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A walk around Year 4

October 2017

The 19th October saw our Year 4 children arrive at school looking somewhat different to their regular selves. In fact, they not only looked very different, but appeared as if they were from a different time period altogether. It was Viking Day!

Led by similary adorned staff, children in Year 4 were given the opportunity to dress the part of vikings and learn all about the viking culture. As part of this exciting voyage of discovery the children were encouraged to be as creative as possible and as a result created beautiful viking shields, homes, boats and small-scale viking villages from all sorts of materials. The afternoon was spent in our Forest School area re-enacting the lifestyle of our viking visitors from long ago, and we invited parents to share in the wonderful experience.

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Year 4 visited Canterbury Cathedral (below) to learn about when the Vikings took siege to Canterbury and kidnapped the Archbishop, Alphege. We dressed up as Angle-Saxons, Vikings, monks, kings and queens and acted out the story as we explored the Cathedral.

A year 4 child (right) is practicing his stone masonry on a piece of limestone at the cathedral!

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Year 4 and our Forest School

Year 4 have made a great start in Forest School this term.

Over the 6 weeks they have becoming more confident and comfortable in a natural environment, they have been stretching of their comfort zones with a wide range of activities including: Using Knives, making shelters using natural and man-made materials, watering our vegetable patch, contributing to our compost heap, climbing trees, starting fire safely.

Some have even managed to make hot chocolate using our Kelly Kettles.

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The children have been playing with children they may not normally play with and throughout all of our sessions they have slowly started to show that they can work as members of a team. They have started to notice that our forest school site looks a bit different now that the seasons are changing! They’ll need to wrap up warm for Forest School next term!

7th and 8th September 2017 - Team building fun with the Challenger Troop

All children in Years 3 and 4 are starting their new term enjoying some outdoor activities with their class and teacher with the Challenger Troop.

The Challenger Troop team visit us each year and provide an exciting range of challenges to encourage our children to get to know each other, develop their communication skills and challenge themselves by completing an Obstacle course. This year children are doing the Card Relay, Human Minefield, Tyres and Planks and the Challenger Obstacle course.

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For Year 4 pupils having already participated the previous year, we see their confidence and resilience shine as they help their younger peers in Year 3 take part, encourage them and cheer each other on as they complete the Challenger Obstacle course which stretches the children physically and mentally. Our favourite part is when the teachers races against each other to complete the challenge.  What a fantastic way to start the school term!

Head Teacher: Mr. Stuart Pywell Address: Hales Drive, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7AD Tel: 01227 464119 Email: admin@ststephensjuniorschool.co.uk
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