As I sit down to write this, I find myself shaking my head in disbelief that a year has gone by so quickly and that Team CB have reached the end of their time in Year 4! As they prepare for a well earned rest, I have recently spent time casting my mind back over what has been a truly magical year. A year I have thoroughly loved and one that has shown Team CB to be true Persevering Pioneers.
Casting my mind back to September 2018 I can remember the faces of the class as they came through the double doors for the first time. They found their peg label, hurried in to find their morning place and awaited the days events with eager smiles on their faces. Fast forward to July 2019 and the children come in to their peg (which may have lost its label), sit in their morning seat which has changed over the course of the year, but still without fail give me those eager smiles as they wait to see what is in store for them. The class' personality has changed so much over the year, they have become more resilient, more determined, more ambitious, and yet some things just never change!
We have covered such a huge amount this year - from fractions and decimals to Anglo Saxon newspaper articles, From Earth and Space to the Digestive System. The class have invested themselves in every learning opportunity and shown themselves to possess some of the most inquisitive minds I have come across. The knowledge they will take with them is broad and varied and has sparked intrigue in further understanding the broader areas of daily life.
It has been a simply spectacular year and I would like to thank each and every member of the class for making it so brilliant. I hope you all have an incredibly restful holidays and I can't wait to hear about all the brilliant things you will get up to as you move into Year 5.
This week has been an incredibly busy week in Team CB. The Persevering Pioneers began the week by seeing what life would be like in their new class. They spent time developing artwork linked to their topics for next year, as well as establishing their new class name. I can reveal they will be officially known as the Park Street PALS. During transition the class also wrote their own vision statement about the type of class they wanted to be, as well as developing ideas around how they wanted their topics to start and conclude through stimulus days. By the time they came back to Team CB on Wednesday, they were so eager to share what they had been up to! It has been lovely to see how well they have managed trialing new things in new classes and I could not be more proud of them!
Once the class were back in their usual setting, we spent time completing some of our RE work, where we had been looking at the features of the Gurdwara, along with the 10 Gurus of Sikhism. The class were so engaged throughout and found it especially interesting that the eleventh and final Guru of Sikhism was actually the holy book - the Guru Granth Sahib.
In what has been a busy but brilliant week, I say in disbelief, please check back next week for our final blog post of the academic year! Where has time gone?
What a week it has been in Team CB! We have been so incredibly busy in our class and have reached some really fantastic milestones in our learning!
In our Maths we have been working hard to consolidate some of our learning around the four operations as well as fractions. We have looked closely at how we can expand our knowledge and worked hard to develop our understanding further.
Elsewhere, we have been busy completing our SRE unit and understanding families, our bodies and changes. We have also held our Park Street's Got Talent auditions to discover which act will make it to the final on the final day of the year. Well done to the Mini Ezra's who secured their place in the final representing Team CB, we are so very proud!
Finally, we also participated in our much anticipated ukulele performance as part of the Barnsley Key Stage 2 Music Festival. The class were absolutely outstanding in their performance and I could not have been more proud of the hard work, dedication and confidence they showed in their compilation! What a super way to celebrate all your hard work this year!
This week the class have been busy working hard to solve problems using their knowledge of addition and subtraction in maths. The class had to finding missing values through applying inverse operations to solve accurately.
In Literacy, we worked on writing our own acrostic poems, where the class created their own class names for next year. We looked at how to set out the poems correctly, as well as suitable language we could use within the poem that linked to the theme that we were writing about.
In our RE studies we have been focussing on Sikhism as a faith. The class have worked hard this week to understand how Sikhism was founded, the similarities and differences between Sikhism and Christianity, as well as the 5K's and their significance. The class have really immersed themselves in their learning and have asked some fantastic questions around areas they want to further understand.
Keep it up Team CB!
This week, we have been busy writing our descriptive texts ready to read to Team JF next week, I must say, if you could have been a fly on the wall of our classroom this week, you would have been simply blown away at the fantastic level of high quality, engaging language the children were busy generating. It was simply fabulous! We began the week by writing about disembarking our rocket which had unfortunately malfunctioned in Space, forcing us to crash land. Once we disembarked, we began to investigate our new surroundings before building tension within our writing to indicate all may not be as safe as it seemed. On Thursday, we wrote the final part to our writing... an encounter with an extra-terrestrial creature. The ideas that the children had about where their writing could go this week, was simply delightful to see. They have been so highly motivated during this piece and I cannot wait to read this finished product later into next week! Check back then to see how our model read went to Team JF.
Meanwhile, in Maths this week we have taken the time to revisit some of our key skills linked to the four operations. We have been busy consolidating this to ensure we can complete a multitude of different question styles all linking to these 4 procedures, and I must say, the class certainly rose to the challenge.
To conclude our week, we have been busy looking further into the functions of the digestive system. To allow the class to fully comprehend what goes on inside our bodies we recreated the human digestive system through every day items. The class were particularly in awe when we saw how our meal of beans and toast was passed along the intestines and water was absorbed! It was a joy to see their faces so intrigued and led to some fantastically high level thinking questions!
Super work Team CB!
Keep it up!
Breaking news! Just in! This week Team CB have been set a challenge by Miss Fury to support our current Year 3 class as they prepare to transition in to Year 4. We have been asked to write a descriptive piece linked to Space to show Year4 exactly what learning could be like for them. In order to do this, we began the week by reading examples of WAGOLL descriptions before identifying the key features and developing our awareness of grammar conventions that we could use within our writing. Today, we have started to plan our the ideas for our writing, ready to get all of our fantastic thoughts down on paper next week! I can't wait to share the finished product with you.
Meanwhile, in Maths we have been busy looking at Statistics and how we can represent information in different ways as well as interpreting this. The class were fantastic at being able to identify different information from the graph as well as create their own questions.
We have also had the chance to spend time with our chicks in school this week. The class asked fantastic questions about the lifestyle of a chicken and were all so very thoughtful when they held them What a responsible lot they are!
This week has been the class' final assessment check point. All the class worked so very hard to show everything that they have learned so far this year and have worked with great success! They should be so very proud of everything that they have achieved.
In the afternoons this week, the class have worked really hard in various aspects of the broader curriculum. They showed fantastic enthusiasm as they created their own French food dictionary and loved learning the new words for everyday items. Did you know that egg in French is oeuf? In addition to this, the class showed a fantastic attitude towards their PE, where we have been working hard on our rounders skills. In teams, we worked on both our batting and fielding skills. There were some stand out superstars who showed fantastic skill, sportsmanship or determination! Keep up the fantastic attitude Year 4.
We have also worked really hard on advancing our understanding of Space and the Solar System. We began by finding ways to remember the order of the planets including the use of mnemonics. From this, we conducted a Science experiment, where we had to recreate the solar System to a scale of 1:40,000,000 km. The class completed the necessary maths calculations to work out distances between each planet, as well as researching the sizes of these planets. Using this information, the class had to assign different size fruits to represent each planet, before recreating this out on the school field. The class then conducted orbits around the sun where they could see the difference in orbit times between Mercury and Neptune. It was a wonderful afternoon. We rounded off the week by looking at how the Moon and Earth orbit. The class' enthusiasm for their Science has been great to see!
Make sure you check back next week, where we will have started to look at Statistics in Maths and we will be writing a descriptive piece in Literacy!
Somehow, the class have managed to work their socks off over the course of a half term and we are now approaching our last half term holiday before the final burst of learning as we head into our final half term.
In true form, the Persevering Pioneers have been incredibly busy and spent this week exploring the concept of symmetry. We began by investigating lines of symmetry in regular and irregular polygons. The class used mirrors as an apparatus tool to support them in checking if two sides were the same. Following on from this, we then explored how we could complete figures to make them symmetrical, we started with relatively simple designs with square patterns before moving to line drawings. To really test our understanding of symmetry we then had to complete symmetrical drawings which revealed an unidentified creature that would form part of our alien landscape. The class worked tirelessly and the creatures they uncovered were most certainly an extra-terrestrial species.
Meanwhile, in our Literacy we have been busy writing up our final letter to Mrs Lawson. They will be landing on her desk today! The class were really proud of this piece of writing, so here's hoping that when Mrs Lawson reads them she will be as convinced as myself that we definitely deserve a space celebration at the end of the year!
When we return from the holidays, the class will begin to explore and interpret data in the form of graphs and charts, as well as produce some descriptive writing about the alien landscape from our whole class reader The Jamie Drake Equation.
Happy holidays! I look forward to seeing you all in a week's time!
There are so many reasons to be proud of the Persevering Pioneers however, just one of those reasons is for their absolutely incredible attitude this week. This week has been our SATs week for Year 6 and the whole school has made an incredible effort to support our students by being incredibly quiet around school while tests are underway. I am so proud of how hard Team CB have worked to make sure that this can happen, So a huge well done from me!
Not only am I proud for this reason, but I continue to be proud of the class' fantastic approach to new learning, This week we have been exploring quadrilaterals. At the beginning of the week the class were honest in where they were in their learning and as a result the progress they have made has been nothing less than incredible. They have identified different types of polygons, both regular and irregular as well as using peg boards to create different quadrilaterals whilst identifying their properties. Like that wasn't enough, we have then used our knowledge of these properties of shape to compare and classify, through sorting shapes using Carroll and Venn diagrams. As we head into our final week of Summer 1, we will conclude with symmetry in shapes and patterns.
In our Literacy, this week we have been full of ideas as we have started to put pen to paper to write Mrs Lawson our letter. We hope that by the end of this she will agree to let us host a Space afternoon to celebrate our learning - after all, our reasons are so persuasive I think she would struggle to say no! As and when we get our response, we will be sure to keep you up to date with this!
Check back next week to see how our week has gone!
It has been a rather busy week in Team CB this week, as we have been busy tackling new learning in the form of persuasive writing and types of triangles.
In our Maths, we have been looking specifically at triangles and the different types that we have. The class worked really hard to sort different triangles based on their properties. We looked at size of angles within the triangles as well as length of sides to determine which category they fit into. From this, we began to look at how we could use our knowledge of triangles to calculate missing angles. The class were so speedy and effective at spotting information to assist them in finding the missing value! Next week, we will move on to look at properties of quadrilaterals as we attempt to classify these also.
Meanwhile, in our Literacy we have started a new topic around persuasive writing. The class have asked to celebrate our Space unit at the end of the Summer with a celebration event one afternoon, as such the class have been tasked with writing a letter to Mrs Lawson to persuade her about why this would be a good idea. To support our writing, we unpicked the features of a letter before focusing in specifically on some persuasive techniques that we hope to use in our writing next week. Make sure you pop back to see how we are getting on next week with our write up!
Elsewhere, this week we have conducted a Science experiment around tooth decay, where the class had to use different liquids and study the effect these have on our teeth if we do not follow oral hygiene recommendations. The class will be keeping an eye on this over the course of next week!
What a busy and brilliant week it has been - as always!