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“Where Learning Comes Alive”

“Where Learning Comes Alive”

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Year 4

May

Newlands Park Day 3

 

We had a very active day yesterday and as a result all slept very soundly!  This morning we have been getting to grips with archery and bouncing around field zorbing.  Our last things to finish off our time here  are lunch and getting everything loaded back onto the coach ready to head back to school.  We will see you at 2pm!

Newlands Park Day 2

 

After a good nights rest and a big breakfast we are out in the sunshine climbing and hover boarding or fencing.  We have been really brave and perfecting our climbing technique.  We’ve got really good at balancing on the hoover boards with a little help from our friends.  We had fun duelling together fencing. 

After lunch we will be taking part in street dancing and then going fencing (or hoover boarding, whichever we haven’t done yet!)

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Newland Park Day One

 

We had a lovely time at Rickmansworth Aquadrome walking around the lakes. We stopped to play football and rounders. Some of us used the time to perfect our gymnastics!

 

We have made it to Newlands Park and have spent the afternoon playing games, getting to know our instructors and taking part in a quiz. We are all well fed and looking forward to our night hike!

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Lots of fun hiking. (The sticks offered protection against drop bears!)

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On Tuesday we went to Chatham Historic Dockyard. We got to go on HMS Gannet, a Victorian vessel, and Ocelot, a Cold War submarine which was the last vessel to be build in the dockyard. We also got to make our own rope! The dockyard still produces it and sells it today. 

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This week we have been learning about Viking longships. We found out how they were built and what made them great. We then used different pencils, shading and patterns to design our own mastheads, taking inspiration from ones we looked at. Next week we will start writing Viking adventure stories!

April

We have started off our topic on ‘The Arts’ by looking at the paintings of Turner. We started by looking at his famous painting, The Fighting Temeraire. We learned about the ship and how it was important in The Battle of Trafalgar and from this learning we wrote reports about it. We have then looked at more of his paintings and used watercolours to create our own Turner inspired seascapes. 

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March

Cars

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Cars

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Cars

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Cars

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We have been working hard on finishing our cars.  We made the body of our cars and then had fun playing with the cars in the hall!  We all feel very proud of ourselves for producing such fantastic work.
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We had Mr Bubble in to work with us.  Leah and Josh were asked to help out in assembly!  In the afternoon we had the chance to find out about rockets.

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We have been working really had to make our frames for our cars. We have to measure our wood, then saw and glue to make them.  We then attached our electrical circuits. We were very excited when we got them working!

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We have been getting fully stuck into sports relief week and, as well as our basketball session, we have run, skipped, hula-hooped, played football and danced!

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We were lucky enough to meet the tallest man in Britain this week! He has played basketball professionally for the famous Harlem Globetrotters and holds the world record for being the tallest basketball player. We had the opportunity to work with him to improve our basket ball skills and to find out about the hard work that goes into being a top athlete. 

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We have been enjoying our music lessons with Mr Mitchell- we had the opportunity to perform ‘Money’ by Jessie J in assembly on Friday. Some of us played the keyboards, the piano, drums and guitar while some of us sang.  We had to work really hard to listen to each other and work as a team to stay in time with each other.

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We have started to use our building blocks to recognise our fantastic behaviour in lessons.  When we are awarded a block, we add it to our town.  We really enjoyed building it over the week and this is our first fully completed town!  At the end of the week, we put the blocks away and then start building again on Monday- our town will look different every week.
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We have been working hard applying our maths this week. We used Hertfordshire’s online catalogue to find the quantities and costs of the resources we need for our cars.  We have worked out how much money we need and put our order in to the office.

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February

In Literacy, we have been writing persuasively.  We are hoping to build cars with electric motors in them, linking to our Artbot theme.  However, the resources to do this are very expensive so we have written to Mrs Freeman to persuade her why we need the money to buy them!  Mrs Freeman has read all of our letters and wrote a reply to us saying that we would be allowed the money but we needed to do some costings to work out exactly what we needed.
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As part of 'Take One Book Week', we read the book The Whisper.  We wrote our own pages to add to the book and then made illustrations in the style of the book to go with out writing.
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We have been identifying, grouping and classifying quadrilaterals in maths and learning the properties of these shapes. We used Geoboards to make our own quadrilaterals; they had to fulfil the criteria we were given. 
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January

This week we used potatoes, lemons, grapefruit, oranges and carrots as batteries to light LEDs!  It was really tricky at first- we had to use copper and zinc nails to be the positive and negative ends of our 'batteries' and then then had to connect several up to get enough energy to power our bulbs.  We used boxes to keep out the light so we could see the LEDs working.  It took a lot of perseverance and problem solving but we really enjoyed it!
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Making switches

 

We found out about current in a circuit and how a light bulb works.  We then made our own switches to put into our circuits.

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Making circuits!

 

We spent the morning trying to make different circuits, seeing which would work and which wouldn't and thinking about why.  We then made a game adding wire into our circuits to make a 'don't light up the wire' game- we had to have a very steady hand to win!

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Artbots

We kicked off our new theme 'Artbot' by making our very own artbots.  We made them by placing a motor in a electric circuit and using a plastic cup, lolly stick, cork and 3 felt tip pens.  They danced across our paper and made some exciting 'modern art'.  It was a very exciting build- we have more exciting builds to come this term!

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December

 

We have been busy getting ready for Christmas- making cards to take home, making stockings that will hopefully get filled with goodies and going to see Dick Whittington at the panto in Harpenden!  We have also finished or sculptures.

November

 

We started the month by having a visit from a contestant on Robot Wars.  He brought his 2 robots 'Crackers and Smash' that have both taken part in the most recent series.  We were excited to see the actual robots and to learn about what a past George Street pupil has been up to!

 

We had the most amazing trip to the sculpture park- there were over 800 sculptures along the paths in the woods.

 

We were all very excited by the range of sculptures- the styles, materials used and colours caught our imaginations and we are looking forward to getting sculpting back in class!

 

To continue our topic of Eurovision we learnt some Greek style dance in our dance workshop.

The Sculpture Park

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Our Greek Dance

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Robot Wars Visit

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Anti-bullying Week Display

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October

 

We have been continuing with our hand on maths, using the resources to help us show and understand mathematical concepts.

 

We were lucky enough to work with Para-Olympian Ian Rose. He talked to us about what qualities allowed him to succeed- it was interesting to see how this fits into our learning powers and growth mindset.

Maths

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Ian Rose Visit

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September: The first busy month back!

 

We have been getting to grips with life in year 4 and have done lot of work around working together as a team, helping each other and how we can work as effective learning partners.

 

This month we have kicked off our topic of ‘Eurovision’!  We started out by trying lots of different foods that are popular across Europe.  We have made links with this to RE, looking at how sharing food together can be important in different religions.  We also made some food of our own and used this to write instructions. 

 

We then found out a lot about the rules of The Eurovision Song Contest and wrote explanation texts about how to get an entry into the competition.

 

We have studied the flags of some of the different European countries and look at the names of some of the capital cities.  We have learned about mountains and volcanoes and have researched some of the well-known ones in Europe.

 

We have learned about the saltwater Fjords of Norway and about the solar winds that form the Northern Lights.  We created some of our own northern light inspired artwork using wax crayons, watercolour paint and chalks.

 

In maths we have been concentrating on place value and have been using the base 10, bead strings and place value grid lots to work with numbers in lots of different ways!

Practical Maths

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Eurovision Writing

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Hope you can join us for the celebration assembly on Thursday 19th July at 9 am and Year 6 Leaver's assembly on Friday 20th at 9 am. Don't forget school finishes at 2 pm on Friday 20th July.
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