White Rock Primary School

'Inspiring Learning Together'

White Rock Primary School

WELCOME TO YEAR 4 KINGFISHERS

Kingfishers are resourceful, hardworking and as the oldest children in the Year 3/4 team, we also bring vibrancy and imagination to our daily learning. 

 

This Terms Theme

'THE DAY IN THE LIFE OF A GLOBAL CITIZEN'

In our learning we will be looking at what makes us unique and shapes our identity as a global citizen. In doing so, we will be looking at out local environment and comparing that to another European country. In October, Year 4 will be involved in an exciting Unesco project where we are performing music in a local Geopark alongside other schools from other countries through a live link. 

(For more information about this term's theme, scroll down to our curriculum map)

 

P.E & Dance days

P.E. is on Monday and Dance is on Tuesday.

Please ensure that your child has the correct kit in school all week. We will ensure that they are sent home at the end of every half term

 

Home Learning days

Home Learning will be handed out on a Friday and collected in on a Wednesday. This will give you the opportunity to explore aspects of your child's learning if you wish.

 

Upcoming Events

 

Thursday 29th November - Orienteering at Clennon Valley

Thursday 6th December - Orienteering at Cockington

Friday 7th December - Christmas labyrinth at Goodrington Church

Thursday 13th December-Orienteering at PrimleyWoods

Friday 14th December - Year 4 Learning Celebration. 

Performance starts at 2.30pm in the school hall. Afterwards, you are welcome to join us for some homemade nutritious vegetable soup sourced from local organic produce.  

Thursday 20th December - Christmas lunch

Friday 21st December - Last day of term

Tuesday 8th January 2019 - First day of term 

 

Meet The Team

If there are any issues or concerns, please feel free to come in and see your teacher (Mrs May) or alternatively please contact a team leader (Miss Durnford, Mrs Sage or Mrs Foster).

jmay@white-rock-primary.torbay.sch.uk

lsage@white-rock-primary.torbay.sch.uk

sdurnford@white-rock-primary.torbay.sch.uk

lfoster@white-rock-primary.torbay.sch.uk

Academic Year 2018-2019

Autumn Term Curriculum Map

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Thinking Teeth

Having made pizza at Occombe Farm, Kingfishers started looking at how our bodies process food. To begin with, this week, we looked at the role of our teeth and the specific jobs our incisors, canines and molars have to do when we eat. We tried to eat apple only using our incisors - we found this tricky as once we'd bitten the pieces, we wanted to chew them with our molars!

Occombe Farm

On Wednesday 31st October Kingfishers had an amazing time at Occombe Farm with the Torbay Coast and Countryside Team. We were able to feed many of the animals including sheep, chickens, ducks, and pigs and find out about what makes organic farming different. This was also an opportunity to consolidate our science learning in class about classifcation of vertebrates. 

In the afternoon, we discovered how flour is produced and used this with other ingredients to make pizza dough. Everyone was able to walk around the vegetable plot and choose vegetables and herbs to put on top of our pizzas. They smelt amazing and hard to resist on the coach back to school but they were yummy when we were finally able to eat them!!!!

Global Junk Jam

On Thursday 18th October Kingfishers took part in an international project that connected us to students across the world. The Junkman from America led groups in performing eco-chants, expressing concerns about the way we are impacting on our environment and ways of preventing further damage. We connected live with students in Romania and New Zealand and heard from students in Iran. This event was performed live via a youtube link around the world and filmed by BBC Spotlight. This broadcast can be seen on:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=da5n1w_3g3s&feature=youtu.be

Presenting our findings

This week, Kingfishers brought together their research from home learning and in class about dangers that threaten the marine environment. In groups, we presented information we had found out about ocean plastic, other pollution affecting the oceans, global warming and overfishing and their effects on sea life. 

Living Things

In Science this week we've looked at food chains and food webs, acting out the latter to understand the impact of pollution, global warming and over fishing on a marine food web. Kingfishers have also learnt the difference between a herbivore, omnivore and carnivore and classified animals based on what they eat. 

Mastering Place Value

This week in Maths, Kingfishers have continued looking at 1000 more or less and ensuring we are secure in our understanding of place value. We've used many resources and taken on some really tricky problems to solve. For some, this has been a frustrating process that has required a significant amount of perseverance and creative strategic thinking! 

Thursday 6th September - Brixham Museum Visit

Kingfishers joined Kites on Thursday to hear from staff and volunteers from Brixham Museum about the history of fishing in Brixham. We were able to use a machine to make ropes, find out about morse code and how the trawlers would have used it, and find out about the Great Gale of Brixham in 1866. This visit has kicked off our theme for the term, looking at our local history and what makes us who we are. 

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