|Onyx||Miss Stanton||Mrs Holmes|
|Quartz||Mrs Spillard||Mrs Lake|
|Sunstone||Miss Daniels/ Mrs Taylor|
This term Year 4 have been focusing on the importance of Remembrance through the study of World War One. As a year group, the pupils have created information texts and poetry focused on the importance of remembering our soldiers both past and present. On the 11th November Year 4 students all took part in a two minute silence of Remembrance and some classes made poppies to display in the class. The students have engaged well with this topic and produced some beautiful work, here is one example from a Year 4 Portfolio:
As a year group, we have encouraged students to expand their knowledge of multiplication this term, by working through the times tables and incorporating division alongside multiplication. As this will be a key focus for Year 4 this year, we encourage students to practice their times tables at home as often as possible and our homework has reflected this with the use of Times Tables Rockstars. Students have been doing daily times tables with the use of Rainbow Maths, which builds up their confidence and shows their ability to flourish as they move up levels based on the colours of the rainbow.
This term our focus has been on World War One and learning about the causes and consequences of the outbreak of war in Europe. The students have engaged in this topic well, with many sharing knowledge and insight into the conditions faced by soldiers in the trenches and the outcome of war. Students have also used map skills to make connections between names and places. As a year group, we have been humbled in seeing the students sharing stories of loved ones who have been involved in conflict and evidence of veterans ranging from World War One to present day.
Wellbeing and PSHE:
This term we have focused on the importance of celebrating differences and what makes each and every child unique and wonderful. We have focused on mindfulness and respect to establish safe and stimulating environments for conversations to take place between peers. By using Jigsaw to focus on giving time to think, share stories and process their emotions.
PE and The Daily Mile
As a school we have been encouraging students to get active with the daily mile and get everyone moving in the afternoon and refreshed ready for learning. The children have really enjoyed the opportunity to join in with teachers for the daily mile walk along the lower field before settling in for an afternoon of learning. For P.E we have been following the Real PE Jasmine program and building on skills every week to establish new physical activity skills.
This term Onyx and Argent class have enjoyed the opportunity to get outdoors and explore our school’s wonderful Forest School area specifically designed for teambuilding and outdoor learning. The children have enjoyed working together to build dens, create ornate foraged tree ornaments and explore the outdoors.They have learnt valuable skills such as how to identify habitats of woodland creatures, how to build a fire (supervised by adults) and how to build sufficient shelter when outdoors.
This term Onyx and Argent class have enjoyed learning about healthy eating and experimenting with chopping techniques. The students have created everything from rainbow salads in a jar to cooking fresh traditional italian breads and homemade cheese scones. The students have thrived in this area and have learnt some valuable skills such as food hygiene, food preparation and home baking. This has inspired many to continue to use these skills whilst at home which has been fantastic to see in recent weeks during their self-isolation period where the children have been creating amazing things at home.
This term Year 4 have explored the science of sound by creating their own musical instruments out of recycled materials. The students learnt about sound waves, pitch and frequency and experimented with making their own sounds via percussion and string inspired instruments. The students really enjoyed learning about sound and making their unique instruments - let’s see some of their creations:
Term 1 Update
Exploring Exciting Egypt.
This term Year 4 have been exploring the wonders of Egypt through their key text Jake Atlas and the Tomb of the Emerald Snake by Jones Llyod. They have enjoyed delving into the exciting world of Jake Atlas the boy adventurer and have been comparing ancient egypt to modern day by writing persuasive letters informing others of the historical wonders Egypt has to offer.
Students have also utilised online research sessions to inform their writing and created wonderful information text and persuasive letters based on visiting Egypt.
As a year group, we have encouraged students to get back into maths by focusing on addition and subtraction as a starting point for the term. Alongside this, the students have been doing daily times tables with the use of Rainbow Maths, which has built upon the students confidence and shown their ability to flourish as they move up levels based on the colours of the rainbow. Pupils have also self-marked their work with teacher overview so that they can establish a confidence in checking their work for errors and recognising their achievements straight away.
Students have also had the opportunity to get ‘hands on’ with history, as they have experimented with mummifying oranges and recorded the results of their findings over the course of two weeks.The students have really enjoyed having the opportunity to learn about the importance of Egypt geographically as well as historically and have shown this through their pride and presentation of work.
Wellbeing and PSHE:
We have welcomed students back this term with a keen focus on mental and physical wellbeing and coming to terms with the new normal we are all experiencing at this time. As a result, we have re-introduced a much loved PSHE toll by the name of Jigsaw which enables children to evaluate their emotions and reflect using mindfulness and conversation to establish safe and stimulating conversations.
PE and Daily Mile
Alongside this, as a school we have introduced the daily mile into our timetables to get everyone moving in the afternoon and refreshed ready for learning. The children have really enjoyed the opportunity to join in with teachers for the daily mile walk along the lower field before settling in for an afternoon of learning. For P.E we have been following the Real PE Jasmine program and building on skills every week to establish new physical activity skills.