Archive for February, 2011

A Walk Down Memory Lane

Posted in Uncategorized on February 21, 2011 by Mr Davy

We are now half way through Year 4. Thank you for all the hard work and enthusiasm in your learning.

Here is a link to The Pillbox Study Group website. They have published a story about the emails you wrote last term. Enjoy!

CLICK THIS===============>>>


Constellations Challenge

Posted in Uncategorized on February 17, 2011 by Mr Davy

This week in Numeracy we have been using our measuring skills to measure pictures of star constellations. Then we used multiplication strategies to convert all the measurments to a larger size. Once we had completed this we used the Stellarium software to identify and name the constellations, then we used our new data to accurately draw the constellations onto the playground.

I was thoroughly impressed with the accuracy of your drawings.

Have a look at  the photos and see if you can recognise any.

Here is a link to a website that has pictures of the constellations we were drawing =====>>>>

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Stargazing Evening – Photos

Posted in Uncategorized on February 17, 2011 by Mr Davy

Thank you to all who came. It was wonderful to see both children and adults so enthusiastic about the night sky.

Don’t forget to download Stellarium for free!

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Speedstacking tournament at Owen’s School

Posted in Uncategorized on February 17, 2011 by Mr Davy

We have managed to retrieve some photos from a faulty camera.

Although it may seem a distant memory now, I would like to say how proud I was of you all in the way that you supported each other throughout the tournament. You were all positive and cheered each other on, even when cups were occasionally  knocked over.  A great team spirit and thank you for all trying as hard as you could.

Well Done Year 4!

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Stargazing night – Stellarium

Posted in Uncategorized on February 10, 2011 by Mr Davy

What a fantastic night. Thank you all for coming and being so enthusiastic. As promised, here is a link to download the Stellarium virtual planetarium software:

Happy stargazing!

Check back soon for more information and photos from the evening.

See you tomorrow.

Mr Davy

Weekend Update

Posted in Uncategorized on February 5, 2011 by Mr Davy

Hello All,  ;

As promised here is the link to NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day. It is updated daily and has some fantastic images of the Universe:

CLICK THE LINK =========>>>>

Try exploring the NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Kids Club

Tell me what you think about it – Write a comment!




This week we have been analysing the features of poetry as well as writing our own poems about some planets in our Solar System. We will continue to study poetry next week. Read the poem below and see if you can spot the following features: ALLITERATION, SIMILES, PERSONIFICATION and the RHYMING SCHEME.

 Jupiter by Mr Davy




Of the planets in our Solar System,

I’d like tell you about just one.

The colourful giant Jupiter,

With a great spot as red as a tongue.

It’s the largest planet out of eight,


A huge ball of swirling gas,

Famous for it’s colourful storms,

And unbelievably large mass.


Now if you find yourself in his orbit,

Make sure that you make some room.

Because gigantic Jupiter is on his way,

And he’s with his gang of moons!


This week we will be finishing our Voyage to Space topic and review all the Mathematical skills we have been learning about in the past two weeks. These include:

Using our knowledge of Multiplication, Division, Addition and Subtraction strategies to solve 1 and 2 step word problems. Solving time and distance word problems. Understanding map scales, compass points and directional language to navigate our ‘space ship’.

Use your Mathletics profile to practise these skills.



Phases of the Moon

Posted in Uncategorized on February 2, 2011 by Mr Davy

Hi everyone,

Thank you for your enthusiasm today. The phases of the Moon can be a little tricky to understand.

Here are two virtual simulators you can play with.


Here is a game to play which might help you further understand the concept. (Let me know if you how to score points! Its a mystery to me!)

CLICK THE LINK ====>>>>>

Go to the ‘Space Centre’ and click the ‘It’s just a phase’ game.