I really like WordPress and use it myself for giving information to staff and students.
Kate do you use some paid-for option? Perhaps I am misunderstanding Year 4? (That's quite small people in the UK!). Don't students have to be 13 to use WordPress? I was wondering how you plan to let students add entries?
Hi there - we are a year 4 class (9-10yr olds) any use of the internet at my school is covered by a cyber agreement and part of that is any blogging is only done under teacher direction. We sort of say that this covers us for the age thing. The content, words etc is the students BUT the teacher controls the blog. Hope this makes sense!
Hi Wanda -
Another good option is Edublogs. Here's a link to a video about getting started w/Edublogs: http://www.youtube.com/user/EmergingEdTech#p/u/49/3FIk653lvkk.
Here's a blog post about student blogging that you might find informative: http://www.emergingedtech.com/2010/08/blogging-in-education-today-p.... A couple of the example blogs are Edublogs blogs.
Take a look at Kid Blog. I wrote about it on my blog here http://blogs.jefftwp.org/wordpress/walker/2011/02/22/student-bloggi.... It is easy to use. It is free. A teacher can manage and moderate student blogs from one simple interface.
I have used blogspot for primary year students. It works well. I would suggest to set ground rules for blogging before you start. Some kind of essential agreement for blogging where by students are involved in making this essential agreement.
Wordpress MU is a good blogging platform. It is a multi-user version of Wordpress blogging software and comes fully loaded with all the features you would expect in a single user version of wordpress blogging software. The advantage is that you do not have to install wordpress individually for all the users who want to have a blog. Just do it once with MU version and the rest is all about creating usernames and passwords for those who want to have a blog.
We implemented it last year for Middle School and the response has been overwhelming.
Here are a few pros I can pull over the top of my head :
Oh - and I just found out that the MU version has been integrated with the single user version of the wordpress.
If you have any specific questions about Wordpress, please feel free to ask.