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W/c: 20th November 2017 

Stone Age day 

On Monday 20th November, the children in Year 3 and 4 arrived at school dressed like stone age boys and girls. 

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We all chose our own stone age names and used our imaginations to create our own character profiles. We were told that we had moved to Manea because wehad followed footprints of bison and woolly mammoths- and being hunter gatherers we move to where the food was. We considered why Manea would be a good place to build a settlement. The children suggested things like lots of flat land, water and shelter in the woods. So off we set, to build our own shelters in the woods (we had to pretend the materials used were actually animal skins!). 
Whilst we were there, we also spoke about Stone Age weapons and thought about how we would hunt these animals. We found out that people on the Stone Age would use sharpened flint to make tools- we used the knives to create the same effect when making our very own spears. 
Back at school, we went hunting! 
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In the afternoon, there were two activities for us to complete. The first required us to write a diary entry using simple pictures and symbols with charcoal- but we had to lay under the tables to do this! 
The second, was to make Stone Age jewellery. We hollowed out willow to create beads and threaded shells onto string. We also used the shells to do some Maths. 

W/c: 13th November 2017 

Celebrating difference

This week, we have been celebrating differences! We have thought about what makes us special and unique. We also looked at different types of families and realised it doesn't matter what our family looks like as long as it's filled with love and happiness! We thought of what family meant to us, some children said "They look after me when I'm ill" and "They make hot chocolates!". 

 

In addition to this, we watched a range of videos that showed some people being pushed away because of their differences- this led to a lot of interesting discussions and two new displays for our classroom. 

On Friday, we used everything that we had learnt to write our own celebrating difference poems: 

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W/c: 6th November 2017 

Fossils Galore! 

After counting down the days for weeks, Thursday was the day that we finally had a visit from Fossils Galore. We met Jamie and Sarah, who showed us a range of fossils and giant bones. They also told us lots of new facts about how humans developed during the stone age, we were surprised to find out that the tallest man would have only been around 4 ft and that they used shells and bones as money! We also learnt lots of interesting facts about stone age animals and had the opportunity to ask some of the questions that we had e.g. 'In a fight, who would win: a modern day lion or a cave lion?'. 

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Sarah and Jamie also helped to understand how fossils are discovered and we got to search for different artefacts in sand. 
On Friday, we discussed what we had learnt about fossils and how they are formed. We also thought about all of the facts which we had discovered about Stone Age animals. We put all of this information together and created our own Stone Age fossilised footprints out of clay! 
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Maths

This week, we have been discussing place value. We learnt about decimals and identified tenths and hundredths as pictures, fractions and decimals. On Thursday, we played a game of pairs where we had to match the fractions to the decimals (some of us got very competitive). 

W/c: 30th October 2017 

Harvest festival art

As we are in the season of harvest, we have been studying the artist Giuseppe Acrimboldo, who created portraits out of fruits and vegetables. Some of us thought this were very clever- but also quite funny. 

 

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We have been creating some of our own versions, using everything that we have learnt about shading and colour. 

W/c: 9th October 2017 

Music

In our Music lessons, we have been thinking about how to create a Stone Age cave scene using music. Last week, we used instruments to create sounds such as dripping water, roaring fires and animal footsteps. This week we used the keyboards to add a backing track. We can't wait to put it together next week. 

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Art

As we are in the harvest season, we have been looking at creating art with fruits and vegetables. On Wednesday, we looked at the work of Giuseppe Arcimboldo. We then practised sketching different fruits using a range of pencils. We think our work is really effective. 

W/c: 3rd October 2017 

Celebrating differences

 

This week we have thought about how everybody is different and we decided it was a great thing! We spoke about different stereotypes and how they didn't apply to our class e.g. boys always love football and girls always like the colour pink. We also discussed different families and relationships and read stories such as "Worm loves worm" and "Tango makes three". 

W/c: 25th September 2017 

DT week!

 

We have had a fabulous week this week completing challenges to develop our skills of designing, making and evaluating. All of our challenges were based around the book 'Ug' by Raymond Briggs. 

 

Challenge 1: Make new trousers for Ug

We started this challenge by completing market research to help develop our design criteria for our products. We then designed four new pairs of trousers and asked our classmates to vote for their favourite. Next we faced the task of making the trousers using new sewing skills. Come and see some of our trousers on display at the market place on Monday! 

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Challenge 2: Design a new meal for Ug

In the story, Ug only ate meat- we discussed healthy eating and the food groups and realised he was missing some things to ensure he had a balanced diet. We decided to create a fruit stew, we weighed out our ingredients (and even had to divide the measurements in the recipe by four!) and then cooked it on the fire. 

W/c: 18th September 2017 

Amazing addition: 

In Maths this week, we have been working hard to solve a range of addition sums. We started by using practical resources to add and progressed to partitioning on a number line. We also learnt about the equals side and began to balance equations- we found it quite tricky but persevered until we found success. On Friday we applied all of this to solving word problems, which were in our outdoor environment. It was great to hear lots of mathematical vocabulary being used. 

Natural Art 

We have been learning about Stone age cave art. We thought about the materials which would have been used and considered how we could make our own art using the resources in our local environment. We managed to get some really vivid colours using dandelions and grass and quite enjoyed getting our hands muddy! 

W/c: 11th September 2017 

Our first full week in year four has been a real success! Have a look at what we have been doing below- don't forget our welcome meeting is on Monday straight after school in the hall. We'd love to see as many parents there as possible. 

 

ROCK AND ROLL!

We have started our new 'rock and roll' topic this week, by learning all about the Stone age! In Literacy, we have been reading the story Ug by Raymond Briggs. We have really enjoyed describing the characters in the story, writing dialogue between characters and predicting the ending of the story using role-play. We were also able to continue the story in the style of the author. Here are some of our comic strips:

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This story really sparked our interest in the Stone Age. One child was really intrigued by how Ug would have got his food and decided to use the class laptop to research Stone Age weapons. He was soon joined by others who were also interested. 
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We also noticed that Ug painted on the wall in the story. We came up with lots of questions about this including 'What did they paint?' and 'How did they paint on the walls?'. We found some of our answers by looking at photos of cave paintings and decided to have a go at creating our own using charcoal and paper. 

W/c: 4th September 2017

The children have settled quickly into life in year four and have worked extremely hard this week in a range of lessons. 

 

Maths

In Maths this week, we have been working hard to recognise the place value of numbers with up to 4 digits. We started by building numbers using base ten, before learning how to use pictures to represent numbers. Towards the end of the week we used this to order numbers and position them on a number line.

Please note: Our PE days will be on Mondays and Tuesdays. Please make sure your children have their PE kits in school on these days. 

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