Pomphlett Primary School

Pomphlett Primary School

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Year 4

Year Four have been studying the human body and in particular the layout and composition of milk and adult teeth. They have used clay to model their own rendition of their teeth!

Mouth made to scale!
"Will I have enough teeth for my mouth?"
Moulding the clay into teeth.
Tongue as well as teeth!
My mouth!
Creativity leads to mouth ‘growing' eyes!

As part of science, the children have been learning about electricity and wiring diagrams. The children were challenged to build their own electric fan, using wooden rods, balsa wood, elastic bands, wires and a power pack. The results are fantastic!

following the wiring diagram written on the table!
So glad it works.
Working through teething problems.
Finally works with a light as part of the circuit.
Using batteries in series to power the motor.
Hard work pays off.
We got ours working!
It took a while, but we got it working.
These pupils are chuffed with their fan!

The whole school had a day fully devoted to Design and Technology (D&T). As Year Four are learning about the Second World War, amongst other projects, the children designed their own balsa wood amphibious landing crafts, to ferry troops across to France as part of the D-Day invasions.

Learning about the different grades of sandpaper.
Tricky wood cutting.
Accurate measurement for accurate results.
Great posture means great sawing position.
Trying different cutting techniques.
Using different tools for different cuts.
Following plans and choosing our own tools.
The ‘G’ clamp is a great tool.
Accurate measurement pays off!

Today, Year Four were visited by the legendary Steve Manning, a Devon based historian turned storyteller. He transported the Year Four pupils to the Home Front of the Second World War to enable them to live events through the eyes of an ARP Warden.

Steve Manning gets into character.
The famous ‘Colonel Trotter’.
A genuine WW2 German civilian gas mask.
A genuine WW2 British civilian gas mask.
A genuine WW2 child's gas mask.
A genuine WW2 baby gas mask.
Looking for clues.
Identifying the actual ‘made on’ date!
The mysterious object...
The German Eagle is stamped on the rubber...

During the Blitz, children and adults needed to be prepared for any eventuality. Gas masks were carried everywhere in cardboard boxes and never left your side. The pupils of Year Four have constructed their own replica gas masks.

At the ready!
Thumbs up.
It fits.
Ready for inspection!
Helmet and gas mask combo.
It fits!
Guess who?
Helmet and gas mask combo.
Helmet and gas mask combo.
I loved making my own gas mask!
It works!
Helmet and gas mask combo.
Helmet and gas mask combo.
All clear?
Scrim net on helmet!
I’m ready.

For the summer term, Year Four are studying the Second World War and the impact the war had on people in the United Kingdom and across the world. Today, the children started to construct their own model of an Anderson shelter. Here are a few of the results.

Cauliflowers growing on top of the shelter.
‘home, sweet home!'
Plenty of greens being grown here.
A view from the front.
The sign says it all!
Corrugated iron, or in this case, card.

As part of the tooth decay experiment #BSW17, the class cracked the eggs today to see the damage caused by the different liquids and also what happened to the eggs inside. It was unanimously decided that the egg that had been damaged most was the egg that had no fluoride protection and had been soaked in coffee. The staining was very apparent.

Protective gloves at the ready.
Checking the inside of the egg shell.
Some weren’t too badly stained...
Some weren’t too badly stained...
On the other hand, there was bad staining.
The shells suffered from the staining.
The eggs were compared with others.
Totally shocked how sugar stained the shell!
The finished product.
The shell is marbled by apple juice staining.

Most of us eat several times a day, but how does our digestive system actually extract energy and nutrients from this food? As part of British Science Week #BSW17, Year Four have undergone a series of experiments to follow the food’s complex journey through the digestive system.

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The second part of the video made today in Year Four as part of British Science Week #BSW17.

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Year Four have been learning all about the human digestive system and have carried out a very practical experiment #BSW17.

‘Chewing’ bread to break down ready to swallow.
‘Chewing’ bread to break down ready to swallow.
Bread entering the ‘stomach’.
Bread entering the ‘stomach’.
Stomach acid helps break down food.
From stomach to small intestine.
In small intestine nutrients are absorbed by body.
Strong hands are needed!
The waste product of the body is revealed!
Large intestine hard at work.
The food is nearly at the end of it’s journey...
nutrients can be seen in the collection tray.
From stomach to small intestine.
The end result.
The final product.
The end product.

The eggs have been left in different mediums for the last 48 hours. The eggs coated in toothpaste were better protected than the eggs without #BSW17.

As it is British Science Week #BSW17 , Year Four are learning about living things (more to follow on this subject!). Today saw the children learning about teeth and learning how to are for them properly. The children have carried out an experiment on eggs (The shell is not unlike teeth enamel) and have coated one of the two eggs with toothpaste to protect it, whilst the second egg has no protection. The eggs were then placed in cola, coffee and apple juice to see what the effects are on the eggs.

Adding a protective layer of toothpaste to egg.
Ensuring no part of the egg is left uncovered.
All experiments are done under test conditions.
A clean surface to ensure no cross contamination.

Year Four have been revisiting shapes this week and had the opportunity to show what they remembered about shapes on their tables! We did a grand job of cleaning up after ourselves.

North America. Different landscapes and environments, drawn with pastels.

Swamps and forests.
Ice and snow.
Mountains and lowlands.
Sea, sunsets and craggy cliffs.

Year Four Mannequin Challenge!

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The children are always this quiet and still in class...

Whilst learning about x and y coordinates in the classroom is fun, the pupils had the opportunity to do some real life map-reading outside. It was cold and frosty but the weather didn’t stop the children from finding the clues and enjoying themselves.

The clue is on the football post!
Accuracy leads you to the goal...
There is a clue here somewhere!
Another group finds the goalpost clue.
Has anybody seen the clue for (4,4)?
Being accurate means more clues discovered.

The pupils of Year Four have been exploring clay as a medium for art. This included sketching out their own design, then moving onto the shaping and sculpture phase where they all had the opportunity to craft their designs.

Using water to keep the clay malleable.
A variety of sculpting tools were used.
Some fantastic sculptures.
Pupils help each other with tricky sculpting.
A very messy thumbs up!

The children of Year Four have been trying items from an ancient Roman diet, including an authentic recipe for bread that would have been eaten by Roman soldiers on the move!

Note taking whilst tasting!
Trying to explain different tastes is tricky.
Water bottles at the ready.
Olives... Yuk!
Trying to describe the taste of olives isn’t easy.
The Roman bread was a big hit.

The pupils have been learning about sound and how it travels as part of their science module. Whilst learning about the ear, children had the opportunity to ‘see’ sound waves as they passed over a thin membrane and agitated the hundreds and thousands! Children learnt that by humming or moving their mouths would produce different movement results.

Children humming to ‘move’ the balls.
Humming above sometimes works!
The louder, the better!
A constant humming noise works well.
What happens if the clingfilm isn’t tight?
How am I able to change the effects?
Trying to get different effects was tricky.
Different size apparatus (introducing variables).
Variants of sound waves were tested.
The more noise the better?

The pupils of Year Four have been using tesserae (small stones) to make their own mosaic patterns.

Mathematics- working out perimeters of different sports pitches.

Year Four Roman Homework.

The Roman Shield Wall.

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As part of our topic, the children in Year Four practised the tactics used by the Roman infantry, over 2000 years ago!

The Romans are coming!

Your child should bring a reading book and reading diary home with them everyday. To develop comprehension skills, it would be useful if you could read with your child two or three times a week and question them about what they have read. Please sign the reading diary when you have worked with your child or, if the child is reading independently, they can write a capital ‘H’ denoting they have read at home.

Your child should bring a list of spellings home with them on a Monday. They are tested on these words the following Monday so please ensure they practice the words at home and have their spelling books in school every day. A good way of practising spellings is by using: look, say, cover, write, check- reading the word, saying the word, covering it and then having a go at writing it. The children also can use the pyramid  way of spelling their words as well.

Homework is given to your child every other Friday and children are given nearly two weeks to complete this. It should be returned on a Wednesday. Homework is set in a menu format where there are a number of optional activities to complete. Homework that is expected to be completed by everyone is as follows: spellings, learning of tables, /key number facts and reading.

Times Tables
Please continue to encourage your child to learn their times tables. Knowing them really helps in many aspects of maths. They are tested on their times table knowledge regularly. This includes knowing the division facts that relate to the multiplication. Children should also be able to ‘wire it up’ and carry out division operations as well as multiplication.

P.E. is usually on Mondays and Thursdays. However, please ensure your child has their P.E. kit in school at all times as we often have specialist teachers that visit on different days which involves extra P.E.!

If you have any concerns about your child, please don't hesitate to get in touch with either Mr Spamer or  Mrs Hurst.


We hope your child (or twins!) really enjoy their time in Year Four!