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We thoroughly enjoyed making our dragon eyes using clay and are looking forward to painting them next week!
Oyster class celebrates World Book Day 2020!
Science was great this week when we learnt about the digestive system in a fun and visual way! We used a bag to represent the stomach and a pair of tights which represented the large intestine.
We were really pleased with our pastel pictures of Mount Vesuvius based on Andy Warhol’s paintings.
Year 4 have enjoyed a unit of work based around the book Escape from Pompeii by Christina Bali’s. This story has worked very well alongside our topic about The Romans. We have had the opportunity to engage with the text through extensive discussion and drama. There has also been a grammar focus on using powerful verbs and a chance to develop thesaurus skills. This week, we planned our own story based on the structure of Escape from Pompeii and then had the opportunity to draft, edit and present our final narrative.
Oyster enjoying their music lesson!
Monday 3rd February 2020 – Friday 7th February 2020
What a fantastic day Year 4 had on Monday! It was Roman Day and the children had so much fun. Thank you to all parent helpers, who made the day extra special.
We have been busy making bread in Oyster Class in preparation for our Roman Day on Monday!
We have enjoyed designing our mosaic tiles as part of our Roman topic.
Despite not having our Roman Day this week, we still managed to learn lots about the Romans. In particular, we found out a lot of information about the Roman Army and Hadrian’s Wall. We had great fun learning how to draw a Roman soldier and were really pleased with the end results!
What a fantastic way to start the Spring Term by celebrating our achievements. Children have enjoyed sharing something which they have achieved and are proud of. With this in mind, we have also been thinking about our aspirations and goals for the new year and term ahead.
During our final busy week of the term, we enjoyed making our 2020 calendars.
Well done to all the children in Year 4 who put on two incredible performances of ‘Lights, Camel, Action!’ As teachers, we were immensely proud of every child who took part.
We thoroughly enjoyed our Christmas dinner on Tuesday! Thank you to all the staff who helped to prepare, cook and serve our food.
We had great fun this week in Science making string telephones! We were able to explain how sound travelled through it using our science vocabulary.
In science this week, we have been learning about pitch.
We were able to recognise how pitch could be changed on different instruments and had a go at making our own sounds using elastic bands and straws!
Monday 11th November 2019 – Friday 15th November 2019
This week, we had an extra computing slot as it has been a special TT Rockstars ‘Rock out’ competition! We completed as many games as possible collecting coins and points along the way. The competition is due to finish on 16th and results will be announced soon. Watch this space!
Well done to Oyster Class for winning the Rock Out Trophy for earning the most coins playing TT Rockstars. We also had three children in the top five in the entire school!
Oyster Class - You Rock!!
It’s been a very busy first week back!
In science, we started our new topic about Sound.
We learnt about vibrations by feeling our vocal chords as we spoke. We also watched rice jump as the skin of a drum vibrated. We had great fun experimenting with a tuning fork! We placed it in water and observed the water ‘jump’ out of the bowl.
To end our science work about electricity, we made our own game using the circuit components including buzzers and wire! Great fun!
What a brilliant week it has been! We got our hands on rare samples of moon rocks and meteorites! We actually touched a piece of space rock and handle some genuine meteorites. We also got to see a 1.2 billion-year-old piece of Mars rock and a 4.3 billion-year-old nickel meteorite!
The lunar samples were collected in the late 1960s and early 1970s during some of NASA’s first manned space missions to the Moon.
This week, Oyster class visited the beach! We linked our outdoor learning with The Iron Man work we have been doing in our English lessons. We used the sand to sculpt our own Iron Men and wrote some poems using the beach as our stimulus.
Thank you Mrs Brown for organising our trip.
Oyster class visited Hadleigh Roundhouse as part of their learning about life in the Iron Age. Children took part in a variety of activities and learned a great deal of new facts. Thank you to our parent helpers who helped during the day.
In our maths lessons this week, we have been finding 1,000 more or less than a given number using our knowledge of place value to help us.
Science was brilliant fun this week as we used the electrical components to make a circuit! We then tested our predictions to see if a variety of circuits were complete or incomplete.
Some of us were able to add two bulbs and a buzzer to our circuit.
Supporting the 'Gold Geese' charity in Oyster!
In our English lessons this week, we have been thinking about whether Hogarth should trap the Iron Man. We created a conscience alley to help us make a decision. We then used our ideas to produce a 'For' and 'Against' table which we later used to write our own balanced arguments.
It's been a great week in Oyster! We started our class text, 'The Iron Man' by Ted Hughes. We looked closely at the language in the opening few pages identifying similes, adjectives and powerful verbs. We then wrote our own descriptions of the Iron Man. After our first draft, we had a chance to read each other's work, sharing our brilliant ideas!
We launched our new Science topic about Electricity by using the 'now press play' resources. Great fun was had by all!
In Oyster Class, we have been reminding ourselves about the importance of having a growth mindset especially when faced with a challenge.
The class attempted to make an origami penguin without any instructions! No one gave up and persevered with the task. Then they were given instructions to follow. Everyone was successful!