401 Challenge

Earlier in the term, we were lucky enough to have a special visitor to the school, Ben Smith. He, amazingly, completed 401 marathons in 401 days. The children loved hearing his stories and it really motivated them as individuals but also us a whole school.

Therefore, each class decided on a challenge that we could have a go at achieving. Class 10 decided to see if they could do 401 keepy ups with a tennis ball and racket. This allowed them to use their ball skills that they had been working on in their PE lessons. With a lot of practice and perseverance, we achieved it!!

Here are a few snaps…

EBPS Gazette

This term one of the Year 4 children came up with the idea of producing an EBPS newsletter. The newsletter is called the Gazette and is produced weekly. The Gazette includes a range of features including stories, featured people, crosswords and other interesting pieces of news. We are loving reading it and look forward to the next installment each week! Thank you to the editor and journalists who create such a fantastic publication.

Tennis Coaching

Class 9 had a fantastic afternoon in the sunshine yesterday developing their tennis skills. We were lucky to be joined by Tom, a tennis coach who was able to teach us lots of different activities and games to improve our throwing, catching and hitting skills. We all had lots of fun and made good progress. We are looking forward to practicing more in our PE lessons. Class 10 and 19 are looking forward to their sessions and are hoping the weather is as kind to them!

A Storm is coming…

Welcome back! The term has had an exciting start with an assembly last week from Ben Smith, who ran 401 marathons in 401 days! We are now considering are own versions of his amazing 401 challenge and will keep you posted on our final decision.

We are already in full swing learning about The Tempest and the children are really enjoying getting to know the plot and the characters.

Year 4 are lucky enough to be receiving some specialist tennis coaching this term. Each class will get a full afternoon of skills which will tie into our PE sessions. Please can we take this opportunity to remind you that the children need PE kit in each week, long hair must be tied up and earrings removed for all of our PE lessons. Please speak to your child’s class teacher if you are unsure which days your children has PE on.

 

Happy New Year!

Welcome back. We hope you all had a great break and are set for the new year ahead. We have got a very exciting term planned and have already started learning about the Anglo-Saxons, have made electrical circuits and have begun to design toys. We will be creating toys on Scratch; programming them to move in some way and will also be building Anglo- Saxon vehicles that use a circuit to power them. The children seem very excited about the challenges ahead.

Superstar!

 Wow! What an amazing day yesterday with Christmas performances on both campuses. We were so proud of all of the children who spoke clearly, sang enthusiastically and looked fabulous in their costumes. Thank you to all the parents who brought their children back for the evening performances.

Teeth

Before we broke up for half term, Year 4 were learning about our teeth and the effects different foods and liquids can have on them. As a year group we all carried out an experiment to see what liquids damage the enamel on our teeth the most. An eggs shell has the same composition as the enamel on our teeth, therefore we submerged 5 eggs into 5 different liquids: milk, water, orange juice, coca cola and vinegar.

When we returned after our half term break, we explored the results. Some had changed, some had not. Can you predict what one was the worst?

Have a look below for a clearer insight…

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This one was the egg from the vinegar, is had doubled in size and was wobbly.

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We found that the egg that was submerged in vinegar was affected the most, the shell had completely disappeared and all that was left was a thin layer of skin!

Digestive System

As the term drew to a close, Year 4 got very scientific and started learning about the digestive system. This involved lots of ‘hands on’ experiments!

Our first experiment was the making of some poo. The children used food and different utensils to mimic the different organs involved when digesting food. For instance, tights resembled the small and large intestine, the children had a lot of fun. The picture below shows the end result…

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The children also explored the effects sugar has on our teeth through using eggs and leaving them in different liquids. These included: coca cola, milk, vinegar, orange juice and water. We will find out the results when returning to school after half term.

Take a look at some other experiments we did in the pictures below…

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Pompeii…

This week we have begun to learn about the ancient Roman city, Pompeii. We were amazed by some of the facts we learnt.

  • The pumice and ash shot 12 miles into the sky
  • The ash layer was 16 feet deep
  • The lava flowed at speeds up to 70 miles per hour down the mountain side
  • Mount Vesuvius erupted solidly for 24 hours
  • Temperatures in the volcano reached 1300 degrees Fahrenheit
  • More than 2000 people died
  • Their bodies were preserved by the ash and can still be seen today
  • 1/3 of Pompeii is still undiscovered

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We are looking forward to finding out more!

Year 4 Assembly 

Last Friday Yr 4 presented their first assembly of the year.  The children all worked hard to write, practice and read their information in assembly.
The children presented information about the the Romans, our topic this term, and also showed pictures of our trip to St Albans.
They shared pieces of their art work, mosaics and Class 19 sang a song that Miss Molony has been teaching them in their Wednesday music sessions.

Class 19 performed Mamma Mia