Year 4’s Evacuation Day was a great success, enabling the children to experience how it felt to be an evacuee. From arriving at school with identity cards and suitcases packed, to hiding under tables during the air-raid, then lining up in the hall whilst being inspected and hopefully picked by a kindly teacher, to completing a variety of chores, all the children were fully engaged in the day. Classes also took part in 1940’s style P.E. and solved ‘morse code maths’. The wow day has impacted on our writing and there will be some outstanding newspaper reports ‘Pobbled’ this week.
Last week Year 4 took part in an Enabling Enterprise Challenge Day. Our project was called ‘Future Transport’ and our challenge was to research, design, create and evaluate our own futuristic transport hybrids! The aim of the day was to develop eight skills which enable children to work together, solve problems and stay positive. These skills strongly link to our school values and will help Year 4 be prepared for the next years in school and their adult futures, whatever they may be. We were very proud of all the children who improved their leadership skills and ability to solve problems. Although the finished product was less important than the process, we were also impressed by the models created. We had ‘hover trains’ that could carry passengers safely over sand and ice terrain, ‘escape pods’ and aero – rockets to fly high over jungles and city-scapes, to name just a few.
Reading Gladiators from 4B and 4W have been exploring their new book, ‘The Boy, The Bird and The Coffin Maker’ by Matilda Woods, through illustration. We asked ourselves the questions: who might these characters be and where are they going? Where have they been and what are they searching for? We imitated the illustrations with our own paintings. What do you think?
Our topic this term has been ‘Where would you catch a tear thief?’ The focus has been on narrative writing and explanation texts. Everyone has produced wonderful artwork and writing over the past few weeks which we wanted to share:
Year 4 launched into their new topic, “What did the Greeks do for us?” with a ‘WOW Wednesday’. The children competed in their own version of ancient Greek Olympic races, learned to write their names using the Greek alphabet and collaborated in teams to design and make a delicious Greek Salad.
Last Wednesday, Year 4 were visited by ‘Zoolab’. During the visit, we took part in a biodiversity workshop and not only learned some amazing facts about living things, but also got up close and personal with insects, reptiles and mammals!
Did you know…
there are about 1.7 million different species on earth?
The Giant African Land Snail has 10,000 teeth on its tongue?
The hissing cockroach is the fastest insect on earth because it can travel up to 5km per hour!
What an amazing day we all had!
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