We have had a busy but fun half term in year 4. On the 8th June, we learnt what it means to be good friends during a Friendship Day run by staff from The Centre, We enjoyed making friendship elephants and listening to stories to help us build and maintain good relationships. On 13th June, a group of 12 children represented Escomb fantastically at the Song for Europe event at the Gala Theatre in Durham. The whole class worked really hard to learn a complete song in Spanish, mastering some tricky words and singing beautifully!
We were also lucky to take part in an Art project with students from St. Johns at Low Barns Nature Reserve on 15th June. The children really enjoyed taking and editing photos of their surroundings whilst learning about different species of birds and flowers. The group also created a large collage of the area using a variety of different materials.
We finished the year with an exciting trip to Sunderland Glass Centre on 29th June, where as well as taking part in activities based on our Science topic, we were luck enough to see a glass blowing demonstration and to look around the galleries. The children also designed and made their own beautiful pieces of glass artwork based on images of the River Wear. Class 4 were a credit to the school and all the staff at the Glass Centre were really impressed by their behaviour and hard work.
Skip 2B Fit – Skipping is a great way to get lots of exercise and it is super fun! David came in to show us how to skip and we all had a great time skipping to the music. We had a competition to see if we could beat our own best skipping score.
Anne Fine – Anne Fine was born in Leicester on 7th December 1947, she grew up here and has lived in several places but has lived right here in County Durham for some time. She has written over 50 children’s books, although she writes some things for adults too. She has won lots of awards for her books and even received an OBE from the Queen.
Sound Proofing – We have been learning about soundproofing and found out that famous musicians and singers use it to keep their studios quiet! We did an investigation to find out which materials were the best for soundproofing.
We have three Learning Challenges this term; this is what we will be learning about:
How could we cope for a day without electricity? -We will be finding out just how important electricity is in our everyday lives. We will talk about how electricity is made and how it gets to our homes. We will also be learning how to keep ourselves safe when using electricity! Later on, we will be able to investigate the properties of conductors and insulators before creating our own circuits.
Why were the Romans so powerful and what did we learn from them? -We will start our learning challenge by finding out who the Romans were and where they came from. We will do research on their army and we find out how the Romans came to be such powerful fighters. By the end of the Learning Challenge we should be able to create our own weapons to defend an empire!
The aim of our Learning Challenge is to explain what the Romans ever did for us and we will be thinking about the impact the Roman Empire has had on our own lives.
What happens to the food we eat? – Before Christmas, we will be finding out more about our bodies and what happens when we eat! This Science Learning Challenge is not for the faint hearted and will see us creating models of our teeth and other parts of the digestive system. We will also talk about healthy eating and keeping our teeth clean.
Traditional Tales –
We have been using our sewing skills to make beautiful Christmas decorations! We used felt and stitched two sides together to make a tree shape. Next we stuffed the decorations and then added sequins.
The decorations looked lovely on our tree.
Class Assembly –
Should Claudius Invade Britain?
We split into two groups to discuss whether Claudius should invade Britain. We thought of reasons for and against. Then we created a conscience alley to try and persuade the Emperor that we were right.
Year 6 Invasion
We are Class 4 and we are very proud of our classroom. We like to keep it clean and tidy and we respect each other by following our Class Charter.
Before lunch, we spent some time tidying our trays and making sure the classroom was clean. We were very proud of our hard work. After lunch, we went to the book fair to browse the books. When we returned something terrible had happened: the Year 6s had invaded! They destroyed all our hard work, sat with their feet on our table and went in our trays. They even began to chant ‘We want this classroom!’
Paul Cookson –
Poet Paul Cookson came into school to read us some of his poems. He writes poetry for children including The Truth About Teachers and Crazy Classrooms. He also played us a song on his Ukulele.
Then, some of us bought his new book which he signed for us! We all had a great time and loved joining in with his poetry.
Today we found out more about the OutRight campaign. We listened to Paddington’s story and talked about how it would feel to have to leave your home, family and your country. Next, we worked in our groups to talk about the items we would put in our suitcase if we had to leave home in a hurry. We found it difficult to decide which items would be useful and which ones we could carry on a long journey.
Hola – Spanish Speaking
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