Landscapes

Year 4 Robins looked at landscapes again this afternoon.

Lexi reminded the class what landscape meant: “It is a drawing of outside and what we can see.”
Evie added “It is the land outside.”

They looked at some examples and discussed it was how people could see what other places looked like before photographs were invented.

Year 4 looked at a number of different examples where it was easy to see what time of year it was.
Bright colours captured a summer, sunny day. Dark colours and a black sky showed a stormy landscape.

The children used some great adjectives to describe some of the landscapes:
• bright
• realistic
• colourful

The class then recapped the “vanishing point”.

Demi said “It is when something is far away and you can’t see it anymore.”

After a quick demonstration the children began to sketch out their landscapes…these will be worked on again later this week.

Monday check in

Year 4 had their usual Monday check in today. Lots of great adjectives used to express how they felt, like:

• positive,
• happy
• excited
• ready
• great
• eager
• good

And they shared some great news like:

• seeing puppies
• having time with cousins
• playing with DS’s
• getting a hamster
• going shopping
• watching a film
• stayed with family
• going out for a walk with the dog
• going to a baby shower
• going to a trampoline park
• having a birthday party
• reading a Harry Potter book
• sorted out own bedroom and ordered new furniture
• St Patricks parade
• baking
• ate a giant tub of popcorn

Well done year 4 it was lovely to hear all about your weekends and how you’re feeling about the week ahead.

HSBC paying in slips

This morning, Year 4 had a special visitor – Sandra from HSBC. She showed the class how to complete a paying in slip for a bank account!

The children all had their own pot of money and a slip to complete. They were taught how to record the money onto the slip, what information to put where and how the bank stamp the slip twice. One part of the slip is kept by the bank for their records and the other part is a receipt for the customer.

The children then had an opportunity to ask Sandra any questions they had about the bank or the paying in slip itself. The children had a great time and really enjoyed learning about the bank! Thank you Sandra from all of year 4!

Local history

This afternoon, year 4 spent some time looking at photos from the past of the local area. The children really seemed to enjoy looking at these and were straight away making comparisons to what it is like now.

We then had a discussion starting with what we saw in the photos, before moving on to how things have changed. The children spoke lots about how they think the local area looks a lot neater now than it did before and seems to be more looked after.

Local History

Year 4 have started to look at the history of the local area. We have started off the week looking at names of the local area and where these names originally came from. We discussed Bells Farm, Druids Heath and The Maypole and even looked at pictures of these places from the past! The children’s job was to compare these photos to what the places are like now. The children found this lesson very interesting and can’t wait to find out more!

Raising money for charity

After having a few discussions in PSHE about money, year 4 have spent part of this afternoon thinking about raising money for charity. We started off with a discussion sharing ways we know of raising money already before moving on to the main task of the lesson. The children were put into small groups of 3 and had the task to create a simple financial plan to do some fund-raising for a local charity. The children had to think carefully about 4 things to get them started on their plan:

1. What charity are you going to raise money for?
2. How much money do you want to get for the charity?
3. How are you going to raise the money?
4. How long will it take you to raise the money?

The children loved creating their plans and came up with some wonderful ideas! We had different types of stands selling stuff such as lemonade, throwing sponges at people (possibly teachers!) and even a special camping ground where the money is given to charity!

Reliable or fake website?

This afternoon, Year 4 looked at a website called ‘The Dog Island’. This website is a fake website that has been specifically made for children to explore and question the reliability of it. After looking at the website for a short amount of the time, the children’s immediate reaction was that it sounded great and was a good place for dogs to go to so they can be free.

Evie and Megan then remembered something that Mr Baddhan and Google had told them. They remembered that if the website was safe to use there would be a locked padlock next to the URL. The class could not see that padlock there so they decided that the website was not secure and probably wasn’t real. The children then spent time looking at what other clues are on the website to give you the idea that it is not genuine.

Area

Year 4 have been focusing on area in mathematics and today they started to draw their own shapes that needed to have a particular area. The children all did extremely well with this and Demi had a very clever technique to make sure she was drawing a shape with the right area.

Demi decided she would count the squares for her shape using dots and then she would draw around the dots to make the shape complete! Demi was then very helpful to her peers and shared her ways of doing the work with those who were struggling. Well done Demi!