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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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Japan Vs India Newsletter Spring 1

School Production

A Big Green Adventure

This will be shown on the evenings of Tuesday 2nd April and Wednesday 3rd April 2019. A letter has gone out regarding ticket allocation and times. Well done to all children who have been learning their lines.

Please find below the costume list.

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Have you been wondering why we wanted you to help us collect so many bottle tops? Well look at the fabulous mosaic mural Years 3&4 have created today. Plastic fantastic!

Have you been wondering why we wanted you to help us collect so many bottle tops? Well look at the fabulous mosaic mural Years 3&4 have created today. Plastic fantastic! 1
Have you been wondering why we wanted you to help us collect so many bottle tops? Well look at the fabulous mosaic mural Years 3&4 have created today. Plastic fantastic! 2
Have you been wondering why we wanted you to help us collect so many bottle tops? Well look at the fabulous mosaic mural Years 3&4 have created today. Plastic fantastic! 3
Have you been wondering why we wanted you to help us collect so many bottle tops? Well look at the fabulous mosaic mural Years 3&4 have created today. Plastic fantastic! 4
Have you been wondering why we wanted you to help us collect so many bottle tops? Well look at the fabulous mosaic mural Years 3&4 have created today. Plastic fantastic! 5
Have you been wondering why we wanted you to help us collect so many bottle tops? Well look at the fabulous mosaic mural Years 3&4 have created today. Plastic fantastic! 6
Have you been wondering why we wanted you to help us collect so many bottle tops? Well look at the fabulous mosaic mural Years 3&4 have created today. Plastic fantastic! 7
Have you been wondering why we wanted you to help us collect so many bottle tops? Well look at the fabulous mosaic mural Years 3&4 have created today. Plastic fantastic! 8
Have you been wondering why we wanted you to help us collect so many bottle tops? Well look at the fabulous mosaic mural Years 3&4 have created today. Plastic fantastic! 9
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Schools Go Green - University trip

As part of our recycling topic, we have been on a trip to Lancaster University, where the students have been helping us understand more about where our food comes from. We have learnt about how much of our food is imported from all around the world - kiwis, pineapples etc. We have also been exploring what food is grown in our own country and when they are available in the shops.

The Shredder

We all had a go at shredding plastic into small pieces, which can then be melted down and re-moulded into bowls, pieces of art and clothing. 

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In the afternoon, we worked in groups to make pesto pasta. we used basil, garlic, lemon juice, parmesan cheese, and pine nuts to create a tasty dish, which we were able to take home and share with our family.
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Trip to Salford Quays - The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

What a wild and windy day! We boarded the coach just after 9 am, ready for our long journey to Salford Quays. The traffic was horrendous but we made it just in time! The BBC studios are enormous! Whilst Mr Harding's class listened to the orchestra, we made our way into the Lowry centre to eat our lunch. The it was our turn to hear the orchestra play. We entered the studio and had great seats at the top, where we could see all the instruments we have been learning about. We recognised the oboe, which played the note to tune up the whole orchestra. The commentator introduced the different sections and the orchestra played music from around the world. We loved Grieg's 'Hall of the Mountain King' and Copeland's 'Rodeo'. Sometimes the music was really loud and sometimes really soft. We heard new sounds - the celeste and the harp. We gave the conductor and the orchestra a huge round of applause at the end.

 

We also had a quick tour of the LS Lowry Gallery, looking at the versatility of the artist. We really liked the  huge pictures he painted.

 

World Book Day
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We celebrated World Book Day by taking part in three to four 'Drop it and Read' sessions and a share-read with our infant friends in 1KW. We also enjoyed reading 6 chapters of our class novel 'The Ice Monster' by David Walliams.
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Matthew and Freddie both bought their own books in to read on this special day. Freddie's book was really old, he said it was his grandad's  book. It was very heavy! Matthew's massive book was all about one of his favourite topics - Space!
Making Sushi

In the last week, we invited our parents to take part in some of our activities this half term. Mr Harding's class made sushi and in our class, our mums, dads and other relatives became Taiko warriors for the afternoon, practising drumming and Japanese moves!

 

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Creating physical maps of Japan
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Developing our printing technique
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Extract from The Snow Queen
In Literacy, we have been studying the Snow Queen. We have been developing speech in our writing. To help us know what to write, we have acted out a small part of the story using puppets. We hope you enjoy our plays!

Charlie S and Luke

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Lucas and Alfie

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Lois and Evie

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Freya and Tessa

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Which material is the best for muffling sound?

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4J wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

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Year 4's mini Christmas Tree Festival 

In the last week of this very long half term , we have been preparing for Christmas by learning about how different countries around the world celebrate Christmas. We worked in threes and selected a country from a hat. We then had four days to produce a Christmas tree made from cardboard and we had to decorate it so it represented the country we chose. We researched how our country celebrated Christmas and shared our information with our class. 

 On Thursday we invited the parents and other children from school to visit our Christmas Tree festival. In the dark classroom, the trees (lit up with fairy lights) looked beautiful - it was magical! Our parents loved it and learned lots about Christmas around the world. Some parents commented that our festival set them up ready for Christmas!

 

Many thanks to our wonderful parents, family and friends for bringing an extra contribution to the foodbank appeal too!

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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!

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