Class 4

 

Welcome to Class 4

Miss Simcock is the class teacher for Class 4.

Mrs Gorman teaches Class 4 on Monday and Wednesday afternoons.

Welcome to our class page.

I hope to use this page to share your child's journey within Class 4. This page will provide you with an insight into the wonderful work, events and achievements occurring in our classroom.

I look forward to working in partnership with parents this year and as always if you have any questions or concerns, then please do not hesitate to contact Miss Simcock.

Autumn Term

Class 4 have made a very productive start to the term and have made a flying start to our Maths, English and art work. They are quickly settling in to our Year 4 routines which are:

Spellings
Spellings will be handed out on a Monday; children will be
tested on these every Friday.
Homework
Homework will be handed out on Friday, this homework will be due in on Wednesday, if your child is finding the homework challenging, please encourage them to see me. Homework is always marked as a class on Wednesday to ensure that all children get the opportunity to look over the activities, ask questions and go over any work they are unsure of.
Reading
Reading books will be sent home every day, it is important every child reads every night if possible, children can read independently (signing their diary themselves) or to someone at home.
PE
Children will have PE lessons on Tuesday and Friday afternoons.
Art
 
Children have created flowers with oil pastels, based around the picture of Vincent Van Gogh - pictures to follow.
Literacy
 
In writing, Class 4 have been working hard on Newspaper reports, reporting the strange happenings in our book, Tuesday. The book is about a bunch of frogs which terrorize a village, causing chaos to everyone who lives there.
Here are some fantastic lines from our newspaper reports so far:
 
As candy floss clouds started to hide the moon, frogs started to lead the way towards the quiet village. Freya
 
"We'll have revenge," they ribited. Jacob
 
The moon was at its highest point when a sudden splash could be heard as a toad appeared from the depths. Josh
 
At night, the moon glistened in the night's sky and the frogs damp skin shone like a spotted diamond. Paddy
The Ancient Greeks.
 
At the end of our Greek topic, we had the opportunity to study a selection of Ancient Greek artefacts! We have looked at a variety of replicas including art work, Greek masks and even money. Children thoroughly enjoyed exploring these items and were able to suggest why they existed, how they were made and even draw upon their history work and provide some links to the Greek Myths and Gods we studied. Here are some pictures of a fantastic afternoon.
World Book Day
 
Class 4 had a brilliant day on World Book Day! There were some fantastic costumes, some were even homemade. The children enjoyed discussing the characters they had come dressed as. After a tricky decision, by staff, Class 4's winner was Freya, or shall I say Miss Trunchbull. Miss Trunchbull was even seen in Mrs Smith's office doing some work. 
Class 4 have been studying Greek Myths, they have enjoyed creating comic strips of famous Greek Myths. Here they are sharing them in our outdoor classroom.
Rugby
 
Class 4 are still enjoying their rugby sessions. They have made excellent progress this term, passing effectively, communicating and playing a range of games that show their ability to work as a team and demonstrate team spirit. Children have been participating in mini games and competitions to practise a variety of rugby-specific skills.
English
 
Class 4 have been working really hard on their writing. Most recently, we have been writing an advert for one of Miss Simcock's favourite attractions - Chester Zoo. Children have been reading up about Chester Zoo, using the website and creating presentations. Children have researched the park and shared their information, using this to write comprehensive adverts.
 
We have also put our Flotsam stories up in a new display. Scroll down to our flotsam work.
Maths
 
This term, Class 4 have been working on fractions, decimals and percentages. Children have been learning about decimal and fraction equivalents and have been finding equivalent fractions and fractions of given amounts. They have enjoyed playing fractions mazes and solving puzzles to help consolidate their learning. 
Computing
 
We have really enjoyed learning about animation. We have used Pivot animator, to make stick men change using small changes on screen that appear to move when sped up. The children then used Moviesoup to animate objects and backgrounds. Finally, we have looked at the software Monkey jam to animate photo's of ourselves.
Ancient Greeks.
 
In our History topic this term we have compared life in  Ancient Greece with life in Greece today. The children are enjoying immersing themselves in the life of the Ancient Greeks. They have learnt about the different city states, deciding where they would like to live and about the daily lives of people living in Ancient Greece. Children have most recently re-told Greek myths. They have enjoyed listening to and re-telling their stories in the outdoor classroom.
Science
 
This term, Class 4 have learned about electrical circuits. We began by thinking about how to stay safe when using electricity in class, and considered the dangers of electricity in the home. In groups, we have created circuits and investigated how to complete broken circuits using electrical conductors. We have then made our own switches, using a range of everyday materials.
 
Click on the link below to see an example of our work.
Christmas Church Service
 
Class 4 led the Christmas Church service on the last day of term. They explored the Christmas story through our Gospel values of Hope and Service. The children discussed each part of the Christmas Story, detailing the important role the angels had in serving God by delivering messages of Jesus' birth. At the end of the Christmas story, the children thought about how Jesus was a king who gave up his crown to serve others. He wasn't rich, he didn't live in a palace, the only crown he had worn was a crown of thorns. The children thought of ways Jesus was the servant king, he healed people, helped people and was a friend to those who didn't have friends. Class 4 led the school community to think about how they can serve others this Christmas. Each child and member of the school community has made one 'angel pledge' of service. 
Here are some pictures and examples of ways we are going to serve others as a school. We have hung a selection of these on our Christmas Tree during December.

English

We have been focusing on a variety of genres and improving our precision in grammar and punctuation within each writing lesson. This year, we have written an icy setting description. We then looked at Non-Chronological reports, and researched the Olympics (linking to our history topic of Ancient Greeks). Pupils found out about the history of the Olympics and what Rio is like as a place. We have researched some of the shining stars of Rio's Olympics and have enjoyed watching clips of Usain Bolt and Mo Farah, then reporting on these marvellous events!

Click on the links below to read some examples of our reports.

Most recently, we have been writing instructions on how to play one of Miss Simcock's favourite games - Cranium Cadoo! Children played the game and wrote instructions about how to play the game, including quotes of what they thought of this family fun!

We are currently working on the picture book, Flotsam by David Weisner, this is a book about a boy who finds an under water camera...but what strange pictures will he find when he prints them?

Maths
 
We have been doing lots of challenges and games to continue practising our number work. We are looking forward to starting our fractions, decimals and percentages work. Have a look at our pictures of children doing "Popcorn Maths" and "Rounding Rally race Tracks."
Samba Drumming
 
This week, Class 4 celebrated the end of their samba drumming lessons with an outstanding performance. They have been having lessons every Monday with Mr Sherwood. Each child has the opportunity to learn how to play a variety of instruments, including: Samba drums, Agogo bells and shakers. Each instrument had a rhythm that we learnt using different phrases. We learnt Samba and Reggae rhythms and have been given lots of information about the Samba drumming carnivals. We even got to watch a Samba drumming performance! We have learnt a variety of songs that people would sing in the carnival before they play. Some of these were included in our performance. The children performed really well, remembering all their rhythms and keeping in time. It was brilliant!
RE
 
Most recently, we have looked at "Jesus as the light of the world." We have lit candles and reflected on why Jesus may be viewed as the light if the world.
Last week, we enjoyed the Ethos group assembly on Christingles and what each part of the orange represents. We then created our Christingles ready for our assembly in the hall. It was a brilliant afternoon!
 
Children have been exploring a number of different religions in RE, particularly during interfaith week where they experienced a variety of different prayers and discussed different cultures and traditions. As part of this work, children created rangoli patterns. Hindus draw bright Rangoli patterns to encourage the Goddess Lakshimi to enter their homes. Children created some fantastic patterns that can be seen on our Twitter page!
Science
 
Next half term, we are going to be finding out about states of matter. What are solids, liquids and gases? Do you know how to change a solid to a liquid? How can we observe gases around us? What is the water cycle and how can we make it rain in the classroom? Hopefully by Christmas we will know the answers to these questions and many more!
 
Computing
During this term we have created our own podcasts. This required the class to make up jingles, select background music and record their own radio shows. We really enjoyed this topic, but it was definitley a challenge to record ourselves in a 'quiet' classroom!
 
 
French
 
In French we have been busy playing lots of games to practise our conversational skills. Class 4 loved the games to practise answering questions about their age. 
Check out the games below!

British Values

Children have been looking closely at what it means to be British and what British values are. Children discussed what makes Britain unique and what we associate being British with? Children discussed the royal family, red telephone boxes, red busses, fish and chips and full English breakfast to name just a few!  We then moved onto discussing what British values were…Miss Simcock talked the children through what “british values” meant but then the children made their own definitions that made sense to them.

 Democracy

In our country we get to vote for things so it is fair.

 We even vote in the election, where we chose who gets to lead our country.

 Adrians

 Rule of Law

 In our classroom and school we have rules that we must follow.

 In our country we have to also follow rules and the law. We have to follow rules like: No drink driving, you must abide the speed limit, you should not harm others.

 Niamh

 

Individual Liberty

 Individual liberty means that as long as we follow rules and don’t break the law we can live our lives the way we want to.

 Jacob

 Tolerance of different beliefs and faiths

 To accept others and what they believe in even if it is different to what you believe

 Grace

 

Mutual Respect

 Mutual respect is being kind and polite to everyone. We need to respect other people’s property and respect other people by being kind like opening a door for someone or including everyone in your game.

 Amelia

 

 Children have discussed how our British Values relate to our school.

 Democracy

Pupil voice is integral to everything we do at St. Helens. Our school council are elected through voting. All pupils use school council to voice their opinions and consider ways we can improve the school. We recognise that eveyrone’s voice is important.

The Rule of Law

Children will encounter a variety of school and class rules as they move through school. We want our pupils to understand that whether these laws govern the class, the school, the neighbourhood or the country, they are set for good reasons, for the most part to keep everyone safe.

This understanding of the importance of rules will be consistently reinforced through assemblies and our curriculum. We allow many opportunities to debate and discuss the reasons for laws so that children can recognise the importance of these for their own protection. Throughout the year we have school and class assemblies from our community police officer,  Bethan and the fire brigade.

Individual Liberty

We invest a great deal of time in creating a positive culture in our school, so that children are in a safe environment where choices and freedoms are encouraged. We encourage children to choose tasks that will challenge them, giving them more freedom to determine their own learning.

Mutual respect

At St. Helens mutual respect  underpins our Christian values . Students learn to treat each other and staff with great respect.

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

At St. Helens we offer a diverse curriculum in which all major religions are studied and respected. We are participating in a multi-faith week

 Science

This term in Science we have been learning about how sounds are made and how we hear them. We have investigated how soundproofing works, looked at the way sound travels to our ears and used rice to observe the vibrations on a drum. Using instruments such as xylophones, guitars and a recorder we have discovered how to change their pitch and volume.  We then finished the topic by making our own junk model instruments.

RE

In Year 4 we have been thinking about rules. We have discussed some of the differences between rules and laws, thought about different rules in different situations, and considered how rules can be enforced. We have looked at Christian laws in the Ten Commandments, and talked about which of these laws we might find the hardest to keep. Year 4 then went on to look at the story of the Good Samaritan and how Jesus’ rule of ‘Love thy neighbour’ could be applied in modern day situations.

We have now begun to look at rules used by different faiths. The class have raised some really interesting questions about Jewish Kosher food laws, and will begin consider some of the rules associated with Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism.

 Computing

During this term we have created our own podcasts. This required the class to make up jingles, select background music and record their own radio shows. We really enjoyed this topic, but it was definitely a challenge to record ourselves in a ‘quiet’ classroom!

 Music

We have been really lucky to have Mr Sherwood come into class to work with us this term. He is teaching us how to play the samba drums. We have practised keeping to a beat, playing different drums and percussion instruments, and even adding our voices to the carnival atmosphere. We can’t wait for you to hear our performance before Christmas.

 
Mathematics
This term we have focused on place value; partitioning numbers; ordering and comparing numbers. Children have been rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1,000.We have even been exploring negative numbers by counting through zero. We will now be moving onto revisiting and revising all four operations so we are competent at solving a variety of problems.
 
PE
This term we will be concentrating on the "Floor Movements" station 10 of the FUNs Real PE scheme. We are also benefiting from the Manchester United Football coaching, delivered by Jess. Most recently, the children have been learning about the importance of communication and team spirit.
 
Art
Children have been developing their sketching abilities this term. They have used their skills to draw a portrait using images of themselves.