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.
We have hopefully added some of the video clips from our violin performance! We hope you enjoy it as much as Sapphire class did!
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!