On Thursday 27 June 2019, Year 4 students and ten members of staff enjoyed an interesting and exciting day at Kentwell Hall, Long Melford. We arrived at 9.00am and after a short briefing from guides, we went through a time tunnel and entered the grounds in year 1588. 250 characters from Tudor times brought the grounds and house to life. After an entertaining chat with Elizabethan musicians some students from 4B learned a dance to authentic instruments. We then moved into the house where we watched the kitchen servants preparing a meal for the lord and lady of the house and their children. Our visit to the house finished with a walk through the dining room and nursery, encountering various characters on the way, who told the children about their role within the house. Once outside, we visited a selection of interesting craftsmen and women. We watched butter and cheese being made, saw how wool was dyed, looked at a camera obscura (which fascinated everyone),watched the baker and the needlewomen, learned how potage (for the workers) was made and enjoyed time in the alehouse. It is unfortunate that time prevented us from visiting every tent in the grounds but I hope that the free ticket given to every participant will enable the children to visit again at their leisure.
Have a lovely weekend.
I am sure that many of the children will feel like the image shown this evening. I know that I certainly do! Its been a super busy week in Class 4B. The children have completed all of their final Year 4 assessments; we've celebrated Refugee Week by studying and listening to the story Four Feet Two Sandals, attended a special assembly by Suffolk Refugee Support and some have helped and attended the Refutea in the secret garden.
In Art we have been working hard at creating the former for our shoes (with some frustration from the children I might add), and we have also completed our sponsored swim. (Please return any sponsor money next week so that we can total this up).
Look out for the final update re our trip to Kentwell Hall next week.
Sadly, there have been some issues with unkind comments being made by children in class which has caused anxiety and distress to others. As a class we have spoken about this and reaffirmed that EVERYONE needs to be kind to one another so that we can continue to the fabulous Class 4B that we know we really are.
Please REMEMBER the following quote...and have a lovely weekend.
Over the last couple of weeks there have been a number of children without PE kit in school. Please would you ensure that ALL PE kit is in school EVERY day as sometimes this is also needed when accidents occur.
Our regular PE slot is on a Wednesday afternoon and swimming is on Thursdays. Over the next few weeks we will be practicing events for sports day so PE kit will be needed.
During literacy we have been reading, The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry. This week the children have learnt about 'fact and opinion' and 'cause and effect' linked to this book. Ask them to explain to you what this means?
Enjoy your weekend.
The swimming pool has been fixed and so swimming lessons can commence next week. 4B will be swimming last lesson on a Thursday, so please make sure your child has an appropriate swimming costume (no bikinis or Bermuda style shorts), a swimming hat and a towel! Please can you make sure all of their equipment is named. There is an expectation that if your child is well enough to attend school, they are well enough to swim. There are obviously exceptions, so if you have any concerns or questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.
I will also be teaching swimming to class 4M on a Friday morning immediately before lunch. During this time Ms Markham will teach class 4B.
Following on from our learning about teeth in science, 4B were very fortunate to be visited by Mr Bentley's friend Mr Popat who is a dental therapist both here in the UK and also overseas in Africa.
We learnt a lot about how we should brush our teeth correctly, the amount of time we should take and the positive and negatives about owning a manual vs electric toothbrush. We also heard about the charity work Mr Popat undertakes in Uganda helping those less fortunate than ourselves to access dental care.
We also were introduced to the singing dentist...(ask the children), and Mr Bentley had a checkup in class. (Thankfully all was ok!)
We had a very successful rain forest exhibition in the secret garden on Wednesday. The rain stayed away and lots of visitors came! The animals looked fantastic and showed off the children's work brilliantly.
This afternoon, the children enjoyed visiting the secret garden to complete the rain forest quiz. Thankfully the year 4 animals have withstood the elements of the weather and we were all able to enjoy the hard work which was put in by all 3 classes to create them. Well done 4B!
Photos to follow due to a technical hitch...
Have a lovely weekend.
Summer Term Curriculum Overview and Homework Tasks
Curriculum Overview In Year 4 this term, we have some new topics being introduced that we are confident the children are going to enjoy. In History, we will be learning about Tudors, which also links well to the Shakespeare work we will be studying in Literacy and the school trip to Kentwell Hall that has been arranged for later in the term, which we are all very excited about! The Tudors unit will culminate in an exhibition in the School Museum. In Geography, we will be teaching the children some Geographical skills in a unit that will involve a study of the local area. In Science we will be studying ‘Living Things’ and ‘Brilliant Bubbles’ which is a particularly engaging unit that may involve chocolate! This term we are introducing a new D.T. unit in Year 4 where the children will make and design working torches, so they will be able to apply their science knowledge of circuits that they learnt about earlier in the year. R.E. will focus on Sikhism and Hinduism and in P.S.H.E. the children will become co-authors and produce a newspaper article and study a unit called ‘We are meteorologists’. In addition, the children will continue to work hard learning their times tables, so please encourage them to keep practicing these at home. As you can see, it will continue to be a very busy term!
Homework The Year 4 Topic Homework has been very carefully planned to link with the topics that the children are going to be learning about during the Summer Term. This time, we have also endeavoured to include more mathematical activities, so please encourage your children to undertake a range of tasks and possibly some that they haven’t tackled previously.
If you have any questions about your child’s curriculum this term, please do not hesitate to speak either with me. Likewise, if you would like hard copy of the homework tasks please let me know.
Year 4 would like to invite their parents / carers to the opening of their Rainforest exhibition in the Secret Garden after school on Wednesday 1st May. Refreshments will be available to purchase too. This should have taken place at the end of last term but was cancelled due to bad weather.
We hope to see you there.
Welcome back to the new term. I cannot believe how quickly this year seems to be going.
We are 4B!