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Year 4

 

Our Topic for Spring 2020 is... 'Vikings - Raiders or Traders?'

This 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.

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Thursday 16th January - We had a great first cornet lesson today! It was harder than we thought to make a sound but by the end of the lesson we were playing our first simple tune.

Last term Year 4 were inspired by dragons! They began by writing instruction manuals for how to care for a dragon. Subjects included ‘How to wash your dragon; How to teach your dragon to fly and How to teach your dragon to eat with good manners!’ Having written these detailed instructions the class decided they could be responsible dragon owners and began writing letter to Mr Cook to ask if they could have their own pet dragon! The letters were so impressive that this week Mr Cook arrived in our class holding our new pet! We are very excited that Roary has become part of our class, he is already working hard and we are treating him well. Thank you Mr Cook!

Our theme for Autumn 2019 term is

"Ancient Egypt- Who built the pyramids?"

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We will be taking a journey along the River Nile, learning about its features and considering the question 'Who built the pyramids?' We will join Howard Carter's expedition as he discovers the "wonderful things" in Tutankhamun's tomb. We will also be learning about pharaohs, gods,the afterlife and what life was like for the Ancient Egyptians.  

Thursday 19th December- Year 4 and Reception worked together to make chocolate snowman biscuits!

Wednesday 27th November Who knew Glow in the Dark Rugby was a sport?

Wednesday 20th November- Learning about the chemicals released by our bodies when we are active!

Creating our own Hakka dance to understand how exercise can make us feel.

Researching the Question ‘Is the River Nile still useful today?’

Wednesday 6th November - Mental Health and Well-being with Gloucester Rugby Club

Year 4 have started a six week Mental Health and Well-being programme which is being delivered by Gloucester Rugby Club. The children will be learning about the '5 ways to well-being' and how following these principles will improve physical, emotional and mental well-being. In today's session the children learnt about the importance of connecting with people and having face to face interactions in world dominated by social media and technology. They enjoyed creating friendship handshakes and then discussed the skills required to strike up new friendships such as eye contact, smiling, listening and positive body language. 

Friday 11th October - One legged balancing - it is harder than you think!

Friday 27th September - Creating Dancing Egyptian Paperchains

Summer 2019 - 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!

 
   

 

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On Monday, we were all involved in an active play session led by two instructors from Kings Camp. We had a lot of fun and learnt some great new playground games.

Thursday 20th June - Gymnastics

Year 4 were invited to a gymnastics session at Rowan Gym Club. The children practised handstands, cartwheels, forward rolls and enjoyed getting to experience a sprung floor as well as using equipment such as the bars and trampoline. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and really improved their gymnastic skills.

 

Thank you to Mrs Dove and Dave for coaching us!

Sports Day 2019

The rain stayed away and we had an amazing time at our Sports Day!

Everyone tried their best in all activities and the end result was really close however Warwick were this year's winners. Well done Year 4!!

Forest School

Year 4 are loving their time at Forest School. Every week they are involved in a variety of activities such as; leaf rubbings, making nests, mini-beast hunts, building shelters, making bracelets, climbing trees and of course getting muddy!

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!!

Residential to Deanfields!

 

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. 

 

Our fantastic PowerPoints are available below for you to view...

 

 

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!

The Wilson

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.

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