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What a week!
Paua Shell have had a fantastic time at Skreens Park.
We have learned how important teamwork is on the sensory trail and the wheelchair ramps, we have built and sailed rafts, learned how to shoot arrows and practised our agility skills on the low ropes.
I think the highlight for us (and I think the children enjoyed it too!) was the campfire, just as the sun was setting. Mrs Brown had us singing our hearts out, followed by toasting marshmallows and finally she finished with some magical blue fire. Fortunately, all the exercise and fresh air had worn the children out enough for everyone to be asleep by 12 O’clock!
This was a wonderful experience, mainly due to Mrs Brown’s fantastic organisation and the excellent behaviour of all the children.
I’m sure it’s something they’ll remember for a long time.
This week has been very exciting!
In science, we looked at sorting animals using a branching diagram. We even made our own, thinking about questions to differentiate the animals.
Thursday afternoon, we had some special visitors. A team from Explore Learning, explored creative writing with the children. All children received a goody bag, which contains more information.
Great week Paua Shell, keep it up!
This week in maths, the children have enjoyed investigating a tangram. They used their knowledge of shapes and used them to make all sorts of exciting pictures. This was an excellent opportunity for them to get creative.
Welcome back Paua Shell. We have a busy time ahead with lots of topics and exciting projects. This week we have been looking at performance poetry. We have been finding ways to help us to learn the words and improve our performances. We hope you enjoy watching some of our favourite poems.
We are also looking at how to classify plants and animals and have been working with our learning partners to sort all sorts of living organisms using different criteria.
The phrase ‘here’s one I made earlier,’ has never been more relevant! On Friday, the children got the chance to start making their own hedgehog made from an old book. It takes real determination and perseverance to fold all the pages in a uniform way to achieve the shape seen in the example. More time is needed to complete the challenge and photos of the children’s work will follow. Thanks to everyone who donated a book.
Earlier in the term, Year 4 learned about how solar cookers are used in different parts of the world as an alternative to chopping down trees and burning wood. As part of this work, the children created their own version of a solar cooker using a pizza box, cling film and foil. We then used the sun to heat crisps and cheese which the children eagerly sampled after around twenty minutes ‘cooking’ time. A great session where we made lots of connections between different parts of our curriculum.
On Monday 29th April, Times Tables Rockstars was finally launched at LNS! The children got the chance to dress as a rock star and took part in a special assembly to find out more. This tool is used by many local schools and is a brilliant way to help children not only learn their tables, but to also improve the speed of their recall. Well done to all for taking part so brilliantly in this special day!
On Thursday 2nd May Paua Class had the chance to take part in a Bikeability session run by ‘Cycle Southend.’ The basics of cycle safety were taught and the children learned the ABC of getting ready to use a bike. A=air and the children learned how to check the air pressure of their tyres. B=brakes and these were all carefully checked. C=chain and everyone checked that their chains were rotating properly. The children then took part in a series of activities designed to test their balance and awareness whilst cycling. This was a fantastic session and all who took part thoroughly enjoyed it!
Here is a small selection of some of the wonderful homework we received after the holidays. Our new topic is Sustainability and judging from the children’s work there is already a huge amount of knowledge within the class! Well done to all who completed this.
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!
Friday 5th April marked the arrival of ‘Marathon Challenge Day.’ The children had to take part in 26 different challenges - one for every mile of a marathon. Great fun was had by all!
Here are Paua Class busy creating Mother's Day/Special Person Day cards. The children had their pictures taken to put on the front of their cards to make them really stand out from the ones in the shops! By the time you read this you may have seen the results for yourself -we really hope you like them. For all Dads - it will be your turn soon!
After setting up the investigation on teeth last week, Paua Class were eager to find out the results! What liquids had affected the egg shells the most? Did the results match the predictions that were made? These were some of the questions the children wanted to find out. After close inspection, the class found the coke did not rot the egg shell - this was a massive surprise to everyone! The worst offender for causing damage was the vinegar which completely destroyed its egg shell. This was closely followed by the orange juice; the children found out this is because both liquids are acidic and it is this which eats away at the enamel on our teeth. What fun way to discover important facts about looking after our teeth. Well done to all involved for asking many brilliant questions along the way.
This week’s Science lesson was all about tooth decay. The class have set up an investigation to compare the effects of different liquids on our teeth. To represent teeth (as we didn’t have any spare ones to hand!) we used egg shells. Each egg shell has been placed into a different liquid, such as coke and orange juice. The class all made predictions about what they think will happen to each egg shell after they have been soaked in different liquids for a whole week. We will be comparing our predictions with the actual results in the next lesson.
Following on from our work in English on Beowulf, the class have designed and made their own dragon eyes! Clay was used to create the dragon eye complete with scales and imperfections to make it look as real as possible. The children were able to choose a different coloured glass eye from a wide range available so that each design is unique in its own way. A fun, creative session full of cross curricular links. Well done to all the children for their efforts – the end results look great!
The children enjoyed wearing non-uniform on Red Nose Day!
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!