Monthly Archives: January 2019


Year 4 Robins were investigating in science this afternoon. They looked at a number of different materials. By putting them into their circuits, they checked their conductivity. When they added the material, if their buzzer or light worked, it meant the material conducted electricity ( it let the electricity pass through it).

Building circuits

This afternoon in science, Year 4 have been experimenting with different equipment to see what different circuits they could create. These circuits included: wires, motors, batteries, light bulbs, switches and buzzers. The children really enjoyed having a little play to see what they could create!

The children then had to create 7 particular circuits that Miss Edwards drew for them. Once they had created each circuit, they needed to record what they observed happening.

Super book review

Well done to Sophie for making a lovely book review. She had just finished reading Charlie and the glass elevator and decided to make a book review.

See how f it makes you want to read it too…

“I really liked reading the book, so made the book review so people could read it and then it might make them read it.”

Dividing with remainders

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!


This afternoon, Year 4 Robins looked at circuits. They had a number of symbols that represented things you can put in a circuit.

They drew a simple circuit with a bulb and a switch. It was important to know that a circuit needed to flow.

They looked at another circuit and discussed the types of energy being made.

Light energy, kinetic energy and sound energy.

They used language such as
• transferred
• connected
• built up.

Well done Year 4.

The children saw light bulbs light up, a buzzer buzzing and a motor running.

Super Sparker

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!

Video: Positive charges

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.

Different methods of payment

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.

Looking after money

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.

Physical / human geography

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.