We hope that you enjoy looking at and reading about what we have been up to as much as we enjoy learning, teaching and working together as a class. Please visit our page for regular posts and updates of all the goings on in 4FM.
Friday 23rd June
Today we were visited by Maxine from Altrincham College of Arts who is starting four weeks of drama with 4FM about
We were introduced to Peter, a character from the book, and created freeze frames and soundscapes for what was going on inside his busy mind. We also listened to a piece of music and thought about how difficult it would be to concentrate if we had loud music and lots of confusing ideas or images buzzing around our heads. We all really enjoyed making sounds and using our bodies for freeze frames.
Wednesday 21st June
Today was all about teamwork. We were set the challenge a creating different Lego houses; we had a huge amount of Lego available to us and everyone managed to make some interesting and individual creations. Once our houses were on place, we made everything that a city might need. We included a tram stop, an airport, a beach, a park and a farm amongst many other incredibly ideas. Everyone worked well today and the whole classes made a very impressive town.
Monday 22nd May
Monday 15th - Friday 19th May
This week was Arts Week at SPJS. We have learnt a huge number of great skills with both our own class and in groups with all the different teachers on a variety of topics from Space, Pokemon and Nature to Underwater and Pop Art.
4FM had a particularly amazing morning learning lifts a part of a cheerleading workshop but also crafted their own clay monsters, printed fantastic designs using a print block technique and made stained glass windows using ascetate and tissue paper. At the end of the week we held an exhibition and invited partners, family and friends to attend.
well done all the children for their hard work and a big thank you to everyone who came to see our work.
Below are lots of photographs of us hard at work making our creations and from the exhibition.
Friday 12th May
As part of our SMSC studies, today we were visited by Jeremy who taught us all about the big events in the lives of Jewish people. We learnt all about a bar mitzvah and a bat mitzvahs are and how children celebrate with their families. We also learnt about different items of religious dress and some of use were able to try these on here. Below children in the first photo are wearing the kippah which is worn by boys and men to remind them to respect God. In the last photo the children are wearing the kippah and the tallit. The tallit is worn when praying.
A big thank you to Jeremy for visiting us.
Thursday 11th May
We are currently learning the clarinet and this was our second week rehearsing and practising together. We have learnt how to put together our clarinets and how to play several different notes. It's trickier than it looks! To help us with rhythms we have played a clapping game and we're also learning a song,
Watch this space for videos and future posts of our progress.
Tuesday 18th April
This term in science we will be exploring sound. In order to understand how different instruments make sounds we experimented with playing different instruments including drums, cow bells, recorders, crymbals and pan pipes. We discovered that all the instruments use vibrations to make sound but different parts of the instruments or air vibrate.
Can you guess which parts vibrate in each of these instruments?
Friday 31st March
It is that eggciting time of year again: The Eggmobile Race!
4FM created some eggcellent designs and were eggceptionally creative in their recycling themed designs. Well done and thank you to everyone who took part and helped at home and a big cheer for the cracking spectators who supported all the participants.
Below, you can see all of the eggtries and racers from 4FM:
Thursday 30th March
This week 4FM have been exploring what it means to take care of our planet with a variety of activities. The class discussed recycling and were amazed by how much could be recycled. We also debated whether we should take action to help stop climate change by looking at renewable energy sources.
Take a look at the pictures below of our debate, vote and sorting activities. A big thank you to our wonderful Eco Council Rep Clara for leading our lessons on this; she was a brilliant teacher to us all.
Tuesday 29th March
We have been looking at different types of angles. here are some angles. Here are some of the ones we have been looking at:
An obtuse angle is less than 180 degrees (a straight line), but more than 90 degrees.
A right angle is 90 degrees.If you see a little square then it is a right angle.
An acute angle is smaller/less than 90 degrees you can remember it by an a cute angle!
This post was written by Isobel B, Anya, Bella, Layla
Here are some angles the class have made...
Tuesday 21st March
Today, Year 4 wrote about who, or what, they thought may have disembarked a spaceship which landed on the school playground between 7pm and 8pm last night. They came up with some incredibly creative creatures and wrote superb descriptions using a range of techniques to ensure the reader would be able to picture their character.
Who do you think flew in for a visit?
Monday 20th March
In science, Year 4 are exploring the functions of the teeth and how to look after them. In order to understand which drinks are good and which are bad for our teeth we conducted an experiment using eggs. We used eggs because the egg shells contain a lot of calcium, just like our teeth. We didn't think that using a real tooth was a very good idea as we will all need these for eating, talking and smiling.
We tested five drinks: water, milk, orange juice, black currant squash and cola. Our eggs/ teeths were left in the liquids for a week and today we took them out to conclude which had been decayed the most. We decided that the blackcurrant squash was the worst drink for our teeth because the egg in this liquid had turned black and became soft. Many of us were surprised by how bad orange juice can be for teeth and now know to only drink this in moderation. Milk and water did the least damage to the teeth and so we decided that these would be the best drink options to keep our teeth nice and healthy. We also need to brush twice a day for two minutes to keep them clean- a lovely dentist came to talk to us about this too.
Wednesday 15th March
In English we have been exploring the features of a newspaper. We looked at some examples of newspaper articles and discussed what they had in common; we then made a list to show the features. The features we found included: a headline, photographs with a caption, the reporter's name, paragraphs, columns, facts and quotations. We will use these criteria to help us write a newspaper article of our own next week. Our newspaper articles will be about the incredible discover of King Tut's tomb.
Monday 6th March
Today we learnt all about teeth, the jobs they do and how the food an animal eats can decide which type of teeth they have. In groups, the class researched an animal of their choice from their given category (omnivore, carnivore or herbivore) and presented their findings using Seesaw.
Click on the link below to see their super presentations.
Monday 27th February - Friday 3rd March
Because it is World Book Day this week, we have decided to celebrate as a school by exploring eight of the teachers' favourite books. Each teacher chose a book to investigate as part of mixed year group classes, years 3, 4, 5 and 6 all worked together on the same tasks to create artwork, films, drama and writing together. In Miss Miller's classroom the book was Flotsam by David Wiesner. This is an interesting book for many reasons but not least of all because it contains no words; we talked a lot about how we could read and interpret the pictures to understand what was happening and how characters were feeling or what might happen next.
The story begins with a boy on a beach but he is quickly part of a surreal world thanks to an intriguing underwater camera. Although I would love to share more, I don't want to spoil the twists and unexpected sights for you so you will have to dive into the book yourself...
Below is a link to our blog for Flotsam where you can find examples of the great work pupils created during the week using audio recordings, drawing, stop motion animation and of course lots of imagination.
Monday 27th February
So that we could understand how the digestive system works, we created a working model. We had great fun making poo, or stools which is the scientific name, and learnt a lot about how our bodies digest food.
We used bananas and crackers as the food to be digested and then we used a variety of household items to represent the different organs- from tights to sandwich bags and food dye. Can you guess which of the body parts we are simulating from these picture? Can you spot the intestines or the stomach?
Monday 20th February
4FM returned to SPJS after half term to enjoy a day of making Egyptian related artworks. Watch this space for our completed death masks, jewellery and portraits.
Thursday 9th February
Everyday we complete a 60 times table challenges. The questions are a mix of divisions and multiplications and we listen to rock music which makes it all more exciting and fun. We definitely have some favourite songs to listen to and have seen that by the end of each week that we're all getting more confident with our tables.
Tuesday 24th January
To practise our mental addition and subtraction skills we really enjoy a game of PIG in 4FM. The rules are simple and the equipment minimal; take a dice, two teams of two and your wonderful brains. The aim is to be the highest scoring team. To play you must take it in turns to roll the dice and the winner is the team with the highest score; if you roll an even number you add, if you roll an odd number you subtract. However, if you roll a one your your score goes back to zero. Bella and Teddy were our class champions today- watch this space for the next big winners of PIG.
Monday 16th January
Who said that maths couldn't be creative? The picture below show that it most certainly can! Pupils have been using the hundred grid to think about parts of a whole and how to represent hundredths as fractions and decimals. It certainly is a tricky business converting between the two but the more we practise, the more confident we will become. These are just 3 of the many great designs the class created- well done everyone.
Friday 13th January
In RE this term Year 4 are learning all about Hinduism. This week we focused on the practice of worship or Puja as it is known to Hindus. We discovered that here are millions of gods in Hinduism. Each god has their own purpose and can be prayed to ask for help and guidance. Hindus can pray anywhere and often set up a shrine in their homes. In the pictures below, the class are getting ready to give a short presentation about the different objects used in Puja.
Wednesday 11th January
Although the weather took a turn for the worst today, it certainly didn't dampen the spirits of 4FM. This term our new sport in PE is handball and we have really enjoyed learning the new skills needed to play an energetic match. Below are some action shots of the class taking part in mini matches- the aim of the game was to score as many goals as possibly by passing the ball to the teammate standing on the bench. Everyone enjoyed the experience and can't wait to play again.
Friday 6th January
4FM began exploring their new science topic of electricity today. First, we explored and discusses what we already know about electricity. Then, we looked at the different components found in an electrical circuit. Lastly, we worked in teams to look at what makes a complete circuit.
Thursday 15th December
Today the whole school came together for the annual Christmas Fair. Each class set up their stall and we all explored the games, sweet treats and wonderful decorations that were available. We were very impressed by all the fun things to do and enjoyed a great afternoon, both running our own stalls and going to the other classrooms. In 4FM we sold wonderful Christmas decorations, designed our own game called 'Penguin Snowdown' (throw a snowball, knock down a penguin and win a prize!) and offered our delicious 'Crispy Catastrophe' that we made as part of our science topic where we learnt about melting and freezing. The afternoon was a great success, well done everyone that took part and contributed to the wonderful afternoon.
Tuesday 13th December
To link science and design and technology we made chocolate crispy cakes today and explored meting chocolate. We learnt that chocolate has a higher melting point than water and that to melt a material you need to increase the temperature. We used the microwave to melt our chocolate and predicted how many minutes it would take to melt- we were surprised at how long it did take as we all predicted about 1 minutes 30 seconds but it was closer to 3 minutes 30 seconds.
We will sell our creations at the Christmas Fair this Thursday. We think that they will sell well because they look delicious!
Tuesday 6th December
You will never guess where we managed to explore in the short time of just half an hour today...We went all over the world using Google' fabulous app Google Expeditions. Linked to our Topic projects we went to Chichen Itza, the Amazon Rainforest and due to popular demand we also explored the Great Barrier Reef. By wearing the special goggles we were treated to 3D and 360 degree experiences- we spotted some amazing creatures and sometimes we jumped because they looked so real!
Monday 5th December
Today we have explored similes, metaphors and personification in preparation for writing our winter poetry. The class worked in groups to decided whether the descriptions we either a metaphor, a simile or used personification and why they thought this. We then tried to write our own ideas based around winter and also thought of rhyming words to form a rhyming couplet.
Wednesday 23rd November
In order to obtain a thorough understanding of where delicious chocolate delights come from and where chocolate originated, Year 4 - and Marvin- journeyed to Cadbury's World in Birmingham. Pupils were treated to an array of activities from discovering how Cadbury's came to be so popular to dressing up I'm traditional Mayan dress. We also took part in a 4D experience (everyone was convinced by the incredible graphics) and of course there was some scrumptious chocolate tasting too.mTake a look at the photos to see some of the fabulous activities we took part in.
Tuesday 22nd November
What is the water cycle? Today 4FM explored this question and recreated the water cycle in a plastic bag. Yes that's right, a plastic bag. Working in groups we designed the water cycle and added the all important blue water. By attaching each model to the window, each group managed to show the four basic stages of the water cycle: evaporation, condensation, precipitation and collection.
Friday 18th November
This week was anti-bullying week and so 4FM spent time discussing how they can "use their powers for good" to help prevent bullying. Pupils all agreed that there should be no tolerance of bullying and that we should all respect one another for who we are. The class came up with lots of considered ideas about how to help pupils who might come into contact with bullying. Finally, pupils developed and performed a short piece of drama to show how to be a good friend in order to tackle bullying.
Tuesday 15th November
What's in the box?
This is the question that 4FM desperately wanted to answer today. They were challenged with creating a persuasive argument that was superb enough to convince Miss Miller to open up the box. Everyone discussed the positives and negatives to what could be in the box; it could be something amazing but what if it was something terrifying?
The class worked hard on their persuasive writing pieces and Miss Miller was convinced to open up the box. Luckily for 4FM a tasty treat was inside and everyone enjoyed their reward for excellent English work.
Monday 14th November
In maths this week we are returning to the exploration of fractions. In order to help us understand how to compare fractions we each made fraction wall. Some of the folding was a little tricky but being able to see what each fractions looked like really helped us work out equivalent fractions.
We even have a song about equivalent fractions...
"You got the numerator and the denominator,
Uh huh huh,
Multiply both the top and the bottom,
You got 'em!"
Friday 11th November
Year 4's new topic this half term is all about chocolate and we are all very excited. In order to understand a little more about where chocolate comes from, we have been using the atlases to explore the globe and find these foreign lands. We discovered that some of the places where chocolate grows include: Cameroon, Mexico, Ghana, Malaysia and Brazil.
Did you know that the best way to find a country in an atlas is to use the index? Lots of us remembered this from our information texts topic in English.
Monday 7th November
In maths we have been looking at mass and volume. We have used scales to work out and record the mass of objects in both grams and kilograms and carefully read the measurements of different liquids using milliltres and litre scales on jugs ans beakers.
These new skills came in very useful for our science experiments where we investigated whether gases have mass.
We set up a simple experiment to find out which of three fizzy drinks contained the greatest amount of carbon dioxide. The class discussed the importance of creating a fair test in order to get accurate results and worked well in their groups to conduct the experiment. Take a look at all the weighing, measuring and experimenting that has taken place this week.
Tuesday 1st November
With a new term comes the start of a new science topic; we will be exploring everything there is to know about solids, liquids and gases in our topic 'States of Matter'. We began by looking at a variety of different objects and deciding whether they were a solid, a liquid or a gas and crucially why we thought that.
Pupils found out that:
Solids always keep their shape, unless they are pushed or pulled.
Liquids can flow and will always be pulled to the bottom of a container to fill all the gaps.
Gases are often invisible and can change their shape.
Here are some of the class exploring different tricky materials, such as a balloon, sand, wax, ice and lemonade.
Friday 21st October
What better way to celebrate the end of a half term than with a fruit mocktail and a tropical fruit kebab? Year 4 invited friends and family to The Rainforest Cafe to enjoy a variety of homemade delights, all served sporting some fabulous animal masks. Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed ingredients in order to make this a wonderful afternoon.
What was your favourite fruity combination?
Monday 17th October
Every Monday this half term, Year 4 have been learning hockey skills. From the Indian dribble to push and slap passing we have tried to perfect it all. Everyone has really pushed themselves and worked well in their house teams.
Today teams battled it out in proper matches, with the winning team from each class coming together in an inter-form head to head. The climactic event ended 0-0 but if the weather is fine after half term a rematch will be played to decide the winner once and for all!
Friday 14th October
Crisp and crunchy Autumn leaves are falling to the ground, it must be time for the Year 4 Harvest Assembly.
Superb speakers and colourful costumes came to the stage, ready to put on a show. Everyone performed the songs beautifully and each any every one of you made the morning a fabulous event for fellow pupils, parents, family and friends. A big thank you to everyone who attended and contributed donations to Altrincham Food Bank.
Well done Year 4!
Thursday 13th October
Using the senses to describe a setting helps the reader to picture the scene of a story. Today 4FM used their senses to explore and describe the mystery scene below; the real turf and scattered objects formed our ideas for a fantasy setting in the mountains but what happened here? Was a Phoenix captured or did a gigantic wizard lose his bottle of potions?
Maybe a Birdman has set a trap!
What else can you come up with?
Wednesday 5th October
Today poet Ian Bland came to work with everyone at SPJS. Year 4 were concentrating on puzzle poems and created verse about an unknown subject, some of them were really tricky to solve even though they involved lots of super description and clues to decipher.
Below you can see pupils from both classes taking part in the poetry workshop and performing their own poems to the whole school.
Monday 3rd October
Today both Year 4 classes created fraction museums. Everyone was challenged with representing different fractions using any objects, drawings or equipment that could be found in the classroom. We had a few wobbles but take a look and see what you think of the exhibits. Can you solve any of the mystery fractions?
Tuesday 27th September
Today 4FM became toy designers! Using Scratch the class made a prototype of their toy designs, we had everything from rainbow unicorns to laser firing robots and talking dogs. Understanding how to code could help us create lots of interesting ideas, watch this space for some amazing inventions.
Friday 23rd September
Problem solving is a really important skill so today we looked at how we could approach questions systemically. We explored some tricky alphabet maths puzzles in an attempt to identify international signs, symbols ans scripts for numbers.
Wednesday 21st September
In science we are learning about animals in their habitats. Today the class explored the school grounds in search of invertebrates and found lots of interesting insects, marvellous molluscs and amazing arachnids. We collected up our finds and took them back to the classroom to make a scientific drawing with labels and notes on their characteristics.
Tuesday 13th September
Today was Roald Dahl Day and the class worked in pairs to write 'mixed up dreams' inspired by The BFG. There were some fabulous ideas and illustrations, from a toothpaste powered car to a cat climbing Mount Everest!
What would you wish for in a dream jar?