Skills Build Day
Today saw the whole of Year 4 go to South Devon College to participate in a Skills Build session. We tried our hand at lots of new skills such as brick laying, painting, carpentry, plumbing and wiring a plug! It was great fun to try a wide variety of trades and it has given our children opportunities to explore careers which they may want to pursue in the future.
Our Maths Journey has now progressed to investigating fractions. We have used cubes - models and images - to help us to see which fractions are equivalent to each other.
Roman Day - Monday 30th January 2017
To kick start the next part of our Learning Journey, we had a Roman day. Dressed in our togas and fine dresses, we investigated Roman armies and made shields and weapons as well as eating like lords at a real-life Roman banquet with traditional Roman food and entertainment!
Year trip to Escot Park - Friday 27th January 2017
As part of our theme, we have been learning all about what life would have been like in The Stone Age. We thought what better way for us to really see what it would have been like than to go back in time and experience it for ourselves! So that is what we did when we visited Escot Park. We saw animals that would have been alive over 2.5 million years ago and we tried our hand at making tools and objects out of wood and stone. We also dressed in the clothes that would have been work around that time. It was an absolutely amazing trip - we were glad, however, to return to the 21st century!
Orienteering in Kingfishers
We have been having an amazing time orienteering with Reach Outdoors! Although the weather has been bitterly cold, it hasn't stopped us finding our way around Clennon Valley and Primley Woods through reading maps and looking for clues. We have all worked as a team and have had great fun!
Monday 16th January
Kingfishers were real hunter gatherers today! We collected sticks and leaves and made our own real life houses just as they would have done 2 million years ago.
Building a house for Stone Age Boy out of polygons - Friday 13th January
Stone Age Boy wrote to us in desperate need of a house! So we investigated the properties of different polygons (as part of our Maths journey) and made him a house!
Team Building in Kingfishers - Thursday 12th January
Kingfishers had a fantastic opportunity to work in partnership with Reach Outdoors to enhance their learning opportunities in outdoor education. Although the weather was not on our side, we did not let that break our spirit! We had to work as part of a team - and our problem solving an reasoning skills - to complete a range of challenging activities.
Working Scientifically in Science!
On Monday 9th January, Kingfishers received a letter from Stone Age Boy asking for our help. He explained to us that every time a deer was caught, the people all celebrated by playing a variety of musical instruments. The problem was was that Stone Age Boy didn't have a musical instrument so he asked us to make him one!
We investigated the volume and pitch of sound - how they could be changed - and came up with questions from our observations. These questions included how does sound travel and how do we actually hear sound? We will be answering these questions over the next couple of weeks.
Friday 6th January
We have been real life cave men!! We have gathered sticks and mud from outside and have created our own cave paintings! It was such fun painting upside down!
A very Special Visitor
Today we were visited by The Stone Age Boy!!! He told us all about what life was like in the Stone Age. We asked him questions about what he ate, what clothes he wore and how he kept warm. It was great! We hope he comes to visit us again soon!
All Aboard The Polar Express! - Tuesday 22nd November
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel on The Polar Express, drinking hot chocolate and feeling full of excitement and wonder? Well, this is what our children experienced today. We set the tables out in the canteen like they would be on a train and made magical hot chocolate - just like in the book and film. It was brilliant and such a fantastic end to a cold, wet day!
Learning Celebration - 16th November 2016
Today saw the first Learning Celebration of the year and what an amazing event it was! We showed the traditional Dutch dance that we have been learning to our parents and then we invited them into our classrooms to share our learning. We showed them everything we have learnt from the Geography of Holland to the biography of Anne Frank. The afternoon finished with a quiz to see what the parents had learnt!.
Friday 21st October
Have you ever wondered what William of Orange and his sailors might have felt like when they arrived in Brixham ready to fight against James II? Well that is what we experienced when we set sail from Paignton to Brixham on the Dart Princess. The weather was extremely kind to us, yet the sea was a bit choppy! We thought the sailors may have felt a bit sick! When we got to Brixham, we had a workshop at Brixham museum and did a treasure at The Breakwater. It. was an amazing trip and we all learnt so much about William of Orange.
A pancake is a flat cake, often thin, and round, prepared from a starch-based batter that may also contain eggs, milk and butter and cooked on a hot surface such as a gridle or frying pan, often with oil or butter. In Britain, pancakes are often unleavened, and resemble a crêpe. We have made pancakes as part of our theme. It was great fun measuring out the flour and milk then cracking the egg into the mixture.......it was even more fun cooking and flipping them!
We have been using our mathematical skills of finding 1000 more or less than a number to crack the code of the safe at the clog factory! We had to work as a team to solve the clues that had been placed around the school grounds. The code was 2610!
Beach Trip - 28th June 2016
Today, Year 4 visited Goodrington Beach to explore our local environment and the beach habitats. The children searched the rock pools for living organisms; finding crabs, shrimps, sea anemone, limpets, barnacles and a variety of sea weeds. They created a geographical sketch of the landscape; labelling the man made and natural features.
13th - 18th June 2016
In Kingfishers we have been learning about the human digestive system. We have carried out lots of research to find out the purpose of the digestive system and the functions of the different organs. The children worked in groups to find out about each organ in the digestive system and created a model of them to stick onto a volunteer. The children used their researching skills to place the organs in the correct position and research facts about each organ.
Later in the week the children demonstrated how the digestive system works. They used household items to create the organs of the digestive system and showed the functions of them practically. The children broke down crackers and bananas and mixed them with orange juice which represented the acidic juices in the stomach. The children then squeezed the broken down food into tights and represented the intestines. They squeezed out the juices from the food to represent the large intestines. Finally the children pushed the waste products through a hole in a cup to show excretion.
All the information and facts that the children have learnt throughout these activities have informed their scientific reports about the digestive system.
Wednesday 11th May 2016 - Class Coordinates
In maths Kingfishers have been learning about plotting coordinates on a quadrant to create different polygons. The children worked in small groups to create a list of possible shapes they could create depending on the number of children in their groups.They then plotted their shapes on the grid and worked out how to translate their shape. The rest of the class observed their movements carefully and explained how they had moved.
Friday 6th May 2016 - Environmental Art
Kingfishers have been learning about the art of Andy Goldsworthy, who creates art from natural materials found in the environment. On Friday some of Kingfishers had the opportunity to create a piece of environmental art inspired by Goldsworthy's art. We used resources they could find in their natural environment furthering their exploration of the habitats within the school grounds. This task required us to use our teamwork and leadership skills to work together to create an impressive temporary piece of art.
Wednesday 4th May 2016 - Compost Habitat Workshop
In Science Kingfishers have been using their observation skills to classify living things. Today, we were delighted to have Alex from Torbay's Waste Management Team visit to talk about composting and how we can create habitats for living things by recycling and composting our waste. The children could then delve deep into the compost and observe the life within. This will help them to consolidate their knowledge of classifying living creatures, observing a real habitat containing real life and put this into a practical and real element of their learning.
Monday 25th April 2016 - What lives at White Rock?
In order to write a report titled 'What Lives at White Rock?', Kingfishers have been exploring the habitats of living creatures within our school grounds. We found evidence and observed living species in their habitats and plotted their locations on a map of the school using a key. Using our scientific observation skills we found lots of evidence of mammals, minibeasts and birds. Back in the classroom we have planned our reports by researching and writing facts about badgers, squirrels, woodpigeons, seagulls, snails and woodlice, as well as categorising these under the sub-headings: mammals, birds and minibeasts.
Tuesday 19th April 2016 - What lives at White Rock?
This term, Year 4 will be learning about Living Things and their Habitats.
Part of the Year 4 Science curriculum involves the children developing their understanding of living and non-living things. They have explored the grounds at White Rock to find evidence of living things that make the school their homes. By finding this evidence they are able to explore and understand the characteristics of living things. In addition, they are improving their ability to work scientifically through observation, finding evidence, recording and predicting based on evidence.
Thursday 17th March 2016 - Year 4 Trip to Exeter.
As part of termly topic 'What Makes Britain British', we have focused on the rich multicultural and diverse nature of faith in Modern Britain. Our RE learning took place in Exeter as Kingfisher's enjoyed visits to Exeter Mosque and Exeter Synagogue to experience two of Britain's faiths, Judaism and Islam.The UK has a rich heritage of culture and diversity. This is continuing today in an era of globalisation and an increasingly interdependent world. Religion and belief for many people forms a crucial part of their culture and identity. Religion and beliefs have become more visible in public life locally, nationally and internationally. RE also contributes to pupils’ personal development and well-being and to community cohesion by promoting mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse society.
Paddle Boat Theatre Company - Monday 7th March 2016
In our Paddle Boat session this week we studied the scripts we will use to perform a section of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream in our exciting Learning Celebration. We worked in pairs to practise and perform dialogue between Hermia and Lysander or Demetrius and Helena. We discussed the meaning of the scenes and choreographed some movements for our performances.
Later this week we will use these scripts to help us choreograph a piece of drama for our Learning Celebration.
Thursday 3rd March 2016
On World Book Day we were very lucky to spend some time with a local author. Clare Welsh, author of Aerodynamics of Biscuits, explained the process she went through when writing and getting her book published as well as sharing her inspiration for the story. The children enjoyed creating their own pirate mice and naming their character.
Thursday 3rd March 2016 - Life Skills Van
Today Kingfishers had an exciting session in the Life Skills Van called 'It's Great To Be Me!'. We learnt about the major organs of the body and discussed things that make our bodies balanced and healthy as well as substances that can cause imbalance. We also discussed ways that we are unique and the importance of this, although we found out that sometimes doing the same things as our friends can be fun and enjoyable.
Leadership and Democracy in Kingfishers - Tuesday 9th February 2016
We have recently been learning about British Values and exploring how these values affect us at home and in school. So far we have learnt about Democracy and The Rule of Law.
We decided that in school and at home we act democratically by voting on decisions and listening to other people's ideas and opinions.
In order to help us understand how democracy works in the British political system we created political parties, leaders and policies to vote on. The children who wanted to be a party leader, presented to the class reasons why they would be a strong leader. The children decided that there were important qualities for a leader. We decided we wanted someone who was honest, fair, considerate, inspiring and a good listener.
After voting, the top three leaders were assigned their party members. The parties generated policies for change within our school and their groups voted on which policies would be taken to the final vote.
To finish, our leaders presented their parties' policies to the class and we then voted on a final leader depending on how these leaders promoted democracy within their party.
Measuring Long Jump - Tuesday 2nd February 2016
Today we went outside and practised our long jumps and measuring skills! The children worked with a partner and measured the length of their jumps using meter sticks. We discussed conversions between centimeters, meters and kilometers and also used our addition skills to add together the three jumps we completed.
Year 3/4 Dance
Over the past few weeks, we have looked at Matthew Bourne's all male Swan Lake and have used this to create small group pieces. To begin with, the children looked at stills of the dance and identified that they were strong and masculine portrayals of swans. In their groups, they created positions, then they used travelling movements displayed in the ballet to link them. Over the next few weeks, we will start to look at other dance styles that are now a part of our British culture.
Sports Hall Athletics at Brixham College - Thursday 22nd January 2016
We went to Brixham College to compete in an Sports Hall Athletics Competition. We competed in events such as long jump, speed bounce challenge, relay races and javelin. The children all participated and performed fantastically and had a great time!
Ukulele - Monday 18th January 2016
This term the Kingfishers are learning to play the ukulele! So far we have learnt how to hold the instrument correctly, naming different parts of the instrument, learning to play the 'c' chord and playing a rhythm. We have applied our learning to play 'Animal Fair' and this week we experimented with playing this in rounds. The children were very focused and determined to perform this song!
Changing States - Monday 11th January 2016
Today we combined our science and maths learning and experimented with different temperatures of water. We had two cups of water and one of ice. We measured the temperature of the water and ice over a period of time using a thermometer. We recorded the measurements and will use these tomorrow to create a line graph to show the changing temperature of water in different states. In science, our learning has been focused on the different states of objects and the molecular structure of solids, liquids and gases.
We are now able to discuss how the molecular structure changes when we transfer heat to and from objects and discuss how the state of the object changes because of this.
This experiment allowed us to apply our mathematical learning of negative numbers to read, record and calculate the changes of temperature as the ice melted.
Year 4 Baking - 16th December 2016
In the lead up to the White Rock Christmas market, Kingfishers baked delicious Christmas gingerbread biscuits. We measured all our ingredients, mixed them all together, rolled out our dough and cut out Christmas shaped biscuits.
We had a fantastic time applying our measuring skills and learning some new baking tips!
@White Rock - 8th December 2015
On Tuesday we opened @White Rock to exhibit our exciting science learning. Our room was named 'Listen Up!' and we set up our recent science investigations to share with other children and adults. Our visitors had the opportunity to make straw oboes, explore the science of soundproofing, investigate our bottle orchestra and use our cup telephones to communicate.
Our enormous junk model robots were showcased in the Kestrels' 'Robots Alive!' room, as well as around the year 3 and 4 area. They look absolutely incredible and display the children's dedication and engagement throughout our robots learning journey.
Bottle Orchestra Investigation - 4th December 2015
Using glass bottles, water and wooden spoons we composed our own tunes using different pitched sounds. We found that if the bottle is nearly full, the pitch of the note is lower. When the bottle is nearly empty the sound produced is a higher pitch. The children then continued this investigation as their home learning to investigate whether the same happens when you blow across the top of the bottle. Interestingly, some children discovered that the higher pitched note is produced when the bottle is nearly full, whereas the lower note is produced when blowing across the top of a nearly empty bottle.
School Visit to @Bristol - 17th November 2015
Wow! What an incredible day! The whole of Key Stage 2 have had an fantastic experience visiting @Bristol Science Centre. They have been able to experience practical science linked to all curricula across Key Stage 2 and have fun learning and practising real science and learning about the world around them...
Robots Alive! - 13th November 2015
This half-term, Kingfishers' on-going art project is to design and construct life-size robots that will reflect their learning during their current theme. This began this week with the design stage. Taking their inspiration from robot artists like Eric Joyner, Clayton Bailey and Karl Egenberger, they worked in groups on four designs. These designs will dictate the models they will build over the forthcoming weeks, so watch this space as their robots take shape!
Investigating Area - 12th November 2015
During our maths learning we have investigated area by planning pens for goats. We built model goat pens to help us find out how much paint would be needed for each side of the pen, using our knowledge of area and multiplication. In addition, we were able to work out how much it would cost to paint the pen, and some of us were even able to work out the amount of paint needed to paint the interior walls of each pen.
Make some NOISE! - 10th November 2015
In our Learning Journey on Tuesday we started exploring how sound is made. During this interactive lesson we made oboes by cutting the end of a plastic straw into a point and blowing into the straw. We learnt that the sound was created by the vibrations made by blowing through the pointed end of the straw. Some of us mastered the technique of using the straw oboes instantly, and by the end of the lesson there was a lot of sound being created by these homemade instruments!
Drumbots! - 3rd November 2015.
Year 3 and 4 had a very special visitor today; Mr. Wright from Wonderstruck Productions presented his incredible Science show in the morning. The children saw first hand incredible scientific principles such as forces, centre of gravity/mass, movements and torque and simple circuits. It was an explosive time in the hall!
Also, as part of their ongoing Robots theme, the children built their own Drumbots - Rolling robots that can tumble over obstacles and tackle slopes. They move by constantly rotating a counterweight, shifting the centre of gravity forward and causing them to roll. Teams built prototypes using their knowledge of circuits, and modified their Drumbots by changing the size, changing the speed of the motor and adjusting the size and position of the counterweight. This workshop also covered aspects of experimental data collection and processing (taking multiple readings, averaging, fair tests etc) and more holistic skills such as team working, communication, practical building and investigation.
At the end of the day the most successful teams of children from each class competed their Drumbots in a showdown. The Kingfishers were represented by two fantastic teams, but in the end George, Ben C and Luca were the overall winners! Well done boys, you all did a brilliant job!
12th October - 16th October 2015 - Robot Bake Sale Project
This week in class we have been researching, designing and making biscuits to raise funds for an exciting science opportunity. We started the week by testing existing products as well as designing questionnaires and carrying out research to find out other people's opinions. To advertise the Year 3 and 4 bake sale we designed posters using persuasive features and eye catching designs. After baking our gingerbread and shortbread biscuits, we decorated them using our bright and colourful designs.
Year 3/4 Trip to Aldi Supermarket
On Tuesday 13th October, children from Years 3 and 4 visited Aldi to use money in a real life context. There was lots of Maths learning during this trip, including calculating how many of each item we needed for our recipe and estimating the total cost before going to the checkout. The children also had to ensure they gave the lady on the checkout the correct amount of money and check they were given the correct change as well.
Friday 2nd October 2015
This week in Kingfishers we have have been learning about how robots work. We have learnt about the different electrical components within a robot, as well as discussing the importance of a rechargeable power source.
As you can see from the photographs we had great fun using a real-life robot to hoover the classroom floor! We identified the sensors on the front of the robot and discussed how the robot used these sensors to detect obstacles and move around them.
Tuesday 29th September 2015
In Kingfishers, our learning in maths has been focused on rounding 4-digit numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. The children have applied these skills through measuring the heights of children in the class in mm and rounding these numbers. They were able to use their knowledge and understanding of place value to order and compare these large numbers.
Thursday 24th September 2015
On Thursday afternoon we went to Brixham Community College to participate in a High 5 netball tournament against other local primary schools. The Kingfishers showed great determination and worked well in small teams to come second in the competition.
Monday 14th September 2015
In Maths, Year 4 have been exploring measure. They have been practically using the newly refurbished garden to research and calculate the perimeter and area of the garden and the planters within.
Stover Trip - 10th September 2015
On Thursday, 10th September, Years 3 and 4 went to Stover Park. We used the experience to immerse ourselves in the environment and take inspiration from our surroundings. We produced environmental art, inspired by the work of Andy Goldsworthy, and used materials found on site to build animal shelters and evaluated their effectiveness. The Ted Hughes Poetry Trail provided lots of inspiration for our writing work and we used our senses to plan fantastic writing ideas to use when we are back in school next week.