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Spring Term 2019

Rotten Romans!

Welcome back to the Spring term, I hope the Christmas break was exciting, relaxing and a great time with the family. The Spring term topic in year 4 is Romans in which the class will be learning about the history of The Romans and in particular their legacy. Over the length of the term the children will investigate and learn about how the Roman Empire expanded; it’s organisation and structure; entertainment and architecture; how The Romans occupied England and Boudica’s up-rising and finally the legacy they left us. Please click on the curriculum newsletter link below which outlines our learning for this term.

Spring Term Curriculum Letter

March 2019 - French Breakfast

Year 4, along with the other KS2 classess, were treated to a French Breakfast hosted by members of the Sleaford twinning society. The children have been practising how to ask for croissants, bread with either butter, jam or nutella spread plus a drink with a choice of hot chocolate, milk or water. All the children did a fantastic job of conducting a two way conversation in French, with the hosts, to order their food.

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March 2019 - Design Technology

As part of our Roman topic and the legacy they left us, we have been engineers and investigated why and how arches are used in bridge designs. Our task led us to invesitigate how different size arches can be stronger than others.

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March 2019 - Science

The children took the role of forensic scientists and learnt how to examine fingerprints and how they can help identify a person. The children were set a challenge by Mr Hodgson who reported that a member of the teaching staff had been taking all the biscuits, but in their rush to get away had left a fingerprint on the biscuit barrel. The class had to identify the culprit!

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March 2019 - World Book Day

In recognition of it being World Book Day, the children were invited to come into school dressed as a character from their favourite book. During the day we had a 'Flash Read' when we downed tools and read our books plus as part of the school council iniative, they played a games of charades based on characters and books.

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March 2019 - Visit to The Collection Museum

Year 4, along with Year 3, visited The Collection museum in Lincoln to learn and understand more about The Romans, their lifestyle, the army plus how archeologists use a variety of skills to uncover artefacts and then use the evidence to learn more about this important historical era.

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February 2019 - P.E

We are fortunate to have Mr Green and Miss Faulkner from the Carres Outreach Team leading our outdoor P.E session during Term 4. The focus is on 'Net and Wall' games and today we started with table tennis and tennis skills.

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February 2019 - DT: Roman Architecture

The class have been learning about Roman Architecture as part of their topic learning. Today, the class learnt about the different types of buildings found in a Roman town; th design of the buildings and the names of the key parts. The children had  a go at constructing their own columns and pediments.

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February 2019 - Mosaic Artwork

A few examples of our amazing mosaic artwork. The class have created wonderful designs and applied the skills learnt, brilliantly. Well done Year 4.

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February 2019 - Open Book Assembly

Some of the children from Salisbury class joined the Open Book Society during whole school assembly to present 'The writing on the wall' Bible story.

 

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February 2019 - ICT: Spreadsheets

The class are learning all about spreadsheets using Microsoft Excell. We have learnt what they are; what they are used for and the different parts as well as being able to input, copy, paste and highlight data within a spreadsheet.

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January 2019 - Science:

We are contiuing to learn about 'Forces' but focusing on magnets and the force of magnetism. Our lesson today was about investigating objects that were attracted to a magnet or repelled.

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January 2019 - Science

We have been exploring forces and in today's session we used a force meter to measure the amount of force required to move a heavy object across various surfaces. Through our investigation, we were able to answer the questions set: "Do objects need the same force to move them across different surfaces?"

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January 2019 - Art

In art we investigated some Roman mosaic images and discussed what they tell us about life during this period of history. We then had a practise at printing, thinking about the designs we came up with during the last session.

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January 2019 - Art

The class started to investigate Roman mosaics. We looked at what they were, where the Romans used them and how they were created. Today's session focused on the patterns used for borders and the class had a go at designing their own border designs.

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AUTUMN TERM

All The Fun Of The Fair!

 

A warm welcome back to the Autumn term, I hope the summer break was both relaxing and fun. Our topic this term is 'All The Fun Of The Fair! Please click on the curriculum newsletter below which outlines our learning for this term.

Autumn Term Curriculum Letter

December 2018 - Christmas lunch

Last day of term and the class celebrated with a delicious Christmas lunch. Thank you to Mrs Whalen and all the lunch time supervisors who made it so special.

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December 2018 - KS2 Christmas Party Day

The class had a fun Christmas party day taking part in party games, party hat making, a fantastic buffet lunch and finishing with a film.

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December 2018 - Christmas Carol Concert

Year 4 joined forces with years 3 and 5 to stage a fantastic Christmas Carol Concert. Held in St Andrews Church, the concert was a mix of readings and modern carols which told the Christmas story.

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December 2018 - English / Design Technology

As we near the end of our Fairground topic, the class linked English with some DT skills and made chocolate dipped apples for which they then created a set of instructions.

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December 2018 - P.E

To finish this term's P.E with Mr Green from the Carres Outreach team, we played  Pop Lacrosse in an interhouse competition. The class have become so confident and accurate in their 'scooping' and 'shooting' using the unique equipment. After a great deal of fun it was Waddington who were the victors.

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December 2018 - Science

The focus in science has moved on to learning about Forces. We learnt about the basic forces of push, pull and twist and how we use these everyday - sometimes without really thinking about it! The class were asked to create a shape using either Blu-Tak, a rubber band or a pipe cleaner that showed how the force of either twist, push or pull had been applied.

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December 2018 - French

The class have been learning to ask and then answer how they travel to school. Linked to to the theme of travel, the childen went onto learn about where in the world French is spoken.

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November 2018 - Science

In science our current focus is electricity. We have been learning about conductors and insulators within an electrical circuit. We investigated various materials such as: rubber bands, rulers,  metal spoons,  cork,  tin foil and card to see if the current could pass through them and light the lamp.

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November 2018 - R.E

Now our diva lamps are dry, uisng a maximum of 3 colours and inspired by our knowledge of rangoloi designs, we have now painted them. Below are a few examples of fantastic work. Look out for them coming home.

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November 2018 - Science

Over the last couple of weeks we have learnt about basic electrical circuits and how we can include lamps, moters, buzzers and switches. We have brought this learning together with our topic of fiargrounds. We have incorporated an electrical circuit into a fairground themed ride. The class eithr had to get the clowns eyes light up or his bow tie spin!

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November 2018 - R.E

As past of our learning about the Hindu faith, we have learnt about Diwali and its link to the Rama and Sita story. Using clay, we started making diva lamps. From a slab of clay, we moulded it into the shape of a sphere, created an aperture at the top and slowly manipulated the clay into a small bowl shape. Because the clay is of the air drying variety, we will now hae to lave them for a few days before we can decorate them.

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November 2018 - Music

In this session we used simple non-tuned percussion instruments to create a short composition. Our starting point was a word associated with types of coversation e.g. happy, angry, delighted etc. The class used the instrument provided to then create a piece that symbolised that conversation without using words or facial expressions - just the music.

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November 2018 - Science

We have been learning about electricity and inparticular electrical circuits. having learning how to make a simple circuit, we then investigated how to turn our light on and off using a switch. We replaced lamps with motors and buzzers then drew our circuits using the universally recognised symbols.

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October 2018 - ICT

In our ICT the focus is on programming. To help us understand basic programming ( algorithmns), we used the Ipads and took turns to program the Bee Bots to travel around a course thinking about the directional language used.

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October 2018 - Art

This term we have been exploring the work of L S Lowry and inparticular his painting "Daisy Nook Fair". We are creating our own interpretation of this original using watercolours and so far we have created a background wash, sketched in detail and today added the colour detail.

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October 2018 - Science

Our science topic this term is light and this week we have been investigating shadows. We discussed what a shadoew is; how they are created plus howw they are used in puppetry. Our investigation was to find out how shadows change when a light source is moved away from an opaque object.

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September 2018 - Charity Coffee Morning

Year 4 enjoyed an additional 'mid-morning snack' when they gathered in the school hall to be served a drink and to partake in some cake eating in aid of the Children's Cancer Charity. As a school we raised over £300.00 which is fantastic. Thank you for all your donations and to the volunteers and staff who served.

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September 2018 - Jeans 4 Genes

Year 4, along with the other KS2 classes, were fortunate to listen to a talk on Jeans for Genes Day from Esther Horton who is a specialist in genetics. We learnt what genes are; how small they are; what they control; what happens when the genes don't work properly and even had a go at building our own double helix to show DNA with jelly babies.

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September 2018 - Hindu Workshop

Year 4 have enjoyed working with Sunita Patell who is a practising Hindu and who has spent the day sharing information about her faith. The children have learnt some basic Indian vocabulary; created rangoli designs; listened to several stories which helped them learn about Hindu Gods as well as having a go at some Bangra dancing in costume!

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September 2018 - Science

The class have been learning about light. We have learnt how light travels, how light helps us to see and the best materials to reflect light as well as gaining an understanding of the terms, transparent, translucent and opaque. To put some of this knowledge and understanding into practice, we constructed a set of periscopes and used them to 'spy' on the Y5 and Y6 classes!

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September 2018 - 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 2018 - Art

We  carrid out some research on the artist L.S.Lowry whose work we are studying and using as a stimulus this term. We found out a little about the man himself and then compared two of his paintings, recording our likes and dislikes about the particular images. Later in the term, we will have a go at creating our own interpretation of his painting, "Daisy Nook Fair".

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September 2018 - Maths

In maths, the focus is on number and place value. We have looked at counting in multiples of 25 and 100 and how efficient this method would be when faced with counting large quantities of objects.

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September 2018 - 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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