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.
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.