Monday, 21 December 2015

A happy Christmas to everyone

We have had a fantastic first term with the children. You only need to look through the past Blogs, to see how much fun and learning we have all achieved over the last fifteen weeks. However, with tired eyes and exhausted bodies, we are now all ready for a relaxing Christmas break.

We hope you enjoy yourselves with friends and family over the festive period and we look forward to hearing all about the children's adventures on their return to school.

A little reminder that the first Thursday back is our Roman Big bang day so a Roman costume will be required, maybe a folded sheet to replicate a Toga! The costume just helps us all get into role as we learn about this fantastic Civilisation.

Lastly, we would all like to say a huge thank you for your very generous gifts: chocolates, wine, smellies and vouchers they were really appreciated and we felt thoroughly spoilt. Thank you.


Thursday, 3 December 2015

Thank you

As we finally reached the end of our swimming sessions in year 4 this week, we would like to take the opportunity to say a huge THANK YOU to all those parents who have given up many a Monday morning to trek along with us to Aldwickbury pool come (mostly) rain or shine.
We couldn't go without you all.

The Year 4 Team

Christmas Song- homework- learn the words please!

What Christmas means to me.
Ba ba ba ba ba, Oh yeah!


Candles burning low
Lots of mistletoe
Lots of snow and ice
Everywhere we go
Choirs singing carols
Right outside my door


All these things and more
(All these things and more)
That's what Christmas means to me my love
(That's what Christmas means to me my love) Oh yeah!


I see your smiling face
Like I never seen before
Even though I love you madly
It seems I love you more
And little cards you give me
Will touch my heart for sure


All these things and more
(All these things and more)
That's what Christmas means to me, my love
(That's what Christmas means to me, my love)


I feel like running wild
As anxious as a little child
Greet you ‘neath the mistletoe
Kiss you once and then some more
I wish you a Merry Christmas, baby
(I Wish you a Merry Christmas, baby)
And such happiness in the comin' year
(And such happiness in the comin' year)


Let's deck the halls with holly
Sing sweet silent night
Fill the tree with angel hair
And pretty, pretty lights
Go to sleep and wake up
Just before daylight


All these things and more
(All these things and more)
That's what Christmas means to me, my love
(That's what Christmas means to me, my love)
All these things and more
(All these things and more)
That's what Christmas means to me, my love
(That's what Christmas means to me, my love)
means to me, means to me,
(Ba ba ba ba ba, Ba ba ba ba ba)
That's what Christmas, Christmas means to me!

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Eco day

Eco day was so much fun. In the morning we had an opening assembly, led by Mrs Wellham and Miss Eastlake about trying to become an Eco-school. We looked at the goals we can strive to achieve. We then went into our classroom and looked at the problems around the World with the lack of water. We learnt about Water Aid, how they help and which areas of the World suffer the most and there were some shocking statistics that really made us think. We create a droplet poster we the facts that we had learnt. (Please see below for the combined results) After break, we thought about water closer to home and how we could make a difference. We discussed as a class about water saving ideas: using bath water more than once, only putting on a full load of washing in the washing machine or dishwasher, putting a water butt in the garden to collect rainwater to use on the garden and many more ideas.

 In the afternoon we had a recycled fashion show, where we used cereal boxes, plastic bags or newspaper to create an outfit hat was fit for the catwalk!

Friday, 20 November 2015

Another busy week

We have had another busy, but very enjoyable, with the year 's. Yesterday, as a school we watched the year 5 assembly, giving us an idea of what the rest of the school have been up to and what to expect as we go into year 5!

This week, although it is only November, we have started to think about some Christmas ideas for our displays and decorations around the school and what songs we would like to share to you and the school.

In Maths Mrs Doran's class have been working hard on conquering multiplication and have applied their knowledge to problem solving. In Mrs Gaines and Mrs Mercer's group we have been looking at time- tables, TV guides, analogue and digital clocks and then applying our knowledge to to word problems and real examples.
Here is one to try at home

Simon caught a train to Heathrow from Luton at 13.45. The journey lasted 1 hour and 18 minutes. 
At what time did Simon arrive in Heathrow? 
He should have been  at the airport 2 hours prior to travel and his flight was at 5pm, has he made it in time or has he arrived late, if so by how much?

In English we have finished our unit on Fantasy stories, which were a pleasure to read, and moved onto persuasive texts. We hope the children don't  transfer their persuasive techniques learnt from school to home and start questioning bedtime! We continue our  persuasion unit for the next fortnight leading up to writing persuasive letters!

In topic we continue to learn about Coasts but have now dipped into some art related to the seaside. This week Birch have practised an art technique called Pointillism which will be their front covers of their topic books.

In Science both classes have now completed the topic of Sound and are now moving onto States of matter. Why not ask your child if they know of a substance that can be a solid, liquid and or a gas? We have also been looking at the fact that sand can be poured, like the property  a liquid,  but it is a solid. We will be looking at this topic for the next 6 weeks, here are some of the new words we might learn - viscosity    solid     liquid      gases    states of matter       volume     properties  materials   melt  water cycle   evaporate   temperature

 Next week is Eco-day on Thursday and we will be looking at how we can play a part in being more aware about recycle, saving water and having fun up-cycling products that ordinarily may have been recycled. On Friday please remember it is an occasional day for everyone so the school will be closed.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, we hope you found it useful.

The year 4 team

Friday, 6 November 2015

Our Coastal Big Bang

Making our beach huts with lolly sticks, paint and glue. It is very tricky.
Patience and support by friends.

Satisfaction and perseverance.

Teamwork and concentration on the class coastal build.

Focus and determination

Near completion...

In the afternoon we made collage pictures of a seaside scene. We used a pale blue wash as our background and then built upon it.

It was a time consuming and fiddly process, hopefully you will see them all at our assembly next week.

DT and Art is a pleasant break from English and Maths!

Can anyone name the flag in the picture?

Carefully arranged colourful bunting.
Excellent precise and beautifully presented work.

Which coastal features has this pupil included in their collage?

Carefully presented and arranged like real beach huts. Well done Ash.

Our work in progress!

Birch were a little bit further on and with more painting completed, the scene is really taking shape.

A great beach scene including the skill of pointillism that we have been learning in Art.

As you can see from the pictures we had a very productive and enjoyable big bang. Thank you to all the parents that sent in boxes to help us, it was appreciated. We think the children really enjoyed the day, learnt some new creative skills in D.T and art, whilst learning more about Coastal features and British Seasides.

Today we also showed the children an E Safety clip recommended by CEOP ( E Safety protectors and Educators). If you would like to view the clip to see what your children have watched, please follow the link below.