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The theme of this week’s PSHE lesson was smoking. The children recorded what they knew already and shared their findings. We then focused on the reasons people smoke and discussed the issue of peer pressure. In the pictures, the children are working on different role plays which highlighted peer pressure. The plays were then shared with the whole class which the children thoroughly enjoyed. We then shared further facts with the children about the health risks associated with smoking.
Here are some of the children in Paua Class exploring different types of angles. The children have been learning the names and sizes of acute, obtuse, right and reflex angles. A fine day meant the children were able to take their learning outside the classroom and explore angles in the playground; they also made different angles with their bodies. A fun way to bring Maths to life!
During this week’s Science lesson, the children got the chance to create a digestive system to show the key processes involved and better understand what is happening inside our bodies. A piece of bread was used and its journey through our bodies from beginning to end was carefully tracked at each stage. Yes, this did involve talking about poo which caused much amusement among the children! However, the key vocabulary was used to help explain what happens and a large display inside the classroom will remind us if we forget. This proved to be a really fun practical lesson using skills from across the curriculum. Well done to the whole class who asked some brilliant questions to help the discussion move forward. We can’t wait for the next Science lesson in what is a fantastic topic!
The theme of this week’s English work has been poetry. The children have learned all about Japanese Haiku poems which follow a very precise structure of three lines totalling seventeen syllables. You may notice in the pictures that the children are carefully counting the syllables in their words in order for their poems to follow the correct structure. We spent considerable time thinking about our word choices and the results were fantastic. Winter was chosen as our focus and pictures were used to spark our ideas. They certainly are a creative class! Well done to all.
This week, Paua Class have been learning all about the Water Cycle. The children created their own Water Cycle Wheels and set up their own miniature Water Cycles using plastic bags. The miniature experiments are meant to replicate what happens in nature and will visually show the children the processes of evaporation and condensation in action. The children wrote their own explanations of the Water Cycle to demonstrate their understanding. A fantastic session which the children will revisit to find out what has happened to the bags full of water which have been placed in the sunshine.
*********Important reminder. Paua Class swim on the first day back after half-term on Monday 25th February. ********
On Wednesday, Paua Class had the chance to use the ‘Press Play’ equipment. This is a brilliant resource that really brings learning to life using headsets to simultaneously give all children the same experience. The topic of this particular experience was Pompeii which fits perfectly with our Romans work. Press Play told the children the story of a school trip to Pompeii where a child ends up going back in time to just before the famous eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The children were instructed to make movements and actions to fit the story being told and this helped them to imagine what it must have felt like to experience the eruption. The children will be able to use ideas from the session in their story writing which will continue into next week. A great session for all involved!
Monday 28th January – Friday 1st February 2019
During an English lesson this week, Paua Class created a ‘conscience alley.’ This involves studying the feelings of characters in a story at different points. The story the children have been working on is Escape From Pompeii as part of our Romans topic. The children formed two lines to create the ‘alley’ while two volunteers played the parts of the characters and called out what they might be thinking; this was the conscience speaking. This drama technique is useful to help children understand characters and the ideas from it will be used in the children’s own version of the story of Pompeii. The story writing will begin next week and the adults can’t wait to see what the children will write!
This week, Paua Class took part in a cross curricular lesson all about the Romans. This involved using ICT skills to research facts on the Roman gods and goddesses. The children used their note taking skills to find and record their facts to create a profile of their chosen god/ goddess. It was a real mix of ICT, History and English with plenty of teamwork thrown in. Well done to all.
Here are Paua Class learning how to draw a Roman soldier. Guidance was provided by a brilliant online video which helped provide the steps to creating a really accurate drawing. All children were able to create something to be proud of and the next steps will involve adding colours and a few finishing touches in the next session. Brilliant fun!
As part of our Romans topic, one of our English lessons this week was dedicated to the story of Romulus and Remus. After sharing the text, we discussed how to answer questions effectively and created our list of ‘Steps to Success.’ This proved extremely useful in developing the children’s comprehension skills especially when faced with unfamiliar words. Our next lesson will focus on using our drama skills to recreate one of the scenes. What a great topic so far!
In their P.E. lesson this week, Paua Class have been learning about the effects of exercise on the body. After warming up, the children then searched for their pulses before continuing to exercise in different ways. This week’s challenges involved doing sit-ups, press-ups, hand stands, using a balance beam and using a springboard for vaulting. It was a fantastic session with great participation from all involved. Thanks to Mrs Lawrence for organising another brilliant lesson!
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.
Year 4 enjoying their Christmas lunch!
Thank you to all the staff including our mid days and cooks who made this possible.
This week Paua Class have made musical instruments from various recycled materials. Their instruments had been designed to make sounds where the pitch could change. This linked to our Science topic on sound and to our learning about how our ears work. The children used their DT skills to good effect and shared their efforts with the rest of the class. Lots of fun was had by all!
This week in science we have been learning about how sound travels through air. We made string telephones and tested them out to see if we could still hear our voices. We discovered that Hirsh has very good hearing!
We have also loved writing our disaster diaries, imagining we are rescue workers at an earthquake.
Monday 12th November- Friday 16th November 2018
This week Year 4 have been preparing to write diary entries in the role of a search and rescue team member. This is part of our work on earthquakes and in the pictures the children were hot seating which involves taking turns to be interviewed. After writing their own questions, the children worked in small groups to imagine and act out how to answer them. The ideas discussed will link to the writing process which will happen next week. Well done to all- there were lots of fantastic ideas!
Monday 5th November 2018 – Friday 9th November 2018
To mark Remembrance Day, Paua Class have created their own poppies from clay. The process involved rolling clay using a rolling pin and cutting shapes out using templates. The children were able to add designs to the petal shapes before moulding the clay into their preferred form. It was a fun afternoon and the children relished the opportunity to show their practical skills. Well done to all!
Monday 29th October 2018 – Friday 2nd November 2018
Year 4 have been busy focusing on addition in this week’s Maths lessons. The children have used their skills to add different amounts of money and answered word problems. In the pictures, the children were allowed to use calculators to check answers and we discussed how to use the decimal point button. Well done to all the children who really challenged themselves to work with increasingly complex problems.
Monday 15th October 2018 – Friday 19th October 2018
On Thursday of this week, Paua Class got the chance to visit Year 3’s Science Fayre. The children were very enthusiastic and excited to be visiting an event that they had hosted themselves this time last year. They played games and took part in activities all linked to the topic of magnets. It was a great opportunity to revise some of the key vocabulary and celebrate the achievements of the Year 3 classes.
In the last P.E. lesson of this half-term, the children were able to work outside due to the great weather. They worked as a team to put all their moves together to complete the class dance on electricity. A great way to finish! A big thank you goes to Mrs Lawrence for all of her excellent input.
Monday 8th October 2018 – Friday 12th October 2018
Here are Paua class busy editing and improving their writing. They are all holding their purple pens (sometimes called purple polishing pens) which are used to make changes to their work. They discussed each piece of work with their learning partners and then made the suggested changes in order to show improvements and make progress. Look out for purple ink in the children’s books at next week’s parent meetings.
Monday 1st October 2018 – Friday 5th October 2018
This week Paua Shell have been having lots of fun making circuits and investigating conductors and insulators. We even found out that a pencil will conduct electricity!
Monday 24th September – Friday 28th September 2018
On Monday 24th September, Paua Class visited the Roundhouse at Hadleigh Country Park. We learned all about the Iron Age and how different life was in the past. The children were able to look at and touch various artefacts and took part in a fact finding mission inside the Roundhouse.
After that, the children became archaeologists by taking part in a dig. Bones and various fragments of pottery were discovered. There was much excitement when a skull was found!
During the afternoon, the children learned about war and weapons. They all got the chance to use sling shots and then went on to use shields and swords. The whole day was thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish and links to our learning perfectly. Thanks to all the staff from Hadleigh for making it such a brilliant day for us all!
Monday 17th September – Friday 21st September 2018
Paua 4 have been busy reading more of the Iron Man and have written diary entries from the character Hogarth’s point of view. As the photos show, the children have been using chalks to create their own versions of the Iron Man. More photos will follow next week of their finished work!
Monday 10th – Friday 14th September 2018
Here are Paua 4 in their first P.E. lesson of the year! They were exploring how to represent the flow of electricity by joining hands and creating movements that flowed around a circle. The children then worked in small groups to create their own sequence of moves. This lesson helped to build the concepts we will be working on in our Science activities.
Thursday 6th September - Friday 7th September 2018
Here are Paua Shell 4 creating a piece of Art all about themselves. The children have used crayons to draw pictures of their favourite things and then used paints to brush over the rest of the page. Photos will also be added in the next stage - more to follow on this next week.
Here are Paua Shell 4 using the headphones as part of Press Play (this is a new interactive, immersive experience to enhance learning). The theme was linked to our new Science topic of electricity and the children enjoyed acting out the scenes. Lots of fun was had by all!