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CREATIVE ARTS WEEK!

 

We have had an amazing week in school this week as it has been our bi-annual creative arts week. The theme this year has been global diversity and each year group have had a country to learn about. In Year 4 we have been learning all about Africa and all of our activities this week have been linked to this theme. We started the week by learning more about Africa as a country including where it is in the world, famous people that come from Africa, animals it is famous for and some of its amazing landmarks.

 

Then we have completed a range of different activities including learning to sing in African with some boomwhackers as accompaniment, creating some amazing African art using mask ideas and patterns, creating fruit faces using bright African colours and we even enjoyed a great workshop learning carnival dancing.

 

Now we are looking forward to the dance festival to end an amazing week! Enjoy our photos! :)

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IPC: Living Together

 

We have started our new IPC topic now called, 'Living Together.' We have been learning what a community is and thinking about what communities we belong to. We have also completed some team challenges that involved communicating and working well together as a team. We will be moving on to look at our local area after half term and thinking about both the geography and the history of it.

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String Explosion!

 

What a busy time 4P have been having! On Monday, we went to our String Explosion concert. We rehearsed all afternoon with all of the other schools and the band and then performed all of our pieces to a crowd of one thousand people!! We even got a standing ovation at the end. The children behaved fantastically on the day and were a real credit to our school. Well done 4P!

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St Briavels!

We are back from our fantastic residential trip to St Briavels castle. Year 4 had a great few days visiting some great places. We left school Wednesday morning and travelled straight to the International Birds of Prey Centre where we got to meet lots of special birds and even see some of them fly for us. We then travelled to the amazing Puzzle Wood where we had a list of things to find hidden in the wood including dinosaur footprints, a hidden chair, a secret door and even a scary face on a tree! Well done to my group for managing to find everything on the list! After all that excitement, we got back on to the coach to travel to St Briavels Castle. The children were very excited to unpack and settle into their bedrooms. We had a delicious dinner, had story time with Harry Potter and went to bed.

 

Thursday was a very busy day for us! We got up early for a yummy breakfast and then got ready for our first trip of the day to Clearwell Caves. We had a fantastic tour and learned lots about what life working in the mines would have been like. Even young children worked in the caves - 4P were glad they didn't have to do that! We had lunch outside before getting on the coach to go to our next place; The Dean Heritage Centre. We split into four groups here and got to do four different activities: a team game called 'Capture the Flag' in the woods, an iron age workshop where we learned how to make mud walls and grind grain for bread, a sculpture trail featuring a very well known character and team building games. We had lots of fun! When we got back to the castle, we didn't have long to get ready for our medieval banquet. All the children looked brilliant dressed up in their costumes and we even had a top table made up of a King, Queen, two Ladies-in-Waiting and two Squires! Well done to King George, Queen Phoebe and George G and Mischa for getting chosen!

 

Before we knew it, the last day of our trip had arrived. We had to pack up everything from our rooms and then leave the castle to travel to our last destination: The Amazing Maze! We had loads of fun meeting the owner of the maze who performed some clever tricks for us to watch and then explained to us how to play a great maze game. We all managed to find our way through the maze (in the end!) Some children even managed to get through the maze ten times finding different routes through to the middle!

 

We just had time for lunch after all our maze fun before getting back on to the coach to travel back to school where all the parents were there waiting for us. forty-eight tired children, six very tired teachers and three amazing days of fun! :)

Birds of Prey Centre and Puzzle Wood:
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Clearwell Caves, Dean Heritage and Banquet:
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Jigsaw!

 

We have been learning all about relationships this term and having some very open and challenging discussions about why people in our lives might leave and how we can learn to understand and deal with our feelings when this can happen. As part of our work on this, the children brought in special objects that held good memories for them, linked to a special trip or event or a special occasion. We had all sorts of wonderful things brought into school including holiday souvenirs, bridesmaid dresses, a christening gown and special jewellery. Thank you to all of 4P for bringing in your special items and sharing your special memories.

 

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Disgusting Digestion!!!

 

We have really been enjoying our current Science topic on digestion in 4P and this week we did a very fun experiment where we made (pretend!) poo!! We started by learning about the digestion process and learning the names of the different body organs. We even got some string to measure out how long an adult's small intestine is - an incredible 6m!! Then we re-inacted the digestion process using Weetabix and spaghetti to represent the food. We mashed this in a bowl to show how our teeth mash the food up and then added washing up liquid and water as the saliva. Then we tipped the contents into a bag to represent our stomach and added some vinegar for the acidic stomach juices. Then we had fun squeezing this as our stomach muscles do. We then poured the contents into some old tights to act as our intestines before squeezing out all of the liquid with the final stage being a trip to the toilet! We took lots of photographs to show each stage of the process - enjoy!!

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Our Science Results....

 

Having left the egg shells in the liquids for a week, this afternoon we had a look at the results of our most recent Science experiment. We took photos of them so we could show everyone at home too. In order, the egg shells are from the water, lemonade, coffee, orange juice and orange squash. We concluded that the orange juice and the coffee were the worst for our teeth with very obvious staining and decay and water is, not surprisingly, the best for our teeth. Enjoy the photos!

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Science!

 

We have started all of our new topics now for this half term. In Science, we are learning all about digestion and to start this we have learned all about where this process starts; our mouth! We learned the names of our teeth and compared this to some animals' teeth. We then ate some disclosing tablets which stain all the plaque in your mouth either pink (plaque from the last 12 hours) or blue (plaque from longer than 12 hours). The children thought this was brilliant and had a lot of fun then brushing their teeth until they were completely clean. We have also set-up an experiment to investigate what different liquids can do to our teeth. We have used egg shells to represent our teeth and are soaking these in coffee, lemonade, orange juice, squash and water as the 'control' liquid.

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Science Week!

 

What a great week we have had yet again in school, this week being the turn of Science Week! We had a special assembly on Monday by Miss Allen and then Thursday was our school Science Fair. Lots of children in 4P made Science projects which they then had to present to the panel of judges. There were amazing ideas and all of the presentations were excellent. An extra special 'well done' to Ben who won the first prize for lower KS2!

 

Thursday was also 'demo day' in school where all classes got to try a new chemistry experiment. In 4P we made 'rainbow' patterns by soaking filter paper in red cabbage water and then painting on vinegar, lemon juice and bicarbonate of soda. The chemicals reacted together changing the colours into bright pinks and blues! Fascinating!

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Real Maths Day!

 

We had a great morning on Tuesday for Real Maths Day looking at how maths is used in real life and how important all of our maths skills are. 4P joined with 4H for our parent visit to learn about how they use maths in their job. We also completed some great reasoning work as part of our Challenge Tuesday.

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Classification

 

Our current Science topic for this half term is classification. We have learned about Carl Linnaeus who changed the way classification was done and will now be moving on to learn all about the different classification groups for living things. We had a great time this week learning about classification sorting keys and had a go at creating our own key using some very familiar looking sweets....!

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World Book Day!

 

Once again, Peterbrook have had an amazing time celebrating World Book Day. All the children, (and the teachers!) dressed up as book characters. This year, for the first time, we also had a whole school silent reading session in assembly which went really well. We also had Mr Crathorne in school who popped round lots of classes to read to them. Every class wrote poems on the theme of, 'We're doing something booky!' and 4P wrote their poems in the style of Michael Rosen's, 'We're going on a bear hunt.' The poems were excellent so well done 4P!

 

Don't forget to spend your £1 book voucher and treat yourself to a new book!

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English: The Fun Fit Factory!

 

We have been doing some very exciting work in our English lessons over the past three weeks, working with a local businessman to help plan and advertise a brand new gym. He has set us various tasks including collecting in data from Years 5 and 6 to decide on the content of the gym, designing posters to advertise it, writing a magazine article to persuade people to go once it has opened and even designing and making t-shirts that the employees could wear. The children have really enjoyed this amazing project and their use of persuasive language has been fantastic. Well done 4P!

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Saving our Rainforest

 

We had a very sad IPC lesson looking at photos of deforestation and the awful destruction that is happening to our world's rainforests. We wrote letters to our Prime Minister to make her aware of the situation and asking if she can help in any way.

The next day when all the children came to school, our amazing classroom rainforest had been destroyed and all of our rainforest creatures had disappeared. Let's hope action is taken soon so that they can return. Watch this space....

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Jigsaw: Dreams and Goals

 

Our Jigsaw topic this half term is, 'Dreams and Goals.' As part of our work, we have created our own class mobile and completed lots of work talking about our goals and aspirations as well as what we can do when we get disappointments. This week, we did some role play work acting out different scenarios where there were big disappointments, for example you're not chosen from the football team to play in the match or the swimming part is cancelled at the last minute. 4P had brilliant ideas and suggestions of what we can do when plans and things happen or change to help make us accept them and move on.

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Saving the Rainforest

 

This term, our new IPC topic is 'Saving the Rainforest.' We have created our own rainforest in our classroom and have already been learning about what it is like there, what some of the animals are that live there, what the climate is like and even about the people that call the rainforest their home.

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The Animal Man!

 

To link with our IPC work on the rainforests of the world, Year 4 were very lucky this week to get a visit from the Animal Man. He brought in lots of amazing and beautiful creatures to show us, many of which are found in the rainforests. These included two different species of gecko, an owl, a pygmy hedgehog, two different snakes including a corn snake, a bearded dragon and an adorable white racoon. The children had the opportunity to hold or stroke most of the creatures and most of them even braved having both of the snakes put around their necks! As well as having lots of fun, we also got to learn fascinating facts about all of these animals, for example that the gecko's tail was extra large and looked like its head to protect it from predators. If the tail is bitten and chewed off by a snake, the gecko escapes and simply grows itself a new tail!

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Bhangra dancing!

 

The whole school had loads of fun on Thursday with a visit from an expert Bhangra dancer! He did a whole school assembly talking about different cultures and traditions and then each year group got to complete a Bhangra dancing session. It was loads of fun!

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!

 

We have had a really fun last week of term this week. We have made amazing Santa models, Christmas cards and calendars for the new year. We also joined up with Year 3 to perform our carol concert and 4P got to play their stringed instruments for the first time. It was a brilliant performance - well done everyone! We've also been really enjoying reading the end of our class book, 'Awful Aunty.' 

Merry Christmas everyone! :)

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English

 

Our English topic this half term is Poetry and we are reading lots of poems about animals - great and small! This week we read poems and then the children chose one in a small group and created a freeze frame scene. See if you can guess what is going on in these pictures:

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Children In Need and Anti-Bullying Week

 

What a busy week we have had this week with both Children in Need and Anti-Bullying week happening. We had a great time raising money in 4P on Tuesday. The class voted to bring in toys (10p per toy!), have a Pudsey treasure hunt, dress up in PJs and teach the teacher! We raised lots of money so well done 4P and I really enjoyed all the lessons the children taught me!

 

In our Jigsaw lesson this week, we were thinking a lot about bullying and what we should all do if we see something happening that we know is wrong. We did some freeze frames and then imagined what the different people would be thinking and what they could do next. We also wrote poems in English from the point of view of either a bully or a victim. They were excellent!

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Super Science!

 

Although we loved our topic last term on Ancient Egypt, we have now moved on to another exciting topic. Our new Science topic this term is, 'States of Matter' and we have been learning all about solids, liquids and gases. We did some role play this week where the children had to pretend to be solid, liquid or gas particles and move accordingly. Some of them even had to pretend to be put in the freezer or poured from a kettle! It was lots of fun!

 

We have also done some fantastic Science experiments to help us learn and understand more about these different states. Have you ever mixed vinegar with bicarbonate of soda? Did you know it produces carbon dioxide? We proved this by blowing out a candle flame! We also watched what happens when you pour lemonade into a glass and put in raisins - fascinating!

 

Well done to Hannah as well, who won our ice cube competition by making her ice cube melt the fastest in the class.

 

Look out for more experiments next week 4P! :)

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Sam the Bear returns!

 

Wow - 4P have won Sam the Bear for the second fortnight running!!! Well done 4P, what an amazing start to the year! Sam has had a great two weeks with us in our classroom again - we even sent him on a trip to Egypt!!

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JIGSAW!

 

We are loving our new weekly JIGSAW lessons in 4P. This week's lesson was especially fun - the children had to first find the others in the class who had the jigsaw pieces that would complete their picture. These children then worked together as a team using straws and marshmallows to make the tallest tower they could in five minutes. Every team had the same amount of the items to make it fair and the children had to report back afterwards on how well their team had worked together, what had worked really well and what they could improve on next time.

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English

 

We are learning about fables in English this half term. As part of our work, the children acted out a fable that we had read. These included the Hare and the Tortoise, The Goose with the golden egg, The Fox and the Crow, The Boy who cried Wolf and we have read many, many more!

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 smiley Happiness Week! smiley

 

As part of our new JIGSAW PSHE scheme, we had a Happiness Week in school. Each class got to complete a session with Jules - the Mad Professor. We focused on things that made us sad or angry and we had to make these out of play-doh then she told us to scrunch them up and re-make our play-doh into something that made us happy. The children had great ideas for this. We also started to write acrostics using our names and writing positive words about ourselves to make us feel good and boost our self esteem. We have since finished these and made them into art posters that are up on display. What a fun, happy week! smiley

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IPC: Ancient Egypt.

 

We have an amazing first IPC topic in Year 4 learning all about Ancient Egypt. Our Entry Point (first lesson) is loads of fun with the children completing lots of different activities. They get to pretend to be Howard Carter going into Tutankhamen's tomb using torches to spot the treasures hidden inside! They also had to complete some tricky jigsaw puzzles of the tomb paintings and then they got to be archaeologists digging in the sand to find buried Egyptian artefacts. We had a lot of fun!

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Please return your child's website permission form as soon as possible. We have done some very exciting IPC work on Ancient Egypt and a really fun happiness workshop with Jules that we would love to share photos from with you!

Sam the Bear!

 

Congratulations to 4P for being the first class this year to win Sam the Bear for the best school attendance. Sam will spend two weeks in our classroom with us and we have proudly displayed the trophy and certificate. We also get an extra playtime which everyone is very happy about! Well done 4P! smiley

Peterbrook Primary School, High Street, Solihull Lodge, Shirley, Solihull, West Midlands, B90 1HR

Tel: +44(0)121 4302545 office@peterbrook.solihull.sch.uk

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