We would like to welcome back all of Year 4 as we start the Spring Term. We all enjoyed our Castles day today and had fun parading our costumes under the amazing standards we had created last week. Thank you to all parents who helped to make our classes look so fantastic!
We will be continuing to develop our understanding of William Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet. We have already started to look at the characters in the play, their relationships with each other and some of the key plot lines. We will also be continuing to learn about life in a castle in Medieval times.
Homework Task: Please could you find out at least one key fact about the role of someone who would have lived in a castle. Please can you write down your findings and bring into school by Thursday 12th January to help us in our History lesson this week.
On the 1st November, the whole of Year 4 had the opportunity to take part in an Anglo Saxon feast. The day started when the Bellinge Campus joined us to help us prepare the food. This consisted of half of us chopping, peeling and slicing vegetables for our vegetable stew, whilst the other half of the class scored, cored and stuffed apples before baking them in the oven.
Once the food was prepared and cooking, we worked in groups to prepare our own verses for a shared poem about a dragon which we then performed around our fireplace.
Finally we were able to taste our food and in the main everyone enjoyed the Anglo Saxon menu.
Well… it has been a busy term, starting with our Anglo- Saxon day. We had so much fun performing poems and preparing and tasting our feast. It was great to spend time with all of Year 4 together and getting to make new friends.
We were very concerned to hear that The West Stow site was under threat from a building company and we wrote persuasive letters to try and change their minds about building a new housing estate which would destroy the Anglo Saxon homes and the museum. We are hoping that they will reply to our letters soon to tell us the outcome of their decision.
We have had a talk from our local PCSOs, helping us to know who the safe adults are in our lives and who we can talk to if we are worried about anything. We have also thought carefully about recycling and how this can help to protect our local environment as well as the rest of the Earth. Next week we will be thinking about Road Safety and how we can make sure we are safe when walking to and from school/ friends etc.
EB Campus have enjoyed our Brass lessons and are looking forward to our concerts on Wednesday this week. Bellinge Campus will be starting their lessons next term so keep an eye out for your concert details in early March.
We have been busy rehearsing for our end of term productions and hope that everyone will be able to come and watch us. Ecton Brook Campus are enjoying the songs and script from Bethlehem The Musical!
From next term we will be using the blog to help us introduce Flipped Learning in Year 4. This is something Year 6 have been using for a while to help develop understanding and to provide pupils with a deeper learning experience. The activities we put on will need to be completed by given dates so that the children come prepared to the lesson ready for us to challenge them further. The children will also be awarded points which will be added to their Learning Logs. There is an expectation that these tasks are completed as without this prior learning children will struggle to keep up with their peers. To support this we will provide time in a lunch or break time for those children who can’t access the tasks at home.
Thank you to all of the Year 4s for another fantastic term and we are very much looking forward to Term 3.
During our P.S.H.E. sessions, we have been discussing democracy. We have talked about parliaments and how they may be similar to school. We also looked in some First News newspapers for recent stories about democracy. All off the children in Year 4 were given the chance to vote for their class representative for the school council. Votes were recorded secretly and the children placed them inside a ballot box for them to be counted.
As you may have seen last week, we have been participating in Joe Wicks’ live streams. His workouts require determination and coordination, which the children have found challenging at times.
In our PE sessions, we have continued following his live streams which has enabled us to focus on our coordination and core strength. This has not been easy but the children love it!
Wow what a fantastic few weeks we have had since returning to school. The children have all settled in well and have been getting used to our new routines and class rules.
This term we are learning about the Anglo Saxons. The children have been researching the types of genres Anglo Saxons used to write in and have been exploring the jewellery they would have worn in Art. From this they have created very detailed pencil dictionaries using a variety of shades.
Last week they had lots of fun in science exploring teeth and decay. They are so excited to see the results of their science experiment. Which liquid will have caused the most decay?
Overall it has been a very exciting few weeks!