Year 4 Willow Class
Welcome to Year 4-Willow Class!
Welcome to Class 4 at Norbridge Academy. We are a small but mighty class of 28 bright and enthusiastic children. Over this academic year we have already covered so much, to see what we have been up to see our "Year 4 highlights" or check out our blog site at willow.norbridgeblogs.net.
After Easter break class 4 will return to another hard working but exciting term. Willow class will be exploring "Wild and Wicked Weather" where we will be looking at our incredible earth and the amazing things it does by looking at phenomenon's such as Volcanoes, Hurricanes, Fire Tornados and much more. Through this topic we will be exploring the incredible facts and history of the disaster in Pompeii and some of the mystery's behind the Bermuda Triangle and Titanic. Class 4 will even get to experiment with emergency first aid through the British Red Cross. Our Summer Topic will kick off with a Survival day. We will get the chance to make our own emergency shelters, take part in team building activities and make our food over a fire!
In science we will be exploring how our bodies work and move. We will also becoming Mad Scientists in Summer Term 2 where we will explore how science works with a topic full of experiments and "Kitchen Science" where we explore experiments we can do in our day to day lives. In DT we will turn our hands to making our own Kites and taking part in "The Great Bread Project!"
In literacy we will be starting to explore the story "Sky Hawk" by Gill Lewis, this book explores the theme of endangered animals which will link in with our persuasive writing unit.
I am looking forward to our next busy but fun last term together!
Things to remember in Summer Term
Swimming: Swimming will continue to be on Thursday afternoons until the end of the academic year. All children need to remember their swimming kits on Thursdays. Swimming is part of the PE curriculum so it is important children attend!
PE: PE sessions will continue to be on Wednesday afternoons until the end of term. Children will now be taking part in PE outdoors so suitable footwear needs to be part of your PE Kit. PE kits should be in school all week as we will be taking part in additional PE sessions as part of our new topic.
Karate: Karate will continue to be on a Tuesday afternoon. Girls must remember that hair should be tied back and all jewellery should be taken off or covered with a plaster.
Ukuleles: Our weekly Ukulele sessions will continue until the end of the year. Watch out for our termly Ukulele performance coming soon.
This term our topic is "Wild and Wicked Weather!" and we started our topic by looking at the amazing phenomenon of Volcanoes. The first activity we have completed is to make our own versions of a volcano which we will explode shortly!
Summer Term Trip
During the Spring Term Class 4 studied the topic of Into The Unknown where we looked at survival and in particular studied mountain ranges around the world. As a follow up to the topic we went to "The Mill Adventure Base" to have a challenging day outdoors. The trip was fantastic and the class really enjoyed trying new things, pushing themselves further and simply being the best that they could be. During the day we split off into 3 groups and each of the groups rotated around 3 different activities. Each group got to have a go at; rock climbing, Low ropes and outdoor exploring.
This activity was one of my favourites of the day. The children had to work as a team to complete a challenging obstacle course. There were activities such as crossing a rotating log, cross a tight rope and use a zip wire. The children I worked with did a particularly good job at managing each other and worked to each others strength. I was a very proud teacher at this point of the day.
Because of the rubbish weather on the day we used the indoor climbing wall. The children learned the basics of how to rock climb and climbed around the room at a low level. They then progressed on to playing games which challenged their ability and then the exciting part came, the children were strapped up and allowed to climb to the top. It was a fantastic experience.
Exploring the Outdoors:
The children had the chance to explore the outdoor environment and get closer to nature. We completed pond dipping, mini beast hunting and some orienteering. The children have had a great time and finding many different animals or mini beasts. The children found huge slugs, a vole, tad poles and many frogs. Some of the frogs were given names; 1 was called Bob!
Over all the day was a brilliant experience for the children! I was extremely proud of the behaviour and attitudes of all the children who took part. Well Done Willow Class!
Norbridge has got talent!
On Friday 6th June Norbridge had a very exciting morning and a tense afternoon. It was time for Norbridge has got talent! This was our own talent show where children from F2 to Year 6 could enter and perform a piece to the judges and the rest of the school. Year 4 had 7 entrants to the contest and now I am sure Year 4 have talent as the winner of the whole contest was Year 4's very own Hannah! Well Done Hannah and to all the other entrants who did a fantastic job with their performance!