Welcome to Class 4!
Our Eastern Adventure continues this half term and will see us learning about life during the Shang Dynasty. We will look at the artefacts that tell archaeologists so much about life during this period in history. The clay will be out once more to enable the children to make their own terracotta warrior and oracle bone! For those of you interested in this period, some of the terracotta warriors are currently visiting Liverpool World Museum until October - I have provided a link below to the website for more information. In PE it's time to get moving for street dance! As if that wasn't enough, we will also be studying the Earth, Sun and Moon together with taking part in British Science Week - all in only 4 weeks and 4 days!
Correcting and Perfecting
We have been looking at Science Fiction stories and have read a story about Erik, a foreign exchange student from another planet. We then wrote a letter from Erik, to his parents back home. After it had been marked, we worked in pairs to correct and perfect. Collaborative working helps us improve the content of our writing.
Meeting the ducklings!
We have been lucky enough to have duck eggs in school recently. They were placed in an incubator and withing 5 days,4 ducklings arrived! Years 4 and 5 met our new arrivals in the school hall this morning (Wednesday 28th March) - it's amazing how quiet 4 ducklings can keep 88 children!
Welcome back! I hope you have all had a lovely christmas! This half term is going to be another busy one, with lots of fantastic learning planned. Our topic for the whole of the spring term is Eastern Adventures. We will be learning about Ancient China and the Shang Dynasty. This theme will flow into our English lessons, where the children will learn about the story that is depicted on Chinese Willow Pattern plates. Year 5's will complete their swimming lessons, whilst Year 4's will continue practising their athletic skills ready for our sports tournaments against other schools.
One of our learning powers is to be able to imitate others to enable us to learn new skills. We had lots of fun imitating members of the class who acted as 'teachers' for their group to teach them a new skill. The other members of the group then imitated (copied) what they were directed to do. The 'teachers' realised very early into the activity that it was best to do the teaching in very small, directed steps to enable the group to learn more - maybe this is something I should 'imitate' when all else fails!
Half term has been and gone - it's not long until Christmas!!
This half term we will be learning about the Smashing Saxons! We will be looking at all aspects of life in Saxon times, debating whether they should/shouldn't have invaded and eventually settled in Britain and also learning about laws. In addition, we will be providing the children with many opportunities to develop their problem solving and mastery knowledge in maths.
Years 4 and 5 worked together to solve addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems from the NRICH website, to develop their reasoning and problem solving skills collaboratively.
As part of our topic, we learnt about how Christianity spread throughout Britain. We then designed our own crosses, based on the designs found from the Anglo Saxon period, on stone crosses. These were then painted and made into christmas tree decorations which the children took home (they were all very concerned about making sure their crosses matched the colour scheme of mum's christmas decorations!)
It has been a busy half term! There have been lots of new routines to get used to and lots of new classmates to get to know and work collaboratively with. The introduction of Learning Power across school has seen us doing lots of group work across the curriculum in all subjects, helping us to develop our resilience to become better learners.
We have studied the work of Pop artist Andy Warhol and his work inspired us to create our very own 'Pop Art'.
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