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Sandpipers

Over the course of this year, Sandpipers class will engage in a variety of different learning experiences through our topics.

Term 1- I am Warrior!

I am Warrior! I am strong, brave and powerful. Meet me in battle. Draw your sword, wield your axe and challenge me if you dare! Invade and attack, Romans versus the Celts, the fight is on…

Discover warring Britain: meet Claudius, Boudicca and Julius Caesar, and find out what the Romans did for us. Get ready for gladiator school and learn alongside Spartacus and Siculus: brave fighters of the Roman Colosseum. When all that battling makes you hungry, relax, lie back and feast yourself on dormice and grapes, or perhaps a roasted swan sprinkled with nuts?

 

 Term 2- Bottoms, Burps and Bile

Open wide- let’s take a look inside! We’re on a voyage of discovery to investigate the bust world inside your body!

Do you have a toothy grin or a winning smile? Take dental impressions and test the effects of sugary substances on your pearly whites! Follow a tasty morsel as it makes its way through your digestive system, helped by some mouth-watering saliva! Mmm! And don’t forget the importance of good hygiene- at both ends!

 

Term 3- Road Trip USA!

 Buckle up, sunglasses on- we’re going on a road trip across the good old US of A!

 Flying from London Gatwick, and landing at JFK airport, New York, it’s time to explore the sights and sounds of the Big Apple. Use your map skills to navigate your way around some of its most famous landmarks and send a postcard to home asking the question ‘Do you wish you were here?’

Meet the Iroquois tribe; Native Americans with amazing customs and traditions. Then, plan a bespoke trip for Mr Smith and his family of four who want to spend three weeks in the sun. it’s going to be a long ride, put the roof down and let the wind blow through your hair- we’re off!

 

 Term 4- Potions

 Potion: a poison, a mixture, an aromatic brew, a vapour, a liquid or sticky good. Welcome to the amazing world of potions and their properties…

 Now scientists, beware! There are some powerful and deadly potions out there- dangerous and unpredictable or plain tragic (just ask Romeo and Juliet!) Use what you know about materials and their properties to create incredible potions in Professor Hazard’s potions class. Feeling sleepy? Hmmm… that orange juice did taste a little strange…

 

 Term 5- Traders and Raiders

 Big and strong, powerful and brave, the Saxons wave their battle axes and brandish their swords as they begin to invade Britain’s shores.

 Sail back to the Dark Ages, where battles were rife and fear reigned. Find out about the lift of the Saxons, including how they lived and where they came from. Meet the bloodthirsty Vikings from Scandinavia-never before had such terror swept the land.

 Are you ready to shine a light on the dangerous and deadly Dark Ages?

 

 Term 6- Blue Abyss

 Grab your wetsuit! We’re going deep into an underwater world of incredible coral and mysterious sea creatures.

 Head to your local aquarium and learn about life in the ocean. Travel by submarine to the deepest, darkest places on Earth. What are those bright lights in the distance? It’s a group of bioluminescent sea creatures!

 Flippers on? Snorkel ready? Let’s head into the Blue Abyss…

 

 



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West Stow Anglo Saxon Village

Year 4 had an amazing day furthering our learning about the Anglo-Saxons on our trip to West Stow.

We loved the opportunity to look around the replica houses and identified differences in class, how they were built and the use that they were built for. Later we explored the museum and observed a number of artefacts that have been recovered from archaelogical digs from the West Stow site itself.

Luckily, despite heavy rain on the way down in the coach, we only had light drizzle!

 

 

Take One Picture Week

Last week was Take One Picture Week whereby we chose a piece of artwork to use as a stimulus to create our own version from. 

We enjoyed looking at the picture in detail, describing what we thought was happening in the picture and where it was set. We then drew a small circle around a section of the picture that we each particularly liked and completed a detailed sketch of this one section using sketching pencils and charcoal.

We wrote a list of questions that we would like to find the answers to about the painting itself and the artist, Braaq Brian Shields, who created it. We then used the class iPads to conduct some research.

Later in the week, we divided the painting up into small rectangular sections and each took a section to make our own version of using whatever medium we thought would be most effective; paint, oil pastels, tissue paper, coloured paper, art straws, Brusho... you name it, we used it!

Below is the painting that we studied, once we have put our version together next week we will post a photo on our blog as a comparison.

Ukulele Concert

We had an excellent afternoon rehearsing ready for our Ukulele concert and were overwhelmed by the amount of support that we received from our family and friends.

A massive thank you to everyone we had such a fun afternoon and we hope you all enjoyed it.

From Year 4 :-)

Ukelele fun for Year 4

 

We had another great session with our Ukelele teacher, Tim, today. We learnt to play two new chords and were able to play and sing the chorus to the song 'Hey Baby'.

Look at the concentration on our faces!

 

Ukulele lessons for Year 4

This week, we had our first session of learning to play the Ukulele with our visiting specialist teacher Tim from Louder Than Life Ltd.

We had a great time learning the names of the components of the Ukulele, learning how to hold it successfully and having a go at strumming along.

Next week, we are going to learn some chords and will play and sing along to the song 'Hey Baby'.

We will share some photos of our learning in this blog next week.

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