St Andrew's C of E (VA) Primary


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  • Friday 17 March 2023 Science Week This week we have been celebrating British Science Week. The children started off the week by participating in a STEM challenge.
  • Friday 10 March 2023 The Digestive System This term in Science, Year 4 are learning all about teeth and the digestive system.
  • Friday 3 March 2023 Easter Breads In DT this term, we are answering the big question: 'Why is bread used globally as part of a celebration meal at Easter'.
  • Friday 24 February 2023 Stepping Into the Shoes of a Character This term, our focus text in Literacy is 'The Boy at the Back of the Class' by Onjali Q. Rauf.
  • Friday 10 February 2023 B-B-B-Boudica This term, the wonderful Mrs Johnson has been teaching the class a song linked to our History topic of the Romans invading Britain.
  • Friday 3 February 2023 RE Week
  • Friday 27 January 2023 Science Workshop This term, in Science, we are learning about Materials, in particular the different states of matter.
  • Friday 20 January 2023 Romans Festival On Thursday, Year 4 went on a trip to St Alban's Cathedral where we ventured back in time to learn about the Romans.
  • Friday 16 December 2022 What Makes a Great Leader?
  • Friday 2 December 2022 The Battle of Issus This term, in History, the children have been learning about the conquests of Alexander the Great. Our big question is 'Was Alexander the Great truly great'. This week we looked at the Battle of Issus.
  • Friday 25 November 2022 Readers' Theatre This month we have been looking at the poem anthology 'Hot Like Fire' by Valerie Bloom. Today, the children had a chance to perform some of the poems we have been looking at.
  • Friday 18 November 2022 Family Learning Week This week, we invited parents into the classroom to participate in a variety of STEM activities related to our learning about sound in Science.
  • Friday 11 November 2022 Teacher for a time This term, we launched a new activity called 'Teacher for a time'.
  • Friday 4 November 2022 Programming This term, in computing, Year 4 are learning the coding language logo.
  • Friday 21 October 2022 A Musical Celebration In music, the children have been working really hard on their musical performance skills.
  • Friday 14 October 2022 LIVE from the Garden of Eden In RE, we have been exploring the Christian doctrine of the fall of mankind. We considered what it would have been like for Adam and Eve, how they would have felt, and if other people were around how they would have reacted to their actions.
  • Friday 7 October 2022 Treasure Hunt! This term, in Geography, we have been working on our mapping skills.
  • Friday 30 September 2022 Conscience Alley Throughout the month of September, we have been focusing on the text 'Leon and the place between'.
  • Friday 23 September 2022 Circuits This term in Science, we are learning all about electricity. This week, the children had an opportunity to put their previous learning to the test by creating their own simple circuit.
  • Thursday 15 September 2022 Exploring Creation This week, Year 4 went on a nature walk as we started looking at answering our big question in RE: 'What do Christians learn from the creation story'.
  • Tuesday 7 June 2022 Platinum Jubilee Celebrations To celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, we had a 'street party' in the school playground. The children enjoyed a packed lunch outside with all their class mates as well as joining in with other year groups. The cold, cloudy day ( which was less than ideal)didn't dampen the spirit of theday and we continued celebrate into the afternoon with drawing portraits of the Queen and writing Haiku's about her reign.
  • Friday 27 May 2022 Year 4 Assembly Year 4, really enjoyed having parents come into school to hear about their trip to Hudnall Park. Prior to your visit, the children were able to work as a group to decide what to talk about and they even wrote their own 'script'. Children spoke about the activities they were able to do whilst away, such as, invertebrate hunting, archery, the zip wire, campfire ( and marshmallows), obstacle courses, frisbee and mammal trappings. We hope you enjoyed listeningabout theiradventure!
  • Thursday 19 May 2022 CHRISTIAN AID WEEK Year 4, joined in with Christian Aid week activities and completed a range of tasks arranged by the Worship Acolytes. This event raises awareness of those less fortunate than ourselves and supports good causes.
  • Thursday 19 May 2022 Sports Day 2022 Yesterday, St Andrew's school enjoyed our first 'normal' sports day in recent years.
  • Friday 13 May 2022 Hudnall Park - Pond dipping Year 4 had a fantastic time at Hudnall Park!
  • Thursday 24 February 2022 What damages our teeth the most? We have all been told that sugar is bad for our teeth - but is it really What else might damage our teeth
  • Thursday 24 February 2022 Firebird Today, the children have created wonderful picturesusing pastels and tissues paper. We have been reading a book called 'Firebird' which is based on Russian folklore. We also listened toIgor Stravinsky's well known, related piece of music ( also called 'The Firebird) so that the children could think of the different emotions and actions of the Firebird throughout the story. They used this and the description from the book to make their own version of the firebird.
  • Thursday 3 February 2022 Making posters using the laptops Today, we used the laptops to create a poster designed to encourage children to look after their teeth. We looked at the effects of poor oral hygiene and thought about the foods that can damage teeth. We also looked at how brushing your teeth correctly for 2 minutes every morning and evening can help prevent plaque build up and gum disease. To make their posters look interesting, the children were able to include borders, text boxes andpictures to add to the impact.
  • Friday 28 January 2022 Performance Poetry We havelooking at poetry written by Valerie Bloom for the past few weeks and have been lucky enough to have had a varied exposure to her poems. The children have been thinking about the rhythm, rhyme, intonation, dialogue and storyline of her poems. After establishing the meaning of the poem 'Late Again' and looking at unfamiliar words, the children were tasked to practise and then perform their poems in front of their peers. They were interested in enhancing their performances by usingactions with their reading as well asusing an African Creole accent for authenticity.
  • Friday 28 January 2022 Exploring teeth As part of the children's learning about the digestive system, the children have been able to explore the difference types of teeth in their mouth and decide the possible function. They looked at the own teeth - some were even brave enough to look in their partners mouth after lunch - and looked at the different shapes of teeth. We determined that some teeth were good for biting and cutting (incisors), some were good for ripping and tearing (canines) whilst others were good for holding and grinding food ( Pre molars and molars).
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