Year 4b

A Brookburn Primary School blog


Fun @ MOSI

We ignored the rain to have fun while learning about many aspects of science at the Manchester Museum Of Science and Industry (MOSI). Here are three slideshows showing some of what we got up to.
Fun @ MOSI on PhotoPeach
Science @ MOSI on PhotoPeach
Printing @ MOSI on PhotoPeach

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Video Adverts

When we studied persuasive adverts we made videos to persuade us to visit other countries. The videos were finished a while ago but they’ve not been put on our blog before because we were always going to use them in our assembly. Now we’ve had our assembly, enjoy the videos. 🙂

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Brian Moses – Beat Poetry @ Brookburn!

On Wednesday we were lucky to have Brian Moses, a published poet, in our school performing many of his wonderful poems. I’d read and enjoyed some of his poems before, I even have at least one of his collections in my library, but I had no idea he would be so fantastic! Inspired by Bob Dylan, Brian delivered lots of his poems using percussion; he would deliver to the beat, go quieter/louder to add dynamics, he gave us excitingpoems, sad poems, happy, funny, dramatic, scarey poems… My class thoroughly enjoyed it, as did KS2.
You can see the excitement in the children’s faces on these pictures.

Enjoy!
Brian Moses on PhotoPeach

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Clay Faces on Crowded Trees

Also on FAB day (see blog below) we used clay to create faces on trees. It was a lot of fun smearing the clay onto the bark and smoothing it flat so that it would stick there for as long as possible.
This activity was also inspired by Andy Goldsworthy, from his ‘Time’ book. In the book he pushes clay onto trees and keeps taking photographs as the clay dries out and starts to fall off the branches.
I hope you enjoy our work.
Clay Faces on Crowded Trees on PhotoPeach

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School Grounds’ Week (part II)

Another wonderful morning, again narrowly avoiding the heavy rain. As part of our science (habitats) work, and generally improving our understanding of the world, Mrs. McKessy and Mrs. Wilde took us to the pond to go pond dipping.
We had fun sweeping the edge with our nets and transporting all we found into a temporary container where we could study and identify it.
Back in the classroom we collated (what does that word mean?) our information and made bar charts to show all the creatures we found. You can see some of them if you pop into school and look at the display board near our classroom.
Unfortunately I can’t remember all we found, perhaps someone could remind me.
Pond Dipping on PhotoPeach

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Half Term Fun? Half Term Fibbing?

This weekend I’m going to a wedding in Lincolnshire, a very old town with loads of cool historical sites. What have you been up to? Maybe you’ve been somewhere interesting or done something fun with family or friends. Even if you’ve not been anywhere special you could still make it up.

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Using My Senses

At the end of our poetry unit we looked a poem called Using My Senses as a starting point for our own senses poems. Following on from our sound poems, we used ICT, this time using Microsoft Movie Maker, to record our own poems. Then we collected and altered images to go with the words of our poem. Finally we tried to add sounds to help us illustrate our ideas to the next level.

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Persuade me…

At the moment we are looking at persuasive writing in our literacy work, consequently I thought I’d put a blog up here so that we can practise and collect examples of persuasive language.  I decided to base it on the party game where you normally have to remember what the first person said before adding an extra item for the next person to add to the list.

Usually the game makes a list of undescribed items (I bought an apple, seven sausages, a Beano comic… etc.), let’s try to make a list of amazingly appealing items instead.

To start us off…

I went to the shop and bought a delicious, freshly picked green apple.

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Weather Around the World

For Easter homework, I asked my class to research the weather from different places and to make posters to persuade and inform people about what they’d need for a visit there. Today my class astounded me with some of the persuasive features, layout designs, detailed research and awesome artwork they featured in their homework.
However, the great quality presented a problem… Where could we display this work?
Star of the day for her great idea (to take photos and put them on the blog) was Pippi. Thanks everyone.
Weather Around the World on PhotoPeach

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Woking hard to make our Tudor display work

This is the scene that slightly scares me. Throughout the year the children have been taught how to research, compile and write non-chronological reports. They have also been taught how to set up an area to work in to use a range of different media: chalks, oil pastels, water colours, Brusho etc.
This is the part when everyone is hard at work, using a range of different resouces, making the backgrounds or images to illustrate their Tudor reports.
The class began by making a mind map of all the different areas that they could research: crime and punishment, Henry VIII, Henry’s wives, exploration, Tudor food… the list was huge! Then they were given time to research an area that they were interested in and take notes. We then compiled our notes into sections before writing topic paragraphs that organised our work.
I was worried, with so many different materials on the tables, that all sorts of accidents and catastrophes could happen. However, I have been delighted by how everyone has worked really hard and has looked after the resources. Well done everyone!
I’ll post images of the display and each piece of work once they are completed.
Making our illustrated Tudor reports on PhotoPeach

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