Thanks to all who supported the children in researching their surnames. It was an extremely interesting home-learning share; many of the names' history will link to learning we have upcoming in class.
Over the course of the spring term, we will be basing our learning around the theme of 'Articulate'. We will be exploring the arts, further developing our oracy skills, delving into the past to help us build a better future and continuing all of the hard work we have put in in year 4 so far!
We discovered today that the new artwork that Laurie has made from our inspiration represents some speech as sound waves. This set us off on a morning exploring sound waves, vibrations, volume and pitch through 12 hands-on activities. There were some moments of awe and wonder, as well as some great fun. We learned loads and also have some questions we want to investigate further over the next few weeks.
We also watched an interesting film about the magic of the science behind sound and how we hear. If you have Amazon Prime, it is on there. Ask your child to talk you through some of it!
First School Reunion - The Business Of...
We have learned about all sorts of careers this term, but each decided on one we thought would suit us in the future. After exploring possible routes into our new jobs, we imagined how our lives may have been between now and 2049. We shared these journeys we had written about as speeches at showcase and displayed 'photos' from our exciting future lives!
It all starts with the teeth!
We've explored the types of teeth and their jobs, as well as investigating how to keep them healthy:
The Digestive System
Ask your child to explain what happens to your food on its journey through your body. We recreated this amazing process, starting from before it even enters your mouth to what you can see below!
Don't worry; it's not real!
We are in the process of supporting one another in editing our Monsterpedia pages. We will have no trouble meeting the publisher's deadline, so you should expect to see a finished book very soon!
Enjoy a sneaky peek of our amazing work. Watch this space for updates on the finished product.
I am sure you are aware that Cedar and Beech have been involved in some heated battles on Times Table Rock Stars this half term. I am pleased to announce that Cedar are the first winners of a chocolate maths lesson after winning 3-2 in the first round of battles.
Our next set of battles start now.
Having speedy recall of multiplication and division facts is so important as they are used in so many other areas of mathematics. Rock Stars is a great way to increase speed.
Please support the children in developing this important skill, as well as in getting the chance to eat more chocolate in class!
Welcome to Cedar Class
We are starting the term by learning all about the business of books.
Our job will be to produce a class book, based on The Monsterpedia that appears in the David Walliams book, Fing.
To help us when we are authors, we have become scientists and biologists to gain the expertise we need to write. We have learned so much about animals and their habitats, as well as how they adapt for different reasons.
All of this knowledge will be put to great use as we create our own creatures for The Monsterpedia.
We want our Monsterpedia book to be informative, interesting, entertaining and believable. We have got inspiration from these books on little-known animals.
Becoming illustrators has been our next job.
We used the Austin's Butterfly video to inspire us to show a growth mindset in improving our drafts so we ended up with some illustrations that will be a good addition to our text.
This week, we have taken a slight break from our Monsterpedia project to hear from some other authors. We spent an amazing day at the Beeline Storytelling Festival at Worcester University. We enjoyed fantastic tales, spooky stories, magical myths and rude yarns about all manner of things. We've got a great story from there to adapt and innovate for our next storytelling assembly, so look out for that!
If that wasn't exciting enough, we joined with Beech Class to take part in some interesting projects.
We have been working with an artist on a project to brighten up our courtyard, as well as planning our latest social action project to pitch in London at the upcoming RSA Takeover event. Busy times!