Year 4 welcomed a new member into the class this morning. It was lovely to see how the children have already grown in confidence as they introduced themselves and told Remus what they enjoyed to do at home and at school.
We hope our new member settles in and enjoys our happy environment.
Everyone looked super smart this morning and eager to get into the joys of the new year.
We started our day with Circle Time and thinking about what we are good at. We certainly are a talented bunch and have a lot to bring to Year 4. Some of the things we are great at are: Maths, writing stories, dancing and being creative. Not to mention some of us are great friends, like helping others with their work and kind.
The children have begun as they mean to go on, showing great behaviours for learning. Well done Year 4, Mr Johnston and Mrs Sabir are really looking forward to the year ahead.
Year 4 completed a circle time we we continued to discuss similarities between people. We used a ball of string to demonstrate how we are all connected. The children had to pass the string to someone and say what it was they had in common. Some children commented on hair colour, skin colour, siblings and even more!
This afternoon Year 4 took part in a circle time session to discuss our value word for this month which is appreciation. We discussed what this word means to us and also times when we might have shown appreciation.
In Year 4 we decided that we should have a circle time around friendship. We started off discussing what a friend is and how friends should treat each other. After hearing many lovely answers we then moved on to discussing how friends should not behave towards each other. Many different things were bought up and as a class we agreed with most things that were mentioned. Friendship is something we are working really hard on in Year 4 at the moment and the children have shown that they know how important it is to be a good friend and treat friends in the right way.
Year 4 have started off their new Science topic which is Geology, Mixtures and Separation. They started off the lesson discussing what they already knew and what they would like to learn during the unit of learning.
Then they looked at mixtures and what these are. Miss Edwards passed around a jar of sweets and the children discussed what it was they could see in there and how the sweets could be sorted. From the lesson the pupils found that a mixture is when two or more substances are mixed together and can usually be separated back to their original form and a solution is when they can’t be separated back.
Robins have been looking at examples of perseverance.
Mrs Parry showed the children footage from the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona when Derek Redmond tore his ham string. He persevered as he was so determined to finish the race. He had been the favourite to finish. His Dad walked part of the way to support him as he was in tremendous pain.
Mrs Sargant showed the children coverage of this year’s London Marathon. The fastest man and woman completed it in just over two hours. Patrick Bardon took five days to finish the 26 mile marathon. He has cerebral palsy and wanted to raise money for the charity.
The symptoms of cerebral palsy aren’t usually obvious just after a baby is born. They normally become noticeable during the first two or three years of a child’s life.
Symptoms can include:
•delays in reaching development milestones – for example, not sitting by eight months or not walking by 18 months
•seeming too stiff or too floppy
•weak arms or legs
•fidgety, jerky or clumsy movements
•random, uncontrolled movements
•walking on tip-toes
•a range of other problems – such as swallowing difficulties, speaking problems, vision problems and learning disabilities
The severity of symptoms can vary significantly. Some people only have minor problems, while others may be severely disabled.