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 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 topic 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!
Next our focus is geographical, based around France. Through this we explore the many ways of looking at the land through maps and images and to study differences and how it is used. Our book is ‘The invention of Hugo Cabret’ – a text which holds many unsolved mysteries that the children are currently trying to solve. We have used the work of French artists such as Degas to enhance our figure drawing skills and explore use of different media. This will later support our work studying a range of great artists in a future enquiry topic.
A visit from a creative practitioner will support our ‘Stone Age’ topic and later we hope to organise a trip linked to our ‘Local Area’ topic based on mining as well as working with Viki Angel from the English heritage. We will work with Viki on a project that will hopefully lead to our school becoming an English Heritage School.
We plan to take part in a skipping festival in 2019 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 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, get creative in nature (which usually involves mud too) and generally have a great time.
Finally, 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 difficult but we are learning that being resilient and working as a team is always worth it in the end!
In Year 4, we also work on developing good learning habits. You can see them all by clicking on this link: GCPS Learning Habits. 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 ensure we try be the best we can be and earn lots of Greenfield stars and house points!
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.