Welcome to Class 4!
During the Spring Term, our topic is Roman Britain. Discover warring Britain: meet Claudius, Boudicca and Julius Caesar, and find out what the Romans did for us. Here we will explore the rich history of this dynamic civilisation and answer important questions such as ‘Why did the Romans invade Britain?' and 'What comparisons can be made between Italy and Great Britain?' Once we have finished and the battling has made you hungry, why not relax, lie down and feast yourself on dormice and grapes, or perhaps a roasted swan sprinkled with nuts?
If you wish to see our Spring Newsletter you can download it below.
Friendship Workshop in Year 4
Year 4 have been looking at friendships, relationships and bullying in a classroom-based workshop. Val McFarlane talked to the children about friends, what makes a friend special, types of bullying and how we are all different. We also examined the differences between a fall out and bullying and how we can respond to bullying.
All of our Year 4 pupils will have the opportunity to learn to play a brass instrument this year. The second group performed to a large audience in assembly this week and they were absolutely fabulous. We all enjoyed listening to their performances of 'Boogie Shoes' and 'Five Jive'. Well done! The children now have the opportunity to continue their lessons with Mrs Norris. Last year, nearly all of the children from Year 4 continued with lessons after the trial period. What a fantastic take-up!
Fun in the snow...
Making the most of the recent snowy weather, we all had lots of fun at playtime. From snowmen to snow camels that you could ride, Year 4 enjoyed the opportunity to show off their creative side.
Science Week in Year 4
Science Week started with making a hedgehog box and bug hotel for our school field. We then used natural forms (leaves) to create abstract prints which will later be displayed in Durham Cathedral.
On the Tuesday and Wednesday, we spent much of our time sharing our own favourite science experiments and answering any questions that our classmates had. The children had obviously spent a long time researching their favourite ones and finding out about the science behind them. We also had visits from two school governors, Dr Gill and Mrs Lafford, both of whom helped in classroom activities and furthered our scientific knowledge.
On the Wednesday we went on to complete the 'Magical Egg Drop Challenge'. It was an eggsplosive afternoon, where everyone tried eggxtra special to have a cracking time! Sorry, but I couldn't resist!
On Thursday, we another another visit from a parent, Mr Jon Scott, who delivered a lesson on how electricity is produced using different sources. As well as proving a useful insight into how power stations and water turbines generate the power we use in our homes, he also reminded children of the dangers of electricity and sub-stations.
All in all, we had a fantastic week. Everyone had lots of fun and there was a HUGE amount of science taking place every day. Well done Year 4!
Year 4 are currently working on a project funded by the East Durham Rural Corridor Area Action Partnership. Here we will look at wildlife in the school grounds and find ways of improving the area for wildlife. The first part of the project involved setting up a motion camera to capture wildlife in our school field. Next time we will be looking to set up a hedgehog garden.
This half term, Year 4 are taking part in a programme designed to encourage children and their families to develop and maintain healthy lifestyles. The programme (FISCH) will involve 10 weeks of activities including physical activity, lifestyle advice and classroom based activities around the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.