This week in Science we will begin to look at The Water Cycle. Click on the link to see a video which explains The Water Cycle
In maths we are currently looking at data handling and statistics. On Thursday and Friday we began work on Time Distance graphs, which we haven't seen before. After learning about the graphs, we worked in groups to match some graphs to the 'story' that was being described. We looked at how speed can be worked out from a graph and discussed how speeding up, slowing down and being stationary can be shown.
We managed to get a couple of activities finished before the weather stopped us continuing outside. We began with an energetic run around the field and then worked on our catching, batting and fielding skills in Quick Cricket. Following this, we returned to the classroom and recapped on what we'd learned with the FISCH programme by looking at healthy foods. We had a great time dancing, learning techniques for relaxation and doing yoga. We completed puzzles about being healthy and designed posters to advertise our favourite sports. We certainly didn't let that rain stop us from enjoying ourselves!
This week in Science, we have been learning about the different states of matter. To help our understanding of how the particles behave in solids, liquids and gases, we went into the hall and pretended we were those particles.
Unfortunately, only two of the film clips have worked!
We had a fantastic day at the Glass Centre. The children took part in lots of activities exploring art and architecture. It was very hot near the furnace in the Glass Blowing Studios, but we still enjoyed the demonstration! Photos to follow
The children have been enjoying lots of Wally themed games and puzzles as part of today's lessons. After lunch, the children took part in a 'Readathon' along with other schools in the Peterlee Partnership. We chose to read two of Roald Dahl's revolting rhymes; Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf and The Three Little Pigs.
I think you'll agree that the class look fantastic today too!
Congratulations to Harry, Ella and Lewis who took part in the swimming gala. They should be very proud of themselves as they came second overall!
Today is Safer Internet Day and 4F have been showing what they know about staying safe online. Of course, we don't just talk about internet safety on one day a year. It is something that we discuss regularly in school, particularly in computing lessons and as part of PHSE lessons.
The children came up with a number of rules to follow to feel safe online and when using consoles, phones and any device that can connect to the internet. They demonstrated that they already had an excellent knowledge of how to stay safe online.
Today Year 4 enjoyed planting 400 trees on the grassland near the pit wheel on Front Street. They had been invited to help by Mrs Lovak who was joined by members of Shotton Community Centre. Staff from Durham County Council were present to dig the holes and educate the children about the different types of trees they were planting. PCSO Andy Gilhooley was also there to help us. The children really enjoyed the experience and took pride in knowing that they have helped to make a difference for the wildlife in the area.
A reminder that all children are expected to read at least three times a week and have their book and diary in school every day.
Children are welcome to read their favourite books or magazines at home and make comments about these in their diaries. They can write their own comments about what they have read and give opinions about texts. These comments should then be signed and dated by an adult.
This week in Science 4F have been looking at simple food chains. They are beginning to understand that all food chains begin with The Sun, from which plants make their own energy. Over the next few days we will be looking at how food chains can be described using scientific vocabulary such as consumers, producers, predators, prey, herbivores, omnivores and carnivores.
We began by sorting pictures to create simple food chains.
This week we have been making calendars by blending chalks for the background and cutting out silhouettes to stick on top. I think you'll agree that the end results are very effective!
Please visit the video sharing platform section of the website (under 'Children') to see 4F singing the first verse of 'Away in a Manger'
We had a fantastic time at our Christmas party. It was great to let our hair down after all of the hard work we've been doing this term. We all looked so smart too!
This half term our Science topic is 'Animals including humans'. We have started by looking at the human digestive system and the role of the organs in it.
Today we made our own diagrams of the digestive system for a class display. We hope you like the diagrams we've made so far!
Nathan is our Mathematician of the week for his super sequencing and his consistent enthusiasm in maths. Well done Nathan!
Francesca is this week's star of the week due to her excellent attitude to her learning and her impeccable behaviour. Well done Francesca!
We have been learning about sequences in maths this week. Nathan and Harry were superstars at solving more complex sequences, where the steps between consecutive numbers changed each time. Well done to both boys for their enthusiasm this week!
Today Mrs Kelly (or should that be Donatello!) told us all about the equipment she has to use when she is diving. Some of the equipment was extremely heavy!
Today we have been making predictions about what will happen in the next chapter of our class novel; Alien Invasion at Muddlepuddle Farm by Michael Morpurgo. We gave presentations to share our ideas.
The children have returned with excellent attitudes and have shown that they're eager to learn. We have heard lots of exciting news about some of the children's holidays.
Ella has had a very busy holiday and enjoyed telling us about the exciting things she got up to, in particular, attending a Swim Safe course with the RNLI. Ella told us what she learned about staying safe in the water and, along with pictures drawn by Francesca, told us the meaning of some of the coloured flags that we might see at the beach. Well done to both girls for sharing what they'd learnt.
Ella has also been demonstrating her sign language skills! Yesterday, she got up in front of the class and signed and sang 'Tomorrow' from Annie. It took a great deal of bravery to do this and I am incredibly proud of her. Mrs Shaw and Mrs Chaytor were also in the room and I know they were very impressed too. Well done Ella!
On Thursday night, one of the children found a young hedgehog wandering near the Trim Trail. On advice from a vet, I took him to be checked over. The vet decided that he was fine and fit for release on Friday morning. After a good night's rest (and a dinner of cat food), we took him back into the woods this morning.