Summer Term - Pigeons and Pumps!
Our topic for the summer term is Pigeons and Pumps! This is an exciting new topic for Year 4. We will be discovering and exploring the rich history of Cheltenham and its importance as a Spa town.
Did you know, Cheltenham's first healing spring waters were discovered by pigeons pecking at the ground!
Friday 7th June - Cheltenham Science Festival
Today we went to the Cheltenham Science Festival (in the pouring rain!). We went to a talk by Jon Chase on the science of Roald Dahl. We learnt that it would have taken over 2 million seagulls to lift the Giant Peach, which would have had to have been over 12 metres in diameter to float in the water as Roald Dahl described. We discovered that in reality it takes 21 helium filled balloons to lift one true size peach from the ground.
We also learnt how George would have been able to make his magical potions change colour using red cabbage juice as an indicator for acid and alkali liquids in George's Marvellous Medicine! Other scientific facts were based around the stories of The Twits and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
We then went to The Discovery Zone where we investigated how boats travel through locks, programmed robots, flew paper airplanes, and much more.....we even ate meal-worms!!
On 15th May we travelled to the Forest of Dean for a two night adventure at the Dean Field Studies Centre. We waved goodbye to our parents and set off for a fun-filled time surrounded by nature. We participated in many activities such as climbing, tunnelling, forest walks, minibeast hunts and pond dipping (or sunglass fishing!) During our few days away, we developed our teamwork skills and showed many of our core school values - especially perseverance - in order to overcome many personal and physical challenges.
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Christian Arts Festival Theatre Visit
Year 4 were lucky enough to visit Sale Church today along with year 3 to see a theatre production by the 4front theatre group. They performed A Fisherman’s Tale, a lively and enjoyable play about how Jesus helped the fishermen who were struggling to catch fish and later went on to become his disciples. Through laughter and song, the miracles Jesus performed were retold along with how his disciples then betrayed him before finding peace through his resurrection. A thoroughly enjoyable morning with an important message.
We visited The Edward Wilson Gallery for a fascinating insight into Cheltenham during the Georgian period.
We enjoyed dressing up in Georgian clothes and looking at the various artefacts.
We learnt all about the 'fan language' which was used by wealthy Georgian women.
St Mary's Church
We visited St Mary's Church which is the oldest building in Cheltenham dating back to the mid 11th century.
There is a stained glass window called the Rose Window. It is very beautiful but has a deliberate mistake.
Can you spot it and explain why?
'Vikings - Raiders or Traders?'
Our topic for the spring term will be looking at whether the Vikings deserved the reputation that they have today. We will look at the trade routes that they established and the legacies that they have left in modern Britain today.
Important days to remember this term!
We have a busy timetable this term with lots of activities happening during the week.
children will need kit for:
It would be helpful if children had their full PE kit in school throughout the week should we need to change our timetable for any reason. With the weather turning colder, children will need to have navy blue tracksuit bottoms and a sweatshirt in their PE kit, they may even wish to have a pair of gloves!
Monday 25th March- Climbing To The Top!
In the spring sunshine, Year 4 took on a new challenge today! They were faced with a 9m climbing wall and every member of the class took on their own personal challenge. For some it was climbing slightly higher than they thought they could get, for others it was the mission of getting to the top, while for the most adventurous it was to see how fast they could reach the summit. Every child completed their challenge with great determination and a smile! Before climbing, the children spoke about this terms value of perseverance and how this would help them to keep going and take on their challenge.
Who needs a smart phone when you can use a cup and a piece of string! We have been investigating how sound travels and noticed that when you speak into a cup at one end of the string telephone it can be heard at the other end. We are now able to explain this process using lots of scientific vocabulary!
Thursday 31st January
A team of Year 3 & 4 children took part in the 'Key Steps Gymnastics' competition at Rowan Gym Club. They completed both floor and vault routines and their scores went towards both team and individual results. Lexie proudly returned to school with a silver medal in the vault!
Well Done, we are very proud of you!
We were lucky enough to borrow some artefacts from the Wilson gallery in Cheltenham. We tried on the Viking armour and experienced how heavy it was! We don’t think we would have been very good going into battle!
Wednesday afternoons are are busy for us in Year 4! Before learning to play the violin, we have dance lessons with Tanya. She has been teaching us lots of different moves from a variety of dance genres. Some of the moves have been easy while others we have found quite challenging and had to persevere until we get them right. We hope to be able to perform our dance to other classes in school when we have finished.
We have been making amazing music on Wednesday afternoons! We started by learning how to hold the violin and pluck the strings. We found out the different thickness strings made different notes. After week 2, we learnt how to hold the bow and use the bow to play different notes. We are looking forward to inviting parents to listen to us performing in a few weeks when we have learnt even more!
Our theme for the Autumn term is
We will be taking a journey along the River Nile, learning about its features and finding out why it was so important to the success of Ancient Egypt. We will join Howard Carter's expedition as he discovers the "wonderful things" in Tutankhamun's tomb. We will also be learning about pyramids and pharaohs, gods and the afterlife and what life was like for the Ancient Egyptians.
The Ancient Egyptians enjoyed playing the board game 'Sennet'. We designed and made our own Ancient Egyptian board games. We aimed to make them educational but fun. Year 5 tested them out and then completed an evaluation sheet.
Friday 9th November
To celebrate our school's five core values we spent the day creating stained glass windows. Each window depicts one of the following values: Friendship, Respect, Perseverence, Compassion and Creativity. We enjoyed getting very sticky and can't wait to show everyone our finished windows soon.
Thursday 1st November
We were lucky to have lots of visitors in our class today. Students from the University of Gloucestershire came to help us investigate whether the River Nile is still important to the people Egypt today. We used Google Earth to visit towns and cities located along the banks of the river to discover the many uses of this valuable natural resource.
Thursday 1st November
Our hockey skills are improving fast. We have been practising reverse stick passes with great success! Look at the concentration on our faces!!
Wednesday 10th October
We have been learning about 'Changing States in Materials' and what happens to the particles when this happens. Having discussed what happens when an ice cube melts and watching condensation form when steam hits a cold plate, we used our knowledge to try and explain how all these processes occur in the water cycle. We spent the afternoon working hard on our labelled diagrams and writing explanations with technical vocabulary.
Friday 5th October
Today we went to the Cheltenham Literature Festival to see performance poet Matt Goodfellow. We really enjoyed listening to his funny stories about his family and how he uses his experiences to inspire his poetry. Many of us bought copies of his book and had them signed. We have not been able to put the books down since!
Friday 28th September
Year 4 had the opportunity to experience a Samba Drum session today. We each had our own Surdo drum and learnt to play to a samba rhythm. Our instructor put words to our rhythm to help us keep our beat.
'Fish and Chips, Sausage and Chips, Fish and Chips, Sausage and Chips'
Thursday 27th September
Thursday afternoons are 'Hockey Afternoons!' We have been learning ball control skills ready to start playing in match situations. Using the Ladies College brand new astro-turf pitch has been amazing!
Thank you CLC!
Thursday 27th September
Year 4 led the first class worship today focussing on our value for this term which is RESPECT.
We told the story of Henry Brown, a slave in America who mailed himself to freedom.
Thank you to everyone who came to watch our service, we hope you enjoyed it.
Monday 24th September
Year 4 loved painting self-portraits for our school mosaic.
We can't wait to see the result!
Monday 1oth September
Following the 2018 Cheltenham Street Art Festival, year 4 visited The Honeybourne Line tunnels to look at and admire the street art. We had to identify ten of the pictures and then find as many of the artists names as possible. Some of their names were really strange like 'Mud Rock'. Then we went back to school and Mrs Walsh's daughter taught us all how to do street art. We had a great time!
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