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Holly Hill Primary and Nursery School

Kingfishers, Year 4, 2021/22

KINGFISHER CLASS COVID LETTER - 17/01/2022

Online learning:

 

For anyone isolating, please see the timetable which will be published below. This will have all your learning for the week.

Please note that this is for children who are well enough to carry out home-schooling. 

Thank you

Mrs Ward

Hello Kingfisher! smiley

 

We are really missing you and hope you aren't feeling too poorly. Can't wait to have you all back in class.

 

Love from Mrs Ward and the rest of Kingfisher heart

Welcome to Kingfisher Class.

Hello, my name is Mrs Ward and I am the year 4 class teacher. The T.As in Year 3 and 4 are Mrs Beavon, Mrs Gorewoda and Mrs Ward.

I am looking forward to a fantastic year ahead with Kingfisher!

This page will be updated daily with photos of the children’s work and messages to parents. I hope you enjoy looking at their work. 😊

General Information:

  • P.E  will be on a Monday afternoon. Earrings must be removed or children need to be able to remove them themselves.
  • Reading diaries will be checked weekly and children are expected to read five times in a week. 

Happy New Year everyone! I am so happy to see the children back and start an exciting new term!

What's Wonderful About Stevie Wonder?

Our topic this half-term is based on the musician, Stevie Wonder. We will be learning about his music and the history of music that led up to Motown. 

We will be creating our own jingle for a radio-station and making a podcast for listeners. 

Our science work, sound and hearing, will link in to our work about music.

Friday 7th January

Computing: We started our unit of learning using a program called Scratch. We had to select a sprite and add a background and some sound. We also made it move using the programming blocks.

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Science: Kingfisher have been experimenting with the vibrations across string, using good old fashioned cup telephones. We discovered that going around the corner affects the sound, tying a knot in the string doesn’t make a difference and pulling the string tight makes the sound louder and clearer. πŸ‘‚ πŸ”Š h

Wednesday 5th January

Jigsaw: We discussed our hopes and dreams for now and the future. We looked at Michael Jordan, the basket ball player, as an example of not quitting when things go wrong. Kingfisher have wonderful hopes and dreams πŸ’­

Thank you all for a lovely term. What a great start to Year 4 eveyone!

We’ve had a fabulous Christmas Party Day

Kingfisher Christmas

D.T: Measuring and sawing wooden dowling in preparation for making our pulley.πŸ“ πŸͺšTeam work makes the dream work! 🌟

Monday 13th December 

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Panto Time: Oh no it isn’t, oh yes it is! 🎭🎼

Friday 10th December

Types of levers: Kingfisher have been learning about the three different types of levers. They had to investigate the fulcrum and the load and try to make the lever balance.

Wednesday 8th December

Science: We have tested and sorted electrical conductors and insulators, using our knowledge of making a workable electric circuit. πŸ’‘

Gymnastics: Our final routine πŸ€ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ₯‡

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Tuesday 7th December

Grammar: Kingfisher decided which nouns go with β€˜a’ or β€˜an’ using the rule of a consonant or vowel.

Monday 6th December

Wednesday 1st December

Making a sequence: today in gymnastics, Kingfisher had to work with a partner to make a sequence of movements using the small apparatus. We were very impressed with the outcome πŸ‘ πŸ‘ πŸ‘

Final sequence πŸ€ΈπŸ½β€β™‚οΈπŸ€ΈπŸ»

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Tuesday 30th November

English: Today, we focused on using adverbs, fronted adverbials and verbs to write about how the main charter was feeling in Laura’s Star 🌟

Monday 29th November

Another week of working hard - let's get to it Kingfisher!

We are all pen users! Congratulations Kingfisher Class on getting your pen licences. Hard work pays off! πŸ–Š πŸ₯³ πŸŽ‰ πŸ‘

Thursday 25th November

Hindu gods and goddesses: We had an interesting conversation about how the different gods and goddesses are represented in Hinduism. Monkey🦧

Story Mountain: Kingfisher had to decide which parts of Laura’s star 🌟 went on each part of the mountain: Opening, build-up, problem, resolution and ending. We had some good discussion about the same parts of the story going on two parts of the mountain. πŸ“• πŸ”

REMOTE LEARNING: SCHOOL CLOSURE

Wednesday 24th November

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THE BATTLE COMMENCES AT 9AM UNTIL 3.30PM. COME ON KINGFISHER, YOU CAN DO IT!

WEDNESDAY 24TH NOVEMBER: REMOTE LEARNING TIMETABLE

Maths: Click on the link below to watch the lesson.

Monday 22nd November

English: We completed our play-scripts about Rama and Sita. 🦌 🌳

The battle finishes on Friday 19th November. Don’t forget to go on TT Rockstars daily to get our score up!!

Friday 19th November 

Children in Need 2021: Thank you for your kind donations πŸ’›

Children in Need 2021: the children look fabulous! πŸ’›

Counting down ready for the Joe Wickes workout πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ½

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This question got them thinking… πŸ€”

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Thursday 18th November

Electric ⚑️ fun! We experimented with different equipment today to make a circuit. Some of us were able to make two things work. πŸ’‘

Wednesday 17th November

P.E: Kingfisher have been working on travelling along benches in different ways and making a shape with their body, before jumping off. πŸƒπŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸ€ΈπŸ½β€β™‚οΈ

Tuesday 16th November 

English: We have started writing our Rama and Sita play-script ✍️

Monday 15th November

Peer assessment: today, Kingfisher read each other’s newspaper πŸ“° report writing ✍️ and suggested improvements, as well as pointing out parts that were good.

Friday 12th November 

Lighting a candle πŸ•―. We lit our Divas that we made on Diwali day, and reflected on light overcoming darkness, and good overcoming evil. πŸŒ πŸŽ‡

Our Divas are made, painted and ready to light this afternoon. 

Thursday 11th November 

Two minute silence: 11.11.21 at 11am. 🌺

Remembrance Assembly: We were fortunate enough to watch a very good online assembly about WWI and WWII. It was very interesting and the Year 4s listened very well. πŸŒπŸ’‚πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

We are so lucky to have brand new equipment for active 15. ⚽️🎾

Wednesday 10th November 

Our P.E session was focusing on making different shapes with our bodies, then putting them into a short sequence.

Tuesday 9th November 

In English, we have been exploring the language and features of a play-script. We had to find all the things that make a script in a play, then read the statements and decide if they would work in a play or not. 

Maths: We have started a new unit of adding and subtracting 4-digit numbers. Kingfisher have been working hard and doing well with this. βž•βž–

Monday 8th November

We used the people in the story to write short speeches. This is working towards our goal of writing a script.✍

Thursday 4th November

Diwali 2021 πŸ”₯ πŸ•―

Diwali Diva lamps: we will paint them and light them next week, and reflect on good things. πŸ•―

Diwali Sweets: Yum! We even came back for seconds. 🍫

Maths: We started by practising symmetry with colour, then moved on to practising our own Rangoli before making a more detailed version. 🎨

Wednesday 3rd November 

Talk for writing: we rehearsed a piece of the Rama and Sita story and used our story maps from yesterday to create actions to tell the story.

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P.E: A fabulous and fun session practising our gymnastic skills, using the apparatus and equipment in the hall. 🀸🏻

Tuesday 2nd November

What a fabulous treat we had today; we were able to meet and hold the most beautiful animals. 🐍 🦎 πŸ•·

English: We have started our new text, Rama and Sita, and will be using this to help us write our own play-script. ✍️

Monday 1st November

A new half term awaits us, with new learning opportunities and more happy times. ✍️ πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ πŸ“– 🀸🏻⚽️

Knowledge Organiser: Autumn 1.

We will be learning about the Egyptians through our main subjects this half term - Religious Education (R.E) and History. We will also learn through Art and Geography (our enhancement subjects).

 

Friday 15th October 

Our fabulous Egyptians! In running order: A settler by the Nile with Anubis, Queens, Mummies, Modern day Egyptian folk, more Queens and Pharaohs. You all look fabulous! 🐍 πŸ‘‘ 🐫

Egyptian Collar making: Some of these turned into handbags and crowns, but we had a great time! πŸ˜€

Making Leavened Bread

Tuesday 12th October

English: Today, Kingfisher read diary extracts from a slave and Pharaoh, in preparation for writing their own diary. They had the grim job of listing all the things a slave had to do. πŸ§Ήβ›πŸ§±

Maths: Kingifsher have been using negative numbers to solve problems. Some of the children made their own negative and positive number lines to challenge each other. βž–5οΈβƒ£βž–4οΈβƒ£βž–3οΈβƒ£βž–2οΈβƒ£βž–1️⃣ 0️⃣

Monday 11th October

What a successful first half-Term we’ve had. Kingfisher have all worked so hard and I am proud of them!

Thursday 7th October

Science: investigating melting at different temperatures. Our first challenge was to make a foil boat that would float chocolate. Unfortunately, some sank straight away! πŸ˜† Then we had to measure the temperate of the water πŸ’§ and wait for the chocolate 🍫 to melt...

National poetry day: today, we made some poems based on ancient Egypt, using rhyming couplets. We had fun thinking of the rhyming words. ✍️

Wednesday 6th September

Egyptian Pyramids: We have really enjoyed researching and making these detailed posters. πŸ“– ✍️

Tuesday 5th October

Geography: Kingfisher have been using the atlases to find out about different countries In the world.

3D Shapes: The year 4s have been revising their 3D Shapes and making their own. ⭐️

Monday 4th October

Ordering Numbers to 10,000: Not only are Kingfisher good at this, but they can explain why. We are learning to use the words ascending ⬆️ and descending ⬇️.

Friday 1st October

R.E: Kingfisher have been teaching each other about the miracles of Jesus. I was so impressed at the questions they asked and their respect for different beliefs in the classroom. πŸ’–

Thursday 30th September

Science: Predicting and measuring the difference between the presence of carbon-dioxide and none in lemonade. πŸ‹

Wednesday 29th September

Egyptian Life: Kingfisher have been using their highlighting skills to gain information about life in ancient Egyptian times. They had to put the facts into their own words. πŸŒ‹

Wow write: It was wow! Kingfisher made some wonderful information leaflets about the Scarab Beetle. ✍️ 🌟

Maths: today, Kingfisher have been comparing 4-digit numbers and making their own on a place value grid.

Tuesday 28th September

Today in Jigsaw, we have been learning about the United Nations convention of children’s rights and how democracy works in school.

Kingfisher thought of some great ideas about their responsibilities to keep their rights safe:

 

“We have the right to agree or disagree with decisions adults are making about us.”

“We should use a normal tone of voice when wanting to make our point.”

“We should feel safe enough not to go along with something that makes us feel uncomfortable.”

“It is our responsibility to follow rules because they are there to keep us safe.”

“We need to respect ourselves as well as others. We are important.”

“We have the right to have our voice heard in school by the School Council, and make sensible requests.”

 

 

 


 

 

Monday 27th September

I am looking forward to another great week with the wonderful Kingfisher class. 🌟

Friday 24th September

Lunchtime fun: these boys were racing to find words in the dictionary. They were very quick! πŸ’«

Thursday 23rd September

Roman Numerals Bingo! After working hard adding and subtracting in Roman Numerals, we played a game of Bingo. It got very exciting towards the end! XXXXI

Jigsaw 🧩: Our session today is about working together. We had to pass the ball and beat our P.B. We went from 38.8 seconds to 31.7 seconds in three goes! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

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Wednesday 22nd September

Egyptian farming: Kingfisher have been learning about how important farming was to the ancient Egyptians. They have worked hard to make these brilliant Egyptian farming wheels. 🌟