Christmas Dinner day!
This week in Science, we have been investigating complete and incomplete circuits.
Survival Skill - Map Reading
In Geography this week, we have been learning a new survival skill - map reading. We begun by using an atlas to locate counties and capital cities across the world using our understanding of continents. We also found the location of different cities and towns across England using a more detailed map of the UK.
We then looked at a new type of map that most of us had not seen before: An Ordnance Survey. It was interesting to see the towns and roads in lots more detail. Children first familiarised themselves with the key, identifying different roads and facilities on the map. They then followed a journey, using the key to identify different stops on the journey e.g. pubs, campsites, parking and a golf course.
In English this week, we have been looking at the features of poetry and have compared Roald Dahl's poem, "The Cook Up" with Shakespeare's poem from MacBeth: "Song of the witches." We discovered that the poems include onomatopoeia, alliteration, rhyme and repetition.
On Wednesday, we worked in small groups to alter "Song of the witches" adding our own ingredients to the spell. Children did a great job of performing their poems and some of us even made them rhyme.
Can you find any similarities and differences between the 2 poems?
Multiplication and division
In Maths this week, we have continued developing our multiplication and division skills. We have been multiplying and dividing by multiples of 10 and 100, 0, 1 and 6, preparing us for the 6 times table. Here we are practising our reasoning skills, convincing our partner that our answer is correct:
Gymnastics awards and 50 club champions!
More fantastic achievements and awards for Kestrel Class this week. Some of us have received our great 8 awards in Gymnastics and 6 more children have moved up to the next level of our times table challenge! Superstars!
George’s Marvellous Medicine
In English this week, we have been rewriting a chapter of George’s marvellous medicine, describing all the strange and wonderful ingredients George put into his marvellous concoction. Take a look at some of our fantastic work at by clicking the link below:
We have been enjoying listening to and reading our class book to each other. We are excited to find out what will happen next in George’s Marvellous Medicine...
To begin our IT day, we planned our own digital story on a topic of our choice. First, we looked at an existing digital story and identified the key features. We then decided on a topic for our digital story in groups. We had lots of different ideas including: A day in the life of a child at Norbridge, fun facts about polar bears, how to stay safe online, a unicorn narrative and much more. We then created a script, storyboard and practised our lines ready for when we create the stories on iMovie.
The check list that shows the steps of our digital story creation:
- We have chosen a topic for our digital story.
- We have decided on a purpose and audience.
- We have written a script.
- We have completed the storyboard including: images or photographs, a voice over, transitions, music and sound effects.
- We have collected all the images for our digital story (either from the internet or have taken photographs on the iPad).
- We have chosen the music.
- We have recorded the voice over.
- We have combined the images, voice over and music to create our digital story.
- We have added transitions to make our story effective.
In the afternoon, we worked with a partner to solve problems when coding. We worked together to write the correct code to enable a character to find its way around the maze and find the treasure. We then had a go at debugging an existing code by looking through each instruction step by step, finding the mistake and correcting it.
50 Club champions
Here are our new 50 club champions who have smashed their times table test scores! Keep up the great work superstars! #Bethebestyoucanbe
Well done to these SUPER gymnasts who have achieved their Grade 8 badge this week!
Year 4 had a very important Science job to do this week! At the beginning of the week, our school received a letter from Practical Action, a company that believe in creating equality of technology across the world. They told us all about the Island of Mojo, a tiny island situated off the coast of East Africa. There are only 1450 people living on the island which is divided into four communities. It has no mains electricity. On behalf of the government of Mojo, Practical Action wanted our school to find the best renewable electricity resources to power the villages in their island.
And this is what we did! We worked in groups to look for the best renewable energy sources for different villages depending on their location on the island and then justified our choices in a letter to Practical Action.
In English this week, we have been working on our persuasion skills and have written a letter to Mr Huthart persuading him either for or against having a school dog. We are eagerly waiting a reply!
In Maths, we have been finding the perimeter of rectangles and rectilinear shapes.
Children in Need
During anti-bullying week, we discussed what bullying is and the different types of bullying that people may experience. We looked at what to do if we were involved in a bullying situation and then acted out scenarios showing how we would help.
Creative Hero Day
We had a fantastic day today, taking part in lots of different creative activities related to our heroes. Look at Kestrel class blog to see who our heroes are: http://kestrel2018.norbridgeblogs.net/
As it is coming up to 100 years since Armistice Day marked the end of the WW1, we looked at what life was like for people living in Britain during the war and discussed different War heroes including soldiers who fought on the front lines, war dogs and women who worked in hospitals and factories. Take a look at some of our War Hero poems:
Well done to Maths superstars Anmol and Keisha who beat their 50 club challenge this week and achieved a certificate! Keep it up girls!
We really enjoyed exploring the Fire, Earth, Air and Water Pavilions at Magna as well as taking part in a solids liquids and gases Workshop.
In SPaG, we used a human sentence to experiment with where our adverbial can be placed.
Geography - Continents and Climates
This week, we located continents and countries across the world and discussed how their climates differ using our knowledge of the sun and the equator.
Christianity - Identity and belonging
To start our Re day, we discussed what we know about Christianity. Children had lots of different things to share about their own experiences. We then watched a video and read information about the Christianity before taking part in a team challenge – creating a poster with everything that we could remember about the religion. We then shared what we had learnt with the class.
In our next lesson, we discussed what is meant by identity and then thought about the different factors that influence our own identity. Children shared photos and items that they had brought in from home, explaining how they relate to their own identity. They then made a collage based on the influences that shape their identity.
Later on in the day, we discussed what is meant by belonging and shared thoughts about where we belong. We talked about why it is important to belong and how others such as refugees, may feel like they don’t. We then acted out how we would welcome new children into our classroom. We looked at what the bible says about belonging and welcoming newcomers before thinking about where Christians belong and how this shapes their identity. E.g. christenings/baptisms, the church community and important Christian festivals.
Another great week completing our 50 club challenge. Take a look at our amazing champions below:
In our Geography lesson, we learnt about the causes and effects of earthquakes and how people protect themselves by learning “The earthquake drill.” We discussed how the seismometer is used to measure the shock caused by an earthquake and then had a go at measuring earthquakes ourselves by working out the extent of damage that had been described.
These fabulous children have been working really hard in gymnastics and have achieved their Grade 8 certificate! Well done superstars, keep it up!
These week in English, we have been looking at the Poem "The Sea" by James Reeves. We started the week by identifying the features in the poem e.g. Effective adjectives and verbs, rhyming, personification and metaphors. We discussed the meaning behind the poem and discovered that the poet is trying to warm us from the rough sea by comparing it to a 'hungry dog.'
On Tuesday, we familiarised ourselves with the poem by rehearsing and performing it in groups, working on our speaking skills.
We then planned our own poem based on "The Sea" but instead of comparing the sea to a hungry dog, we compared a volcano to a monstrous dragon. After creating a word bank of effective adjectives, verbs and personification, we drafted our poem using the structure of "The Sea." Some of us have edited and improved our poems and are ready to write them up neatly to share on our blog. Look at a couple of our fantastic poems below:
World Space Week!
To celebrate World Space week, we have learnt about what it is like to be an astronaut - many of the Kestrels were up for the challenge! We then watched the "We are the planets" song, learning lots of fun facts about the sun and the 8 planets in our solar system. We worked in groups to recall this information for our Space quiz! Amazingly, 2 of our groups achieved full marks!
How many facts can you learn from the song? Blog what you have learnt at http://kestrel2018.norbridgeblogs.net/
Another group of MEGA MATHEMATICIANS have achieved a 50 club certificate! Some of these children achieved full marks in 3 minutes and 2 of them have now passed their 3rd round of table questions! Kestrels are truly times table whizzes!
Newspaper Report writing
We have been learning all about the Indonesian earthquake and tsunami and how they have sadly affected thousands of people living on the coastline. We started the week by researching facts about the Indonesian tsunami and finding the key features of newspaper reports. We then thought about questions we would ask the survivors and what their answers might be. For the 2nd half of the week, we used our knowledge of the disasters and newspaper reports to plan, draft and write our own report to raise awareness to other children. Take a look at some of our fantastic writing below:
We had another great gymnastics session this week. This superstar achieved her Grade 7!
This week, we wrote a diary entry describing our experiences of a volcano eruption.
We worked hard to include:
- Exciting adjectives
- Powerful verbs
- Fronted adverbials
- ‘Show not tell’ to show our emotions
Take a look at some of our fantastic writing below:
Extreme Earth Blogging Event!
We really enjoyed performing 'Autumn Harvest' song for our parents in the Harvest Festival!
This week we used mark making and blending techniques to create a volcano picture.
This week in English we have been looking at persuasion. We started the week by thinking about the secret messages in the story “The Promise” e.g. Don’t steal, keep your promises and help the environment. We then worked in groups to put forward an argument to persuade people why this message is important.
After practising our persuasion skills, we decided to create a leaflet to persuade people to help our environment. We identified the features of persuasive leaflets, then researched things people could do to help, before using these to create our own leaflet.
50 club champions
Well done to these superstars who have achieved a certificate for smashing their times table challenge in under 3 minutes!
Congratulations to our new school councillors!
Would you live near a volcano?
This week in Topic, we looked at what life is is like for people who live near volcanoes. We weighed up the reasons for and against living near volcanoes and took part in a class debate arguing for both sides.
The Promise by Nicola Davies
In English, we have have continued to work on our descriptive writing through describing the grey and lifeless city setting in the picture book, "The Promise." We have looked at a range of features including: using senses, fronted adverbials, similes and personification. Children based their writing on the language and descriptions used in the book.
Take a look at some of our work below:
We have been using our summarising skills to create a story timeline:
In Maths this week, we continued extending our place value knowledge, representing numbers in different ways and plotting them on number lines. We have used our reasoning skills to explain how we know our answers are correct. To finish off the week, we practised reading and writing Roman Numerals to 100, using the Roman Numerals song to help us.
We have created hurricane pictures from the perspective of a satellite , using paint, string and cotton wool.
In Science, we have developed our understanding of states of matter by learning about the properties and particle formation of solids, liquids and gases. Kestrels sorted properties into the correct categories and acted out the particle formation of the different states in groups.
In Maths this week, we have extended our understanding of place value to 4-digit numbers. We have focused on showing numbers in different ways, using base 10 equipment, place value counters and part whole models. We have learnt how to count in 1000s and round numbers to the nearest 10 and 100. We have also been extending our reasoning and problems solving skills by solving challenges and explaining how we know the answer is correct.
Can you solve any of these problems at home using your understanding of place value?
Challenge 2: Which is the odd one out? Explain why.
Black Dog by Levi Pinfold
In English this week, we have based our learning on the picture book, 'Black Dog' by Levi Pinfold. We started the week by discussing and acting out the characters' thoughts and emotions at different parts of the story, shown by their reaction to the mammoth dog's visit. For the rest of the week, we worked on our descriptive writing, trying to include different language features to make our work effective e.g. expanded noun phrases, similes and powerful verbs. We also took part in thesaurus challenges to expand our vocabulary choices.
We really enjoyed our first gymnastics session this week! We did lots of different stretches and learnt how to balance in a bridge.
Kestrel Class rocks!
We have had a fantastic start to the new year in Kestrel Class. Children began the week by creating their own Class Charter, discussing their rights and responsibilities in the classroom. We then kick-started our 'Extreme Earth' Topic by exploring what is under our feet. Children went on a tour to the Earth's core and discussed what they could see in the Earth's layers.
On Thursday, we had our first Music lesson, beginning band practice on a variety of instruments with Mr Bellingham. We also started our new Science Topic, 'States of Matter' by identifying the properties of solids and liquids, before testing the vicosity of different liquids in a group investigation.
To finish off the week, we spent the morning practising our times tables and working on our fundamental skills with Mr Scott. We also enjoyed a Karate session at the end of the day. Take a look at our activities this week below...