On the 5th September 2017 year 4 and 10 of the year 5 class went to Burton on Trent which is where the FA head-quarters is.When we got there we saw a wall that the England and all of the other players had signed.There were lots of football pitches.They had a football pitch that was the same size as the pitch at Wembley. We saw a huge running track and a gym.There were two pitches inside , one had turf.We played five matches and did lots of drills.It was a really great day.
Wow. The first day back has already come to a close, and what a day it has been. The children have taken to their new classroom with fascination and ease. I mean, what better place to learn than a setting filled to the brim with exciting information and knowledge?
The class enjoyed getting to know me a little better today, and I, in turn, have have been fascinated to listen to their stories about the holidays and all of their favourite things to do. It was immediately clear to see the joy and verve the children have towards their learning, and I am in high spirits as to all the wonderful exploration we have lined up in the year to come. So, well done today Swallows keep up the amazing work!
The children have absolutely loved studying Macbeth over the last couple of weeks. I haven’t seen them this engaged and excited about a text since we all pretended to be cats in Varjak Paw!
To share some of our work and the amazing fun we’ve been having in Year 4 I’ve asked the children to write a little bit about their learning.
“I am really enjoying Macbeth, it’s a story I’ve never heard before and I find it so fun and mysterious” -Neve
“Macbeth is so interesting since it’s a world apart from the stories I normally read”-Livvy
“I like the play because it’s themes of violence, determination, destiny and betrayal interest me”-Finley
“I really enjoyed when we picked apart Macbeth’s soliloquy because of the genius and thought that Shakespeare wrote the play with”-Louisa
“I liked it because the witches were really scary and mysterious”-Mimi
The children have really enjoyed the topic of perimeter this week in maths and have really persevered in their learning to understand the deeper principles within conversion.
Their hard work and effort has really helped them this week and this is what some of the children have said about their maths learning:
‘I really like maths, I like measuring shapes and working out problems’. Finley Hargrove
‘I’ve enjoyed maths this week because it will help us with our lives in the future’. Amelie Rowlinson
‘I’ve really enjoyed working on new problems this week’. Abigail Hare
This week Year 4 have really enjoyed exploring the topic of the Victorians. The children invented products they would sell to the Victorians and even created a pitch for the Dragons in the den, (myself and Mrs Dargue).
What was also brilliant to see was the effort and time put into the Victorian homework. We’ve had such a fun time sharing them this afternoon and all the children should feel really proud of the work they produced.
The week has flown by in a buzz.
With only one more week to go the children are becoming very excited for the Easter half term and can’t wait to have a well deserved rest.
The class really enjoyed looking at the topic of Bees to answer our class question for the half term, but to also bring in our science topic of plants and how they reproduce.
Our class question asks:
How do we become independent by working with each other?
Bees form a natural partnership within the wild by working together in 3 distinct roles to run a hive. The Worker Bee, the Drone Bee and the Queen Bee. They all perform their own roles with a responsibility towards the rest of the hive . In effect working independently but alongside one another. Each Bee relies on the other to perform their task for the good of the hive.
Year 4 has taken away the learning from this natural partnership and applied it to their own classroom dynamic. It is only by persevering and pushing your own independent learning that you can then work collaboratively within a team and achieve joint goals as a result.
Year 4 had a brilliant time this afternoon immersing themselves as scientists into the world of Middle Earth. They were trying to research the answer to the question: What about the Misty Mountains produces so many heroes in the story The Hobbit?
So natural in true Year 4 style we added drama and role play and the children traveled to the Misty Mountains to find out for themselves. On their journey up the mountain they found a dwarf, a dwarf who promised to share with them the secrets behind the Misty Mountain and the secrets to becoming a hero.
But unfortunately he won’t be able to share these until Monday morning.
This week in Year 4 we were set the task of listening and singing along to the song of the purple people eater. The children have shown great enthusiasm and really enjoyed the purple feathers found around the school.
In true Year 4 style we went above and beyond and recorded ourselves dancing and singing along to the song in the hall. The enjoyment by the class was great to see and the purple people eater has been hummed in our classroom ever since.
Year 4 have turned the classroom this afternoon into a fantasy wonderland full of different castles, hobbit holes and tree houses. The effort they have all put into their models has been inspiring and have even caught the eye of the rest of the school.
“With great power comes great responsibility”
By Max Street (we think)
Recently in Year 4 we have been studying the book Mouse, Bird, Snake, Wolf By David Almond. It is a story based upon a world like our own, however it is left unfinished by the Gods who created the world. Three children decide to finish the job.
The children have really enjoyed discussing the themes of negligence, responsibility, guilt and duty that are weaved through out the book. To investigate the themes further we have decided to put the children of the book on trial for their actions within the story.
By creating dangerous animals within the world are the children responsible for their outcomes, or are the gods negligent in their care?
We will determine the innocence or guilt of the children next week in our Year 4 Courtroom.
We’ll see you in court!