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Welcome  

to class 4J!

 

My name is Mrs Jones and I teach in 4J, where I work closely with Mr Harding next door!

We have three members of support staff: Mrs Tuer, Mrs Harrison and Mrs Hunter .

 

This is our very own class page, so feel free to suggest ideas for what you would like to see here.

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Visit from Father Damian Porter

 

Because Year 4 have been working on the idea of 'light' in Christianity, we wanted to know what this idea means to a Christian in today's society.

Father Damian Porter, from Church of the Ascension, came to talk to the children about what the idea of 'light' means to him. We learned about choices that Christians make to try to make the world a 'lighter' place.

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Measuring the perimeter of our school playground

We chose a beautiful, sunny day to go outside and measure how long a kilometre was. First we measured out 100 m with a trundle wheel and a marker. Then, in pairs, we placed a marker where we thought the end of the kilometre would be.

Our playground is enormous! We weren't even close - we would have to go all the way round, and half way again, to measure a kilometre. We didn't mind being wrong because it was fun!

The Saxophone

Lucas, who is an ex-pupil of Torrisholme, comes in to help in class on Wednesdays. He is an excellent musician and brought in his saxophones to show us. He plays in lots of bands and at school. He plays the alto saxophone and the bass saxophone, but his favourite instruments are percussion instruments.

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Lucas playing the bass saxophone

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The alto saxophone

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Electrical Circuits

As part of our Electricity topic, we have been making circuits. In pairs, we had to light a bulb. Our trip to the power station and Mr Whyte's visit really helped!

 

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Our trip to Heysham Power Station

We have had an excellent day out to the power station in Heysham. We travelled by coach and entered the Visitor's Centre. Julie introduced us to the staff. After we had removed our coats and bags, we had a talk about the power plant.

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We listened really carefully and answered many questions. We then spent 10 minutes in the activity centre, learning new information, experimenting and playing games.
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Back in the classroom, we worked in groups, identifying insulators and conductors. We then got to play with the buzz bars, which were great fun! Mr Shackleton, Ruby's dad, came down to meet us and helped out with some experiments.

After lunch, we got ready to take a tour around the power station. We needed high-viz jackets, ear-defenders and glasses.

We weren't allowed to take photos on our tour but we saw some amazing things! Everybody was really friendly. Abigail's dad came round to give us more information.

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After the tour, we had a final photo shoot in our gear, before travelling back to school.
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Visit by Mr Whyte

Mr Whyte is an electrician. He came to school to tell us about his job and about electricity. He showed us how to make electricity by pedalling a bike and taught us about the dangers of electricity.

Keep going, Katie!

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Katie, generating electricity

Matthew’s turn!

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Testing for conductors and insulators
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Joseph modelled some of the safety clothing that Mr Whyte has to wear when he is working. It was fun trying it on!
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Making Tudor Houses

We have been designing and making Tudor houses. We investigated the style of houses and other buildings that the Tudors lived in. We learned that, because land was expensive, the Tudors built a smaller ground floor and then the upper floors got bigger and bigger, giving them more room. We used this idea in our designs.

It was really tricky but we got there in the end!

Pictures to follow.......

We were s-awesome at sawing! We took care and nobody lost any fingers!
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Trip to Samlesbury Hall

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On Monday 1st October, we visited Samlesbury Hall as part of our Tudor topic. Samlesbury hall is situated between Preston and Blackburn, close to the River Ribble.
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Here are some pictures of our day.
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Roman Numerals

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The Battle Of Bosworth Field - Torrisholme Style!

 

This week we have been acting out the Battle of Bosworth, which was part of The War of the Roses. The war was between Richard III from Yorkshire and Henry Tudor from Lancashire - both men wanted to be the king of England.

 

Each of our pictures tells the story....

 

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Henry VII's army from Lancashire and Richard III's army from Yorkshire met on Bosworth field. They were fighting for the throne of England.

Richard's men waited at the top of the hill and Henry's men stood at the bottom of the hill.

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King Henry had less men in his army, but they were brave and they began to march up the hill. At the same time, Richard's men moved down the hill, swords and shields at the ready.
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Henry's men were losing so he called for his bowman...

All of a sudden, Henry's men were winning. Richard knew he had to do something drastic, so he made a move towards Henry. He was going to kill him, himself!

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Richard drew his sword and threatened Henry. At once, three of Henry's bodyguards jumped up and attacked Henry. 

Henry was dead!

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Henry's men continued fighting and won the battle.
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To make amends, King Henry joined the two families together by marrying Elizabeth of York and brought peace to England.
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Wise Owl

This is Wise Owl. In class 4J, Mrs Jones chooses a child at the end of every day who has made an extra special effort with their work or contributions in class. Wise Owl has a sleepover with that special person at home.

Aimee took Wise Owl home last Friday and made him a special suit of clothes! He is now sporting the very latest in Owl fashion - a new hat, scarf and gloves, ready for winter!

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A walk around our Local Area

How well do you know the area our school is located? Last Friday, we set out on a little walk around our school environment and the local shops. Mr Harding set us a collection of  fun questions and puzzles to solve. We worked cooperatively, in small groups, to answer the questions. We needed good observational skills to find the answers.  It was a beautiful sunny day!

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Changes, changes, changes......

We have been thinking about how we are always growing and changing. What can we do now and what will we be able to do even better by the end of Year 4? Also, how will our bodies change and how will our hobbies and preferences differ. We have been making little time capsules to record what we are like now. We have included information about our favourite things, a piece of string to represent our height, our handspan measurement and the area of one of our feet in centimeter squares.

 

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Now we are going to hide them away, bury them deep within the school until 20.9.19. Mrs Jones has informed Mr Harding where they are, just incase she forgets and we have put a notice up to remind us to find them again!
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How will we change? We think our hands and feet will be bigger and we hope we will be taller! Perhaps our friendships will change and our favourite foods. What things will stay the same?
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Spaghetti and Selotape!

To encourage the children to be more resilient, we set a short challenge for the children to build the tallest structure they could using just uncooked spaghetti and selotape. The children worked in groups of three and four. It was very tricky because the spaghetti kept on snapping but everybody kept positive and showed great perseverance. The winning team built a stable tower of 91cm!

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BLP - Resilience

In Year 4, we are working hard to become resilient. We have decided that this means that we must

 

try,

try,

try,

try

and..........

try again! 

We will be developing these skills in lots of our topics and subjects, including team building exercises. 

We will let you know how we get on!

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This is our class mascot Not Yet the Yeti. He encourages us to keep going when the going gets tough!

He is gentle and gives us gentle encouragement to try our best. We love his soft fur!

Y4 Spelling Challenge


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