This half term, Year 4's Maths fluency target was to multiply and divide single numbers by 10 and 100. Even though the children have found this tricky, we have been working really hard on this, using place value grids to help us. Why don't you ask your child to show you how to do this at home?
What a fantastic turn out for our father figure even today! We understand that not everyone could make it, so it was lovely to see so many of you, and great to see some of the North campus siblings too! Every single child had a brilliant time. Thank you to everyone who helped to make it possible!
In Year 4, we have been learning a lot about the British Values of 'Mutual Respect' and 'Tolerance of Other Faiths'. In assembly, we have been lucky enough to hear from representatives of different religions (Mother Carrie - Christianity, Mike and Mandy - Christianity, Fazle - Islam).
In our RE lessons, we have also been learning about Hinduism; in particular about Holi, festival of colour. As part of this we had a go at some of the activities that happen during Holi, such as throwing paint at people you usually respect, such as teachers!
In Year 4 this half term, we have been learning about the British Value of Democracy. On polling day (Thursday 3rdMay 2018), we did a mini mock election. First, we discussed what the children already knew about elections and the political parties. After this, they weregiven some time to read each of the key parties’ manifestos, as well as what the local councilors had to say. We then held our own mini election in class, after the children had made an informed decision. The children had to queue up, say who they were and then cast their vote in a polling booth. As the results were announced, children were very anxious to hear if the party they had voted for won. Tensions were high!
"I voted because the party would give all children at school a good education and it would give everyone around us a good lifestyle." Scarlett
"I voted because my family vote for this party and I want to keep it going." Katie
"I voted because they were giving money to education, jobs and building work." James
"I voted so people could build more buildings and shops so they would have jobs and money for the future." Leon
We had a great day visiting Fishbourne as part of our topic, learning about Romans. After a coach journey, we split into two groups to do some learning about what life was like as a Roman. There were different activities to have a go at, including making Roman puzzles, writing in Roman numerals and engraving on a wax tablet. Some of us even got to have a go at dressing up!
After a fun morning, we had lunch outside in the sun. Lots of rolling down hills after we'd eaten! Next, we watched a short film about how Fishbourne came to exist and the history of it. We then spent lots of time having a look around at all the mosaics (and skeletons in the floor!). It was a great day and we all learnt lots!
On Friday, lots of us paid 50p to wear red or sports clothing to school, in aid of Sport Relief; a charity that helps disadvantaged children, both in the UK and across the world. In the afternoon, the whole primary school ran a mile around the South Campus field with help from students at St Vincent.
As well as Sport Relief, it was also our Easter hat/egg competition on Friday. There were lots of fantastic entries and we were able to go to the hall and look at the different designs from each of the year groups. Take a look at the photos below to see some of the entries!
On Thursday morning we had a special assembly to celebrate all the fantastic sport that is going on outside of school. Some Year 4's were brave enough to stand up and speak about the activities they do and the achievements that they have had in their sport. Well done!
In Maths we have been looking at measurement. We practised reading different types of scales and thought about different problems with measurement and converting in them. As part of this we made Roman bread, measuring out all the different ingredients using the skills that we had learnt.
In English this week, we have been looking at different Roman myths so that next week we can write our own! We have been practising how to write speech correctly, how to use expanded noun phrases and how to use fronted adverbials with a comma to describe how, when, and where.
This week in PE we have been learning more balances, and have challenged ourselves using equipment to help us balance. We have had lots of fun doing this! In Art, we did a draft copy of our river bank scene using watercolours. Next week, we will be doing a final version - some of them will go on display in the corridor! In Science, we learnt about the functions of different parts of our digestive system. We then drew around outlines of each other and labelled the parts on a life size drawing!
In Maths, we have been learning to add up to 4 digit numbers using different methods. It has been quite tricky but we've shown lots of resilience. In English, we have come to the end of our Wind in the Willows unit. This week, we have compared the book and the film, which was really interesting.
This week during our indoor PE lessons, we have been learning how to balance in different ways as part of our gymnastics unit of work. In Maths, we have been learning strategies to count in multiples of 6, 25 and 1000. We completed a treasure hunt to find missing multiples in sequences of numbers.
This week we visited to the library! We had another fantastic story read to us, and we also found out about something called 'The Lost Words'. I wonder if your child can tell you about the project and what any of the lost words are?
We continued our descriptive writing in English - some of us were even lucky enough to get our writing on display! In Science we have been learning about the types of teeth we have, and what each tooth does.
This week we have been continuing our learning about Wind in the Willows. We have been focusing on descriptive language, writing a setting description about a river bank and describing Mole's adventure with Ratty. We experimented with water colours too, as over the next few weeks, we will be painting a river scene inspired by Wind in the Willows.
In PE we have been learning to play tug rugby. It was quite tricky as we had to work really hard to dodge people trying to take our tags and also keep moving at the same time!
We've had a great couple of days back after Christmas! On Thursday, we started the morning with some Maths, looking at different angles and then sorting shapes into different criteria, such as irregular and regular. We found the shapes outside by looking them on the playground - the roof tiles were rectangles, the field was an irregular pentagon and the window panes were squares.
On Thursday afternoon, we made sandwiches ready for our walk to Fort Brockhurst. We had the choice of jam or cucumber (though some of us put both in one sandwich!!)
On Friday morning, we walked down to Fort Brockhurst to start off our Wind in the Willows learning. We looked at the riverbank, and walked round the outside of the fort, thinking about what we could see, hear, smell and touch. We saw lots of wildlife, such as swans and ducks, and also some fresh molehills. Luckily it stopped raining for our walk, although there were still lots of muddy puddles to squelch in!!
Despite it being the last week of term, we have still managed to squeeze lots in! On Monday in Science, we learnt about human and environmental changes which can have an impact on animals. We went on a walk around the playground to spot changes and we came up with quite a few.
On Tuesday, in History, we learnt about the history of Benin in Africa. There was lots of information to take in! We went on a hunt around the playground for different objects from Benin and had to choose which ones we would display in a museum.
On Wednesday morning we learnt about angels in RE. Mrs Kilcoyne from Year 6 was kind enough to teach us the sign language to 'Angels' by Robbie Williams at the end of the lesson! In the afternoon we had our Christmas party! We really enjoyed all the yummy food!
Today was the last day of term and we took part in a Christmas service at the Freedom Centre. Some of us had to read aloud and we did very well. When we got back, we watched the rest of Narnia. We have been watching the film this week and comparing it to the book. This afternoon we decorated biscuits.
Well done to the following children who have achieved their fluency key skill (6x table) this half term!
On Thursday afternoon, we performed in a ukulele concert! We have been learning for the past term. Thank you to everyone that came along, we hope you enjoyed it.
This week, we have also been learning to estimate and measure, particularly in g, kg, ml, and l, in preparation for the African stew we will be making next Tuesday! We estimated and measured rice, potatoes, stock and money. It was quite tricky!
This week has been another busy one! We have been focusing on our handwriting this week, and have been doing lots of hand muscle strengthening exercises to help us. We have also been trying really hard to sit up straight when writing!
On Tuesday, we finished our worry dolls, which are traditionally from South America. Children use them to keep their worries safe overnight (once they have told an adult about their concern.) They took a great deal of patience and resilience!
On Thursday, we were supposed to go to the library but there was a leak! So we went to our school library instead and had lots of fun completing a tricky treasure hunt.
In PE, we have been doing lots of fitness activities as well as practising our team work. In one of our team work activities, we worked in pairs across the year group. One person shut their eyes and the other had to direct them using precise instructions. It was challenging but we were all resilient and did well at the task.
Today for Children in Need we decorated (and ate!) some delicious cakes! We also took part in an obstacle course with some of Year 3 - we had lots of fun! Check out the photos below.
This week has been busy! We started off the week by writing thank you letters to Stubbington Study Centre. We had to use the English essentials to make sure that our letters were the best they could be!
In Maths on Thursday, we completed a treasure hunt where we had to use the skills we had learnt earlier in the week to help us, such as using a place value grid to multiply by 10 and 100, and using known facts to help us multiply bigger numbers. For example, if we know that 5 x 3 = 15, then we can use this to help us work out that 50 x 3 is 150.
On Thursday afternoon, we made some delicious vegetable wraps with Mrs Helyer and Mrs Smith. There were even some vegetables left over for the guinea pigs!
Today we had our Remembrance service, which Year 4 led with a song and a presentation about why we celebrate Remembrance day. It was a lovely service and everyone was really quiet during the 2 minutes silence.
After the service, we played some team games in which we had to use lots of co-operation and resilience! One of the tasks was to build our own noughts and crosses game out of materials we found outside such as sticks and leaves. We had to be really patient as it was very windy!
First, we went to see what guests had checked into our hotels. Group B had 2 long tailed field mice check into their hotels. Unfortunately, Group A didn’t manage didn’t have any visitors in their hotels. It was very exciting seeing the different mice. This afternoon, half us went pond dipping while the other group completed Earthquake. This evening we had our very own talent show – The S Factor. We have been learning the songs all week with our house captain. The winning house was Owls led by Miss Warwick. In second place was Foxes, who were led by Mrs Parker. We have had a great week here at Stubbington and we can’t wait to tell you all about it when we get home tomorrow!
Today we split into groups again. Those of us who didn’t complete ‘Eggstreme’ on Monday did this activity whilst the other group did Earthquake, which is an assault course where you have to use teamwork to save the baby. After another lovely meal, we headed out to the conservation area to look for tracks and signs of any wildlife. Then we had the chance to create our own hotels for small creatures. Hopefully, we catch something overnight. Tonight, we had the chance to play a murder mystery game for Halloween. It was a little scary but it was fun at the same time.
Today we had our first room inspections! It was a nerve-racking experience. Some of us thought our rooms were spotless. Much to our disappointment, Mr Scarborough thought otherwise. Lots of us have improvements to make for tomorrow. Let’s hope we live up to his high expectations. We couldn’t wait to find out which house had won the points. Then it was onto the first adventure of the day. One group had the challenge of creating a shelter that was waterproof using sticks and leaves! Unfortunately, our shelters were not as waterproof as we expected them to be. Our teachers got us soaking wet! After our break, we completed a mapping activity. In the afternoon, we took an exciting trip to the beach. We had the chance to create our very own rockpools! It was amazing. After that, we had a sandcastle building competition and a hunt for fossils. 6 shark teeth were found across the year group, and these are quite rare to find! This evening, we have an entertaining talk from a local wildlife photographer. I am sure his pictures will be fantastic!
Last night the boys went to the hide and were lucky enough to have seen 3 badgers and a fox. See the photos below. The girls will get the chance to go later in the week.
Stubbington Day 1
This morning, we had a tour of the centre to see what we would be learning this week. “I really enjoyed the tour because in my head it looked very different.” (Myles) We then had the chance to unpack, settle into our rooms and meet the children from the other schools. After our delicious lunch, we split into groups for activities. One group completed the ‘Eggstreme’ challenge where we had to fling an egg without it cracking. The other group went pond dipping and then used microscopes and magnifying glasses to find out what we had caught. Some children caught fish while others caught pond snails and pond skaters. After dinner, we enjoyed a show from Mrs Mizen about all the wildlife here at Stubbington. This evening before bed, we will have the chance to go and look at badgers and foxes in the hide. We will update on the badger watch tomorrow with photos if we saw anything – fingers crossed.
This week we have been learning about food chains and classifying living things in our Science lessons. We sorted different plants and animals into a Venn diagram.
In our cooking lessons on Thursday afternoon, we made gingerbread men! It was lots of fun and they tasted delicious!
On Friday, we went to church for our Harvest celebration. Year 4 had been learning about Harvest celebrations around the world and some of us talked about this as part of the service. We sang some different songs about Harvest and listened to other year groups perform songs or poems too.
This week Year 4 have been on their monthly visit to the library. The children had a great time listening to stories, sharing books, completing rainforest word searches and finding books with titles from A-Z.
On Monday, the children had the opportunity to taste different fruits from the rainforest. We thought how they looked, what they might taste like and what they actually tasted like. On Wednesday, the children held a rainforest café for the parents where they could read rainforest books and taste smoothies made out of favourite fruits.
This week we had an expert come in to teach us how to line dance! It was quite tricky but we were really resilient and made lots of progress!
On Thursday, we had a special lunch - movie and a meal. Some of us built our own burgers, some of us built our own pizzas and others just had a packed lunch. In Year 4 we voted to watch Matilda or Alvin and the Chipmunks.
In Year 4 this term, we are looking at how the children can improve their fitness levels. As part of this, the children are walking a mile around the South Campus playground on a daily basis. We have worked out this is 10 laps of the centre playground.
If you wish to find out more about the Daily Mile you can find more information here: http://thedailymile.co.uk/
Here are some photos of the children enjoying their walk.
The children have been up to lots of fantastic learning in class this week. In English, the children have written dairy entries from the viewpoint of an animal about the impact deforestation has on their home, the rainforest. On Wednesday morning, the children came into class to see that both of the Year 4's classrooms had been destroyed. The children felt a great range of emotions. Due to their empathy, the children were really able to get into role.
In Maths, we have been learning to find up to 1000 more or less of a number, count in multiples of 25 and 1000. On Friday, the children completed a treasure hunt to revise their mental maths skills, ready for our new unit on addition and subtraction.
On Thursday, Year 4 took their monthly trip to the library. All children were engaged and had a great time. They were taught how to use the Dewey decimal system and completed an author hunt.
Year 4 are changing the day home learning is sent out to fit in better with the teaching of spellings. It will now be going out on a Friday each week and will be due back the following Friday.
This week's home learning went out on 19.9.17. The home learning is due back on 29.9.17. The home learning has been uploaded to the school website so you can easily access it if you need another copy. The children will have a copy of one of the sets of spellings below.
For those of you who weren't able to attend to the coffee afternoon, please find the information regarding Stubbington attached.
Today's home learning went out on the 23.6.17 and is due back on 30.6.17.
The spellings are attached below.
In PE this term Year 4 have been learning different athletic skills. They children have learnt to throw, jump and run in a variety of events. Below are some videos of the children showing their athletic skills.
Our home learning went out on Friday 9th June and can be brought back any time until Friday 16th June. The spellings this week are from the Year 3 & 4 spelling list and are often being misspelt in the children's work.
Today Mr Patrick came to speak to us about an exciting project! The Friends of Brockhurst have been raising money and might have some spare for some new outdoor equipment. We were given the task of thinking about what we might want to have, but before we could do this, we had to think about the existing equipment we have and how much room it takes up.
Next week, we will be using our measuring skills to redesign the playground and think about costings!
Yesterday Year 4 learnt about the General Election that happened across the country. In the morning, the children discussed what they already knew about general elections and the political parties. After this, they were given some time to read each of the key parties’ manifestos. We then held our own mini general election in class, after the children had made an informed decision. The children had to queue up, say who they were and then cast their vote in a polling booth. As the results were announced, children were very anxious to hear if the party they had voted for won. Tensions were high! Then the children had the chance to create their own political parties and think about what they would include in a manifesto. Some of the children’s ideas were fantastic! This morning (9th June) we cast some of the children as each of the party leaders (complete with masks!) to announce the result. Below are some pictures of the children casting their votes and creating their manifestos.
Recently in Maths, we have been looking at how the maths we learn in school links to real life!
First, we looked at new guinea pig cages from the Pets at Home website, and worked out the area and perimeter of them to enable the animals to have the most space.
Miss Warne is getting married in August, and she wants a very large wedding cake, so we also worked out the area and perimeter of wedding cakes and tins.
It was lots of fun!
This afternoon, we decided to make the most of the lovely weather and complete our Maths learning outside. The children had to round decimals to the nearest whole number. They completed the answers by making the numbers using their bodies, and then by creating the answers out of materials they found outdoors. The learning was brilliant!
Over the past week, the children have been looking at different types of poems in Guided Reading. On Monday the children each got to perform a poem to the rest of the class. Before they performed their group's poem, the children watched a Michael Rosen perform one of his poems, which they all found hilarious. We then discussed how they could change the tone and volume of their voice and add in actions and facial expressions to keep the audience engaged.
All the children did an excellent job performing their poem. Below are some of the videos of the children performing their poems to the rest of the class. Everyone did a great job adding actions and thinking about how to use their voice.
This week's spelling homework went out on Friday 19th May and is due back by Friday 26th May, with dojos on offer if the Maths and spellings come back completed.
The spellings this week are taken from the list of National Curriculum words that the children need to know by the end of Year 4.
I wonder if your child can correctly put them into a sentence?
This week's spelling homework went out on Friday 12th May and is due back by Friday 19th May, with dojos on offer if the Maths and spellings come back completed.
The spellings this week are taken from the list of National Curriculum words that the children need to know by the end of Year 4.
This week's spelling homework went out on Friday 5th May and is due back by Friday 12th May, with dojos on offer if the Maths and spellings come back completed.
Our spellings this week are words that are currently being spelt incorrectly. We have included the root words for some of the spellings so the children can see the pattern.
This week's spelling homework went out on Friday 28th April and is due back by Friday 5th May, with dojos on offer if the Maths and spellings come back completed.
Today both Year 4 classes had great fun! In RE, we have been learning about the Holi, the Hindu festival of colours. This is a time where they can celebrate good overcoming evil. One of the activities is paint throwing, and children can play pranks on people they usually respect, such as teachers. So we let the children experience this for themselves!
This week we have done lots of fun activities. On Tuesday morning, we took part in a live workout hosted by the Body Coach, Joe Wicks! Lots of schools across the country took part, including Year 4. It was quite challenging and we all felt tired afterwards!
In the afternoon, Year 4 performed a ukulele concert, which they have been practicing hard for all term with Hampshire Music Service. We think they did really well!
This week's spelling homework went out on Friday 31st March and is due back by Friday 7th March, with dojos on offer if the Maths and spellings come back completed. These are spellings from the Year 3/4 word list but also spellings that the children are often misspelling.
Red Nose Day 2017
Today we dressed up in a variety of costumes and outfits in support of Red Nose Day. We looked at Hassam's story, an orphan in Sierra Leone, and completed some Maths around his journey to school. In the afternoon, we did a fun run with help from St Vincent college students. Everyone did really well! We ended the day with a dance-a-thon, sponsored by Miss Warne and Miss Warwick!
This week's spelling homework went out on Friday 24th March and is due back by Friday 31st March, with dojos on offer if the Maths and spellings come back completed. The spellings this week are plurals ending in o, and looking at whether to add 's' or 'es'.
This week's spelling homework went out on Friday 17th March and is due back by Friday 24th March, with dojos on offer if the Maths and spellings come back completed. The spellings this week support our learning in class for -cian, -tion, or -sian suffixes. I wonder if your child can come up with any more?
This week's spelling homework went out on Friday 10th March and is due back by Friday 17th March, with dojos on offer if the Maths and spellings come back completed. The spellings this week either have the prefix of auto- or inter-. I wonder if your child can come up with any more?
This week's spelling homework went out on Friday 3rd March and is due back by Friday 10th March, with dojos on offer if the Maths and spellings come back completed. This weeks spellings are all the words the children have already learnt from the Year 3 and 4 statutory spelling list. Children can practice these spellings in any way they like and do not have to do all of them.
This weeks spellings are:
address, believe, caught, century, continue, describe, different, difficult, experiment, favourite, February, guard, guide, increase, knowledge, occasionally, opposite, pressure, remember, suppose, therefore.
Today we dressed up as our favourite book characters. Lots of fun was had, including a trip to the library, designing new covers for reading logs and creating a book token for a competition. Enjoy the photos!
Today Year 4 were excited to hear about Alden's first 2 days on the job with Mercy Ships. They watched a video of Alden and the rest of the bridge team welcoming Nelson Mandela's wife, Winne, and the First Lady of Benin, Claudine Talon, aboard the ship to see all of their fabulous work. Here are some pictures of the children watching the video.
'It was really exciting because we were able to see Alden.' - Finley
'It was really, really cool because Alden got to meet the First Lady of Benin' - Kian
'It was extremely enjoyable to see Nelson Mandela's wife' - Tommy
This week's spelling homework went out on Friday 17th February and is due back by the Friday after half term (March 3rd), with dojos on offer if the Maths and spellings come back completed. These words are all from the Year 3/4 word list.
As mentioned in the recent newsletter, we have sent home a list of the essentials that we expect the children to use in their writing, in order to meet the curriculum objectives. We have also sent home a list of the spellings that children are expected to know by the end of Year 4. For your ease, we have also attached them with this post
This week's spelling homework went out on Friday 10th February and is due back by next Friday, with dojos on offer if the Maths and spellings come back completed. These words are all homophones - words which sound the same but have different spellings and meanings.
This week started off with an exciting workshop for Hampshire Music Service. We learnt a four part harmony using body percussion and instruments. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and did really well keeping to the beat!
On Monday afternoon, we had a special visitor in to talk about his trip volunteering on a hospital ship in Africa. We will be doing some fundraising for this next week!
This afternoon, the children were lucky enough to have a visit from Anyachi's mum, for our Africa topic. She talked to Year 4 about her life in Africa, as well as food, the landscape and other things. The children were able to look at photos and items that she had brought in
Here is a recording of Year 4 practising 'Mo Li Hua' that they sang in front of the whole school, twice! I think you will agree with how well the children have done learning this.
This week's spelling homework went out on Friday 3rd February and is due back by next Friday, with dojos on offer if the Maths and spellings come back completed. These words all have possessive apostrophes. I wonder if your child can think of any more?
What a busy day Year 4 have had! This morning we took a rather soggy trip to the library. The children enjoyed having stories read to them by the librarian, then searching for and reading different books. Some children had remembered to bring their library cards so they were even able to take some books home with them! Thank you to the parents that made the visit possible by walking with us! We will be visiting again next month for another enjoyable morning.
This afternoon the children practiced the song they have learnt in Chinese for the Chinese New Year - an audio recording of this will be posted soon. Year 4 then undertook an important job! Mr Nicholls wants to switch from bars of soap to liquid soap as it is more hygienic, so the children tested out a range of soap products.
They got their hands very muddy, then tried out each product. We thought about the smell, the amount of soap in the bottle, how well it lathered and most importantly, how well it cleaned our hands! The pink fruity soup from Asda scored the highest in the evaluations, and this also happened to be the cheapest one! Great work, Year 4!
The afternoon was finished off with some paper mache for their African drums
Today in History, Year 4 took a 'flight' to Nigeria, where they hunted for artefacts. Once they had found them, they examined them to see what the artefacts could tell us about Benin, and then thought about which one they would most like to see in an exhibition.
Year 4 have been learning about how Chinese New Year is celebrated and why each year, in the Chinese Zodiac, is named after a different animal. Today, the children shared what they have learnt with their peers by presenting an assembly to the rest of the South Campus. As part of their learning the children have learnt a traditional Chinese song called 'Mo Li Hua', which translates into English as Jasmin Flower. This is a popular song sung around this time of year in China. Staff and pupils alike were amazed at how well Year 4 have done learning the song in Chinese. One boy in Year 3 stated 'It was brilliant.'
Well done Year 4, you should be proud of the resilience you have shown!
This week's spelling homework went out on Thursday 26th January and is due back by next Friday, with dojos on offer if the Maths and spellings come back completed. These words all have double consonants. I wonder if your child can think of any more?
Well done to Finnigin for receiving his Gold (100).
Golden Eagles have been home to the Pip and Squeak again this week. Whilst listening to the class story this morning all of the children got the chance to have a cuddle with the guinea pigs.
Here are some quotes from the children about their opinions having Pip and Squeak in class:
'I love having Pip and Squeak in year 4 because they are a great company to have.' -Madysen
Well done to the following children for their times table awards this week:
Charlie - Bronze & Silver
Maica - Silver
Jay - Gold
Well done to Jay for earning his Bronze (25).
This week's spelling homework went out on Friday 20th January and is due back by next Friday, with dojos on offer if the Maths and spellings come back completed. These words end in the suffix 'ture'. I wonder if your child can think of any more?
Well done to Grace who has received her Plutonium award (200). As part of her award, Grace was given a book.
Also well done to Mia and Madysen who have both earned their Platinum certificate (100).
Finally, well done to Finley for receiving his Bronze certificate (25).
Keep up it Eagles!
This morning, Year 2 came across to the South campus, where the children shared the African folk tales they have been writing. They then enjoyed juice and biscuits whilst watching an African 'Tinga Tinga' folk tale. Finally, they performed an African song that they had been learning! What a great morning!
Year 4 have been working really hard this week with their African folk tale writing, so this afternoon we got the guinea pigs out for the children to handle. We talked about how we can be responsible when holding them - the children were so respectful and quiet that one of the guinea pigs (Squeak) fell asleep on some of them! Here are some photos of our fun afternoon!