Welcome to Year 4
Happy New Year Cowell Class! I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas break with your family and friends and are ready for a busy and exciting year. We are looking forward to all the brilliant things we will be doing this term. We hope you continue to shine brightly!
This term our topic is 'Travellers and Explorers'. We will be exploring lots of exciting things throughout the term!
Our PE lessons will be on a Thursday afternoon. Please make sure you come into school wearing your PE kit (red T shirt, black or blue shorts, trainers or plimsoles and tracksuit bottoms and hoodie - when it is cold.) For safety, you need a pair of appropriate PE shoes to take part in outdoor PE lessons. Long hair is to be tied back and earrings removed.
Homework will be sent home every Friday and should be returned by the following Wednesday. Reading books must be returned every day as we will need them in class.
If you have any questions, please let me know.
Mrs Killian and Mrs Thubron
Our Half-Term Stars 🌟
This half-term we have been learning about the festival of Vaisakhi. We had the opportunity to meet Mr Singh. We got to ask him lots of questions about the festival as well as what the 5 K’s represent. We then listened to some traditional instruments as well as practised meditation.
We wore yellow to raise awareness for mental health. You all definitely brightened our day! 🌟
Tri-Golf Festival at Maiden Castle
Sign Language Day
For sign language day, we discussed what it means to be deaf and how we can communicate with deaf people effectively. We then learnt different signs for animals and played animal bingo as a class.
UK Democracy Day
We discussed what democracy is, the structure of parliament and why we vote. We then talked about how we vote for school council and why it is important to have a school council in school. After, we discussed what qualities would make a good school councillor. We then worked as tables and wrote key words in our people that would best describe what type of person we would want to represent our class.
Some of us are going to write our manifestos throughout next week. We will then nominate 4 candidates who we will then vote for as a class and decide who will represent Cowell Class at School Council meetings.
Good Luck Everyone!
Exploring Mayan civilisation through sources of evidence
We discussed the difference between primary and secondary sources and how they help us find out information about a historical period. We also talked about how reliable different sources of evidence can be too!
We then looked at artwork created by Frederick Catherwood who assisted John Lloyd Stephens whilst he explored lost Mayan cities. We analysed artwork created by Frederick Catherwood and used our inference skills to determine what the artefacts drawing/painted in his artwork could be made from and what the artefacts might have been used for. This then gave us an idea about what society might have been like during the Mayan period.
Investigating the role of saliva and tastebuds
We investigated how our tastebuds and saliva work by trying to guess the flavour of different sweets. We first had to guess the flavour when our eyes were closed and our noses were pinched. Then, we guessed again but just with our eyes closed. Finally, we had to guess the flavour of the sweet using all of our senses.
We also learnt about where saliva comes from and how our tastebuds keep us safe.
FUN FACT: Did you know that we have over 10,000 tastebuds which change every two weeks and we produce 1 litre of saliva every day!
Creating our Class display - Welcome to Cowell Class
Year 4’s Class author this year is Cressida Cowell. She is well known for writing the fantastic ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ series. As a class, we created our own dragons. Everyone’s ideas were incredibly imaginative! 🐉📚