The Magician's Attic by Harold Massingham meets C S Lewis's The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
Year 4, as part of their Mastery English, explored the poem the Magician's Attic and used this as inspiration to write their own poems about the White Witch's castle from Narnia. Here are some excerpts:
"...in a corner a throne moving from Kings and Queens of millennia.
Except an old, creaking castle throne.
Of swords and arrows hanging on the ceiling,
Stones of dragons and tombs of knights...." (Lacey)
"...her house is full of ice wands.
To keep her castle cluttered with terrified victims.
The air is a fatal totem.
Wretched and sulphurous." (Alfie)
"The stoneworks of the witch as filthy as broken, mossy, forest ash.
Silence relinquished." (Ellis)
"The witch never lies
Her wands she never lets go.
To keep her castle cluttered,yet alone.
The air is rank." (Leyla)
"An oval shaped pocket watch has been paralysed
The dragon hands have frozen.
There are only echoes of footsteps.
In a corner, the smell of acrid smoke.
Every mossy brick is old - with a sulphurous stench." (Alex C)
It's been all about chocolate in science this week and do different types of chocolate melt faster than others? The children have been learning how to plan and conduct fair tests, and even enjoyed a sneaky taste at the end of the lesson.
This week we have been exploring the life of Buddha. After listening to the story of his life, the children worked in teams to sequence key events and then created fabulous story boards, retelling the story in their own words, whilst also trying to meet their new writing targets.
comment vas-tu à l’école……? and
je vais à l’école……..
Here are some pictures of the children completing a survey in class.
Year Four Go Wild!
Well our survival skills were well and truly put to the test this afternoon. Year Four have learnt how to survive in the wilderness of Seaburn Dene by building fires and cooking food! It was lovely to see the excitement on the children's faces when they created sparks using flint and steels and when they got to toast their own marshmallows on fires they had built and lit!
Lots of new skills have been learnt this week, including some textile skills. We have created fabric wall hangings to decorate our new island home. We have been thinking about how our island came about and have created creation stories and myths with Mr Traves. Using flour and water paste and fabric paints we will create a wall hanging depicting the god of our island!
Survival Lesson Number Two: Shelter building!
Following our practice run with action figures, Year 4 were set the challenge of creating shelters big enough for humans today. With the support of the Air Cadets from Chester-Le -Street squadron the children learnt to put up tents in team, build basic shelters using rope and tarpaulins and camouflage themselves from predators! Great fun was had by all. Here's some of our best bits.
Year Four Learn How to Survive in the Wilderness!
The children were given their first big challenge today and they certainly tried their very best. Today was all about creating a shelter. The children were asked to imagine that they had landed on their deserted island and they had to think about what they needed to survive. Using a variety of scavenged items they spent the afternoon outside, building shelters for two, 30 cm figures. (Spiderman & Barbie) Lots of interesting ideas were used, the children really considered where to position their shelters too. We simulated tropical storms with watering cans. Here is their finished work. Will they survive the night?
Year Four's Best Bits!
Mr Howe and Mrs Tough would like to say a big warm welcome to our new Year Four class. Have a scroll down below to see a collection of photos from all of the lovely things our previous class got up to over the last twelve months. Over the coming weeks and months we will add lots of lovely new pictures of our new class.
Year Four's Visit to a Sikh Gurdwara
National Outdoor Learning Day
Sunderland Skipping Festival
Year Four gave a tremendous effort at this years Sunderland Schools Skipping Festival. They dazzled the judges with their skills and came home with armfuls of gold, silver and bronze certificates. A great performance all round.
Beamish Museum Trip
Year Four visited Beamish Museum as part of their Trade and Transport topic. The focus of the trip was to learn more about their cultural heritage, in particular coal mining and what life was like down the mines during Victorian Times. The children were asked to play the role of investigators and, by interviewing different people, uncover what had happened to James White, a 12 year old miner from South Hetton and what he was like and who was responsible for his death (if anyone).
The children also had the opportunity to go down into the mine and see what working conditions were like for Victorian coal miners.
International Space Week
The children have been learning all about Space Exploration as part of International Space week. After listening to the classic tune Space Oddity by David Bowie Year 4 learned that the song was inspired by the film 2001 Space Odessey, a 1968 film which explored what space travel would be like in the year 2001. The children watch a U certificate trailer and realised how far off we are from the films ideas in some ways, and in others how accurate the film was. Next they thoroughly enjoyed playing a solar system version of the game Top Trumps. Here they learned that you can't actually live on the planet Jupiter! Following that they developed their geography and maths skills by creating a time line of space travel from 1942 to 2030!
R.E with a twist!
We have been focusing on what makes a person a good Jew/ Christian this term. This week we explored the Bible through orienteering! The children used the map skills they developed during our transition weeks to find hidden markers. These contained specific Bible references. Once all the clues had been found the children had to then navigate the Bible to find out what messages are given to Jews and Christians in the Old and New Testaments. All the children were highly motivated and competitive! Why not ask your child what their favourite Bible quote was and what it means to a Jew or Christian?
The children have been putting their science skills to the test this week, exploring how sound is made and how it travels from its source to our ears. Lots of fun experiments were conducted and it was great seeing the look of sheer awe and wonder on the children's faces when their experiments worked!