Category Archives: Class Work

Stereotypes

Year 4 have been discussing stereotypes this afternoon. Katie correctly identified a stereotype as assuming that some people like something but it is not always true. Kezi then added to this saying that it is presuming something about someone because of the way that they look.

I then asked the class what they thought of the following statement: ‘Chocolate makes us fat and it is bad for you’. This is what they had to say…
• I think that it is actually quite rude and some chocolate can be better for you than others (Mohammed)
• I disagree because I eat chocolate everyday and I am fine but it is bad for you because it is full of sugar (Brooke Ba)
• It is ok to eat chocolate sometimes but not all of the time because then it can become very unhealthy (Sophia)
• Lots of people gain weight through eating chocolate all day because it can be quite addictive because its full of sugar and it tastes good (Evie)
• It is offensive because some people can’t always help what they look like (Ruby L)

To sum the discussion up we decided that stereotyping is not good because it can be very offensive and it is only opinions that people have rather than facts.

Making the Earth

This afternoon Year 4 have been introduced to their new geography topic – Earth in Action. Today we spent some time learning the layers of the Earth and creating a model to show this using play-doh. The children then labelled their model correctly to show the different layers.

Here is what some of the children thought of the lesson:

Melissa – it was fun making the model and we learnt at the same time.
Kezi – it was exciting to see how the Earth was made using the play-doh ourselves to make it.
Chandler – it was fun and interesting
Brooke – the lesson was very artistic

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.