We are a Year 4 class who love to learn. We have huge imaginations and thoughful, inquisitive minds which makes teaching us great fun for our teachers: Ms Parks (mornings and one afternoon) and Mrs Hamblin (four afternoons). Take a look at our curriculum, at the link above, to find out more. You can find our timetable here too.
Keep an eye on our webpage to follow our journey in learning and see how much we can grow our minds in one year. Don't forget to check out Red Kites class webpage to see what we do in the afternoons.
We had a fascinating time at the Ashmolean museum today. We started with a workshop where we became Egyptian detectives and used questioning and analysis to solve clues about life and people in Ancient Egypt. We then visited three different galleries in the museum (Greek World, the Cast Gallery and different sections of the Ancient Egyptian rooms) where we searched for evidence, answered questions and did sketchings. We could have happily spent many more days exploring the rest of this stunning museum.
There has been a huge amount of learning taking place during our Science Week and it's not over yet as we will be looking at the results of our 'eggcelent' enquiry into tooth decay and learning about food chains next week.
From the photos, you will see that the Wrens covered hard-boiled eggs in different drinks to find out which one would cause the most decay - answering the question: does sugar cause tooth decay?
The children also learnt about the digestive system, learning the names and functions of all the parts then working in teams to make a giant poster, with some interesting outcomes! To further develop their understanding the children initiated their own learning by looking at books, the Internet and by drawing pictures.
We've had a brilliant morning as a start to our latest Science Week. This term we are learning about Humans including Animals and we are investigating teeth, the digestive system and food chains. After looking at a giant mouth, the Wrens are now experts in naming the different teeth and explaining what the function of each type is. They compared human teeth to animal teeth and discovered the similarities and differences between herbivore, carnivore and omnivore mouths.
The children thought of some fantastic questions that they wanted to answer as part of this topic which they know helps them to be good scientists.
After breaktime we talked about the importance of cleaning our teeth and watched a cute video that helped us learn how to brush and floss well - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDZXSMU2lAk
We had a go at cleaning our teeth and then use plaque disclosing tablets to show us where we still had plaque on our teeth. There was a lot of pink so we cleaned and flossed our teeth to turn them (but not our tongues!) white again. Take a look at our photos.
It's Takeover Day in Wrens today and Miss Hawkins and Miss Hamilton have had a busy morning. First, they took the register and made sure they had carefully recorded the lunch options. Nobody wants to go without lunch! After that they listened to six of the children reading and wrote comments in their Reading Records. They then led a brillian lesson on how to draw a dragon and showed us a YouTube clip to help us understand. They had adapted the idea so that we were able to use finger painting to create scales on our dragon's body. Everyone had a brilliant morning, especially Ms Parks who was able to join in the drawing and painting.
The teachers learnt that they need to be clear exactly what they expect the children to achieve and how they can reinforce positive behaviours in the classroom and in the playground.
Speaking and listening has been a big theme of the week for the Wrens. Our new anti-bullying ambassadors held a whole school assembly to tell the other children what they learnt on their training and to introduce class Worry Boxes.
Lots of the children had a chance to read aloud to the class from our novel (How to Train your Dragon). The book encourages the Wrens to use lots of expression and different voices for the different characters.
We also had a presentation from Val all about his trip to New York to watch his dad in the New York Marathon. We learnt about the geography on the USA, New York State and New York City. Val showed us some important landmarks which prompted an informative discussion about 9/11 and extremism. The children were in awe of the number of people who ran the marathon and were super impressed by Mr Marlin's marathon time. He came 830 out of 52, 808 runners! Well done Mr Marlin. At least four of the Wrens are now inspired to run the New York Marathon one day.
The Wrens are absolutely loving our learning about dragons in our English lessons. The wonderful books 'How to Train your Dragon' and 'The incomplete book of dragons' by Cressida Cowell and 'Tell me a dragon' by Jackie Morris are so full of rich vocabulary and imagery that they are fully inspiring our writing.
We started this learning with 'Tell me a dragon' and used the beautiful pictures to help us thing about a dragon's world. We then worked as a whole class to create a fabulous mural of our own fantasy dragon land that is now proudly hanging on our walls. This activity encouraged lots of chatter and discussion which led to the children sharing vocabulary they already knew.
Using our mural, we were able to write detailed instructions explaining how to find a dragon's lair. We used prepositions to help describe the exact locations e.g.
Walk along the gem path through the firtree forest.
Find the hidden lever on the side of the rock that is next to the cave entrance.
Under the rose bush, there is a hidden doorway. Go though it.
Next, we used Cressida Cowell's book to learn about different dragons. We labelled a dragon's anatomy and wrote sentences about the different parts. Then, we created our own Top Tump cards that told us more about the dragon's personality, habitat and special skills.
This week we have been learning about the Viking characters and drew pictures based on the information we found about some key characters in the book.
The children have done some fabulous writing that we are sure parents and gurdians will enjoy reading at Parent's Evening next week. We, on the other hand, are just looking forward to learning more about dragons!
There is myth, magic and mystery in the air this term.
Look what I found, Wrens...
We've been having a super science week in Wrens classroom. The children have been learning all about electricity so being based close to Didcot Power Station has been a bonus. We've learnt about the different ways in which elecrticity is generated and have debated the pros and cons of fossil fuels verses renewable sources. We worked in groups to sort appliances into electrical or not electrical. There was a lot of discussion about some of the appliances that we know could be both such as a coffee grinder. Once they had done this, the children sorted the electrical items into mains powered (using alternating current: AC) or battery powered (using direct current: DC). We drew our own tables and diagrams to present our findings. The Wrens have even learnt to wire a plug!
Today, the Wrens have been investigating circuits and had a wonderful time making the bulbs light and the buzzers buzz. They learnt about conductors and insulators and tested a wide range of materials.
This week is Science Week so the Wrens will be using their investiging and scientific working skills to explore electricity. We will be discovering the different sources of electricty and identifying items which need electricty to work and which materials conduct electricity. The children will be drawing and building simple circuits to switch on lights then developing these using switches. We will need to know the symbols and use the correct names of the parts of a ciruit. We'll even be learning to wire a plug! The Wrens will need to use English and maths skills to present their data and report on their findings.
We hope you can come and see what we are learning during open classrooms on Thursday. We'll be playing the mandarin songs we have learnt and you can also see the poems and fables we have been writing. The Wrens would love to read them to you.
Wrens, check out this website to learn all about electrical safety in your home - http://www.switchedonkids.org.uk/electrical-safety-in-your-home
The Wrens have leapt into the den building challenge and have been busy making cosy and decorative dens at home. Val made a PowerPoint with photos and we all enjoyed his presentation. We learnt how his den needed to be strong enough to survive his little brother! Laila made a den with cushions and tinsel for decoration. Her pet dog was extra keen to go inside once she had put the toys in. The children asked lots of questions about Rudie's den and were impressed that he had taken a torch light inside. This led to a thoughtful discussion about the dangers of having lights and electrical items near materials.
Hopefully we will have some more presentations next week as the children were keen to get building over the weekend. As one of them said, "It's much more fun that playing on my tablet all night."
The Wrens were really proud of the Den they built in our construction area at playtime today. They now have a challenge to build dens at home so expect to see chairs, blankets and cushions used creatively (messily!). Photos or drawings of the dens can be brought into class so we can share our ideas.
The Wrens are working hard on their English this morning. We are learning all about fables and today we are discovering how we can extend single clause sentences using conjunctions.
Fox saw some juicy grapes when he looked up.
He wanted the grapes but he couldn't reach them.
There was some fantastic pair working in the classroom.
Our English lessons for the next few weeks will be based on Aesop's fables. We had a lovely morning listening to a few via BBC radio and trying to decide what the moral of the story was. There are 40 five-minute fables at the web link below. Why not listen to then at home during dinner or at bedtime. Can you guess what we can learn from each story?
Wrens may be little birds with loud voices but our little flock can be very quiet indeed when they are concentrating. Check out the video below to see them focused on their learning.
The Wrens have made a flying start to the year. They worked hard in maths to find number bonds to 100 and some of the children tried to find out how many pairs of numbers they could making using the digits 1 to 9 (but not 5!), that add to make 100 e.g. 29+71. They couldn't use the same digit twice in an addition sentence.
In English we learnt about similes and wrote a class poem together:
The reader of this poem is...
As mysterious as another dimension,
As naughty as Cessy sat on the table, (the Wrens can explain this to you)
As cunning as a white fox in the snow,
As clever as Ms Parks,
As old as the world,
As loud as a fog horn when it's foggy,
As fancy as a fair,
As silly as a monkey,
As bossy as my dad,
As beautiful as my dog,
As crazy as the Mad Hatter,
As sharp as a mamouth's horn
As happy as a chinchilla rubbing their back in the dry mud.
This afternoon we talked about China as we are going to be learning Madarin this year! We made dragons, koi carp and cherry blossom for our classroom display. We hope you will come and see it when it is finished.