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SPRING TERM

Pre-Historic Britain

A very Happy New Year to you all and a warm welcome back to the Spring term. Our topic this term is 'Pre-Historic Britain'. Please click on the curriculum newsletter below which outlines our learning for this term.

Spring Term Curriculum Letter

January 2018 - Art

Our art topic contiuned as we investigated how stone age people would have drawn images and the colours they would have used. This was a very messy session as we painted with our fingers, twigs and leaves.

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January 2018 - R.E

In R.E we have been learning about Judaism and comparing it with our Christian faith. As part of our learning we looked at various artefacts, linked to each faith, and tried to separate them into those which were Jewish and those that were Christian.

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January 2018 - Art

The class have been investigating cave art. We looked at the type of images recorded, how they recorded them and the materials they may have used. We then completed sketches of some of the animals captured in those early Stone age drawings found in caves.

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January 2018 - Maths

 

We are learning to complete calculatiions using a formal written method. To help with calculating and the understanding of the process,  we have been using place value counters.

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January 2018 - Topic

We made a start on our topic learning today by investigating what 'Prehistory' means; what we call this particular era(s) and why, plus how we find out about what happened before records began.

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December 2017 - Christmas lunch

Our term finished with a delicious Christmas lunch. Thank you to Mrs Whalan and all the team who helped make this such a special ocassion.

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Decembr 2017 - English

Our English concluded with the class learning some short poems about various animals to be found in a rainforest. The children spent time learning the poem by heart,  then performing it to the whole class ensuring they included expression, volume and pace as part of the spoken language element of the curriculum. Well done Year 4, some great performances.

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December 2017 - KS2 Christmas Party Day

Year 4 along with children from Y3,5 and 6 enjoyed a fabulous Christmas party day. The day began with a hat making activity , where the children were extremely creative. This was followed by the playing of some exciting party games; the children played corners, the hoop game and musical statues. Lunch was served with a fabulous selection of savouries and sweet treats. In the afternoon the children worked in mixed year groups on a Christmas quiz followed by a short film. A truly great party. Thank you to everyone who helped make it such a special day.

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December 2017 - Creative Rainforest Homework

As the term nears an end, the class were set the challenge to create a rainforest themed collage. The children have excelled themselves producing some very individual and creative pieces of artwork. WOW Year 4!

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December 2017 - Science: Sound Investigation

The science topic this term is on sound. The children have learnt what sound is and how we hear sound. The children in year 4 undertook an investigation to see what material would best to soundproof an object. The class used cling film, tin foil, kitchen roll, bubble wrap and paper towels and wrapped the object untiln they weren't able to hear the sound. We found out that kitchen roll was the best at soundproofing.

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December 2017 - Maths 

Year 4 have been investigating shape and inparticular the classification of various shapes using carroll diagrams to sort shapes using a variety of criteria linked to a shapes properties.

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November 2017 - New Age Kurling

St Andrews' were visited by Carl Blackman who delivered a taster session of kurling to each of the KS2 classes. Salisbury class really enjoyed the session. 

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November 2017 - Design Technology

Our DT project is to design and make a rainforest animal/bug using papier mache. The designs are in and this week the children began making the structure and adding the layers of paper. A very sticky affair!!!!

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November 2017 - Topic: Reptile Life Visit

Today, Year 4 had and an amazing experience. We were visited by Animals UK, who brought in a selection of animals associated with rainforest regions. Rob and Ellen shared some amazing facts about the animals in their care and the class were able to meet and hold: tortoises; lesser tenrecs; a 4m long Burmese Python; a taranchula called Charlotte; a panther chameleon and a crocodile called Desmond.

     
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November 2017 -Maths: xtables knowledge

Our current math focus is on multiplication facts up to 12x12. In our lesson we explored how we can use facts we already know to answer questions we are not so sure about. We looked at various questions and investigated our understanding by using practical equipment.

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November 2017 - Science: sound

This term, the science focus is in sound. We started our topic by investigating what sound is and how it is created. It's all down to 'good vibrations'.

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November 2017 - P.E.  - Rugby

In term 2, the focus continues to be invasion games in particular, Tag Rugby. Over the coming weeks,  the class will learn the skills needed for the game which includes holding the ball correctly; passing the ball, and catching, whilst in motion; finding and moving into a space; defending and attacking and the use of the tags culminating in an interhouse game.

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 October 2017 - Science

Our topic lesson incorporated a science element; we investigated and learnt about food chains. The children identified and learnt about producers, consumers, prey and predators. To help with the learning we acted out the different parts of a food chain.

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October 2017 - Den Building

The Year 4s and the Year 1s came together to design and build dens. After a short talk on safety, the children spent the morning working as a team to construct a sturdy construction that could fit them all in and keep them dry - which was an essential criteria during our building session.

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The final construction.

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October 2017 - English

In English, we are learning how to punctuate dialogue. We learnt how to use inverted commas in the correct place; to use commas and to identify and vary reporting verbs. Our learning took the form of physically creating sentences and moving punctuation marks in and around the sentences. 

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October 2017 - P.E. Inter-House Hockey

Our first team of P.E came to a conclusion as the class played in an inter-house competition. The outcome was: Digby first; Scampton in second place; Cranwell were in third position and in fourth position Waddington.

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October 2017 - ICT

In ICT we are learning various skills linked to word processing. We have tried out our typing skills, at speed, and investigated how to chage the font, the font size and the colour of the text.

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Oct 2017 - Collective Worship

Today we listened to the Bible story of Jonah recounted to us by The Open Book Society. Well  done to Jessica, Julija, Liam, Henry and Lucy who took part.

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September 2017 - R.E

This term the whole school assembly focus is Creation which we are also covering in our R.E lessons. After listening to and learning about other faith's creation stories, the class looked at the Christian version and produced a story board depicting the seven days. Som eof our work is now on display in the school hall.

 

September 2017 - Macmillan coffee morning

Children in Year 4, along with the rest of school, enjoyed a glass of squash and a delicious cake at the Macmillan coffee morning. The school raised an amazing £350.00 from the very generous donations made. A huge thank you to members of the PTFA and parent volunteers who kindly helped out.

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September 2017 - ICT

Our ICT lesson today involved no use of computers! Instead, we focused on being responsible and safe when on-line. Our session investigated definitions for responsibility and what a digital citizens is; the children explored various statements and who they were responsible to when on-line.

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September 2017 - Maths

Our current focus in maths is Place Value. Today we were looking at counting on and used place value counters and grids to help with calculating our final answer.

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September 2017 - Art

The class began investigating the skills involved in producing batiq. Today the children learnt about the use of the hot wax and the tjanting tool. Whilst waiting to learn about and try out this new piece of equipment, the class revised their learning on mixing colours with batiq ink on material others thought aabout possible batiq designs and colours in readiness for their final pieces.

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 September 2017 - P.E

New term and new P.E focus. This term the theme is 'Invasion Games' and during this first half term we will be focusing on the skills required within the game of hockey.  In particular, the key skills we will thinking about are: I can move in and out of spaces based on verbal communication; I can change direction and increase speed to avoid an opponent; I can receive, travel and then send an object whilst retaing possession; I can successfully receive and control a ball that is moving directly towards me; I can exploit space by passing, dribbling or running with the ball; I keep possession of a ball (hockey stick).

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 September 2017 - Circle Time

 In circle time we spent time getting to know each other through lots of fun activities. In addition, we did some team building activities and finished with a discussion on the various skills needed to complete the tasks successfully. This was useful as we linked this to our understanding of Growth Mindset and our school values. Great work Team Salisbury.

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