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Bickershaw Church of England Primary School

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Bickershaw Church of England Primary School

Valuing the past, inspiring the present and ambitious for the future

Year 4 / 5

Welcome to Year 4/5's page!

2018-2019

Summer 2

We have been learning Viking sagas through song in our music lesson. Mrs Murphy challenged us to create a fanfare for Thor, the Viking God of Thunder. We used 2Sequence on Purple Mash to compose our fanfares. We had to make sure they were no more than 8 beats, with a beginning, middle and end. We also had to try and layer different sounds. Here are some of our compositions. 

We have continued to get outside and learn Maths. In this lesson, we had to calculate the missing angle on a straight line and then use that number to complete a circuit activity. We really enjoyed moving about and we could all work out the missing angles! 

During National Cricket Week, we had a lesson where we learned the basics of batting, fielding and bowling. We played a mini game and enjoyed trying to hit the stumps with the ball!

Lucy Wray, the artist involved with the local heritage project, visited us again. She taught us how to make poppies using reclaimed plastic bags. Our poppies will be on display in the heritage trail!

Summer 1

It's been Outdoor Education Day!! We spent a lesson in our new outdoor classroom, learning about the diverse plants found in a small section of our school grounds. We mapped where the plants were found and then we used classification keys and spotters' guides to identify any plants we didn't know. Finally, we made a nature bracelet to recap our learning. 

We've been doing more active Maths - this time, ordering numbers with a variety of decimal places. We did this as a relay race - it was much more fun than working inside!

We have been learning to multiply fractions by integers. We played a game outside to get our bodies moving and our brains thinking!

We are excited to be taking part in a local history project with a local community group. It is focusing on the men from the area who died in World War One. We had a visit from artist, Lucy Wray, who worked with us on portrait skills. We will be working on artwork for the project soon. 

Spring 2

In Forest Schools this week (15.03.19), we made shelters for peg people. We had to collect all the materials from the outdoor area to create our shelter. The only things we brought outside were scissors and wool, everything else had to be sourced outside. Once we had made the shelters, we created an estate agent's sales pitch to sell our shelters to our peg friends. We were great at exaggerating their best features. Some of our shelters came with sun terraces, balconies, water slides and spacious living areas...!

It's been World Book Day! Look at the amazing costumes we had on!

We've been learning about Shabbat in the Jewish faith. We looked at all of the preparations we would do if the Queen was visiting school and then compared this to the preparations some Jews make for Shabbat. We then created freeze-frames of the preparations. 

We've started learning about fractions and we revised what a fraction actually is using classroom objects - here's some of our posters!

We've been learning about teamwork in our PSHE lessons. We were put into a tangle by our teacher and had to work together to get out of it! It was great fun and we communicated really well. 

We are continuing our topic about the local area by learning about landscape artists and creating our own landscape. We've spent some time investigating different styles of landscape painting using poster paints, watercolours and lots of different techniques. 

Spring 1

On Number Day, we wrote a book called "A World of Numbers". We had to research a topic of our choice before creating a page for the class book. Here are our pages.  We also wore number themed clothes. 

In Maths, we have been learning about perimeter. Our teacher taped large shapes all around our classroom and we had to find the perimeter of them in teams. We learned that perimeter means the distance around a 2D shape.

We have a great start to the new year in our Science topic of Sound. We made string telephones and loved talking to our friends using them. We even discovered that you can connect more than one set of string telephones together. We also learned some sign language to learn how people who cannot hear communicate. 

Autumn 2

In Forest Schools, we were given a tarpaulin and some bungee ropes and told to make a shelter. We had to test our ideas and work as a team to come up with a solution. 

As part of our Roman topic, we followed a recipe to make Roman bread which we then turned into either pizza or bruschetta. 

The history of steel pan drums is linked to slavery and the plantations. 

When the slaves were first taken over to the plantations, they played drumming rhythms which soon evolved into tamboo bamboo. Tamboo bamboo was played with a short stick and a long stick of bamboo and call and response rhythms. This was soon banned. 
The slaves then started drumming on biscuit tins. As the tins became dented, they realised it made different notes and they soon began to deliberately dent tins to make a tuned instrument. These evolved into the steel pan drums we play today. 
Year 4/5 have been learning to play the steel pan drums. First, we learned to play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. Then we learned to play Under the Sea in ensemble, with backing accompaniment from steel pan drums, tuned and untuned percussion. 
 
You can hear us below!

We've been back to Victoria Fields twice to plant herbs, make pizza, make bug hotels and go on a nature walk. We've had great fun down there learning about our local environment and how to look after and care for it. 

Autumn 1

We have been learning how to play the steel pan drums. Here is our latest lesson:

This term, we have been learning about Roman army formations. We practised the Roman army formations.

This term, in Gymnastics lessons we have been learning how to do matched and mirrored shapes with a partner. Here are some of our shapes. 

2017-2018

Summer 2

On Sunday 15th July, two children chose to take the next step of their Christian journey and take Communion before Confirmation. They attended a special church service where they were allowed to take Communion for the first time. We are really proud of the children for choosing this special step. 

We spent the morning at Westleigh High School where we investigated a crime using police techniques. First, we learned how to make a cast of a footprint before we dusted for fingerprints. We also measured footprints carefully and examined clothing fibres underneath the microscope. Finally, we analysed different black inks using chromatography. We had a great time working out ‘who dunnit’. 

We have had a very busy and exciting term so far. We have been on an exciting trip to the Football Museum in Manchester where we learned all about the job of a curator as well as about England's World Cup victory in 1966. When we returned to school, we were so inspired that we decided to have a class debate on who we thought would win the England/Columbia match. We tested our ideas out on a child from Y3/4 - of course, he said England would win! 

 

We've also been busy using our Computing coding skills in Maths to make a conversion calculator. Our coding skills are really good now and we are starting to use them all across the curriculum  for example, making a computer game where Pickles finds the World Cup trophy. 

 

We've also taken part in Sports Day, which we really enjoyed and showed some fantastic team spirit and perseverance! 

 

Look out for our photos of our trip to Westleigh to take part in CSI Investigation...!

We are currently learning about taking Communion before Confirmation with Rev Ann. This week (05.06.18) we brought in special objects and discussed them linked to the special objects used in church.   

Summer 1 

We have recently enjoyed a trip to Manchester Cathedral and the Jewish Museum which is an old synagogue. We learned about the similarities between Christianity and Judaism. 

We designed prayer spaces for different types of prayer in our RE lessons.

We have been very busy reading a range of books by significant children's authors such as Oliver Jeffers, Julia Donaldson and Eric Carle. We chose picture books that we were familiar with and we are writing book reviews for the infant library to help them pick good books. 

We have made our own buzzer games using our knowledge of circuits and materials that conduct electricity. Watch our process and our photos where we tested out our games. 

We have been really enjoying learning about electricity and making circuits. So far, we have learned how to construct a simple circuit to light up a bulb and created our own switches using our knowledge of materials that conduct electricity well. 

Spring

We are learnt about the changing power of monarch by looking at the life of Henry VIII. We learned he had six wives, three children and that he founded the Church of England. 

We learned about treating water and we designed our own water filters using cotton wool, mesh and coffee filter paper. We made our muddy water much clearer...although we still wouldn't drink it! 

In Science lessons this term, we have been learning about the water cycle. In our classroom, we have made a pet cloud. We filled a plastic bag with some water and stuck it in our window. The water in the bag started to evaporate and when we came to class the next day, a cloud had formed in the bag. This is because of condensation. As the little water droplets got bigger, they began to fall back down to the water. This is because the water cycle is a closed cycle and evaporation and condensation occurs over and over again. 

Autumn 2

Our RE unit this term was all about the different versions of the Nativity in Matthew and Luke. We had great fun reading through carols, watching Nativity plays and looking at Christmas cards to work out whether they showed Matthew or Luke's version of the story. We wondered about some of the things that we believed to be true such as "Where there only three Kings?" and "Did they really arrive on the same night as the shepherds?" Finally, we created a Nativity sensory story and performed it to the Reception children.

Autumn 1

In Autumn 1, we have been learning about the Romans.

We had great fun learning about aqueducts and then taking part in a challenge to build our own. In teams, we could choose our materials and design. We had one hour to build a working aqueduct that could carry water for 30cm.