Here are Year 4 taking part in a Science lesson in the hall all about tooth decay. We have placed hard boiled eggs in different liquids to see which ones will affect the egg shells. The children made predictions about what they think will happen and we will observe the results.
Monday 25th June 2018 - Friday 29th June 2018
In Science this week, we looked at food chains. We worked in groups to make food chains according to different criteria. We learnt lots of new vocabulary too!
Monday 18th June 2018 - Friday 22nd June 2018
Wow! What an amazing time away at Skreen's Park Paua Shell Class had!
We have had a brilliant time & have had the opportunity to take part in so many great activities including: Low Ropes, Sensory Trail & Archery. We even made our own rafts and tested them out on the lake! Last night, we enjoyed a sing song round the camp fire where we toasted marshmallows!
Mrs Heffer would like to say a huge thank you to the children in Paua class for their exemplary behaviour; you were a pleasure to take away on our residential.
A big thank you also to Mrs Brown for organising such a great trip and to Mrs Redman, Mrs Helps, Miss Palmer & Mr Robbins for all their hard work.
Just some of the photos from our trip - plenty more to follow!
Monday 11th June 2018 - Friday 15th June 2018
Sports Day was great fun.
Thank you for coming to support your child - we hope you enjoyed it as much as we all did!
Wishing all our dads and granddads a very happy Father's Day this Sunday! :)
Monday 4th June 2018 - Friday 8th June 2018
Paua class started their new Geography topic 'Beyond the Magic Kingdom' this week and had a great time finding out more about why the Magic Kingdom is the most popular theme park in the world.
We were then set the task of planning a day visit to the theme park. We worked with our learning partner to plan and plot a route around the park ensuring we visited particular attractions, shops & restaurants!
This week in our English lessons, we have been learning poems off-by-heart. We have learnt some useful strategies to help us remember them. We then had a go at performing our learnt poem to the rest of the class!
Our dance lessons have been brilliant this term – here is the finished result of our ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ themed dance!
In P.E. We have been practising our long distance running.
Thank you Mr Upcraft.
This week, we have been learning to order decimal numbers up to 2 decimal places. We enjoyed writing numbers on our whiteboards and arranging ourselves in ascending order. This helped us with our work back in class.
Paua class had a great time learning to develop their coding skills. They had to try and complete a 'Minotaur's Maze" using Logo commands.
Thank you Mrs Knight.
Monday 14th May 2018 - Friday 18th May 2018
As part of our continued work on the Shaman's Apprentice, we worked in groups to take turns to introduce ourselves in the role of Kamanya. We had to remember to speak in the first person and include prepositional/adverbial phrases.
Paua Class joined up with their Year 1 buddies from Angelfish class to complete some fun activities about the royal wedding.
Fun in our music lesson! Thank you Mrs Brown.
Once again the sun was shining so Paua class took the opportunity to do some of our maths work outside!
This week we have been learning about area and perimeter, drawing and calculating the area and perimeter of our own rectangles.
We also got the trundle wheels out to measure larger areas!
Our English lessons have linked perfectly with our science and geography topics the past couple of weeks. The class have been enjoying stories by the same author - rainforest stories by Lynne Cherry. This week, we have been empathising with characters in a story set in a very different context and circumstance to our own.
In art this week, Paua class produced some close observational drawings of a rainforest animal. Children had to choose 4 different parts of the animal to enlarge and then use the oil pastels to bring them to life. We can't wait to put the 4 pictures together and display them in our classroom.
In our dance lessons, Paua class have been using poetry and music to compose group dances and a whole class dance based on our topic about sustainability.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
Thank you to Mrs Lawrence!
This week we have celebrated the homework that children have completed on our topic about Sustainability. Children presented their projects to the rest of the class.
Children in Paua class busy making their Bug Hotels!
As part of our Outdoor Learning, Paua class had a great time with Mrs Brown making 'Bug Hotels'! Here are the finished hotels!
Monday 16th April 2018 - Friday 20th April 2018
Wow! What a busy first week it's been!
On Monday, Paua class discussed the difference between a fixed and growth mindset and wrote some excellent poems and songs.
We also learnt about how we learn through the use of questioning. In addition to this, we looked at the bullying policy.
On Tuesday we had great fun making our hedgehog books as an introduction to our new topic about sustainability.
As the weather has been so beautiful this week, we have made the most of some outdoor learning, enjoying some maths and drama work.
In science this week, we worked with our learning partners to research an endangered animal using the computers. Some of us had the opportunity to tell the class what we had found out.
This week we have discussed our school’s new Anti-Bullying Policy. We covered what bullying is and how it should be handled. See the full policy in the ‘About Us’ section of this website.
Monday 26th March – Thursday 29th March 2018
On Wednesday this week, Paua Class joined their buddy readers in Angelfish class.
We had fun making our 'Funky Rabbit' Easter cards.
We hope you all have a wonderful Easter break and look forward to an exciting Summer term.
Monday 19th March – Friday 23rd March 2018
As part of our science work about Living things and their Habitats, Year 4 visited Wat Tyler Park where they learnt more about a variety of invertebrates and had the opportunity to go on a bug hunt in two different habitats – a woodland and meadow. Children had a great time finding and then identifying a range of bugs!
As part of our work about the Anglo-Saxons, we learnt about the discovery of Anglo-Saxon artefacts at Sutton Hoo. This inspired us to sketch and paint some of the beautiful jewellery found.
Monday 12th March – Friday 16th March 2018
This week we have been creating Kenning poems about animals and objects. We had great fun guessing what each other Kenning poems were about. Today we performed our poems in front of each other.
On Tuesday, Paua Class went on a Bug Hunt as part of our science work on classification.
We used a key to name any invertebrates we found.
Congratulations to Paua Class for putting on a fantastic class assembly on Tuesday; Mrs Heffer couldn't be more proud! Well done children for learning all your lines so brilliantly.
Despite the 'Snow days' scuppering our rehearsal times last week, children and staff pulled together to produce their Roman/Celt assembly, performing to their parents and the rest of year 3 & 4.
Thank you to everyone who provided costumes and those who came to support their children.
An additional thanks to all the wonderful support staff in a Year 4 who helped to make props, signs etc!
On Monday,Paua class had the Bikeability team in. Children learnt about bicycle safety and the importance of wearing a helmet.
Despite the Arctic conditions, children braved the elements taking part in lots of practical activities on the playground. We all had great fun!
In English lessons this week, we have been learning about syllabic poems. In particular, we have focussed on Haiku poetry; a traditional form of Japanese poetry where there are always 3 lines and 17 syllables. (Ask your child how the syllables are organised)
We have enjoyed reading a selection of Haiku poems and made a fabulous effort writing our own trying hard to include powerful verbs and descriptive language.
We started our new science topic 'Living Things and Their Habitats' this week. We combined our science and maths skills, sorting living organisms into Venn and Carroll diagrams using our own criteria.
As part of our measuring work in maths, some of us did some practical activities involving weighing a variety of objects including ourselves! We measured items in the metric units of grams and kilograms estimating first.
It's great to hear some of the class use measuring scales at home when baking/cooking. It's an excellent real-life skill and really does help them in this area of maths.
It's been another very busy week in Paua Class!
In our English lessons, we have finished reading our class text, 'The Iron Man'. We have all thoroughly enjoyed the story and have been writing a newspaper report about the final events in the story using our hot-seating ideas.
In maths, we have been learning about measurement with a focus on converting measures, e.g. cm to m and g to kg.
In Science this week, we have been testing materials to see if they are electrical conductors or electrical insulators. Some of our results surprised us!
On Friday 2nd February, as part of NSPCC Numbers Day, we welcomed some of our parents into the classroom to work on some mathematical activities. Year 4 enjoyed a 'Who did it?' Investigation solving number puzzles in order to eliminate suspects. We also enjoyed playing a dice game called 'Farkle'.
Thank you to all those parents who were able to come in and join us.
As part of our science topic about Electricity, Paua class have thoroughly enjoyed making circuits using the electrical components. This week we have been investigating complete and incomplete circuits. We had to predict which circuits would light the bulb and recognise reasons why incomplete circuits didn't work using scientific vocabulary.
We are all thoroughly enjoying our class text 'The Iron Man' by Ted Hughes. Mrs Heffer has been extremely impressed with the quality of our writing inspired from this fantastic story. Not only have we tried hard to include similes and exciting vocabulary but we have also aimed to include a range of short sentences to add tension and a range of punctuation, including a comma, after our fronted adverbials!
This week, we wrote our own chapter ending. Here are some of us reading out our work.
Monday 15th January - Friday 19th January 2018
Paua class are thoroughly enjoying our class text The Iron Man by Ted Hughes. This week we have been learning to think about the feelings of a character. We created a 'Conscious Ally' to help 'Hogarth' decide if he should trap the Iron Man.
Some of us were very persuasive!
It has been wonderful to hear about the children"s achievements from 2017 - what a talented bunch! We also talked about what their goals and aspirations are for 2018.
Monday 18th December - Wednesday 20th December 2017
We have been working together in groups on some exciting maths and English Christmas-themed work. One of the activities involved identifying which one of Santa"'s elves had stolen a Christmas pudding! We had to solve a variety of codes in order to crack the case!
It was good fun and we had the opportunity to use our teamwork skills.
What a fabulous afternoon we all had in Year 4.
We had 3 rooms set up for our party; a disco room with flashing lights, a games room for quiet games and colouring and a movie room where we watched 'Nativity'!
We had lots of yummy party food too. Thank you to everyone who provided food for the children's enjoyment.
Year 4 enjoying their Christmas dinner! Thanks to all the kitchen/lunchtime staff for organising such a great meal.
'We have thoroughly enjoyed preparing and performing our Christmas Show. It was brilliant to see how confidently the children sung, danced and spoke in front of a large audience. I hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did. Well done Year Four.'
In gymnastics today we have been starting to learn how to front flip using the trampette, practising our backward rolls, balance and vaulting off the springboard. Our thanks to Mrs Lawrence who has been a brilliant gymnastics teacher.
Today as part of our art lesson we have been using abstract art techniques to design our Christmas tree cards, whilst listening to our Christmas performance music!
Year 4 have been very busy this week rehearsing for our Christmas Production. Lots of tickets have already gone home- we look forward to seeing you there!
Year 4 are getting used to performing on a real stage! We look forward to putting on a great show!
Friday 1st December 2017
Conker champion in Paua class!
Tuesday 28th November 2017
On Tuesday, Year 4 had our annual Christmas decoration morning!
All 3 classes had the opportunity to make a different decoration in each class. We can't wait to put them on our Christmas hoop - watch this space!
Thank you to all the parents & grandparents who were able to come in to support their children. We hope you had fun!
Monday 20th November – Friday 24th November 2017
In science this week, as part of our topic 'States of Matter', we have been learning about the melting and freezing points of different materials.
We went on to plan an investigation involving melting chocolate - yum!
We floated pieces of chocolate on trays of water, each at a different temperature. We then observed how long it took for the chocolate to melt.
We used lots of our scientific skills including: predicting, fair testing and concluding.
On Monday, Year 4 had a fantastic day dressed as Romans as part of our history topic. We were joined by 'Volpus' who taught the children a huge amount about the Romans in an interesting and fun way.
All classes had the opportunity to handle real Roman artefacts including a piece of mosaic from over 2000 years ago! They also played a game called Delta which involved adding up Roman numerals. One of our activities involved finding answers to questions about a range of topics including: the army, chariot racing and archaeology.
The afternoon was great fun too as the children were shown a range of Roman armour and weapons and then took part in a gladiator fight!
Thank you to all the parents who provided their child with a costume for the day. They looked fabulous.
We have had a great first 2 weeks back since the half term holiday. Our new topic has been The Romans and as part of our English lessons, Year 4 have been looking at Roman Myths.
This week in particular, the focus has been on the myth 'A Wild Goose Chase'.
Children have listened carefully to the story, read in groups and retold the myth from a different perspective using their story maps.
We have also been researching Roman Gods/Goddesses learning about their importance in myths and in everyday life. We then applied this knowledge to some role play activities which were great fun.
Next week we are looking forward to our Roman Day - check the website for plenty of photos!
To supplement our knowledge about the Roman Gods and Goddesses, Paua class used the Ergo laptops to find out about what our chosen God/Goddess was in charge of and their personality. We then shared what we'd found out with the rest of the class.
Leon has worked so hard on his column subtraction and being more independent in completing his work. Ava is a very kind and helpful member of the class and includes class members.
In English lessons this week, we have been learning about Explanation texts.
We used our computing time to supplement both our Geography and English lessons; we used the Internet to research how a volcano is formed and made careful notes in preparation for our own explanation.
Paua and Angelfish classes joined to do some buddy reading. We had a great time sharing our books and taking turns to read to each other
Monday 9th October – Friday 13th October 2017
Well done to all the children in Paua class who took part in the Summer reading challenge!
As part of our science topic on 'Sound', we have designed and made our own musical instrument. Our aim was to try and ensure we could change the pitch of our instrument. We have had great fun designing, making and evaluating our finished instruments.
Monday 2nd October – Friday 6th October 2017
In Paua class this week, we have had a lot of fun particularly in maths lessons where we learnt how to use a compass to draw circles. We have also been learning about the properties of 2D and 3D shapes, using the correct vocabulary of faces, edges and vertices.
Monday 25th September – Friday 29th September 2017
We have been enjoying our work about Image Poetry, particularly writing our own verses.
We looked at 'The Sound Collector' by Roger McGough and then had a go at writing our own verses in the same way. We then performed these to the rest of the class.
Jeans for Genes day beach activity.
Paua 4 took a trip to Old Leigh beach to create Jeans for Genes sand sculptures. Each group were each given a pair of jeans and a simple brief;
Free creativity to make a their own sand sculpture from the jeans they were provided with, whilst including other natural materials found on the beach.
The children had a great time working as a team and being completely free to create their own visions from their local environment.
A lovely morning was had by all.
Monday 18th September – Friday 22nd September 2017
This week in English, Paua class have been learning about similes and adjectives. We have looked at the poem 'The Sound Collector' by Roger McGough and written and performed our own verse.
In Maths, we have been learning strategies for adding and subtracting mentally, using our number bonds to help us.
Our music lesson has helped us with science this week as we have been learning how to change the pitch of different instruments. We are looking forward to designing and making our own instruments in the next few weeks. Thank you in advance for helping your child to research ideas and collect 'junk' materials towards this project.
In tennis this week, we worked on our footwork and throwing and catching skills.
In games this week Paua class went outside to practise our tennis skills.
We made sure we had warmed up and stretched before using the racquets and tennis balls.
Paua class used the laptop computers to assist them in finding out more about Earthquakes. Children used hyperlinks to open some great websites to learn more about our exciting geography topic!
Our first week in Year 4 has been a busy one!
In art, we had great fun adding sentences and our photo to our wax resist painting. The results are fabulous and will be going up on display in the classroom.
Paua class enjoyed the start to our science topic on ‘Sound’ when we observed what happened to a tuning fork in a bowl of water! The result was a little unexpected at times with us getting a little wet!