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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!

Campfire cooking, sausages on a BBQ, pancakes on a tin can stove, bread twists on an open fire and toasted marshmallows, yum yum!

Talking Textiles

 

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?

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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

On Wednesday 7th June Year Four were very kindly invited to look around the Sikh Gurdwara in Newcastle by Mr Cloud Singh. From the moment we arrived we were treated with warmth and kindness. The children were offered a small snack in the langar and had the opportunity to have a look around the different parts of the building. They were very lucky to see the Guru Granth Sahib being read. They asked lots of deep, probing questions which will only help to deepen the respect and tolerance they are developing for other people's faiths and beliefs. Some children very kindly took donations of food and money or simply kind words and good wishes, which is customary in the Sikh religion when visiting a gurdwara. Thank you very much to our parents for your generosity. I was incredibly proud of how our children behaved and conducted themselves. Well done Year Four! A great time was had by all.

On Wednesday 7th June Year Four were very kindly invited to look around the Sikh Gurdwara in Newcastle by Mr Cloud Singh. From the moment we arrived we were treated with warmth and kindness. The children were offered a small snack in the langar and had the opportunity to have a look around the different parts of the building. They were very lucky to see the Guru Granth Sahib being read. They asked lots of deep, probing questions which will only help to deepen the respect and tolerance they are developing for other people's  faiths and beliefs. Some children very kindly took donations of food and money or simply kind words and good wishes, which is customary in the Sikh religion when visiting a gurdwara. Thank you very much to our parents for your generosity. I was incredibly proud of how our children behaved and conducted themselves. Well done Year Four! A great time was had by all. 1
On Wednesday 7th June Year Four were very kindly invited to look around the Sikh Gurdwara in Newcastle by Mr Cloud Singh. From the moment we arrived we were treated with warmth and kindness. The children were offered a small snack in the langar and had the opportunity to have a look around the different parts of the building. They were very lucky to see the Guru Granth Sahib being read. They asked lots of deep, probing questions which will only help to deepen the respect and tolerance they are developing for other people's  faiths and beliefs. Some children very kindly took donations of food and money or simply kind words and good wishes, which is customary in the Sikh religion when visiting a gurdwara. Thank you very much to our parents for your generosity. I was incredibly proud of how our children behaved and conducted themselves. Well done Year Four! A great time was had by all. 2
On Wednesday 7th June Year Four were very kindly invited to look around the Sikh Gurdwara in Newcastle by Mr Cloud Singh. From the moment we arrived we were treated with warmth and kindness. The children were offered a small snack in the langar and had the opportunity to have a look around the different parts of the building. They were very lucky to see the Guru Granth Sahib being read. They asked lots of deep, probing questions which will only help to deepen the respect and tolerance they are developing for other people's  faiths and beliefs. Some children very kindly took donations of food and money or simply kind words and good wishes, which is customary in the Sikh religion when visiting a gurdwara. Thank you very much to our parents for your generosity. I was incredibly proud of how our children behaved and conducted themselves. Well done Year Four! A great time was had by all. 3
On Wednesday 7th June Year Four were very kindly invited to look around the Sikh Gurdwara in Newcastle by Mr Cloud Singh. From the moment we arrived we were treated with warmth and kindness. The children were offered a small snack in the langar and had the opportunity to have a look around the different parts of the building. They were very lucky to see the Guru Granth Sahib being read. They asked lots of deep, probing questions which will only help to deepen the respect and tolerance they are developing for other people's  faiths and beliefs. Some children very kindly took donations of food and money or simply kind words and good wishes, which is customary in the Sikh religion when visiting a gurdwara. Thank you very much to our parents for your generosity. I was incredibly proud of how our children behaved and conducted themselves. Well done Year Four! A great time was had by all. 4
On Wednesday 7th June Year Four were very kindly invited to look around the Sikh Gurdwara in Newcastle by Mr Cloud Singh. From the moment we arrived we were treated with warmth and kindness. The children were offered a small snack in the langar and had the opportunity to have a look around the different parts of the building. They were very lucky to see the Guru Granth Sahib being read. They asked lots of deep, probing questions which will only help to deepen the respect and tolerance they are developing for other people's  faiths and beliefs. Some children very kindly took donations of food and money or simply kind words and good wishes, which is customary in the Sikh religion when visiting a gurdwara. Thank you very much to our parents for your generosity. I was incredibly proud of how our children behaved and conducted themselves. Well done Year Four! A great time was had by all. 5
On Wednesday 7th June Year Four were very kindly invited to look around the Sikh Gurdwara in Newcastle by Mr Cloud Singh. From the moment we arrived we were treated with warmth and kindness. The children were offered a small snack in the langar and had the opportunity to have a look around the different parts of the building. They were very lucky to see the Guru Granth Sahib being read. They asked lots of deep, probing questions which will only help to deepen the respect and tolerance they are developing for other people's  faiths and beliefs. Some children very kindly took donations of food and money or simply kind words and good wishes, which is customary in the Sikh religion when visiting a gurdwara. Thank you very much to our parents for your generosity. I was incredibly proud of how our children behaved and conducted themselves. Well done Year Four! A great time was had by all. 6
On Wednesday 7th June Year Four were very kindly invited to look around the Sikh Gurdwara in Newcastle by Mr Cloud Singh. From the moment we arrived we were treated with warmth and kindness. The children were offered a small snack in the langar and had the opportunity to have a look around the different parts of the building. They were very lucky to see the Guru Granth Sahib being read. They asked lots of deep, probing questions which will only help to deepen the respect and tolerance they are developing for other people's  faiths and beliefs. Some children very kindly took donations of food and money or simply kind words and good wishes, which is customary in the Sikh religion when visiting a gurdwara. Thank you very much to our parents for your generosity. I was incredibly proud of how our children behaved and conducted themselves. Well done Year Four! A great time was had by all. 7
On Wednesday 7th June Year Four were very kindly invited to look around the Sikh Gurdwara in Newcastle by Mr Cloud Singh. From the moment we arrived we were treated with warmth and kindness. The children were offered a small snack in the langar and had the opportunity to have a look around the different parts of the building. They were very lucky to see the Guru Granth Sahib being read. They asked lots of deep, probing questions which will only help to deepen the respect and tolerance they are developing for other people's  faiths and beliefs. Some children very kindly took donations of food and money or simply kind words and good wishes, which is customary in the Sikh religion when visiting a gurdwara. Thank you very much to our parents for your generosity. I was incredibly proud of how our children behaved and conducted themselves. Well done Year Four! A great time was had by all. 8
On Wednesday 7th June Year Four were very kindly invited to look around the Sikh Gurdwara in Newcastle by Mr Cloud Singh. From the moment we arrived we were treated with warmth and kindness. The children were offered a small snack in the langar and had the opportunity to have a look around the different parts of the building. They were very lucky to see the Guru Granth Sahib being read. They asked lots of deep, probing questions which will only help to deepen the respect and tolerance they are developing for other people's  faiths and beliefs. Some children very kindly took donations of food and money or simply kind words and good wishes, which is customary in the Sikh religion when visiting a gurdwara. Thank you very much to our parents for your generosity. I was incredibly proud of how our children behaved and conducted themselves. Well done Year Four! A great time was had by all. 9
On Wednesday 7th June Year Four were very kindly invited to look around the Sikh Gurdwara in Newcastle by Mr Cloud Singh. From the moment we arrived we were treated with warmth and kindness. The children were offered a small snack in the langar and had the opportunity to have a look around the different parts of the building. They were very lucky to see the Guru Granth Sahib being read. They asked lots of deep, probing questions which will only help to deepen the respect and tolerance they are developing for other people's  faiths and beliefs. Some children very kindly took donations of food and money or simply kind words and good wishes, which is customary in the Sikh religion when visiting a gurdwara. Thank you very much to our parents for your generosity. I was incredibly proud of how our children behaved and conducted themselves. Well done Year Four! A great time was had by all. 10
On Wednesday 7th June Year Four were very kindly invited to look around the Sikh Gurdwara in Newcastle by Mr Cloud Singh. From the moment we arrived we were treated with warmth and kindness. The children were offered a small snack in the langar and had the opportunity to have a look around the different parts of the building. They were very lucky to see the Guru Granth Sahib being read. They asked lots of deep, probing questions which will only help to deepen the respect and tolerance they are developing for other people's  faiths and beliefs. Some children very kindly took donations of food and money or simply kind words and good wishes, which is customary in the Sikh religion when visiting a gurdwara. Thank you very much to our parents for your generosity. I was incredibly proud of how our children behaved and conducted themselves. Well done Year Four! A great time was had by all. 11

Squishy Circuits!

Year Four have been developing their understanding of electricity this term, in particular conductors and insulators. We made Squishy Circuits this afternoon using two types of play dough. It was great seeing the children's reactions when the LED's lit up! If you'd like to learn more check out the web page http://courseweb.stthomas.edu/apthomas/SquishyCircuits/

Year Four have been developing their understanding of electricity this term, in particular conductors and insulators. We made Squishy Circuits this afternoon using two types of play dough. It was great seeing the children's reactions when the LED's lit up! If you'd like to learn more check out the web page http://courseweb.stthomas.edu/apthomas/SquishyCircuits/ 1
Year Four have been developing their understanding of electricity this term, in particular conductors and insulators. We made Squishy Circuits this afternoon using two types of play dough. It was great seeing the children's reactions when the LED's lit up! If you'd like to learn more check out the web page http://courseweb.stthomas.edu/apthomas/SquishyCircuits/ 2

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As part of our science work on creating and understanding circuits we have made our own steady hand buzzer games! Great fun putting theoretical science into a practical context.

As part of our science work on creating and understanding circuits we have made our own steady hand buzzer games! Great fun putting theoretical science into a practical context.  1
As part of our science work on creating and understanding circuits we have made our own steady hand buzzer games! Great fun putting theoretical science into a practical context.  2
As part of our science work on creating and understanding circuits we have made our own steady hand buzzer games! Great fun putting theoretical science into a practical context.  3
Understanding and Cherishing One of England's Great Literary Writers

Year Four have really been putting their grey matter to work today by reading and translating part of the Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer. Their topic this term focuses on how our English language has come about and different periods in time and nationalities that have influenced the way we speak today. I was incredibly impressed by how well our children did using their detective and analytical skills to translate Middle English into Modern English.

Year Four have really been putting their grey matter to work today by reading and translating part of the Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer. Their topic this term focuses on how our English language has come about and different periods in time and nationalities that have influenced the way we speak today. I was incredibly impressed by how well our children did using their detective and analytical skills to translate Middle English into Modern English.  1
Year Four have really been putting their grey matter to work today by reading and translating part of the Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer. Their topic this term focuses on how our English language has come about and different periods in time and nationalities that have influenced the way we speak today. I was incredibly impressed by how well our children did using their detective and analytical skills to translate Middle English into Modern English.  2

National Outdoor Learning Day

WHAT IS OUTDOOR CLASSROOM DAY? Outdoor Classroom Day is a global campaign to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play. On the day, thousands of schools around the world take lessons outdoors and prioritise playtime. Outdoor learning improves children’s health, engages them with learning and leads to a greater connection with nature. Play not only teaches critical life skills such as resilience, teamwork and creativity, but is central to children’s enjoyment of childhood.

WHAT IS OUTDOOR CLASSROOM DAY? Outdoor Classroom Day is a global campaign to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play. On the day, thousands of schools around the world take lessons outdoors and prioritise playtime.   Outdoor learning improves children’s health, engages them with learning and leads to a greater connection with nature. Play not only teaches critical life skills such as resilience, teamwork and creativity, but is central to children’s enjoyment of childhood. 1 We painted landscapes, Turner style, in the rain..
WHAT IS OUTDOOR CLASSROOM DAY? Outdoor Classroom Day is a global campaign to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play. On the day, thousands of schools around the world take lessons outdoors and prioritise playtime.   Outdoor learning improves children’s health, engages them with learning and leads to a greater connection with nature. Play not only teaches critical life skills such as resilience, teamwork and creativity, but is central to children’s enjoyment of childhood. 2 and wind...
WHAT IS OUTDOOR CLASSROOM DAY? Outdoor Classroom Day is a global campaign to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play. On the day, thousands of schools around the world take lessons outdoors and prioritise playtime.   Outdoor learning improves children’s health, engages them with learning and leads to a greater connection with nature. Play not only teaches critical life skills such as resilience, teamwork and creativity, but is central to children’s enjoyment of childhood. 3 and sunshine!
WHAT IS OUTDOOR CLASSROOM DAY? Outdoor Classroom Day is a global campaign to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play. On the day, thousands of schools around the world take lessons outdoors and prioritise playtime.   Outdoor learning improves children’s health, engages them with learning and leads to a greater connection with nature. Play not only teaches critical life skills such as resilience, teamwork and creativity, but is central to children’s enjoyment of childhood. 4 We created a haven for minibeasts
WHAT IS OUTDOOR CLASSROOM DAY? Outdoor Classroom Day is a global campaign to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play. On the day, thousands of schools around the world take lessons outdoors and prioritise playtime.   Outdoor learning improves children’s health, engages them with learning and leads to a greater connection with nature. Play not only teaches critical life skills such as resilience, teamwork and creativity, but is central to children’s enjoyment of childhood. 5 it even has it's own swimming pool!
WHAT IS OUTDOOR CLASSROOM DAY? Outdoor Classroom Day is a global campaign to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play. On the day, thousands of schools around the world take lessons outdoors and prioritise playtime.   Outdoor learning improves children’s health, engages them with learning and leads to a greater connection with nature. Play not only teaches critical life skills such as resilience, teamwork and creativity, but is central to children’s enjoyment of childhood. 6 And we planted lots of beautiful flowers.

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.

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Hockey training led by a professional hockey coach every Tuesday afternoon

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oo arrrr shiver me timbers. A professional theatre company came to school to deliver a wonderful performance of Treasure Island

oo arrrr shiver me timbers. A professional theatre company came to school to deliver a wonderful performance of Treasure Island 1
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oo arrrr shiver me timbers. A professional theatre company came to school to deliver a wonderful performance of Treasure Island 3
oo arrrr shiver me timbers. A professional theatre company came to school to deliver a wonderful performance of Treasure Island 4
oo arrrr shiver me timbers. A professional theatre company came to school to deliver a wonderful performance of Treasure Island 5
oo arrrr shiver me timbers. A professional theatre company came to school to deliver a wonderful performance of Treasure Island 6

Digestion! During our science lessons we have been learning about our digestion systems and what happens when we eat using plastic bags and orange juice.

Digestion! During our science lessons we have been learning about our digestion systems and what happens when we eat using plastic bags and orange juice. 1
Digestion! During our science lessons we have been learning about our digestion systems and what happens when we eat using plastic bags and orange juice. 2

Learning about the effects of sugar on our teeth! Yr 4 have been investigating what happens to our teeth if we drink ad eat too many sugary things. They were amazed by the amount or sugar in some popular soft drinks.

Learning about the effects of sugar on our teeth! Yr 4 have been investigating what happens to our teeth if we drink ad eat too many sugary things. They were amazed by the amount or sugar in some popular soft drinks. 1
Learning about the effects of sugar on our teeth! Yr 4 have been investigating what happens to our teeth if we drink ad eat too many sugary things. They were amazed by the amount or sugar in some popular soft drinks. 2

Science Week! As part of science week Yr 4 learnt all about forces by creating and testing different homemade helicopters.

Science Week!  As part of science week Yr 4 learnt all about forces by creating and testing different homemade helicopters. 1
Science Week!  As part of science week Yr 4 learnt all about forces by creating and testing different homemade helicopters. 2
Science Week!  As part of science week Yr 4 learnt all about forces by creating and testing different homemade helicopters. 3
Science Week!  As part of science week Yr 4 learnt all about forces by creating and testing different homemade helicopters. 4
Science Week!  As part of science week Yr 4 learnt all about forces by creating and testing different homemade helicopters. 5
Science Week!  As part of science week Yr 4 learnt all about forces by creating and testing different homemade helicopters. 6
Science Week!  As part of science week Yr 4 learnt all about forces by creating and testing different homemade helicopters. 7

Unlocking early writing systems

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The children have started their new topic "Language" by learning about the world’s very first alphabet which was developed by the Phoenicians. Each letter represented a sound so that words could be made up of several letters. The children have written messages using the Phoenician alphabet for their friends to try and decode. It's quite tricky as there are no vowels!

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.

 

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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!

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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?

Investigating Sound

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!

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Geography Detectives At Work!

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We have been looking at where our food comes from today. First we discovered where many foods we eat in our country come from and then we found these countries on a world map! Did you know the ingredients for a Kit Kat come from Six different countries!

Discovering Judaism

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Year Four are learning how Jewish people express their faith. We started by tasting some yummy challah bread, a bread traditionally eaten on Friday nights to mark the beginning of Shabbat. 

During our R.E lessons we have been discussing what it means to be a good Christian. We've been looking at the Ten Commandments and discussing their relevance in today's world. We've even tried to order them in terms of importance.

During our R.E lessons we have been discussing what it means to be a good Christian. We've been looking at the Ten Commandments and discussing their relevance in today's world. We've even tried to order them in terms of importance. 1
During our R.E lessons we have been discussing what it means to be a good Christian. We've been looking at the Ten Commandments and discussing their relevance in today's world. We've even tried to order them in terms of importance. 2
During our R.E lessons we have been discussing what it means to be a good Christian. We've been looking at the Ten Commandments and discussing their relevance in today's world. We've even tried to order them in terms of importance. 3
During our R.E lessons we have been discussing what it means to be a good Christian. We've been looking at the Ten Commandments and discussing their relevance in today's world. We've even tried to order them in terms of importance. 4

Investigating Sound! We have been getting rather technical in Year Four, investigating what happens to sound as we move away from its source. Frances was our resident drummer whilst Joe gor technical using a decibel meter.

Investigating Sound! We have been getting rather technical in Year Four, investigating what happens to sound as we move away from its source. Frances was our resident drummer whilst Joe gor technical using a decibel meter. 1

Year Four visit to Monkweamouth Station Museum as part of our Trade and Transport topic

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