Welcome back. This week has been great once again in Year 4. We've been busy, busy, busy. Want to know how busy? Well, we'll tell you.
In English, we have been looking at a book by Anthony Browne called Voices in the Park. This is basically a story of a boy and girl who meet in the park. It is told through 4 voices. Hence the title, Voices in the Park. The first character we met was Charles, then on Wednesday we met Smudge (who is a girl). We have yet to meet Charles' mum, and Smudge's dad (though we are desperate to meet them, we have to wait until next week). All the characters tell the same story, of their visit to the park but from their own viewpoint. Here, take a look at Charles and Smudge's accounts.
Did you get it? We were `inferring', or `reading between the lines'. We were working out what the characters were like by what is suggested, rather than what is said in the text. To begin with, we found this tricky. However, it does get easier the more you do it. So we think...Smudge is a really caring person as she is happy when she goes to the park with dad as he has been a little fed up. We also think that...Charles isn't as confident or as adventurous as Smudge as he copies what she does on the climbing frame (almost like he didn't know what to do).
We can wait to read the rest next week. Our teachers have told us that they will post a link next week so that we can enjoy reading the book at home.
In Maths we have been looking at angles, and triangles. So... We need to be able to identify Acute angles -an angle less that 90 degrees, a right angle -an angle of 90 degrees, and an Obtuse angle -an angle over 90 degrees. Our teachers also told us (shhhhhh)....ready?...an angle over 180 degrees (over two right angles is called a reflex, but this isn't in the Year 4 curriculum -so, shhhh, keep it under your hat!)
We made angle finders to help recognise and show. All of the class was able to show acute, right and obtuse angles. How cool are we?
Then we looked at triangles. There are 3 types that we looked at. Equilateral triangles where all sides and angles are the same. Isosceles where two sides and angles are the same. Finally, a scalene where none of the sides or angles are the same. Check out this really cool programme to see if you can tell your equilateral from your isosceles.
Other exciting news...in a few weeks time some of the children from Year 4 will be taking part in Wigan's Kermesse Celerations. This is a French celebration that Wigan celebrates due to our twinning with Angers. For our part in the celebrations we will be singing to guitar...if Mr P doesn't moan too much about his sore hand...awwww...and if he can find the extra chord in the song which he says he can hear but can't find. We think it is all excuses.
Anyway, take a look, and be impressed by the song we are learning below.