Diolch yn fawr for a wonderful trip to the llyfrgell. It was a bright and crisp afternoon, prefect for a walk into Rhiwbina. We all had a chance to get involved in an interactive story. Then we went on a scavenger hunt for some missing letters. Finally we made our own book marks.
When Julie Morgan came in she talked to us about how we could stop pollution. Surprisingly even a small cotton bud can do a lot of damage. We can help by reducing, reusing and recycling the things that we don't need.
This week we have been thinking about water pollution. We have learned that there are both human and natural sources of pollution. In small groups we presented speeches to the class to try to highlight the problem of pollution in our seas and rivers.
Year 4 took part in first aid training and each earned their Flat Stanley certificate. They were taught how to bandage cuts, resuscitation and how to treat burns. It was really interesting but fun too.
Year 4 have started the term with a really exciting Immersion day all about their new topic Into the Blue. We are going to find out about different underwater habitats, sea life and the impact humans have on the ocean. Remember we are always happy to display any extra learning done at home on our continuous learning lines.
We have been learning all about robins this week. Inspired by 'Coming Home' by Michael Morpurgo we have researched robins and created our own fact files. Then we made bird feeders that we can hang up in our gardens.
Blwyddyn 4 enjoyed an amazing trip to Pwll Mawr Amgueddfa Lofaol Cymru. It was a very exciting day. We learned about Christmas during Victorian times and made our own crackers. We were also brave enough to go down into the mine and experience what life was like for the miners who worked there. A big diolch to parent helpers and to all the people at Big Pit who made our day extra special.
We have had a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) lesson with Poppy from Cardiff University. We've been science detectives trying to work out which bones came from which animal.
Using the Book Creator App on the I-pads was a great way to record all of our research on Queen Victoria. We used images, fact boxes and even recorded our own voices to make a multi-sensory display.
Ask us about our phrase of the week.
For our Victorian Immersion Day we were given the chance to dress up as Victorian school children. Mrs McNamara and Mrs Bertelli became very strict and gave out punishments like the dunce's hat. It felt a little bit strange but was a really good way to make us think about the past.
We were very lucky to have Poppy from Cardiff University come to talk to us about STEM research. We really enjoyed it and look forward to more sessions!
Using the ipads we made our own Harry Potter trailers featuring us as the main characters. We used iMovie to help make them look realistic and enjoyed watching our finished trailers at the end of the session.
We added the finishing touches to our magic wands.
Using clay we followed our own designs to create decorative wands. We think that Mr Ollivander would be very proud of us.
We have been working on our dramatic dance routines inspired by scenes from Harry Potter and performing them to the beautiful film music.
Today we have been exploring the solar system through art. Using chalk pastels the classes created beautiful space inspired artwork. What a lovely way to end the week. Bendigedig Blwyddyn pedwar!
Next week we will looking for examples of excellent work to put on our new Harry Potter display. Keep working hard and wait for your work to appear on our magical board!
This term the children will be given new Reading Records which we would like them to fill in themselves once they have completed a book. They will be encouraged to share their opinions on these books in class displays and discussions. We are very grateful for your support in reading regularly with your child.
We have enjoyed starting our new topic which is all about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. This week we have written our own potions and also started to investigate how throughout history the image of witches and wizards has changed.
This term's curriculum talk for parents will take place on Thursday 20th September at 3.45pm. We will deliver information about the topics that the children will learn this academic year. There will also be an opportunity to ask any questions you may have while also sharing key dates and expectations for Year 4.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Croeso i Flwyddyn 4. We hope you all enjoyed the Summer holidays and we welcome you back to school.