Welcome to the 4FM class page.
We are excited to share with you all the amazing learning and acitivies that have been taking place in our class so far this year.
Wednesday 26th March
After lots of hard work and planning everyone has been typing up their newspaper reports about the discovery of Tutankhamen by Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon. They are fabulous and look like real newspapers. Could we have some future journalists in our class?
Thursday 22nd March
Today we acted out different Viking laws to help out understanding of crime and punishment of Viking times. Everyone worked really hard and showed some great acting skills. Here is a performance by one of the groups:
Wednesday 21st March
Today everyone was set a decimal challenge: using a place value chart with a column for tens, ones, tenths and hundredths, how many different numbers can you make using only four cubes? The rules were simple but working systematically proved tricky. How many could you make?
Tuesday 20th March
Today we travelled to Sale Grammar School to learn more about electricity. We created a human circuit, completed challenges and built circuits to fix some complex games. It was exciting see a proper science laboratory. A huge thank you to Sale Grammar and the parents who joined us.
Monday 5th March
To help with all your playing at home, below are all the notes for each of the songs that we will be playing on the cornet and trumpet for our concert. Click on the image to enlarge each melody.
Thursday 1st March
Today was World Book Day and what a day we had! Everyone made such a great effort with their costumes so a huge thank you to everyone who helped with these. We researched some of favourite authors and learnt about new ones whose books we might be interested in reading. To end the day we were visited by author and illustrator Matt Buckingham who to.d us all about his creative process from inspiration, to sketch and final publication.
Tuesday 27th February
Today the class worked in groups to make a working model of the digestive system. We digested bananas and crackers by taking them through each step from the mouth to the anus. Sometimes looking at what happens to our food was a little ‘gross’ but it helped us understand how each part of the digestive worked. Can you spot what each piece of equipment represented?
Tuesday 20th February
Today Year 4 travelled back in time to experience Viking life. Everyone had the chance to row a Viking longship, create a clay pot, form a wall of shields and learn all about weapons, defence and materials used by the Vikings. It was a brilliant day with some great costumes, an incredible amount of learning and lots of fun!
We can’t wait to continue exploring all things Viking in our topic lessons.
Friday 2nd February
This week 4FM have been exploring horror stories in preparation for writing their own tension-filled text. To help with synonyms for feelings the class created a feelings tunnel and everyone magpies the top three feelings words that they heard. There have been some spine-chilling, goosebump-inducing and truly terrifying tales told so far. We can’t wait to share our future writing.
Friday 26th January
Today we have started exploring a new area of the maths curriculum: fractions. This can be a wobbly aspect of maths for many people but everyone did brilliantly at creating and recognising fractions for their fraction museums.
Thursday 25th January
In order to learn about the Ancient Egyptian embalming process we have mummified oranges using similar methods to thousands of years ago. We used salt, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and bandages to dry out and wrap our fruits- which represent the body. We now have to wait for at least a week for them to harden. Watch this space for our results!
Wednesday 24th January
In science this week we have been exploring how to make a working switch using our knowledge of conductors and insulators. Each group managed to make a working switch in order to create and break a complete circuit. We have many excellent scientists in 4FM!
Monday 22nd January
In order to expand our French vocabulary, we have been looking up words in the French-English dictionaries. We worked in pairs to successfully navigate our way through the different words and recorded them independently. We can also transfer these skills to using dictionaries in English to find the meaning of words.
Friday 19th January
This week we have been writing about the notorious pirate Blackbeard. Each of us carefully researched his life and planned a biography to explain all about his extraordinary life. Here are some examples of our excellent writing. Miss Miller was very impressed by their use of fronted adverbials, expanded noun phrases and apostrophes in order to convey the facts in an interesting and informative way. Well done to everyone!
Monday 15th January
Session two of our trumpet lessons and we are all starting to make a good sound from our instruments. Keep up the hard work everyone!
Thursday 11th January
As part of our eco awareness in school we have been looking at the book Snowboy and the Last Tree Standing. We read the book and summarised the important points together. Next, we worked in groups to create a tableau of our favourite scenes and thought about how each character would be feeling at that point in the story.
The book had a really important message about caring for the environment and respecting other creatures and living things.
Here we are in our tableauxs showing each part of the story.
Tuesday 9th January
Division can be challenging but this week 4FM have been working on their division methods. We have used partitioning grids, counters and our whiteboards to complete some two-digit divisions. Everyone worked very hard and helped each other when they were wobbling.
Monday 8th January
Today 4FM began learning how to play the trumpet. Each and every one of the class has been given a trumpet to take home and learn to play.
In today’s session we learnt how to attach the mouthpiece and how to blow through our lips in order to make a sound. We also started to learn the song ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ ready for our performance later this term.
Tuesday 12th December
With Christmas just around the corner, the elves of 4FM have been busy working away to create Christmas stockings. There was also a mystery amongst the elves as someone had stolen the Christmas pudding! Everyone worked together to solve the mystery, using their skills I’m coordinates, and found that elf Belle was the culprit.
Friday 8th December
We have been enjoying learning about the poem Walking with my Iguana by Brian Moses. It has great rhythms, percussion and an amusing story.
We performed, listened and wrote our own poems in the style of this poem. Listen below to our class poem about a journey to the supermarket.
Tuesday 5th December
Today there was an exciting buzz around the school for Maths Day. Everyone worked fantastically as a team to compete in Maths Factor and everyone supported each other through some tricky challenges.
We also created a maths poem as a class based on the poem Walking with my Iguana by Brian Moses. Have a listen to our class poem below.
Saturday 2nd December
This year Stamford Park we’re invited to take part in the Altrincham Lantern Parade. We were delighted and everyone made their own lantern to carry through the streets. We built, decorated and glowed magically!
Thank you so much to all the children, friends, family and parents who attended this wonderful Christmas celebration.
Friday 1st December
Christmas has officially arrived in 4FM. The tree is looking fabulous!
Wednesday 29th November
Today we have been chocolate tasters. It was a tough lesson! We discussed milk chocolate, white chocolate, chocolate with a caramel middle and dark chocolate. We carefully considered the smell, texture and appearance before completing a two part taste test.
We have a lot of thought to how we described the chocolate and used our knowledge of similes and metaphors to help us. Some described the chocolate as being as smooth as silk or like a sugar waterfall. Some even thought it to be a taste explosion in their mouth!
What would be your favourite? We voted for simple but delicious milk chocolate 🍫
Tuesday 21st November
In science, we have made working models of the water cycle to show when and how evaporation, condensation and precipitation take place. We used warm water, blue food colouring and the cool temperature of the window.
Monday 20th November
Today we have been measuring objects around school in centimetre, metres and millimetres. We worked in teams and decided on the best unit of measurement for each object.
Friday 10th November
This week 4FM have been looking at persuasive adverts. Everyone designed their own chocolate bar and accompanying adverts which they animated. Click on the link to view and comment on everyone’s adverts. Everyone worked really hard to include a variety of persuasive techniques including similes, senses and persuasive facts. Which one would you like to try?
Monday 6th November
Today Year 4 visited the York’s Chocolate Story to learn all about how chocolate is made and where it comes from. We made our own chocolate lollies, a Mayan xocolatl (bitter water) and learnt about the history of chocolate in York.
Tuesday 31st October
In maths, we have been exploring the use of arrays to help us with multiplication. We used Cheerios to find factor pairs for a variety of different numbers. Who knew that breakfast cereal could be so helpful for calculations?
Monday 30th October
With a new term comes a new and exciting science topic. This term we will be exploring states of matter and this week we learnt about the three states of matter: solids, liquids and gases.
We used our scientific knowledge to decide whether a material was a solid, a liquid or a gas. Some of the materials, such as shaving foam and a blown up balloon, made us really think hard.
We then explored particles and what makes the states of matter different in their make up and arrangement of particles.
Friday 20th October
In a English, we are developing our editing and improving skills in order to make our writing the best we possibly can. By listening to feedback from teachers and our friends we can use their ideas to create an even more exciting, interesting and descriptive piece of work. We always give feedback that is specific, kind and helpful. Here we are using our purple pens to polish our fantasy stories.
Completing challenges and puzzles is a super way to apply all that we've learnt in maths this week about addition and subtraction. We had some tricky challenges to complete and lots of us wobbled but we were helped along by our friends which was great to see.
'Keep calm and wobble' is our new motto and we have been discussing the importance of wobbling in 4FM this week. When we wobble, it shows that we are learning because if we aren't finding something a challenge to complete then we probably already know what to do. By making mistakes we are learning something new and that's what we're here for!
This week, everyone wrote down something they have wobbled. We shared our wobbles and found that lots of people had the same oboes as us. You can find our celebration of wobbles displayed on our Wobble of the Week Jellies. Have you obbled today?
Wednesday 18th October
Today, 4FM's Rainforest Cafe was officially open for business. The children made delicious kebabs and super fruity mocktails using a variety if rainforest inspired flavours. Wearing their wonderful masks, they served their creations to friends, family and SPJS staff.
Thank you so much to everyone who came a long to sample the food and to everyone for preparing fruit and bringing in the supplies of fruit and juice. Well done everyone on a successful and fun afternoon.
Friday 13th October
Today we celebrated all things French by learning a song about greetings, eating croissants and attempting to build the tallest Eiffel Tower. Everyone displayed great teamwork and there were some possible future engineers spotted!
Thursday 28th September
Continuing with our investigation into invertebrates, today the class collected specimens from the local area and took them back to the classroom to observe and draw. Everyone managed to find a creature and produced good, labelled scientific drawings. We also learnt a song to help us remember the parts of an insect. Did you know that an insect can only have six legs: no more, no less? Video to be uploaded soon!
Tuesday 26th September
Today we have been getting creative making masks of rainforest animals using collage. We will all be wearing our wonderful artworks during the Rainforest Cafe which will be open for business on the last Friday afternoon of this half term. All family and friends welcome!
Friday 22nd September
As part of our whole class guided reading we have been thinking about the feelings and reactions of different characters in our book Journey to the River Sea. Today, we played th role of either Maia or her friend back in London. We had to think about how we would discuss our new life or react to what was turning out to be a rather unenjoyable adventure for our friend. Let's hope that life improves for Maia.
Thursday 21st September
Thankfully we were able to get out into the playground and perform a thorough invertebrate hunt. The class found all sorts of creepy crawly creatures including: an earwig, several worms, a baby caterpillar, a tiny slug, spiders, beetles and snails. Everyone worked well in their pairs and used a classification key to identify anything that they were unsure of. 4FM are becoming quite the investigative bunch!
In maths we are looking at Roman numerals. We have been learning 'the rules' to help us crack the code and figure out what the different letters represent in modern number form. Everyone did a great job of pairing up the numbers and Roman numeral equivalents in this task today:
Tuesday 19th September
Today the class have been creating their own glossary and working on organising words into alphabetical order. This is all part of learning about creating factual writing in a non-fiction styles. Watch this space for rainforest themed texts.
Friday 15th September
This week we started our Year 4 music lessons. Our topic for this term is Mamma Mia and today we learnt lots of ABBA facts as well as learning the song Mamma Mia. Can you remember what a bridge in a song does? Where does it appear in a song?
Thursday 14th September
As part of our topic we have been looking at the layers of the rainforest. Here we are researching which layer of the rainforest different animals live in. Which rainforest animals do you know?
Wednesday 13th September
This week we have been looking at similes, metaphors and personification for description. We worked together to sort the different devices into groups and then created description about a variety of animals ready for poetry writing.
Thursday 7th September
Today we spent some time choosing new books and enjoying a spot of reading in our comfy library. We're looking forward to improving our reading skills whilst in Year 4 and discovering new and exciting stories, facts, poetry and more.