Year 4 Blog

Our Year 4 Classes are Whales and Dolphins.

 

 

 

Electricity Circuits

We have been learning about electricity in science this half term and we have loved experimenting with the electronic circuit board kits. This has led to us writing a set of instruction within literacy lessons.

 

 

 

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Tag Rugby

We are really enjoying learning tag rugby skills in year 4 at the moment!

 

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Daily Mile

The Summer Term is well under way and, with it, has come consistently decent weather over the last few weeks. Every day since we came back to school, we have been taking part in our ‘Daily Mile’ exercise. Rather than doing a mile each day, this term we are alternating our route and fitness push on different days to develop our stamina. On one day we might complete the full mile but on the next day we might complete one lap of the field and top yard. On these short routes, the expectation is that we push ourselves as much as we can and aim to complete the lap in a faster time than the last time we did it. This, in turn, is having a huge impact on the longer mile days, where, as a year group, we have all been really proud of much effort everyone is putting in to do the mile.

 

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If you have found a real passion for running, like many children in our year group have, don’t forget to get in touch with Blyth Running Club to take this a step further. Several children in the year group are already signed up and have since taken part in athletics festivals, training evenings and have challenges in mind for the future that we know they will achieve. Find out more here: Blyth Running Club or on their Facebook page.

Assembly

Thank you to all of the parents who were able to join us for our celebration of all of the work we have done in Year 4 this year. All of the Year 4 staff, and Mrs Armstrong, were really proud of how clear we spoke and the variety of different performances we did throughout!

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Viking Day

We had an incredible day on Tuesday, celebrating the Vikings and getting involved in a variety of activities to help us learn more about these invaders from Scandinavia.

During the morning, we found out about the key events that took place in Britain during the Viking invasion and settlement. We watched historical video clips, read fact files and information sheets and even acted as Viking archaeologists, studying artefacts and having discussions about what we thought they might be used by while justifying our opinions. We then used this information to produced a section on a physical timeline in the classroom. These sections included: Lindisfarne, Ripton, York, the Danelaw and Alfred the Great.

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We also studied Viking runes and decoded some messages that were found in caves that had been left behind by Viking settlers at the time. We are going to use these Runes to decorate the sails of the Viking Longboats that we are busy making. Have a go yourself at home:

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Throughout the day, we were lucky enough to be able to go outside and work in small group to start to make our sails. We used running stitch to create a boarder for our design and next week we are going to add on a Viking rune that either represents a letter that is significant to us or means something that we find interesting.

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After handwriting and guided reading in the afternoon, we then started designing and making our own Viking longboats. We created a paper template, cut it out and then drew around it on pieces of cardboard. After we had made two identical sides, we stapled them together and attached a new piece of card to the centre for the mast. Next week, we will be making our shields, painting our ships and adding our finished sail.

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Well done to everyone who made the effort to get dressed up, you all looked great. Odin and Frigg would be proud!

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