MESSAGE FROM YOUR TEACHERS :-)
Friday 26th June 2020
Dear Year 4s,
We hope you are all still safe and smiling! This week has been a bit different to normal as we have started zoom class meet ups! I was a bit nervous before mine on Wednesday as, although I have used zoom a lot over lockdown, it is very different to how I would normally get to see all the lovely faces of Ash class. However, it was amazing to see you all again and I know as I write this that Miss Clarke is really looking forward to getting to see Beech class again. If you have already been to the Ash class one I hope you enjoyed it and if you are in Beech class I hope you are able to join you're own class zoom meet up.
It has been getting so hot again! The hall at school is very warm to be working and learning in and I am very thankful to be able to open some of the outside doors to let a breeze in. How have you been getting some relief from the heat (or you may not need any relief and simply be enjoying it!). When I was younger my Dad would fill up a small paddling pool in the garden for the hot hot hot days and it was great to lie down in that.
Miss Clarke and I have been busy putting together you're next home learning pack ready to upload onto the website. I will attach at the bottom of it the 'extra homelearning' from the zoom meeting for any of you who would like to complete it.
- Re-create your favourite memory of Year 4 in school as: a drawing/painting/poem/story/model/anything you like.
We look forward to seeing all your creativity and finding out what your best memory of our time together was.
Mrs Stock and Miss Clarke
Friday 19th June 2020
Friday 12th June 2020
Hello again Year 4s,
I hope you are all well and as smiley as always. We have been busy in school with the key worker children and the some of the other year groups returning and it has made school feel almost a little bit more like normal, even though we don't see any other groups during the day due to social distancing. I have heard that some of you have started to meet up in gardens or outside areas which has sounded wonderful and a great way to catch up now that we are allowed to meet up with friends.
Miss Clarke and Mrs Stock
Friday 5th June 2020
Friday 29th May 2020
Dear Year 4,
Wow, what wonderful weather we’ve had so far for ‘half term’. I hope you’ve been able to get out and about (whilst staying Covid legal!). I was supposed to be in sunny Portugal this week with my husband’s family, which has made me feel a bit sad to be missing the holiday, but our beautiful sunny weather here has perked me up. My husband and I even ventured to the coast earlier in the week to go for a long walk and hopefully if any of you are missing out on a holiday this May half term, you have also been able to think of some activities to do here to make up for it.
I also started my long walk along the watercress way that I spoke about a few messages ago. I managed to complete 13 miles of it in one go but it got a bit too hot to continue so I will finish the next 14 miles on a cooler day. Miss Clarke has been enjoying some Thai-style dishes inspired by her fiancé’s side of the family – some scrumptious beef in oyster sauce which she was surprised by as it was much simpler than she thought it would be. She also showed lots of Pilgrims’ Courage by allowing her fiancé to cut her hair! I cut mine at the start of lock down and dyed it purple and I’m shocked by how quickly it’s growing back, I’m wondering if I might need to do another lockdown hair trim before this is over! Have any of you had a lockdown haircut?
Keep safe and keep smiling,
Mrs Stock and Miss Clarke
Friday 22nd May 2020
Friday 15th May 2020
Dear Year 4,
How are you all? Miss Clarke and myself are still missing seeing your lovely faces at school every day but we have been thrilled to see all the activities you have been getting on with at home so thank you to everyone who has sent us an email. It really does make our day when we get to read them J
As always I have been enjoying the walks around my local area and found a really nice one which cuts across fields in the sunshine but loops back around through a tree lined old railway track, providing some much needed shade in this sunny weather. I hope that when we all go back to normal at some point in the future we all still make the most of the beautiful outdoors. I’ve always loved being outside in nature but have come to appreciate it in a whole new way during lockdown!
Whilst we are still in lockdown I have been thinking of setting myself the challenge to walk the Watercress Way (a local long walk near me). It’s 26 miles though so I’m not sure if this might be a bit too far all in one day. When we set ourselves challenges it’s good to think ahead about if you can do it or not, or if you can’t how you could change it a little bit to be able to complete it. For example, I could cut the walk in half and do 13 miles one day and 13 miles the next. I’ve seen a lot more of you are enjoying going on bike rides. How about counting how many miles you cycled one week and then setting yourself a challenge to beat it the next week – maybe just 1 mile more? We have been really impressed in school with children completing Joe Wicks – it was hard for some of us at the start of lockdown but slowly we are able to complete more and more of the workouts every week.
As always, we would love to hear about how you are all doing on the class emails, whether it’s completing work you’ve accessed on the school website or it’s another form of learning from home please do send them in.
Miss Clarke and Mrs Stock.
Friday 8th May 2020
Friday 1st May 2020
Dear Year 4s,
I can’t believe it’s been almost 6 whole weeks since I saw you all last! I hope you have managed to catch the sunshine this week and made it outside. I’ve quite enjoyed some of the rain as it means I feel less guilt about cosying up on the sofa and watching films and eating the delicious treats we have been baking.
How are you all? Have you completed any of the home learning for these past 2 weeks? It would be great to see any your shoe drawings that you have completed. Maybe you have been doing your own home learning with your parents and families. As we have been saying, it is a great time to learn things you wouldn’t get the chance to at home! I have been doing lots of quizzes with friends online to help improve my general knowledge!
At school we have been completing Mr LF’s poetry challenge, it was harder than we thought to make sure that our rhyming couplets rhymed properly but a great chance to practise being resilient rhinos! Working and learning at home can be tough sometimes (we know this personally!) but we hope that you are trying your best and showing lots of love to your parents who are trying their best to help you whilst also doing their own jobs. Our challenge to you this week is to show your adult at home that you love them in a new way – maybe a card, a song, a picture, a letter, a cup of tea. How can you show the people that you live with that you love them?
Keep smiling and stay safe!
Mrs Stock and Miss Clarke J
Friday 24th April 2020
Friday 17th April 2020
Dear Year 4,
We hope you enjoyed your second week of the ‘Easter holidays’, we don’t know about you, but we are incredibly thankful for all the sunshine! This week was a special week for Mrs Stock as it was her birthday on Monday. Some of you might have birthdays coming up (or have already had them) during this time of weirdness. It is strange not being able to have a party, or go out for a family meal in a restaurant but it can still be made into a special day. Mrs Stock and her husband went for a local walk to areas they hadn’t yet explored and then zoomed family members in the evening. If it is your birthday during lockdown, how are you planning on celebrating?
Have you completed this week’s worship and accompanying challenge from Mr LF? Being thankful and smiling is really important at the moment to keep spreading love around our world. Maybe you could start a thankfulness/smile diary and write down at least one thing every that you are thankful for and has made you smile. It might be interesting to look back on in the years to come when we remember this time in history and how we all got through it.
It has been wonderful, yet again, to see so many of your home learning projects and activities that you have been completing at home. Please do keep emailing them to the class email accounts for us to see! The new 2 week home learning pack will be out on the website soon and we hope you enjoy it. Till then, a rockstar battle will start this Friday night (17th April at 4pm) on times table rock stars for a week between Ash and Beech class (suggested by one of you!). Let the battle commence!
Keep safe and keep smiling,
Miss Clarke and Mrs Stock.
Friday 10th April 2020
Friday 3rd March 2020
End of week two at home! We hope you’re starting to settle into a routine at home and making the most of all the extra family time. Mrs Stock has enjoyed the extra time to bake and try out some new recipes and Miss Clarke has been exploring Winchester on her daily walks – whilst keeping social distancing of course! Which hobbies have you been up to? We’d love to hear about them!
What have you been learning at home this week? At school we have been completing Joe Wicks PE lessons every morning and it’s definitely a good work out; if you haven’t tried them yet we thoroughly recommend it for all the family! Did you also complete Mr LF’s worship on Tuesday? We think it is an amazing opportunity to show our school value of love by sending out letters to the Care Homes, I am sure that any they receive will help to spread joy.
We are looking forward to seeing any amazing projects or learning you have been doing on our new class emails.
Keep being courageous, trustworthy and loving children (as you always are!) to continue making a positive difference in God’s world.
Mrs Stock and Miss Clarke.
Friday 27th March 2020
Hello Year 4!
We wanted to send you all a message whilst we are all staying and learning in different places.
We hope you are all looking after yourselves and your family, listening to each other and showing lots of love! This is a strange time for everyone but we are very proud of everything you guys are doing at home - the work you're getting done and the fun activities you are doing with family. In times like this is is important to show courage whilst being resilient rhinos, and we know how brilliant you guys are at doing that!
We hope this is an opportunity for you all to explore and learn in different ways and look forward to hearing about your own learning adventures. Now you have time to really explore all the different talents that are/will make you great role models in our world. What new skill can you practise at the moment and show us when this is all over and we are back at school?
Good luck for the days to come and keep smiling (and washing your hands!)
Mrs Stock and Miss Clarke.
Spring 1 - Andover to Africa
In Year 4, we began the Spring Term with a day jam packed with drama and excitement! We met Chris, a representative from Uganda, who showed us the alternative lifestyle of people in a Ugandan village. We swept the dusty floors with the grass brushes, walked miles for water in the sweltering heat, and dressed in bright traditional clothing. We all loved getting involved in the role-play to experience the different way of living.
Our launch day led to exploring more ways in which life in Africa is different to England, but also how it is similar. In Geography, we looked at the countries of Chad and South Africa, focusing on the human and physical features. We considered how these features were similar or different to those here in England, and concluded within a class debate to decide where we would prefer to live. It was interesting to find that many children were tempted by the idea of living in the African countryside!
A definite highlight for the children was getting the opportunity to design and create their own tie-dye bags to sell and raise money for the charity ‘Education Uganda’. The Year 4s weren’t afraid to get stuck in and experiment with different designs and styles, resulting in a wonderful range of patterns and colours. We are delighted to say we raised enough money to help the people of Uganda have access to a better quality education. We even used our fraction knowledge to consider how the money could be split to provide a range of school supplies for children in Uganda.
Our English mini adventures involved becoming News Reporters so that we could create our own online newspaper articles about an eagle being raised as a chicken! In addition to this, we read a variety of African Tales, exploring the vocabulary they use to describe the African surroundings in order to use this within our own narratives. The children enjoyed imagining life in a rural African village to experiment with different styles of writing.
We all loved exploring life in Africa, however we are now looking forward to moving across the continent border to learn all about The Shang Dynasty in China!
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!