What a busy time we are having at the moment in 4P! After our amazing residential trip last week, on Monday we had to leave school at lunchtime to travel to the Warwick Arts Centre where we were going to be performing our String Explosion concert. We had a rehearsal with all of the other schools and the band in the afternoon. Then we went outside for tea and a quick play on the grass before getting ready for the performance. This year, we even got given 'tongue painting lollies' so that when we performed 'Walk on Mars' all the children could look like aliens!!
The concert went brilliantly and I was so proud of all of the children who went; it's hard to believe they only started learning to play their instruments in September! We even got an encore and were asked to play, 'Toss the Feathers' again!
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 Tyler, Queen Gabbie and Jake W and Daisy 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. Fifty-five tired children, five very tired teachers and three amazing days of fun! :)
The uniqueness of me...the similarities of us.
Year 4 have had a very exciting two days working with Teswal looking at how we are all special and unique and yet how we all have things in common too. We linked this work to discussing racism and talking about the importance of not pre-judging new people on any criteria but waiting and getting to know them properly first. The project culminated in creating an amazing piece of (legal!) graffiti where all the children got the chance to spray paint part of the amazing design that is now outside 4P's classroom. Come and have a look after school - we're sure you'll agree it's a great day's work!
This week, we have started our new IPC topic, 'Living Together.' We have been thinking about what a community is and all of the different communities that we belong to. We then had to complete lots of different team building problems including passing a big hoop around a circle when everyone is holding hands, trying to lift a bucket of beanbags using only two skipping ropes, moving a marble from one cone to another using only pieces of card and moving the whole team across the playground using only two mats with no one being allowed to step off the mats! It was great fun and to be successful, the children had to work really well as a team by communicating their ideas and strategies to solve the tasks.
Today in school, we have been holding lots of fun events to raise money and awareness for Sport Relief. The day started with a whole school assembly to watch our amazing break dancers and cheer leaders. Well done to Scarlett in our class who won a trophy and Lauren who has been named the next cheer captain!
In 4P, we have enjoyed playing football, basketball and a great game of bench ball. We also ran a mile around the field outside. Congratulations to Reece who came first and Joe who came second in the year group! Today we have also enjoyed celebrating our second class point prize so all in all we have had a brilliant day!
World Book Day!
Once again, to celebrate World Book Day, we have all dressed up as book characters. The children looked amazing! We had fun sharing our characters and books and mixed up with some children from 2H to share our books. Happy reading everyone!
Exciting English Work!
In English this half term we have been completing some very exciting advertising work for a business man! He asked year 4 to design adverts for him, write job descriptions, instructions and even design and make t-shirts. 4P have really enjoyed this project and have completed some great writing work.
Saving the Rainforest!
In IPC this term, our topic is 'Saving the Rainforest.' We have already created our own rainforest in the classroom, filled with lots of different birds, creatures and insects. The Animal Man came into school to visit us today and showed Year 4 lots of different creatures, some of which can be found in the rainforests. We looked at a corn snake, a barn owl, some cockroaches, a hedgehog, a tarantula, a lizard and a gecko. The children got the opportunity to touch some of these amazing creatures and even have one of the larger snakes placed around their neck! Over the next term we will be learning lots more about the rainforests including learning about all the dangers to them, the products that we can use from them and more about their climates and locations.
4P have had a wonderful last week of term counting down to Christmas. We joined with the rest of Year 4 and Year 3 to perform our carol concert on Tuesday. 4P also got the opportunity to perform two pieces using our strings instruments for the first time. The children were all excited - and some were a little nervous, but they all did brilliantly and should be really proud that after only a few months of lessons they can now play pieces on their instruments.
We have also had lots of fun this week doing lots of great creative art work making Christmas cards, calendars and our very own Santas! Some of the children even joined together to make the longest paper chain they could - the photos below show how far they got!!
Merry Christmas to all in 4P!!
IPC: Shake It!
We have another very exciting IPC topic this half term called 'Shake It!' This is a Science unit and involves us learning all about the journey of milk, products milk makes and the properties of milk. So far, the children have completed a drama activity where they had to be either a solid, liquid or gas particle and follow instructions, we have created milk posters advertising all the health benefits of drinking milk and in the past two weeks we have managed to make both butter and cheese!
English: Poetry: Animals Great and Small.
We have started our new English topic this half term which is all about poems. The theme of the poetry is animals great and small although we also read some very sad war poems as part of our work for Remembrance Day. The children have completed freeze frame scenes, created art work based on their personal response from reading a poem and we are doing lots of annotation work looking for features of poems such as alliteration, similes, metaphors and personification. Some of the children have even had a go at writing their own animal poems at home using rhyming couplets - well done!
Children In Need!
As you will already know, this year we have done Children in Need a little differently at Peterbrook. Each class voted for their favourite activity ideas and our school council representative gave in our ideas. We decided to have a onesie or PJ dress up day with a class fashion show and some art activities. The children made some great bunting to decorate the classroom and we had a lot of fun dancing around to music in our fashion show. At the end of the week, we all got to meet Pudsey too!
4P were very pleased and proud this week to win Sam the Bear for the best school attendance for the past two weeks! We really enjoyed our extra playtime and having Sam in our classroom. We thought he might like to visit Egypt?!
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