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Oyster Shell Class Weekly News
We have had another busy week in Oyster Class!
In our geography lesson, we continued our topic 'Beyond the Magic Kingdom' focussing on why tourists come to the Magic Kingdom from some countries and not others. We used data and a map to draw our own choropleth map. We compared this information with another map showing the standard of living in different countries. It was an enjoyable lesson and a super opportunity to use maps and atlases to locate countries and continents!
On Monday this week, Oyster Class went out on a learning walk and 'Treasure Hunt' in our local area. Mrs Brown gave us a series of clues which we had to find during our walk. Every answer contained a number which we then had to total up at the end. The quiz was great fun and involved us working hard with our partner looking carefully for the clues. Some answers were up high, others were on the ground!
Thank you to Mrs Brown for organising such a fun and interesting learning walk.
In one of our lessons in Maths this week, we looked at Tangrams.
A Tangram is a dissection puzzle consisting of seven flat shapes called tans, which are put together to form shapes. We tried making a variety of shapes using all seven pieces which can't overlap.
We continued our geography work this week by finding out where the Magic Kingdom is located. We worked with our learning partners to locate and label the seven continents and five oceans of the world. We then looked at a map of the USA and identified the 50 states.
We started our new geography topic this week, 'Beyond the Magic Kingdom'. Over the coming weeks, children will gain an understanding of the physical and human geographical features of a region in North America.
Our first lesson focussed on aspects of leisure and tourism. Children worked with their learning partner to plan a route around the Magic Kingdom for a day visit. Great fun!
In science this week, Oyster class revisited the characteristics that are shared by all living organisms. We used the mnemonic 'Mrs Gren' to help us remember the seven life processes. We then used different criteria to sort living things into groups.
We visited the book fair this week in the outdoor classroom. It was a great opportunity to check out the books and share recommendations with each other.
Well done to some of the children in Oyster Class for organising a cake sale for Year 4 in aid of Little Havens. They raised £40!
As part of our topic about Sustainability, we enjoyed turning old books into hedgehogs!
In English this week, we enjoyed reading 'The Shaman's Apprentice', another book by Lynne Cherry. In groups, we acted out scenes from the book, thinking carefully about dialogue and how to convey feelings of the characters.
After some careful planning, we performed to the rest of the class. We then used our drama to help us with writing the scene trying to include inverted commas for speech.
As part of our topic about Sustainability, we made our own pizza box solar oven!
We worked outside with support from Mrs Brown. We can't wait to try them out on a sunny day!
On Wednesday 8th May, Oyster Class, along with the rest of Year 4 braved the rain and travelled to Wat Tyler Park as part of their work about Habitats. We walked to Leigh-on-Sea station where we boarded our train and travelled to Pitsea where we disembarked. The walk to Wat Tyler was wet but the children were very upbeat despite the weather!
Once we arrived, the children learned about invertebrates and then took part in a ‘Bug Hunt’ in two different habitats – woodland and grassland.
After an opportunity to dry off a little and have some lunch, we did a pond dip. We worked in small groups and took turns to ‘dip’ and then identify the pond life using keys; it was great fun! The walk back to Pitsea Station was yet again wet but the children remained in good humour.
Thank you to all the parent/grandparent helpers who supported us on this trip – we really couldn’t do it without your help.
A huge well done to the children whose behaviour was exemplary; they were also brilliant bug hunters on the day!!
Well done to all the children who took part in their Bikeability session on Thursday. Children were taught about bike safety and how to check their bikes using the ABC method.
'Dress as a Rockstar' day in Oyster Class!
On Wednesday 24th April, the girls from Year 4 were invited to Westcliff High School for Girls for an Open Morning and activities.
The girls thoroughly enjoyed the experience, particularly the opportunity to walk around a secondary school and the chance to take part in a variety of taster lessons including: Maths, English, Drama, Art and Science.
On Wednesday, one half of Year 4 visited Westcliff High. The remaining children took part in a number of fun team building activities outside. The first activity was Maths Orienteering where the children had to find numbered cones where a Maths question was hidden. There were ten cones in total with questions on a range of topics. The children worked well in pairs from across all three classes and then came together to discuss their answers.
Our second activity was called ‘The Right Route Challenge.’ This involved the children finding the ‘right route’ through a course; fourteen spots were set up for each group as you can see in the photos. The challenge was for each group to correctly navigate their route so it matched the answer sheet - a selected individual was in charge of letting each group know when they were out and when they were successful. This challenge proved interesting, because it involved patience, determination and teamwork. As one child commented, they quickly realised it was wasn’t just about them, it was about the team.
Our final challenge on Wednesday was a game of trust. The blindfold challenge meant each child took turns to be blindfolded and had to listen carefully to the instructions given by others to find a route through the cones that had been set up. The challenge was made different by moving the cones and taking turns with different partners. Overall, a fun morning with some great lessons learned!
Monday 1st April 2019 – Friday 5th April 2019
Oyster class joined up with Year 1 to complete a circuit of 26 challenges on the astro and outdoor playground area as part of Marathon Day. Thank you to everyone who paid a contribution and well done to Mr Bond & Mrs Knight who will be running the London Marathon, raising money for Havens Hospice.
We looked at food chains this week. Children were introduced to a lot of new vocabulary and In groups, they matched up the word with its definition.
Ordering decimal numbers in Maths
In our Science lessons, we have been learning about our teeth and tooth decay!
We looked at the different types of teeth in humans and their simple functions.
We also set up an investigation to find out what happens to an egg shell in different types of liquid. The results were shocking and certainly will encourage us to clean our teeth regularly especially after eating and drinking sugary foods/drinks!
In History this week, we found out about the Sutton Hoo Ship Burial. We looked at some of the incredible artefacts that were found on the boat and then had a go at drawing some of them using metallic crayons and pens.
After reading Beowulf, we have had great fun drawing Dragons and then designing and making a Dragon's Eye from clay.
The results were incredible; what talent we have in our class!
We have been looking at how tension builds up in a story structure this week. We looked at the story of Beowulf and completed a tension mountain.
We then went on to create tension in our own writing. Ask your children about some of the techniques we used!
We have been learning about what happens to our food in science this week. We learnt about the different functions of the basic parts of our digestive system.
We then watched Mrs Heffer carry out a practical experiment using a banana, bread, orange juice & tights to demonstrate the digestive system!
This week we started our Anglo-Saxon story 'Beowulf'!
We used hot-seating as a way of understanding how the king would be feeling and then had fun with post-its, transforming each other into a great hero who could defeat a monster like Grendel.
World Book Day!
Well done to all our fantastic readers!
It's been great to see so many children in Oyster Class reading so regularly. Thank you to all the adults who listen to their child read so frequently, it really does help your child make progress.
This week, Oyster Class received their Animal Adoption Pack after adopting Tim Tom, an orangutan!
This week we had our final gymnastics lesson. We have learnt so much and have thoroughly enjoyed using the equipment.
Thank you Mrs Lawrence for teaching us.
Monday 4th February - Friday 8th February 2019
In Maths this week we have been learning how to convert units of measurement linked to weight & mass. We held several weights and used scales to get an idea of how much different objects weigh. We later applied this knowledge to worded problems.
If you have scales at home, please encourage your children to practise reading them as this was a skill many found tricky.
In English this week, we have been developing ideas for our own stories based on the book 'Escape from Pompeii'. We have started to plan these and have enjoyed sharing our ideas with each other.
In English this week we wrote and performed our very own poems. We used the story ‘Escape from Pompeii’ as our inspiration.
In Oyster Class we are practising hand stands and jumping off the vault in gymnastics this term.
In our English lessons, we have been learning about Roman Myths and have been introduced to a number of Roman gods & goddesses.
We looked at one of the most famous myths in more detail; Romulus & Remus.
After some role play of an arguments tween the 2 brothers, we recorded our ideas in speech bubbles and then as punctuated dialogue remembering to use inverted commas.
Monday 7th January – Friday 11th January 2019
In History this term we are learning about the Romans so on Wednesday we had a Roman themed Day. Everyone in Year 4 dressed up in togas and soldier uniforms to get into the spirit. A Roman Barbarian called Vulpus lead the day and told us lots of facts and information about the Romans and how they lived. We took part in lots of exciting activities like Delta (A Roman Game), Gladiator fighting and a fascinating quiz! Our day was fantastic.
To start our new science topic we had a go at using the ‘press play’ programme. We each had a pair of head phones and all listened and played along with a story to do with solids, liquids and gases. It was great fun to use our science knowledge alongside our acting skills!
Monday 17th December – Thursday 20th December 2018
Christmas jumper day in Oyster 4
Showing off our lovely Christmas cards and calendars!
Monday 10th December – Friday 14th December 2018
Year 4 enjoying their Christmas lunch!
Thank you to all the staff including our mid days and cooks who made this possible.
Wow! What a busy week it's been in Oyster Class! In English lessons, we have enjoyed writing job adverts for a Trainee Santa! We used lots of persuasive language and had great fun producing them!
We have been creative today in Oyster class and made our Christmas cards! Children used their maths skills too to measure the pop up present measurements.
Our science topic about 'Sound' came to an end this week. Children got into groups to play a 'Good Vibrations' game to see how much they had learnt about sounds and how we hear them. Great fun and revising our topic at the same time!
In Maths this week, Oyster class completed an arithmetic quiz and our regular times tables test. Children are making fantastic progress with these and should be very proud of all their hard work.
In addition, they worked in small groups to solve 'The Mystery of the Christmas Nativity' completing a number of mathematical clues in order to identify the 'CD swapper'!
We have started to feel festive this week in Oyster class as we each made a decoration for our class hoop. As you can see, we each made a snow globe decoration with a photograph inside!
As part of our work about Earthquakes and Volcanoes, we used the computers to do some additional research about how volcanoes are formed. We found some very interesting facts which we shared with the rest of the class.
Monday 26th November – Friday 30th November 2018
Our science work about sound has continued with some fun practical activities. We observed what happens when you put a tuning fork into a bowl of water and could also feel the vibrations when we placed it on our nose!!
In addition, we made our own telephones using cups and string which we tried out in the playground.
In design technology, we made our musical instruments making sure we were able to show a change in pitch.
Monday 19th November - Friday 23rd November 2018
We have been finishing our poppies this week, glazing them carefully. We are looking forward to seeing them once they have been fired in the kiln!
As part of our Science topic about sound, we had great fun during a lesson about pitch.
By using straws of different lengths, we were able to change the sound when blowing through them.
Monday 12th November- Friday 16th November 2018
As part of our Science topic on 'Sound', we explored ways to change the pitch of a sound in a variety of musical instruments.
We then used our sketching skills to draw some of the instruments whilst listening to some instrumental music! We are looking forward to designing and making our own instruments soon - thank you to everyone who has provided 'junk materials' for this activity.
In Maths this week, children have been revising how to tell the time using analogue and digital clocks. They also worked out time intervals crossing the hour.
In our English lessons, we have been taking on the role as a disaster rescue worker. We interviewed each other during a 'hot-seating' activity.
We wore our PJs to school today to raise awareness and money for children in need. Here are some photos of us ready for a snooze zzzz....
Monday 15th October 2018 – Friday 19th October 2018
In English this week, we have enjoyed writing a 'Blurb' and Book Review of the Iron Man. We worked with different learning partners and enjoyed sharing our writing, editing and improving together. The week was finished by watching The Iron Giant which provided a useful comparison with the book!
Monday 8th October 2018 – Friday 12th October 2018
It's been yet another busy week in Oyster class this week. We finished reading our class text 'The Iron Man' which we have thoroughly enjoyed. After being introduced to the Space-Bat-Angel-Dragon in chapter 4, we had fun designing our own 4-part hybrid creature which we went on to describe using a range of sentence types and exciting vocabulary.
In art, we have started some collage work to depict a scene from the Iron Man. These will be completed next week so look out for the finished results!
Monday 1st October 2018 – Friday 5th October 2018
In maths this week, Oyster class have been learning about the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. We used a compass to draw circles, and were introduced to the vocabulary radius, diameter and circumference.
In science, we have had fun making circuits predicting if they were complete or incomplete. We have also been learning about electrical conductors and insulators.
Monday 24th September – Friday 28th September 2018
On Monday, Oyster Class visited Hadleigh Country Park as part of our topic about The Iron Age. In the morning, children took part in an archaeological dig where they dug for artefacts!
Afterwards they made a clay pot which they have brought back to school ready for painting.
We all thoroughly enjoyed going into the Roundhouse where children learnt about life in the Iron Age.
The afternoon was spent dressing Mr Berry as a warrior and attending warrior school!
What a great day!
As part of our work about The Iron Man, children in Oyster class produced some fantastic art work. We used chalk pastels to draw our own version of the Iron Man. The results are great and have been displayed outside our classroom.
Oyster Class supporting 'Gold Geese' Day.
Monday 17th September – Friday 21st September 2018
On Monday, we did 'Walk & Talk' with our new learning partner for the week. It was a great opportunity to get to know what we got up to at the weekend as well as a chance to exercise!
Monday 10th – Friday 14th September 2018
Well done to everyone in Oyster Class for producing some fantastic Iron Age projects during your summer holidays.
It has been great to see how super talented the children are and to see such a great range of work/models.
In maths this week, we took advantage of the sunshine and took our learning outside the classroom. We used our whiteboards to place three and four digit numbers on a number line to develop our understanding of place value.
Thursday 6th September - Friday 7th September 2018
Oyster class have had a wonderful couple of days back at school. We have discussed our School values of ASPIRE and reminded ourselves how important it is to have a 'Growth' mindset as opposed to a 'Fixed' mindset when we are learning!
We worked in groups, reading and sorting a number of statements into the 2 categories.
As a class, we agreed on some important class rules. These were made into our class charter which we have all signed!
On Friday, Oyster class enjoyed using the 'Now Press Play' resources to kick start our new science topic on Electricity.