Welcome to Class 4!
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This term our topic will be Rainforest Realm. We will be finding out all about where rainforests are in the world and what makes them such a unique habitat.
Class 4 Staff
Teachers Mrs Hard and Mrs Housley
Teaching Partners - Mrs Wraige
Weekly Review week ending 15th June
This week has been International Arts Week at school and year 4 have been finding out about Brazilian artist Romero Britto. We discovered that his work is neo-pop art and is extremely bright and engaging using pattern and colour. The children thoroughly enjoyed creating their own Britto inspired art using acrylic paint and transparent film.
In addition to studying Britto, class 4 have taken part in poetry workshops led by the talented Mr Peek. They have had a go at playing Indonesian Gamalan music, Bollywood dancing and African mask making. Can you guess who is hiding behind the masks in the pictures above?
All in all it has been a wonderful week of creativity and arts but we look forward to business as usual next week, well almost. A reminder to make sure the children have their PE kit in school on Monday as we have tennis in the morning and cricket in the afternoon!
Have a lovely weekend.
Mrs Hard and Mrs Housley
Class Trip to Kew Gardens Monday July 16th details will be sent home closer to the date. We will be exploring the sights and smells of the rainforest plants located in Kew’s historic Palm House.
Summer Reading Challenge 2018: Mischief Makers
Mrs Hard's Book of the Month- June
Title: In Darkling Wood written by Emma Carroll
I'm a big fan of Emma Carroll and would recommend her books, Letters from the Lighthouse and Sky Chasers, to slightly older readers so I was pleased to read this book aimed at children aged 9+.
Alice unexpectedly finds herself living with her estraged grandmother Nell, when her younger brother has to go into hospital for a heart transplant. Whilst staying with Nell, she discovers Darkling Wood and the magic within it and feels strangely at home. Why then, does her grandmother want to cut it down so badly? Alice meets a girl called Flo in the wood and strikes up an unusal friendship, when Flo reveals the secrets of the wood Alice realises she has to stop her grandmother from destroying it.
Children who enjoy historical fiction and the element of magic will adore this book as it is brimming with emotion and atmosphere and beautifully written.
Mrs Hard's Book of the Month - May
Title: The Nothing to See Here Hotel written by Steven Butler and illustrated by Steve Lenton.
This book was a rather different choice for me, in fact this book was extraordinary in every way. But once I had started reading, I knew exactly which members of the class would love it.
The Nothing to See Here Hotel is a refuge for strange and magical creatures from Trolls to Vampires, a place for them to go to unwind from the stress of their daily lives. Frankie Bannister's parents run the hotel and one day they are told that Prince Grogbah is planning to visit. Unfortunately Prince Grogbah is not the best behaved guest and Frankie and his family really have their work cut out trying to tend to his demands whilst keeping all their other guests happy.
This illustrated fiction book is perfect for those who still like pictures to accompany the text and Steve Lenton's illustrations are as captivating and engaging and Steve Butler's words.
Mrs Hard's Book of the Month - April
Title: Song of the Dolphin Boy by Elizabeth Laird
It has been difficult to choose my book of the month for April as there are so many excellent books out there to choose from at the moment. However, I have selected Song of the Dolphin Boy as it is a gripping and moving tale of a young boy called Finn, who doesn't fit in with the other children in his small Scottish fishing village. But then, one day something unexpected happens to Finn and a whole new world is revealed to him. This new world brings troubles of its own and Finn realises he must turn to the Lighthouse Crew for help, but these are the same children that have always bullied and left him out. Can he trust them with his secret?
Mrs Hard's Book of the Month - March
My recommended book for year four this month is The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell. It is a fantastic adventure story set in a strange and magical land inhabited by Wizards and Warriors. Xar is a wizard boy who has no magic and is desperate to get it. Wish is a warrior girl who owns something forbidden, something magical. This book is funny, scary and a real page turner. I would recommend it to boys and girls, it is the perfect bedtime read to share with a grown up. They will enjoy it as much as you.
Home Learning Opportunities
Monday: Topic: What is deforestation?
Wednesday: Reading to an adult
Friday: RE: talk about what you learned about Hinduism