Welcome to Barbados Class!
Welcome to Barbados class! I hope you had a wonderful summer holiday and you’re
excited about the year ahead, I know Mrs Pratt, Mrs Ballard and myself are.
See our Weekly Timetable:
Click here to access our class Summer Term letter!
Summer Term 1: Topic – Roman Raid
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Our topic this half term is “Roman Raid”. As part of our study we will be looking at a timeline of events, the Roman Empire, how they built civilisations, important Roman figures and protection during battle. As part of our topic we will be looking at the lives of Roman people and learn about day to day life in Ancient Rome. In addition to these historical Roman elements, we will further look at the geography disaster of Mount Vesuvius erupting over Pompeii. To consolidate and immersive ourselves in all of this learning, at the end of this half term we will hold a Roman Day (a letter will be sent separately with all the details). This day will consist of many Roman filled activities such as; cooking/ food tasting, witnessing a Roman Carroballista in action, mosaic creation and many more.
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Roman Food Tasting
Pompeii Stop Motion Animations!
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For the last few years, children at Ferring have been learning how to play the Djembe drums. However, from the start of this summer term we have had the pleasure of being taught how to play the Cornet by Miss White who specialises in Brass Instruments. The children have been loving our music lessons and have already leant 5 different notes!
Here are some photographs/ videos of our second Cornet lesson...
Can you guess what song we are playing?
As a combined Science and DT project, this half term children have been planting and growing their own fruit and vegetables. Once these have grown, all of Y4 will be making their own food and we will enjoy this lunch together in Summer Term 2.
Here is how our gardening has gone so far...
In RE we have been learning about Buddhism; beliefs, values, practice, celebrations and festivals. Vesak is one of the most important Buddhist festivals. It is also known as Wesak or Buddha Day. It is a celebration of Buddha's birthday and, for some Buddhists, marks his enlightenment (when he discovered life's meaning). Vesak is celebrated once a year. This year, it falls on Thursday 7th May 2021. To mark this occasion, we made traditional Wesak Lanterns which you would be able to see at Buddhist festivals around the world on this day.
In science, we explored how to make electrical circuits. Here's images of our learning...
World Book Day
Following Remembrance Day learning, as a class we worked in groups to create an acrostic poem. We wanted our poem to communicate the respect, admiration, love, and care we have for those who risked/ gave up their lives whilst fighting for our country. We wanted it to detail the selflessness and bravery the soldiers demonstrated each day they battled and also highlight the importance of why we celebrate Remembrance Day still today. We learnt about why we wear and see wreaths of poppies each year leading up to and on the 11th November. We then designed and created our own poppies and organised them into a wreath. Here is our poem and display created.
PE - Dance Choreography
In PE the class have been working hard to choreograph their own dance routine inspired by our A1 topic, Meet the Greeks. Focusing on the army and battle theme, the class organised their armies by house colours. Within the routine the children ensured they included a range of dance techniques such as; space, shape, dynamics, levels, turns, balance, canon, unison, mirroring and repetition. Please watch the dance by clicking the image below.
Science - Teeth and Eating
In science, we learnt about why we have different teeth within our mouths and the scientific vocabulary for each of these. To demonstrate how we naturally use our different teeth when eating food, I set Y4 the task of eating a piece of apple only using their central incisors. This was great fun! The children loved it and this memorable experience demonstrated the importance and use for each of our teeth.
We are restarting our homework program!
Homework has now been moved to the class Google Classroom page. Details of how your child can access Google Classroom have been sent home but if for any reason your child needs their login details please let me know and I will get this organised.
I can be emailed at: email@example.com
All homework will be issued on the Friday and tests for this homework (spellings and times tables) will take place on the following Friday. Please log in to Google Classroom to find all homework for this week...
Multiplication Tables Check
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Times Tables Rock Stars:
Ferring Primary have subscribed to 'Times Tables Rock Stars' which is a fun, easy to use and personalised way for your child to gain their confidence and rapid recall of all tables up to 12 X 12. The online programme is available through an app or directly through the website. When first entering TTRS, children must complete a 'baseline' test which comes in the form of a 'Gig' game. This will analyse what tables your child is confident/ struggling with by looking at if they got the answer correct AND the speed time it took them to answer the question. Games from then on will adapt accordingly to strengthen the tables your child has shown they are unconfident with. It will continue to adapt, progress and challenge your child as they get better at their times tables. As children play, they will earn points/ coins. The more games you play, the more coins you earn which will place you on the leader board in ranking order. The more coins you earn, the more confidence in your tables you gain - it's a WIN WIN. Children are also able to challenge peers across the entire school to compete against them in a tournament to be the ultimate Rock Star!
To explore further, click the link: https://ttrockstars.com/
Cookie the Elf!
Yesterday we had a visit from the naughty elf, Cookie. When we arrived at school he was making snow angels in a bag of flour. Then at break time, we came back to footprints exiting out of our classroom - he had escaped! We were all wondering where he had gone and then after lunch we returned again to a note saying "you can't catch me". Yes we can Year 4 cried! We came up with a plan to catch the elf by inviting him to 'Elf Paradise'... an offer he couldn't resist. We wrote this invitation in a letter along with questions about himself that we wanted to find out. The following morning we had a response from him. However, his cheekiness continued as we had to figure out where his reply was. Using the clues from the riddle he left on Miss Hogan's whiteboard, we cracked the code and found his response in our wallets. That afternoon, we set out to create 'Elf Paradise' to capture this naughty elf so he stopped causing mayhem around the school. Unfortunately, he was too clever and turned elf paradise into Christmas chaos.
Keep checking this page for more of Year 4's Journey with Cookie the naughty elf.
Will we ever catch him?
Will he continue being naughty?
What will he do next?
The endless list of questions goes on...
Google Sites - Our main learning website!
Weekly timetables and tasks for home learning will be detailed on this website. This will match exactly what we are doing at school. This site will outline when you have live lesson and also provide you with necessary links to access your live lessons, task details and resources directly. Google classroom will begin to build up to a long list as the days and weeks progress so please use this website as your main platform to gain knowledge of your day/ week as this will be updated weekly. Also included on this site is a 'Celebrations!' page where I will display brilliant learning from that week from both home and school learners.
You can only access this website with YOUR google classroom login to keep all information and photos
secure and safe from public view.
Google Classroom - Our work upload and marking!
Please refer to Google Classroom to turn in all work completed. This is where I will mark your work and provide feedback. This will be our main route for communication for any work 'Turned in'.
Email - Questions, queries and worries!
If you have any questions, queries or worries, you should contact me directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: I will endeavor to respond to emails within 48 hours. Having said this, I will not be able to respond during school hours due to teaching.
Home Learning Help Videos:
The Learning Pit:
'The Learning Pit' celebrates when children stumble upon a misconception in their learning. It encourages individuals to persevere and independently climb 'out of the pit' by either recognising their mistake and fixing it OR by researching to find out the answer. Other children or adults may give individuals the tools to help them climb out of their pit. However, the quest will remain on the individual to succeed and conquer their mountain.