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Class 4

Welcome to Class 4!

We have had a brilliant start to the year in Class Four. We have really enjoyed learning all about our new topic Maps and Journeys, as well as really getting stuck into some brilliant maths and writing. We are a happy and friendly class, and have enjoyed being able to play together and help one another with our learning. We love exploring and sharing our ideas, and are becoming more resilient when we are given a tricky challenge. We are excited about what we are going to be learning and doing for the rest of the year.

In PE, we have been learning about and practising different ways of passing a beanbag or a ball to a partner. We can use a roll pass, chest pass and bounce pass in order to swap the ball between us. We have also been enjoying learning about different jumps, such as a straight jump, a tuck jump and a star jump. We have to remember to land in the ‘motorbike position’ with our legs bent. One of our favourite parts of the day is doing the daily mile. It helps us to keep fit and healthy, and we like challenging ourselves to get faster each time!

We have been thinking like scientists and have investigated which materials float and which materials sink. We learnt to make predictions and then see if we were right! We also learnt that some objects are suspended in the water and neither float on the top nor sink to the very bottom. We also realised that some objects can float if they are placed carefully on top of the water, like a plastic cup, but if you fill them with water they sink to the bottom. We were amazed by the sponge, which floated at the start but as it absorbed water it started to sink!

In History, we have been learning about Mary Anning and how she was famous for finding fossils. We loved becoming archeologists and digging in sand in order to find our own fossils. We used special tools like brushes to carefully uncover the fossils and then looked closely at each fossil using a magnifying glass.

In Art, we learnt about Georges Seurat and pointillism. We created our own version of pointillism by painting our names in dots of different colours. We also enjoyed using powder paint to investigate how to mix colours. We learnt about primary colours and how to create different colours and different shades. In Computing, we have been using a special program to draw our own self-portraits using lots of dots in the style of pointillism. We have been working on our mouse control in order to make the pointillism portraits look realistic.

We absolutely love our Forest School sessions. It was so exciting to be able to harvest our own vegetables and to be able to make our own pumpkin soup on the fire. We loved being able to taste the soup and dunk our bread in! With wellies on and ready to go, we have been exploring all the Forest school area, cooking in the mud kitchen, playing in the log circle and swinging on the tree swing.

We all love listening to stories and reading books together. We like being able to look at all the wonderful illustrations in the books in our reading corner and talking to each other about what happens in the stories. We also like to learn facts by reading non-fiction books and can find out lots of new things. It can be very cosy in the book corner and it is fun to share a book with a friend.

We also love our Forest School sessions. It was so exciting to be able to harvest our own vegetables and to be able to make our own pumpkin soup on the fire. We loved being able to taste the soup and dunk our bread in! With wellies on and ready to go, we have been exploring all the Forest school area, cooking in the mud kitchen, playing in the log circle and swinging on the tree swing.

The start of Year One has been full of smiles and enthusiasm. We can’t wait for the rest of the year!

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