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Class 4 Staff
Mrs Pollard has now started her maternity leave. We wish her all the best and will keep you posted with news of the new arrival,
Teacher Mrs Hard
Teaching Partners - Mrs Entwistle
It was lovely to meet so many new parents at the learning reviews this week. I hope you found the sessions informative.
On Tuesday, we had a wonderful sunny day for our trip to Ashdown Forest to find out how people lived in the area during the Stone Age. The children were well-behaved and thoroughly enjoyed the activities that we took part in. They visited a Mesolithic hut and were able to look at objects such as animal skins, stone axes, deer antler and woven reed baskets that our hunter-gatherer ancestors would have used. Then, we went off on an imaginary deer hunt, using our stalking and stealth skills. The children built shelters in the wood using the natural materials available and tried to imagine what it might have been like to spend the night there. After lunch, we went on a gathering mission collecting acorns and sweet chestnuts. Later, the children tried to grind the acorns into a paste using just the sandstone rocks available. Others tried to make spear heads by sharpening sticks using just the stones to hand. The children soon realised that jobs like these would have required skill and patience. We were lucky enough to see some Stone Age flint tools and tried to work out what they might have been used for. We then tried out Stone Age beds by lying on the heather and bracken on the hill before taking a deer path back to the visitor centre.
Have a wonderful and restful half term and I look forward to welcoming the children back to school in Wednesday 31st October.
Year 4 Spellings week 4
These Spellings will be tested on the first week back after the half term
We are learning to: spell homophones
This week we have been looking at words that sound the same but are spelled differently and have different meanings. These words are called homophones and are often tricky to remember for children.
Home Learning Menu
Mrs Hard's Book of the Month October
The Pebble in My Pocket by Meredith Hooper and Chris Coady is a wonderful non-fiction book that totally compliments the work we are doing on the Stone Age. It helps children understand the history of the earth. This wonderful picture book follows the journey of a pebble from its creation 480 million years ago to the present day. It is a wonderful read to explain to young minds how long the earth has existed and answers the questions how, when and why that children always ask.
Mrs Hard's Book of the Month September
As we are looking at inspirational people for the first few weeks of term I decided that this should be my recommended book for September. Survivors by David Long and Kerry Hyndman, is a collection of true stories about inspirational people who have survived against the odds in often the most inhospitable conditions. Their qualities include the many behaviours we are encouraging in our children at Bidborough, such as courage, curiosity, collaboration and celebration. So dive in and be inspired, I certainly was.
Mrs Hard's Book of the Month July/August
This summer I have read so many children's books that is impossible to choose one over any other. So for my August recommendation I have chosen a book that I think will appeal to both boys and girls at the start of year 4. The Boy Who Grew Dragons by Andy Shepherd is a funny story about Tomas who discovers a dragon fruit tree when helping Grandad with some gardening. However something most unexpected hatches from the dragon fruit and Tomas finds himself a new friend.
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.