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Class 4 Learning

Take a look at what we have been doing in class 4.

We have had a great end to the summer term as we have achieved the gold award for the School Tree Award.  Click here to see our Certificate – GOLD AWARD

Below are some of the things we have done to achieve this incredible award.  Our order has been placed for the wooden plaque and it will arrive in the autumn term.  We are looking forward to receiving it. Have a look at what we have been doing to earn the gold award.

 

We have continued working on our tree challenges this week and have had fun designing, creating and evaluating our natural material animal tree decorations. Here are a few of our creations:
We enjoyed all of our sporting challenges this week.  Whilst we all had our favourite activities, we were all able to recognise just how much we have all been using our school values without even thinking.  Here are some of things we shared:
‘We showed friendship for others by raising money during our race for life run.’

‘Today, when I was really struggling to keep going in the race for life, Alex ran with me to keep me going.  He showed empathy to me.’

‘We were honest about the scores and when we kicked the ball out of the pitch.’

‘We showed our independence by coming to school in PE kit, house colours with hat and water bottles.’

During the sports day races we all showed our enthusiasm, by taking part and trying the best we could and also cheering each other on.’

‘When we were walking to the playing fields, we were quiet, to respect people in the village.’

‘We all showed acts of kindness by saying encouraging things to others and cheering on the children who were slower in the races.’

For our great outdoors topic we chose to focus on trees, so that we could work towards earning a school tree award, through the Woodland Trust.  We are delighted to have reached the bronze level.  To earn our bronze award we completed a class survey, visited a woodland (which we did in the Spring term), and used photography to capture a range of viewpoints.  Have a look at a few examples attached below.
Click here to see our Certificate – BRONZE AWARD
Viewpoint photography example 1 Viewpoint photography example 2 Viewpoint photography example 3
Working towards earning our silver level we have been busy sharing ‘The Lorax’ to explore the idea of looking after trees.  We worked on creating our own performance of it.  Using these ideas we created our own tree champion characters and created a description of their appearance, personality and special abilities.  Here are some of them:

Cums Cat Kim

Twigel

Sapling (Sap for short)

Leaf girl

Barky Boy

Caitlin

Good news! We have received the silver award. Well done class 4.

Click here to see our Certificate – SILVER AWARD

 

We have had a great time during art week.  We did an artist study looking at the work by Lynd Ward and portrayed our own images of Beowulf in his style. We had already looked at how to enlarge pictures and we used a range of skills, in groups, to represent by drawing and painting using only three colours.

This group chose to capture the main outline using the projector to help

Carefully drawing the outline thinking about proportion

Confidently drawing Grendel ready to paint

Grendel and Beowulf

The Seahag and Beowulf

The Dragon and Beowulf

We learnt many braiding techniques that the Anglo-Saxon women would have been skilled in making, as clothing accessories. We all learnt how to plait wool.  We then tried twisting and wrap-round braids. Some of us challenged our skills to create a slide knot braid.

Patiently plaiting, twisting and wrapping to create braids.

Making braids by sliding knots

Our finished Anglo-Saxon braids.

Using the fresco idea, we created our own miniature wall samples, mixing plaster of paris and spreading it on to hessian.  We chose our favourite stories and after planning created our own story panels to share our stories using only paint, which although was challenging with no pencils allowed, we did really well.

Giraffes can’t dance

The Gruffalo

Harry Potter

Taking the idea from the Monks, we designed and created our own illuminated letters. Using ICT we explored the art of tessellation, exploring how 2D shapes could be combined to created repetitive patterns.
We used these skills, to design and make a template, which we used to develop our skills to create our own tessellations, which can now be used as mats. These techniques all led on to use creating our textiles quilt, to share all of the fabulous acts of kindness from around school.

 

We enjoyed playing the voyage game.  Through which we learnt a lot about how and way the Saxons chose to risk the voyage to Britain. We also enjoyed finding out about Saxon place names by exploring different counties of Britain.

5 families had a successful voyage, unfortunately 3 families ended up a fate of the sea; all down the the luck of a die roll

We enjoyed finding Anglo-Saxon named towns and villages whilst we looked at the counties of Britain.

 

BBC 500 word story competition news to share

We were really proud to receive notification that these stories had been chosen to go through to the second round of the judging in the BBC  500 word story selection process.

Very well done! Click on the link and enjoy reading them.

Class 4 500 word selected stories
As a class we really enjoyed creating chocolate themed messages to celebrate Mr Platt’s birthday.  This is what we created.

 

We enjoyed our Roman life day in the forest, the Roman themed team games were a lot of fun, but investigating the owl pellets was definitely the highlight for us all.

Following latin commands, in the Roman ship game

Following commands, in the owl and mouse game

Learning the marching formation

Perfecting our team work – marching in time

Finding owl pellets

What will we find in owl pellets?

Exploring owl pellets, finding mice skulls

Finding tiny bones and skulls of mice and birds

 

Our Roman Civilian Experience Day

Carefully using knifes

Peeling eggs, not as easy as you first think!

The flatbread dough is coming together

The fruit platters being arranged

Relaxing enjoying our banquet

Wax tablet writing

Sewing Roman Bullas

Playing 3 in a row

 

We enjoyed dressing up for World Book Day and also our bed time book sharing task.

World Book Day costumes –                     Thank you parents

Sharing books with our friends

Thank you for reading to us Mrs Sheard

Thank you for reading to us Mrs Wakerly

 

Today we recieved an unexpected letter from Attius, who had failed to keep his food diary safe, so sent us a parcel with samples for us to investigate, as archaeologists, to discover and compare our diet today with that of a Roman
I tried to find out more about Roman food but didn’t have much luck, as it was such a long time ago.  But then, one of my friends recommended Atticus, a very special Roman boy, with amazing powers.  I thought my friend was joking, surely there can’t be a Roman still alive?  Apparently, he was blessed by Jupiter to live for eternity.  Class 4 – here is his reply to my message!

Dear Miss Juden,

I am sorry it has been so long since I replied to your email but I have been extremely busy recently. I love to hear that Class 4 are interested in finding out about what the Romans ate. To help you, I tried to keep a food diary, but think I lost it when I went to the chariot racing at the Colosseum. However, I have managed to save you something that might help you to discover what the Romans ate.

Please let me know if I can be of help again.

Atticus.

We found evidence of lots of herbs, they must have had there own herb garden.

They ate kidney beans, herbs and orange peel.

Some of us were more disgusted than others by exploring the sample!

We found seeds, carrot and olives too.

Lucky for us, we had a cricket workshop in school.  Although it was a very chilly morning it was a lot of fun; even our teachers couldn’t resist getting involved.

We enjoyed our team working challenges to create group models of the Pantheon, using marshmallows, spaghetti and newspaper.  There were many challenges to overcome, but we did it!

We have made an impressively great start on our ‘Romans on the Rampage’ topic.

During our visit to the Yorkshire Museum, we learnt a lot about the Romans by looking at artefacts, enjoying the dressing up workshops, playing Roman games, creating Roman charms, taking part in army drills and building and testing model catapults. (If you would like to view us during an army drill, find us on twitter)

Using our geography skills we discovered Roman Britain, exploring the tribes and matching the information to Britain as we know it today.

Finding Eboracum

Great map reading skills.

Pin, point, focus skills

Leading up to Christmas we explored our science topic of electricity. We explored the journey of electricity, electrical safety, making circuits (including switches) and understanding about insulators and conductors of electricity.

Using the 19th century diorama idea, we designed and created our own story stages, to show the main characters and setting of a chosen Christmas story.  It was so much fun creating the light circuit to add and control a spotlight too.

Searching for hazards!

Performing is a favourite too! Here we are entertaining the residents at Oaktrees with a selection of Christmas songs – our favourite had to be ‘The twelve days of Christmas,’ greatly helped by the props to hold up!

You can see how much we enjoy singing – it really makes us feel good too.

Everyone loves art in class 4.

We enjoy learning new techniques, this is mono printing used to make our Christmas cards.

We are learning French!

We have been enjoying learning some more vocabulary.  We hope you like our French monster descriptions.

Thank you Mrs McCarthy, for helping us to make slime!

Could we do a topic titled ‘slimy and squirmy’ and not make slime?

Over the autumn term we have been exploring many science based tasks and have used them for inspiration for writing, calculating, measuring and many more creations.

Following on from our work studying teeth, we set up an investigation with eggs to see the effect drinks (water, lemonade and no added sugar ribena)  had on tooth enamel.  We were shocked by how the egg shells were affected.  I think we’ll be brushing our teeth more often!
Exploring the great outdoors, we enjoyed searching for snails, before being involved in many snails observation tasks.  The highlight of the day was snail racing!
We got to make our own snails too, just to help us to remember how much fun we had with the snails.
Whilst snail observing was a lot of fun, I think we beat it with building wormeries and charming our own worms – it was so much fun.  Just look how many worms we charmed!
We enjoyed working together; baking Nishnobblers and Pishlets from Roald Dahl’s Revolting Recipes.  We also enjoyed making dream jars inspired by Sophie and the BFG.

 

We have also been enjoying some science through our slimy and squirmy topic, especially tasting different tastes to test out the tongue map and joining in a research investigation to demonstrate how our digestive system works.
 

Class 4 celebrated Roald Dahl’s birthday on 13th September.

We all wore a yellow accessory, yellow was Roald Dahl’s favourite colour, to add to the mood of the day.

Wearing our yellow accessories, as yellow was Roald Dahl’s favourite colour.

Our day was been filled with celebrating lots of the slimy and squirmy aspects of the Roald Dahl, including;

  • baking ‘Nishnobblets’ and ‘Pishlets’ from Roald Dahl’s revolting recipe book,
  • making dream jars,
  • bravely searching for worms in Mr Twit’s spaghetti whilst being blindfolded,
  • writing our own revolting recipes and creating a new sweet
  • solving many mathematical and logic puzzles and mazes
  • creating bookmarks,
  • and watching the Puffin live webcast celebrating Roald Dahl Day with extracts from the Min-pins and Quentin Blake drawings.

Class 4 approached the day with an amazing attitude.  Well done to all.

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Jul 2018

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