During our STEM week, Year 3 and 4 teamed up to complete a bridge building challenge.
We started off by looking at lots of different types of bridges that can be found in the world. The children were amazed by the Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge in China, some of them even bravely suggested that they would cross it themselves.
Using a variety of junk resources, the children had to create a bridge that would cross a 30cm gap between two tables. We then tested the strength of their creations by seeing how many marbles it could hold without collapsing.
This week, Year 4 went on a fantastic trip to The Corinium Museum in Cirencester. It was a brilliant day out and we learnt so many new facts to go alongside our previous learning.
As well as investigating lots of great exhibitions, we also had some hands on experiences of everyday Roman life in Britain. The children got to play a variety of Roman games, dress up in Roman attire and even create their own mosaics.
It was a really fun trip and I know that some of the children would like to return with their families in the future.
This week the children were set a STEM themed homework. Their challenge was to create a new umbrella to replace Mrs Patrick's broken one. The children did a fantastic job with their creations and I was pleased to see how enthusiastic they all were.
All the designs were very successful and very few children got wet when we tested them.
On Thursday, the children in Year 4 and 5 were lucky enough to receive a visit from Mrs Lalor from STEMworks. Mrs Lalor was kind enough to deliver a Knex workshop that required us to combine our teamwork skills and engineering ability. The children were tasked with designing a new train station out of Knex. Their train station had to include lots of different elements, including; two platforms, a ticket office, coffee shop and most importantly … toilets.
The children had a fantastic day and I was so impressed with the range of STEM skills they displayed.
This half-term the children have been studying the book Leon and the Place Between. We have done loads of interesting work based on this story including; artwork predicting the future, fairground poetry and even some drama. Having now finished the book, the children have created an alternative story that follows the tale of a side character. This was called ‘The Rabbit’s tale’ and it was written from the perspective of the white rabbit that Leon meets in the Place Between.
The children were all incredibly enthusiastic and enjoyed writing their stories. We even had a go at an origami bookmaking technique so we could turn our stories into mini-books.
This week, Mr Hayhoe had the pleasure of taking Class 4 to a hockey festival at De Montfort School in Evesham. We have been practising hockey in school this half term and this was a perfect opportunity to show off our skills.
The children performed fantastically and I was very impressed with their sportsmanship and teamwork.
Today the children braved freezing temperatures to take part in a fantastic skipping workshop. They practiced the basics of skipping before learning some new tricks. Everyone had a fantastic time and I am pleased to see the children still perfecting these tricks on the school playground.
One of our more recent maths topics was telling the time. First, we built on our previous understanding of analogue time. Following that we looked at digital time, including 12 hour and 24 hour clocks. We even looked at time on Children in Need day, meaning we could do maths in our pyjamas!
Class 4 had a great experience during Mr Hayhoe's favourite week of the school calendar. All the children took part with great enthusiasm and displayed hidden talents in a wide range of sports. The children certainly enjoyed the opportunity to get revenge for all the spelling tests during the karate session.
As well as this the children gained new skills in street dance, hula hooping, fencing and many more...
The children were fantastic during our trip to the river at Pershore. They competed superbly in all the races and always gave their best effort. One of our Year 4 teams even came 4th out of all of the teams in their age group.
I can only imagine how great they will by the time the Regatta rolls around next year.
What a crazy term that was!!! Class 4 really impressed me with their amazing work last term.
In literacy we helped Wallace & Gromit by designing our own cracking contraptions and writing explanation texts about them. We also studied Cinderella stories from other cultures, these included: the Caribbean, China, Native American and the gruesome Brothers Grimm version.
Pleasantly, the children really enjoyed our short focus on Shakespeare. They really embraced the colourful characters and interesting language.
My most memorable moment of the last term was certainly the Key Stage 2 performance of Alice in Wonderland. I am incredibly proud of how hard each child worked to ensure the play ran smoothly. I will certainly still be whistling those songs around school well into the Summer term.
ELF & Safety
This week Year 3 and 4 teamed up for some seasonal science. Mr Hayhoe and Miss Dobbs received a letter from Santa Claus asking for help from the children. Their goal was to design a way for an elf to travel down a zip line safely and quickly. Finding a safe way for the elves to deliver presents would certainly reduce Santa's workload.
Working in small groups, the children designed and built their creations for testing. They created some amazingly inventive designs, displaying superb scientific thinking and understanding of fair testing.
This term Class 4 visited Worcester Cathedral to take part in Pilgrims Quest. This was a fantastic day out where the children learnt loads about the Cathedral and what it meant to be a pilgrim. All the children took part in a collective prayer session and enjoyed craft activities. On our tour around the Cathedral we even saw the remains of a medieval pilgrim who had walked all the way to Worcester Cathedral from Spain.
World Book Day
The children shared a great day with Year 5 and children from Elmley Castle. We all dressed up and read our favourite stories to our friends. The children also created giant artwork based on "The Gruffalo" and took part in a World Book Day quiz.
Science week a success!!!
What a fun week we had. The week started with a flood of experiments as we joined with Class 3 to investigate boat building by designing and making our own boats. The children had brilliant ideas about how they could waterproof their boat and how their designs would allow them to hold the most weight before sinking. Having went first I was very confident I would win. However, I was easily beaten by some excellent amateur boat builders (and Miss Dobbs).
On Tuesday the children experienced a great science assembly that tested their scientific thinking skills. It also gave the children a chance to try out slimy science and perform a magic trick.
Continuing on with a water theme Classes 3 and 4 joined to investigate water resistance. We looked at different shapes and how streamlined they were. The children displayed excellent scientific reasoning in their ideas about which shapes were streamlined and why.
Starting on Monday the school will be taking part in science week. Miss Dobbs and I are planning lots of joint experiments between Class 3 & 4. Make sure that you come into school with your imaginary lab coats on next week and be prepared to think like a scientist.
What a fantastic winter term we just had. I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and New Year.
Our topic this term is Ancient Egypt. I know the children are already enjoying the topic and are always keen to share any extra learning they have done at home.
We have already had a very busy first two weeks back with outdoor learning and a school trip.
As a part of our new science topic 'Animals and their habitats' the children got to carry out investigative fieldwork around the school grounds. The children were looking for all the different habitats that may of been home to living organisms. We found may different types of habitat including; bird-boxes, a hedgehog house, tree stumps and flowerbeds.
WOW! What a crazy seven weeks we had last half term. We managed to fit in so much with European day of languages, cross country, harvest and a trip to Elmley Castle.
Autumn Term 2015
What a great first three weeks we have had so far! This terms topic is all about 'Changes'. In History we are looking at some of the major changes that have happened to Britain since 1930. We have already researched Butlins and discussed why it was a popular holiday destination in the 1950s.
The theme of Geography is ‘Changing Earth’, where we will be focusing on: climate, earthquakes and volcanoes. We are hoping to start building our ‘Homes from around the World’ projects in the next few weeks. So keep an eye out for any rubbish/materials that could be reused to create our houses.
Talk for Writing
In Literacy we have really enjoyed learning the story of Little Red Riding Hood using Talk for Writing. Learning the actions has really made the story come to life. Next week we shall be putting our own individual spin on the story and performing them through drama.
Last term was full of exciting things and here is a selection of them....
This term we are looking at Changes. What changes can you think of?
This half term we have enjoyed a whole range of activities. Our highlights have been...
Cross Country at Bredon Playing Fields.
We learnt how to pace ourselves and that it's not always about being a fast sprinter. We showed some fantastic Christian values, in perseverance and friendship, in the way we took part and supported our friends.
We're really looking forward to our school and cluster cross country competitions now!
Lower KS2 Science Investigation Morning.
We did some fantastic Science thinking, across a whole range of subject areas, as well as conducting our very own fair test. We wanted to see which yeast food was the best. To find out we needed yeast, balloons and some clever ways of blowing them up! Our next Science morning will be investigating electricity, as a result of our wonderful conversations and enquiry.
We played some fantastic hockey and were really successful overall. We showed that we could apply our passing and dribbling skills, work well as a team and showed a great level of Sportsmanship. Well done to all involved.
I Sing Pop!
We spent a week learning 7 songs which we sang fantastically! We then got the chance to record our own CD and performed for our parents and local community in St Giles church. We had a really lovely time and understood the Christian messages in all of the songs. Even our parents had a great time joining in!
European Day of Languages
We had a really tasty French breakfast and learnt lots of Spanish throughout the day. We counted to 10 and learnt the colours too. We enjoyed watching flamenco dancing and collaging flamenco dresses.
Forest School with Mrs Shorthouse.
We have produced some fantastic art work during our first two Forest School sessions. We have been inspired by the beautiful Autumn leaves in the school grounds.
Welcome to Class 4!
Miss Hitchman and all of the other Year 4 staff are very excited about the term ahead.
Our first topic this year is 'Passport to the World' and we're looking forward to learning all about: Brazil, Gambia, Vietnam, France and The Caribbean as well as taking part in several activities from those countries too.
Check in soon for photos of all of our favourite parts.
Welcome to Class 4!
We have had a fantastic year and have managed to fit an awful lot in to our summer term. Scroll down to take a look...
Welcome to Class 4
Miss Hitchman and Miss Greenwood welcome you to Year 4!
Last term was a busy one and we have produced some fantastic work.
We have been learning all about the world around us.
We have learnt how to read and draw maps and are ready to use them in PE during the Summer term.
We created a wonderful dance after researching dances from around the world and having some help to create our English part.
Our Gambian masks and Caribbean inspired art and clay tiles turns out fantastically and we're very proud!
This term we are going to be learning all about the theatre and challenging ourselves in creating music and scripts. There's lots to look forward to!
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