We are one of two Year 4 classes at Hillmead School. Our teachers are Mrs Davies (Mon, Tues, Weds am) and Mrs Neal (Weds pm, Thurs, Fri) and we are supported throughout the week by Mrs Husk, Mrs Walsh and Mrs Alport.
In PSHE we have been thinking about how to be a good friend and the importance of looking after others. We built our tree by identifying on the trunk how someone being bullied might feel. We then explored what we could do to help someone who was being bullied.
We were visited by the Bishops’ Stortford Orthodontist. They showed us how to look after our teeth, including making sensible food decisions that contain less sugar. We then designed posters about how to brush our teeth.
We have begun writing our “Little Red Apple” story. It has been tricky at times to split our story into the correct parts and ensure we have included enough detail, but we have persevered and Mrs Suttle is very proud of them all!
In maths we worked on finding the difference.
This week we have been retelling the story of ‘The Gingerbread Man’. We began the week by orally telling the story, adding actions to help us remember the sequence. We created story maps to identify what happened at different parts of the story.
This week we have explored the impact of exercise on our body in Science. We considered the importance of exercise in making our muscles stronger and our hearts healthier. We also realised just how tricky it was to count how many star jumps we can do in a minute!
In English this week we have been thinking about poetry. We have read a variety of different poems and have explored our own, focusing on using a variety of adjectives to add detail.
In science we have been considering the basic things that animals need to survive – food, water and air. We designed homes for the animals which we needed to ensure had the basic needs, as well as considering the other things the animals might want to stay healthy and happy.
We enjoyed encounters of the creepy crawly kind. We were very lucky to meet lots of interesting animals including a very scared little meekat!
Our IPC topic is BRAINWAVE! We used our skills and our knowledge to create 3d glasses. We learnt that skills+knowledge = understanding.
Today was our Festival of Sport day. We got to play table tennis and team building games. In class we learnt about ordinal numbers in maths by blowing through a straw to race our cups across the table.
Today we finished building our wheeled toys.
Our science lesson today was taught to us by two visitors from the company BP. The lesson was called ‘Handy Helpers’. We learnt about different types of gloves, what they are used for and why they are good for some tasks but not others. We were allowed to wear the gloves and then we described their properties. After that we tried making towers out of Lego, playing tiddlywinks and making play dough models. These tasks were easy with some gloves but almost impossible with others. We had lots of fun.
As part of our work linked to the story 'The Last Noo-Noo' by Jill Murphy, this week we have built a noo-noo snatcher like the one in the story. After that we designed and labelled our own individual versions.
In design and technology we have be finding out how to secure a kitchen roll tube to a paper plate. We tried three different methods and decided which one would be best for our own wheeled toy.
In geography we have been learning about aerial plans and birds eye views. We created these ‘Messy Map’ of our classroom using a large piece of sugar paper as the classroom and objects such as wooden bricks for the classroom features.
This week in Maths we have been using Cuisenaire rods to work out number doubles.
Today we received a letter from The Magic Toymaker asking us to give some toys a star rating so he knew which toys he should carry on making and develop further. We gave five stars to the best toys and one star to the worst.
This week we learnt about Brendan Jamison a British artist who was born in Belfast.
We learnt that he creates sculptures with unusual materials, such as wax and wool.
He creates sculptures of things, such as buildings. We then used sugar cubes to make buildings from our own imagination.
In science we have been sorting animals into groups using different criteria, such as animals with two or four legs, and animals that live on land or in the sea.
This week in History, Violet class have been learning about how food shops have changed over the years. We looked at images of shops from a time when supermarkets and the internet did not exist. We then created our own high street by drawing pictures of butchers, greengrocers, bakers and fishmongers. Here are some of our shop fronts.
On Thursday 28th September we created our own still life scenes using fruit, vegetables and other objects. We then drew the scences we had made.
This week we started our new IPC topic - 'We are what we eat' - with an exciting food tasting session. We got to look at, taste and talk about lots of new and interesting foods.