Monday, 23 May 2016

Andy Warhol Inspires Sequoia

The children of year 4 are currently studying Andy Warhol, an inspirational artist to many. His pop art designs have been popular for many years and are still very famous today. In ART the children have been looking very carefully at his designs and have been using their artistic skills to create their own art based on his work. 

"The colours used in his artwork make them stand out, they are great!" Keira, Sequoia. 

"Andy Warhol is an inspiration to many, he has proven that artwork can be as colourful as you would like it to be. I also like how he repeats patterns, this makes his artwork very different to others!" Arhaan, Sequoia. 

"We used many different colours to create different sweet wrappers, the colours are very similar to Andy Warhol's work. This makes the sweets more appealing as they bright and they stand out from others!" Rashida, Sequoia. 

Chemical Change in Science

Chemical Reaction Experiment

In Science, we have been learning about chemical change. We learned that everything is made up of atoms, and when atoms form together it creates molecules. Additionally, Ethan B explained that, "a chemical change happens when we mix ingredients together and it changes its form." When this occurs, chemical reactions can be categorized into: reversible change vs. irreversible change. 

What is reversible Change?
-"A reversible change is when something changes its form and then it can return to its original form. For example,  water (liquid) can turn into ice (solid), and when given some time the ice (solid) can melt back into water (liquid)." (Fitzroy)

What is an irreversible Change?
- "This is when ingredients mix together and cannot go back to its original form - like frying an egg, or making concrete, or baking a cake!" (Alisha)

In our Science experiment below, students learned about how chemicals react differently.

Ryan was so amazed by the experiment that he excitedly exclaimed, "It was really cool when we added soap detergent because it made the food colouring swirl and made awesome designs."

"I know why it did that! Since we placed drops of food colouring on top of the full fat milk, the soap served as a cleaner and worked hard to separate the ingredients." - Elina

Year 4 Students Find Treasure at Broadford Primary!

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Year 4 Students Find Treasure at Broadford Primary!

In Literacy, we have been studying about newspaper text features. Ayomide from Sequoia reminded us that, "Newspaper articles describe the 5 W's (when, who, where, what, why)." In addition, Lelethu from Hazel explained that, "An exciting headline is important to catch the reader's attention." 

Last Friday, the Year 4 Students from Sequoia and Hazel class strolled along the adventure trail. On their walk, they discovered something amazing! Read the 5 W's below for a short snippet of our barebones.

Who: Year 4 Students (Sequoia and Hazel)

When: Friday 20th May at approximately 10:15 am

Where: Shell pit along the adventure trail at Broadford Primary

Why: Went for a walk to get fresh air

What: Students went for a walk when suddenly Caitlin from Sequoia noticed something strange in the shell pit. She informed Miss Cook, and everyone approached closer. Jacob carefully pushed all the shells aside and to everyones surprise, there was a treasure box! Miss Cook carefully opened the treasure box and students awed in amazement as it was full of ancient artifacts. Ryan from Hazel excitedly exclaimed, "Perhaps its a time capsule!"

What an exciting discovery Year 4! Stay tuned for our published newspaper report.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Ash maths group explore capacity and volume

On Thursday and Friday Ash maths group had a very hands-on and practical introduction to volume and capacity. Using a range of measuring equipment, we found the capacity of a range of items that happened to be lying around the classroom! 
Next we had a rummage in the 'lucky dip' cups to pick out volumes and then tried to measure them out using the equipment. 
'The only way to find the capacity of a container is to fill it up, because capacity is how much liquid a container holds when it's full.' — Gabija 

'When measuring the volumes, we had to think carefully about which equipment to use. The pipette measures to the nearest half ml but only goes up to 3ml. The measuring cylinder goes up to 100ml and measures to the nearest 1ml. The measuring beaker goes up to 1 litre but only measures to the nearest 50ml.' — Kabey 

YR 4 Spellings: May 23-27

Congratulations to all the students in Sequoia and Hazel that received 100% on last weeks spelling test! All students have seen a drastic improvement with their scores and when asked about studying tips, Jack from Hazel reminded the class that, "practicing our spellings everyday helps with repetition! I usually spell each word out loud and then write it to double check." Bradley used the dictionary to find the meanings and learned that the prefix "anti" means against: "By placing the prefix "anti" before a word and knowing that it means "against", I am now smarter with defining "anti" words. For example, antibacterial hand sanitizer fights against bacteria."

Below are the spellings for May 23-27. Please continue to practice your spellings for 15 minutes a day so that you will be confidently prepared on Friday. Good Luck!

Would you like a merit? Here are ways 2 ways to get a merit!
- Find out the meaning of the words
- Try using them sentences of your own

Monday, 16 May 2016

YR 4 Spellings: May 16-20

Below are the Y4 spellings for this week (May 16-20). Students are encouraged to practice their spellings 15 minutes everyday and to use a dictionary to find the definitions. In addition, try using each word in your own sentence.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Y4 Spellings 09-05-16


Here are the spellings for May 9th to May 13th. The spelling test will be on Friday every week. Please encourage your child to look up the definitions of the words as some are trickier than expected. Another reminder that children are expected to bring their spelling book to school every Friday. 

Friday, 6 May 2016

Hazel's Star Writers

Congratulations to Yemi and Elena for being Hazel's Star Writers! Yemi wrote an excellent Part 2 of Robin Hood. She incorporated powerful dialogue and correctly utilised inverted commas. 

Elena wrote one of her best big writes up to date! She wrote a powerful part 3 ending of Robin Hood. Her carefully thought out sentences contained adjectives, adverbs, dialogue, similes and metaphors! What an exciting ending!

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Hazel Explores "Why London Is Such A Cool Place To Live"

Why is London Such a Cool Place To Live?

On Tuesday/ Wednesday Hazel and Sequoia class had the opportunity to explore the amazing landmarks that make London so iconically cool and well known around the world! 

However, prior to adventuring to London, students had to search directions on how to get there! Students used handy navigation mapping tools such as "Google Maps" and "City Mapper" to figure out which buses to take, which underground tube lines to get on, walking distances and proximity of time between each landmark. Students also practiced using navigation language such as: North, East, South, and West to describe directions in more detail. The 4 landmark categories that students trekked to were: Parks, Buildings, Bridges and Cathedrals.

Alisha, Ella, Micayla, Abbie, Emmanuel, Michael and Ethan explored Hyde Park, Primrose Hill, Green Park, Regent's Park and an additional park with Mr. Drakes and Ella's nan Sue.

"Walking through the parks reminded me of the importance and beauty of green space and nature." 
- Ella

"My favourite part was when we walked through Princess Diana Memorial Fountain because we got to roll up our trousers, take off our shoes and get our toes wet."
- Emmanuel

"I loved rolling down the hills!"
- Ethan B

Lelethu, Ty, Ethan, Megan, Fitzroy, Tia and Alfie visited: The Shard, The Monument,
The Golden Hinde and Sky Garden with Miss Moran and Miss Gibbs.

"The Shard is a tall glass building that looks like it can touch the sky."
- Megan

"The Golden Hinde was impressive because it had a dragon and a deer on it."
- Storm

"Did you know that there is a huge garden on the top level of Sky Garden that overlooks all of London?"
- Fitzroy

Ella, Elena, Jack, Bradley, Teni, Charlie and Archie visited: The Tower Bridge, Waterloo Bridge, Millennium Bridge and the Hungerford Bridge with Miss Byrne and Miss Wright
"My favourite bridge was Tower Bridge because not only is it so well known all over the world, it is one of the most beautiful bridges ever! It has bright blue cords, the gates open when a large ship has to enter, and it is very tall!"
- Teni

"I loved going on the boat that raced across the Thames River because we got to see the bridges up close!"
- Charlie

"The Millennium Bridge was fun to jump on because it bounces!"
- Bradley

Martin, Elina, Yemi, Katrina, William, Harley, Alin (Absent) navigated to: St Martin's In The Field Cathedral, Southwark Cathedral, Westminster Cathedral and St. Paul's Cathedral with Miss Corrales and Miss Illot. 

"My favourite cathedral was St Martins In The Fields because it was close to the gallery, to the water fountains and my name is part of the Cathedral name. Also, I had so much fun on this trip because I helped direct the group by reminding which buses we had to take, where to get off, and even helped Ms. Corrales choose a different set of directions when one of the bus stop routes were out of service."
- Martin

"My most memorable cathedral was St. Martin's In The Fields because there was so much attractions to look at. Besides looking at the cathedral, the gallery, and the water fountains, all of us got to hold a colourful bird called a macaw and posed with a human statue!"
- Yemi

"I enjoyed looking at St. Paul's Cathedral and Westminster Cathedral because they are designed very beautifully. At lunch time when we were sitting on the grass across from Westminster, my group and I cartwheeled all over the place. It was great because Big Ben was right behind us."
- William

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Sequoia Star Writer

Congratulations to Levan Towe-Enu in Sequoia class for being this week's Star Writer. He wrote a fantastic middle to the historical story of 'Robin Hood' by incorporating a range of fronted adverbials and direct speech. A super effort Levan, well done!

Year 4 Experiment with 3D Shapes

This week Miss Cook's Maths group have been looking at shape. Throughout he week the children have been naming 2D and 3D shapes and had been looking at their properties. By the end of the week the children had a secure knowledge so they took part in a carousel designed to deepen their understanding. Within the carousel the children took part in the following activities:

1. Using the 3D shapes can you build the images?
2. Can you build the tallest tower using the 3D shapes?
3. Name and describe the shapes. 
4. Can you build the different shapes using cubes only?
5. Can you complete the pyramid/prism tarsia puzzle?

The children thoroughly enjoyed the activities and below are some of the quotes from the lesson. 

"We placed three cylinders at the top of the tower so we were able to put another shape on top, if only one had been used the shape on top would have fallen off because it would have been unsteady." Lillie-Jo - Sequoia 

"A cube is needed at the bottom of the tower because it is wide and sets a stable base for us to build on top of." Alin - Hazel

"The difference between a prism and a pyramid is a prism has the same shape both ends and a pyramid meets at a point at the top." Ty - Hazel 

"We were unable to make shape F because if you place cyclinders on top of each other they roll like tires. How do they do this in real life? In real life they would need to use some sort of glue or support frame with a steady base, they could possibly use a cuboid for the base as that would support the cylinders!" Charlie - Hazel 

"This is a hexagonal prism. It has 8 faces, 12 vertices and 18 edges." Lily - Sequoia 

When trying to decide what shape to start their tower with William from Hazel explained to his group, "Having cylinders at the bottom of the tower is not a good idea because the cylinders are too narrow and it doesn't create a steady base, a cube or a cuboid would be better." 

A very successful lesson, well done year 4!