Saturday, 25 June 2016

Another busy week!

The children have enjoyed their week despite the rain and we have managed to have most play times on the field. Inside the classroom, Mrs Doran's maths group have looked at factors and had an assessment. Mrs Mercer's set have been looking at fractions, decimals and how they interrelate. In science we have been discussing how to be safe with electricity in the home, which the children knew a great deal about. We also had the best smelling classrooms in the school when the children tried to use the citric acid from a lemon as a battery to create a circuit and light up an LED bulb. Why not ask them if their group was successful?

In English we have been enjoying a two week unit on the topic of stories from another culture. We have immersed the children with a variety of narrative texts, which they really enjoyed, and then yesterday they wrote their own story from another culture. Can they retell it to you, with all the cultural aspects included?

In PE the children have been playing rounders, which they also really enjoyed, and learnt all the rules that accompany the game. In computing we have started our unit entitled 'We are musicians' and we are using the programs 'Isle of tune' and 'Compose World' to create carnival themed pieces. We continue our Harpenden topic in the creative curriculum and this week we had another look at the impact of the railways to our town. We did some role play as different groups of people within the community, straw plaiters, farmers and shop owners, and tried to empathise with how they might have felt with the arrival.

In Jigsaw lesson (PSHE) we looked at what makes us who we are with personality and physical traits. We looked at our similarities to our parents because of genetics and how we are 'a little bit of mum and a little bit of dad'.

So, it's fingers crossed for good weather all day as Crabtree enjoys the annual summer fair. Good luck to the football teams in the semi-final of the European cup/ Crabtree style, we wish you all well.

Thank you for taking the time to read our Blog.
The year 4 team

Friday, 10 June 2016

A right royal day

We've had a busy week- some assessments done and completed, a few to come later in the month. The children have all worked really hard, giving their tests their full focus. well done to all the children.
Tri golf was a brilliant experience for some of our year group this week- please see the school newsletter for more detail.

Today we joined in the national celebrations of the Queen's official 90th birthday. Dressed in red, white and blue, we designed birthday cards for the queen, learning how we would need to address the card when we wrote our message. Ask your children if they can remember the formal way to address Her Majesty.
An extended lunch hour followed with an extended lunch of cakes and treats. Then we spent a very pleasant afternoon out in the glorious sunshine playing some games with years 3 and 5 before watching a live broadcast streamed from Windsor Castle where a schools' tea party was taking place. We learnt some interesting facts about the queen's life.

Here are some pictures of us enjoying games including: capture the flag; duck, duck, goose; seaweed, crabs and sharks as well as keepers of the keys.