This week, we have been using paper mache to create masks which will be painted over the next few weeks with influences from African tribal masks. It has taken lots of resilience to get the paper mache completed!
We have also been writing our non-chronological reports this week. They are about a mix of two creatures, such as a rabbit and cat (Buncat) or a wolf and bear (Bolf). The reports are hilarious to read, the children can show you next time you look at their learning.
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.
Well done to Lottie and Evelyn who are fluent in their Maths key skill for this half term! Check out their video on the page 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.
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 or 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 about 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.
In Maths this week, we have been doing lots of outdoor learning! We learnt how to round numbers to the nearest 10 and 100, then practised the skill outside using chalk and other materials.
We also visited the library on Thursday. We had a great time listening to stories, searching for books and learning how to use the Dewey Decimal system.
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.
We have been thinking about how we hear and how sound travels. The children wrote playscripts and performed them for our tv show 'The Science of sound'. I think you'll agree that the children take to the camera very well! Check them out below! 😊
This week we made Frobscottle, the BFG's favourite drink! We wrote detailed instructions for how to do it, then made the drink to test our recipes! It was made of food colouring, lemonade and vanilla ice cream. It was surprisingly nice!
Today's home learning went out on the 23.6.17 and is due back on 30.6.17.
The spellings are attached below.
On Friday, we went on a trip to Butser Hill Ancient Farm, to support our learning about the Vikings. It was a great trip and we learnt lots of new skills! We tried wattling (weaving saplings to create fences), clunching (a chalk mixture to make walls), and chalk carving. Also, we took part in an archaeological dig and discovered lots of interesting items! It was scorching weather and very tiring, but a great day was had by all. Have a look at some of the photos 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!
Today we went for our monthly library trip. The children enjoyed a story about a snow girl, before completing an A-Z of books, which they had to be able to find on the shelves. Finally, they completed a word search which the librarians had prepared. What a great morning
Over the past week, we have been looking at different types of poetry during our Guided Reading lessons. Today in groups, the children learnt and performed a poem to the rest of the class. They watched a funny video of Michael Rosen first to help with the performances! After this, the children thought about how to vary the tone and volume of their voice, and how to add actions to make it more exciting.
All the children did brilliantly and worked really well with each other when practising. Have a look at the videos of the poetry below!
Today we took some time to have a look at the Art Attack display that the children all had a part in creating. The children had a great time meeting Lloyd Warbey and having a go at the art.
Here are some of their comments about the display.
"My favourite part is the Gruffalo."
"I love the effect of the straws on the Angry Bird's tail!"
"The leaf decoration looks great."
"I like that you can see all our plans behind the main display!"
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 afternoon the children took part in a bouncing competition to raise money for the school. They tried really hard and were exhausted after the 30 seconds! Don't forget that it is not too late to donate if you haven't already.
As an introduction to our new 'Vicious Vikings' topic, this week we made oat cakes, using ingredients that the Vikings would have had access to. They were quite plain! We then thought about what would make them even better, and remade them adding ingredients such as mixed fruit, chocolate chips, honey, vanilla, golden syrup, sugar and lemon.
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 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!
We were amazed at the incredible home learning that was brought in for our 'Exciting Electricity' topic!
Here are a few photos of some of them.
As part of our Exciting Electricity topic, and also our English work based around a magic and circus themed book, we designed our own circus signs. We came up with a design, made it and then tried it out with a circuit. Here are some of the signs before we added the bulbs.
The South Campus have been lucky enough to have fruit as a snack over the past couple of weeks, donated by Aldi in Gosport. The children are really enjoying having the fresh fruit - thank you, Aldi!
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.
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 the following children for their times table awards this week:
Ryan - Emerald
Charley - Emerald
Bella - Emerald
Chloe - Sapphire
Bradley - Sapphire
Harvie - Bronze
Robert - Silver
Josh - Platinum
Well done to Charley for earning his silver (50).
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 Josh who received his gold award today for reading (75). He also was given a book for reaching this milestone. Keep it up!
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!
The school guinea pigs, Pip and Squeak, have been visiting the Parrots class this week! The children have really enjoying having them around, and being able to take responsibility for feeding them and giving them clean water.
Pip and Squeak have been watching the children hard at work, and visiting the tables that have been trying their best!
They will hopefully be regular visitors to the class, so please do fill in the permission form for you child to handle them if you haven't already!
Yesterday at 11am, BBC broadcasted a live introduction lesson to their annual 500 word writing competition, which Year 4 will be taking part in. The lesson had lots of activities and fun games to watch, and we all really enjoyed it! The children will be writing their entries in class, but if they have any fantastic ideas which they would like to record, they can always do this in their homework books!
Well done to Connor who received his silver reading award today (50) and to Zak (25) who received his bronze! Keep going!
This half term's topic is 'African Adventures' - the name was chosen by the children! We will be looking at the history of Benin, and much of our Guided Reading, Maths and English will also be based around Africa, including looking at African folk tales.
The homework has been sent out already this week with the children, but just in case it has been misplaced, another copy has been attached below!
This week's spelling homework went out on Friday 13th January and is due back by next Friday, with dojos on offer if the Maths and spellings come back completed. Aside from being words on the Year 4 curriculum, these are words which will also be useful to the children in the coming weeks, when we look at explanation texts in English.
Well done to Robert for earning his bronze award, Maya for earning her silver and Josh for earning his gold!
Well done to Chloe for earning her bronze (25), Josh for earning his silver (50), and Anyachi for earning her platinum (100)!