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Eastbury Community School

Year 4 - Birmingham

 

Welcome to Birmingham class!

We are Mrs Simisaiye and Mrs Marshall and we are very pleased to be teaching Birmingham class this year. 

We are looking forward to the fantastic learning that will take place this year. Please take a look at our Welcome Meeting presentation to know more about the year ahead!

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School Council

 Our School Councillors for this year are Danut and Fereshtah.

 

 

Autumn 1

 

Week One

It was wonderful to see all the children back in school this week, we hope you all had a lovely break. 

We started our new year by discussing our school rules and the children all contributed to their Class Charter.   

 

Week Two

This week, we have reading the story 'Lady Long legs' which the class are really enjoying. They have started each lesson by reciting and acting out a section of the story. We have been very impressed with their actions - very inventive!

 

 

Week Three

Incredible Science!

Our Science topic this term is States of Matter. We had a fantastic time exploring gases and observing what happens to a balloon that is attached to a bottle filled with baking soda and vinegar.

Week Four

This week in PE the children worked very hard on creating bridges using their own bodies. 

 

 

Week Five

This week we have been learning about Jamaica to help us with our Report writing. Lots of children shared their knowledge of life in Jamaica and we even learnt some Patois!  

We have also talked about our own Well Being and Mental Health as this  Wednesday was Mental Health Day.

Listen to what some of the children in our class said ....

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Week Six

This week we have been listening to some influential and famous black musicians in recognition of Black History Month. The class enjoyed listening to Aretha Franklin whilst practising their handwriting in the morning. It certainly helped them to concentrate!

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 This week we have also worked hard on developing our Art Work, focusing on creating our own motif using a variety of patterns and colours.

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Week Seven

To continue to raise an awareness of black authors and stories we have read the book 'The Undefeated' by Kwame Alexander. 

 

In PE this week we honed our skills playing Invasion games against one another... it certainly kept us all active!


Autumn 1 Knowledge Organisers

Here is the Knowledge Organiser for Autumn 1. 

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Autumn 2 Knowledge Organisers

Here is the Knowledge Organiser for Autumn 2.

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Autumn 2

Week 1 

At the end of last term we visited the Hindu temple in East Ham. The children learned about the Tenets of Hinduism and the mode of worship. The children were fascinated by the different images of different gods on display and had lots of questions for our guide. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 2 UK Parliament Week

This week, across the country it is UK Parliament Week, therefore we have been learning all about where the government meet, what happens in the Houses of Parliament and even holding our very own voting station here at Eastbury Community School. 

In class, we started the week watching a short film about the role of the government and a tour of the Houses of Parliament. We then found out that our local MP is Margaret Hodge so we decided to write to her about the issues we thought were important to our local community - road safety, litter and cracked and uneven pavements. In pairs, we wrote letters to ask for her help to improve these and we will be sending them to her for her to read. 

 

 

Then on Friday we all had the opportunity to vote in our School Polling Station. We were asked to choose one local issue that we feel we could tackle as a school. The choices were to either campaign to improve the safety of our roads locally or to tackle the issue of litter on our streets. Once all the votes have been counted, we will find out which issue won! 

Week 3

This week, the children in Birmingham class were very excited to be the first class in the school to spell out the slogan 'Every Day Matters'. For each day that the class has 100% attendance they earn a letter. Then once they have spelled out the phrase they then receive a prize that is very special to them - extra playtime!

Well done to all the children on really trying hard to ensure they are in school every day - Now let's see if we can do it again before the next holiday!

 

 

Week 4

 This week in Computing we have been learning all about the program, Excel, and how it is used in real life. We began by using the program to play a game of Battleships so that we could see how we input information into the different cells. 

Week 5

This week, in RE, the children were able to use 'Hot Seating' to question each other on specific symbols of Christianity and why they are so important to Christians and their beliefs. 

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British Museum trip

This week we visited the British Museum to help us learn more about the Ancient Egyptians. What a great trip it was! We were able to see a part of the Rosetta Stone, many artefacts collected from egyptian tombs and even some egyptian mummies!

It was also very interesting to see how hieroglyphics were used on so many of their belongings and in their rituals and beliefs. 

  

 

Week 6

We started off our week with a very informative Workshop led by ChildNet. She talked to us about being safe online, making sensible choices and ensuring we protect ourselves when setting up programmes and choosing apps to use online.

Social Enterprise Week - Monday

This week in school is Social Enterprise Week, which means every class is designing and producing something to sell at our Christmas Fair on Thursday 14th December.

Today we began by discussing the product we had all voted on - Christmas Flowerpots! We started by drawing and creating designs for the pots. As it is Christmas our designs featured many of the symbols and images we associate with this time of year. 

 

  

 

Wednesday

Today we focused on advertising by creating posters to showcase our product. We needed to remember the 4 P's:​

  •    Produce – what is the product you are selling?​
  •    Price – what is the price of the item?​
  •    Place – where is the enterprise fair located?​
  •    Promotion – How do you want people reading to promote the fair? ​           We were very proud of the results. 

 

 

 

Thursday

Today we created our pots. We used our designs to ensure we had the correct colour paint and we lightly sketched our design first. 

We were all so impressed with the final results!

  

   

 

Week 7 

The Winter Fayre by Vrundeep and Alicia

Yesterday at the Winter Fayre there was a lot of stalls. There was also a lot of activities such as the human globe. There was also a place that we could take pictures with Santa and there was even a bouncy castle. 

In year 4 we sold 'Posh Pots' for £2 for the parents to buy. We made quite a lot of profit for the school!

Year 1 made gingerbread men, year 2 made necklaces, year 3 made snow globes, year 5 decorated marshmallows and year 6 made cookies. There was lots of food on offer too, like hot dogs and candy floss... we had such a great time!  

 

Spring 1 Knowledge Organisers

Here are the Knowledge Organisers for Spring 1. 

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Week 1 & 2

The children have come back to school from a well deserved break ready and raring to learn! 

This half term we are focusing our English work on an Indian traditional tale called 'Ramu and the tiger'. We have spent the first few lessons learning the story by devising actions to help us recite the story...take a look!

 

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Week 3

This week we have been learning about Rivers and we created our own. We found out that the start of a river is called the source and the end of a river is called the mouth. Amazingly, we also found out that rivers always flow downhill.  

  

We had to find out what rivers looked like and then find their key features, before creating our own. 

Week 4

 

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This week in DT we have been creating our very own Egyptian canopic jar, using mod roc, which is a quick-drying plaster. The children had to dip the mod roc into strips of water for a few seconds, before then squeezing out any excess water. They then layered the strips over the cups. When ready, the children then smoothed the plaster all over their cup, until they were completely covered on the outside. ​

Once dry these will then be ready to decorate next week - the children cannot wait!

 

 

Week 5

In Science, we have been learning about our bodies and this week the focus has been on our 'Digestive System'. 

We looked into what the digestive system might do when we are unwell and what the different functions of each part of the digestive system are.  To help us understand this we conducted an experiment using a variety of household objects so that we could see how what we eat and drink moves through our bodies. 

 

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Week 6

Our DT work has really progressed this week. We have completed the jars and have begun to paint them and decorate them using our design as a guide.

 

 

Next week, we will complete our jars and then evaluate our work to see what went well and what we could improve on next time. 

Week 7

This half term, during our ukulele lessons we have learning a piece of latin music. We have really enjoyed exploring the different beats and rhythms and than finally performing our piece as a class. 

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Spring 2 Knowledge Organisers

Here are the Knowledge Organisers for Spring 2. 

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Week 1

In History this week we began to learn about the Anglo-Saxons and how they took over England. At that time, the Pitts were in charge of England until the Anglo-Saxons came along with the Scots to take over the land. The Anglo-Saxons were asked to leave, but refused, and war broke out and the Anglo-Saxons won and invaded Britain.

By Aima and Aaraiz

 

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Week 2 Science Workshop

This week, to begin a series of events about Science, we were very lucky to be visited by a scientist who taught us all about sound and air pressure.

He first used a straw to demonstrate how sound waves make different pitches of sound. He then tried to inflate a balloon inside a bottle but it wouldn't inflate, so he put fire inside the bottle and then when the balloon was attached to the bottle opening it slowly got sucked in - all because of air pressure.

  

 

World Book Day 2024!

 What an amazing array of characters turned up to school this Thursday to celebrate World Book Day! We had Harry Potter, Hermione, Willy Wonka, Tom Gates and even Brutus from Julius Caesar!
Children shared their favourite books and then we completed a writing challenge set by the author Andy Shepherd, who wrote the book 'The boy who grew dragons'. They created their own dragons, complete with an array of superpowers and then wrote poems about their dragons - what an amazing group of poets we have in Y4! 
 

Week 3 Design and Technology

This half term we have been learning about electricity and how this is used within a lighthouse. Today we were making a prediction about different circuits and trying them out to see if our predictions were right or wrong. We were using batteries, wires and bulbs to experiment with different circuits. It finally worked!

By Alicia

 

   

 

Week 4 St Margaret's Church visit

Today we visited St Margaret's Church in Barking. In the church, we saw pictures on the windows, which are called Stained Glass windows. They were really beautiful!

We also saw bibles and found where the celebrant stands at the front - this is called the Altar. We also sat in the pews, just like the congregation do during services, and we saw the small pillows that people use to kneel on when they want to pray. 

 

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Week 5 

This week, we finally put the DT skills we have been honing the past few weeks into practice, by creating our own lighthouses. We cut out our design, painted it and then added a circuit to ensure the lighthouse worked.

  

 

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 It was lots of fun and we were so pleased with our finished designs. 

    

 

Summer 1 Knowledge Organisers

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Week 1

This week, we welcomed the children back to school after a wonderful two week's holiday, with a celebration for Eid. The children dressed up, many in traditional clothes, and shared their experiences over the past few days. 

The children created Eid drawings and many designed Eid Mendhi patterns to share with their friends. What a lovely celebration!