Chinese Day ... what a fabulous day! We all dressed up, got into character and enjoyed the experience. Our day included designing and painting the banners for our game 'Capture the Flag', performing 'Tai Chi' in the orchard, eating the festive Chinese snacks (courtesy of Mrs Mahony) and the taking part in the Water Festival -or is it an excuse for a water fight? The Water Festival is a way for to cleanse the body and the soul, to signify a new beginning ... year 5? The children are certainly ready for it! It has been a wonderful year.! Good luck to all the children for y5 and beyond.
From Vikings to Twitchers
A final singing session for year 4 ... and that's just what they wanted.
Sports Day 2016 - what a competitive class! They all tried their best and had fun. But at the end of all that exertion some needed a rest and a drink!
Greater Spotted Woodpecker infant spotted with his mum. He struggled to cope with the technique of climbing up the bird table pole, so mum showed him a couple of times and after a short time she popped down to him with a few peanuts. Fascinating!
So what does real traditional Chinese dancing look like? Well look at our video clips.
group 2 final movie.mp4
We thoroughly enjoyed our Chinese dancing experience. Our tutor, Sin-man, taught us how to use the long ribbons and our hands to dance expressively. It was a fabulous experience.
Kite making - our kits are now painted (with Chinese designs) and almost ready to test.
Chinese Dragon Dancing workshop for our class on Friday, 17th June. Do come along for a performance at 2:30pm.
For the celebration of our Queen's 90th birthday we had a tea party in the playground. It was a real treat but it WAS very hot! Hamish made us all laugh - his grey sock kept making an appearance above the top of his dress ...so guess who he came dressed as?
Kew Visit Reports
As an alternative to written recounts about their visit to Kew Gardens in May, the children took on the challenge of writing and acting about their experiences in the style of a TV news report. The children enjoyed the opportunity to write in a different style (for a real purpose), to rehearse their reports and then finally act in front of a camera. What surprised them was how many takes and re-takes were needed before we were happy with the result. This will certainly stand them in good stead for filming their China documentary next term. I do apologise for the sound quality in some scenes - the wind was so hard it really impacted on the clarity of the recording. But, enjoy ... your children did!
Our Visit to Kingham Lodge celebrating Oxfordshire Artweeks 2016
Oxfordshire Artweeks 2016
The clip from BBC South Today featuring some of the children working on the sculptures and engaged in observational drawing and which, for some reason, wasn't available on BBC iPlayer. Izaak and Lara's interview wasn't shown - which was a real shame as they were so professional in front of the camera ... but see if you can spot them!
Our day with birds of prey ...and just a few meerkats!
We had a superb day at Millets Farm Falconry Centre today. The weather was particularly interesting, the children were superb - but, more details in the newsletter next week.
A class full of Vikings!
The team - Mrs Mahony and Mrs Yeatman
We'll be very, very busy this term! But more information will be imparted in our class letter, coming soon.
Our trip to Millets Farm Falconry Centre - 29/4/16
Do dress up warmly as you will be outside for most of the day. Don't forget to wear your school polo shirt and your school sweatshirt/cardigan, but you can wear warm trousers, joggers or jeans (not teenage low cut or torn ones!). For your feet? Trainers (not the pink glittery type!), walking boots, or even Ugg-type boots will be fine.
Weather? Do check the local weather reporthttp://www.bbc.co.uk/weather , it may help with wardrobe choices!
Finally, be thankful you are not travelling with Mrs Mahony ... RAC Recovery needed to get her home after the KS2 National Quiz - just ask Izaak.
For information about our plans for the summer term please read the following documents.
In readiness for making Chinese themed kites we made paper planes - using the classic dart design. This consolidated our understanding of shape and symmetry (maths) and additionally, a start to understanding lift, drag and gravity (science). But it was REAL fun! The children are really looking forward to the next stage of the project.
Class Reading Book for the term - open the document for details
We had so much fun 'rehearsing' the sack race it was clear that a video was 'a must'! So enjoy the thrills and spills of the race ... and for those of you of a certain age, enjoy the sepia version. The colour version is also available for you too. We hope you enjoy watching the antics as much as the children enjoyed doing!
Sport Relief sack race colour version movie.mp4
British Motor Museum - Gaydon. To celebrate National Science Week we visited this amazing museum to understand how Science and design affects the most common mode of transport we use today ... the car. We looked at fundamental scientific concepts, investigated how different materials can change, and put our knowledge into practice to design and develop a car able to withstand the rigours of uneven, stony surfaces, ice and good old tarmac. We had a lot of fun and we also enjoyed the opportunity to look at how car design has evolved over the years. We also saw some famous cars too - metal film stars: the vehicles from 'Skyfall', 'Indiana Jones' and 'Thunderbirds'. We would all love to go again!
World Book Day 2016 ... YES, we all dressed up! It did make concentrating on work more difficult, but a lot more colourful!
Molly, 'Naughtiest Girl in School' blonde moment!
What a lucky class we are! Our resident bakers, Millie and Larissa, produced an edible Iron Man cake. We're sure you'll agree that it looks fantastic, but the taste was indeed, divine! Thank you girls.
RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2016 - in addition to the top three (below) we also saw some Blackbirds, Chaffinches, Coal Tits, Dunnocks, Goldfinches, Greenfinches, Long-tailed Tit, Robins, Starling, Woodpigeon. We saw an amazing, an astounding 646 birds visiting our bird-table in just 1 HOUR! Thank you to the eagle-eyed twitchers: Lara, Molly, Sophie, Sophia, Jemima, Katie,Joe, Hamish, Aaron, Tom and Eddie and also to Mrs Bloom for some wonderfully delicious brownies and biscuits.
RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2016 - Year 4 Twitchers get counting
How do you build a metallic man?
Alberto Giacometti and Anthony Gormley - simply amazing sculptors. Like them, we're making observational drawings from real models. What will our sculptures look like?
Each group had 15 minutes to rehearse, adding moves, experimenting with dynamics to produce a performance of the poems we'd been looking at.
don't be scared.mp4
little Robot i.mp4
Hello Year 4 - ongoing research for the term ... I know you'll enjoy! Mrs M
Just a sample of the wonderful day we had with Hrothgar. The children learned about the weapons used at the time, acted a couple of Viking myths, played an ancient Viking game, lit a fire and then took part in the funeral ritual of our very own Jarl Morrisson (Joe). It was such a busy and exciting day and the children thoroughly enjoyed it.
We all had a fantastic day with Hrothgar. We had a lot of fun learning about how the Vikings lived ... and died. We did lots of acting too, but do look out for a report in the newsletter on Friday. With such a busy day and with so many opportunities, there are over 400 images to sort through - but they'll be on our class page very soon.
Viking cookery part 2: Baked Apples. Finn and Mrs Yeatman selected the most perfect apples from our orchard for this culinary treat. With not an apple corer in sight, the children had to core the apples very carefully with a knife and spoon (not daggers and swords, thankfully!) to prepare a space for the abundance of autumn fruits. With the apples filled, the children drizzled the honey over and then the dish was baked - unfortunately, not in Viking style. Once again, the children thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to take part in a practical activity ... possibly thinking they were missing maths, but of course they were measuring- and that's maths! What they wanted to do was to cook Baked Apples for all the children having school dinners - now that would have been a real treat for all ... especially for Cherie (our cook).
Big Dragon Art: We are writing Dragon Kennings in English and so we made a 3m long dragon to complement these. We all too turns to colour him (using scale shapes instead of the dots like Pointilist artists used) It was a great team effort and that is one of our class rules and we think the finished effect is fabulous. He still doesn't have a name yet, but we're working on that although 'Erik' and 'Spitfire' have been suggested!. Our dragon watches silently over us - possibly checking to see that we we keep to our class rules and work hard!
Viking Home Crafts. We've been working hard at our knitting (not as easy as you'd think) and weaving (the loom being the heart of every good Viking home). So what are we going to make? Well, Alfie suggested that we sew all the pieces together and make a Year 4 blanket ! And that sounds like a brilliant idea. Any more suggestions?
Viking Cooking - part 1. Sweet Bean Cakes. Whoever would have thought that mixing vegetables with a little honey could be so tasty? The children really enjoyed the complete cookery experience and so many have asked for the recipe so they can cook at home. A real success.
At last, here are a few of the photos. This selection is rafting. The children enjoyed working together to navigate their way up and down the River Nene. They also had to deal with their friends who went 'overboard', rescuing them from a very weedy end!
Tubing! We loved the excitement of riding the surf in our own personal craft (well, rubber rings!). It is more difficult than you think and some of the class showed their innate skill as 'water babies', while some of us exhibited a real lack of 'sea legs'. Enjoy looking at our photos ... we enjoyed the experience.
Kubb - we found some time to play the Viking game of Kubb. It involves throwing wooden batons to knock over knights but not the king. We all came to realise it really does involve some skill.
Our rafting and tubing experience! It was a lot of fun, but with over 500 photos taken it will take a Viking age to load the best of the bunch.
Our class book - "The Lost Gods" by Francesca Simon is a comic tale about the problems the Viking Gods encounter when they revisit 'Midgard' (ask your child where that is) in the 21st century. As we'll be reading this book on an almost daily basis, I would be grateful if you could provide your child with a copy as they may be required to read to the rest of the class and also complete any homework set in their reading Journal. Thank you.
The Invaders! Vikings - Vicious? Valiant? Victorious?
Click on the link below which will take you to the school curriculum links page. On it you will find website links for different subjects. Some will be for all age groups, while others will be specifically for KS1 or 2.