Important things to note:
- Pupils need to complete a page or half page in their purple learning review books every week. These need to be bought into school every Monday.
- Children will be tested on times tables on a Tuesday and spellings on a Friday.
- PE Kits are required on Wednesdays and Fridays, but would be useful if PE Kit was in school at all times as these sessions do sometimes change.
Learning for the fullness of life,
Learning for life,
Learning to be an effective global citizen,
Learning for the future.
The pupils will be exploring and learning about:
- Maths - Written methods for addition, subtraction and multiplication (and division if time!), Decimal Numbers, Measurement and Fractions
- English - Report writing, Riddles and Greek myths
- RE - Exploring Pentecost and investigating the nature of churches.
- Science - Habitats.
- DT - Making biscuits and Moving Books.
- Art - Collage and sculpture.
- History - Ancient Greece.
- PE- Tennis, Rounders and Athletics.
Please note that this is subject to change depending on the children's understanding, We will update this as regularly as we can.
To finish our learning about Ancient Greece year 4 travelled back in time and experienced a day as Athenian citizens. We got used to our new names and tackled some writing and maths, helped by Pythagoras! We crafted pinch pots which were decorated using traditional patterns and designed goblets. In the afternoon we were able to re-create a mini-Olympics and finished the day in style by feasting on fish, feta, olives and grapes!
Bonneville - a town planning exercise!
As part of our International School Award work year 4 have used e-twinning to share a project with children at a school in Northern France.
Children at both schools decided that they should investigate ways in which new building developments could use environmentally conscious concepts such as cycle lanes, solar farms and water reclamation.
We made pictures of Bonneville (Good town) which we sent to France and they produced a video with their ideas. These are some of our designs.
For the last two weeks we have been privileged to share our classroom with some noisy, but adorable, feathered friends. Coconut, Kiwi, Lemon, Plum, Pear, Apricot and Cherry have delighted us with their chirping and pecking and we will miss them, but we are also pleased they are off to live with about 90 other youngsters before they go to 'forever homes' as garden chickens.
This has been a marvellous experience for the class. We were lucky to see 3 of the chicks hatch right in front of us, probably for most a 'once in a lifetime' opportunity, and the children have really enjoyed handling the chicks and taking them to visit other classes.
This project is part of the science curriculum and is also used to provide a stimulus for writing in English, many thanks to the PTA for funding this amazing learning opportunity.
Airbus Discovery Space
We had a fantastic day out at the Airbus Discovery Space, where they make the Mars Rover due to be launched into space next year. We had the opportunity to learn about the Rover project and view the testing yard, complete with the Rover prototype, Brian.
We also had the opportunity to take part in some workshops and demonstrations focused on Sound. The children made an Imma-Bee, which is a lasso device which buzzes when you spin it, and a Paper Banger, and explored how both make sounds. The class then tested what they could change about their products in order to create a different sound. The children also learnt a lot about sound, how it is made and how it changes, through some fantastic demonstrations.
The highlight of lots of the children's day was exploring the Exhibit Gallery where they could explore a plasma globe, robotic arm, radio inside a box, whispering dishes, thermal imaging camera, and much more!
Super Speed Stacking!
Some of the Year 4 class have been regularly attending Speed Stacking Club at lunchtimes and have been busy learning how to complete the 3-3-3 stack, 3-6-3 stack and the cycle. Their best times were submitted to our local Sports Partnership competition and we were delighted to hear that we won the Bishop's Stortford heat! This meant that we were then invited to attend the County Final in March.
The team competed against 9 other schools and had to take part in a variety of rounds including setting individual times for the fastest boy and girl medal, and setting team times for the fastest boys team, girls team and overall team. They also had the opportunity to meet the current UK Speed Stacking champion, Lee Norton, who amazed us all with his incredibly fast stacking skills.
Despite not winning any of the categories, the team competed brilliantly and worked fantastically as a team throughout, demonstrating excellent sportsmanship skills. It was a great achievement to reach the County final, and we are proud of them being one of the top 10 teams in the County.
African Story - telling drama workshop
The class really enjoyed working with a drama coach to stage a dramatic re-telling of the traditional African tale - How the Lion got his roar!
This is part of our International School Award activities which allow the children to learn from, and enjoy, the richness and variety of global cultures.
Festival of Literature
Year 4 recently attended a workshop by author, Philip Reeve and illustrator, Sarah McIntyre. We have been reading one of their books, Pugs of the Frozen North, as our class story, which the class have been really engaged with, so they were excited to meet the faces behind the book.
In the workshop, Philip and Sarah shared their new book with us, The Legend of Kevin, and we learnt that Kevin is a flying horse who loves to eat biscuits. However, as Sarah is American, she is not familiar with many of the biscuits that we have in Britain, so one of the class helped Philip to describe a biscuit for Sarah to draw. The result wasn't quite right for a jammie dodger, as you might be able to see in the second picture below. The workshop also consisted of Philip reading the first chapter to us and giving us a synopsis of what happens in the story and Sarah teaching us how to draw Kevin with the audience drawing along with her. The workshop ended with the audience helping Philip and Sarah to plan a new story for Kevin in the form of a board game.
The workshop inspired many of the class to become authors or illustrators, and many are now excited to read The Legend of Kevin. The class learnt about the elements of a good story and explored a way in which they can think of story ideas and plan the plot of stories.
Year 4 have been thinking about our value of justice and have considered ways in which justice can be demonstrated within our school.
Our reflection area is a place in the classroom where we can go when we would like to think and reflect. Mrs Pickering and Mrs Tozer have posed us three questions that we could think about when we visit this area:
Do you think it is fair that some people are rich and other people are poor? Why?
What one thing could you do to help other people in the world?
If you could ban one thing from the world forever, what would you ban?
In Maths, the children have been exploring a number of mathematical concepts and skills, including multiplication, division, area and triangles. Within this, the children have had to represent the mathematics in different ways. They have worked on many reasoning and problem solving activities where they needed to investigate, explain their answers and apply their understanding in different ways.
A Persuasive World
In English, Year 4 have been investigating persuasive texts and have explored the features of an effective persuasion. The pupils then used their understanding to write their own persuasive text about a global issue. Some persuaded people to help stop plastic pollution, others persuaded people to think about the decline of bees, and others persuaded people to think about how they can stop global warming.
The class have a weekly lesson with Mr Kruppa, where they have been learning to play different chords. They are now learning how to play minor and major chords.
As part of their gymnastics lessons the class have been exploring how to use the apparatus to create 'bridges' with a partner.
They also enjoyed trying a springboard to help them with their jumps.
Visit to West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village, Suffolk
The class had the chance to travel back in time and learn about how the work of experimental archaeologists has allowed historians to understand the lives of our ancestors in the Anglo-Saxon period. This was a fabulous chance to take history outside the classroom and the children demonstrated an excellent historical knowledge.
Why not ask your child to explain what the doughnut like objects in the last picture are, and how finding them in a 'sandwich' of burnt wood showed that buildings must have had wooden floors.