Class 4 Lundy

WELCOME TO LUNDY CLASS

 

Week Beginning 10th January 2022

Here we are enjoying the first coaching session run by football coach, Clem. We had fun playing team games to warm up, followed by some small sided games. 

 

In English, we learnt about powerful verbs, such as "disintegrated" and "collided". We worked in small groups and created our own actions for each verb for others to try to guess. 

Week Beginning 3rd January 2022

It has been great to see the children back this term, rested, healthy and ready for a busy term ahead. We have made a start on our exciting topic "Extreme Earth" by learning about tornadoes, designing a vehicle for scientists to travel through a tornado so that they can find out more about them, writing information to explain how the vehicles work, as well as working in small teams to build the model vehicle using Lego. Have a look at the photographs below:

Week beginning 12th December

In Lundy Class this week we have been writing our own myths based on The Ice Bear by Jackie Morris. The stories have been fantastic!

 

Here are some examples of our diary writing after reading about "Shackleton's Journey" to Antarctica: 

 

Dear diary, 

Today, me and my crew watched the Endurance slowly and sink into the cold, icy snow while the dogs were barking crazily. We set up our tents feeling depressed as we might never get back. We had second thoughts of abandoning the ship until we remembered the whole reason why it sank. The food supply was running out and it was just getting colder and colder. By Dylan

 

In the morning, the Endurance got stuck in a vast ice sheet. As I watched the Endurance collapse, I felt a lump of worry form in my throat, worries were dancing I'm my head. How would we get home? What will happen next? We were all devastated. By Amelia

 

The Endurance let us down. She failed us! I was heartbroken, disappointed ... I could hear my heart beating fast. I started to panic! By Isabelle.

 

Before our eyes, the sails broke off and my heart was thumping like a drum. All that we could do now was to set up basecamp with a few tents and a pile of equipment...The dogs were barking and I couldn't think of a solution. By Eliza. 

 

We designed our own cover for the book "Shackleton's Journey" - here are a few examples:

Week beginning Monday 29th November 

This week is our assessment week so the children have been busy with arithmetic, reasoning, spelling and reading tests.  

 

We have been busy preparing for our Winter markets next week, thank you to everyone who has sent in decorations and beautifully decorated jars. We are looking forward to seeing you at the market on Monday afternoon.

 

On Tuesday we were lucky enough to be involved in a live webinar with Christopher Lloyd. He is the author of “It’s up to us”, an inspirational book which has a foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales. The book is a Terra Carta for Nature, People and Planet, a set of promises for what we can do for the future of our world. The illustrations are by different illustrators from around the world. The book is very much a celebration of diversity of cultures - people, animals, nature, landscapes ...even microbes!! It is a great encouragement for us to work as a team to help do what we can to stop climate change. Lundy class have made our own Terra Carta  - promises to the Earth - they are displayed on a beautiful tree inside our class.

 

 

 

 

 

Week beginning 22nd November 
This week we have loved listening to the end of our Inuit myth ‘The Ice Bear’. We discussed the puzzles in the story and made some fantastic predictions. We are now going to use the ‘writers’ tools that we have learned about to write our own myths.

 

Winter Market Preparations

On Tuesday afternoon we had great fun preparing for the winter market!

Week Beginning 8th November

This week, we started to read the beautifully illustrated book "Shackleton’s Journey" by William Grill. We began by studying the front cover and thought about what the book might be about from the clues we could see. We were then introduced to Ernest Shackleton, the leader of the expedition to the Antarctic. We have also looked at the wide range of writers’ tools that Jackie Morris uses in the wonderful book "The Ice Bear".


On Friday we joined in with a national online assembly ‘Be Internet Legends’ which was presented by Google and Parentzone. The assembly gave us lots of useful information about how we can be safe when we are online. The assembly supported the work that we have been doing through the NSPCC this week about personal safety. The children have a range of ideas and resources to help them if they are feeling worried or scared about something - ask them to show you the NSPCC website, with lots of information, activities to help calm themselves down if needed and games for fun! 

Shackleton's Journey

Week Beginning 1st November

This week, in English, our theme has been COP26. The children have shared lots of great ideas about ways that they can make a difference to climate change and have started to write letters to a leader of their choice.

 

In Maths, we have been learning about negative numbers in fun, practical ways, with a scavenger hunt outside and human number lines. See the pictures below.

 

We continue with our language learning, this week focussing on German colours. 

 

We were treated to a lovely violin performance by Koby - his practice over the lockdown period has really paid off! 

Week Beginning 11th October

This week, we made human number lines to practise ordering numbers. We have also been learning how to round numbers to the nearest ten, hundred and thousand. 

 

In English, we worked on powerful verbs and then we wrote a description of an enchanted forest, after watching a fascinating video about fireflies. Here are some examples of our writing:

 

When you first step into the forest, you see the glowing eyes of a barn owl. Then you start to see the luminous fireflies glowing in the darkness.

By Kitty

 

When all is quiet and still and dark, the enchanted forest awakens. When the foxes prowl, looking for something to eat, when no-one is there to disturb them, something magical happens. Unicorns prance, foals play, the fireflies come out; they flash, they dance, they illuminate the forest.

By Connie

 

In the enchanted forest, foxes pounced on their prey; fireflies darted around, flashing their signals through thick trees. The bright white stars illuminated the jet black sky and birds sung their wonderful lullabies. 

By Isaac

 

Year 4 have been thinking about what "diversity" means and we had a fun game of bingo (with a difference) to find out our similarities and differences.

Week beginning 4th October

We started our week with a Science day. We spent time thinking about teeth and how they are different shapes according to their function. We also compared different types of animal teeth - looking at how herbivores need different teeth to carnivores.

 

We set up an experiment to see the impact of different drinks on our teeth. Using eggs as the teeth we placed them in vinegar, cola, coffee and water. One egg had a toothpaste coating on half of the egg. We are looking forward to finding out what will happen to the eggs later in the week.

 

Mrs Brewer worked with us to reenact the digestive system - using a pair of tights! It was a fascinating experiment! We finished the day thinking about different types of food chains. A great day was had by all! 😄

Week beginning 27th September

Well done to all of the children who have completed their home learning this week. Year 5 children have been researching modern day explorers - we really enjoyed watching Fred's informative video on Seesaw this week, where he shared interesting facts about Bear Grylls. Year 4 are working hard to learn their times tables. This week, we have been focussing on the 8 x tables and dancing along to BBC Supermovers.

Take a look at our artwork below. On Thursday, we experimented with different types of mark making and then used these skills to represent a natural object. The children are very proud of their results.

 

 

Week Beginning 20th September 

This week, we have continued to work on place value in maths, learning how much each digit is worth in 4 digit numbers (year 4) and 5 digits or more for year 5, using place value counters to help us. The focus times tables this week are x 2 and x 4, looking at the link between the two.

In Literacy, we watched an extract of a short film, called "Once in a Lifetime" and then wrote a description of the story so far. 

We were introduced to some new additions to our class yesterday - Felix and Franzi, to help us with our German language learning. They are staying with us in Lundy Class for the rest of the year, so we are looking forward to fun learning!

In art, we experimented with continuous line drawing of natural objects. The children created artwork of a very high standard, with great attention to detail. 

Week beginning 13th September

Year 4 have enjoyed settling into their new classroom this week and after a discussion about the kind of class we want to be, they came up with some great ideas- please see the picture of the lighthouse below which children have helped to create for our class display.

 

In English, we have made a start on another beautifully illustrated book, called "The Barnabus Project", all about a hybrid elephant and mouse pet that has failed to make the pet shop shelves. The book has helped us to discuss themes of failure, being true to yourself as well as the importance of teamwork. The children have really enjoyed inventing their own hybrid pets in the same style. 

 

In Maths, children have been thinking about larger numbers, starting with a story "How Big is a Million?" online. You can see the children in the photographs below, experimenting with making their own numbers using Dienes equipment. 

 

Children have also had fun using the iPads, trying out the 'Times Table Rockstars App' - to start with, year 4 are revising the 5 x and 10 x tables to make sure they are fluent and accurate with these before moving on (they have their log on details stuck into the back of their reading journals). Children especially enjoyed challenging each other in class today! 

 

 

 

 

Role Play - Retelling the story of The Invisible - how some of us can feel invisible when we think no-one cares, the character later become vibrant when she realises she has made a difference to others!

Creative Mathematical thinking - creating Fibonacci Sequences using cubes.

We have had a fantastic first week back!
 

We spent time learning about what makes Lundy so special - both the island and our class! 
In P.E we started our OAA Orienteering unit- we developed our skills of communication and collaboration by creating obstacle courses for a ping pong ball - great fun! 

Obstacle Courses- Communication and Collaboration