Year 4 are currently focusing on dividing with remainders in Maths. The children have all been working super hard to get this right. We are currently looking at sharing our number into equal groups and seeing how many we have remaining. Huey decided he would add a remainders column to his jottings so that he wouldn’t and couldn’t forget how many there were remaining. What a good idea!
In science the children had the opportunity to complete their own experiments with a partner. This experiment was called Super Sparker and consisted of the children using pie tins, styrofoam dishes and their own hair to create some electricity. Some of the children even got a tiny spark during the experiment!
Year 4 looked at positive charges being created by a Van De Graaff machine.
They predicted what would happen to things that were placed on the top of the dome of the machine.
The tried foil cups, some hair and a tube with foil balls.
As the handle was turned it made a wide rubber band turn which was touching a metal strip. This created a positive charge. As both the dome and whatever was on it had positive charges they didn’t want to touch each other. They repelled. That is why the foil cups flew off, the foil balls jumped around in the tube and the hair stood on end!
Lots of the children made very accurate predictions. Well done! They clearly made good connections with their learning.
Year 4 Robins have continued their topic on money in PSHE and today have had a discussion about the different methods of payment there are:
We also discussed what you might use each method of payment to buy, for example the children said that you would probably use coins to buy sweets or a drink at the shop.
We then went on to discuss what the risk is of someone borrowing money from the bank and we related this to borrowing something like a bag from someone. The children realised that just like you might never get your bag back, the money might not get given back to the bank.
Year 4 have started discussing money in PSHE and today we were discussing why it is important to keep track of our personal money. We also spoke about what might happen if you didn’t keep a record of how much money you have left and what the disadvantages of this would be.
This afternoon Year 4 took part in a circle time session to discuss our value word for this month which is appreciation. We discussed what this word means to us and also times when we might have shown appreciation.
In Geography, Year 4 have started to look at the two terms physical geography and human geography. We have started off by looking at what these two terms are and the difference between the two. The children now know that human features are man-made and physical features are naturally there.
The children had lots of different pictures of places in the UK and had to decide whether they were physical features or human features.