Last night, Year 3 and 4 tennis team took part at the Year 3/4 Tennis Festival at Stony Stratford Tennis Centre.
The children played really well in their first festival and came 4th in their group. We are so proud of them! It was so lovely to see our young sports participants with such determination, resilience and amazing sportsmanship. Well done!
Today Year 4 were lucky enough to visit the Harry Potter Studio Tour. We were absolutely amazed by the different scenes and props, and enjoyed learning about how they could have been made. We visited the potions classroom, the Gryffindor common room and even the Forbidden Forest! We saw the Dursleys' house and the knight bus, and then were fortunate enough to visit Gringotts bank, which had a rather terrifying dragon inside! We then took a stroll through Diagon Alley to an enormous scale model of Hogwarts castle! We all agreed that it was truly a magical place to be!
Year 4 were very excited on Tuesday afternoon to receive their letters from Hogwarts inviting them to the school of witchcraft and wizardry! Our first task was to be sorted into our houses according to which characteristics and strengths we believe we have. Some of us chose Gryffindor for their bravery and loyalty, while others chose Ravenclaw for their wisdom and creativity. We then created our wands! We all chose sticks to start with, which we sanded to make them smooth. We used hot glue and string to create handles or unique patterns, before painting them. We can't wait to take them on our school trip in a couple of weeks time to the Warner Brothers' Studio Tour!
This week in our babywatching session, Year 4 were excited to see that Baby Amy is almost sitting up by herself and is starting to roll over to reach toys! She is also starting to look more at our faces and smile at us - we can't help but smile back! We talked about how it made us feel when Amy looked and smiled at us. We love watching Amy grow with each weekly visit.
As part of British Science Week, we were learning about plants and the importance of bees for pollination. First, we dissected daffodils so that we could see all of the different parts. Then, we learnt about bees and the important role they play in pollinating these plants. We wore antennas and role-played the job that bees carry out, carrying pollen pom-poms from one flower to another. We did all of this, of course, while listening to 'The Flight of the Bumblebees' by the composer Rimsky-Korsakov.
Year 4 have been investigating solids, liquids and gases as part of our new science unit. We spent an exciting afternoon discovering for ourselves what happens when different things are heated, cooled or introduced to different materials and surfaces. We weren't at all expecting the reaction we got when we put ice cubes on a metal baking tray and on a wooden block! Nor were we expecting the violent reaction of adding mints to a bottle of cola! We also calculated the amount of air held in a sponge as well as the viscosity of different liquids. It was a messy but fun afternoon!
In Year 4 we have a lovely visitor come to our classrooms every Tuesday morning. Her name is Amy and she is only a few months old. Every week we watch her with her mummy. Sometimes she makes a lot of noise and sometimes she cries. But most of the time she just likes to relax and cuddle up with her mummy. This week she showed that she had learnt something new. Her mummy put her on her tummy and she was lifting her head and kicking her legs as though she wanted to crawl around. I wonder what she will do next week?
Yesterday, year 4 took a trip to Kidzania and got a fun and realistic insight into the adult world by taking part in a choice of ‘jobs’ which earnt them kidZos (KidZania currency). Here, they were able to develop important skills such as, critical thinking, entrepreneurship, problem solving and team work. Some children even opened a bank account and received their very own bank card, just like mum and dad! Overall it was a fab day and we all had lots of fun!
Next half term our home learning will be a whole school challenge. To mark the launch of our fantastic board game cafe, our competition will be for children to create their very own board game. See below for more details.
We can't wait to see all the fantastic entries come "rolling" in. (Sorry for the awful pun)