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YEAR 4 - Pine

Throughout the year the children are guided through a series of Learning Adventures. Below is a review of the last Learning Adventure with some associated photos, ENJOY!

Summer 1 Learning Adventure - War and Peace


Summer 1 saw the end of War and Peace in Pine class. The children worked hard, as always, and produced some fantastic results. Focusing more on the Peace side of the adventure they created beautiful line drawings of VE street parties in London. Working together we created bunting for our own celebrations; each child made their own triangle from a choice of fabrics and the end result is wonderful. It is great to see how the children made their piece unique be it by the choice of fabric colours or the extra decoration they added to it.
A class highlight of the half term however, was definitely the mini ‘escape the school’ where they needed to sneak back to Pine classroom from the hall where they were being kept by the devious WW2 German soldiers. Mrs Lucas and myself were amazed at the hiding places the children were able to find, although few of them made it back without being caught! This in turn created spectacular Great Escape narratives which had me gripped as I read them!
Another favourite among the children was the investigation into the digestive system. Using bread as food, water as saliva, lemon juice as stomach acid and tights as the intestines, Pine class were able to observe the human digestion at work much to their excited horror!  The knowledge of what happens to their food once they’ve eaten it didn’t put them off the measurement adventure, where they taste tested and estimated ingredients for a world war 2 rationed bakery and then used their measurements to create some delicious jam tarts, cake and biscuits. They even multiplied their ingredients up so that they could create a stock order for the whole shop!
However, even though we have finished our War and Peace adventure the children are excited for the residential trip coming up soon where we will continue to learn all about World War 1 and World War 2! We are all looking forward to it; especially the World War 2 cooking which the year 5's have told us is delicious!


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Summer 1 Learning Adventure - War and Peace Cont'd

Spring 2 Learning Adventure - War and Peace

What an incredible start to our War and Peace Adventure! On our very first day, we got stuck into the adventure and took part in Army Drills, forming 2 teams to see which ones could perform the most impressive drill – Sargent Lucas’s brigade won!

We have really enjoyed learning about the changes in Europe that the two World Wars caused as well as looking into more modern conflicts and thinking about the effect it has on different people. The children wrote some incredible ‘Arrival’ diaries based on the book by Shaun Tan using emotion from when we looked at Refugees during History, Art and World Book week.

The children also really loved the snowy weather we had back in March; the home learning they did on their snowy adventures at home were fantastic. When it snowed in school we were able to use it to our advantage and went outside to generate ideas for our War Horse poems, discussing what it would have been like to be outside in the trenches during winter when the snow was coming down.

In maths, we challenged ourselves with fractions. The children had to work together to prepare a list of supplies they would take with them on a Peace Mission around the world, converting between decimal numbers and fractions as well as using multiplication to find out how much it would cost to help 1 person versus multiple people in a village or town. Our visitor, Jo Skeats, helped us to the plan the route we would take around the world to make sure we visited the right countries in an efficient way.

However, many of the children’s favourite part of maths in Spring 2 was creating the Pine Class Times Table Book. We created it during book week in order to learn our quick fire multiplication facts as well as help others to learn them as they read the book. They put in so much effort and it looks outstanding, if you ever come into class then please take a look – the children are very proud of their work!

Mrs Lucas and I can’t wait to get stuck into the second half of our War and Peace adventure, especially the science work on digestion and rationing!

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Spring 2 - Learning Adventure War and Peace



Spring 1 Learning Adventure - Made in the Movies


Spring 1 in Pine class was a whirl wind of adventurous learning. The children dove into ‘Made in the Movies’ headfirst and created some fantastic claymations on the very first day back in January! This led onto the children looking into films behind the scenes and we discovered that film crews are much bigger than we thought with lots of different departments that we hadn’t even thought of like Press and Accountancy.

We explored these departments in more detail with the children creating a budget for a film and calculating how many different actors, light fixtures and different sets they could have and keep in budget. For our press department the children created film reviews for their own films and then pitched Adventurous films to BAFTA judge Osmond. It was amazing to see the children all applying their maths and English skills to our adventure with superb results. We also branched into set design where the class applied directions and co-ordinates to navigate around film sets and to let the production crew remember where they had left props when a new take was needed of a shot. We finished the half term with some incredible action narratives based upon Indiana Jones and archaeology with children doing their own research on different ancient sites around the world.

Miss McIntyre and Mrs Lucas can’t wait to see where the children take them in the ‘War and Peace’ adventure in Spring 2 and Summer 3!

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