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Year 4: Finches

Welcome to the Finches class page. 

Teacher - Miss Brereton

LSA - Miss Coxon

 

It has been lovely to see you all again after the summer holiday and I look forward to getting to know you even better during this coming year. 

 

White reading diaries

These books are used as a home to school communication  device and need to be brought in everyday. These diaries are looked at everyday by a member of staff and any accidents or incidences will be reported in these books for your information. Also, when you hear your child read at home please record this within the diary. 

 

Important dates for Autumn term

Thursday 22nd September 2016 – Year 4 Family Café

Friday 7th October and Monday 10th October 2016 – PD days.

Tuesday 18th October 2016 – Parents evening

Thursday 20th October 2016 – Parents evening

Wednesday 14th November 2016 – Finches class assembly

Wednesday 23rd November 2016 – Swift class assembly

Friday 21st October 2016 – End of term

 

PE and Forest Schools

PE will be taking place on a Wednesday and a Friday so please ensure that your child has their PE kit in school for these days so they can participate fully in these activities. Forest Schools will also be taking place on a Friday and it is advisable that your child has a change of shoes (wellies or trainers) at school for this as it can become very muddy. 

 

Autumn 1 Topic 

I AM WARRIOR!

 

Our topic started with drama and rivalry between the Swifts and the Finches. A spectacular battle between the barbaric Celts (the Swifts) and the rampaging Romans (the Finches) took place to find out who would rule England for the rest of time. Following much planning and tactical talk the two armies confronted each other in the Secret Garden. After three very tense battles, the Romans were crowned the victors. Well done Finches. 

 

 

 

 

This week we have been looking at the different coins used by the Celts and the Romans. After looking at different images, we designed our own coins based on what we have already found out about their way of life. When we had complete our designs, we used clay to make them. This was very messy but great fun. We are now waiting for our coins to dry so that we can paint them gold or silver so they look just like the real thing. 

Family Cafe

 

This week we had our family cafe and it was lovely to see so many of you at this event. We listened to the Roman myth Romulus and Remus and discussed some of the moral decisions the characters within it made. 

 

Following this, we read some information with our adults and used it to design our own Roman and Celtic shields. We created some amazing designs and really took our time to create the best shields that we could. Even our youngest members of the family cafe joined in with the activities!!

 

 

We have been continuing our learning this week about Boudicca and the Iceni tribe. To help us remember her story, we acted it out. 

 

We then used our picture to help us write the story of Boudicca using adverbs of time. 

Autumn 2

Potions 

IMPORTANT DATES

Thursday 10th November 2016 – Year 4 Family Café

Wednesday 16th November 2016 – Swifts class assembly

Wednesday 23rd November 2016 – Finches class assembly

Tuesday 20th December 2016 – End of term

 

PE and Forest Schools

PE will be taking place on a Wednesday and Thursday, so please ensure that your child has their PE kit in school for this day so they can participate fully in the activities. Forest Schools will also be taking place on a Wednesday and it is advisable that your child has a change of shoes (wellies or trainers) at school for this as it can become very muddy.

 

Potions 

Our learning project began with the children making their very own pots to keep a potion in. The children looked at images of bottles and discussed how they could use these ideas to help them make their own bottle out of clay. We had some very creative designs. 

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SPARKLING START

Doctor Dee, from Mad Science, came to visit the Finches and showed them all about making positions using dry ice. She made her own witches potion that bubbled and frothed all over the carpet!! After this, the children got to breathe in the dry ice smoke from their own witches cauldron. Children found out some fascinating facts about dry ice such as: 

  • it is actually solid carbon dioxide
  • it does not melt, it sublimates
  • it is -80 degrees

 

Children created their own magic by putting polymer granules into 'mini cauldrons' and then putting them in hot water containing washing up liquid. To activate the magic, the children had to count to 120. Finally, when the cauldrons were removed from the bowl of water, their had been an irreversible chemical reaction and a bouncy ball had been formed. 

 

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