Kites are powerful, yet graceful creatures and journey through life with a strong sense of togetherness. As the oldest of the lower key stage two, our class feel passionately about working together as a team and helping those around us.
This Term's Theme
How has the reign of George VI impact on us today?
In our learning we will be looking at how life has changed in Britain since the reign of King George VI. In doing so, we will be discussing key concepts and organisations/events that came out of his reign and exploring what they mean to us in today's society. These will include: The role of the monarchy, stereotypes, the coronation, the commonwealth, the NHS, WWII and the welfare state. These transferable skills will be linked to all of our curriculum areas and offer up key points for discussion.
P.E & Dance days
P.E. Days are Monday and 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.
Tuesday 8th January 2019 - First day of term
Tuesday 8th January 2019 - Fire Safety Talk
Tuesday 8th January 2019 - Road Safety and Bikeability Presentation
Meet The Team
If there are any issues or concerns, please feel free to come in and see your teacher (Mrs Sage) or alternatively please contact a team leader (Miss Durnford, Mrs Sage or Mrs Foster).
Science Week 11th March 2019
We had a very exciting time using our design and technology skills in Science this week. Our task was to design a container to carry artillery and a canoe in WWII. We also had to make a pulley system to pull the container over mounds and across difficult terrains. Our designs were well-thought out and we had to use our problem solving skills when some things did not work.
Thursday 7th March 2019. World Book Day
What a fantastic effort we all made with our costumes. We had a special assembly, did book shares with Bramblings class, did a book trail (hunting for clues) and a book quiz! A great World Book Day 2019!
Gymnastics Spring 1 Half Term
In Year 4 this half term, we have been practising our Gymnastics skills, including egg rolls, log rolls, rock'n'rolls, teddy bear rolls and learning to do a forward roll accurately. We have also helped each other with rock'n'roll to stand, as you can see in the photographs.
Thursday 13th December 2018: Making Pizza!
Using our cooking skills, picked up from our trip to Occombe Farm, we all made pizza in preparation for the learning celebration. We worked as a team to make our dough and then top it with delicious, organic vegetables and cheese. We look forward to serving these to our parents and carers at the celebration tomorrow.
December 2018: Reach Outdoors Orienteering Workshops
We had wonderful three sessions orienteering with the Reach Outdoors team. This included visits to Clennon Valley, Primley Woods and Cockington Geopark. After learning crucial navigational skills and understanding the points of the compass we set off around the grounds following tracks, patterns, mazes and solving clues. We had to use our team working skills and always know our positions on the map to enhance our chances of success.
Thursday 22nd November 2018. PSHE
In PSHE, we have been learning about what constitutes a positive relationship. We have used resources from the NSPCC that illustrate the important messages in order to keep ourselves and others safe. Part of this learning, was to ensure we know that certain secrets should not be kept, to tell a trusted adult if anything is worrying you, 'No' means no and your body belongs to you. We also talked about risk taking and how to ensure the risks we take are thought through carefully so that we stay happy and healthy. We acted out scenarios about what we would do if a stranger approached us and offered to take us to the local shop to get some sweets. We decided that we should not go with anyone (even if we know them) unless our parent/carer has told us that it is alright to do so. Part of these workshops was also learning assertive commands and confident body language to assist us in moments where we may feel insecure.
Friday 16th November. Anti-Bullying Week
The main message for the anti-bullying week was 'choose respect'. We had a workshop which delivered very important messages in relation to the theme and learnt how to keep ourselves and others safe. We all know what to do if we or others experience bullying. At the end of the week we designed posters to consolidate the week's learning. After this, we had a gallery and gave positive feedback about the posters that stood out and why they gave a very clear message.
Tuesday 13th November 2018. Science
Today we learnt about the different functions of the teeth. We ate bread and apple and tried to tear and chew using only certain teeth. Most of us found it very hard to try to only grind and chew our food using only our front teeth. We all now know the functions of the canines, molars, pre-molars and incisors.
Friday 9th November. Geography.
In connection with our global junk jam, we decided to follow up our link with the Romanian geopark by researching more about the country. It was very interesting to compare and contrast their geopark to our own local geoparks. We used our researching skills to select relevant information and then shared our learning with the class.
31st October. Visit to Occombe Farm
Today Year 4 had a lovely time visiting Occombe Farm. The aim of our trip was to learn about local, organically grown produce. We learned about the differences between organic and non-organic farming and where our meat comes from. Whilst visiting the farm, we fed the ducks, chickens, sheep and Berkshire pigs (from windfalll cider apples that we collected from the orchard).
We also got to learn about how flour was made in ancient times and try our hands at using an old-fashioned grinding wheel to grind some wheat. After this, we made our own delicious pizzas from locally sourced, organic ingredients. This included thyme and rosemary we picked from the organic, herb garden and cherry tomatoes we picked from the plants in the polytunnel. We will use our experience in our writing over the next two weeks.
October 2018: Global Junkjam
What an exciting day we had at Cockington Geopark. We collaborated with the Junkman from Kentucky in USA to play together with 11 other Geoparks around the world. These included Iran, New Zealand and Romania. In connection with out environmental learning, we have been making eco chants to highlight the problems of plastic pollution in the environment. This 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
October: Religious Studies Presentations
As part of our learning, 'What it means to be human', we have been learning about different religious viewpoints on creation. In doing this, we have learned about how the Christians believe the world started and the Hindu creation story. In learning about how to recount our ideas we presented to the rest of the class a creation story. Some of us brought it alive by adding actions and speaking in unison.
October 2018: Kora Performance
We were thrilled to have a performance by an amazing duo, Alain and Josh. They performed on the Kora (West African stringed instrument) and on the djembe. It was fascinating to hear that the kora is hollowed out from a dried gourd. The djembe used to be used as an instrument to talk to one another across vast distances. Their music was hypnotic and they played with such dexterity. Both musicians had been playing from a number of years and gave us a performance to remember.
October 2018: Our Global Responsibility
In Kites, we have been learning about the impact of global warming, over-fishing and pollution on the environment. We worked in pairs to research the issue and considered as a class how we could make our own contribution to lessen our carbon footprint. We presented our power points to the class.
Tuesday 19th September 2018. Learning how to round in Maths
Today in Maths, we learnt how to round numbers to the nearest multiple of 10. In doing this, we learnt a rhyme to help us. ' 1 to 4 fall to the floor, 5-9 climb the vine'. We consolidated our learning by playing a game involving dice, rounding our total scores to the nearest multiple of 10 and trying to outwit our opponents. At the end of the lesson, we all felt confident in our rounding skills. Next, we will learn how to round to the nearest 100 and 1000!
Friday 15th September 2018. Composing in Music
Today we learnt how to write rhythms using crotchets - 1 beat notes and quavers - 1/2 beat notes. We now know how to draw the notes correctly and use this to write a 16 beat rhythm. After we had done this, we had a go at clapping the rhythms of our friends compositions. Next week, we will learn a new note value - the minim, worth 2 beats.
Wednesday 12th September 2018: Place Value
As part of our new learning sequence in Maths, we have been varying the ways we represent a four digit number and having to think carefully about how to explain our understanding to others. Today we were using the dienes, place value counters, part-part whole models and place value charts.
Thursday 6th September 2018. Brixham Museum Day
We were very lucky to have some historians from Brixham Museum who came to talk to us about the history of the fishing industry. They gave a talk to the whole of Year 4 before we participated in some interactive workshops. We learnt how they used to make rope and had a go ourselves! Another session taught us how to encode messages using Morse Code. We learnt about the devastating affect on Brixham community when the Great Gale struck in 1866 and used this in our own learning by examining primary and secondary sources. Next week, we will be planning and writing our own narratives around the Great Gale of Brixham.