On Thursday 14th April, Year 4 were lucky enough to have a visit from local author and story teller Chris Connaughton. We started our fantastic writing workshop by meeting in the hall where Chris told us the first part of the story of Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. We were gripped as he re-enacted Jim Hawkins meeting Long John Silver at the Spy Glass Inn and then enjoyed finding out about the pirate’s plot to steal the Treasure.
Chris then set the children some writing challenges, to write a diary extract from the viewpoint of Jim Hawkins and a letter home to Jim’s mother. Chris visited each class to give writing tips and also to talk about how he writes his stories.
To finish our day, Chris told us the rest of the story and let some of the children share their writing with the year group. He set the children the finishing challenge of writing their own adventure stories which we will be doing in our English lessons over the next couple of weeks. He is looking forward to reading some of the stories that we are going to email to him.
Year 4 Maths Open Morning
Straight after the February half-term, year 4 opened its doors to parents and welcomed them to join us in a maths lesson. It was brilliant to see so many parents having a chance to work with their children and have a taste of what goes on in our daily maths lessons. The children and parents worked together to tackle a range of challenging tasks and investigations and there was a fantastic buzz around the classrooms. We were pleased to hear how much the parents enjoyed coming in and thrilled to receive all your positive feedback afterwards.
Year 4 Healthy Eating
As part of a unit of work on Nutrition, Year 4 had a talk from HC3S (The catering company providing school meals in Hampshire). Pupils learnt about the importance of a healthy diet and what makes a balanced, nutritious meal. They studied a display showing the sugar content of a range of drinks and heard how school meals are selected for our school menus. The session concluded with the opportunity for pupils to sample delicious fruit kebabs and smoothies.
Year 4 River Trip
We kicked off the autumn term with a very muddy but thoroughly enjoyable trip to Puttles Bridge in the New Forest. Thankfully the weather was beautiful as we embarked on our journey where we followed the river from its source in Brockenhurst to its mouth at Lymington. We had great fun measuring the depth and width of the water at different points along the river and spotting a range of river features in real life! For example we saw how the rivers had eroded the banks to make river cliffs and we also noticed some lovely meanders along the way.
Making our own Rivers
To help us with our understanding of how rivers are formed and their different features, year 4 created mini rivers in a tray! We worked in teams and used stones, sand and compost to create a mound of earth to imitate a mountain which is where the river source begins. We then gradually dropped water over the top of our mountains until we could begin to see a tiny river forming. It was fantastic to see how the earth eroded away as the water flowed down and how the different river features became visible as we watched. This activity also involved getting rather wet and muddy and was of course an instant hit with everyone!