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Year 4 Rap to Grime


Today in Music Robins Listen and Appraised a new song,  – Gotta Be Me by Secret Agent 23 Skidoo:

The song is all about being unique and being yourself. Mr Lo introduced the following information:
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo is a Hip-hop musician from Asheville, USA. He has toured
nationally as a rapper and producer in Granola Funk Express and shared the stage with
the likes of Run DMC, Mos Def and P Funk.  In this song he encourages kids to be themselves, overcome fears, appreciate family, and
above all else, “Have Fun”. Listen out for the repetitive “I gotta be me’” in the chorus and
the rap. Listen for the drum loop and piano and horn section samples, and the use of
sampled school children singing the hook in the chorus.

We also reviewed last week’s song, “Stop, Bullying!” and had another go on the rhythm games.

We then, had a go at writing our own rap lyrics and performing them. Listen below!


Finally, Don’t forget we can log onto Charanga at home to review today’s lesson. 

Handling Data

Last week Robins created a table to collect raw data. Pupils created questions like, “What’s your favourite take-away?” “What’s your favourite colour?” ready for today’s lesson.

Today Robins first carried out their data collection and then processed their data using 2Graph. They inputted their raw data to produce information in the form of a bar chart or pie chart. Many took pride in their work and thought about the importance of having a clear title and label for the x/y axis.

Extension: Have a go at using 2graph at home.  Just login through Wonde. 

Exploring Electricity

Today in science we discussed facts we now know about Electric circuits.

For example:

  • They use batteries with wires connected to both the positive and negative terminals.
  • A battery is needed because it gives the force that makes the electrons move. When these electrons reach the light bulb, they give it the necessary power to work.
  • A basic circuit will have a battery (a cell), a lamp and a switch. For the electric current to pass, these components must be connected to the metal connecting wires.
  • When the switch is closed (on), the current can pass through and the lightbulb is switched on. When the switch is open (off), the current can no longer pass through the components successfully and thus the light remains switched off. This is because, there is no continuous path for the current to follow. There is a gap which means that the electricity cannot flow though.

We also learnt how electricity can be made from renewable and non-renewable sources.

Finally, we created our own doorbell circuit using a buzzer, switch, cables and battery.

Don’t forget you can login to Developing Experts to review the lesson!

 

 

Mosaic Patterns

If you were a rich or important roman, you may have had a special  type of floor covering known as a mosaic. These were made up of small tiles known as ‘Tessarae’ fitted together to form patterns and pictures.

Roman Mosaics have been found around the world, including Bath
and the surrounding areas. The designs may be simple borders and
pictures, or intricate patterns and scenes of everyday life.

In Art, Robins explored one popular repeating pattern  known as the ‘Greek Key’.

We then paid attention to the skill in ensuring our work is precise and had a go at drawing Solomen’s knot.

Stop!

In Music this week, Robins listened and appraised a song called “Stop!” by Joanna Mangona.

We all asked ourselves

● Do you like the song?
● What can you hear?
● What is the style of this music?
● How is the song put together?

We then discussed how Stop! is a song/rap written in a Grime style, how we could hear a male rapper and male / female voices in the chorus.

Did you know? Grime is a style of urban British music that is a mix of hip hop, jungle, garage and ragga – developed in the early 2000’s from UK electronic music styles. Rapping is one of the main elements of this style with heavy basslines, turntables, digital and electronic sounds used. The lyrics are written from a place of truth about the world, feelings and experiences.

Logging into Charanga allows you to access the learning for this half term, Times Tables Music and beginner’s guitarist lessons!

Click here to log into Charanga and review the music lesson. ( Login and Password have been provided this week)

Spelling, Common Exception Words

This week we have been reviewing our Common Exception Words along with spellings we covered last term.

Don’t forget at home you can also have a go at reviewing your CEW as well as all last terms spellings on Spelling Shed.  Click here to load up spelling shed on your computer. 

First go on spelling shed to review them and then use Mr Lo’s tests.

Below are Mr Lo’s videos to help you test yourself.

Part 1

Part 2

 Congratulations to all of you who already know how to spell all of them!

 

A description of Edward Tulane

The Robins have been reading chapters of our new class reader, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.

We looked carefully at how Edward is described in the book. We drew a picture of Edward in our books and took parts of the description and labelled our pictures.

Miss Knapman’s group worked together, they can use this work to write descriptive sentences in their book during tomorrow’s English lesson.

Electronic Circuits

We have started our Science topic. Electricity

Have a read below! ( add that you read this into your reading diary)

Circuits need power sources such as batteries. Wires are connected to both the positive and negative ends of the battery (or cell). Circuits contain other electrical components such as bulbs and motors, which allow the electricity to pass through them. Electricity will only flow and travel around a circuit that is complete. They cannot have any gaps or else the electricity cannot pass through and there must be no short circuits. 

The basic parts of a circuit include: the battery, the wire(s), the bulb(s), buzzer(s), motor(s) and switches (on and off). When the switch is open, there is a gap in the circuit. This means that the switch is off, and that electricity cannot pass around the circuit. When the switch is closed, the electricity can travel around the circuit and the light bulb is switched on.  

 

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(Robins creating their own series circuit and testing whether it is an open or closed circuit)

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Edward Tulane

The Miraculous Adventure of Edward Tulane 6.1.22

This morning during English, the Robins in year 4 looked at the cover of their new class reader.

We asked questions and made predictions about what we could see.

Miss Knapman’s groups made predictions after discussing the front cover – here is what they thought.

  • I think that the china rabbit is alive and when the owner goes away, Edward does things for her. DC
  • I think the china rabbit might have a disco when the owner goes away. SC
  • I think, like Varjak Paw, Edward is not allowed out of the house, but he goes on a journey around different cities and countries. AC
  • I think Edward sneaks out of the window because he can’t get out of the door, to travel and see what other people are doing. DG
  • I think Edward travels to different countries with other magical toys. FM

Extension:

Listen to the read aloud of the book below