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A walk around Year 4 - Shira's Blog

Shira, an enthusiastic volunteer from Year 4, has commited to writing a blog detailing her experiences in Year 4. We hope to post her writings on this page in an endevour to share with you her adventures as she progresses through the year. We will always try to add the latest entry to the top of the page, so for earlier writings please scroll down.

FS FireBlog Entry: Week beginning 16th October 2017

This week we have had lots of trips and activities.

On Monday we went to St. Stephen’s Church to practise are Harvest festival dances, songs, prayers, and poems. On Tuesday the Anti-bulling ambassadors went to the Houses of Parliament while the rest of us did a science test about dental care. On Tuesday and Wednesday, we went to the Cathedral and wrote our names in ink [we also wrote our names in runes] and decorated the Canterbury cross with stick-on jewels. There were other activities we could do to. On Thursday it was Viking day! we cut out and made Viking shields out of cardboard and stuck on a tinfoil circle for the middle. We also made Viking bread. First we made the dough and then we put it in cans. Later it was cooked on the fire that Mr Chamberlin made. Some of our parents came to see what we have been doing too. On Friday we had our Harvest festival.

By Shira Lahav - Year 4 Palm Class

Blog Entry 2: 9th October 2017

This week we have learnt about food chains.

In forest school we have learnt how to make a fire using sticks [small, medium and large] a special piece of fabric [to catch the fire] and a fire lighter. We put five little sticks on a surface on the ground with no leaves. After putting the fabric on the sticks [like a little bed], we put another five sticks on. Then we took it in turns to try and light the fire. It was quite hard but fun! We did not all have blazing fires at the end or get to use the other sticks so we will hopefully get to do it next time. Palm class also did forest school with Pine class.

In Maths we have learnt about time and in Literacy we have learnt about fronted adverbials and nouns. In Beowulf the Brave, Beowulf has just had a fight with Grendel and thinks that Grendel is dead but I think he is still alive… we will find out next week though. Some of us have been chosen for school council and we helped out at the Community Lunch on Thursday.

On Tuesday, a smell scientist came to school. We smelt sweet smells, smelly smells and fresh smells from little containers with letters labelled on them to tell what they were. Before we were told, we guessed what the smell was! We also got a jellybean each, but when we ate it we had to hold our noses. It tasted very sugary and we could not tell the flavour. It turned out to be cherry flavour. On Wednesday, a representative from the food bank came to school. We were told about a story that happened to a family and that not only poor people needed food and on Thursday we had are school photos taken. We all now know are lines for the Harvest festival too.

By Shira Lahav - Year 4 Palm Class

First entry, 29 Sept 2017

These past two weeks, there have been a few reading and maths tests and we have started practising some of our harvest dances that will be shown at the church in October.

We had some visitors (puppies) who came in to join us at the beginning of this term. They were really cute! We were taught how to look after and care for them.

In cookery, we made some delicious cookies. In forest school, we have been making dens out of long sticks and placing them around trees and have also learn't 'table cloth' which is when some of us walk through the middle of the circle where we sit and we need to shout ‘’table cloth!’’ at them. This is good fun! We have learn't to use knives safely, carving points on the end of sticks. We have learnt about Viking boats which are called longboats [used for attacks] and knorrs [which are used for bringing food and animals from one place to another]. We have been learning all about the Viking Gods in our topic lessons. In literacy we are learning about Beowulf the Brave which is about a man called Beowulf who comes to Denmark to fight a monster called Grendal who is half man wolf and half sea wolf.

In Science we have learnt about different types of teeth and how food is processed through the digestive system. We have demonstrated one of our school values ‘Democracy’, by voting someone in our class to represent us in the school council meetings.

By Shira Lahav - Year 4 Palm Class

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