WELCOME TO YEAR 4!
Class Teachers - Miss Marshall & Miss Harvey
Teaching Assistant - Mrs Beeton
First, we got out bags then took them into the coach. We sat down on seats and excitedly waited for an hour and a half but very chatty until we got to Sutton Hoo.
When we got there, we ate a snack and put bright pink jackets on then headed off to the sand pits. We dug for historical objects and put it on a grid. We brushed them with hairy, brushy brushes. We guessed which one was the youngest, the oldest and the most valuable.
We went to the museum and looked around. We dressed up in Anglo Saxon clothes and we went in a boat that they thought looked like Raedwald's tomb. Then we had lunch.
After lunch, Garry the man there showed us around the hoos (the mounds). Also, we did a little act about Raedwald dying in his boat.
Freya, Karla & Kyra
At first, we got on the coach at half eight! On the coach we sang lots of spectacular songs for two hours. When we arrived at Sutton Hoo a lady came out and introduced herself. Next, we dropped off all our heavy bags in a small room. We had our snacks on the dry grass.
Then we had a lesson on how to be archaeologists. We dug up sand to find artefacts. We had to decide which one was the oldest and which one was the newest. Then we went into the main building where we dressed up and saw lots of real artefacts. After that we went back to get our bags because we were quite hungry. We sat under a tree and ate our lunch.
Once we finished our lunch we went to the park for a play. Finally, we went to the burial site and we acted out how the king would have been buried. After that we walked back to the coach. On the way back we made up Anglo Saxon jokes. In the end we arrived back at school.
Francesca, Audrey, Jenny & Ella
Q: Why did the King of Mercia go to the supermarket?
A: Because everything was on Offa.
Q: Why did King Raedwald go to the supermarket?
A: To get some Sutton Hoo-lahoops.
Q: Why didn't King Raedwald go to the party?
A: Because he had no body to go with.
Q: Which Anglo-Saxon king was a big fan of cheese?
A: Alfred the Grate.
Thank you to all of you who have been supporting your children at home; it makes such a difference to their learning. I am posting following a few queries at parents evening for additional information and clarification. Our expectation is that each week your child should be completing their homework, in addition to daily reading, spellings and times tables.
The most recent Homework Menu is now on the school website, and I have also attached a list of potential book titles which are recommended for Year 4. The list is by no means exhaustive but should hopefully give you some ideas and an indication of the level of texts your children should be reading. This website also provides some super ideas: https://www.booksfortopics.com/year-4 . Book awards - such as the Waterstones Children's Book Prize or the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children's Book Awards - are also a great source of information about high-quality, contemporary children's books.
Our times tables focus on both fluency and application, with the children moving through four different levels for each times table. We are currently working on our 6, 7 and 8 times tables.
In the first level, children must be able to recite the times table in order e.g. 1x7=7, 2x7=14, 3x7=21...
Next, they must be able to answer multiplication questions in any order and at speed e.g. 8x7=56, 4x7=28, 11x7=77...
Next, they must be able to answer related division questions e.g. 21/7=3, 84/12=7, 63/7=9...
Finally, they must be able to extrapolate their understanding to larger or smaller numbers e.g. 3x70=210, 0.4x7=2.8, 300x0.7=210...
I hope this information is helpful to you, but please do ask if you need any additional advice or support with home learning.
On Tuesday 28th November we went to the water sewage centre in Chelmsford. First, we made sewage soup it included: cotton buds, baby wipes, poo, wee, toilet paper,tea bags, washing powder, oil. We learned that if you flush cotton buds and wipes down the toilet it will block the pipe .They showed us a clip about what happens to your poo and wee.Then, we went on a tour of the sight . We learned what happened to our waste. First, they cleaned out the poo in a cone shaped machine. Then the mixture got taken to a place full of rocks with cracks in them where friendly bacteria live and they eat the leftover poo.
Karla, Freya, Juliette
We went to Waterbeach recycling centre for a school trip. We learnt how to make flower pots made out of newspaper. We also saw the huge, awesome machines when they were working. We learnt what could and couldn’t go in the machines such as: bowling balls go to the charity shops and could (if put in the bin) stop the machines working. We also learnt what goes in which bin. We learnt about landfill and landfill is a huge hole in the ground in which rubbish is put into. We saw landfill in action. We learnt a lot about recycling. IT WAS EPIC!!!
Jenny, Catrin, Aurelia
2nd October 2017 - Poetry!
Harry, Georgia, Catrin and Eliza met performance poet Justin Coe at a special writers' event in Cambridge today. They had the chance to hear some of his work, play word games, write several poems and perform a final piece. Here is their group poem for you to enjoy:
A day in the life of an orange
Orange is grumpy in the morning when he hasn't any coffee,
He goes downstairs to eat his breakfast of toffee.
Orange is sweet and bubbly now he knows what's for lunch,
He eats his pizza, munch munch munch.
Orange is sour in the evening and feels quite lazy,
After his tea, his brain goes all hazy.
When the original, oval Orange is ready to rest his head,
He goes BANG! and goes crazy and jumps on his bed.
They should be really proud of their hard work and creativity; there were moments when it was tricky to find the best words but they showed great perseverance. Well done to them all!!
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