Friday, 17 November 2017

All Different - All Equal. Anti-Bullying Week.

This week has been Anti-Bullying week.  The children have all had assemblies and lessons on how we are all different, but we are all equal.  We have been encouraging children to reflect on their strengths, and to recognise the strengths of others.  We hope this will continue through the year and allow children to build more positive relationships with their peers following the school motto,  'Do As You Would Be Done By'.

Attached below is the link to the website that much of the material from the week is from.  We feel this may be worth looking at again with parents.

Anti-Bullying Alliance

We have also been looking at resilience and that how, if we believe in ourselves, it can help us stand up for ourselves against others. Please click on the link below.

How To Stop A Bully


Please do speak to your class teacher if you have any worries or concerns on this matter, or put a note in your class worry box.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Anglo Saxon Workshop

We had a fantastic day on Thursday learning even more about the Anglo-Saxons. We were shown Saxon weapons and armour, played games, spoke some Old English, took part in a banquet, and listened to gruesome stories of Alfred the Great, Beowulf and King Harold! As you can see, the children looked the part too-their costumes were brilliant!
















Friday, 3 November 2017

Beowulf!

We have kicked off the new half-term by beginning our work on Beowulf. On Monday, we read a poem about a warrior named Beowulf who sails across the Danish sea to slay a monster called Grendel. Beowulf reigns as king for 50 years until a dragon is awoken. Beowulf and his men battle the dragon but unfortunately they lose.

This week we have worked in groups to act out parts of the poem. Our performances also included a freeze-frame that best summarised that particular part of the poem. You can have a look at our performances  and freeze frames below! Mrs Orvis and Mr Garwood have been very impressed by our enthusiasm for the poem and brilliant acting!









Thursday, 12 October 2017

Chill Out!

On Thursday Year 4 had their first Chill Out of the year...and what beautiful weather it was too! Here are some photos of our busy day!


The day started with a basketball workshop delivered by two professional basketball players!

Then we walked to Highfield Park, where our first activity was to create leaf rubbings. Here is some of our artwork:







Our next activity was to create our own games in groups using natural resources from the woods. Mrs Warren and Mr Garwood were very impressed by our creativity! Here are some pictures of our games:

Crazy Golf!


Target practice!


Cricket


Kaplunk!


Bulldog and Hockey Mix!

We had a fantastic day and look forward to the next one!






Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Nymph, nymph, what are your beads?

This week in English we have begun our work on a poem called Overhead on the Saltmarsh. On Monday, Mrs Warren and Mr Garwood showed us some shiny, green jewels and asked us what we thought they could be- it turns out that they were the treasure of a nymph! In the poem the goblin demands that the nymph hands over her treasure to him, but she is defiant and refuses to do so. 

A nymph
A goblin

Our learning objective was to read a poem aloud, showing understanding through performance. When we recited the words of the poem to our audience, we had to change the speed and volume of our voices to create suspense. We also had to use facial and body expressions to show when different characters were speaking. Here are some videos of our performances: 









Thursday, 28 September 2017

Field Trip!


Last week, Year 4 took a short trip into St Alban's City Centre to research land use. In Geography, we have been learning about the features of different types of settlements, and this field trip was the perfect opportunity to see it with our own eyes! We recorded information on the demographics, facilities in the city centre, as well as tallying the different types of vehicles used. We identified several features that make St Albans a city, such as retail shops, transport links, businesses, supermarkets, leisure facilities, coffee shops and restaurants. 


In the past, these settlements were identified as places containing cathedrals but today the Queen decides which places get the this title, based on a number of different factors including the size of the population. We will now use the data we have collected to compare St Albans to other settlements and create bar graphs to show our results.



Monday, 27 March 2017

A fun afternoon mono-printing!

We'll clean it up, promise!

Adding the details.
Look what's left behind!
The finished product. A battle scene collage inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry.