first week in Diamond Class!
This week we have been exploring persuasive writing. We have read different persuasive texts and started to write some of our own. In Numeracy we have been practising our 6x tables. Today we will be looking at our 9s. We are getting much faster at recalling the multiplication and division facts.
Yesterday we explored how we brush our teeth. We brought our toothbrushes into school and followed actually brushing our teeth with writing instructions on how we should brush our teeth. We have also been looking at the labels of drinks bottles and finding out exactly what is in our favourite drinks. This morning we are going to start an experiment to test the effects of these drinks on our teeth.
Last week, Miss Williams entered a Twitter competition to try and win a signed Abi Elphinstone poster and bookmark, to celebrate the release of her new book Sky Song. We are very pleased to say that she won!
After writing to the publisher to explain that Diamond Class have been so excited about the small parts of her stories that we have read so far that we want her as our author, the publisher has also sent us a complete set of all the books she has written so far – including the newly released Sky Song. We can’t wait to start reading them!
We have set up out science experiment to see what effects different drinks have on our teeth. We are testing coke, lemonade, milk, water, milkshake, squash, Lucozade, Red Bull, Fruit Shoot apple juice and orange juice. Which do you think will cause the most damage to our teeth and which would you choose to be the healthiest?
This week we have been continuing to practise our times tables. We have realised that they do get easier if you practise them more often! We have been able to use them to find division facts and solve worded problems. In Literacy we have been writing persuasive texts. Mrs Coling tricked us into thinking that Mrs KB was shortening playtimes so we all wrote excellent letters to persuade her otherwise.
On Wednesday we got to look at the effects of the sugary drinks on the eggs. We were horrified at how some of them had changed! It has really made us think twice about what we drink and how important it is to look after our teeth. Next week we are going to share our findings with the whole school.
This week we have completed our pieces of persuasive writing. We edited our own work and got to show off our handwriting when Miss Williams allowed us to use pen to write it up. We had to take a lot of care not to make mistakes. It really made us think carefully about what we were doing and focus on our work. Also this week, we have been learning how to use a written method for solving multiplication problems. We have all realised how important it is to know our times tables facts and have been doing a good job at remembering them.
We had fun in gymnastics on Tuesday when we used some of the larger equipment. Lots of us overcame our fears to climb higher up the A frames and travel along the high bar. Everyone did a great job! On Wednesday afternoon we started to find out about the digestive system. First we had to draw diagrams of what we thought happened inside our bodies. Then we watched a cartoon clip which explained what happened. Yesterday, we carried out an investigation which simulated what happens inside our bodies. It looked kind of disgusting! Today we will watch a real video of what happens inside our digestive system.
This week we have been mastering our 11 and 12 times tables. At first, we thought they were going to be really tricky but once we stopped and thought about all of the things we know about place value, we realised there were easier ways to tackle solving them, such as using partitioning.
We carried out an independent extended write to share all we know about the digestive system in humans. The challenge was to try and show Miss Williams all of the skills we have learned this year. We certainly tried our best to wow her!
On Wednesday we pitched our campaign to the rest of the school. We shared all that we have learned about sugary drinks, how to identify them and what their effects are to our teeth. Our catchy slogan ‘Rethink Your Drink’ was very appropriate as everyone was shocked by some of the information we shared. We gave everyone stickers to help them remember what we had said. Hopefully people will think twice now before guzzling too much coke!
This week, Diamond Class have mostly been cooking and eating! We celebrated our recent homework projects by sharing what we had been doing at home in the kitchen. We all spoke about the dishes we had chosen to cook for our families. Everyone presented their recipes in different ways but we were all about to explain how we cooked our meals for our families.
Over the last few days, people have brought in samples of their cooking for us all to try. We have been lucky enough to sample several different recipes for spaghetti bolognaise, prawn cocktail and two chocolate cakes. We also got to try some new dishes from Latvia, Africa and the Philippines. They were delicious!
Yesterday we finally got to prepare and cook our dishes for people with different dietary requirements. We cooked cod pieces with breadcrumbs and a lemon and dill dip, lactose free chicken korma and rice, gluten free Asian chicken and veggie wraps. To wash it down, we also made orange spritzers and berry smoothies!
Everybody in the class was brave and tried the different foods. We were amazed at how good it all tasted and how some of us enjoyed eating things that we thought we didn’t like! We preferred a lot of the foods to the ready-made versions we have usually and are keen to try these recipes out with our families at home.
Diamond Class were very excited to find out what the new theme is for this term. First thing Monday morning, there were lots of smiles as we walked into our classroom which now looks like a rainforest!
We have spent the week looking at artwork by Nick Gustafson who uses bright colours to create pictures of animals in the rainforest. We started trying to copy some of his work but soon realised it wasn’t quite as easy as it looks. We are slowly learning how to use the pastels to create different shapes and effects so that we can produce good quality pictures.
Yesterday we went out into the school to look at different plants. We were amazed at just how many different types there are in and around the school. We looked at their features, how they grew and where they grew.
We have also spent time looking at equivalent fractions, adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominators and have started our descriptive story writing, including using relative clauses.
This week in Diamond Class we have been continuing our work on fractions. We have looked at fractions that are bigger than 1 whole and converted between improper and mixed number fractions. We have since moved onto finding unit and non-unit fractions of amounts. We quickly realised that knowing our times tables helps us to do this much more quickly!
In Literacy we have been writing stories which include a lot of description. We have used the thesaurus to find synonyms and have included additional clauses and phrases in our writing to add detail. We have also been focusing on written comprehension in guided reading.
We completed our topic book front covers with our first rainforest pictures. They look amazing and we can already see great improvements in our drawing skills.
We also looked at the different plants that are found on the school field. We used a hoop to select a small area and then picked a range of leaves and flowers that were found in there. We laminated them to keep in our topic books. It was amazing just how many different plants there are – we thought it was just grass!