Year 4b

A Brookburn Primary School blog


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. 🙂

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

Superheroes For Hire!

Last week KS2 had a writing week dedicated to Superheroes. As we were already looking at persuasive writing, our class decided to make classified ads (those adverts that you sometimes see on notice boards in SUPERmarkets) to advertise the skills of different Superheroes that we made up. It was a great oportunity to create our own Superhero and it also gave us a chance to practice using connectives to explain how our characters could help people and to explain some of their limitations.
The characters were designed in our sketch books before being drawn and finally coloured using drawing ink. Finally the pictures were put with the classified texts and backed ready for display.
I hope you enjoy looking at them, I think they are all SUPER. Please feel free to use your own superlatives to describe this work 😉
Superheroes For Hire! on PhotoPeach

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.

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.

Performing Poetry

We have recently begun studying poetry. We have looked at rhyme, rhythm, alliteration, similes, metaphors and personification so far, with a big focus on the images that the poets try to create. As part of our study we have been learning poems by heart and have also been looking at how we could add sounds and (in future) pictures to help to show poetic imagery.
These poems were studied over two days for their imagery and use of different features, then we decided to add sounds. This is part of an ICT project as we are going to use Vye personal computers to create our own performance poetry very soon.
The poems that we have recorded are:
Last Night I saw the City Breathing by Andrew Fusek Peters.

The Magic Box by Kit Wright.

The Snow Monster by John Foster

Being Told Off by Fiona Tomlinson.

The Sea is a Hungry Dog by James Reeves

Our Tudor Exhibition

We have now finished our Tudor illustrated reports and they are on display outside our classroom, next to the office. You can see a range of topics that have been researched and compiled into reports by my wonderfully hard working class.
You can see the slideshow here but the colours are more vivid and the words easier to read if you come into the school and have a look for yourselves 🙂
Our Tudor Exhibition on PhotoPeach

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

Tudor Handkerchiefs

As part of our Tudor study we looked at the Tudor alphabet. We decided to practise our first initial in our handwriting books. Then we sewed them onto handkerchiefs using an embroidery hoop to hold the material.
Enjoy!
Tudor Hankies on PhotoPeach

Tudor Adventure Stories

We linked our literacy, stories set in the past, with our on-going study of Tudor times to create Tudor adventure stories. We chose to set our tales at sea because Tudor adventure and maritime warfare provided an exciting backdrop for interesting stories.
To write our stories we studied the different parts of a Tudor ship, to ensure we used the correct vocabulary to make it a convincing Tudor setting (see our calligrams blog!). Then we watched youtube videos describing and showing the difficulties of life at sea in a small ship; during cannon warfare and during very bad weather. Finally we wrote our stories in four chapters based on the opening, the build up, the climax and the resolution of our tales.
Please take time to pause the slideshow and read our work, we are very proud of our presentation and hope you enjoy it too. 🙂
Tudor Tales on the Salty Seas on PhotoPeach