White Rock Primary School

'Inspiring Learning Together'

White Rock Primary School

WELCOME TO YEAR 4 KITES

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 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. 

 

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.

 

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 Sage) or alternatively please contact a team leader (Miss Durnford, Mrs Sage or Mrs Foster).

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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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. 

Religious Studies Presentations

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.  

West African Music Performance

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. 

 

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