First week back!

What a busy first week Cedar and Chestnut have had! On Wednesday, we discussed why rules are important and talked about what helps us learn:

We also created a timeline of the Roman era, looking at the key events during their reign:

On Thursday, we started our art work, researching and designing Roman clay pots:

On Friday, we investigated how sounds are made by exploring musical instruments:

Roman Day!

On Thursday, year 4 we were lucky enough to have a special visitor come into school! To engage the children in their new topic (I am Warrior!), they were able to learn about Roman soldiers, Roman gods and even become the Roman army! They learnt all about the famous tortoise formation, which led to the success of the Roman invasion. At the end of the day, we listened to a retelling of Boudicca’s story. It was a great day and the children really enjoyed learning about the Romans! See some pictures from our day below:

Welcome back Warriors!

This half term, we will be learning all about the Romans in our topic ‘I am Warrior’. The books we will be reading this half term are The Thieves of Ostia and The Sewer Demon, both by Caroline Lawrence. They are both mystery stories set in Ostia, Italy during Roman times. In literacy, we will be writing soliloquies, historical narratives, letters and instructions all based on Roman life. In maths, we will be learning about Roman numerals, place value, addition and subtraction. In our history lessons, we will be learning about Boudicca, gladiators and the Roman lifestyle and in art, we will be making Roman clay pots.

Our science topic is ‘What’s that sound?’ so we will be investigating how sounds are made and how to change pitch and volume. Linked to our science work, in computing, we will be using Garageband to compose our own soundtracks. Throughout this term in RE, we will be studying Buddhism. Also, we will be starting our swimming lessons and considering our rights, rules and responsibilities in PSHE.

Year 4 are going to have a busy start to the new year!!

Miss Jennings and Miss Abbott

Wonderful Writing!

Image result for a midsummers night dream

In Literacy we have been exploring the text of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by William Shakespeare and have created: drama, character descriptions, setting descriptions, advice writing and even diary entries.

Here is a piece of wonderful writing from Amelia in Cedar!

 

Dear Diary,

Today was an AWFUL day! This was the day when it all went horrible wrong: my magic power went all wrong and caused MAD chaos! Can you imagine thinking your day will all go simply well but then it all was thrown in a dist bin and your amazing day was turned awful? The bad thing is I ALWAYS MAKE MISTAKES!

Trembling with fear, I walked to Obseron’s to explain all of my bad mistakes that I have done to the secret lovers who I have cursed. I felt a dark soul in my tummy screaming really bad making my tummy ache. This is all of the mistakes that I have caused. I have: made the wrong people fall in love and turned Bottom’s head into a donkeys head!

Therefore, I am super stressed that Oberon will be roaring his head off at me after my mistakes. Can you imagine getting muddled in this situation? I hope that things will all get sorted. After all, I am full of mistakes! I wonder what awaits me next…

Wish me luck,

Puck

Well done Amelia Pawelcyzk!

Can you identify any of the S2S/ language features Amelia has used in her writing?

 

Sports Day!

Today Year 3&4 took part in Sports Day! There were a series of events including:

  • Archery
  • Wellie throwing
  • Speed bounce
  • Hoopla
  • Bean bag throwing
  • Tag games
  • Tug of war
  • Races (sack, bounce hoppers, sprints)

The children showed passion and determination to give every activity a go and encourage one another, and their resilience was inspirational. This was a PROUD moment for the children and all of the adults, who can see what fantastic, encouraging sportsman’s they all are!

Check out the collection of photos below!

 

“My proudest achievement was when I fell down, I got back up and carried on..” Mia

“I can’t exactly pick my favourite part of the day, it was just the whole morning!” Ella

“Thank you Miss Lindsay for organising a fantastic day of events!” Jess

What was your favourite part of today? Comment below!

Cultural Day in Cedar

For Cultural Day in Cedar, the children travelled all the way to Ghana. Here the children learnt about Mr Lincoln & Miss B’s experience in Ghana and how their life is very different… the children were very surprised about the differences in their education & water facilities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, we explored traditional Ghanaian drumming and dancing which Miss B learnt in Ghana and the children all got to have a go at playing to the beat of the music AND dancing at the same time. We found this very exhausting in the 26 degree heat, and soon realised that in Ghana it would have been much hotter.

As you can see… this was VERY fast!

 

Then, we explored traditional Ghanaian drumming and dancing which Miss B learnt in Ghana and the children all got to have a go at playing to the beat of the music AND dancing at the same time. We found this very exhausting in the 26 degree heat, and soon realised that in Ghana it would have been much hotter.

 

Would you like to visit Ghana? What was your favourite part about today?

Tell me below!

Cultural Day in Chestnut

Yesterday we celebrated Cultural Day and Yr 3/4 travelled to Mexico where they learnt about traditional Mexican music and the celebration of the ‘Pinata’. The children even made their own Pinatas which were filled with goodies

Look at all of the different cultures in Chestnut!

 

What did you learn about Mexico?

Miss Smith

Helping those in need

Today, during our in class reflection, we watched ‘Newsround’ and it explained the long lasting, horrific, tragic London Tower fire that happened yesterday.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/38949047

During our discussions, we felt that this is such an unfortunate event, that many of us would like to help those in need. Because of this, we have decided that tonight we are going to look at home for any old clothes that we no longer need and place them in a bag. Miss B & Miss Spragge will then take this to a local collection in Chelmsford and this can be given to the victims who have lost their homes and possessions.

In case you are wondering what you could bring to donate if you would like to:

  • Clothes (tops, trousers, underwear, socks, PJs)
  • Toys
  • Books
  • Towels
  • Bed linen
  • Blankets
  • Shoes
  • Toiletries (toilet rolls, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shower gel, baby wipes, nappies, shampoo etc)
  • Food (tins, pasta)

(Remember to check with an adult before hand, and only give if it is no longer wanted/ needed)

Written by Year 4