As the end of year draws to an end, Team CB have been busy recognising everything that they have achieved over the year. As a class, the children could not have worked any harder. They have overcome any adversities and shown true determination, commitment and perseverance in all aspects of their learning.
Over the next two days we will celebrate the Success of Team CB, starting with a Picnic at Park Street this afternoon. However, in typical fashion the English weather isn't on side today which means our plans for an outdoor celebration have been fetched inside. We will be enjoying our tasty picnics before having the chance to complete some team building tasks and show what fantastic team players we have become this year.
Tomorrow, each child in Team CB will be celebrated in assembly for their EXCEPTIONAL behaviour this term, where they will all receive a certificate in recognition of this. They will also then be awarded their own personalised certificate based on their contributions in class this year, before showing great support to their Team CB finalists in our end of year Park Street's Got Talent event.
Working alongside the class again this year has been a true privilege and to watch each child develop in their independence, confidence and maturity has been simply wonderful to observe. As Team CB begin their new venture into Team LG I wish them all the luck in the world and hope they continue to be the bright, enthusiastic and engaged learners that they undoubtedly proved themselves to be this year.
In Team CB we have been busy exploring all things scientific this week as we have further investigated our current two science topics, Earth and Space and the Digestive System.
Our work on the Digestive System, has seen us explore the different parts that make up the digestive process. We created human Digestive Systems using various art materials. Check out our work below! We also spent time finding out about the functions of each body part through creating our own homemade digestive system experiment. It was most certainly interesting and exciting but Team CB seemed to be pulling some pretty strange faces throughout the investigation!
Within our Earth and Space topic we have investigated how day and night is different around the world. We used time zone maps to locate countries worldwide and calculate the accurate time. Today the class will also investigate the different phases of the moon using Oreos to help them understand the way the moon changes over the course of a month. It's all GO GO GO in Team CB!
This week that class have been very busy creating their own advertisements to promote the end of year Park Street's Got Talent event. We spent time looking at the features of an advertisement before getting busy creating our own.
We looked closely at the use of slogans and word play as a way to create a catchy statement that would stick in the reader's head. Some examples were 'Totally out of the audition-ary', 'Where talent takes over' and 'Lights, camera, acts on stage'.
The whole class are really looking forward to getting behind our two acts for the show and hope that their truly delightful drumming can dazzle the judges!
This week saw the conclusion of our Interfaith fortnight. From beginning the fortnight with relatively little knowledge of Sikhism, to now, the learning that has taken place has been phenomenal. The class have shown a real interest in exploring the similarities and differences between Christianity and Sikhism and were able to articulate this throughout the fortnight.
They have worked hard to produce some great informative writing, beautiful Mandala designs, detailed and intricate Mendhi patterns and learn about the 5Ks. We showcased what we had been learning about during our Thursday assembly to the rest of the school. Did you know the Sikh's holy book (Guru Granth Sahib) can often have its own raised platform (that looks similar to a bed) or even in some cases its own room where it is kept?
Why not take a sneak peak to see what we have got up to this week?
Yesterday was the KS2 annual Sports Day and what a day it was! From the skipping race to obstacle, from the sprint race to the egg and spoon, there was enough choice for everyone to enjoy some element of the competition. Everyone in Team CB has been practicing incredibly hard over the last few PE lessons to prepare themselves and the hard work definitely paid off. Richard was king of the skipping rope as he came bounding home with an impressive lead. Daisy showed true perseverance as she tackled the tricky sack race and everyone did a simply splendid job at running the relay!
Well done to everyone who participated you were all fantastic contenders and great champions for other people competing in their races!
Over the next two week the whole school are celebrating Interfaith and the Arts week. The religion that Team CB are exploring is Sikhism. This week, we begun researching more about Sikhism after receiving a letter from Sunny (a Sikh boy who is moving schools and wants us to help him produce a guide to the Gurdwara for his new classmates). We worked in groups to cover an aspect of the religion before feeding back to each other and creating a gallery to observe our findings in. We then researched the key features of the Gurdwara and transferred this onto an A3 document, creating a non-chronological report. This will form part of our assembly presentation next week.
We have also explored different art related to Sikhism. The class investigated what Mehndi hand patterns were before creating their own designs. We also investigated how to make a Mandala and then using outdoor chalks created our own or worked from a template. These will form our art display that will be on view at our Summer Fayre.
To further explore Sikhism we have also looked at Bhangra as a type of dancing. The children were all thoroughly enjoying practicing their dance moves to a new style of dance, take a look at some of the pictures below! We will report more next week!
This week we have worked really hard in our writing to compose a letter to Mrs Lawson asking her to reconsider her (pretend) proposal to dig up the nature reserve and replace it with an additional car park.
The class firstly decided whether or not they were for or against this idea and then constructed three main points to argue their case, complete with their explanations and evidence. However, we decided that although this would give Mrs Lawson some food for thought, we wanted to really make her change her point of view. As such, we looked closely at the features of persuasive writing and the different persuasive devices we could use.
Here is an extract from one of the letters we wrote:
"Another point to consider prior to making your decision, is how destroying the nature reserve will impact on the children's education. How could you possibly live with knowledge of being responsible for ruining learning opportunities? I have personally experienced the pleasure of learning how to indulge my senses in the nature reserve. The school requests all children to follow the golden rules, however at least half of them will be broken if the nature reserve is destroyed!"
With the upcoming General Election, this week Team CB began to explore the concept of discussion and debate. Over the course of the week we were challenged to argue for or against a range of different statements.
We initially began by simply deciding what our opinion was and using the language of argument, e.g. I think that or in my opinion. From this, we then began to explain our viewpoints. We discussed why we thought what we did, as well as listening to the opposing views and reasons. Impressively enough, some of the class were swayed by what they had heard from the opposing team and changed their outlook. As the week drew to a close, we started to explore texts as a source of evidence to support viewpoints and further strengthen our arguments. We debated whether or not zoos should be banned and were all able to provide clear, concise and well structured arguments for this.
VERDICT: Team CB eventually came to the majority decision that zoos should be closed. Do you agree? Can you convince the majority of the class otherwise?
If you should find yourself in need of a cool, refreshing mocktail as the Summer months approach, just pop into Team CB! This week we have truly gone mocktail mad all in the name of capacity.
To help us understand how to read scales and measure accurately, we were set the challenge of helping Mrs Lawson to create some of the staff team's favourite mocktails. We began the week with a trial run and made Mrs Lawson her favourite drink.
VERDICT: SIMPLY DELIGHTFUL - Mrs Lawson
We then attempted to make various other members of staff a mocktail however Mrs Lawson had lost the quantities of each liquid that we needed. Team CB responded with 'NO PROBLEM!'. To overcome this, we each made our own version of the drink, using the same ingredients but different quantities. We then rated whose was the best before delivering the winning drink to staff.
VERDICT: CAN YOU MAKE ME ONE EACH WEEK? - Mrs Longden
To round off the week, we then created our own. However, we had to use our enterprising skills as Miss Baxter made sure it was fair for each person. Every member of the class had £5 to spend and a price list. Using this the class created the mocktail of their choice, BUT had to prove they were accurate with their measurements before they could take the ingredient back to their mixing jug.
OVERALL VERDICT: ALL IN ALL, TEAM CB WERE MOCKTAIL MASTERS AND WERE TRUE CAPACITY CHAMPIONS! - Miss Baxter
WOW! Where do I even begin? This week has been jam-packed with learning in Team CB! From one subject to another every member of Team CB has worked exceptionally hard with their learning this week!
To kick us off, in Maths this week we have been learning all about Roman Numerals. Who knew that XLIX once meant 49? Our racing rockets certainly do! We have been busy completing lots of practical tasks to help us learn the roman numerals to 100 this week.
VERDICT: TEAM CB ARE OFFICIALLY ROMAN NUMERAL GURUS!
Now we dip our toes into what we have been up to in literacy over the last two weeks! Well, our latest mission has seen us venture off track on our way back from Space and we have somehow ended up on an undiscovered planet. From the safety checks prior to disembarking, to the sensory walk we went on, our children worked hard to really describe in detail what life was like on the planet. However... we encountered an unknown species along the way (lets just say I wouldn't like to cross paths with it any time soon)! The class have worked increasingly hard to write this piece of text and feel it is their best yet! I know I agree they were simply fabulous to read! Keep it up Year 4 you are all becoming outstanding writers!
AND FINALLY... Our Earth and Space topic is well underway. This week we used so many skills to help us complete our fruit solar system investigation. We had to first use the fruits on our table to think of what fruit would represent what planet. Then we had to calculate how far from one planet to the next it was. After that we had to measure this out using kitchen roll, before finally taking it all outside to recreate on the field (there simply wasn't enough space in class).
Check out our representations below!