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15 November
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Think like an author!

Year 4 were privileged to receive a workshop from the professional author, Mr. Matt Whyman!

Mr. Whyman imparted pearls of wisdom on the creative process of writing: it is okay to stare out of the window when generating ideas! When writing a piece of work, take your time with the planning stage so that your writing comes naturally when the pen hits the paper!

Thank you for inspiring us, Mr. Whyman.

Please visit his website at: http://www.mattwhyman.com/

26 October
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Shanghai Day – Term 1

The last Wednesday of Term One marked the first Geography Enrichment Day of the year; it was a truly memorable experience with all children showing great enthusiasm for the subject of ‘Earth Writing’ (Geo = Greek for ‘Earth’; Graph = Greek for ‘writing’).
Based around the most populated city in the world, the day focused on the Human and Physical Geography of Shanghai. A particular highlight has to be the whole school conducting morning stretches in unison, as well as standing to attention whilst the National Anthem played and the Union Flag was raised.
The custom of raising the flag and having school-wide stretches takes part in all Chinese schools, usually commencing at 7:30am!
Well done to all children for their continued enthusiasm for Geography! The next Geography Enrichment Day will be on 8th February 2018 based on the theme, ‘Who do you [Geographically] think you are?’
​I hope you are all looking forward to it,
Mr. Goodeal​
18 October
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Geography, Geography Everywhere!

Today marked the first Geography Enrichment Day of the year; it was a truly memorable experience with all children showing great enthusiasm for the subject of ‘Earth Writing’ (Geo = Greek for ‘Earth’; Graph = Greek for ‘writing’).

Based around the most populated city in the world, today focused on the Human and Physical Geography of Shanghai. A particular highlight has to be the whole school conducting morning stretches in unison, as well as standing to attention whilst the National Anthem played and the Union Jack was raised.

The custom of raising the flag and having school-wide stretches takes part in all Chinese schools, usually commencing at 7:30am!

Well done to all children for their continued enthusiasm for Geography!

Mr. Goodeal

11 October
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Home Connect Launch

   

As part of our annual Book Week, we have today re-launched Home Connect for Years 2-6 (with Year 1 beginning to use Accelerated Reader as they year progresses), a superb and very powerful tool to help you to keep up to date with your child’s reading progress. By logging in, you can see all the books that your child has read, as well as their progress on quizzes that they have taken in school. You can even register your email address to receive emails each time your child completes a quiz, allowing you to celebrate this at home as much as we do in school. You can also register multiple addresses so that the whole family can stay informed.

Today, you will have received a letter with your child’s log-in details, and you can access the Home Connect website for our school through the link here, or through our school website.

Currently, we have email addresses registered for 119 pupils, with 31 students having logged in – let’s see if we can get that number higher!

 

 

 

 

10 October
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The Future is Here!

 

Year 4 are now using ‘Educreations’: an App and website that allows children to view personalised videos created by Mr. Goodeal and Mr. James to enrich their learning opportunities both in and out of school.

Children can log in at any time through www.educreations.com using their AR username and password. Once logged in, click ‘Classes’ and find ‘Stingrays’ or ‘Sharks’ (for general videos), ‘Year 4 English’ (for English-specific videos) or your own name for personalised videos.

Please keep an eye out for new videos as we will be delivering individualised feedback, as well as tutorials, throughout the school year.

Many thanks,

Mr. Goodeal and Mr. James

29 September
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The Science of String

Year 4 are learning about sound in Science; the traditional ‘String Telephone’ proved a huge hit with our researchers!

Given only the tools, Year 4 had to use their inquisitive minds to assemble the phone together and investigate how sound and vibrations are related.

Being able to actually feel the vibrations of sound made many of us literally drop our jaws in amazement!

Well done, Year 4!

Mr. Goodeal, Mr. Jones and Mr. James

19 September
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Escape: Year Four!

The Sharks & Stingrays found that their classrooms had been transformed into ‘Escape Rooms’ and the only way to leave was to solve a variety of puzzles as a team.

Using iPads as their guide, each team had to solve four puzzles within the hour in order to escape!

Luckily, all teams worked with determination and speed to escape Year Four, with the fastest team completing the challenge in 56 minutes and 29 seconds!

Well done to all teams!

Mr. Goodeal and Mr. James

07 July
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Year 4 Community Project at Age UK Cheriton

This week, Year 4 have been busy with their Community Project.

We have been learning some classic Animal-themed songs from the Walt Disney Songbook, linked to this term’s Year 4 theme of THE ANIMAL KINGDOM.

We have also been busy baking scones at school and preparing our own Cream teas for the elderly clients we were visiting.

So, on Thursday afternoon, we took the 1 1/4 mile walk down to Age UK at Shaftesbury Avenue in Cheriton in the sweltering heat! We then put on a concert of our songs for a really appreciative audience of 20-25 , leaving the cream teas as our parting gift, before returning to school along the same route. It felt like an endurance test in the high temperatures, but it was worth every minute and we enjoyed it and were happy to give something back to our community.

A special thank you for all the donations of jam and clotted cream, as well as.all the parents who gave up their time to walk down with us.

15 June
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Scientists at work!

The Giraffes are learning about ‘Animals Including Humans’ this term and to start off our topic we investigated the human digestive system! We did this by learning about the job of saliva in breaking down food by chewing a piece of bread for 1 minute and then seeing how the texture and taste changed as we held it in our mouths. Can you remember what happened?

Next, we replicated the job of the stomach by putting orange juice and crackers in a zip lock bag and squeezing the bag. The results showed us what happens in the stomach as food is digested! We had great fun doing this and it really helped us to understand the role of the stomach in the digestive system!

 

12 June
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Armadillos at Wingham Wildlife Park

Year 4 visited Wingham Wildlife Park on Wednesday as their ‘hook’ into this term’s Animal Kingdom topic! The Armadillos had a fantastic day which included holding animals in a ‘Hands on talk’, walking through the Reptile House and the Tropical Enclosure and getting to learn about lots of different types of animals as we walked around the park. We even got close to some lemurs as we walked through the lemur enclosure! At lunchtime, we had a picnic in the sunshine right by the penguins and in the afternoon we got to see the new chimps!

Mr Sharp took lots of photographs throughout the day and the children will soon be taking home a copy of the photos that were taken individually in the hands on talk.

Have a look at some of the amazing things we saw and got up to!

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