Today, in PSHE we thought about similarities, differences, and prejudice. We looked at the book The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan.
With very little clues we didn’t know what to expect. The pictures had us all engrossed but what was the point? What was happening? Why was everything so industrial?
As we went through the book, we saw lots of clues on how the surroundings were so different. Lots of pipes and very grim.
The book has no blurb…which made us even more curious about the story.
As we read the book and delved into the pictures the class were full of questions and wonders…
“Why is everyone ignoring the Thing”
“The parents seem too busy to pay their son any attention.”
“Is the Thing being ignored because it is so different?”
“The place looks very mechanical, there are lots of pipes. There must be a lot of pollution.”
As the Lost Thing finds a place to stay, the class wrote ideas on what they thought the moral of the story was:
Lexi– Always help others. Havana– It’s good to be different. Jessica– Treating people with respect even though they are not the same. Ava– We are different but equal and appreciate each other’s differences. Seth– It reminds me of Here We Are. It makes you think.
Have a look at some of the pages….see what you think.
Today Year 4 learnt about mercy and forgiveness in religions through stories.
The first story was from the Bible, of Joseph. He was hated by his brothers and sold as a slave. Joseph had a hard life until a pharaoh took a liking to him when he would interpret his dreams. The Pharaoh made Joseph an important person and Joseph helped many people when he saved food through the 7 year harvest and helped others through the 7 year famine. He then met his brothers again and forgave them for what they had done.
They then saw the story of Corrie Ten Boom. She helped Jewish people hide in her families home when the German soldiers wanted to capture them. Unfortunately, the family were caught and put into prison. The Family that they hid were saved and safe, but Corrie and her family suffered badly. Corrie believed God wanted her to forgive all those that had been hurtful to her and she forgave them all.
There are similarities between the story of Joseph from the Bible and Corrie Ten Boom. They both show forgiveness. Joseph forgave his brothers when they were mean to him and Corrie Ten Boom forgave all the people that were cruel to her and all the other Jews. It takes a very tolerant person to forgive others. It shows they have compassion too. We all need to forgive.
Today Year 4 looked at the power of advertising. We are bombarded by adverts on the television, when we are playing games online, newspapers, magazines, billboards on the streets, on the radio and in shops.
Year 4 discussed how they adverts influence what we buy. There are lots of ways that adverts and packaging make us want to buy the product. There are bright packages, enticing pictures, celebrity endorsements, special offers and catchy jingles.
Robins had a lot of fun recalling jingles and different adverts that they liked (even though they don’t buy or want that product). It is interesting to see the power of the advertising how these influence us by staying in our heads.
Some of the class’ favourites were Go Compare, McDonalds, Tesco’s, Coca Cola, to name just a few.
Can you recognise any of these famous brands just with small clues? Have a go…
Today Year 4 recapped on the meaning of Christmas for Christians. Christmas means a lot of different things for lots of people, Christians and non-Christians. In this country many people will take the time to celebrate and be with family in their own way.
We brainstormed what Christmas meant to us:
……the list was long…almost as long as thier Christmas wish lists!
We then talked about the real meaning of Christmas and it was good to know that there is a great deal of knowledge about the Christmas Story, Jesus’ birth, the Nativity, King Herod and why it is so important in the Christian faith. The class also discussed how Jesus is also a part of the Jewish and Muslim faith- he is recognised in both religions, as well as mentioned in the Muslim holy book, the Koran.
The children then brainstormed words again and added some. Here are a few:
The children then used their favourite words to create some word art. They used their growing skills of manipulating a program and chose shapes to put their words into.
Have a look at some of their work.
Some of the class finished off with a quiz….do you know any of the answers?
See if you’re right…send us a message and we will let you know!
Let us know if you have some answers…. we are waiting to hear from you.
So, from everyone in Year 4- Merry Christmas to you all.
Stay safe and enjoy the holiday.
The winter holidays are coming soon but just before then we have a tournament for Year 4 and Year 5. It’s a great way to improve your Times Table fluency and gain points for your whole class. Who will be the top rock star for Year 4 and Year 5?