Category Archives: Class Work

Guided Reading

This morning in Guided Reading, the Robin in year 4 were reading poems. We used reading strategies to support our reading, replacing words we didn’t know with blank, using skimming and scanning ad phonics knowledge.

We took it in turns to read poems and then found nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs in the poems we had read.

All about teeth

In Science we have been learning all about teeth.

We learnt about the different types of teeth in a human’s mouth and what they are used for.   Can you remember what are your incisors, canines and molars?

Next we discussed what would happen if we didn’t brush our teeth. We also setup a science experiment to test how different liquids can stain / damage our teeth. We have used: Cola, juice, salt water, tap water and vinegar. 

Of course.. we couldn’t really use our own teeth as we want to protect them so we’ve used an egg as a substitute. Did you know that the shell of an egg is made of a similar substance to tooth enamel!?

We will observe our teeth (eggs) every day and see what happens!

By the way,

Did you know?

  • The average person spends 38.5 total days brushing their teeth over a lifetime.
  • People who drink 3 or more glasses of fizzy pop each day have 62% more tooth decay, fillings and tooth loss than others. Put down the pop and sports drinks and pick up some nice fresh water instead.
  • If you’re right handed, you will chew your food on your right side. If you’re left handed, you will tend to chew your food on your left side.
  • The most valuable tooth belonged to Sir Isaac Newton. In 1816 one of his teeth was sold in London for $3,633, or in today’s terms $35,700. The tooth was set in a ring! (source: Guinness World Records 2002).

    Click here to read more about teeth!

A recount of imagined events

Robins have recently been using their creative thinking skills to orally rehearse their group’s recount of imagined events.

They imagined that a festive squadron of flying books carried them into the air.

Robins discussed the importance of speaking clearly, using intonation and varying the volume of their voice. Many also mentioned the importance of using body language to further convey their feelings.

Have a look at a short clip of them rehearsing! (Thanks Andrew for offering to film!)

Extension: Watch the film version of The Fantastic Flying Books by Mr Morris Lessmore below.

Holiday Adjective Slinky

Enjoying our learning and aiming for excellence. 

This week, Robins have been discussing the importance of a growth mindset;

During Art today, we embraced the importance of creativity, independence, pride and mindfulness by making adjective slinkies.

First, We thought of adjectives we could use to describe our holiday.

Then, we  wrote them on our individual slinky and added arms + legs.

Finally, we have put them on our Robins display. (A big thank-you to Ms. Knapman too! )

Using Atlases

During geography this afternoon, the Robins in year 4 were looking at maps.
We looked at maps of Northern Ireland and Greece and talking about their differences. We also discussed if we’d been there on holiday and what it was like. We looked at capital cities and cities and how they were shown on the map.
We used an atlas to mark cities, mountains and islands on our maps of Northern Ireland and Greece in our books.

Welcome back Robins!

We had a lovely morning talking about our holidays, talking about school rules and getting back into the school routine.
In English, we started our new class reader; The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore written by W. E. Joyce. We looked at the front cover and discussed any questions we had, made predictions and talked about the boy on the front.
We shared the book with our partner. We discussed any of the words we weren’t sure of the meaning to go into our vocabulary bank.