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!
Over the past few weeks, the focus of our Guided Reading has been the song 'This is me' from The Greatest Showman. We have done a lot of analysis of the song lyrics, and produced some fantastic learning from it. The children enjoyed it so much that they decided they wanted to learn the song and dance. Led by a few of the girls in the class, the children choreographed a routine for the song and learnt the words. This was done predominantly in their break and lunchtimes, with only a little part of lesson time taken to finalise. The Parrots have worked so hard with this, and they should be really proud of themselves.
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
Well done to Ruby who earned her pen licence this week!
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.
Well done to Lottie, Evelyn and Ella who have also achieved their pen licences this week!
A massive well done to Abi who has achieved the first handwriting pen licence in Year 4 this year! She has worked incredibly hard and made huge progress in her handwriting to meet the school's handwriting policy, which has been consistently applied in her work. Well done, Abi!
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.
This week was very exciting! On Tuesday, we chopped and measured ingredients for an African vegetable stew. We created it in groups, then put all the ingredients in a slow cooker and let it cook all day. We tried it in the afternoon with bread – it was delicious, even though some of us had been a bit worried about trying some of the vegetables.
We have been painting our masks this week, inspired by some traditional African designs. We have also been writing our African folktales, which we are really proud of.
On Thursday, we took our monthly visit to Elson library. We had a choice of activities; African or Christmas wordsearches or a library treasure hunt. Some of us even managed to do more than one activity! We were also very lucky because one of our parent helpers chose to read us two stories whilst we were there! She did some brilliant voices and her story telling was amazing!
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, 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.