Good Morning, 4H,
A strange week. I have loved reading your emails - keep them coming!
You have been very inventive this week with lots of baking and model making going on. I am glad that you are keeping busy. How are your new skills coming along? Let me know!
We have been keeping busy by doing various quizzes, becoming better at times tables and practising some great sentence openers. Also, we have been playing some games that I played as a child such as Yahtzee- great for quick adding up of small numbers.
Good morning, 4H
Well, today the weather is not as sunny as it has been last week. I have decided to practise my new skill of whistling with my fingers - I will post videos on this page of my progress!
Keep practising those times tables and continue with the independent reading challenge. If anyone has created a Stonehenge presentation, then email it to me- look forward to seeing them.
A virtual tour of this Neolithic marvel can be found at:
Stay in touch by emailing me all of the fantastic things that you have been up to.
Good Afternoon 4H,
I hope you all enjoyed the sunshine last week. I was in school which was strange as we only had a handful of children rather than the usual 400+.
Please keep emailing me all of the things that you have been doing and I will reply to them all. If you have forgotten the link, here it is below:
I will be putting some more ideas for projects and activities below.
At Torrisholme, we are continuously striving to develop ways to encourage our children to read for pleasure. We have created a ‘HOT BOOKS’ list of 30 up-to-date, age-appropriate texts, compiled from a range of suggested reading lists. This is not an exhaustive list of fabulous year group appropriate books but is more a fun challenge list for our children to explore texts written in a wide range of styles by a selection of current and popular children’s authors.
How many can your child read or share with you?
On your marks…
We have been given a great resource for learning our times tables. The cards have the calculations on one side and the answers on the other. Why not test yourself and create two piles - one pile of the facts that you know and the other pile could be the calculations that you need to focus on.
Other games could be- play against someone else; who can answer the most cards accurately in a set time; from the answer, what was the question?
Please ensure your cards are in school each day.
Looking at evidence from Neolithic Times
We looked at a number of images to see if they told us anything about what life could have been like in Neolithic Times.
We all had a great time during the Reading Week after the half term break.
The children undertook various activities such as; creating stories with story cubes, acting out traditional tales, inviting parents and carers to have a go at creating their own traditional tales, writing the true story of the 3 Little Pigs.
We had great time constructing and trying Mexican food.
Investigating different brush techniques
Using the focus of Japanese calligraphy, we have been investigating creating different effects with using the same brush in a variety of ways.
During our swimming sessions over the next few weeks, we will be undertaking water safety. As well as their normal swimming kit, children will need pyjamas. A long-sleeved top and jogging bottoms will suffice if they have no pyjamas. Please do not send onesies. Thank you.
We are looking at stories with moral dilemmas and have been considering the choices the main characters should be making. The 'alley' is formed by children who suggest how the main character should act in a given situation.
I trust you all had a restful break and are fully refreshed for a new half term. We will be looking at the countries of Japan and Mexico this half term with a focus on Geography, Art and Design and Technology.
This half term our theme is printing.
We are using the theme of the Jabberwocky to create our very own printed monsters.
We have all done some amazing sketches using our imagination ; inspired from lots of different images of the Jabberwocky.
We have been experimenting with the effects of lines and texture to create a monoprint using foil as a printing plate.
Watch out for our art work soon!
Our Christmas cards were the result of a great half term of printing ! We made a collagraph printing plate using different textures; sandpaper, card , wallpaper and masking tape .We then printed from our printing plate and experimented with how to achieve the best effects.
Wrapping paper for the Christmas fair
We used 2 foil printing plates to print an alternate pattern on brown eco wrapping paper. We also had great fun bubble printing!
Children in Need
This morning (Friday 15th November), we took part in the Children in Need Joe Wick's Big Morning Move. It was exhilarating!
In Literacy, we acted out various parts of the story of 'Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp'. The children froze at certain places and then thought about what particular characters were thinking.
We have been braving the cold and undertaking PE outside. We have been looking at the skills of passing and receiving a ball. The children have been inventing their own games based on the skills learned.
Investigating conductors and insulators
As the children came in from lunch today, the lights were not working (set-up by Mr. Harding). We discussed that there had been a break in the circuit and we had to investigate materials that would allow electricity to pass through them in order to mend this break. The children enjoyed testing conductors and insulators by making the circuit complete with their chosen materials.
The children were accurately measuring the effect of placing more bulbs in a simple circuit. We used a data logger to record this information.
Our first session with Debbie Green from NISCU was a great success. The children did many activities in about 40 minutes with a focus on 'Love'.
We still have spaces left. The club is held in 4H on a Wednesday lunchtime.
Times Tables Rock Stars
Make sure that you keep practising on this program. To get a time for our competition, you need to go into studio. I am now averaging under 2 seconds per question. Can anyone beat that?
The class were given trays of equipment. They then had to try to make a bulb light. The children used their knowledge of electricity to undertake this task. It was great to see lots of resilience and children using scientific language. The children were successful by the end of the investigation and all understand that a circuit has to be complete in order to work.
Visit from History Man
On Friday, Year 4 had a visit from the History Man, Adrian Warrell, to 'kick-off' our Vikings topic. The children undertook a number of activities to further their understanding of how the Vikings lived.
We have been looking at the Viking myth of how Odin lost his eye to gain True Wisdom. The children have acted out the story and undertook some freeze-frame activities.
This week we have been focussing on teamwork and building positive relationships. The children have been thinking about which games to play on the playground and how to speak to one another in a positive fashion. We had great fun building our towers constructed from spaghetti and sellotape.
Well done to the winning team - a tower height of 72cm!
Welcome to 4H!
My name is Mr. Harding and I will be teaching you this year. I hope that you all had an enjoyable summer break and are now ready for some exciting learning opportunities. Other members of staff that you will see in the class are; Mrs. Marriott, Mrs. Thistlethwaite, Mrs. Green and Mrs. Pitcher.
We will be looking to develop our learning power muscles with a particular focus on resilience. Our class mascot is 'Not-Yet' the Yeti, who helps us focus on being positive and thinking that we may not be able to do something...yet!