Autumn 2 - Scots and Saxons
Y4 Blog: Autumn 2
Saxons and Scots
This half term has been a whirlwind of adventure as we have explored the time of Saxons and Scots in England. The children got stuck in straight away looking at artefacts that Mr LeFevre found in his attic over the holidays and making historical guesses for what they might have been used for.
This led to researching the lives of Saxons and Scots and deciding who was better. We used our time travel machine for this and transported a Saxon and a Scot to Pilgrims’ Cross to find out their opinions but the machine broke and they were let loose on the school! Luckily, they managed to find Ash and Beech class so that the children were able to ask their historical questions and make an informed decision about who was best (they decided it was the Scots!).
On Wednesday afternoons the children had the opportunity to practise their artistic skills with Mr. Richie and created some fantastic Scots portraits which we are hoping to display on our section of the corridor in the new year. The children loved getting involved the paints and seeing what they were able to create with their new skills.
In science we learnt about the animals in Scotland now and the animals that were around in the Scots time. The children were fascinated that bears, wolves and even beavers used to roam wild in the Scottish Highlands and were quick to think up suggestions to help these animals become re-introduced. They used their ideas and science knowledge to create safe habitats for the animals that allowed them to roam free whilst also protecting the humans who live there.
Another highlight, although not linked to our Saxons and Scots, was the Year 4 Christingle service. We were really proud of their singing, especially when they faced their audience and couldn’t see the words on the screen. The service was beautiful and the children were incredibly sensible with their lit Christingles and everyone safely made it through!
We hope you have an incredible Christmas holiday with your children – they have more than earnt the break! We look forward to having them all back in January to embark on our new adventure into Africa!
The Wild Coast
Firstly, we would like to say a huge thank you to the Year4 children for an amazing first half term back! They engaged enthusiastically with all the learning and astounded us with their knowledge.
We started out Wild Coast adventure by looking closer to home at Picket Twenty applying our geography learning of physical and human features to see how we could make our estate a better place to live. The children were creative with the ideas they wrote in their non-chronological reports to the local MP with suggestions such as a local climbing wall to help increase the exercise of local residents and a possible petting zoo up on the park!
The children then found it fascinating when we headed to the coast on our school trip at Stubbington Study Centre at the similarities and differences between a country town and a coastal one. The children were beautifully behaved and made all the Pilgrims’ Cross staff proud at their level of involvement in all activities even when a mini hail storm arrived. It was amazing to see how the sea creatures they had placed in their DIY rock pools had made little passages through the sand during the morning.
Maths was also a great success over the half term and the children enjoyed using their multiplication and division skills to help Finn save the dolphins from the plastic pollution. They were able to practise their times tables rapid recall on Times Table Rockstars throughout the mini adventure and they worked hard in the year group battle – congratulations to Ash class who won this time!
In science we looked into the water cycle and it’s different stages so that the children could create informational posters to explain the science behind the book: Rhythm of the Rain. The children really enjoyed learning about evaporation and condensation and the rap was going round and round our heads for days!
We ended the half term with a writing competition based on the book Town is by the Sea. All the children wrote descriptive and engaging stories full of action! We have attached a few snippets from some of the stories that we were blown away with for you to read below.
We hope all of you have had the chance to relax over the half term reading for our new adventure and of course, Christmas celebrations!