Rivington Avenue, Platt Bridge, Wigan, Lancashire WN2 5NG
|Class of 2017 -18|
September is the start of a new year and I'd like to welcome the wonderful new children in my class to year 4b. This month, we have been settling into a new routine and having lots of new exciting experiences. Firstly, the children have started their weekly music lessons. This provides them with the opportunity to explore the creative arts and get hands on experience with violins and cellos. As well this, we have had the chance to start new sports in PE, where not only have we been working on our throwing and catching skills, but starting next month we are moving onto a unit of gymnastics work. Finally, we have introduced Spanish lessons for the first time ever! The children have absolutely loved learning a new language and are even now able to introduce themselves and say how old they are! It's an exciting year ahead which we are all really looking forward to!
|Class of 2016 -17|
Spring has arrived in year 4b and we have had a month focused on our environment. Throughout the month, we have had a big focus on plants and wildlife. From learning about Eco systems in science, where we discovered different types of bugs, animals, predators and prey, to exploring the beautiful scenery of Low Hall Nature Reserve, hunting for the very animals we have been learning about.
The children have also been getting their hands dirty in the allotment area. They have begun to plant a range of different vegetables in our beds including springs onions and potatoes. As well as this, we have spent time making our classroom and school look even more beautiful by bedding flowers into pots and hanging baskets.
We have also been lucky enough to be visited by several environmental experts this term. Firstly, we took part in a water workshop which focused on ways to save water, reuse old water in order to recycle it as efficiently as possible and we even learnt about how water is cleaned on an industrial scale! As well as this, we were visited by the road safety team who gave us lots of top tips about how to travel safely and get around in ways which are better for the environment.
April has been an exciting month for year 4b!
Firstly, in science, we have been exploring the history of electricity and how it used. From Researching the work of Thomas Edison and Benjamin Franklin, to making our own electricity circuits with switches, we have really had a buzzing time. The children created their own circuits which where complete with lamps, buzzers and switches to turn them on and off .
In maths, the children have been learning about 2d and 3d shapes. This has involved learning about the properties if different shapes, new shape names and even the difference between regular and irregular polygons. We have also been exploring angles alongside this. Fly some children, this meant exploring the school grounds with angle measures and identifying the different types of angles and shapes which we could. This angle hunt was a lot of fun!
Finally, in English, as well as writing about Pokemon and our trip to Low Bank Ground, we practiced reading and rehearsing poetry aloud. Each child chose their favourite poem from a range of different books, then read it out aloud to the whole class. Some were funny, some were sad, some were about people and places: all of them were brilliant! It was wonderful to see the children confidently stand in front of the rest of their classmates and share their favourite pieces of writing.
As a WOW launch to E Safety day we wanted to do something memorable for the children around keeping children safe on the Internet. With the help of One Day Creative, all the children in the school got to take part in a fun creative workshop and learn all about E Safety through Drama.
Year 4-5 explored E safety issues the same way but through a super heroes and villains theme. Some children were in charge of E- safety and had to Buzz and shout “Stop” when there was something suspicious or unsafe happening in the game. The foam numbers and letters represented the keyboard on the game and the children acted out behind these as though in the game.
This term we started a brand new topic in science. We are exploring the exciting world of sound and have undertaken a number of interesting and fascinating experiments. Starting with a range of instruments, we discovered that sound is created by the vibration of objects. Using this knowledge, we managed to create not only own instruments but also string telephones which we used to send secret messaged. Finally, we studied how the length of objects can affect the pitch of sound, changing it from high to low. We have become budding scientists of the future!
We spent our English lessons in December playing Minecraft and creating video blogs for YouTube! It was a lot of fun. The children began by creating a magical castle on the iPad version of the game, before writing a set of instructions for other children which would explain how to build the castle for themselves. Following this, the children then paired up and recorded video blogs on the iPads all about the amazing world within the game. The children had a lot of fun doing this and made the most of the chance to express themselves.
Firstly, in math we have been learning about multiplication, grid method and times tables. We have played games and had competitions so that we can memorise them.
Secondly, in English we ate chocolate cake while reading Matilda and writing about Miss Trunchbull. We are also reading The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe which we have nearly finished.
Finally, in science we are learning about the water cycle, condensation, evaporation and water vapour. We have done several experiments about these, they were our favourite!
By Emily and Lucie 4B
|Class of 2015 - 16|
In Year 4B, we have really enjoyed the different activities we took park in during Eco Week. We especially enjoyed creating our flower beds by planting some beautiful flowers and even making our own hanging baskets!
The Wigan Council gave us some very interesting information about road safety too and we loved taking part in a role play activity which helped us to recognise the dangers associated with this.
This term we have been using the new allotment area to plant a range of seeds and flowers. The children loved coming up with the ideas of what to plant. This involved researching the life cycle of a plant which built upon the knowledge of the previous year.
Although it was raining, the children were still smiling!