Year 4 enjoyed some afternoons learning how to play Glockenspiels using a music scheme, Charanga. We learnt about the pulse of a piece of music by using some of the Charanga games before setting our instruments up and practised an instrumental part of the song, Three Little Birds. The children found out about what a Glockenspiel is and learnt about different types of percussion. I was really impressed at each child’s determination to improve their performance through practising and refining their skills.
ear 4 spent a morning at Boldon Community Association participating in a Multi-skills tournament. There were other Primary schools from around the area joining in too. Our school split into 4 teams and worked our way around a circuit of different activities. There were a number of different ones that included throwing, catching, batting, running and jumping. Each team had 2 and a half minutes to complete an activity and had to get as many points as they could during that time. Although we did not finish in the winning positions for a medal, all of Year 4 had a fantastic time and really pushed themselves to improve their performance on each activity.
Before half term, Class 8 enjoyed some messy art. We planned and designed a Roman shield before deciding how we could make it 3D. We discussed various options before deciding that Papier Mache would be the best. Every one was given a shield template then had to build the layers up using a paste made from PVA glue and water. Once the shields have hardened, we will paint them in our chosen colours and add the finer details.
We will find out about the naughty cat, called Tuffy, and his exploits during the story.
The book is written in first person from the perspective of Tuffy so we get to find out the different events from his point of view.
The children will be exploring the character of Tuffy; writing a character description. They will write a diary from the perspective of Tuffy’s poor, suffering owner, Ellie, exploring her feelings and her anxieties. Year 3/4 will also write a newspaper report about the unfortunate trip to the vets and a persuasive advert selling night vision glasses. The children will become experts on cats, researching information and organising it into a non-chronological report.
After completing our work on the text, we will focus on a Poetry unit and perform some of Michael Rosen’s poems. The children will also plan and write some of their own poems.
Please follow the link below to enjoy an extract of our class novel read by the author, Anne Fine.
This half term, Year 3/4 have been learning all about ‘Why is Newcastle a cool place to live?’. We used Atlases to locate countries and cities in the UK and Ireland. We then found out why people live in Newcastle and how a city is different to the countryside. Year 3/4 learnt about iconic places in Newcastle and we decided to draw the Tyne Bridge in our Art lessons. We practised different shading techniques using pencil and then we used charcoal pencils for our final drawings.
Over the past few weeks, Year 3/4 have been drafting a new chapter for The Twits. We have been learning about inverted commas and how to use them properly to punctuate direct speech. Class 8 enjoyed a drama lesson inventing a brand new trick for the chapter. We then voted for our favourite trick and this was used as the trick in our own chapter. The winner was making a pizza with hot chilli sauce!
Last Friday, Classes 7 and 8 went on a trip to Segedunum Roman Fort as part of our History topic. They had a fantastic, activity-packed day. The classes split into two and completed different workshops throughout the visit. The workshops included: learning how to be a Roman soldier (including Roman shields, dressing up and following commands), finding out the difference between Roman homes and Iron Age homes (we had a go of building them), making Roman medicine and creating Roman brooches. We also had a visit to the gift shop during the day. As always, our children were fantastic ambassadors for West Boldon Primary.
This term we will hear all about Mr. and Mrs. Twit’s disgusting habits including playing awful tricks on each other and eating mouldy food out of beards.
The children will be exploring the character of Mr. Twit; writing a character description. They will become detectives to write a police report and newspaper reporters to write about the end of the story. Year 3/4 will also write a letter; expressing their concerns about the poor monkeys locked up in cages in the Twit’s back garden. They will also enjoy coming up with their own tricks to play on Mr. and Mrs. Twit.
Please follow the link below to enjoy an audio version of our class novel.