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Kingfishers - Yr4

Welcome to Year 4.

Welcome back, we hope you've had a great summer - we certainly enjoyed the chance to recharge our batteries!

We are the Kingfisher class. Mr Good is our teacher and Mrs Barker is our teaching assistant. We're really pleased we have Mrs Barker this year, as she knows the children really well from last year.

Our  door is always open and we are more than happy to meet with you to discuss any concerns you may have. Please feel free to pop in and introduce yourselves or come for a chat at the end of the day. 

Please see the attached newsletter for details of PE sessions, homework, guitar lessons and the whole school reading challenge.

 

Children in Need Day

We had a brilliant day today raising money for Children in Need. We all came dressed in spots or Pudsey outfits and ears! We even had a twirl to show off our outfits in assembly!

Then throughout the day, we made Pudsey biscuits, put pennies on a giant Pudsey face and entered into a raffle draw to win a Pudsey bear.

 

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Stem Day at The Magnus Church of England Academy

What a fantastic day we had on Tuesday!

We had a brisk walk down to The Magnus and when we got there, we were split into three groups. 

We had  4 different activities:

  • Build a bridge that can hold a bag of coins.
  • Build a structure that will protect an egg when it drops out of the second floor window!
  • Measure the speed of a paper aeroplane.
  • Make predictions about balloon rockets.

We had time for breaks and lunch and enjoyed being at a secondary school. We all thought it was a lovely school.

At the end of the day, it was award time and children received medals.

The teachers commented on our children's excellent behaviour, enthusiasm and manners. Mr Good, Mrs Barker and myself were extremely proud of our children. They were all fantastic ambassadors for our school.  Well done.

Homework!

This year, as a school,  we decided to try something different with homework.

Each year group has designed 9 creative homework activities that can be completed in any order each week.

Our activities tied in with our class novel - Charlotte's Web and our topic on Potions. The activities ranged from covering our homework books, making a spiders web, designing and making magical potions, fact files on spiders webs and much more. 

The children have been so enthusiastic about their homework and have been really proud to show off their work. (It has also been great to see all the adults getting involved with the shared projects too! ) Thanks!

Viscosity!

We had another exciting science lesson this week testing the properties of liquids. We set up a ramp and poured different liquids down them and timed how long they took to reach the bottom. We tested : syrup, custard, ketchup, water, vinegar and cooking oil.

We found out that different liquids have different properties and not all liquids are the same. Some are thin and flow easily- these have a low viscosity. Others are thick and gooey and have a high viscosity. It was fun!

Our exciting new science topic this term is Potions.

Potion: a poison, a mixture, an aromatic brew, a vapour, a liquid or a sticky goo.

Welcome to the amazing magical world of potions and their properties.

Use what you know about materials and their properties to create incredible potions.

Wow!

We had a really exciting lesson to start our topic on potions. We carried out a variety of experiments. One experiment we used bicarbonate of soda and lemonade and watched the mixture effervesce as the gas escaped. 

When we added cooking oil to the mixture , we noticed that the mixture separated and the oil formed a layer on the top ( it reminded us of lava lamps!) 

Then for the really exciting last experiment, we all had to go outside.

Mr Good filled a big bottle with vinegar and then added bicarbonate of soda. It was amazing watching the mixture bubble and foam and eventually topple over the top of the jar like a volcano! It was very smelly too!

We had so much fun!

Here are some of the comments the children wrote on 'post its' afterwards!

"It was amazing, exciting and interesting!"

"It was like a chemistry lesson - I learnt loads"

"It was amazing when it exploded - it was a very strong smell!"

" It was my favourite part of Year 4 so far, I was a bit scared when the vinegar bubbled up!"

"It was so bubbly and exciting!"

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Year 4 expectation meeting

Thank you to the parents that attended the meeting on Friday. We hope you found it useful. We really appreciate your support.

For those of you who were unable to make it- you might find the powerpoint attached below useful.

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