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Welcome to Year 4 - Doves!
After a great Easter, we all came back to school ready to take on the new challenges and excitements of the Summer Term. Although we have only been back two weeks, we have already had a chance to party as we joined in with the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations. The children all made crowns which they later wore to a street party held in the school hall. It was a fun afternoon, full of cake, squash and singing. On a more serious note, the children also spent the morning learning about the Queen and our monarchy.
Now summer is nearly here, we are beginning to venture outside a bit more to participate in some summer sports and Doves class spent a glorious sunny morning recently, honing our tennis skills. We will be playing rounders and cricket as the summer term progresses.
In the class, the children have been working hard at their writing and maths skills, as well as learning, amongst other things, about the human digestive system, healthy eating and thinking about British values. French, dance and ‘Outside Learning’ have been continuing as normal.
Doves class has had an extremely busy and enjoyable half term.
We all came back after the half term excited about our upcoming class assembly. It was based around our topic from last term ‘Chocolate’ and all the children performed brilliantly in front of parents and the rest of the school.
We also took part in Book Week and enthusiastically dressed up in book character costumes on National Book Day. During book week we immersed ourselves in reading and other activities based around books.
Doves class have also had the opportunity to take part in some outside learning, thanks to Mr Hunter who has been teaching us skills we can use to survive in the wilderness.
On the second week back after half term, Year 4 were chosen to represent Larkrise Primary at the Sporting Superstars event, held at Melbourne Park. This is an inter schools sporting event involving all the primary schools in the Chelmsford area. The children were great ambassadors for our school and performed extremely well.
The Doves class become authors this half term; reading and writing science fiction. The children thought about how they could describe different worlds and what kinds of details they could include in their writing, to make them seem like alien places. They went on to practise writing character descriptions and included dialogue in their stories to bring their characters to life.
Our topic for this term was ‘Should we eat chocolate?’ and the class started their investigation by leaning about how chocolate is made, and where in the world cacoa trees are grown. They also looked at the history of chocolate and found out how it made its way to Europe. The children went on to investigate whether eating chocolate was good for their health.
In science we studied the different states of matter. The children looked at what happens when a solid changes to liquid and to a gas and connected this to their topic work, conducting investigations into the melting points of different materials, including that of chocolate.
The Doves class began the year wondering how we see things. We read and wrote our own explanation texts and wrote some poems which allowed the children to explore their senses. The second half of the term was filled with excitement as we took part in the school's STEM week. We discovered more about science, technology, engineering and maths and investigated where we can use our knowledge in 'the real world'. We became boat designers, built working windmills with our parents and tried to out do each other by designing and building the strongest bridge possible from paper. We also managed to squeeze in a class assembly about Remembrance Day which we performed to our families and the whole school.
Our topic for this half term is 'Why do we speak English in school?' and we have spent time looking at the rise and fall of the Roman Empire as well as reading and writing our own version of myths. We were extremely lucky to have the opportunity to handle some genuine Roman artefacts, thanks to Mrs Crone, and we enjoyed thinking about what they might have been. It was amazing to hold items that were over 2000 years old!
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