Year 4 Blog 2021-2022

Welcome to the Year 4 blog! Here you will find updates on what we have been getting up to in school! For homework, messages, spellings and Learn-Its, please see the other tabs on the Year 4 page.
 
Animation!
In Computing we have been creating our own animations using stop-motion. The children did a fantastic job of moving their characters in small increments before photographing. When their frames were played back, the characters appear to move independently! 
Oobleck!
In science the children have been learning about solids and liquids. Did you know, oobleck is a non-Newtonian fluid which means that under force it can change to be either more liquid or more solid. The children were very enthusiastic about exploring oobleck!
 
If you would like to have a go making it at home you just need cornflour and water. Experiment with adding different amounts of water to the cornflour to make your perfect oobleck consistency.
Puzzling tangrams!
In maths the children have been creating and manipulating tangrams! To build their tangram, children dissected a squares into 7 shapes; 1 parallelogram, 1 square and 5 triangles. They then had great fun rearranging them into new geometric patterns. We discussed what fraction each piece represented before choosing their favourite design to stick into their books.
The magic of the circus
The children have written fantastic pieces inspired by Leon and the Place Between by Angela McAllister. They chose a circus act and used verbs and repetition to build excitement and convey movement. They also experimented with structure and the effect of using different size and shape fonts. We were very impressed with their finished pieces, they are full of the magic of the circus!
Sound
We have been investigating how sound travels through a solid, liquid and gas. We discovered that sound travels fastest through a solid, this is because the particles are close together and the vibrations can pass quickly along them.
 
Fractions Fun!
Having played Matching Fractions on Nrich, we had a go at designing our own fraction game. Our first job was to find pairs of equivalent fractions before thinking about different ways to represent them! We enjoyed joining up with others to play the game! Have a go at Matching Fractions (maths.org)
 
Anti-Bullying Week
Inspired by this year's song, 'One Kind Word, we create a 'Ripple of Kindness' display in the classroom. We then each wrote and received a kindness note. We realised it felt as good to write them, as it did to receive them! We also decorated some paperchains to spread our ripple of kindness throughout the school!
 
Coding!
In computing, we have been practising our coding on Purple Mash. This week, we have learned about 'conditionals' and how we can use IF/ELSE statements to make decisions in computer programming. Can you read the code and guess what will happen? Don't forget, the children have access to Purple Mash at home!
 
Norwich City FC visit ESJ!
We were excited to be visited by football coaches from Norwich City FC this Thursday! The children enjoyed completing drills and showing off their football skills! The coaches were impressed with the children's hard work and fantastic teamwork. 
 
 
Electrical circuits
In science we have been learning about electricity. We have sorted appliances and even learnt how to make a working circuit! We have been investigating whether different materials are conductors or insulators.
 
Working systematically
In maths, we worked systematically to investigate how many different 4 digit numbers we could make with only 4 counters!