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, Kites will be looking at the theme of 'One world, One heart'. We will be developing our understanding of the role we play within a local and global environment and how we can do more to take care of those around us and the planet we live on. We will be exploring different cultures, religions, customs and traditions from different countries through art, dance and music: finding similarities between our own lives and those from very different backgrounds.
The class teacher in Kites is Miss Sadie Clayton. The Learning Support Assistance are Mrs Rose and Miss Wilson.
PE days: PE kits are required to be left in school from Tuesday to Wednesday. The kit consists of a white t-shirt, blue shorts and trainers / plimsolls. During winter months, it is suggested that children are provided with a tracksuit. All items of PE kit should be labelled with the child's name and class.
Home Learning: Will be given out on a Friday to be collected the following Wednesday.
Year 3 and 4 Teaching and Learning Lead: Miss Sarah Durnford
Key Stage 2 Lead: Mrs Leanne Foster
If there are any issues or concerns, please feel free to come in and see the class teacher (Miss Clayton) or contact
or alternatively a team leader:
Tuesday 30th January 2018: Parents Evening
Wednesday 31st January 2018: Parents Evening
Monday 12th -16th February 2018: Half term
Wednesday 28th February - Friday 2nd March 2018: Kites class to Grenville House.
Thursday 29th March 2018: Whole school learning celebration @ The Riviera Centre.
This week in our theme lessons, we have been creating large scale Rangoli patterns. These are patterns found within the Hindu religion and are displayed in the front entrances in order to welcome guests during special festivals. They need to be symmetrical and the designs usually reflect themes about nature. Take a look at how much fun we had!
This week in our learning, we have been finding lines of symmetry within 2D shapes. We found this quite tricky at first, but after a little practice with mirrors and folding shapes, we were able to identify where a mirror line can be drawn to make two lines identical on either side when reflected. Take a look at the pictures below of our fantastic learning!
This week, we were lucky enough to visit Goodrington Methodist Church to take part in a Christmas Labyrinth. We were given some Christmas activities to complete which told the story of Christmas. Then, we went around different stations and learnt all about the events in the lead up to Jesus' birth. We learnt lots and had fun walking down (and up) the giant hill!
We made lanterns in Design Technology this week. First we had to make the structure with pieces of Willow by making a square, a cross and then turn it into a square based pyramid. We had to make sure the pieces were secure before covering it with tissue paper and a mixture of PVA glue and water. After we left it to dry, we decorated it with poster paint by following our designs. Take a look at our creations!
In our learning journey, Kites have been practicing and performing Haiku poetry. This form of poetry comes from Japan and has a very clear structure and theme. These poems are all about nature, are 3 lines long and must have 5 syllables in the 1st and 3rd line, and 7 syllables in the 2nd line. We performed some in front of the class this week. Have a look at our performances!
Our learning celebration!
On the 21st November, Year 4 invited parents in to share some of our learning from our topic, "Do all heroes wear capes?" We took part in some circuit building after learning about Thomas Edison, we became musical heroes when composing our own pieces of body percussion, we were mathematicians after completing a times tables puzzle, we practices our spelling lists and finally we matched facts about all the heroes we have learnt about since September! Take a look at our pictures!
Comic Relief at White Rock!
This week we took part in many activities to raise money for BBC Comic Relief. We wore non-school uniform (many of us wearing our Pudsey ears!), took part in different activities and built a giant Pudsey bear out of our donated money! Take a look at the great fun we had!
Designing a wetsuit for Ellen MacArthur
In Science this week we were given the task to design a wetsuit for Ellen MacArthur. First of all we had to find the best material to use. We decided to test lots of different materials to find out which one would dry fastest. We also learned about evaporation as a scientific process and how it would help the materials to dry.
Our local heroes!
This week we were extremely fortunate to have Paignton Fire Services visit our school! We had a good look around the truck and found out how tools help them complete such dangerous tasks. We asked them lots of questions about their roles and experiences within the local community.
Dance this half term
In Dance in Year 4, we have looked at traditional African dance positions and used ideas from these to create our own short dances in groups. We had to ensure that we had strong movements within our dances and included different levels.
Macmillan Coffee Afternoon
We would like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who supported us in raising money for Macmillan during our coffee afternoon. Thanks to your donations (cakes and coins!) we raised over £250 for charity in Kites class! Well done to all of the children who took responsibility for their own stations and encouraged as many donations as possible! You are all heroes!
Politics at Whiterock!
This week, we were lucky enough to have a visit from Kevin Foster, our local MP from Torbay. He came in to talk to us about how to become an MP, what it was like to be an MP, and answer some tough questions about he plans to help develop our local community. We asked him some tough questions including:
"How do you plan to support the pay for NHS workers and those working in the public sector?" - Layne.
"Did you agree with Brexit?" - Reuben.
"What are you going to do about the pollution that builds up everyday?" - Allissia.
"My dad is a road safety officer. What do you propose to do about laws on the roads?" - Millie D.
We will be continuing our work with democracy next week in our "Democracy week"!
The Great Kite Bakeoff!
This week we have been preparing for our White Rock Coffee Afternoon in support of Macmillan. We took part in 'The Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning' and we had great fun making (and eating) delicious treats to sell!
Mighty maths marvels and positive PE!
Kites have been working hard with their rounding this week! We have been working on rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. Have a look at some of our maths pictures where we were discussing everything we have learnt about rounding over the last 2 weeks. We also played tag rugby this week and had an amazing lesson trying to steal each other's tags! Have a look at our huge smiles during the lesson!
First week back!
Kites have made a super start to Year 4! So far, we have begun investigating modern and historic heroes, focusing on how they improved the lives of people around the world. Take a look at our fact detective work! In maths, we have been looking at the place value of 4 digit numbers and explaining our reasoning using mathematical vocabulary. We had great fun playing maths games as you can see in our pictures!