Year 4’s Artistic talents

Hi everyone!

Year 4 have been working very hard with their home learning. This week they have had two creative tasks. For their Art task, they had to look at the artwork of Sonia Boyce and create their own memory postcard inspired by her work. For their Music task, they had to plan and design their own instrument before making it with items from around their house. Take a look at their fantastic work below! (All these submissions have been submitted on Teams. I will update and add other images as I receive them)

Stay safe and take care,

Miss Soar 🙂

Year 4 Art Work

Hi everyone!

As one of their home learning challenges this week, I asked Year 4 to look at some of the Pop Art created by Roy Lichtenstein and use this to inspire their own masterpieces. Below are some of the amazing pieces of Art that Year 4 have created. (All these pieces have been submitted on Microsoft Teams, any other submissions will be added as I receive them.)

The children have considered the Pop Art style, colours and techniques and produced some brilliant images. Take a look!

 

Hope you are all staying safe, take care

Miss Soar 🙂

Science Challenges!

Hi everyone! Hope you are all doing ok and enjoying the sunshine.  

This week I’m throwing back to Autumn term again for Science. How much can you remember about electricity? Do you remember Mrs O’Reilly coming in to help us on our Science Days? Maybe you still have your booklets to help you with your questions!

1) Electricity can be divided into alternate current (AC) and direct current (DC). What do these two terms mean? Where do alternate and direct current come from? 

2) Electricity that comes into our houses is called Mains electric. There are a number of ways that this electricity is made. This is called generation. Some methods give us renewable energy and some methods give us non-renewable energy. Which of these methods are which? How do each of these methods work to generate electricity? Which do you think is the best method of generating electricity? Why? 

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Wind power Solar power Geothermic energy

 

3) An appliance is something that has a specific job. An electrical appliance is an item that needs electricity to work. Some appliances use mains power and some appliances use battery power. Investigate the items around your house. How many can you find that use mains power? How many can you find that use battery power? Can you find any that use mains and battery power? Remember: Do not touch any electrical appliances. (See challenge number 4)

4) Whilst electricity is incredibly useful in our day to day lives, it is also incredibly dangerous if misused. Your final challenge is to create a poster to show how to keep safe around electricity. Try to make your poster eye catching so that it is memorable to people who see it. 

Thanks for reading, hope you enjoy the challenges! Let me know how you get on with any of your activities! Remember, you can email any pictures or messages to peelhall.primaryschool@salford.gov.uk and they will get passed on to the correct teacher. 

Take care, Miss Soar.

 

Maths Challenges!

Hi everyone! Hope you are all doing ok and enjoying the sunshine.  

Seeing as I had so much fun creating them last week, I thought I’d come up with some more Maths challenges. These challenges are at a Year 3/ Year 4 level but feel free to have a go at any or all of them no matter which year group you belong to. 

  1. Is this statement always true, sometimes true or never true? When writing a number in Roman numerals, the bigger numbers have more symbols than smaller numbers. Explain your answer. 

2. Is this statement always true, sometimes true or never true? When writing a multiple of 10 in Roman numerals, they all contain an X. Explain your answer. 

3. 3 glasses fill a bottle           2 bottles fill a jug            6 egg cups fill a glass

How many egg cups fill a bottle?                       How many glasses fill a jug?

How many egg cups fill a jug?                            2 jugs can fill how many egg cups?

 

4. How many seconds are there in a minute? How many minutes are there in an hour?

How many hours are there in a day?    How many weeks are there in a year?

How many days are there in each of the 12 months of the year?

How many days are there in a year? How many days are there in a leap year?

 

5. Using your answers to the above questions, have a go at these:

How many seconds are there in 5 minutes?

How many minutes are there in one and a half hours?

How many hours are there in 3 days?

How many days are there in total during May, June and July?

How many days are there in 17 weeks?

When was our last leap year? How often do they occur? When will the next leap year be?

Thanks for reading, hope you enjoy the challenges! Let me know how you get on with any of your activities! Remember, you can email any pictures or messages to peelhall.primaryschool@salford.gov.uk and they will get passed on to the correct teacher. 

Take care, Miss Soar.

 

Science challenges: Sound!

Hi everyone! Hope you are all doing ok and enjoyed the bank holiday weekend.  

This week, I thought I’d throw it back to our first Year 4 Science topic (and one of my favourites) Sound!

    • Sound is caused by vibrations. How can sounds be made and how do they travel to our ears? 
    • The three families of musical instruments are string, wind and percussion. Can you remember the name of an instrument that fits in each category? How do you produce a sound on your chosen instrument?

 

  • Volume describes how loud or quiet a sound is and is measured in decibels. How do you change the volume on a percussion instrument? How do you change the volume on a wind instrument? How do you change the volume on a string instrument?
  • Pitch describes how high and low a sound is. How do you alter the pitch on a percussion, wind and string instrument? How is pitch different to volume?

 

  • Your final challenge is to create your own instrument! Think back to our D and T days. You will need to research instruments that exist already before designing your instrument. Remember to plan the materials you will need and the method you will use to create your instrument. Don’t worry if you haven’t got specialist equipment to make with, get creative and use what you have. Maybe you could get your siblings to make an instrument too and create a family band!

Thanks for reading, hope you enjoy the challenges! Let me know how you get on with any of your activities! Remember, you can email any pictures or messages to peelhall.primaryschool@salford.gov.uk and they will get passed on to the correct teacher. 

Take care, Miss Soar.

 

Maths Challenges

Hi everyone! Hope you are all doing ok. 

I’m in a Maths mood today so here are 5 Maths questions for Year 4 (or anyone if you fancy it!) to have a go at.

  1. The 4 types of triangles are: equilateral, isosceles, scalene and right-angled. How can we recognise these triangles? What are their properties? What might they look like? 

2. 2 pizzas cost £9. How much will 5 pizzas cost?

3. A tower is made up of 10 identical blocks. Each block is 6cm tall. 

  • How tall is the whole tower?
  • Four of the bricks are removed, how tall is the tower now?
  • How many bricks would needed to make a 90cm tower? 

4. Here are 4 numbers. 1330    1015     2941    3645            Which is the odd one out? Explain your answer as there could be more than one correct answer!

5. What is the first number greater than 100 that is a multiple of both 3 and 6? How do you know?

Thanks for reading, hope you enjoy the challenges! Let me know how you get on with any of your activities! Remember, you can email any pictures or messages to peelhall.primaryschool@salford.gov.uk and they will get passed on to the correct teacher. 

Take care, Miss Soar.

 

Science challenges!

Hi everyone! Hope you are all doing ok. 

This week my challenge is for you to find out about Habitats

A habitat is where a living thing lives. (Remember you can identify a living thing by using the acronym MRS NERG) A habitat provides 4 things to keep a living thing alive:

  • Food and water
  • Space to move, grow and have young
  • Air or oxygen
  • Shelter and safety

Think about where you live. Where does our food and water come from? Where is your space? Where does your oxygen come from? What creates your shelter? What keeps you safe?

Now choose another living thing, either a plant or an animal (or both!) Can you answer the above questions for this living thing? What is similar about the habitats of your living thing and a human? What is different about the habitats?

As humans, we can control lots of things about our habitat. However, plants and animals can be affected by things around them. Some of the actions of humans can have a devastating impact on other habitats. What can you think of that could threaten or damage a living thing’s habitat? 

What habitats are there near you? Which living things can you find either in your garden or out on your daily walk? How do these living things survive? What makes their habitat safe?

Finally, how can you help keep habitats safe for plants and animals? Whilst humans can have a negative impact on wildlife, they can also be positive and allow it to flourish. How could you improve the habitats around you?

Thanks for reading. Let me know how you get on with any of your activities! Remember, you can email any pictures or messages to peelhall.primaryschool@salford.gov.uk and they will get passed on to the correct teacher. 

Take care, Miss Soar.

 

Science: Living Things

Hi everyone! Hope you are all keeping well and enjoyed the bank holiday weekend. 

This week my challenge is for you to find out more about Living Things and their Habitats. 

  1. Last week I challenged you to find out about the different types of vertebrates. This week, see if you can find out about invertebrates.  The 7 types of invertebrates are: insects, annelids, protozoa, crustaceans, molluscs, arachnids and echinoderms. Do you recognise any of these words? What do these words mean? Choose a term and find out these invertebrates. 
  2. Now that you know how to spot an invertebrate, some of these invertebrates can be found out in your garden or on your daily walk. Which types of invertebrates can you find? Good places to look are under stones, in grass, under wood, under or on leaves or in soil. If you are doing this with your younger siblings, you can tell them you are going on a mini-beast hunt and then you can show off your knowledge to them! What can you find?
  3. Sometimes we can be unsure about what a living thing is. There are different ways we can find out. One of these ways is by using a key. To use a key, we need to be able to recognise characteristics of different living things. A characteristic is what makes a living thing a living thing. Choose a living thing and create a spider diagram that shows its characteristics. I chose a cat. A characteristic is something that all cats have and is not the same as a personality trait. My cat Ophelia has a high pitched meow but this isn’t the same for all cats so it is not a characteristic. characteristics

4. When you understand characteristics, you can use your knowledge to create a key. A key uses Yes and No questions to identify animals. Have a look at my example and then see if you can create your own key. You could even collect pictures or leaves from the garden or on your daily walk and use these as part of your key. 

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Thanks for reading. Let me know how you get on with any of your activities! Remember, you can email any pictures or messages to peelhall.primaryschool@salford.gov.uk and they will get passed on to the correct teacher. 

Take care, Miss Soar.

 

Living things and their habitats

Hi everyone! Hope you are all keeping well and have had a lovely week.

This week my challenge is for you to find out about Living Things and their Habitats. 

  1. All living things do certain things to stay alive. These are called life processes. We can remember these by the acronym MRS NERG. What does MRS NERG stand for? What do each of these words mean? Can you think of a living thing and explain how it demonstrates the 7 life processes? Remember, plants are living things too and they demonstrate the 7 life processes in a different way to animals- can you find out how? 
  2. Now that you know how to spot a living thing, we can start to sort living things into different groups. To begin, you could sort living things into plants and animals. You could do this by writing the names, drawing the images, using toy animals and leaves from the garden! Get creative!
  3. Think about the animals you have sorted. How could we group these in smaller groups? One way we could do this is by splitting animals into vertebrates and invertebrates. What do these two words mean? Which animals would be grouped as vertebrates and which would be grouped as invertebrates?
  4. We can split the animals further! Vertebrates can be split into 5 different types: Mammals, fish, reptiles, birds and amphibians. Do you recognise any of these words? What do you think these words mean? Can you think of any animals that match these labels. When you have explored what you know already, you could research what these 5 words mean and see if you are correct. What makes an animal a mammal? Can you choose an animal that is a mammal and find out about it? Where does it live? What does it eat? How does it survive? Then you can repeat this for the other types of animals. 
  5. Finally, we can think about what is similar and different across all living things. A game I played with my class from last year was 20 questions and they loved it! The rules are simple: choose a living thing and keep it secret. Then your partner has to ask questions to work out what the living thing is but you can only answer yes or no! They have 20 questions to guess your living thing. Here is an example- can you work out my living thing?
  • Is it an animal? Yes
  • Does it have 4 legs? No
  • Is it a fish? No
  • Is it a bird? Yes
  • Can it fly? No
  • Does it live in a cold climate? Yes
  • Can it swim? Yes 

Thanks for reading. Let me know how you get on with any of your activities! Remember, you can email any pictures or messages to peelhall.primaryschool@salford.gov.uk and they will get passed on to the correct teacher. 

Take care, Miss Soar.

 

Outdoor learning ideas for the week!

Hi everyone! Hope you are all keeping well and have had a lovely week.

Here are this week’s 5 outdoor ideas. Remember, all of these can be done in your garden or yard so stay safe and stay home! 

1. Birdwatching- If you need a mindful moment or a bit of peace, go outside and listen to what is around you. Can you hear any birds tweeting? Which birds can you spot? I’ve seen sparrows and a blackbird in my garden. 

2. Pebble friend- Grab a rock from your yard and get creative! I used felt tips to create a couple of designs. You could keep them for yourself, make lots of different ones to create or retell a story, or go and put them outside your house to cheer people up. 55FC6E71-B345-4961-8F5C-7F8DB13C6523

3. Flags- I tied some material to a stick to make a flag. You could do this as part of an explorer or a pirate game. Another idea is to add a design to some scrap material. If you really fancy a challenge, you could make some bunting by cutting scrap material into triangles or squares, tying it onto string and hanging this around your garden or in your house. Don’t forget to ask your grown up before you start cutting up material and using scissors though! 

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4. Weaving- If you’re like me, you might have lots of cardboard boxes around from online deliveries. You can use cardboard to create a weaving frame. I used the wire from an old notebook to wind around the cardboard. You could also use string/ wire/ wool to create the weave and then get creative! I incorporated leaves and petals to create a nature picture. You could use wool or scraps of material to weave in as well if you fancy. 

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5. Helicopter- Science time! Have a go at creating your own paper helicopter. There are lots of templates online if you google ‘paper helicopter’ but if like me, you don’t have a printer, here are the instructions:

  • Draw a line down the middle of the paper until you get half way down. 
  • Draw a dotted line all the way across. (The solid lines mean they need to be cut later on; the dotted lines mean they need to be folded later on.)
  • Draw two lines coming about a third of the way in on each side. You could practise your measuring skills to make sure they are the same length. 
  • Next, draw dotted lines from the two solid lines down to the bottom of the page. (A 90 degree right angle!) Then, draw a dotted line across the bottom of the page that is a couple of centimetres.
  • Cut along the two solid lines.The next step is to fold along the two dotted lines and fold the flaps behind.
  • Fold up along the remaining dotted line and clip it with a paper clip or something similar. 
  • Finally, cut along the first line you drew and fold one half forward and fold the other half backwards. 

When you’ve made your helicopter, see how it flies! What is making it fall to the ground? Why doesn’t it fall straight down? If you scrunch up a piece of paper, does this fall more quickly or more slowly than the helicopter? Why? What happens if you have a flat sheet of paper? How does this compare? Do any other materials or objects fall more quickly or more slowly? Why is this? See what you can discover!

Thanks for reading. Let me know how you get on with any of your activities! Remember, you can email any pictures or messages to peelhall.primaryschool@salford.gov.uk and they will get passed on to the correct teacher. 

Take care, Miss Soar.