Year 4

Computing in Year 4

During computing today, Year 4 have been building their own game based on the Crossy Road App. The children began by programming a number of charatcers that moved back and forth across the screen, this created the obstacles within their game. Then, they added their main character and created an algorithm that instructed their main character to perform an interesting function when it bumped into an obstacle. The children then added a move function to their algorithm using one of the iPad’s various sensors which would move and manipulate their main character. Finally, Year 4 explored different ways of ending their game once their character had reached its destination.

Computing Club this week

During Computing Club this week, the children have started their main project. We have been challenged to design and build a racing game using Scratch. During the session, the children have concentrated on creating the stage for their game.

Year 4 – Guided Reading

Year 4 – Guided Reading

Today in guided reading we continued our study of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. After reading a chapter of the book we got into groups and were given lots of facts about the story. We then had to use our retrieval and inference skills to decide whether each fact was true or false. To further test our skills we also had to identify situations where we couldn’t say for certain whether a fact was true or false – we called these maybe facts. We then discussed our thinking as a class and finally we justified our thoughts in writing using evidence from the text. We all had great fun!

 

Year 4 and the Jewish Chanukah

On Wednesday, we had a special visit by a Jewish lady called DeAnna Vander Velde. She explained all about Chanukah which is also known as Hanukkah and is the Jewish festival that celebrates the rededication of the second temple. The children were then told the story of Anne Frank and in the coming weeks, Year 4 are going to read extracts from Anne Frank’s diary.

Year 4 and electrical circuits

Year 4 and electrical circuits

During Science today, Year 4 have been learning about electrical circuits. They discovered what makes a circuit complete, which meant they were then able to identify incomplete and complete circuits. The children then experimented with this by building their own circuits using a battery (cell), crocodile clip wires and bulbs. First, they used only one bulb in their circuit and they noticed that the bulb was very bright. Then, they added a second bulb and observed what happened. After this they added switches to their circuits allowing them to switch the bulb on and off without disconnecting the battery. Year 4 also discovered that the size of a battery did not always indicate how powerful it was. The children learnt that the power of a battery is messaged in volts (V), and that one of the smaller sized batteries was infact the most powerful.