Year 4 Community Project at Age UK Cheriton

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.

Scientists at work!

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!

 

Armadillos at Wingham Wildlife Park

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!

Giraffes at Wingham Wildlife Park

Giraffes at Wingham Wildlife Park

Year 4 visited Wingham Wildlife Park today as their ‘hook’ into this term’s Animal Kingdom topic! The Giraffes 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!

Miss Hall 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!

Awesome Anglo-Saxon Home Learning

Awesome Anglo-Saxon Home Learning

A HUMUNGOUS WELL DONE FOR THE HOME LEARNINGS PROJECTS THAT HAVE BEEN COMING IN ON THE ANGLO-SAXONS THEME.

The wide variety of projects and high quality of work is simply awesome.

All the projects are on display between the two Year 4 classes, so please pop along to have a look at these after school any day next  week.

Mrs. Nurmi talks to the Armadillos about ISLAM : Tuesday 25th April 2017

Mrs. Nurmi talks to the Armadillos about ISLAM : Tuesday 25th April 2017

We were very lucky to have a talk led by Mrs. Nurmi (Ali’s mum) this week about Islam.

Mrs. Nurmi came in to talk to the Armadillos about a number of aspects of Islam that we are learning about during the Summer term and are part of our R.E. curriculum here at Sandgate.

These included the Five Pillars, the life of Muhammed, the important message of Peace within Islam and a little about well-known British Muslims.

It was a really informative and interesting talk, which stimulated a wide range of questions and discussion amongst the class.

We really appreciate Mrs. Nurmi giving up her time to prepare the talk and come and talk with us. It has definitely helped us all with our understanding of this major World Faith.

WORLD WAR TWO DAY: Thursday 30th March 2017

WORLD WAR TWO DAY: Thursday 30th March 2017

WORLD WAR TWO DAY: Thursday 30th March 2017

We held a themed day of stimulating learning in Year 4, which we will never forget and is a tradition now here at Sandgate Primary School! It was a great celebration at the end of our CONFLICT/RESOLUTION topic over the last two terms.

Having had a couple of weeks to prepare ourselves; we all came to school in our character roles, ranging from evacuees and land-girls to important characters like Anne Frank, RAF pilots and even ‘GI’ soldiers.
Our teachers, Mr. Sharp and Miss. Hall had planned a range of fantastic activities, which included taking part in cooking ration biscuits (Oat crunchies- our second cooking session this term), singing WW2 songs to boost morale, producing some Blitz art (silhouettes of the London skyline during enemy fire) , in addition to posing for a professional ‘Photo shoot’ of us in our costumes.

READ ABOUT OUR EXCITING NEW ‘EXHIBITION SPACE’

READ ABOUT OUR EXCITING NEW ‘EXHIBITION SPACE’

Our new Sandgate Primary Art Exhibition Space is up in the main corridor, leading off from the School Reception area and it looks amazing already! The idea of the ‘space’ is to celebrate a range of the finished art that children have enjoyed taking part in around the school from Foundation stage to Year 6.  We will be regularly updating this area and displaying new new art work; including ceramics, sewing, sculpture, felt art, drawings, paintings, etchings  and other inspiring creations.

Each child whose 2D works have been chosen has written a little about the drawings and paintings they have produced, describing what inspired them, which artist influenced their work and what skills they were developing and so on. These descriptions have been typed up and are displayed next to each art work.

We know you will enjoy viewing these. With Parents’ evenings approaching, this is an ideal for time for you to enjoy viewing this sample of the wonderfully imaginative work the children have recently created. We congratulate the children whose works have been chosen for the first exhibition:

Isaac (Armadillos), Scarlett (Wolves), Niamh (Meerkats), Tom (Monkeys), Ryan  (Wolves), Ethan (Armadillos), Nyla (Giraffes),

Theo (Armadillos), Molly (Koalas), Eve (Kangaroos), Peter (Giraffes), Ali (Armadillos), Issi (Armadillos), Victoria (Rhinos),

Garrett (Rhinos), Elliot (Wolves), Alannah (Wolves), Praveen (Meerkats), Juliet (Monkeys), Amelia (Monkeys).


A couple of examples of what our resident artists have said about the inspirations for their art pieces:

‘I used shading, smudging and observation skills. I was inspired by WW2 and we used charcoal because of the black out.’(Isaac) 

‘It was really difficult to make a white piece of paper so dark, it took a lot of hard work.  It took a lot of patience to make my picture in the style used by Paul Nash.’  (Alannah)

‘COOL PHYSICS’

‘COOL PHYSICS’

Last Thursday, we were really lucky to have a return visit from two Scientists from the University of Kent – an Astrophysicist and a Chemist.

They delighted our Year 4, 5 and 6 children in a ‘Cool Physics’ show , put on in the Main Hall, which focused on all the wonderful things that can be done with Liquid Nitrogen- every schoolboy and girl’s dream! 

Here is a selection of the action in full flow. Who can you spot with their head in the clouds?! . . .

We would like to extend a special thank you to The University of Kent.

 

WORLD BOOK DAY 02.03.2017

WORLD BOOK DAY 02.03.2017

On Thursday, we celebrated World Book Day here at Sandgate Primary School.

The children did themselves proud with their costumes and also some wonderful hot-seating of their chosen characters, truly bringing them to life!
There was a festival atmosphere at the Whole School Procession in the Hall in the morning.

Year 4 children have designed their own book jackets for their favourite books, which are on display in the classrooms.

Thank you to our parents who put so much work into getting the children ready for this special event, now in its twentieth year.