Welcome to Athelstan Community Primary School

Welcome to Miss Middlebrook and Mrs Barton's Year 4 Class Page

   

Our PE days are: 

We test spellings on: 

We practise our times tables: Daily

Our daily homework is to read to an adult at home and practise our times tables and spellings in order to ensure we make the best possible progress during our time in Year 4.

Additional homework will be set occasionally throughout the year. 

This term our topic is 'Chocolate'. pdfClick here to find out about the exciting things we have planned.

 

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During science week Year 4 looked at the importance of bees and researched facts. Did you know 34% of food production is from bee pollination? We also learnt that bees are under threat and looked at what we can do to protect them. Did you know there are no bees in Northern China due to local farmers trying to stop sparrows eating their crops? We were very lucky to be visited by Mr Andy Gowdy who spoke to us about beekeeping. We listened to a presentation, looked at a working hive, tried on protective suits and tasted honey.

World Book Week with Buddy the Book Hound!!

During our library slot we hunted for the hidden books around school with Buddy – he was fantastic at sniffing out those hidden books! Once we had found them the children went to the ICT suite and completed their own favourite book of the week review. We had lots of fun finding the different hiding places, take a look at a few of the photographs below.

We had a busy but enjoyable day raising money for Sport _relief. We also had the opportunity to participate in Sport to the Beat Workshop completing a variety of sports activities to the beat of music aand finally ran a mile around the school grounds

We really enjoyed launching our India topic.  In the morning we were very lucky to experience Bollywood dancing and we are looking forward to learning more about Indian dancing in our PE sessions. Later we visited the Cumin Lounge in South Milford. We looked at the spices used to make Indian food and then were lucky to be served food. We ate sheekh kebabs, onion bhajis, chicken pakoras, chicken bhuna, chicken korma, naan breads and popadoms. As you can see we really enjoyed our food and there were lots of clean plates and full stomachs! Thank you to all the staff who worked so hard to make the food and made us feel so welcome.

Today the children took part in a French Skipping workshop. They learnt various types of skipping and also learnt how to spin plates.

In Year 4, as part of our topic launch, we created Mayan Masks inspired by the ancient Mayans and tasted a variety of chocolate.  We discovered that masks were used for a number of reasons and that many of the masks had snake designs on them or other dangerous animals as their main was to intimidate the enemy.  We then used our designing skills to create our own Mayan masks.

Year 4 also tasted a range of chocolate to compare how the percentage of cocoa affects not only taste but the texture of chocolate.  We then used our ICT skills to create graphs showing our results.

Finally we designed and made our own bars of chocolate – they were delicious!In Year 4, as part of our topic launch, we created Mayan Masks inspired by the ancient Mayans and tasted a variety of chocolate. We discovered that masks were used for a number of reasons and that many of the masks had snake designs on them or other dangerous animals as their main was to intimidate the enemy. We then used our designing skills to create our own Mayan masks.

Year 4 also tasted a range of chocolate to compare how the percentage of cocoa affects not only taste but the texture of chocolate. We then used our ICT skills to create graphs showing our results.

Finally we designed and made our own bars of chocolate – they were delicious!

During Parliament week the children learnt about the differences between the House of Lords and House of Commons alongside holding a variety of lively debates.

Year 4 stepped back in time to experience life in the Stone Age for the day. We were visited by Tempus Fugit's Suzie and Richard, who delivered a fun packed and informative day which made the Stone Age come alive.

On the 26th September, we celebrated the European Day of Languages by learning how to introduce ourselves in Spanish alongside learning some of the basic movements of Flamenco dancing.  During the Flamenco dance workshop, the children focused their attention on hand movements, posture and eye contact. Take a look at some of the photos from the workshop above.

During arts week the children researched the artist Giuseppe Arcimboldi, they then had the opportunity to recreate portraits Arcimboldi style using fresh fruit and vegetables.  Take a look at some of their masterpieces. 

Maasai Warriors visit Athelstan!  On Tuesday 19th September, we had a visit from a Maasai Warrior tribe it was very exciting and the children thoroughly enjoyed learning about the culture and history of the tribe, as well as what life is like for them today.  The warriors performed a variety of songs and dances for us and some of the children were lucky enough to be able to join in. Maasai Warriors visit Athelstan!  On Tuesday 19th September, we had a visit from a Maasai Warrior tribe it was very exciting and the children thoroughly enjoyed learning about the culture and history of the tribe, as well as what life is like for them today.  The warriors performed a variety of songs and dances for us and some of the children were lucky enough to be able to join in. 

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