Amazing Art in Year 4

Year 4 really did have an amazing art day, researching and replicating the artwork of Romero Britto.

We began the day by watching a short video about the life of Romero Britto and we were surprised to find out that at the age of just 14,he created his first work of art which unfortunately he tried to sell to his teacher at the time for $10, but they did not want to buy it. However, Romero didn’t give up and instead managed to sell his first painting to his neighbour at the time, in his home country of Brazil.
We discussed the features of his artwork and correctly categorised the art as a form of ‘Modern art’ which combined both ‘pop art’ and ‘cubism’.

Feeling inspired, we set off on designing our prototypes in our sketch books. We used examples of Britto’s work to inspire our designs and labelled the features that we felt we had replicated well.
Finally, after some discussion and reflection we set off creating our final pieces. Many of us made the decision to change our original designs, reducing the amount of detail we added.
A great day was had by all, and we are looking forward to hearing what others think of our Romero Britto inspired artwork.

Welcome Back Year 4

Welcome to our class blog.

Year 4 have made a fantastic start to the new school year , which is of no surprise to Miss Wise and Miss Shield. After spending some time settling back in on Tuesday, the children were straight back into the swing of things and have demonstrated their ability within the year 4 curriculum throughout  the rest of the week. We have learnt about states of matter, using Roman numerals to count to 100 and researched the famous Tutankhamun.

We have signed up to another Terracycle recycling scheme, this time with the chance to win a recycled playground makeover worth £ 10,000!

Participating is easy! The school that sends in the most accepted waste between the 25th of March 2019 and the 5th of July 2019 will receive a recycled playground makeover worth £10,000, on top of points earned by the shipment weight.

The winning school will be able to choose from a selection of play equipment or gardening equipment made from recycled material worth £10,000. Depending on the prize selected, the overall area required to install the prize could be up to 25m x 3m.

There is a recycle bin allocated for these items at the front office in school. Please see the attached link below to see what is acceptable waste.

Let’s work together to look after our amazing planet.

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Year 4’s Got Talent.

Well done to all of our Year 4 children who auditioned for Sacred Heart’s Got Talent. A big congratulations to the children who were nominated by the class to be our two finalists. Miss Walker is very proud of you all.

CAFOD refugee talk

Today, Margaret from CAFOD visited Year 3 and Year 4 to talk about life as a refugee. The children took part in activities which involved them working in groups and imaging they were a group of refugees. They learnt that lots of families have been separated which has caused distress and upset. The children emphasised with refugees and the lives they currently lead or have led. We then gathered together to reflect and pray for refugees around the world.

 

Year 4 Statistics

Today, the children collected data based on Year 4’s favourite sports and recorded the results in a table which they later used to create a bar graph. The children were split into groups which focussed on particular areas of the bar graph that they created outside on the school playground using chalk and other resources. Some children focussed on the title of the graph whilst others focussed on the y axis, x axis, labels and scale. The children then represented the bars on the graph by standing behind their favourite sport. We then compared the popularity of sports which showed that football was the most popular and swimming, gymnastics and dancing were the least popular. The children had great fun doing this activity and it was great to see the children consolidate their learning on statistics.

 

Year 4 Electricity Experiment

Year 4 were learning about how current electricity is the flow of electrical charge through materials. We learnt that every circuit must have a power supply, such as a battery. The children predicted which circuits would light up a light bulb, which circuits would and why. They discovered that the circuits with gaps would not allow the electricity to flow around it, whereas the circuits which were connected did. 

We had great fun making a circuit and demonstrated excellent team work.

 

Year 4 Gibside Trip

Year 4’s trip to Gibside was a fantastic success. The children were involved with lots of activities. On Monday, we worked together in groups on the Gibside hunt. Later on, we made dens, we learnt how to make a fire safely, roasted marshmallows and finally placed food in different areas along with cameras to track which animals ate our bait. On Tuesday, we watched our animal investigation footage and found that many animals had taken our food such as deer, badgers, mice and birds. To end our trip, the children were involved in a nature art activity and had time to play in the play area at Strawberry Castle. The children had great fun staying over at Gibside and have made so many memories!

Year 4’s evaporation experiment.

Today, the children were involved in an evaporation experiment. Year 4’s task was to wet towels and to predict which towel evaporated the quickest. Firstly, the children discussed how they would make the test fair – by making sure we had the same sized towels for each group, we poured the same amount of liquid on each towel to make them wet, we measured the temperature in each location the towels were placed in (Mr Dixon’s office, the classroom and outside) and made sure each towel had the same amount of time to dry. The children found that the towel that was left outside evaporated the quickest compared to the towel left in the classroom and the office. We understood that evaporation is when a liquid changes into a gas – which is handy when we need to dry our clothes. Well done, Year 4!

 

Year 4 World Book Day

Year 4 had a great day taking part in World Book Day celebrating our favourite book characters. The children completed a Wanted Poster in Literacy for Narnia’s Ice Queen and completed Narnia themed time word problems. In the afternoon, the children created their own representations of Narnia. A great effort was made by all the children in their World Book Day costumes – here are just a few examples!