Archive for November, 2010

This Week

Posted in Uncategorized on November 27, 2010 by Mr Davy

Spelling Investigation

  

Our new sound is:

Words with the prefix ‘Un-‘.

 

Here are some words generated by the children:

Undo, Unhappy, Unstuck, Unstuck, Unusual, Unable, Until, Undone, Unkind, Untidy, ,  Unavailable, Unsafe, Unstable, Unlikely, Unbelievable, Unscrew.
 
  

 Numeracy

This week we have continued to develop our multiplication strategies by investigating repeated addition and the grid method. See below:

36 x 3 =

Repeated Addition

    36+

    36

   36

108

The Grid Method

Sorry! I am unable to create a grid on the blog so have used punctuation instead – this is alternative way to layout the more traditional ‘column multiplication’ method.

     x   ]     30      ]      6      

     3  ]       90     ]     18    =     90 +  8 = 108 

 

Next week we will be investigating Division.

  

Science – Forces

We have been investigating air resistance.

We ran across the playground holding umbrellas and discovered that there is a force that slows objects moving through the air. This force is called air resistance.

In the past week Year have 4 planned and conducted an investigation into air resistance. After firing the bottle rockets Year 4 researched rockets  and designed then modified our own bottle rockets . The results were mixed but we concluded that the 3D cone allowed the rocket to pass through the air easier and consequently travel further. The rockets with side fins seemed to be far more unstable (SOUND OF THE WEEK!!!).

CLICK on the link to watch a video of  one of the rocket launches.

 

 

‘Make do and Mend’ – Knitting and Weaving

Posted in Uncategorized on November 27, 2010 by Mr Davy

During the war Potters Bar Residents ‘sponsored’ a Navy ship. Locals knitted gloves, hats and scarves for the sailors of HMS Poppy who were out on the cold seas.

CLICK the link for a picture and information about HMS Poppy.   http://www.cbrnp.com/RNP/Flower/ARTICLES/Poppy/index.htm

To find out more about life in the 1940’s Year 4 have been learning to knit and weave.

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Local Historians Visit Year 4

Posted in Uncategorized on November 27, 2010 by Mr Davy

This term we were lucky to have a visit from two local historians from the Potters Bar Museum. Brian and Terry who were both children living in Potters Bar during WWII and shared with us fascinating artefacts and memories. Terry once found an incendiary bomb which had failed to ignite after sinking into the clay of a tennis court, which was located at the end of Darkes Lane. There are also some photographs of local houses which were unfortunately bombed during WWII. The fabric Terry is holding was part of a large parachute mine that fell in Potters Bar graveyard. The Nazis were attempting to destroy the railway tunnels nearby.

Why was the train line so important to the war effort?

Look at the photos. Can you see:

1) Soldiers in Darkes Lane?

2) Bombed out houses in Laurel Avenue?

3)  An Anderson Shelter amongst the destruction of a V1 rocket in Barnet?

 4) A gas mask for babies?

 

  

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Sound of the Week and New Maths Games

Posted in Uncategorized on November 19, 2010 by Mr Davy

New Sound of the Week

Words ending in -en

Here are some words generated today:

PenHen

Ten

Then

Chicken

Den

Men

Garden

Women

Ben

GoldenFrozen

Chosen

Fallen

When

Halloween

Seen

Written

Mitten

Driven

KitchenQueen

Keen

Eaten

Swollen

Thicken

Woollen

Beaten

Spoken

Drunken

Forgotten

 

Maths Focus of the Week

We will continue to investigate Multiplication next week as well as begin reviewing Division.

To practice your time tables here are some online games:

http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/timestable/interactive.htm

Try ‘Meteor Multiplication’ first and select the tables you want to practice. If you are incredibly confident try out the Grand Prix, it is great fun but there are some tricky questions and the other players are quick!

Year 4 Update

Posted in Uncategorized on November 12, 2010 by Mr Davy

This week we ‘Made do and Mended’ by recycling old t-shirts into shopping bags.

Take a look below:

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Well done to you all for practing your spellings this week. It was great to see you all enthusiastically tackle your Spelling Investigations!

Our new sound of the week is -ing. This is a very common ending for many words so it is important to revise this sound.

The children should have brought home their marked spelling investigation sheets from today as well as the new sound of the week.

Here are some words you collated today:

ReadingTeaching Sleeping

Marking

Boxing

Adding

Mending

Doing

Eating

Playing

Climbing

Skipping

Morning

Ceiling

Sealing

SpeedingFlyingBoiling

Running

Resting

Drumming

Knitting

Cooking

Racing

Wailing

Sprinting

Spitting

Wrestling

Sprinkling

Beating

EndingRingingRaining

Swimming

Melting

Mixing

Texting

Jumping

Moving

Pouring

Going

Singing

Dancing

Sewing

*** remember that Forest School is on Thursday next week and we have P.E. on Monday instead!***

***If you haven’t brought back the Permission Slip, (for the Sports Hall Athletics at Owen School on Tuesday afternoon) please bring them in on Monday.***

Numeracy

After checking the Mathletics teacher data, I am delighted to see so many of you enjoying your learning so much.

This week in Numeracy we have been looking at Number Sequences and revising the properties of Odd and Even numbers.

To practice these skills, open the Mathletics home page and go to:

E: Number and Relationships > Increasing and Decreasing Patterns.

Have an excellent weekend and see you on Monday!

Mr Davy

Sound of the week – words ending in -al.

Posted in Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 by Mr Davy

The new grey spellings folders should have gone home today which includes the sound of the week and a variety of activities to help with learn the spellings.

Some of the word collected today include:

Total, metal, petal, mammal, animal, crucial, rehearsal, several and vital.

Can you think of any more? Share them with the class during our word work!

Have a fantastic bonfire weekend and enjoy the fireworks!

See you all on Monday!

Mr Davy