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SUMMER TERM

It's all Greek to me!

 

A warm welcome back to the Summer term, I hope the Easter break was both relaxing and 'egg-citing'! Our topic this term is It's all Greek to me! Please click on the curriculum newsletter below which outlines our learning for this term.

Summer Term Curriculum Letter

June 2018 - Wellbeing Week:

Golden Mile

Each morning many of the year 4 class, along with the rest of the school, have taken part in the daily golden mile walk, jog or run as part of our week of Well-Being activities. Great work year, you have clocked up a good few miles!

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Gardening

Year 4 decided that parts of the school needed a splash of colour adding to help with our well-being. So we set to with creating a number of planters that have been deposited around the school site.

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Energy From Waste Recycling Visit.

Year 4 spent the day at the Energy From Waste recycling centre in North Hykeham. They learnt about the changes in shopping styles/habits and with that the amount of packagaing used and how, in some cases, that can be recycled; the carbon footprint in respect of producing a Kinder egg and finally a tour of the site and how general house hold waste is delivered and burnt to then produce electricity for homes; ash, used in road construction and the recycling of metals from the original waste. The class were challenged to bring a lunch that created as little general waste as possible - our waste eighed in at just over 900g!

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Samba Workshop

As part of Well-Being Week, Year 4 came off time table for the afternoon and explored the background to and sound of Samba music. We learnt the basic rhythms for the instruments involved by practising using body percussion; transfered these rhythms to the instruments and finally learnt how to make breaks and solo performances.

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June 2018 - Church School's Festival

Salisbury Class, along with Y4 children from two other schools, spent the day at St Deny's Church in Sleaford, attending the Church School's Festival. The focus for the festival was to develop our pupils' understanding of their local church family and to encourage them to consider their wider, global church family. During the day, the class took part in 6 workshops that included: puppetry, church maths, church rubbing, and observational art. The day concluded with a collective worship when a candle was presented to each school to help the children reflect on the work of a charity called 'Embraace' which the children learnt about earlier. The class were superb ambassadors for the school and themselves.

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May 2018 - Collective Assembly 

We welcomed visitors from 'Open the book' society who shared a story from the Bible about a miracle that Jesus carried out. The story was all about how Jesus, when on board a small sailing boat, caught up in a terrible storm, calmed the waters and shared with is friends and followers how they should trust in God and how he will always be by their side. Emily, Finn, Grace, Henry and Oliver did a fantastic job of helping the story tellers with their acting skills.

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May 2018 - Science

The class undertook an investiagtion around school to find out if childrens forearm length and width grew as they got older. After planning how they would carry out the investigaton, what and how they would measure and the recording process, the class - working in groups - visited each year group, took measurements, shared the research with the rest of the class and produced a finished table and scattergram.

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May 2018 - Cricket Coaching

We are very fortunate this term in Year 4 to welcome Angus from Lincolnshire Cricket Coaching to deliver specialist cricket coaching. So far we have looked at over-arm bowling, batting and catching skills which we have incorporated into games of Quick Cricket.

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May 2018 - Topic: Greek Food Tasting

Year 3 and 4 joined forces this morning for topic time. The learning today  was about Greek home life in which the classes learnt about parts of a Greek home; everyday life for girls and boys plus the food most associated with Greece. The children enjoyed working in teams to make a 3D model of a Greek home followed by a tasting session of some Greek delicacies including olives, feta cheese, hummus and pitta bread.

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May 2018 - Tennis Tournament

Emily, Saffie, Charlie and Oliver attended a tennis tournament held at Winchelsea Primary School in Ruskington and organised by the sports team from Carres Grammar. Our four budding Serena Williams and Roger Federers played extremeley well, winning three games and loosing two. They came an amazing third place in the local heats.

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April 2018 - Swimming awards

The class were presented with their swimming awards and certificates during Good Work assembly. Great work Salisbury - fantastic distances covered.

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April 2018 - Tri Golf Tournament

Just before the Easter break, a couple of the Year 3 & 4 children participated in a Tri Golf Tournament. We foud out today, despite initial thoughts, we came third and so medals were presented during Good Work assembly.

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April 2018 - Music

This term we are joined by Mr Wyatt from Lincolnshire Music Service who will be teaching us how to play the trombone and trumpet. Today we learnt how to create the initial sound (lots of raspberry blowing) then the putting together of our instruments.

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April 2018 - Science Day

Dr Francis from Working Science joined us in school today to deliver a set of workshops to some of our KS2 classes. Year 4 were one of the classes who enjoyed a session all about Rocks and Fossils. The children undertook several investigations which included finding out the Ph rating of several liquids plus the soil from around school.

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In addition, we began our science topic today. Our focus this term is on the human body and how to keep healthy. In the lesson today we started to learn about and understand where key organs are inside our body. Firstly, we drew around a classmate and then had a go at drawing in where we thought the organs are placed. Then we learnt about their role and actually where they are located.

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March 2018 - Inter House Game

Our P.E focus on net and wall games concluded today with a set of inter-house games. Well done to Waddington who were our winners. Special mention to Ava who showed great honesty; Emma who showed respect and Owynn who displayed  great determination. Also to be congratulated, for the effort they put into their games, is Matthew.

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March 2018 - Winter Games

As part of the whole school Winter Games activity afternoon, Year 4 took part in a set of netball games. The games were extremely passionate with lots of great passing and interception skills being used throughout. Our overall winners were Cranwell House. Well done to all who took part.

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March 2018 - DT: Pre-Historic Jewellery

In DT we reserached some of the types of jewellery worn by Pre-Historic people. We had a go at sketching then designing our own jewellery and concluded our learning by making our own out of clay. Here are a few examples of our finished work..

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March 2018 - Visit to Wild Woodcraft

The class visited Wild Woodcraft as part of their Pre-Historic Britain topic. The children experienced a setting similar to a Stone-Age one where they were able to handle and inspect various artefacts that included animal hides, weapons and tools. The class learnt how to den build and  the art of fire lighting. Having learnt how to light a fire, the class then found out how to heat water using hot stones; cut, gut and then cook fish followed by a tasting session. A huge thank you to the PTFA who subsidised the trip by funding the coach travel.

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March 2018 - Sarah Outen

Year 4 were treated to a visit from Sarah Outen who gave a talk about her exploits around the world. Sarah Outen is an adventurer by land and sea, bestselling author and motivational speaker. Keen to encourage people outside and enable young people to access adventure, she is a proud ambassador and patron of a number of charities. In November 2015 Sarah completed her most recent major expedition: London2London:Via the World, an attempt to row, cycle and kayak 25000 miles around the Northern Hemisphere. The journey took 4.5 years and was all the richer for not turning out exactly as planned. Her visit was a great inspiration to us all and how to face any difficulties we encounter.

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February 2018 - R.E

We are continuing to learn about Judaism in R.E and as part of that learning we have been learning about a specific celebration called Hanukkah. We learnt why the Jews celebrate this festival and then made some dreidels and had a go at playing a game linked to them.

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February 2018 - Rhubarb Theatre

Year 4, along with the whole school, were treated to live theatre as Rhubarb Theatre performed their latest show, Sidney's Shed. The company told the story of Sidney, who managed to create a time machine that went back in time and allowed us to see how we can learn from historical events. The KS2 classes were then able to meet with the cast and take part in a Q & A session.

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February 2018 - Subject Revolution

The children from Salisbury class took part in an exciting project that involved saving the school from aliens. Using a varity of maths skills that included knowledge of weights and measures and geometry, the children had to find the code that would destroy the alien invaders.

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February - Church Service

It was Year Fours turn to lead the monthly Community Church Service. The theme was friendship and so the class acted out a short play about what made a true friend. A fantastic job by all.

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February - R.E

As part of our investigation of the Jewwish faith, the class have been learning about the celebration of Shabbat. We learnt what it was, when it was held and why Jews have this particular ritual. We learnt that a sweet bread is made and eaten at this particular celebration and so we teamed up with Y3 to have a go at making our own Challah bread. We had alot of fun and the end product was delicious.

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January 2018 - ICT

Having spent some time thinking about being safe whilst on-line, we have now moved onto coding. Our learning this week taught us how to program a game; we needed to add coding that would make balloons pop when clicked on, then reappear elsewhere on the screen; how to change a variable i.e a score and finally to create our own app using the skills covered in the lesson.

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January 2018 - Music

We have been investigating the sounds made on a building site and the collective layered sound they create. First, we used our voices to imitate these sounds and put them together to create a short composition of repeated rhythms. Then we selected instruments we felt would best represent tools such as sawing, drilling,hammering and plastering and again attempted to create a layered rythmic composition.

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January 2018 - Science

The class continued their investigation of rocks by conducting experiments that would identify how easy they would erode and their permiability. Children made some fantastic predictions.

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January 2018 - Art

We continued to investigate Pre-Historic art by viewing images and going on a virtual tour of the caves at Lacaux in France. In order to try and experience what it may have been like to draw in a cave, our classroom and inparticular the tables, became caves as the children worked under their tables and attempted to draw upside down! In addition,  we prepared our presentation paper by staining the paper with old tea bags.

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January 2018 - Maths

We have started to learn how to use a formal and efficient written method for multiplication. Our learning began with a recap of methods to multiply a two-digit number by one-digit number; we used equipment to practically see the process before writing out and calculating for ourseleves.

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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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