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Welcome to Y4I's Class Page


 
If you should wish to speak to me, please send me an email (tom.ibison@pudseyprimrosehill.co.uk), call the school office (0113 2574129) or try and catch me before or after school, and we can arrange a time to meet.

We hope you enjoy exploring all the learning that takes place in our class on this page throughout the year!

This week's learning is focused on:
Write Now Focus Week - Peter Pan
Writing - a Peter Pan inspired story; Reading - examining the characters in Peter Pan; Art - Pop-up art and sketching characters from Peter Pan; ICT - Puppet Pals of the children's stories; Maths - Multiplication and division written methods.


This half-term's class reader is:

Awful Auntie
by David Walliams


This half-term's home reader is:

The Fincredible Diary of Fin Spencer

by Ciaran Murtagh

Y4I specific dates for your diary - Spring Half Term 1:
 
Peter Pan animations

This week, the children wrote their own stories inspired by Peter Pan's adventures and the work they did on Monday with the Northern Arts Factory. Their writing included some setting description, speech and a fight scene. Today, the children were tasked with animating those stories using the Puppet Pals app. Working in pairs with people they perhaps might not usually work with, the children had to decide on their setting, characters, dialogue and action. This was certainly a challenge but the children worked hard to meet it and did so as a team. Their hard work can be viewed here, but we hope to have another session that will allow them to re-record their audio using iMovie and perhaps add sound effects and music, showing how they can select and use multiple applications to create a fantastic finished product. These will be uploaded when completed but I hope you enjoy the 'rough cuts' as much as I have.

Pop-up Art

During this Peter Pan Focus Week we have had the pleasure of reading from an amazing pop-up version of this classic tale. Inspired by this, the children who did not go swimming on Thursday had a go at creating a pop-up frogs with Mrs Clegg. The frogs were catching flies, just like they did in the story when they were sat by the river that runs past the Lost Boy's hideout. I think they look great and the children worked really hard on their cutting, folding, gluing and sketching skills.

Pop-up Art
Northern Arts Factory performance based on Peter Pan

For those who were unable to attend or simply want to relive this amazing performance again, here it is.

Northern Arts Factory workshop

We have had the best day ever working with the Northern Arts Factory. The children have been treated to an amazing workshop incorporating drama, movement, dance and music. In just one day the children: choreographed their own journey to Neverland, learnt lines and actions, put together a stage combat sequence, before combining it all into a dramatic and stunning performance! Some grown-ups were lucky enough to watch the children perform their mini masterpiece but I have recorded it for those who couldn't make it and will post it on here too. I've never been prouder of the attitude and application of my class and I would like to thank the fabulous Northern Arts Factory team for all their hard work! Well done Y4I!

Northern Arts Factory workshop
Bronze Attendance Award Winners

Well done to all the children who received their Bronze Award for attendance. It is so important that children are in school so that they don't miss out on any learning opportunities and I'm so impressed that so many people in our class go 100% attendance in the last term. Let's aim for 100% from 100% of the class next term!

Bronze Attendance Award Winners
Factor pairs fun

This week we have been looking at factor pairs. As a class, we used ourselves to work out all the factor pairs of 30. We split ourselves into rows of 1x30, 2x15, 3x10 and 6x5. This helped the children to better understand this concept and allowed them to better visualise arrays.

Factor pairs fun
Term 2 Prefects

A new term brings new prefects and we have two fantastic ones in Y4I. These two are such enthusiastic learners that I hope they will be wonderful role models for their classmates in their new role. Well done!

Term 2 Prefects
Christmas cards and calendars

This week, the children have worked hard to make Christmas cards and calendars for their grown ups. On Wednesday, they made pop up cards with Mrs Clegg using their DT skills and today they used their painting, sketching, shading and colour blending skills to create a four seasons calendar. We hope you enjoy your cards and gift. And a big thank you to all the children and grown ups for the thoughtful cards, gifts and good wishes you have given me at the end of term. I hope you all have a fun and restful holiday and look forward to seeing you all back in school on 3rd January!

Christmas cards and calendars
Y3/4 Christmas Party

What an afternoon it has been. The children were treated to an exciting party filled with music, games and food. Thank you to everyone who provided our class with such delicious treats. The children really appreciated it (and so did Mrs Clegg and I). We were very impressed with the children's dance moves, the way they danced and played together and their manners and ability to share when we tucked into our Christmas feast. I was very proud to be their teacher today!

Y3/4 Christmas Party
Y4I's Christmas Wake Up Shake Up routine

The children have done a brilliant job of learning our new Wake Up Shake Up routine this week. We only had two run throughs before introducing it to the whole of KS2 on Monday. Dancing to 'Santa Claus is coming to town' by the Jackson 5, the children have shown great rhythm and energy performing a routine that involves lots of jumping, on the spot running and lunges. Staff and other classes have commented on how much they have enjoyed doing it. Well done Y4I!

Y4I's Christmas Wake Up Shake Up routine
Thursday's Buddy the Elf update

On Buddy's final day in class he decided to get the best vantage point he could, so he sat on top of the interactive whiteboard. He will be making his final notes as he prepares his report for both Father Christmas and me. I will receive my report via email at lunchtime tomorrow which will determine whether or not the children get a present from me. Let's hope that all of Y4I are on the 'nice' list.

Thursday's Buddy the Elf update
Wednesday's Buddy the Elf update

Oh dear! Buddy, like many of the children around school (and even some of the staff), is feeling a little under the weather. We found him sneezing into a tissue this morning. He must be full of cold. We hope he gets better soon.

Wednesday's Buddy the Elf update
Tuesday's Buddy the Elf update

Last night, Buddy was very naughty indeed. Kayra and her family had very kindly given me a present for Christmas and I was looking forward to taking it home on Friday, placing it under my tree ready to open on Christmas morning. But this morning I came in to find nosey Buddy trying to open up my gift! How cheeky!

Tuesday's Buddy the Elf update
Monday's Buddy the Elf update

Buddy must have loved our Focus Week learning about Japan as he was tucking in to some Japanese nosh when we arrived in class this morning. He obviously hadn't learnt all of the customs because he still had is pointy, black elf boots on!

Monday's Buddy the Elf update
Our digestive system

On Friday, we did lots of science work looking at the human digestive system. The children learnt about the various parts of the system and their functions. They used this new knowledge to label an image of the digestive system, create an interactive digestive system diagram that explained the parts and functions of the system and made a digestive system information poster. To help the children better understand how all of the organs involved work, we also did a practical experiment, turning bread into poo! We ripped and ground the bread with our fingers just as the teeth do. We then used a bag to simulate our stomach, filling it with acid (Coke) that breaks down our food and churning it like our stomach muscles do. We passed what remained into the intestines (tights) that absorbed all of the vitamins, nutrients and water, before excreting the remaining waste matter! The children loved getting involved in this practical science and it really helped them understand what our amazing human body does when we eat.

Our digestive system
Friday's Buddy the Elf update

When we found Buddy today he was making snow angels in a pile of Christmas decorations. Apparently he was having a 'bauble bath'!

Friday's Buddy the Elf update
Achievement Award winner

This week’s winner produced some wonderful writing during Focus Week and has been working really hard in all subject areas recently. Also, she has shown herself to be quite the singer during our Christmas play rehearsals. Look out X-Factor!

Achievement Award winner
Thursday's Buddy the Elf update

This morning, we found Buddy playing cards with a few pals. Let's hope the children play their cards right and get on his good list.

Thursday's Buddy the Elf update
Wednesday's Buddy the Elf update

It appears Buddy spent the night trying to become a Times Tables Rockstar! Here he is using a candy cane as a guitar and rocking out with some of the TT Rockstars characters. Perhaps this is a hint as to what he wants children to be doing to get on the nice list - practising times tables. He also sent us an email today explaining all of the good and bad behaviours he had spotted. He was very impressed with our work in Enrichment and in rehearsals but wasn't so sure about our listening skills and how well we follow instructions. We best all get to work correcting that if we want to avoid receiving a lump of coal come December 25th!

Wednesday's Buddy the Elf update
DT Sock Creatures (5th Dec 2017)

Meet the second generation of sock creatures produced in Y4! This group have also learnt to sew running stitch, back stitch and over-stitch ... another batch of fabulous creatures!

DT Sock Creatures (5th Dec 2017)
Tuesday's Buddy the Elf update

This morning we discovered that Buddy has been having some fun zip lining around the classroom! He remained in this spot to get a better view of who is being naughty and nice.

Tuesday's Buddy the Elf update
Elf on a Shelf

This morning, Y4I had a very interesting visitor. It was a delivery from the big man in red himself all the way from the North Pole! Buddy Bing, our very own scout elf, will join us every day to spy on the children and help Father Christmas make his naughty and nice list! He has already inspired some fantastically descriptive writing from the children and we will be telling the tale of the trip he takes from the North Pole to school every morning in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

Elf on a Shelf
Learning Legend of the Week

Our winner this week is beginning to develop an outstanding attitude to learning and long may it continue. He now has more confidence in his abilities and ideas and this is leading to him working far more independently. He is also showing greater perseverance and resilience when things get tough and is reflective more deeply on how he can improve his learning. All in all, he is slowly turning into a Learning Legend in front of my eyes. Keep going!

Learning Legend of the Week
Around the World Focus Week

What a week we have had! We've been all around the world studying the geography and culture of Japan, India, New Zealand, Jamaica and Kenya with teachers from Y2 to Y6. Our classroom was transformed into a Japanese restaurant, with lots of pictures and artifacts and the chance to try some sushi rolls (no raw fish thankfully!). In Miss Swift's Y5 class, the children learnt all about the geography of India and an Indian style of dance. With Mrs Joyce, the children explored the Maori culture of New Zealand, designing their own Maori face tattoos and learning how to do the Haka! On Thursday, the children learnt about and performed some reggae whilst exploring Jamaican culture with Mr Pinna. Finally, Friday's trip was to Mrs Walker and Kenya, where the children found out about Kenya's natural wonders which inspired their art work. In the afternoons, we have blogged and tweeted about the countries we have visited, with the most impressive blog entries being selected to go onto a real live blog online. A link will be posted here for you to view these entries once they have been typed up and uploaded. The children have really enjoyed this week and I hope it has inspired in them a desire to travel. I apologise in advance for the requests for a holiday to Japan in letters to Santa!

Around the World Focus Week
Learning Legend of the Week

This week, our winner has shown a greater level of independence and is responding to feedback in a very positive manner. This has meant that he is becoming a much more reflective learner in all areas of the curriculum, but particularly in maths, and is now self-editing and improving his learning before it is marked. Keep it up. It makes my job a whole lot easier!

Learning Legend of the Week
Children in Need

The School Council ran another fantastic Children in Need day on Friday. This included dressing in something spotty, a special assembly and a chance for each class to guess the amount of sweets in a jar - closest guess wins the lot! Reece McDermott was the lucky winner in our class and graciously shared his prize with the whole class - Pudsey would be proud of your charitable spirit! Thanks to your donations, we raised over £400 in school for this great charity. To help drum up more support, the Children designed posters to take home aimed to encourage people to donate. Well done to our School Council representatives, Libby and Zach, for all their hard work in making the day so brilliant.

Children in Need
Achievement Awards Winner and Learning Legend of the Week

This week, two lucky award winners were chosen for their improvements in their writing and kindness to others. Incredibly, the awards were presented by Pudsey Bear himself during a special assembly (see the Newsletter for more details). In addition to these achievement award winners, I was also able to name our Learning Legend of the Week. The winner encompasses everything that makes a good Learning Legend and is a role model to his peers.

Achievement Awards Winner and Learning Legend of the Week
Leeds Beckett Students Learning Day

The children had a wonderful day doing two different activities planned and delivered by students from Leeds Beckett University. One activity centred around the journey Michael takes on the sailing boat the 'Peggy Sue' from our class reader 'Kensuke's Kingdom'. The other looked at the make up of boats and the children had a go working in teams to create a boat that floated. On behalf of the children, I'd like to thank the students for a great day and for all their hard work!

Leeds Beckett Students Learning Day
Achievement Awards Winner and Learning Legend of the Week

Well done to these two superstars for their brilliant attitude to learning this week! Keep it up!

Achievement Awards Winner and Learning Legend of the Week
Politicians of the future

The children had a fantastic afternoon learning about Democracy with Mrs Clegg. They looked at the right to vote and some children ran for office against manifestos they were given. The discussions children had were incredible and they understood the difficulties adults face when coming to vote, choosing who to vote for when they agree and disagree with things the parties stand for. They even voted in secret for the party they wanted to elect to Parliament. Many showed real promise as politicians of the future! Look out Westminster!

Politicians of the future
DT Sock Creatures

Meet our first generation of sock creatures produced in Y4! We have learnt to sew running stitch, back stitch and over-stitch ... aren't they fabulous!

DT Sock Creatures
Achievement Awards Winner and Learning Legend of the Week

Well done to this week's award winners! They've been working very hard and it is paying off. Keep on pushing!

Achievement Awards Winner and Learning Legend of the Week
Achievement Awards Winner

Well done to this week's award winner. Some incredible reasoning in maths earnt him this award. Keep it up!

Achievement Awards Winner
Achievement Awards Winner and Learning Legend of the Week

Congratulations to our award winners this week. Both of them have worked extremly hard and are becoming little, learning legends thanks to their hard work, perserverance and desire to learn and get better. Keep up the good work!

Achievement Awards Winner and Learning Legend of the Week
Take a Peake at our Out of This World trip

Today, Y3EW and Y4I enjoyed a wonderful day at the Science & Media Museum in Bradford. Following on from our fabulous Space Focus Week and the brilliant learning the children did about Tim Peake for their Learning Log, we got to see the actual capsule the British astronaut traveled to and from space in! The children took part in a number of exciting workshops and explored what it would be like to travel to space. We also got the chance to spend time in some of the museum's other galleries, including ones about gaming and photography. It was a fantastic day and I'd like to thank all the staff who made it possible and our incredible parent helpers!

Take a Peake at our Out of This World trip
Alien Attack

The classroom has been invaded by little, green men!! The children had a great afternoon using watercolours to paint the new planet we have been studying and creating plasticine models of the alien character from their space stories.

Alien Attack
Out of this World Learning Log

A big well done to Khadija for her incredible Learning Log this week! Her model of the solar system hangs proudly from our Focus Week display. Great work!

Out of this World Learning Log
Lost in Space

This week the children are researching the new solar system that NASA have discovered. It is very similar to our own solar system and we have each been given a planet to study. To work out which of our planets the new planet we have been given to study is like, we worked in groups to research our planets and summarise what we learnt on posters. We then figured out from the clues found in the capsule NASA gave to us that our planet is most like Saturn.

Lost in Space
Learning Legend of the Week

Congratulations to the first Learning Legend of the Week! This award celebrates the child who has worked the hardest to meet our new Learning Legend goals, which link to our Be Your Best Trackers. In class, we celebrate when children meet these goals and post them up on our display. The Learning Legend of the Week is the person who has best met these goals and will be displayed as a symbol of learning excellence throughout the week.

Learning Legend of the Week
Swimming

A reminder that swimming starts this week. Children will require the following:

 
  • Bag (big enough to carry everything)
  • Swimming costume/trunks
  • Towel
  • Goggles (optional)
Maths is Fun

On Friday, we took part in a number of activities in our Maths lesson to test our understanding of everything we had learnt about 4-digit numbers so far this year. We wrote them in words, represented them using Base 10, place value counters and numicon, used place value grids, explored number lines, answered word problems and practiced our reasoning skills. We had a great time applying our new skills!

Maths is Fun
Times Tables Rockstars
Today we became the Mick Jagger and Debbie Harry's of maths when we launched a new way to help us with our times tables. Times Tables Rockstars allows children to compete as their very own rock legend in times tables games against their classmates, other classes and even other schools. We had a lot of fun 'performing' at various festivals today and the children have their usernames and passwords so they can rock out at home too!

https://ttrockstars.com/

Times tables are really important in Y4 and anything that can be done at home to help support your children's times tables learning will be extremely beneficial. As well as being a Rockstar, children can also learn their times tables using some great songs that are covers of some of their favourite chart hits. Below is a link to the song for x6 (a cover of 'Cheerleader' by OMI) but there are songs for all tables that can be found by following the links to the right of the video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9os1VUUp5io

Lets get rocking our way to times tables greatness!