Hedgehogs


ARCHAEOLOGISTS AT WORK!
14th February 2017, 3:33 pm
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We developed our archaeological skills and excavated an interesting collection of artifacts from the ancient Egyptian era. We logged, photographed, sketched and measured each item found and examined the materials it was made from. In addition, we made deductions about how it was used and who it might have belonged to. Afterwards, we used the features of non-fiction texts to find out more about each artifact!



MANCHESTER MUSEUM
14th February 2017, 12:55 pm
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We had a fantastic day at the Manchester Museum developing our skills as historians. We found out all about the mummified remains of Asru.



Camping or Glamping?
10th July 2015, 7:35 am
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If you’re after a holiday planner, just ask a Year 4! In groups, they were tasked with planning a 3-night camping trip for 2 adults and 2 children, choosing the campsite, food packages, activities and equipment of their choice. However it wasn’t quite that simple because they had to stay within their budget and use their teamwork and problem solving skills to make sure that everybody was happy! Of course they also needed to use their mathematical knowledge to add and subtract mentally and using the written methods. The whole trip had to be planned, including the petrol to and from the campsite! When asked what this activity had taught them, aside from it allowing them to practise their mathematical skills, most of them said that they didn’t realise just how much time and money went into planning a holiday!



Year 4 are ‘hopping-mad’ for Maths!
9th July 2015, 10:00 pm
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Over the last term, Year 4 have been putting their Maths skills into action! It is really important that we apply our mathematical knowledge to everyday, practical situations and here are a few snaps of us doing just that! Just before Easter, The Easter Bunny set up an Easter Egg Hunt around the playground, but the children had to earn their prizes by solving mathematical problems! The race was on and the children were unsurprisingly very enthusiastic, with the overall winners (who completed the Hunt in the quickest time) being Jake and Sophie!



Watch out Hollywood!
19th March 2015, 12:36 pm
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Year 4 love expressing themselves through drama so we regularly experiment with texts and different scenarios to become more familiar with them. Recently we acted out scenes from ‘Sam’s Duck’ by Michael Murpurgo  to better understand how characters resolve dilemmas they may face. They did brilliantly and here are a few snaps!



Hedgehog’s Magic Box
19th March 2015, 12:26 pm
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As part of our Poetry unit, we looked at ‘The Magic Box’ by Kit Wright. After analysing the techniques he used, we wrote our own poems in the same style as Kit Wright’s and used alliteration, similes, metaphors, and description. Finally, we put our best lines together to create a class version and here it is:

I will put into the box

the ride of a rose-red Bugatti,

the last stare of an Ancient Egyptian King’s cat,

and one last penny to make a pound.

 

I will put into the box

a baby’s first contagious giggle,

the tender kiss of a loving Grandma,

and the last laugh of a special Grandad.

 

I will put into the box

a rose patterned like a rainbow,

a horse as white as snow,

the red moon over the crater-like earth.

 

I will put into the box

three flying wishes,

a witch on a unicorn

and a princess on a broomstick.

 

I will put into the box

a dog’s last sight of freedom,

an ancient magic-filled forest,

and the heart of a fierce lion.

 

I will put into the box

an African land snail as fast as lightning,

the first waddle of a baby duckling,

and the last point of a beautiful ballerina who is a gliding swan.



Hedgehogs share stories with rabbits
14th March 2015, 10:31 pm
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World Book Day was such a success and the children all looked fantastic dressed as characters from their favourite books. A highlight of the day was meeting with children from the Reception class to share some of their favourite stories.



Introducing the newest (far slimier) members of our class…
17th February 2015, 9:34 pm
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Meet our new additions to Year 4… Giant African Land Snails! The children have decided to name them Zoom and Mike, and the two albino snails, Crystal and Snowflake. Following their arrival, we quickly set up their new habitats and made sure they had everything they needed to settle in.

As part of our Science topic, ‘Habitat Hunt’, we planned and carried out an investigation to find out what environmental conditions snails prefer. Each group changed a different variable including whether the snails prefer light or dark; damp or dry; or warm or cold. We have used our findings to make sure that the snails are happy in our classroom, so we spray them daily to ensure they stay damp, we keep the room at a relatively constant temperature, and we provide their food overnight as they are most activate in the dark. Year 4 have been doing a fantastic job so far, so I think they may have to stay as our pets!



Hedgehogs take on the apparatus!
16th February 2015, 9:53 pm
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The children love using the apparatus in their gymnastics lessons, where they can demonstrate and develop their strength, flexibility, co-ordination and balancing skills. It is amazing to watch how well they problem-solve and overcome personal boundaries whilst having so much fun!



Our 3D Art Inspired by Andy Goldsworthy
11th February 2015, 11:29 pm
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After studying the work of Andy Goldsworthy, we wrapped up warm and had a go at designing our own 3D pieces of Art using natural materials found in our beautiful school grounds. We were inspired by the colours, shapes and textures in his sculptures. The children worked exceptionally well together to create some wonderful pieces but, much like is the case with many of Andy Goldsworthy’s creations, only photographs remain.