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.

Brian Moses on PhotoPeach

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

Making Instruments

This year, as part of our work with Chorlton High school, our Y4 children have been working with Liz Cheatham. Liz asked the children to first make instruments before working to create music for a production of Shakespeare’s Comedy Of Errors. Here are a few pictures of my class making and posing with their instruments.
Making Instruments on PhotoPeach

Who was William Shakespeare?

We are going to be working with Liz Cheatham from Chorlton High School on a musical project; to make instruments and to perform and record musical pieces for a production of The Comedy of Errors. The performance will eventually be at the Blue Box Theatre.

Your challenge this week is to try to find out as much as possible about William Shakespeare.

  • Who was he?
  • Where did he live?
  • When did he live?
  • What did he write?
  • Anything else?

Blog it here!

Christmas Around the World

Our Christmas production has been performed and I’m pleased to say that all the children from year 3 and year 4 did BRILLIANTLY! We didn’t have very much time to learn the songs/dances or lines for the performance but, on the day, the show was brilliant. There is a possibility that footage of the performance could be posted on other pages in our Brppkburn blog but as yet I’ve heard no news.
Unfortunately I (Mr. Sumner) didn’t get to see it as I was behind a partition, opperating the music. As a result, I only managed to grab a few photos of most of the children afterwards, as the otheres were getting high-5s from their parents etc.
If any parent managed to record a movie of the performance I’d be greatful if you could let me know so that we could discuss getting it onto our blog (and the blogs for the other classes involved of course).

Christmas Around the World on PhotoPeach

Speaking Swahili

We were very fortunate today. Mrs. Carroll is the parent of a child in Mrs. Kind’s class and she came into school to teach us some Swahili. Mrs. Carroll lived in Kenya for a few years while she was growing up so she taught us how to meet and greet each other and how to order some common food and drinks. Finally she taught us a very popular Kenyan song, Jambo Bwana. That is the song in the background. Speaking Swahili on PhotoPeach
Thank you very much Mrs. Carroll, we really enjoyed our session with you.

Anti-Bullying Assembly

Thanks again to Mrs. Jordan, a drama specialist, from Chorlton High School, who came in school again today to give each year group an anti-bullying assembly. The year 3 and 4 assembly told a very pertinent (check out that cool word!) story about how one mean person can lead others to be mean as well. We were pleased to see that the victim told their teacher and the bullying was stopped. It was also a treat to see a couple of ex-Brookburn pupils, now in Year 8, amongst the cast.

Kofi’s Story

Big thank you to Mrs. Jordan who has created a scheme of work, to support our Kenyan studies, based on the East African slave trade. My children have acted out the story of Kofi, sho was sold into slavery. His life would have been trajic. Mrs. Jordan gave us experiences to help us think about conditions on the slave ship, life in chains, being bullied, being forced to live a long way from home etc.

The children enjoyed the experience a lot and found that the drama activities helped them to think deeply about a very tricky topic.
Well done my class!

The Happy Tree

Wow! Today was a very busy day. We began our fun (please excuse me calling school fun, but it was) with The Happy Tree.
The Happy Tree was a play about how important it is to look after our environment. The actors played lots of different parts and gave is some very important information. Blog on the comments section to tell me what you remember about the messages that we were given. Alternatively you could just say what you enjoyed best about the performance.
Any guests who wish to comment may ask questions for my class to answer. Otherwise you could comment on the pictures or even tell us what you know about caring for the environment.

Oh, anyone in my class who enjoyed it, please thank Mrs. Cotton (because she is the one who organised this for us).