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Egyptian Baking

This week, Year 4 were lucky enough to do some baking with Mrs Jude. In small groups, children worked together to make gingerbread throughout the morning. Children discussed the importance of hygiene when handling and preparing food, followed a recipe from a recipe book and measured and weighed ingredients carefully. Over lunchtime, the gingerbread cooled which mean't that children could spend time in the afternoon decorating their biscuits with Egyptian hieroglyphs using icing. I was impressed to see so many children attempting some of the more elaborate hieroglyphs! A great day was had by all and the results were fantastic. Well done Year 4!

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Speaking Competition

All of Year 4 have been working together in groups to produce their speaking competition entries. Within class, children have researched topics ranging from fossils to the Olympic games! All children really impressed me with their collaborative working, their confidence when presenting to an audience and their independence in gathering information out of school time. Well done Year 4!

Bagshaw Museum

On Tuesday, Year 4 visited the Bagshaw museum in Batley. We spent the morning investigating pieces of archaeological evidence relating to the Ancient Egyptian period. We conduced a table top excavation looking at different jobs in this period of history, and reported our findings back to the class. We then explored the Kingdom of Osiris gallery to gather further information about mummification and the afterlife and relaxed in the education room to write our name on Papyrus using Hieroglyphs. The afternoon was spent discussing the process of mummification and we took it in turns to role play the different stages. All children behaved brilliantly which was commented on by museum staff. Well done Year 4!

Science of Sound & Instrument Making

On Friday 10th May, Year 4 were lucky enough to take part in a Science of Sound and Instrument Making workshop. Throughout the morning, children investigated together to be able to draw conclusions in a hands on way. Children created hypotheses and then worked scientifically to try and prove their ideas. They discussed and experimented with volume, pitch and amplitude and had great fun doing so! Fantastic questioning, enquiry and reflection skills were demonstrated by all.
A huge thank you to our PTA! Without all of the money you raise, we wouldn't be fortunate enough to take part in activities like this!

Skipping Competition Final

On Monday 29th April all of Year 4 went to Leeds Beckett University for the skipping competition final. The children competed against ten other schools who had each won their first round competition. Not only did the children receive the gold medal for their skip dance, but for the individual skills children received 5 gold medals as well as a silver and a bronze! Together, through a combination of fantastic team work, resilience and determination, Primrose Lane came away with the gold overall, coming first out of the 70 Leeds schools and 4000 Year 4 children who took part. A FANTASTIC achievement!

Basketball

This half term we are lucky enough to have a basketball coach. So far we have learnt the defensive stance which makes it easier to move quickly and to keep the ball. We have also been practicing many different drills such as bouncing the ball under our legs, passing the ball around our body in a figure of eight and pivoting to try and protect the ball. We have all made a fantastic start, showing excellent perseverance and determination each lesson.

Reading with Year 2

Today, each child in Year 4 was paired with a child in Year 2 to enjoy some reading as part of our 'Book Week'. The children took it in turns to read each others books of choice and helped each other out along the way. There were many fantastic examples of Primrose Lane learner skills demonstrated, particularly when children were asking their partner questions to deepen their understanding. A definite success with children even requesting to do this again soon!

DT Amazon Boats - Day 2

Today. we put our boats to the test! We all made predictions about which of the boats we thought would float, which we didn't think would float and our reasons. We then tested each of them with the 400g weight. As you can see from the videos below, some were more successful than others, however everyone showed excellent perseverance and teamwork throughout. Based on the results, we then discussed how we could improve our designs next time, to improve further.
Here is how some children evaluated the project:
'I enjoyed making my boat because it was challenging.' - Benji
''I enjoyed making my boat however it was also frustrating at times.' - Florence
'I enjoyed making my boat because I worked well with my partner.' - Rosie
'I loved it and would love to do it again!' - George

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DT Amazon Boats - Day 1

Today, we began our DT project which was to make an Amazon Boat using junk modelling material. Some of us preferred to work alone, whilst others enjoyed working in small groups to share ideas. Our brief was to design a boat, which floats and can carry 400g weight. We initially decided on which materials to use, created a labelled design and then began the project! In our next DT lesson, we will test our boats in water and from there, decide which adjustments need to be made to make our products fit for purpose.

Tropical World

Today, Year 4 visited Tropical World in Leeds. The children behaved brilliantly and here is what they have to say about our day:

Today, Year 4 visited Tropical World. First, we were told to go into the learning room, find a space and put our packed lunches there. Then, our tour guides Tom and Debbie led us all into the woods and spoke to us about the differences between the woods and the rainforest. Afterwards, we split into groups of five and interviewed a tree. We named ours Patrick and found out how old it was by measuring its width because a tree grows 3cm thicker every year. Patrick was 85 years old and 17m tall! Then we played a few games, had our packed lunch and entered Tropical World. We saw all sorts of amazing, unique creatures. First butterflies, next a crocodile and fish, frogs, meerkats, seasnails - I could go on forever! Finally, we went to the gift shop and I bought a wrist band and a badge. Wow!
Written by Kara

Year 4 Skipping Competition

On Wednesday, Year 4 took part in a Skipping Competition, which included teams from St Marys, Wetherby St James, Harewood, Crossley Street and Lady Hastings. All children demonstrated excellent perseverance, resilience and sportsman ship throughout the day and represented Primrose Lane brilliantly. They are now through to the Leeds City Final, which will take place at the end of April. Here is what Blake has to say about the day:

On Wednesday 6th March, Year 4 took part in a skipping competition featuring six schools including us, knowing the results last time, I felt quite confident. This competition took place at Wetherby High School.

After we had our lunch, we had a ten minute break before we got split into two groups. I was group two so we went on the mini bus last. When we arrived, I felt quite nervous but I was sure I would get a good score. At the start, we did a five minute warm up and that gave us a five minute practice.

At the end of the competition, the results were given. We got 4 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze certificates out of the 15 events. I got bronze, but the most important part was that we got GOLD in skip dance and….WE WON!

My favourite parts were the big warm up and at the end when we all had a big celebration. I learnt that I have good stamina and that I can skip for a long time!

Fractions

This week in Year 4, we have started our unit of learning on 'fractions'. To investigate equivalent fractions we folded pieces of paper to be able to visualise the concept. We then used this, along with our fraction wall to be able to compare and problem solve with equivalent fractions.

Brass Instruments

Year 4 continue to enjoy learning how to play a selection brass instruments each Wednesday afternoon. Here is a snapshot of how one of the groups is getting on:

Birds of Prey

On Friday, the whole of Year 4 enjoyed their 'Birds of Prey' session, where they got to hold a barn owl and ask enquiring questions to the leaders. As Primrose Lane Learners, a focus is 'Enquiry', and some of the questions asked were fantastic. The children showed a real interest in the birds of prey and asked questions including 'What is the most common eye colour of owls?', 'Which of the birds of prey has the largest wing span?' and 'What is the diet of an owl like? Do they eat regular meals?'. Here are some pictures of the children who felt confident holding the barn owl.

Road Safety Training
On Friday 18th January, Year 4 took part in pedestrian crossing skills training with the Road Safety staff from Leeds City Council. The day started with a whole school assembly to recap everything the children already knew about the Green Cross Code. The workshop then began in class where the children watch video clips to generate discussion around safe crossing of roads. This lead on to discussion around speed limits, why they differ in different areas and the new ’20 MPH’ initiative around all schools in Leeds.

The children were then taken into the local area to cross roads in small groups. The training involve identifying safer places to cross and practical road crossing skills using the pedestrian crossing facility. 

The leaders commented on how brilliantly our children behaved and that they are a credit to our school. Well done Year 4! 
Music
Today, Year 4 had their first brass instrument session and thoroughly enjoyed it! Here are some of their thoughts: 

Ellie - I enjoyed playing the French horn because it made some funny sounds. 

Benjy - I liked playing the trombone because I've always wanted to play one. 

Kodee - I'm looking forward to doing it again. I played the cornet. 

Jessica B - I enjoyed playing the French horn. 

Florence - I really enjoyed it because we got to play really loud and quiet notes. 

Finley - I was fascinated by the sound of the instruments. 

Immogen - I really liked playing the French horn and I found it really funny when the man did the Peppa Pig introduction. 
Science

In science, we have been learning about the human skeleton. Today, at the start of the lesson, we were asked to draw where we thought the bones in our body were. We were then given pictures of different bones from the human skeleton to cut out and position correctly in relation to each other. Once we had done this, we discussed the scientific names for our bones and labelled using resources around the classroom to help us.

Boston Spa Topic Walk

Yesterday, we went on our Boston Spa topic walk around the village. We set off (in the rain) ready to follow our map, identify Georgian features, make note of businesses on the high street and produce sketches along the way. This is what the children have to say about their day:

Carol - 'My favourite thing was finding the way that we were going on the map, I needed a bit of help with that. I spotted lots of sash windows and panelled doors but not many pilasters or crowning pediments. When we were walking, we stopped because a man came out and showed us a picture of a Georgian house from 100 years ago!'

Hannah - 'On our walk, my favourite part was when we were looking at the Georgian features. I found out that the houses were made from magnesian limestone. When we were walking, a man showed us a picture of a Georgian house back in the first World War. Everyone had to write down the date and the names on the blue plaques, I think the walk was a great idea!'

Lucas - 'I found finding the pilasters the hardest but I caught lots of the sash windows and panelled doors. I enjoyed finding the blue plaques because they told us information about the Georgian times and they all had different names on them. This was the first one 'Parish Church of St Mary 1872-1874.'

Theo - 'My favourite part of the walk was when a man showed us a picture of what their house was like 100 years ago. I learnt that the Terrace started off as a hotel but didn't work so it changed to a boys school. I found the pilasters trickiest to find because I kept finding sash windows and the crowning pediments.'

Science

This week, in science, we have started learning about our new topic 'Animals including humans'. We began our learning by discussing the different types of food that we eat and how they are grouped based on the nutrients they contain. We then worked in small groups to look at food labels on various items to identify which contained the most carbohydrates, protein, fibre, saturated fat and minerals.

Den building

This morning, as part of Wildlife week, Year 4 worked with Year 2 to create a den. They were told about the equipment available to them and were then left to their own devices! The children worked fantastically and showed that they truly are Primrose Lane learners. They demonstrated enthusiasm and creativity from the start, worked together throughout and frequently reflected on their work to continually improve. Below are thoughts from some of the children, which really demonstrate the perseverance and resilience needed.

Grace - I got really frustrated at the start because it kept on falling over and we had to try again and again. I really enjoyed it when we were nearly read and when we put the sheets on and got under the den. I got upset when we had to break it down because it was fun inside.

Freya - I enjoyed den building so much that I wanted to do it for a whole day. I worked well together as a team even though our first try didn't work out as we would have like. My favourite part of den building was when we finished it and we got to play inside of it.

Blake - When we got started, I found it tough to work together since our den broke seven times but eventually we worked together to make a small den that all seven of us could come in. My rating would be 8/10 - I really enjoyed it.

Lucie - Den building at first was pretty hard to figure out what to do with the sticks and arches. Then I stood still for a minute and thought of a plan. I shared it with my team and we finally got a real plan and got to work.

Indian Cooking

This morning, Year 4 were lucky enough to do some Indian cooking with Mrs Jude to consolidate our topic for the half term. In small groups, the children made a sweet potato and pea curry and a naan bread each. They used many different skills to do so including chopping potato using a 'bridge' shape the make sure their hands were secure and listening carefully to instructions to make sure pieces were the correct size. A particular favourite was making the dough for the naan bread, as 'It was fun to get my hands very sticky!' Every member of the class behaved sensibly and all contributed to the making of the food which was then tried and tested by the children this afternoon.

Freya - 'I thought I was going to like the naan bread the most but actually I really liked the curry!'

Benji - 'My favourite part was adding the ginger.'

Immogen - 'I enjoyed making the dough the most and I really hope to do more of this in the future!'

Science

This half term, we have been learning about electricity. On Friday, we were shown a selection of circuits and we had to make predictions as to whether they were complete or incomplete. We then investigated using batteries, wires, crocodile clips and bulbs and compared our findings with our predictions. In our next lesson, we will be taking our learning a step further by exploring conductors and insulators.

Computing

Currently, in computing, we are working in small groups to prepare a presentation. We have each chosen a point of interest from our topic 'India' to gather information on using laptops and non-fiction texts. We are transferring our research onto a PowerPoint presentation, which we will perform to the class at the end of this half term. Throughout the process we are considering our audience, and on presentation we will focus on developing our speaking and active listening skills.

RE in Year 4

In RE, we have been learning about the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. We have discussed the story of Hanukkah, how and why it is celebrated each year and the significance of light for the festival. This week, we ordered the sequence of events that happened in Jerusalem and also produced some role-play to consolidate our understanding.

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