Today we have been finding out about the Children in Need charity. We looked fabulous in our spotty wear- thank you to everyone who donated 🙂
Last week we contributed to a whole school display to commemorate the centenary of the end of WWI. We enjoyed painting the poppies, and think you will agree, that the display in the foyer is beautiful.
Continuing with our topic on Italy, we learnt about the features of mountains, how animals adapt to live on them, and why humans have chosen to live on them during the past centuries. We looked at Mont Blanc in Italy. Google Earth has given us the chance to look at some of these far off places, so that we can appreciate these arduous terrains.
We are thoroughly enjoying the Engage programme in Year 4, where we are perfecting our rugby skills and learning how to work together and show respect, which is particularly poignant this week as it’s Anti-Bullying Week. We’re now looking forward to Children in Need day, on Friday, when we will be arriving into school in our ‘spotty’ attire!
Thank you to the School Council for their informative assembly about anti-bullying today. They showed us that by ‘choosing respect’, we can stamp out bullying for good!
Remember that this Monday (12th) is ‘Odd Socks Day’ to mark the start of Anti-Bullying Week.
Children are invited to come into school wearing odd socks (the weirder and wackier the better) to show that although we are all different, we are all worth the same and should be treated equally.
We have had a lovely start to the Autumn 2. This week we have begun our new English unit, Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone. First thing Monday morning, we were ‘sorted’ into house by the Sorting Hat. We found out which house we belong to: are we brave like Gryffindor, loyal like Hufflepuff, cunning like Slytherin, or wise like Ravenclaw? All of these attributes are worthy when used correctly. Want to find out which house you belong to? Watch this space for our descriptions of Diagon Alley. Many of the children have expressed an interest in bringing in their own Harry Potter book, which is fine, but please don’t read ahead of where we have got to!
During maths, we have been using our equipment to help us to understand column addition including exchanges. Using the place value counters and dienes equipment, we have been able to visually see what happens when we have to exchange across a tens or hundreds boundary, before moving to the abstract format.
We have begun Year 4 with a busy first half term! It has been a pleasure getting to know the class and watch them step up to Year 4. They have enjoyed two trips out of school already this year, and have been fantastic examples of our school on both occasions.
This week we showcased our work on Black History Month in assembly. We focused on the inspirational Michelle Obama who uses her status to promote education to all, including those who might not usually access it. The children chose a quote that meant a lot to them and we created an Adobe Spark clip- each group chose their quote, images of words and rehearsed speaking together, which they loved!
Have a lovely half term!
Year Four showed of their skills of teamwork, bravery and resilience today as they took on Rock UK. They were brilliantly behaved and represented the school well but more than this they were courageous and persistent when things got difficult.
They started off the morning with open canoeing down a natural river, the strong winds and constant rain didn’t make it easy but the children kept trying and worked together to get their boats moving as well as playing games which at one point included jumping inside the canoe but managed to stay afloat. It was in a simple game of boat-ball where anarchy descended and with two boats capsized, nine sodden children and a pair of wellies at the bottom of the river it was time to call it quits and head in to warm ourselves up and feed some very hungry children.
The afternoon came with a change of plan. The high winds and now heavy rain meant we could not use the outdoor climbing wall. However the children still took to dizzying heights as they took on the indoor walls with increasing difficulty. The children all harnessed up and got stuck in, they kept going and even when at times they missed a ledge or couldn’t reach, the sheer volume of their friends coaching them and cheering them on, saw them all succeed.
It was an absolute pleasure to be with the children today, their teamwork, resilience and support of one another really stood out, with the staff commenting on how well they worked as a team. Every single child gave it a go and even though at times they were scared they persevered. No wallflowers here. Well done Year Four – A wonderful day!
Year four have had a hectic, but fun, couple of weeks! We planned an experiment to find out which drinks cause the most damage to our teeth- ask us for the results! We wrote up the experiment considering the process of organising an experiment as we went along.
On National Poetry Day we took part in BBC Live Lesson, hosted by the performance poet, Joseph Coelho. We had to think of similes and metaphors, along with many other classes across teh country, to contribute to a poem created during the lesson.
We have been learning how to pray the Rosary in this special month of October.
And we were lucky enough to be treated to cakes and desserts on Tuesday!
Phew… we are looking forward to our last week of the half term.
Thank you to all parents who attended parents’ evening- it was great to meet you all.
What a wonderful celebration of harvest but also our wonderfully generous school community. We brightened up our school in our multi colours and brought our food donations as well as CAFOD donation with us. We took part in an assembly to allow the children to see where all their money goes to. We spoke about the importance of sharing the message of peace and not just giving our money but giving our prayers to others.
The chaplaincy team worked hard all day from bagging up all the donations, handing out prayer cards and counting our total amount raised. They also made a very special trip to the Coventry Food bank and got to walk around and see the different things that the foodbank needs as well as find out more about how we can help further.
The winners of the competition will be announced in the assembly on Monday.
The total raised so far stands at just over £190! So thank you very much!
Many thanks for all your donations, they are really appreciated.
Have a lovely weekend
Year 4 enjoyed a visit to Pizza Express this week where we learnt about how to make a pizza. We were lucky enough to each make and take away our own- everyone thought that the Margherita pizzas were delicious! This visit was to support our D&T unit- Food, and we encorporated it with our unit Italy, which we are studying this term.
During our history unit Anglo- Saxons, we studied evidence to try to work out when these artefacts had been dug up. We worked out that it was approximately the year 625.
Year 4 have worked really hard this week. I hope everyone has a restful weekend and are fully energised and ready for learning next week!