Blackburn with Darwen Music Concert
Huge thank you to nine children from our class who performed at a concerton at WItton CLC. The group of girls performed three songs together and despite some technical difficulties at the start, did so absolutely wonderfully. Well done Meg, Ilyssa, Abigail, Imogen, Alesha, Pippa, Jess, Layla and Taya!
A special mention also to Pippa Craig who not only sang with the group but performed a piano piece too!
Thanks to parents and carers for taking the children to and from the event and supporting.
End of Year Trip to Blackpool Zoo
The children enjoyed a day out at the zoo on Tuesday as part of our Science topics that cover animals and their habitats.
We wandered around the zoo together and I only have positive things to say about the children's behaviour and attitude all day. They were a credit to their families, school, teachers and themselves.
We were drenched by a lunchtime downpour but the children didn't let it bother them, nor an attack by a flock of hungry seagulls whilst we ate our lunch.
There was a workshop put on by the Zoo and the children got to experience lots of different artefacts including elephant skin and an arctic fox skin. They also got to meet Puffy the bearded dragon.
Here are a few snaps from the day. Thank you to all the parents and carers and the PTA for making the trip possible. Also, thank you to Mrs Carter and Mrs Algar for their assistance on the trip.
This term the children have worked amazingly well in maths and have also made a real effort with their times tables.
As well as the 5 hours of maths lessons we have a dedicated our afternoon registration to meting the national target of every child by the end of Year 4 being fluent in all times tables up to 12 x 12.
The children are tested weekly and gain bronze, silver and gold stickers depending on which way they choose to do their tests.
In lessons we have covered a range topics. These include; place value, the written method of the four operations, 2D shape, time, data interpretation, perimeter, area and multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000.
In the summer term we have been looking at all the topics previosuly covered in the year and going over areas for development. These include; data analysis, shape, word problems, symmetry and problem solving.
The amount of Mathletics certificates I have been printing off for the children has somewhat dwindled over the last few months. Let's finish the year strongly and see how many we can get!
The children have worked fantastically well in English and have produced some fantastic writing in particular.
Our working week consists of a reading comprehension day on Monday, a writing task on Friday and sandwiched in between we cover the Year 4 topics.
Topics covered so far have included; diary writing, recounts (newspaper writing), stories with historical settings (WW2) and poetry.
At the beginning of our English lesson we do a carousel activity. This means each day the children will do one of five mini-activities; comprehension, grammar, reading with an adult, handwriting practice or reading in our comfy reading corner! Each table does a different activity each day.
This half term we have been looking at stories from another culture and performance poetry. Next half term we will study persuasive writing and explanation texts.
Since the turn of the year the children of have studied States of Matter and Animals Including Humans.
The children have asked fantastic questions throughout all our science topics this year. They have taken a particular shining to the digestive system - maybe having something to do with our Making Poo experiment. See some pictures below - just not while you're eating!
The children cover French on a Tuesday morning with Mrs Algar and have started to work on greetings and description.
The children have continued to apply themselves excellently in PE this term. We have studied cricket and athletics.
In cricket the children have been working on the basic techniques of bowling (underarm), catching and batting. The children have had some very exciting games against each other which have been played at a high level and in great spirit (more importantly).
In athletics we have been working on a number of events. The children have performed middle distance running (around 700m), 20m relay sprints, rounders ball throw, shot put, javelin, long jump and triple jump. I have been amazed at the effort from the children, they have been unbelievable. The levels some of our children perform at I would suggest are the best in the borough. While the progress that others have made have been tremendous - particularly in the gruelling middle distance.
We have performed trials in athletics and I'm sure a number of our children will be selected to represent school at the Blackburn Primary School Athletics Event at Witton Park at the end of June.
Mrs Algar takes the children for RE on a Tuesday morning and has covered so far; David and the Psalms, The Lord's Prayer and The Light of God.
The children produced some fabulous newspaper articles reporting on David's battle with Goliath and some excellent pastel candles when looking into what Jesus being the light meant to them.
The children have visited the European country of France during our Geography work in the Spring term. They learnt about many different regions and their geographical features. They looked closely at the education system and compared to ours. Also, they studied the food of France and enjoyed a tasting session of lots of French delicacies (some pictures below) and created some of their own menus based on their likes (brioche) and dislikes (mainly snails!).
More recently, we have been looking at the Vikings and Anglo Saxons. We have been lucky enough to be visited by a Viking who told us all about their daily life and what activities they got up to. We will continue until the end of the year with this topic.
Thank you for the work the children have been doing at home, it looks fantastic in our classroom and your efforts are greatly appreciated.
The trumpets have been returned (stop clapping!) but our music lessons remain. We continue to work with Miss Lord from the Music Service but this term we are using our voice, as the topic of our work is singing. Before the lessons began, I knew Miss Lord would be impressed as I have seen the children perform songs beautifully at various times in the year.
The date is mentioned above but there will be an assembly similar to the brass where the children show off what they have been learning. This will take place on Tuesday 11th July 2017 at 9:45am. A letter will follow.
The children sculpted some extra terrestrial looking monsters last term. It linked in nicely with our stories from imaginary worlds. The children worked with a variety of tools and techniques and hopefully were proud of what they produced.
This term we will be looking at sewing - a fond past time of the Vikings! The children will hopefully produce something colourful and summery to bring home with them in July.
The children have returned to working with Scratch this half term in creating an interactive toy. The toys will be digital and next half term we hope to add the finishing touches to them.
We also worked on presenting, researching and producing weather reports for a chosen French region. The children's work not only looked great, they presented their work with expression and character too!