We all dressed up in our sports gear today, Friday 23rd March 2018, in support of Sports Relief. After the weather improved, in the afternoon, we ran for 10 minutes around the field. Ten minutes is a long time when you are running!
Learning about the Easter Story at Torrisholme Methodist Church
On Tuesday 20th March, 4H went to Torrisholme Methodist Church to learn more about the Easter Story and how this is relevant to Christians today.
Experiment to show how the digestive system works
We looked at how the human digestive system works by undertaking a rather messy experiment! Using bananas, crackers, orange juice and water, we first crushed these in a bag. Secondly, we pushed them through tights to show what happens as food goes through the small and large intestine. Lastly, we forced what was left through a plastic cup.
Trip to Ingleborough Cave
On Wednesday 7th March 2018, Year 4 went on a trip to Ingleborough Cave in Yorkshire. We walked along the nature trail from Clapham village to access the cave. We undertook fieldsketching as well as having an hour long tour inside the cave. See how many cave features you can spot from the images below.
World Book Day
We had a great time on World Book Day. The children made a real effort with their costumes.
The following day, with the reading challenge, we received the book four times!
Describing position on a grid as co-ordinates
We used the game of 'Battleship' to enhance our knowledge of co-ordinates in the first quadrant.
Wow! What a start to this week. We have been undertaking a number of experiments with the help of Science Boffins. The children have even made their own slime and learned about Newton's third law of motion - it is only Day 1!
Day 2- We have made batteries from lemons, undertaken chromatography and tested Newton's third law of motion. Videos of this can be seen in the Torrisholme TV section of the school website.
We managed to generate 0.8 vaults.
Science Week Day 3
We made a vehicle powered by air. This reinforced the idea of Newton's third law of motion. We also learned about the effects of friction and air resistance.
Day 4- A number of challenges undertaken today.
Can you blow a piece of paper into a bottle?
Can you stab a straw through a potato or an apple?
We investigated non-newtonian liquids.
In the afternoon we worked with different year groups.
Day 5 - STEM Challenge Day (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths)
The children were grouped into mixed age groups and set the task of, 'Who can build the tallest tower that can hold the weight of a tennis ball?'
They were given a limited selection of resources in which to construct their towers.
Making our board games
This week we have been using our knowledge of electricity and electrical circuits to make our own games.
The children had a great time this breaktime constructing a snowman!
Wheelchair basketball with the Bulldogs
On Thursday afternoon, we all played a game of wheelchair basketball with the help of the Lancaster Bulldogs! A great time was had by all!
The children were given a limited amount of resources and they had to make a bulb light and investigate a variety of circuits. The children identified what happened in a series and parallel circuit.
Maths with chocolate!
The children have been learning that when you increase the denominator, the amount decreases. We demonstrated this with the help of bars of chocolate.
Trip to Heysham Power Station
On Monday 22nd January 2018, 4H went on a trip to Heysham 2 Power Station. The children learned how electricity is generated and distributed on a massive scale.
In the morning, we spent the time in the Visitors' Centre doing a number of experiments. After an early lunch, we had a tour of the site.
Learning about electricity
On the afternoon of Thursday 18th January 2018, Mr. Whyte from Northwest Electricity came in to talk about a number of topics. He explained what electricity is and how it is generated and distributed. We had a great time experimenting with conductors and insulators as well as acting like electrons!
Well done to the enterprising children in 4H who raised a fabulous total of £64.90 to buy new reading books. There were a number of activities going on including a cake sale and guessing how many sweets were in a jar.
We began the week with a visit from the poet, Andy Tooze. He worked with us to create some poems about friendship. We then learned a poem entitled, ' The Sound Collector' by Roger McGough. Following this, we have been tasting food to create a poem called, 'The Taste Collector'. The video of 'The Sound Collector' can be found in the Torrisholme TV section of this website.
The class then researched - and wrote their own- kennings.
A great day was had on Thursday when we came dressed as characters or items from Nursery Rhymes. We had a lovely time in the afternoon working with the children from Reception.
Friday saw the finals of the Poetry Slam competition and well done to the twelve competitors from this class who entered this competition. William Graham being a worthy winner with his brilliant recital of 'Strict' by Roger McGough.
I hope you all had an eventful Christmas break and are ready for some more exciting learning opportunities this half term. We kick-off with Poetry Week and then begin our topic for the half term- Electrifying!!
Investigating factors affecting shadows
As part of our Lights, Camera, Action topic, we have been investigating the factors that affect the size and position of shadows.
Sharing our mini movies
On Friday 15th December 2017, we invited parents in to watch the movies that the children had made during their ICT sessions. I have put the movies in the 'Torrisholme TV' section of the school website. I have also renamed the movie clips.
Enjoy watching them!!
School Christmas Fair
This year we are selling Jingle Jars filled with sweets. The cost of these jars is £1.50. Thank you to all who supplied the jars and sweets. See you tomorrow afternoon!
The children loved swapping their books just before break today!
Learning about sound in Literacy
We undertook some experiments in Literacy to demonstrate how sound travels.
Each Monday, for the next six weeks, our PE sessions will be taken by an outside coach - Nick. Despite the cold, the children have been enjoying these sessions.
Reading with Reception
We have linked with one of the Reception classes to undertake some shared reading activities. Everyone enjoyed this activity. We hope to do this on a weekly basis.
I trust that you all had a restful half term and are ready to begin our next topic: Lights, Camera, Action!
We have a number of exciting learning opportunities for you to experience and our main focus for this topic is Science - particularly Light and Sound.
We will be performing a School Production on the evenings of Tuesday 19th December and Wednesday 20th December- more details to follow.
The focus for our day was how art and literature are displayed in different churches.
We had a visitor to start our day - Sarah Dodd from NISCU - and she talked about how language is used to convey different moods and feelings with her example of Sailing through the storm.
After this, we visited Torrisholme Methodist Church and Church of the Ascension to see the similarities and differences in the way art and literature are displayed and the meanings of these.
Designing models of products that will transport us across the North Sea
Over the last two days, we have been designing and constructing products that could transport us across the North Sea. We restricted the children to a limited number of materials. The children went through the design process of; coming up with initial designs; choosing a final design; planning their stages of making; construction and evaluation.
In Literacy, we have been assuming roles to understand how characters felt at Lindisfarne after it had been attacked by Vikings in 793.
Re-enacting the Battle of Ragnarok
On Friday 13th October, Year 4 re-enacted parts of the Battle of Ragnarok. The Vikings believed that this battle would end the known world.
See if you can spot:
Vali (the God of Revenge) killing the Fenris Wolf;
Thor smiting the Midgard Serpent, Jormungand;
Odin rushing toward the Fenris Wolf only to be swallowed whole!;
Baldur surviving the battle;
Two gods and two humans sheltering under the Tree of Life.
On Tuesday 4th October, members of 4H went climbing at Morecambe High School. We had lots of fun.
In The News
The children have been doing a great job of bringing in news items and talking about them in front of their peers. I have learned so much! There have been a huge variety of topics. We have learned about the effects of various tropical storms, satellites crashing into gas giants, new dinosaurs being discovered, facts about the International Space Station and a new biometric way of paying for goods! Keep up the good work! Each child will be presenting In The News once every five weeks.
Sequences in gymnastics
During gymnastics sessions, we have been working on sequences involving turns, balances, jumps and travels.
Visit from Adrian Warrell - Viking Man
On Tuesday 19th September 2017, Year 4 had a visit from a Viking!
We did many activities and learned many things. For instance, did you know that Viking bread contained tree-bark? Or that many place names around here are actually Viking?
In the afternoon, we undertook a number of activities such as milling corn, playing Viking games, making a Viking coin and weaving cloth.
A great day was had by all.
Constructing our human timeline
In order to place the Viking Period in the context of the history of Britain, we constructed a timeline with 1cm representing 1 year.
During the first week of the new school year, Year 4 have been undertaking a number of team-building challenges. These activities included; Building the tallest tower with limited materials, problem solving activities and a trip around the local area to answer as many questions as possible using our observational skills.
Welcome to 4H
I hope that you all had a fabulous summer and are looking forward to some exciting topics and activities that we have planned for you.
Staffing this year consists of myself, Mr. Harding, and Mrs. Marriott.
Our first topic for this year is going to be all about the Vikings so look out for the newsletter that will outline the experiences in more detail.