Archive for January, 2013

Maths in Year 4

Posted in Uncategorized on January 30, 2013 by Mr Davy

Its been a great half term so far. Fantastic writing has/is being produced in the Fiction Narrative and persuasive style. In addition, the children are really engaged with the topic and showing an understanding far beyond their years. This in regards to the stars, planets, moons and laws of gravity and air resistance.

In Maths, the children are also producing some fantastic work. Last week we reviewed a lot of mathematical concepts then challenged ourselves to attempt SAT style papers in pairs. The positive attitude and collaborative learning was simply brilliant. The children were really ‘learning without limits’, surprising themselves with the concepts they understand, and identifying areas where they need support and more confidence. Well done Year 4!

This week we have been investigating decimal numbers and linking mathematical shapes to Design and Technology by testing and evaluating each other’s games.

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Wall Wisher – Year 4 tips for writing

Posted in Uncategorized on January 23, 2013 by Mr Davy

Here is something new for you to try.

After writing your excellent fiction stories, I would love to hear the things that helped you plan and write them. These can be tips to share to help other .people write interesting and engaging stories.

Click the link, then double click a part of the screen to leave a comment.

====> http://wallwisher.com/wall/5i88prhzgg

Introduction to Gravity

Posted in Uncategorized on January 22, 2013 by Mr Davy

Year 4 have been learning about gravity and how this fundamental law of the Universe is demonstrated on Earth but also through the entire Solar System. It is gravity which keeps the planets orbiting the Sun and the moons orbiting the Planets. Like our Moon! Galileo Galielei, Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein are some of the great scientists and thinkers, who over the past few centuries, have developed our understanding of this universal law.

Galileo famously dropped two different sized cannonballs from the Learning Tower of Pisa, this was to demonstrate that objects of varying mass are affected equally by the Earth’s gravity.  The only exception to this rule is the effect that Air Resistance may have on the object’s descent. (Feathers are a good way to understand this).

 

Simply put: Gravity is a force that all objects have, it attracts other objects. The larger the mass (the amount of ‘stuff’ the object is made from) the larger the gravitational pull.  The closer the objects are also increases the gravitational pull. This simple animation demonstrates: ======= =======>

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7d/Gravity_action-reaction.gif

Here are some interesting clips, including Galileo’s experiment being carried out on the Moon by Nasa astronauts!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/testing-air-resistance/1634.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/which-falls-faster/1868.html

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Snow and Snow Flakes

Posted in Uncategorized on January 22, 2013 by Mr Davy

Here some photos of Break Time in the snow.

In class, we have discussed the weather cycle and why sometimes in Winter, we experience snow!

Snow flakes are created high in clouds, when it is very cold. Here is a website which shows pictures of individual snow flakes and more information.

Click the link ====> http://www.its.caltech.edu/~atomic/snowcrystals/photos/photos.htm

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Monday 21st January 2012

Posted in Uncategorized on January 21, 2013 by Mr Davy

Good morning Year 4!

Unfortunately the school is closed today, but don’t worry, there are still ways to find out more about our very popular new topic, The Universe!

Literacy

After our successful study of fiction narrative texts, with our ‘Le Voyage dans la Lune’ stories, we now look to write persuasive texts. Through an analysis of holiday brochures and adverts, we will write our own descriptive and persuasive texts which will hopefully tempt holiday makers to visit our own planet.

First, we need to create our planets, which should have an interesting array (mix) of features. Consider rivers and oceans, mountains, forests, deserts, icy regions, volcanoes amongst other planetary features.

Your task is to research some of the different planetary features of some of the planets and moons in our Solar System. Then, think about how your planet will look with your creation of different features.

Here are some articles to read and videos to watch, these are full of interesting information and facts.

Lots of information to read and watch about the Planets

Click ===> http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/space/solarsystem/sun_and_planets

Some of the moons of other planets, especially Saturn and Jupiter, have incredibly diverse conditions. Remember that the more matter something is made of, the greater the mass will be. This makes the gravitational attraction stronger. Planets like Saturn and Jupiter have a huge mass because they are so big. This stong gravitational attraction affects their moons. The force heats up the planets causing ice and even rocks to melt, creating awesome events. Look for ice volcanoes on one of Saturn’s moons.

Click ===> http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/space/solarsystem/moons

There are also more detailed information on the NASA website
Click ===> http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/profile.cfm?Object=Venus

If you would like a little more challenge, think about this:

In class, we have briefly discussed why Scientists call stuff ‘matter’. We have also learnt that there is a lot of matter in the Universe which makes massive objects like planets and stars. Everything in the Universe is made of the same collection of things called ‘elements’. These can be single atoms that can combine with other atoms to make something different. They can also be found either as a solid, liquid or gas. With you planets, you might want to have oceans with different liquids than water, or an atmosphere with other gases than Nitrogen, Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide.

Everything in the Universe can be found in the Periodic Table.

periodic table

Click this link to explore interactive Periodic Table
Click ===> http://www.ptable.com/

Maths

This week we are going to learn more about decimals, percentages and fractions.

Start to learn about the topic on
Click ===> http://www.mymaths.co.uk

1) Log in: User: tws Password: red
2) Click: Library
3) Click: Level 3
4) Click: Number
4) Click: Decimals
5) Click: Lesson

Enjoy the snow. See if you can see a single snowflake.

Here is the video we watched, showing how amazing our planet is and how big the space is around it.

Forest School – Exploring our understanding of the Solar System

Posted in Uncategorized on January 17, 2013 by Mr Davy

I am so impressed with the ‘Voyage to the Moon’ stories the children have been writing. We are all looking forward to sharing them. The ideas and interesting sentences are incredibly impressive and the children are really taking on the challenge to experiment and use complex grammatical structures to make the writing engaging and effective.

In the meantime, enjoy some pictures from this afternoon’s Forest School session. The children were tasked to recreate the Solar System and share any facts and interesting information about the Planets and their orbits.

Next week in Science, we will be exploring Gravity in more depth.

Enjoy,
Mr D

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National Schools Observatory

Posted in Uncategorized on January 16, 2013 by Mr Davy

As promised, here is a link to Liverpool University’s robotic telescope website. It is a fantastic website with amazing pictures of space, interesting information and fun activities like the age calculator and gravity simulator.

You can also request the telescope to zoom in and take a picture of a part of space (including Planets, the Moon etc.) and email it to you! Although be prepared to wait, as there could be a backlog of requests.

Click the link =======> http://www.schoolsobservatory.org.uk/

Your login will be your school login name and the password is ‘password’:

For example Lily-May would type:

Username: 08lilymay

Password: space123

Please explore the website and leave a comment to share any interesting areas you would like to recommend.

nso telescope