Welcome to Laurel Class!
For centuries, the Laurel Tree has been used to symbolise success and achievement.
Its leaves were often formed into crowns and awarded to victors during Ancient Greek and Roman times. They were once thought to inspire creativity, perseverance and dedication.
Much like the Laurel Tree, we hope that the children in Laurel class will demonstrate perseverance and resilience, this year, in order to achieve their own goals!
Laurel Class is a year 4 Class taught by Miss Beswick and Miss Foster.
Internet safety - 06.05.2021
Knowledge - To understand ways to stay safe on the internet
Last week, everyone in KS2 bought home a 'build your legend' Google pack. Today, we explored the game that goes along with this. Laurel Class have been exploring internet safety, including who to share information with, how to be kind on the internet and how to create a good password, using these games. They were lots of fun and the children could confidently talk about how it relates to internet safety.
It was also great to see everyone helping each other and problem solving as they played.
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Science - Let there be light! - 30.04.2021
Knowledge - To recognise the importance of light and its uses
Today we started our new focus in Science of 'light'. We began by talking about everything we knew linked to light. We talked about why the moon isn't a light source and we discovered that light travels in waves.
We then carried out an investigation exploring how light reflects off certain surfaces better than others. The children added holes to cardboard boxes and looked through to see if they could identify the objects within. They then used a torch to shine through one hole, whilst looking through another. They noticed that the shiny and light objects reflected light better than the darker ones, therefore making them easier to see.
Today, we had a visit from a personal trainer. She started the afternoon by leading a work out for the teachers in years 3 and 4 and Mrs Baynes, which was very tiring!
It was then the children's turn. They had a go at numerous exercises including burpees, sit-ups, step-ups, squats, lunges and boxing! It was lots of fun and everyone was energised (but also worn out) by the end of the session.
Topic Launch - 22.04.2021
Today we launched our new topic 'Our Natural World' by creating shoe box biomes. On Monday, we started to look at the different biomes that can be found all over the World and we then used what we know in order to decorate our biomes, filling them with plants, animals and other natural features that might be found in that biome.
The children created some fantastic biomes complete with hanging vines, 3D trees, waterfalls and moving animals.
Science week - 09.03.2021
The focus for this year's Science Week is 'innovating for the future' and in year 4, we have been thinking about cars that are better for the environment.
The children used their skills learnt in our 'electricity' science topic this term in order to create a circuit using a battery, wires, a switch and a motor in order to power a propeller. They then attached these to a cardboard car they had designed.
A virtual German lesson! - 14.12.2020 and 15.12.2020
This week, we had two virtual German lessons from Miss Axenbeck who is back home in Germany! It was so exciting and the children had lots of questions for her about Germany, her Christmas traditions and food! Miss Axenbeck taught us about some German colours and we learnt to sing 'Oh Christmas Tree' in German!
Practicing division on the playground! - 10.12.2020
Today we practiced the division skills we've been learning, through an outdoor game! The children were given a division number sentence and they had to show their working out, using a range of different objects, from dienes to chalks and bean bags. The only catch was that they could only fetch one item at aa time, this meant that there needed to be lots of discussions and collaborative working.
Pictures, Paintings and Photographs!
Our latest topic is called 'Pictures, Paintings and Photographs'. We started this topic with an exciting Topic Launch Day. For this, we began by finding signs of autumn around school and taking photographs of them. We then learnt how to edit these in order to alter the sharpness, colour and size of the image. Following this, the children turned their photograph into a pencil sketch and finally, they used water colours to paint their image.
Science - Healthy teeth
Knowledge - To explore ways to keep teeth healthy
To demonstrate understanding of human teeth
In Science over the past half term, we have been looking at 'animals including humans'. This has involved us learning about the digestive system and also exploring the teeth of different animals, their names and functions.
In today's lesson, the children explored ways to keep their teeth healthy and they produced amazing, informative posters. They also added information on the names and functions of the different teeth that humans have.
After the lesson, the children walked around, writing feedback on each group's work.
Forest School - Celtic settlements
Knowledge - To explore how the Celts built their homes
Today, year 4 had great fun in forest school. To begin with, the children looked at Celtic settlements and explored how the Celts created their homes. We then used this knowledge to create our own Celtic houses using sticks, mud, leaves and everything else we could find!