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Portsmouth Cathedral

Portsmouth Cathedral 1 Callum dressed up as a Bishop!
Portsmouth Cathedral 2 We loved learning about Christianity!

Music Big Day: The Rolling Stones

Music Big Day: The Rolling Stones 1 We found out many facts about the band.
Music Big Day: The Rolling Stones 2 We wrote raps about them.
Music Big Day: The Rolling Stones 3 We really enjoyed colouring in their logo.

In the afternoons, we have been reading 'How To Train Your Dragon' every child having a go at reading on their own to the class.

In the afternoons, we have been reading 'How To Train Your Dragon' every child having a go at reading on their own to the class.  1 We love reading this book!

Our new text this term is 'How To Train Your Dragon.' The children have already started learning the text off by heart and have written some short burst writing too. Ask them to perform it to you!

Our new text this term is 'How To Train Your Dragon.' The children have already started learning the text off by heart and have written some short burst writing too. Ask them to perform it to you!  1 How To Train Your Dragon by Creddida Cowell

Here it is!

 

How To Train Your Dragon

 

Long ago on the wild and windy isle of Berk, a miniature Viking with a longish name stood up to his ankles in snow.  “Pay attention!” bawled Gobber the Belch, the soldier in charge of the initiation.  “This is your first mission to retrieve a baby dragon!  Try not to cry Hiccup, we all know how much of a scaredy cat you are!”   The boys tipped their heads backwards, grinned and then solemnly nodded.   Hiccup gulped, facing dragons was his worst fear!

Early the next morning, the boys set off with Hiccup in front.   It was a perilous climb, the rocks were slippery with snow and Hiccup kept missing his footing. Finally, they arrived at the mouth of the cave at the bottom of Wild Dragon Cliff.  Beholding the foaming sea below, Hiccup swallowed hard.  Out of the blue, the low rumble of dragon’s snores vibrated violently through his sandals.  Being in charge he knew he had to go into the cave first, yet he was scared stiff.

Crawling into the heart of the cave the stench of the dragon got stronger until finally it was excruciatingly unbearable.  Without warning, an enormous cavern appeared and was filled with more dragons than Hiccup could ever have dreamt of.  He started to sweat. His stomach and bowels churned causing his heart to pound uncontrollably.

As quickly and quietly as he could, Hiccup and the boys manoeuvred a small dragon each into their baskets.  Even though they were barely half grown, they were remarkably heavy.  Silently, they made their way towards the exit.  “We did it!” they chanted exuberantly.

Once outside, Hiccup hesitated.  The quickest way down for them all was to drop into the sea.  It normally would have terrified him, but after what he had just done this would be easy.  “Jump,” he yelled as he plunged through the air into the icy cold water.   Spluttering, he surfaced.   Swimming to shore, a triumphant grin formed on his face as he saw the looming shadow of Gobber the Belch who winked in approval for overcoming his fear. 

On Thursday, it was Diversity Day and we spent the day learning about what life is like for the elderly. We then made informative leaflets for them about 'How to stay safe on the internet.'

On Thursday, it was Diversity Day and we spent the day learning about what life is like for the elderly. We then made informative leaflets for them about 'How to stay safe on the internet.' 1 This is Grace Taylor's leaflet.

Rock Steady, a music company, did a workshop with the children. By the end of the workshop, 120 children were playing We Will Rock You as a school band. It was amazing!

Rock Steady, a music company, did a workshop with the children. By the end of the workshop, 120 children were playing We Will Rock You as a school band. It was amazing!  1

We started to learn to play ukulele this week! Ask your child for more information! They really enjoyed it.

We started to learn to play ukulele this week! Ask your child for more information! They really enjoyed it.   1

We faced out fears in 2020, climbing very, VERY high as part of our launch to our MOUNTAINS topic.

We faced out fears in 2020, climbing very, VERY high as part of our launch to our MOUNTAINS topic.  1 Sam was working hard to get to the top.
We faced out fears in 2020, climbing very, VERY high as part of our launch to our MOUNTAINS topic.  2 Szymon really faced his fears!
We faced out fears in 2020, climbing very, VERY high as part of our launch to our MOUNTAINS topic.  3 Great teamwork from everyone today.
We faced out fears in 2020, climbing very, VERY high as part of our launch to our MOUNTAINS topic.  4 Just perching on a rock for a moment.
We faced out fears in 2020, climbing very, VERY high as part of our launch to our MOUNTAINS topic.  5 Jaidon was a superstar climber!

Happy New Year!

 

One week into 2020 and we have already been working hard, learning new Spanish stories, discovering some of the amazing mountains around the world and we even went ROCK CLIMBING!

 

Pictures to follow...

17th December at 2pm...

 

Come see your child in our authentic outcome show! 

 

Upper School hall is the place to be. 

We had such a brilliant time at the Nativity and every single child was so well behaved! Thank you parents for waiting so patiently for us to come back. :)

We had such a brilliant time at the Nativity and every single child was so well behaved! Thank you parents for waiting so patiently for us to come back. :)  1

Today we had a drama day and Aled taught the children a play on Sacagawea and her journey across America with Lewis and Clark.

Today we had a drama day and Aled taught the children a play on Sacagawea and her journey across America with Lewis and Clark.  1

Coming soon to our page....

 

The children learning to play instruments as we have an instructor starting in January! 

 

We will be learning.... THE UKULELE! 

Today, we had an author in called Elle English who travels around the world with her children and then writes books about their adventures. She did an assembly and then a workshop with our children teaching them to write their own creative adventures.

Today, we had an author in called Elle English who travels around the world with her children and then writes books about their adventures. She did an assembly and then a workshop with our children teaching them to write their own creative adventures.  1

Today was our big TeePee day where we learnt about what life was like for Native Americans hundreds of years ago. We sat inside a gigantic teepee and played instruments, danced, sang and played great games in our tribes.

Today was our big TeePee day where we learnt about what life was like for Native Americans hundreds of years ago. We sat inside a gigantic teepee and played instruments, danced, sang and played great games in our tribes.  1

We even made bracelets and necklaces with our tribal symbol we designed to represent ourselves.

We even made bracelets and necklaces with our tribal symbol we designed to represent ourselves.  1

Here is our new text... Why not get ahead and learn it before we come back to school!

 

Kensuke Kingdom

 

Setting off in the Peggy Sue, we were about to begin the adventure of a lifetime. My father had planned our boat trip around the world using an array of information. The cold sea air brushed against my chilly cheeks as the water rocked our boat like a rollercoaster. My heart pounded when my mother warned me to clip my safety harness on.

Late one night, there was not a single star to in the sky. The tempestuous, wild wind howled above me in the sails, thunder growled angrily and the inexorable, rapid rain lashed the deck. Without warning, the boat veered violently. I desperately tried to clip my safety harness but it was too late. Before I could open my mouth to scream, catapulted I was, into the coldness of the infinite sea.

Gradually, the lights of our boat disappeared into the whirling waves; leaving me alone in the ocean. I thought of the Great White Sharks from my science lessons, the deadly current and jellyfish cruising beneath the black water. There wasn’t a single sound. Nothing could save me.

Whilst the numbing water was chilling me to death, I frantically searched the deadly darkness surrounding me. Helplessly, I floated into sleep. All of a sudden, I was woken by a screeching howl. I sat up. I was on a beach that stretched for miles, poisonous plants surrounding me. The empty, aqua sea was like the cloudless sky. I cried until no more tears would come.

Looking down, I saw my harness digging into my flesh, a painful reminder of how I had stupidly ignored my mother’s warning and the discipline she would give me if she knew what had happened. I had survived, but my intuition told me I was all alone.

The first day back we are having a music day to celebrate the end of Black History Month and our genre will be Motown!

The first day back we are having a music day to celebrate the end of Black History Month and our genre will be Motown! 1

Buddhism BIG DAY.

Buddhism BIG DAY.  1

Today, we had a big Buddhism day, where we learnt the story of Buddha, learnt about karma, reincarnation, the four noble truths and the 5 morals they follow. 

 

We also learnt about meditation and had a go ourselves! 

Do you love Pine classes' art work? Can you tell which piece of art work is your child's?

Do you love Pine classes' art work? Can you tell which piece of art work is your child's?  1

This year, Year 4 are learning hand skills, so that as Sports People we can compete in a Rugby tournament at the end of the year!

This year, Year 4 are learning hand skills, so that as Sports People we can compete in a Rugby tournament at the end of the year!  1

A quick reminder about how important it is to listen to your children read at home. Reading diaries, Spelling books and Homework books have been sent home. We can not wait to have a look at how Year 4 are getting on at home learning!

A quick reminder about how important it is to listen to your children read at home. Reading diaries, Spelling books and Homework books have been sent home. We can not wait to have a look at how Year 4 are getting on at home learning!  1

This term we are learning about Christopher Columbus, his 'discovery' of the Americas and the people he discovered when he arrived.... The Native Americans! If you want to find out more, we would love to hear all of the fantastic information you find. Use Youtube or Google to find out some great facts.

This term we are learning about Christopher Columbus, his 'discovery' of the Americas and the people he discovered when he arrived.... The Native Americans! If you want to find out more, we would love to hear all of the fantastic information you find. Use Youtube or Google to find out some great facts.  1

Below is our new story that we are learning in Literacy. The children have already learnt this story quite well. Ask them to show you and we are sure you'll be blown away! 

 

Focus: Character

Harry Potter

 

It had started out like any other day.  Harry stayed out of the way whilst the Dursleys ran around cooing after Dudley. How he despised him.  Then suddenly everything changed. A letter arrived. Cautiously, he slid the contents from the envelope and gasped. He, Harry Potter, had won a scholarship to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry!  He didn’t know it, however his life was about to change.

 

Several months later, Harry had settled into life at Hogwarts and things were good yet Harry was feeling perplexed.  The strangest things were starting to happen. A mysterious figure had been lurking around Hogwarts.  Concerned for their school’s safety, Harry and his friends knew they had to do something. Late one night, they silently tiptoed down a never ending spiral of stairs that led to the chambers beneath.  At the end of the passage way they saw a brightly lit room through a heavy wooden door. A shadow slipped through it.  Approaching it they saw the words ‘Danger lies before you whilst safety lies behind. ‘All of a sudden, the door slammed shut and there before them stood the diabolical Voldemort. 

 

Without warning, Voldemort’s ghost like body encircled the friends, leaving them helpless with their wrists bound.  Fear flittered across their faces. Walking towards them, his evil face smiling, Voldemort hissed in a demented voice, “I killed your father and then your mother and now I am going to kill you.”  Raising his hand into the air, he started to mutter the deadly, deranged curse.  Harry’s scar began to pound painfully.

 

Meanwhile, Hermione was secretly using her magic powers to unravel the knots. They were free.  Instinctively, Harry reached up and grabbed Voldemort’s face. “AGGGHHHH!” Voldemort screamed in agony and out of his mouth flew his many demons shrieking, “This is not the end!” Then they disappeared.

 

Days later during the end of year feast Dumbledore awarded the friends with 160 points for their bravery and outstanding courage.  The noise from the crowd was deafening. Gryffindor had won the house cup. 

Focus: Character

 

It had started out like any other day.  Harry stayed out of the way whilst the Dursleys ran around cooing after Dudley. How he despised him.  Then suddenly everything changed. A letter arrived. Cautiously, he slid the contents from the envelope and gasped. He, Harry Potter, had won a scholarship to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry!  He didn’t know it, however his life was about to change.

 

Several months later, Harry had settled into life at Hogwarts and things were good yet Harry was feeling perplexed.  The strangest things were starting to happen. A mysterious figure had been lurking around Hogwarts.  Concerned for their school’s safety, Harry and his friends knew they had to do something. Late one night, they silently tiptoed down a never ending spiral of stairs that led to the chambers beneath.  At the end of the passage way they saw a brightly lit room through a heavy wooden door. A shadow slipped through it.  Approaching it they saw the words ‘Danger lies before you whilst safety lies behind. ‘All of a sudden, the door slammed shut and there before them stood the diabolical Voldemort. 

 

Without warning, Voldemort’s ghost like body encircled the friends, leaving them helpless with their wrists bound.  Fear flittered across their faces. Walking towards them, his evil face smiling, Voldemort hissed in a demented voice, “I killed your father and then your mother and now I am going to kill you.”  Raising his hand into the air, he started to mutter the deadly, deranged curse.  Harry’s scar began to pound painfully.

 

Meanwhile, Hermione was secretly using her magic powers to unravel the knots. They were free.  Instinctively, Harry reached up and grabbed Voldemort’s face. “AGGGHHHH!” Voldemort screamed in agony and out of his mouth flew his many demons shrieking, “This is not the end!” Then they disappeared.

 

Days later during the end of year feast Dumbledore awarded the friends with 160 points for their bravery and outstanding courage.  The noise from the crowd was deafening. Gryffindor had won the house cup. 

What a fantastic first day back we have had. 

 

Both Mr. Christofa and Mr. Willis have really enjoyed the first day back with our new classes. The children were brilliant, eager to learn about all of the new topics and were wonderfully behaved. 

 

We have lots of fun to look forwards to including a Science morning investigating Marie Curie and a Music morning discovering the amazing musical talents of Etta James and Muddy Waters. 

 

Stay tuned for more. 

Hello and welcome back to a brand new school year at Front Lawn Primary Academy! We are so excited to be back at school and are eager to start some fantastic learning.

Hello and welcome back to a brand new school year at Front Lawn Primary Academy! We are so excited to be back at school and are eager to start some fantastic learning.  1

DIVERSITY DAY Tuesday 9th July 2019

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Spellings for test on Monday 19th November 2018

Spellings for test on Monday 19th November 2018 1
Spellings for test on Monday 19th November 2018 2

Matrix cause mayhem during maths week

Matrix cause mayhem during maths week 1

Spelllings for wc 5 November

Homework for week commencing 5 November

Homework for week commencing 5 November 1

November 2018

Dear Year 4 Parents and Carers

This is your child’s new homework book!

On a weekly basis, we expect children to complete the following tasks:

  1. Reading 3 – 5 times a week with an adult – This can be reading of their given colour banded book, a library book or a book from home. Anything that is read to/with an adult should be dated and recorded in their Home Reading Diary and placed into a book bag for daily checking.
  2. Practicing times tables 3-5 times a week. The 99 Club aims to raise standards in maths through encouraging pupils to improve their mental calculations when attempting quick-fire multiplication and division problems. Practice sheets for the 99 club can be found on our Year 4 blog by following the link: https://www.flpa-tkat.org/maths-9/

 

  1. Spelling practice – There will be weekly spelling tests in class. The list of 10 words will be given out every Monday. The spelling test will take place on a Monday morning. Spellings should be practiced and recorded in the homework book – whether it be written practice or verbal practice with an adult.

 

Topic based homework

  1. a fortnightly basis, topic work will be handed out. A topic based task – which will vary in nature. This will be given out on a Monday and will be expected to be in on the following Friday in two week’s time.

Visit our class blog:

If your child has lost their homework, the latest spellings and homework tasks can be found our class blog.

 

Many thanks for your support

The Year 4 Team

Welcome to the start of Autumn term 2!  

 

Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo

 

We will be continuing to learn about journeys of discovery.  Our focus text in literacy this term will be the amazing Kensuke's Kingdom - a gripping tale of discovery from the perspective of Michael, a young boy lost on a Pacific Island after being washed overboard from his family's boat - The Peggy Sue.    Michael soon discovers that he is not the only human living  on his deserted island...…….

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Science in Year 4 - Autumn Term

 

Our focus in science this term is to explore and learn about electricity.  We have been busy constructing simple circuits to light a bulb and have learned how to draw circuits using the correct symbols used by  scientists.  We have designed the circuits for a special torch to be used by an explorer, which has a special feature of a buzzer that works separately to the light circuit.

Let there be light! Our scientists got hands on with electricity this week investigating simple circuits

Let there be light!  Our scientists got hands on with electricity this week investigating simple circuits 1
Let there be light!  Our scientists got hands on with electricity this week investigating simple circuits 2
Let there be light!  Our scientists got hands on with electricity this week investigating simple circuits 3
Let there be light!  Our scientists got hands on with electricity this week investigating simple circuits 4

Year 4 Go Native - week commencing 5th September 2018

 

To celebrate the start of our amazing topic, learning all about the life and culture of Native American Indians, children from year 4 welcomed Chief Alex who led our day  with lots of fantastic activities, dances, songs, arts, crafts and stories.  The children had a fully immersive day and loved every second of it.

Congratulations to Jaydon Preston who wrote this fabulous newspaper article introduction about  the day:

 

Cultural Native Learning

 

On the 10th of September 2018 pupils of Year 4, Front Lawn Primary Academy, had a shocking surprise!  When they arrived at school, they discovered that a tremendous tepee had been set up on the gigantic field.  They were having a Native American Indian day, to introduce the topic to the children.

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Our Essential Question this term is

"How does discovery affect human life?"

 

Children will be looking at the culture of native Americans and will be learning to answer this question in the context of how their lives were affected by the discovery of the New Word by Christopher Columbus.

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Our project on a page

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Welcome to Beech and Pine Class!

Year 4 have had a brilliant start to their school life this year.

Over the past three weeks the children have been busy learning about the discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus, the famous explorer who sailed West to travel East in 1492.

 

 They have been studying the fantastic story of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone” and have been learning  all about how to defeat an evil villain.

 

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