In PHSE we are now starting our new unit: Money and Work. We will be learning about making decisions about money; using and keeping money safe.

Today we discussed where does money for our family come from?

We then read a book and discussed the meaning of loans.

The book was about the Deacon family and the dilemma they face when their TV breaks and they consider borrowing money to buy a new one. We explored the options for taking out loans and began to understand some of the key terms (lots of difficult words!).

We then discussed the risks and consequences of borrowing money.

Click here to re-read the book at home. You can also download further resources review the learning at home.

World Book Day

We celebrate the joy of books, authors and reading for pleasure in our world book week.

Today we joined, Ben Shires and Konnie Huq live from Batley Library in West Yorkshire. We explored genre, characters and storytelling with amazing authors including Michael Rosen and Katie and Kevin Tsang.

Mercifulness and Forgiveness

Today Year 4 were discussing when it is easy and hard to forgive people as they were looking at Mercifulness and Forgiveness in RE.

It was clear to see that actually it depends on the circumstance as to if you felt it was easy to forgive. 

As we watched a video about some Christians and their play about forgiveness, we could see that they believe that God is forgiving and to forgive someone, regardless of what they have done, is very powerful.

Parallel Circuits

In Science this week we looked at the difference between series circuits and parallel circuits.

The Science Behind the Science

Really basic circuits have a cell, a lamp and a switch. To make the circuit work, these components are connected to the metal connecting wires. When the switch is closed, the lamp lights up. The current will flow all around the circuit. The cell pushes the current around the circuit and as it passes through the lamp, it makes it light up. The current is measured in amps (A), using an ammeter in series. 

There are two types of circuits that we can make: a series circuit or a parallel circuit. Here’s an easy way to remember: if there are branches it’s a parallel circuit and if there are no branches at all, it is a series circuit.  

Just like we see on the TV, series go on and on and on. It is pretty similar in the circuit world.

In a series circuit, you get several components that are lined up one after the other without any branches. If the lamp happens to break or is disconnected somehow, the circuit is broken. This means that all of the components stop working. This is because they are all connected and joined with one another. 

Parallel circuits are a little different. The components in a parallel circuit are connected on different branches of the wire. They are not lined up one after the other. In parallel circuits, there is more than one bulb (resistor) and they are arranged on different paths. Electricity can therefore travel from one end of the cell through different branches to reach the other cell. If a lamp breaks or becomes disconnected in a parallel circuit, the components on the different branches will continue to work. This is because the electricity is flowing through more than one path. If extra lamps are added into a parallel circuit, they do not become dimmer. They stay bright. This is different to a series circuit, where the lamps become dimmer when more are added. Our homes are all wired up with parallel circuit. If one component fails, the others still function.  

Harriet Tubman

In English we have been writing our own non-chronological report based on Harriet Tubman.

We have written it in similar style to the book, “Children who changed the world”

We paid attention to the layout, language used in the text, formatting of headings and subheadings and the use of pictures and captions.