Class 4DL are working hard to be ‘the best we can be’. As well as working to maximise our potential, we are working on respect, feelings and value, which all play a big part in growing up.
The children had an absolutely fantastic time learning about Percy Jackson last half term, which linked to our Enquiry question, ‘What if you had to choose: Athenian or Spartan?’ In this theme we explored Ancient Greek life, their culture, their gods and various other things. Finally, the children reflected upon the question and compared it to their own lives and we all decided that we wanted to live in today’s world!
Our next focus was geographical – based around France. Through this we explored the many ways of looking at the land through maps and images and to study differences. We also read ‘The invention of Hugo Cabret’ – a text which holds many unsolved mysteries that the children tried to solve. We used the work of French artists such as Degas to enhance our figure drawing skills and explored use of different media. This will support our work later in the year studying a range of great artists in a future Enquiry question.
This term, a visit from a creative practitioner will support our ‘Stone Age’ Enquiry theme and later in the year we hope to organise a trip linked to our ‘Local Area’ Enquiry question based on mining as well as working with Viki Angel from the English heritage. We are going to work with Viki on a project that will hopefully lead to our school becoming an English Heritage School.
In 2019, we also plan to take part in a skipping festival, so we have been developing our skipping skills and an exciting ‘skip dance’. Enthusiasm for this is tremendous and is bound to improve our health and fitness whilst we have fun.
A year at Greenfields would not be complete without our time in Forest School, where we use our outdoor classroom, develop team building skills, roam the outdoors, learn bush skills, firemaking and cooking, we also get creative in nature (which usually involves mud too) and generally have a great time.
In 4DL we are all about promoting positivity. We love to be challenged in school and some of the concepts we learn about in English and Maths are really tricky, but we are learning that being resilient and working as a team is always worth it in the end! Mistakes are a part of life and when we make them in our lessons, they usually lead to learning! Having a Growth Mindset, Going for Gold and thinking of ways to improve our work all ensure that we try be the best we can be and earn lots of Greenfield stars and house points!
In Year 4, we are also working on developing good learning habits. You can see our Year 4 Learning Habits here:
Important things to bring to school:
Water Bottles – children can bring their own water bottle into school and store it by the sink in the classroom. Please make sure that water bottles only have water inside.
Reading Folders – children need their reading book and reading diary in school every day.
PE – children need their PE kit in school every day. PE kit consists of a white t- shirt, black shorts and plimsolls/sand shoes.
Homework – Homework is sent home every Friday and needs to be completed and returned to school by Wednesday morning.