Welcome Back Polzeath Class - Year 4
We are about to begin the new Autumn Term after a considerable amount of time away from school during the Covid Pamdemic and I know everyone that works across both Delaware and Gunnislake school cannot wait to welcome the children back to their new classes.
I very much hope that the children quickly settle in and feel excited about the term ahead which we know will be full of wonderful new learning expereinces for everyone.
With new classes formed and children from both school sites being welcomed into each year group, it will be a good opportunity for new friendhsips to evolve. There will also be new pupils joining our school and we look forward to welcome them and making sure that they soon feel a great sense of belonging as well.
This week it will be really important to make sure that we establish clear routines and make sure that everyone knows where things are. The school day will be slightly different with staggered playtimes and lunchtimes and obviously new classrooms that might look a bit different to how they looked before.
Each class teacher uploaded a video onto the school facebook page so hopefully you have been able to take a look at how our classroom looks. I have also shared some of the photographs to this class website page so you can see what things will look like.
In PSHE this week we discussed playtimes and talked about the feeling associated with being left out of games. We learnt and practised some playground games that can be played without any equipment. We then divided up the class playground equipment bags and small groups came up with new games which they shared with the other class members.
In science, we searched the school site to find out how bee friendly it is. We used plant checklists and other information we had gathered to help us. We took photographs of bee friendly plants, water sources and resting/nesting places.
We completed our discussion texts and took care to edit them and present them ready to go on display.
We created our 'bee friendly' garden designs for the BBC Radio 2 Big Bee Challenge competition at the start of the week. The children researched what they would need to include in their designs to help bees to thrive, they also considered the needs of the human garden users when deciding on what would go into their patch.
Continuing on the theme of bees, we planned our discussion texts on the theme of 'should bees be encouraged onto school grounds?'.
In RE, we thought more about the creation story and the role that people of the Christian faith believe God gave to human beings. The children created instructions for how to keep the world 'good'. The children came up with ideas like recycling, taking care of plants and animals, reducing carbon emissions and reducing plastic use.
In French we revised the animal names that we have learnt so far and worked on recognising the names in writing.
This week we continued to build the skills necessary to write a really good discussion text. We wrote expanded noun phrases and improved them with powerful adjectives. We also re-freshed our memories on the subject of subordinating conjunctions.
In science, we learnt about the environmental changes which have lead to the decline in bee numbers. We learnt more about why protecting bees is so important and we looked into what could be done to help. Next week we will be creating our 'bee friendly' garden design entries for the BBC Radio 2 Big Bee Challenge competition. The children will then be in with a chance of winning the opportunity to have their garden built by the Royal Horticultural Society at an NHS Trust site used by children and young people with mental health needs. Engaging with the competition will help us all to have a better understanding of what needs to be in a garden to help bee numbers recover.
In RE, we pondered what someone of the Christian faith may believe about God after reading the creation story. 'Mighty, powerful, magnificent, all-knowing, thoughtful," were just some of the adjectives that the children used.
In PSHE, we began to discuss responsibility. We talked about what a responsibility was and what responsibilities we all had at home, in the playground, in the classroom and in the dining hall. We discussed what the consequences of fulfilling and not fulfilling responsibilities may be. We used a football team goalie as an example. What would happen if they didn't bother? What would happen if they did?
in Geography we looked at natural disasters, focussing on tsunamis, we then bargain to compare this to more local disasters to link in with our “Cornwall” topic. We began to look at the terrible, Boscastle flood in 2004.
We used out art lesson to make Father’s Day cards as we get ready to celebrate it this weekend.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend with your families.
What a great start to this final term of Year Four!
At the start of this half term we will be linking our science to the literacy unit of 'Discussion texts' on a Monday and Tuesday. In science we will learn more about the environmental changes that threaten bee numbers. We will learn why bees are so important and we will find out some actions that can be taken to reduce the problem. In literacy we will build the skills that we need to eventually write a discussion text related to the issue.
This week we learnt more about the two key jobs of bees: making honey and pollinating plants. We learnt that there are a variety of different breeds of bee as well as other species of insect that look a lot like bees. We carried out a grouping task to show our findings.
In RE we introduced the new unit of 'What do Christians learn from the creation story?' and began by thinking about what we felt was wonderful in our world. The class went down to the woods and took close up photographs of plants and animals that amazed them and filled them with wonder. We then read and discussed a version of the Creation story from the bible. The children pondered the question 'What do you think people of the Christian faith would learn from this story?' and discussed the role that God is said to have given people.
In French, we began to learn animal names.
As part of out Literacy we were looking at the “bossy” vocabulary used in instructional texts and the different varieties of these texts that we use in everyday life. Having had a discussion we decided we would try following a recipe for Cornish scones as it linked beautifully with our Cornwall topic, so on Wednesday we all followed a recipe for these delicious scones.
They were a huge success, this was shown on the children’s beaming faces as they munched on them at the end of the day!
In RE this week we compared the promises made at Christian and Hindu weddings. After sorting the vows we discussed how similar some of them were. We then had a go at designing Mehndi hand patterns. Mehndi patterns are traditionally drawn with henna dye on ladies hands for a Hindu wedding.
In science we learnt about why large areas of the Sumatran rainforest are being cut down for palm oil farms and we learnt about some of the effects this is having on living things there. We discovered that you can choose to buy products which use no palm oil or sustainably produced palm oil to encourage businesses to stop cutting down so many trees.
In PSHE we concluded our unit on 'Relationships' by thinking about someone or something that we love then we chose a colour and a symbol to represent Then, using this as the start point, we created small collages.
In our vocabulary sessions this week, we explored the words 'permit' and 'lack'.
This week in science we were recapping our prior learning on habitats in preparation for learning about how changes to habitats can cause problems for the living things that live in them. We used a 'School from the Zoo' video created by Paignton Zoo to help us to describe different habitats and become familiar with the living things in them. We created pictures of ourselves in a certain habitat to show what it would be like to be there.
In RE we compared a Christian wedding ceremony to a Hindu one.
In PSHE we discussed boyfriends and girlfriends and clarified what makes a boyfriends or girlfriend relationship different to a regular friendship. We discussed which relationship behaviours were acceptable at different ages and stages of life.
In our grammar sessions this week we talked about the spelling rules to change a singular noun spelling to a plural one. We introduced our new 'Vocabulary Board' and the concepts of tier 2 and 3 vocabulary. The first words to go on our board this month were 'distress' and 'entire'.
We re-visited our learning of colour and number vocabulary in French.
On Thursday and Friday afternoons we had our “Safety Days” where the children learned about social media safety and how to respond to various emergency situations.
Thankfully the weather was kind to us as and it was a gloriously, sunny morning for our treat time in the woods, some wonderful dens were made and even a swing! A great time was had by all.
In PSHE this week, we used a traffic light system to help us to give advice in scenarios where friendships had broken down. We discussed what can cause friendships to break and change and thought about situations where friendships could and could not be mended.
In RE, we looked at 'coming of age' ceremonies from the Christian, Jewish and Christian faith. We noted the key facts about each ceremony.
We introduced the french vocabulary for colours and recapped how to count to ten in french.
In science, we created classification keys for groups of living things that could be found in different habitats. We had to double check that each 'branch' of the key worked correctly and led the person using the key to the correct living thing's name.
We are continuing to learn about the features of persuasive texts in Literacy, we started to research all that Cornwall has to offer as a holiday destination for out holiday leaflets.
We finished reading “The Iron Man” by Ted Hughes and used our new reciprocal reading characters to help us analyse the text.
We continued our learning about living things this week by going on an invertebrate hunt in the woods and using classification keys to help us to identify what we found.
In french, we began learning numbers one to ten. We also recapped the conversation vocabulary that we have learnt in the previous lessons.
Our grammar work this week was focussed on learning to identify and write direct speech into a text. We learnt the rules for doing this and then worked hard to put them all into practise.
This week we learnt about classifying vertebrates using special decision making diagrams called keys. We learnt that vertebrates (animals which have a backbone) fall into five categories. We solved and created riddles using clues about each types of vertebrate.
In French, we learnt how to say 'Comment t'appelles tu?', this is how you say 'What is your name?'. We also learns how to respond to this question. The children did a great job of adding this new little bit of conversation to other phrases that we have learnt previously.
In PSHE, we discusses the challenging topic of loss. We talked about our experiences of loss and discussed how people may feel in different loss scenarios. We talked about some strategies to help people who are grieving a loss such as creating a memory box or book.
We continued to think of how life milestones are marked in our RE this week. We discussed christian baptism and compared an infant baptism to a believer's baptism.
in Geography we used atlases to identify the Continents and Oceans of the world, also looking at the poles and the equator and where they are located on the planet.
We have been looking at persuasive texts in Literacy, in particular the vocabulary that is used in this genre of writing.
We are inspired by the awe and wonder of the world.
We are bold and innovative in our approach to find new solutions to the challenges we face.
We are the best we can be.
We take responsibility for our actions in an environment of mutual respect.
We overcome all barriers to reach our potential, developing a capacity to improve further.
We are passionate about learning.
Nursery, Reception, Y1, Y2, Y3 and Y4 are based at Delaware. Y5 and Y6 are based at Gunnislake Primary Academy.
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