Deanfield Trip May 2017!
Year 4 had an AMAZING time on our residential trip last week, we're sure you've already heard lots about it. Some of the incredible things we experienced included ; a river walk, scavenger hunt in the forest, pond dipping at the nature reserve, rock climbing, team building challenges, tunnelling underground, a zip wire, abseiling and the greatly anticipated leap of faith! The children all threw themselves in to the experiences and cooperated excellently as a group. Here are a small sample of the hundreds of photographs we took, we hope to show you the rest at our open afternoon, as well as tell you more about the trip, date TBC.
We hope you had a lovely Easter break. Year 4 have already been up to lots of exciting things, some of part of our new theme; 'It's a Bug's life'!
Below in attached files we have added;
*Deanfields information power point.
*Welcome back letter to parents and carers.
*Further information about what we will be covering in this term's theme.
Have a look below at what we've been getting up to this week!
Minibeast Art day 3/5/17
On Tuesday Year 4 spent the day creating lots of minibeast themed art work. We made felt butterflies, ant cut-out collages, clay minibeasts, butterfly collages, watercolour observations of minibeasts and pop art style montages of minibeasts. We had some wonderful helpers with us for the day to help make all this possible and we had a fabulous day!
Mini Beast Hunt 24/04/17
On Monday, Year 4 went outside on a mini beast hunt around the school grounds. We searched in trees, on the grass, under rocks and plant pots, in the air, and in the pond area. The children made tally charts of what creatures they found in different areas and how many. Later we discussed our findings and the reason why we thought certain areas were more and less populated than others.
Art Exhibition at Cheltenham College 25/4/17
On Tuesday we were lucky enough to visit Cheltenham College, where they are holding an exhibition of children's art work aged 6-13 from all over the country. Christchurch were invited to take part in the exhibition, so year 4 have been working with Mrs King to produce some Picasso style 3D portraits. We were all absolutely blown away by the standard and variation of the art work we saw, and felt extremely inspired after we left!
GPS Geography Field Trip 25/4/17
Also on Tuesday we visited the University of Gloucestershire at the FCH Campus to work with some B.Ed students. The children learned how to use GPS tracking systems, read maps and navigate themselves using co-ordinates. Excellent practise for our upcoming Deanfields trip!
Experience Easter 31/03/2017
This morning year 4 visited 'Experience Easter' at Christchurch. We visited lots of interactive stations teaching us about the Easter story and the week of build up to Easter. Rev. Mike and his lovely team of volunteers did an excellent job and year 4 had a wonderful experience.
Theme Homework Day 29/03/17
Year 4 all worked really hard on their theme homework, and we really enjoyed inviting parents and carers to visit and see it all. We had a great variety of work from Viking bread to life size long ships!
Brass Concert 22/3/17
For the last 20 weeks, year 4 have been learning to play the trumpet and baritone with Mrs Currie, our lovely brass teacher. They have worked very hard and today we invited their parents and years 3 and 5 to come to a performance of some of the pieces they have been learning. The audience were very impressed!
In Literacy Year 4 have been reading play scripts adapted from the Viking sagas. We particularly enjoyed 'Thor and the Giants'. We worked hard to develop our expression and had some help with this from Year 5.
Year 4 went on a trip to Waitrose and did lots of exciting activities. We learnt how to make soda bread, tasted different types of cheese and made our own butter. We also learnt about different food groups and vitamins and minerals. In the supermarket we researched an alphabet of fruit and vegetables, and surveyed customers on their favourites. We had lots of fun!
The Wilson Gallery and Museum 24/01/17
Year 4 visited The Wilson Art Gallery and Museum and looked at lots of Anglo Saxon artefacts. We explored the museum and created a timeline of artefacts by sketching things we saw in the exhibitions. We also had a workshop teaching us how to write our names using runes, and designed and engraved our own Anglo Saxon saucer brooches. We learnt a lot and had great fun!
Dear Year 4 children, parents and carers,
May we take this opportunity to thank you for all your support this term, and for your kind words and gifts; they are much appreciated. We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and hope that you enjoy a peaceful and restful holiday.
With all best wishes, Mrs Prewett and Mrs Walsh
Our theme for the Autumn term is
"The Gift of the Nile".
Our class value this term is Charity and Generosity. We will be thinking about what it means to be generous. We will consider nature’s gifts of the harvest and the River Nile, God’s gifts, such as our beautiful world, as well as considering different ways we can be generous. As a class, we will be supporting the charity "Operation Christmas Child".
Year 4 had an amazing time studying Ancient Egypt and learnt lots of interesting facts.
For our themed homework we were given a choice of activities;
1. Make Egyptian Bread
2. A PowerPoint on Ancient Egyptian Gods
3. A fact file on the River Nile
4. A story about the pyramids
5. Make an Egyptian artefact
Mrs Walsh and Mrs Prewett were very impressed with the results. Take a look!
Friday 11th November
We worked with Geography students from the university to continue our research into the River Nile. We wanted to answer the question: Is the River Nile still as important today as it was to the Ancient Egyptians?
Year 4 worked with Mrs King to draw and paint Autumn leaves.
They used watercolours and different sized paintbrushes to create the beautiful colours and textures found on leaves during Autumn