Author Archives: Mrs M. Whitelaw

Y4 Maths:  Reasoning in Practical Measuring

Y4 Maths: Reasoning in Practical Measuring

We have been completing reasoning tasks this week in maths, in practical measuring with litres and millilitres .

The questions we investigated were:

If you take an empty litre bottle, where would the litre mark be?  What is a litre in ml?  Could you divide the litre in half or quarters?  Could you divide the litre into 10 equal parts?  Approximately, of course!  Can you draw these divisions on the litre bottle?  What would each part be worth? Pour what you estimate to be 100ml into this plastic cup.  Check using measuring jug.  Were you close?  What if I… the list is endless!

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Y4 Science: Melting

Y4 Science: Melting

Y4 asked, ‘What happens to other solids when they are heated?” Butter, chocolate, wax, cheese – why do they melt? We used melting rings and made our observations …  then we left them to cool.  Once melted, can they be returned to a solid state? (Afterwards we had a go at melting chocolate on our…Read More

Y4 Writing – ‘Soar’ Narratives

Y4 Writing – ‘Soar’ Narratives

Using the silent film, ‘Soar’ (see link below), Y4 made incredible progress with their writing skills!  As we watched each expressive nuance, every subtle action, we were able to find our narrative voice to describe what we could see happening.  We watched it little by little each day, pausing each time to explore new vocabulary…Read More

Y4 Working with Chris Howlett, Pallette Knives and Acrylic Paints

Y4 Working with Chris Howlett, Pallette Knives and Acrylic Paints

“I was asked by Mrs Whitelaw to come in and show Year 4 children how to paint using acrylic paints and a palette knife for the very first time. We looked at the artwork of Flordia’s Highwaymen Painters for inspiration – https://www.culturetype.com/2020/04/13/beginning-in-late-1950s-african-american-painters-known-as-highwaymen-captured-floridas-natural-landscapes/ -then experimented with sticky acrylic paint and flat palette knives to spread and…Read More

Y4 Earthquake Detectors!

Y4 Earthquake Detectors!

We have been learning about North American states in geography.  In California, the San Andreas Fault causes earthquakes. We wanted to create our own warning system for these.  Find out more about the San Andreas Fault by clicking on these links: https://kidskonnect.com/geography/san-andreas-fault/ https://kids.britannica.com/students/article/San-Andreas-Fault/335615 Using our knowledge of circuits and conducting materials in science, and our…Read More

Y4 Wellbeing Workout

Y4 Wellbeing Workout

Before we began any of our lessons on wellbeing, we negotiated and established our own ‘ground-rules’. In our first wellbeing session we had so much fun!  Using the rhythm and personality of a piece of music we gave our observational drawings of Autumn leaves a sense of flow and playfulness.  Our hearts felt light, our…Read More

Y4 Maths: Making our own Pyramid Nets

Y4 Maths: Making our own Pyramid Nets

In Y4, we have been investigating the angles in triangles.  After lots of practice measuring angles with a protractor, measuring lengths of sides of shapes in cm/mm, and using a template to build our own pyramids, we used all of this maths knowledge and skill to make our own pyramid nets from scratch.  We had…Read More

Y4 D&T: Ancient Egyptian Shadufs

Y4 D&T: Ancient Egyptian Shadufs

To lift the water from the canal the ancient Egyptians used a shaduf.   A shaduf is a large pole balanced on a crossbeam, a rope and bucket on one end and a heavy counter weight at the other. By pulling the rope it lowered the bucket into the canal. The farmer then raised the bucket…Read More

Y4 Maths: Investigating angles in quadrilaterals

Y4 Maths: Investigating angles in quadrilaterals

We all had 2 sheets of rectangular paper.  First we were challenged to make two squares.  Then to fold and to cut into triangles.  We were then challenged to use these 4 right-angled triangles to make other quadrilaterals – first a parallelogram, then a trapezium… We learned so much about the angles in these shapes! …Read More