Emmaville Primary School

Asia Yr 4

Welcome to the Asia Year 4 Class Page.  Here, you can find out about everything that we've been doing this year.

Thursday 16th January.

 

This week, Asia Class welcomed Mr Clarke and Miss Palmer who will be with us until the 23rd March. The children have made them both feel very welcome and we hope that they enjoy their time spent at Emmaville.

In Art this week, the pupils completed their 2020 art in the style of graffiti artist Keith Haring. Haring is well known for his bright colours, black outlines and cartoon style images. I think you will agree the children were very successful in their Haring inspired work. It looks amazing on our class windows.

In Science, the class completed an investigation finding out what materials would be most appropriate to make blinds for the classroom. They recapped on the meanings of translucent, transparent and opaque. The children were fantastic and used scientific vocabulary to explain their conclusions. The class decided that blackout material would be the most effective.
Friday 10th January.
 
Happy New Year! Asia Class have made a wonderful start to the New Year. Congratulations to the whole class for their success in the second battle on Times Table RockStars, which took place over the Christmas holidays. Particular congratulations to Lewis - his score of over 33000 points means that he is the top scorer in the whole school for this battle. Well done.
Multiplication tables are so important and it makes maths so much easier. This week, we have looked at our 11x and 12x tables. The children investigated patterns within these tables. They have also looked at multiplying three numbers together and factor pairs. It is fantastic to see how much progress the children are making with multiplication.
In English this week, we worked on 'playful poems'. Using abstract nouns and places/containers, the children played around with words and alliteration to write some incredible poems. They were very enthusiastic about the poetry writing this week and they all produced wonderful writing. Here are a few of the poems for you to enjoy.
 
Lunchbox of Stars by Amber,
 
In the lunchbox of stars, I saw
a huge pizza shaped like the moon
sandwiches floating like stars 
and star shaped biscuits prancing around.
 
In the lunch box of stars, I heard
a bag of crunchy carrots chatting at shooting stars
a group of stars singing and dancing about food and sweets
and a chocolate bar leaping with glee.
 
In the lunchbox of stars, I smelt
the scent of chocolate drifting eagerly around
fresh fruit just waiting to be eaten
and the smoke coming from hot soup.
 
In the lunchbox of stars, I felt
the sugary raindrops pounding on my head
dribbling ketchup spreading from a burger to my own
and the pepperoni falling from a yummy pizza
 
In the lunchbox of stars, I tasted
the sweet honey as I bite the toast,
chocolate sauce dripping from a cake
and a sugary drink dropping in my mouth.
 
In the lunchbox of stars, I created 
a fizzy, rainbow clashing around,
a tsunami of laughter washing over everything and everyone
and a shooting star shining over me and everybody else.
 
 
Tower of Terror by Reuben
 
In the tower of terror, I passed
a room full of pools of lava,
a giant spider ready to bite 
and an enormous giant stomping around.
 
In the tower of terror, I met
a confused ghost which lost it's head,
a skeleton with a missing arm
and a tiny dragon flying in circles.
 
In the tower of terror, I saw
poisonous snakes slithering round my feet,
crocodiles running in and out of water
and a rogue gorilla locked up in a cage.
 
In the tower of terror, I felt
the fur of a tiger as it walks under a bridge,
the wind in a tornado as it sucks up everything 
and a tombstone which fell from the top of a building.
 
 
In the desert of silence by Leo
 
In the desert of silence, I heard
the sound of the wind whoosing past my face
while the cactus was falling to the ground.
 
In the desert of silence, I saw 
sandcastles being built by the hands of humans
and camels galloping around them.
 
In the desert of silence, I felt
the hardness of the sand and the sharpness of the cacti burning my skin
the calmness of the desert makes me fall asleep, the warmth of the sun falling onto my skin.
 
In the desert of silence, I captured
flies, mosquitoes and the sting from a bee
spiders and camels dancing with tender glee
and crabs, lizards and snakes with poison like a black widow spider.
 
 
The piggy bank of thoughts by Chloe
 
In the piggy bank of thoughts, I think of
families having fun and laughing
and love spreading around the room.
 
In the piggy bank of thoughts, I created
friendship spreading across the world
children loving their new schools
and stars twinkling in the midnight sky.
 
In the piggy bank of thoughts, I heard
nature singing through the enchanted forest
unicorns galloping across the land
and a butterfly fluttering with the wind.
 
In the piggy bank of thoughts, I discovered
every owl tweeting across the world
and birds setting off one by one 
and an island of love.
 
 
I think you will agree thchildren have shown incredible imaginations and have played around with words brilliantly. 
Well done to the whole class.

Friday 20th December.

And it’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas! As I am writing this, we are enjoying a marble jar treat of watching Elf in our pyjamas, with hot chocolate and candy canes. What a lovely, well-earned treat after such a long term. Our week started with our Christmas party, where the children enjoyed traditional games and a party tea provided by Friends of Emmaville.

The children finished their brilliant Christmas quest stories – Lewis’ is here for all to read.

It was a tranquil, December evening at the North Pole.  Santa and the elves had just finished working. Santa was relaxing before he had to do his main job. He got ready his scarlet suit.  The majority of the elves were still working. Santa went to get his magical reindeer but realised that Rudolph wasn’t there.

“Rudolph, Rudolph where are you?” gasped Santa. No reply. “What can I do?”

Cautiously, Santa looked everywhere for him. He knew that he couldn’t take the sleigh without Rudolph.

“I will come with you and look for him,” Candy Cane said nervously.

“NO!” screamed Santa. He was frightened to go outside in the snow blizzard in case one of the reindeer blew away. Santa was getting really worried, because what if Christmas couldn’t go ahead? He knew he had to go and find Rudolph fast. Santa put on his suit and got all of the other reindeer warm, ready for the long journey ahead. Was it safe?

Unimaginably, Santa decided to on with the eventful journey. He had all of his eight reindeer with him. Santa and the reindeer set off to find Rudolph. Whilst the snow storm was at the North Pole, Santa could see in the distance, what looked like a huge ice rink.

“Oh no!” shouted Santa, “How am I going to get across?” Carefully, Santa and the reindeer slowly tip-toed across. All of a sudden, Dancer made a crack in the ice, it all started to crack! The crew had to rapidly sprint across the ice when it was still really slippery. Thankfully, they made it across safely. That was a close one thought Santa, gasping for breath. A life threatening moment. All of the reindeer had been very courageous. But that was just the start of the quest.

Later on, they came across a mammoth size lake. Santa and the reindeer had to think of an idea of how to get across. Santa had another brilliant idea. He had spotted an igloo in the distance. They flew towards it and then dug it up. The reindeer, guided by Santa pushed the igloo along. It was a huge igloo, so Santa and the reindeer used it as a boat and managed to sail across the lake. Suddenly, Santa dropped his telescope in the lake. Would he ever be able to find Rudolph? Then an icicle fell, narrowly missing Santa’s head.

“Aargh!” screamed Santa. “That icicle has just missed my head.”

Santa and the reindeer kept on searching for Rudolph. Sooner, rather than later, Santa spotted a penguin.

“Have you seen a reindeer with a red nose?” asked Santa.

“Yes I have, I saw him go into that cave over there about half an hour ago.” answered the penguin.

Rapidly, as quick as a flash, Santa sprinted over to the cave. Out of the corner of his eye, he spotted a glowing, crimson, red light shining in the cave.

“Is that you?” whispered Santa.

Then Rudolph came out of the shadows! Hooray, but Santa knew that he had to get back quickly to save Christmas.  He set off to head back to the North Pole and his Grotto.

Finally, a few hours later, Santa, the reindeer and the penguin reached the North Pole. Santa was already in his scarlet suit. Candy Cane and the other elves  got all the presents ready in the sleigh, so they were ready for the off.

They jumped in the sleigh, penguin too, and the reindeer were attached ready to guide it. They set off towards the beautiful stars. The penguin found it compelling, because he had seen nothing like it before. They delivered presents from city to city, country to country, continent to continent.  Finally, they arrived back at the North Pole at 7am. Mrs. Claus made everyone a hot chocolate and they all lived happily ever after… or did they?

 

In our RE lessons, we finished some newspaper reports about the Christian story of Christmas. The children certainly know what the real meaning behind Christmas is. Again, I have included two of the newspaper reports for you to read; one by Layla and the other by Sam.

I want to thank the children for working so hard and making this term so enjoyable.  Over the holidays, it would be great if the children could read and work on our Battle of the Bands. The new battle ends on Sunday January 5th.

All that is left for me to do, is to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. I hope that you enjoy your time with friends and family and I will see you all in January 2020!

Friday 13th December.
 
What an extremely busy week we have had. Christmas within school is well underway. On Monday we went to Addison Court and sang to some of the residents there. It was a lovely afternoon and the children really brought smiles to the faces of the audience. I was very proud of my class.
The children have been looking at the true meaning behind Christmas. We looked at the sixty mile journey that Mary and Joseph made from Nazareth to Bethlehem that took them almost a week. After looking at the story, the children have drafted some newspaper articles and next week they will write them up and add pictures. Some of these will be shown next week.
 
On Thursday. the children had their final gymnastics session with Miss Troke. They practiced partner balances and there are some photographs to show the children;s amazing work. Well done.
It was also Christmas jumper dinner and Christmas dinner. Lisa and the other ladies in the kitchen did an incredible job and all of the children enjoyed their dinners. There was a lovely atmosphere in the hall and they all enjoyed pulling crackers and singing along to Christmas songs.
Friday 6th December.
 
If the workshop wasn't enough to cause great excitement, the children had their music lesson and were able to take the brand new ptrumpets home! They are thrilled to be the first ones to take these home. They need to be carefully looked after and the children have promised Mrs Lawrence and I that they will. Happy trumpeting Asia class!
On Thursday morning, the class were very excited to attend a bauble making workshop. It was incredible and the children absolutely loved designing their own baubles. They listened well to instructions and worked quietly, concentrating hard to make their own masterpiece. As the photographs show, you have a special something coming home before Christmas!
 
This week there is so much to celebrate! On Tuesday the children visited the 'Prayer Space,' stations in the dance studio. As the photographs show, the children participated in many activities which enabled them to think of others and also think about their own lives too. They thoroughly enjoyed this time.
Friday 29th November.
 
In gymnastics this week, I was so impressed with all of the children. They each performed a routine individually in front of the other members of the class. They used all that they have learnt this half term and their routines included: rolls, balances, stretches, handstands, cartwheels and linking movements. Each child worked well and I have certainly seen an improvement in their gymnastic skills. Congratulations to all.
Friday 22nd November.
 
The children in Asia have had another very busy week. After our enrichment week at the end of last half term, the children were set some creative homework that they could complete if they wanted to. I was delighted with many of  the children who produced some incredible homework. There were many families that enjoyed Naz' Indian curry. It was a real hit with many of the adults in school. Other children produced some wonderful art work celebrating major landmarks of Asia. Amber used her Dad's 3-D printer to make an incredible Taj Mahal. Also, some of our wonderful authors wrote some folktales based in the continent of Asia.
 Friday 15th November.
 
Congratulations to all of Asia Class for their win in Battle of the Band on TimesTables Rock Stars. They worked brilliantly as a class to secure the win, but special congratulations must go to Lewis and Sam for their individual contribution to the class' overall score. Lewis and Sam managed to achieve the 2nd and 3rd best individual scores throughout the score. An amazing achievement. All of the children will enjoy an additional golden time session prior to the end of term.
 
In Computing the children spent time exploring the program Scratch on the iPads. Although it was the first session that they had used this program on the iPads, they were quick to discover the controls that enabled them to move their characters around the page, speak to one another, change backgrounds and make stories. They instantly worked out shortcuts and proved to be a whizz on this program. Impressive skills.
 Children in Need was well supported by all of the children. Many thanks for all of your contributions towards the bake sale. We are still waiting for the grand total raised to be announced. Molly held her own bake stall within her neighbourhood and raised £23. Well done Molly and the rest of Asia class.
Friday 8th November.
 
Another busy week finished. This week, the children started a new history topic all about The Tudors. within Art, the children were introduced to the six monarchs of this historical period. They found out about the length of their reigns and who was the most successful.  They also found out that it was in Tudor times that Lady Jane Grey was queen for just nine days! After fact finding, we looked at the monarchs' portraits and created two class portraits of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. A portrait was cut up into fourteen pieces, and a section given to each person in the class. The task was to recreate the section as perfectly as possible looking at the size, shapes, colours, content and texture of the piece. It was quite tricky but everyone showed great growth mindset to produce their piece. The end results of our jigsaw portraits are pretty amazing. Have a look and see what you think.
Gymnastics.
 
The children are receiving coaching in gymnastics this half term from Miss Troke. I have been super impressed with the children's enthusiasm towards these sessions. They have been stretching their limbs and have already been taught, forward rolls, diving forward rolls, teddy bear rolls, handstands and headstands. All of the children are trying hard to improve their skills and some of the children are simply incredible. Well done to you all.
Thursday 31st October.
 
Happy Halloween everyone! The children have had an incredibly busy and productive first week back.  This week, I am celebrating and their Art and Science work.
In Art, they worked on creating Halloween silhouette pictures. Not only are they very seasonal, it enabled everyone to work on our cutting skills. Some of the children's designs were very detailed and they concentrated fully in order to produce these wonderful pictures. What do you think?
Our Science lesson this week enabled all of  the children to be Scientists. They were given soil samples to look at and  used equipment such as tweezers and magnifying glasses to look at the make up of soil. It was really interesting to practically look at the three soil samples. The children made many observations such as:
' I didn't realise there were so many different types of soil.'
' This doesn't look like soil, it is pink.'
As the children investigated and looked closely, they learnt that soil is made up of many different parts. Living and dead plant and animal matter was found as well as rocks, wood, sand and roots. The three samples were very different and the children labelled diagrams of the soil samples in their books. Research work showed the children that soil is actually made up of four different materials: water, gases, minerals and organic matter. Many of the children realised from our previous work on rocks that minerals are actually compacted, weathered rock. 
Discussions enabled the children to discuss four processes that are involved in soil formation too: losses, additions, translocation and transformation. I was super impressed with their ability to link the work we have already completed on rocks and erosion. They talked about how water is added into the soil through rain and yet is lost through the process of evaporation. Animals can transport minerals and organic matter from one place within the soil to another (translocation). Suddenly, Asia class were talking about the important job that worms play in the formation of soil. It was a very practical investigation which enabled all of the class to  develop their knowledge of soil. Super scientists all round.
Friday 18th October.
 
What an incredible week to finish the half term. The children have gained so much knowledge about Asia, our class name. Using 'Each 1 Teach 1' cards, they have learnt that Asia is the biggest continent with 48 countries and the only continent that has countries with populations of over 1 billion people! We talked about the differences between the different biomes that can be found in this continent. The children used the iPads to research different countries within this continent. The children now know that the Maldives has the smallest population within the Asian countries, that Russia is the biggest country by land area, but China is the biggest by population. There are many different languages spoken across this continent too and that time differences between the UK and the countries within Asia vary considerably. Dance, art, research work, cookery demonstrations and stories from this continent have enabled everyone to have a much better understanding of Asia. This afternoon, the children wrote up their folk tales ready for an audience. They took great pride in their work.
 
Well done to each one of the children in Asia Class for working so hard this half term. It has already been an incredible journey. Enjoy your half term holidays, don't forget to keep working on Times Tables Rock Stars and reading. Relax and I will see you on Tuesday 29th October.
Thursday 17th October.
 
We looked at the Chinese art of origami. We had to listen very carefully to the instructions. The folds had to be accurate, and we needed to make sure that we folded carefully in order that we could make our swans. It was quite complicated, but our growth mindset and our ability to follow instructions meant that we completed the task successfully. We were very proud to be able to take our swans home.
Wednesday 16th October.
 
Asia Class had a visitor this afternoon. Naz Bashir came into class to give a cookery demonstration on how to make an authentic South Asian curry. The children (and the teacher) listened carefully to the step by step instructions on how to make this dish from scratch. The smells coming from the pan had many of the staff and children stopping at the doorway to our class. The ingredients and the recipe was simple. Naz made her own spice mix called Basaar and also added an enormous bunch of homegrown coriander to the curry.  All those that wanted to were able to taste the curry and the verdict was... delicious! The recipe will be coming home with the children as one of the enrichment week creative homework tasks. Enjoy!
Adam Bushnell spent three days in school, and finished his time with a whole school assembly. The ideas, story telling and writing certainly fired up the children's enthusiasm to write and become authors. Some of the children acted out a folktale and the audience loved listening to, and watching the performance. Have a look at a few pictures from the assembly.
Monday 14th October.
 
A wonderful first day to our enrichment week, when we hope to learn lots of interesting facts about our class continent name, Asia. We were lucky enough to start the week with a session from our friend, the amazing author and story teller, Adam Bushnell. We had a brilliant creative writing workshop about dragons. Adam taught us all how to draw a fabulous dragon, and then we completed five short activities which enabled us to name our dragon, think of three special powers that it has, think of verbs that described the movement, adverbs that added more clarity to these movements and then finally some expanded noun phrases. The lesson whizzed by with comments such as, 'This is such a fun writing lesson'. When Adam left, the hard work continued and we began to write and share some sentences to describe our dragons in further detail. We can't wait to welcome him back into our class on Wednesday, so that we can use all of our ideas and write our own folktales from Asia!
We really are a class of authors. 
Monday ... continued.
 
The fun continued in the afternoon when we had a dance session and tried our hand at dancing ... Indian style. Using some videos, we tried out different steps. All of the children were amazing and they showed great enthusiasm. The room was full of smiles, what a wonderful way to end day 1 of enrichment week.
Friday 11th October.
 
This week, we have spent time following up our amazing visit to tourist attractions in the area. The children wrote a recount of the visit and what they had learnt from their time in South Shields, Marsden Bay and The Angel of the North. They amazed me with their ability to talk about the different types of tourism that they had seen: historical attractions, physical attractions and man-made entertainment facilities built for the purpose of attracting more visitors. In the final session within this topic, the children were able to look at the advantages and disadvantages of tourism in an area. They spoke of increased money into the local economy and the development of jobs for local people as well as the negative impact of tourism on local habitats and the natural environment. Very impressive writing. Within Science, they wrote instructions on how fossils are formed. The children showed a very good understanding of the processes involved and used words such as cementation and compaction within their writing too. Vocabulary in all subjects is very important and looking at, and studying, new words in all curriculum areas is certainly impacting on the children's writing. As they continue to write their suspense stories, they are using words such as petrified, oozed, surged, heart-stopping, impending doom, terrified and ominous. This use of specific vocabulary is also evident in our maths sessions, where vocabulary such as descending, ascending, scale, steps and integers have been used as the children have further developed their knowledge of negative numbers, scales and addition of two four digit numbers.
Another wonderful week. Congratulations to all of Asia class.
Friday 4th October.
 
Didn't we have a wonderful time the day we went to ... South Shields, Marsden Bay and The Angel of the North!
We were incredibly blessed with the weather today; every time we stepped off the bus to go to the beach or Marsden Bay, the rain stopped and every time we were on the bus travelling it rained. Apparently, the worst of the weather was left behind in Crawcrook.
First stop was Little Haven Beach in South Shields. We spent time looking at all the tourist attractions and quickly realised the differences between man-made and natural attractions. We also had great views of Tynemouth and now understand that some historical buildings and artefacts (such as Tynemouth Priory and the Tyne Lifeboat) were built for a purpose and yet have now become places that people like to visit. Whilst we were at the beach, we talked about the money that is made from tourism and that some things are expensive to do (for instance, visiting the arcades, soft play and fairground) whereas visiting the coast and playing in the sand is free. We tried this activity out and had a sand building competition in our teams (see the pictures for our brilliant designs) but Hufflepuff were victorious as they had created a wonderful Forbidden Forest! The one and a half hours in South Shields enabled me to assess that the children are building up a good understanding and knowledge of tourism and the factors that can affect this.
After lunch on the bus, we then went rock and fossil hunting. The children's Science knowledge was on show and they talked about rock formation and were happily classifying the rocks to one another,, identifying layers and talking about the durability of the rocks too!  They were intrigued by Marsden Rock itself, especially when we had looked at photographs of what it used to look like! Again, they impressed us with their understanding of coastal erosion from both wind and rain, they talked about the salt within the sea water speeding up this process and understood that this would eventually cause Marsden Rock to be no more.
Our final stop off, The Angel of the North, was the only destination where the rain continued to fall. However, the children were keen to look closely at Antony Gormley's 1998 sculpture that they know represents hope and peace. They had some true or false questions to answer, and they had remembered lots of information from a previous Each One Teach One Card lesson. They were impressed by the Angel's size and again were able to talk about erosion and that the sculpture has been made to last 100 years. Twenty one years since it's construction, the rust and erosion was clear for us all to see.
A huge thank you to all the helpers who came with us today and made our visit such an incredible success. We will follow up the visit next week and I will share some of the work produced via the website and Marvellous Me.
 
Friday 27th September.
 
Another week has flown by.. time flies when you are having fun! The children are very settled and into the routines of Year 4. They are taking pride in their work and are so eager to learn. This is very evident on a Wednesday when I have the pleasure of helping to teach the swimming alongside the coaches, Paul and Denise.
Each class is divided into three groups. One group work in the big pool; those children that are confident, have excellent stamina and have the correct technique for multiple strokes. A second group are working towards perfecting the technique of the strokes and also correct breathing. When you teach swimming, it makes you realise how many different things the children need to think about in order to perfect the strokes.
My group are working on their confidence within the water, how to travel across the pool and also floating. The lessons consist of warm ups, concentrated work on stroke technique and breathing and also demonstrations. Some of the children in my group who were nervous about the water, are now swimming a full length with no flotation device. Wow! 
They also must be congratulated on their ability to dress and undress at great speed and be ready for the buses within 10 minutes. Both coaches have also commented on their excellent behaviour throughout the sessions too. Amazing work Year 4, well done.

Friday 20th September.
 
An incredibly busy and emotional week this week. We said goodbye to one of our classmates on Thursday.Noah has left us to spend a few years in Cincinnati. We had a lovely send-off for him and I am sure that he will keep in touch and tell us all about his new life in USA. We wish Noah, his mum and dad all the luck in the world.
 In English, we are coming to the end of our instructional writing. The children have worked incredibly hard and I cannot wait to share some of their finished pieces with you next week. If you do not know how to trap a fairy or an eagle, watch this space!
In Maths, the children continued to work on rounding and partitioning of numbers into the thousands. It is a tricky concept, but one that the children seem to be enjoying investigating with their classmates.
We also have some budding artists in our mists and we have our very own 'mini' version of Antony Gormley's Fields for the British Isles in our classroom. Why not come and take a look?
Well done to all of you and I look forward to sharing some pictures with you next week of their work.
Thursday 12th September.
 
A fabulous second week back. All of the children have settled well and are working hard across the curriculum.
In English, we have started our first PWP unit on writing instructions. We have had great fun finding out how to trap an ogre and will have a story map and words to learn over the weekend so we know the text word for word.
Maths has included a lot of problem solving and we have investigated Roman Numerals and how to make numbers up to 100. We know that I = 1, V = 5, X = 10, L = 50 and C = 100! Our homework is based on this work.
We were very excited on Wednesday when we went for our first swimming lesson at Blaydon Leisure Pool. The children were impeccably behaved and were very patient as the first week was spent assessing the children and putting them into groups ready for lessons next week. I am looking forward to sharing some photographs of the lessons in a few weeks time and reporting on the progress being made.
In Science today, we have looked at the different types of rocks and how they are formed. The three types we  used for classification were igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic. 
As a class, we have spent time over the last two weeks talking about the importance of reading, and how reading enables the children to learn more and opens up new worlds for the children to explore. The 50 book challenge has been introduced to all of the KS2 children (a letter will be going out to parents in the coming week). We have enjoyed reading, 'Bill's New Frock,'by Anne Fine and also enjoyed a very relaxed and sunny ERIC session in the sunshine outside. 
Phew, what a very busy and productive week. Congratulations to all in Jerusalem Class.
Friday 6th September.
 
Welcome to Jerusalem Class Page 2019. We have had a wonderful first week back and settled well into our new classroom. We have enjoyed some team building activities, PSHE and C activities and discovered our new topic of Tourism in the UK.  Here is a picture of the class of 2019.
Friday 15th November.
 
What a wonderful week.Even the horrible weather couldn't dampen our spirits this week and we have so much to celebrate. First of all, a huge well done to all of the children in Asia Class for their win in Battle of the Bands on Times Tables Rock Stars. I have been thrilled by their commitment to this and they have worked brilliantly as a class. Special congratulations must go to Lewis and Sam for their amazing individual contributions too.  
 
In Computing, the children had a great session investigating and developing their knowledge of Scratch. Although the children have used the program before, it is the first time they have used it on the iPads. They had great fun, working out how to move their characters around the page, record messages, change backgrounds and develop their knowledge of the program. 
Friday 15th November.
 
The awful weather outside couldn't dampen our spirits and there is so much to share this week.
 
First of all a huge congratulations to all of the children on their win in Battle of the Bands on Times Tables Rock Stars. I am thrilled with all of the children's commitment and enthusiasm towards this battle. Special congratulations to Lewis and Sam for their huge individual contributions too. The children will enjoy a golden time award later in the term. 
 
In Computing the children worked on Scratch. Although they have worked on this program before, it is the first time they have accessed it on the iPads. They thoroughly enjoyed working with their partners investigating how to move their characters around the screen, how to record messages, change backgrounds and generally develop their knowledge of the program. The controls are different on the iPad but the children were quick to discover how to use shortcuts.
On Thursday. the children had their final gymnastics session with Miss Troke. They practiced partner balances and there are some photographs to show the children's amazing work. The team work and effort shown by the whole class throughout this half term has been amazing. Well done.
It was also Christmas jumper dinner and Christmas dinner. Lisa and the other ladies in the kitchen did an incredible job and all of the children enjoyed their dinners. There was a lovely atmosphere in the hall and they all enjoyed pulling crackers and singing along to Christmas songs.
On Thursday. the children had their final gymnastics session with Miss Troke. They practiced partner balances and there are some photographs to show the children;s amazing work. The effort over the last half term from all of the children during these sessions has been incredible.  Well done.
It was also Christmas jumper dinner and Christmas dinner. Lisa and the other ladies in the kitchen did an incredible job and all of the children enjoyed their dinners. There was a lovely atmosphere in the hall and they all enjoyed pulling crackers and singing along to Christmas songs.