It's great to see Matilda keeping so active while at home. This week, she challenged herself to complete as many jumps on her pogo stick as she could. She reached a massive 195! Wow! She was also inspired to create a dragon, complete with milk bottle tops for legs. Very creative, Matilda! Tilly also made a wind chime from keys, which makes a lovely sound when blowing in the trees. Finally, Matilda made her own 'Wheel of Fortune' to help select lunches and different exercises! We think we could all do with a wheel of fortune!
Matilda and Alfie built an entire LEGO village, complete with a theatre, church, supermarket and concert venue and an ongoing Rock gig! Matilda has also been experimenting with panoramic pictures to capture three Tillys! She also enjoyed a trip to Morecambe and has been a brilliant friend, helping to look after her neighbours.
Holly created this exceptional video to wish Henry a very happy Birthday. This must have taken a lot of focus, patience and concentration, Holly. It looks amazing and what a great example of showing our school value of supporting and caring for each other. A massive well done to you, Holly!
This week, Matilda completed an online spell-a-thon with Holly and was rightly, very proud of her results. A brilliant achievement, Matilda! She also made lovely portraits for her family, as well as a beautiful poster to remember the Manchester Arena victims. Such a wonderful act of kindness. Tilly and Alfie have also been helping to break a world record for the biggest Art lesson with Rob Biddulph! We hope you did it! It's great to see you using your creativity skills so much at home, Matilda!
It's been another busy week for Henry who has completed his Maths and English challenges, enjoyed some mindful colouring, conducted Science experiments with bottles and different instrument and created a Roman aquaduct. You are motivated to achieve your best, as always. Well done Henry!
Daniel has been enjoying his learning this week and working on graphs. You have put a lot of effort into the presentation of your sunflower graph, Daniel. Keep up the good work!
Matilda has been working on her word families and been very dedicated to practising the piano almost every day. She has also made this wonderful Victoria Sponge and discovered a robin's nest complete with 6 robin chicks in her old shed! What an amazing find!
Joe has also created this stop motion animation using LEGO figures. You must have put a lot of time and effort into this, Joe! It is brilliant, especially with the voice overs to tell the story. It certainly put a smile on our faces!
Joe has been a busy bee this week doing more sound Science experiments and lots of Roman learning and reenactments. Joe tried making the Colosseum using biscuits but ran out as someone was eating them! Instead, Joe used Jenga bricks. It looks absolutely fantastic! Keep up the brilliant effort, Joe!
Aarush is continuing his hard work at home. This week, he has been playing chess, TT Rockstars, practising spellings, online ukulele lessons and baking. The cakes look delicious and you're certainly putting a lot of effort into your learning, Aarush. What a super example of being motivated to learn while working from home!
Lois has been working away on her Maths challenges so far this week. You've done a great job with your bar chart work, Lois! Super effective and beautifully presented. Keep up the hard work!
Lucas has been working very hard on his Captain Tom description this week and even challenged himself to use a thesaurus to find powerful words to uplevel his writing! How brilliant! Lucas has also been working hard on his spellings and his Maths co-ordinates tasks. A great effort of working from home Lucas - keep up the good work!
Will has been busy baking this delicious chocolate cake for his Uncle who is self-isolating. What a lovely act of kindness - I'm sure it made him smile. He played Battleships with Mum (and won!), wrote a lovely letter to his cousin and made this incredible Roman Amphitheatre out of a cardboard box. It looks very realistic and has fantastic detail. Well done!
Over the last few days, Matilda has made this 'microwave peanut butter mug loaf' and ate the results for lunch! Matilda and Alfie have also been cleaning cars - and doing a very good job of it! Matilda has also made her own mini environment for some minibeasts and spent 20 minutes silent reading in the garden at the highest spot she could find!
It looks like Henry has had yet another busy week. He has been having fun playing battleships in Maths, conducting research into the Romans, which he used to construct a Colosseum on Minecraft, played chess and used his letter writing skills to send a letter to his Nanny and Grandad. We're sure they loved receiving your letter! Well done, Henry!
Esme has really been applying her creativity skills with this spectacular Roman amphitheatre and Roman baths, complete with water! You've certainly put a lot of time and effort into these creations, Esme. She has also been baking scrumptious jam tarts and working on this lovely thank you letter to her Grandma, which we're sure helped to put a smile on her face!
Mira has been very hard at work this week, completing her activities and challenges. You have used a great range of adjectives and noun phrases to describe Captain Tom. You are certainly motivated to achieve your best while working from home, Mira.
Daniel has made this great Union Jack poster to be displayed to celebrate VE Day. The colouring is very neat, well done Daniel!
Travis has been applying his creativity skills by making this wonderful Union Jack bunting to celebrate VE Day. We love the neat uniform design on each flag and the use of paint. It looks great! Keep up the good work, Travis!
A fun-filled week has been had by Molly who has been learning about and preparing for VE Day and completing other challenges too! Molly and her brother made this beautiful bunting, Spitfires and this yummy looking cake! They celebrated the occasion with a picnic in the garden, listening to singing and seeing friends from a distance. Molly has also made this very carefully constructed Roman mosaic from cut up paper. A super effort, as usual, Molly!
Lois has been working on different writing features for her very heartwarming character description of Sir Tom today. You have used powerful vocabulary and presented your work neatly with lovely illustrations. Her VE posters look great too, what beautiful designs, this certainly brought a smile to our faces, Lois!
Lucas has designed and created this accurately coloured representation of a Spitfire plane as part of his VE Day celebrations! It looks like you had lots of fun making it, using your creativity skills and we hope you had just as much fun playing with it! Well done Lucas!
Joe has been making learning fun with this very impressive and informative Roman timeline and Science experiments using water. Joe has been interested in researching WWII, as well as making these fantastic buntings to celebrate VE Day and the NHS. What a lovely idea! You have certainly been using your creativity skills this week, Joe! Well done!
Henry's house looked wonderful for VE Day with a magnificent handmade VE Day bunting. A lot of time and effort must have gone into this and you should be very proud, Henry. You and your brother also looked the part for the celebrations! We hope you all had a lovely time together!
It's lovely to see Mira has been enjoying the sunshine while working super hard this week. It looks like you've been very busy Mira, and are certainly challenging yourself to learn. Keep up the good work!
As well as baking, following wildlife webcams and partaking in a socially distanced street party, Matilda assigned herself a 'lockdown sewing project' and Candyfloss the teddy has finally been finished! First, Matilda drew shapes onto newspaper, cut them out and pinned them onto the fabric. She then sewed each shape and stuffed the teddy before attaching the eyes and nose. Tilly then, completed cuddle checks for desired firmness and finally added a ribbon as the final touch. What a fantastic skill you have learnt Matilda and a precious keepsake for years to come!
As part of the VE Day celebrations, Dan and his brother created this very eye catching bunting and sent invites to their three favourite teddies to join their VE Day picnic party in the garden. Dan has also been listening to the Horrible Histories VE Day songs ('We'll Meet Again' and 'Run Rabbit Run'). It looks like a wonderful picnic party and we hope you have lots of family fun together!
Aarush and his brother have been joining in the VE Day activities with posters, code breaking and outdoor painting. They chose to paint outside on the road so that they could share it with neighbours and people out for their walks. What a kind and thoughtful idea. You are certainly showing our school value to support and care for each other!
Summer has clearly been motivated to achieve her best while working from home, as seen with these brilliant pieces of work. As well as keeping up with her maths and writing challenges, Summer has been joining in with the VE Day celebration activities by making this fantastic Spitfire model with lots of accurate details and a very professional looking bunting! Well done Summer!
It's great to see Henry so engaged and enthusiastic about VE Day and his World War II learning this week! After conducting his own research, Henry has created a very informative and well illustrated timeline, a map of countries involved in the conflict, a very impressive British flag made entirely out of LEGO, as well as cryptogtams and Morse code messages! A massive well done Henry!
Dan has been working very hard and flying through the Morse code and cryptogram challenges, as well as completing additional challenges on the Blue Peter website! You really are motivated to learn while at home, Dan. Well done!
It's so lovely to see that Alys has been motivated to learn at home and has produced some great pieces of work. What a lovely Springtime haiku poem - very fitting for the weather at the moment, and a super informative wanted poster! Keep up the good work, Alys!
Erin's jam tarts to celebrate VE day look absolutely scrumptious! Erin and Mum followed the wartime recipe but decided to make some small changes and make it their own, using shortbread instead of pastry! Great job, Erin!
Lois and her siblings carried out their code-cracking challenge under the bed with a torch! What a super idea and a great way to challenge yourself to learn even further! They have also been busy baking these delectable jam tarts for VE Day! Don't they look yummy?
Matilda has created these enchanting mini characters ('Stick-Cyclops' and 'Delicacy') from natural materials found when hunting in the garden. You have put a lot of time and effort into finding and choosing suitable materials and constructing them with great concentration and perseverance. Well done Matilda!
Lois has been writing codes for her sister Beth to work out. You have used your logic skills and your attention to detail in making this, Lois. We hope Beth managed to crack the code!
Aarush has certainly been keeping himself busy! Along with spelling activities, TT Rock Stars, keeping active and racing different type of paper aeroplanes, he has been experimenting and creating 'Bubbles inside Bubble' with his brother! Aarush managed 4 bubbles! You could also join in and have a go of this experiment yourselves! (https://youtu.be/gWm_UCB8M1M). It looks like Aarush and his family had some friendly visitors this week too!
Have a read of our Witch Stories!
Take a look at our wanted posters...
4 Rooks Easter Egg Competition entries so far...
Matilda has been up to more creative activities this week. She finished 'The Witch Story', which sounds great and has such an effective ending, and baked her first loaf of bread! It looks very tasty and it's fantastic that you are learning so many new skills, Tilly!
It's clear to see that Mira has been working very hard this week. You've used some great vocabulary and language features to describe your characters, as well as working hard on angles, symmetry and a very informative knowledge mat about triangles. Keep up the good work, Mira!
It's so lovely to see Lois and her brother and sister having lots of fun while learning! This is the three of them doing some bubble science! You've all done a great job of keeping your bubbles from going everywhere!
Matilda has been hard at work with these character and setting descriptions and lovely illustrations. She has also drawn Greg from Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Sonic the Hedgehog, following an online drawing tutorial. We definitely have a talented artist on our hands!
Lois has really challenged herself to learn with this piece of work. She has applied her English knowledge and used a range of different language features! We love your drawings of the characters too! Keep up the hard work Lois!
This weekend, Matilda has been baking. She made peanut butter cookies and 'chequers' (which look incredible) in the hope of delivering them to her friends in Sale, who she's missing lots. What a kind and tasty treat!
Molly has had yet another busy week! She has been learning about quadrilaterals with her brother Louis, found objects to make a venn diagram and drew around them using chalk. She also practised some Science with her dad and made some instruments and a telephone to carry sound. Keep up the hard work Molly!
Henry appears to be getting the balance of learning and fun just right with all of these interesting challenges. He has been working on how sound works, quadrilaterals, mindful colouring, morning runs and virtual choir lessons! He plans to make the most of the sunny weather and use the paddling pool to learn more about how sound travels through water!
It's so lovely to see Lois and her sister Beth learning about sound together. You are both clearly showing the Springfield value, 'Together we are a team'!
Mira and her sister, Ritta have used their time and money to make PPE and donate them to nurses and carers working in the NHS. What a kind, generous and thoughtful gesture! You have gone above and beyond and really shown the value of 'supporting and caring for each other'.
Esme has made this brilliant mandala using outdoor materials. You have really thought about the symmetry of the design too. Well done Esme!
Lois has been practising her Maths this week and working on this informative quadrilateral knowledge mat. You've identified so many different properties of the shapes and really challenged yourself to learn! Well done Lois!
Wow! Joe has been working very creatively over the last few weeks. He has designed and painted an Angry Birds egg, carried out capacity measurements investigations, created inspiring mandalas (using pieces from his chess set!) and built a river in his Minecraft world, complete with source, waterfall, oxbow lake and delta!
Matilda has had another fun-filled week! She created this beautiful mandala using a variety of natural objects. She also made some panpipes for the sounds project, linking to the rainbow theme, which she is hoping to play during the clap for the NHS and key workers! Tilly has also been getting her daily exercise - riding her bike and even discovered a nearby mini farm, as well as joining in the 'What's your Name?' challenge. Why don't you try this challenge at home?
Adam has been very busy with LEGO, reading and zooming his friends! He has been very creative with his Easter crafts and his mandala using items found in his home! Your Easter cakes looks scrumptious too and I'm glad you're getting to taste and enjoy them!
Travis has created a great mandala using different materials. You have really thought about creating different effects with the textures and patterns you have used. Well done Travis!
Lois has created this wonderful mandala using objects of different shapes, sizes and colours. We love how you have included some of your Easter eggs in the design too!
Wow! Matilda has been super busy this week. She has enjoyed online book illustration tutorials with Nick Sharratt and has drawn some of the characters, including Hetty Feather and Colver Moon. She also took part in a 'Mind your Egg' challenge with her brother and even made this impressive play park for her egg! Tilly has also been learning British sign language and can now sign her name, as well as doing lots of piano practice. It looks like you have been having so much fun and learning lots of skills!
Molly has been very busy doing a sound walk in her garden and on a bike ride, researching the Romans and making a brilliant map of the Roman roads in Britannia, growing a sunflower as part of a street competition and drawing and painting rainbows to put up in windows. It looks like you've been having lots of fun while also challenging yourself to learn! Well done Molly!
Dan has been using his English knowledge about Haiku poetry from last term to create this Springtime Haiku poem. Well done Dan - you have captured the symbols and traditions of Easter!
Henry has been estimating capacity using different sized containers and created his mandala using fabric and materials such as wool because they are soft and therefore calming, what a wonderful idea. I can see you have been practising your joined up handwriting for your English work too, as well as creating a lovely Springtime Haiku- keep up the hard work Henry!
Mira and her sister have been creative at home using a 3D printer to design and make some PPE face shields. It looks great on Mira!
Holly has been busy over Easter, practising piano using online lessons and giving her bedroom a pink make-over! It is so lovely to see 4 Rooks keeping in touch via Zoom!
Lois has been working hard on her Spellings and Maths this week and during the Easter break created a wonderful water motion picture called "Under the Sea". Great work Lois - keep it up!
Dear 4 Rooks,
Now we have had a couple of weeks to settle into our new routines, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all, both children and adults, for your amazing understanding and continued support at this difficult time.
I have always been so proud of the high level of motivation, dedication and passion demonstrated both inside and outside of school by 4 Rooks. I would love to see what you have been up to since leaving school, so tweet or email any photographs of your amazing investigations, work, projects or activities! It would be great to continue to update our class page and see all of your hard work!
I wish you and your families all the very best and I hope you are keeping safe and well. Remember that together we are a team, so I hope you are all listening to your parents and guardians 4 Rooks.
Year 4 Residential Trip
What an amazing adventure the children in Year 4 had whilst attending their residential trip at Castle Head, Grange-over-Sands. Ranging from Bushcraft activities to Eco Action and Team Building Tasks, there was plenty of challenge for all involved. The children learnt how to safely handle and use outdoor cutting tools, design and build a bug hotel, make eco-friendly bird feeders, build an outdoor shelter and how to light a fire without a match! We all enjoyed the reward of toasting and eating marshmallows and damper bread around the campfire.
Despite the inclement weather, the children were filled with enthusiasm, gaining new life-long skills, leading to them building and developing strong relationships with each other. Everybody worked incredibly well within their different teams, both during the day and night challenges, showing support and care for each other, particularly because this was the first time many had been away from home.
The children certainly grew in independence, making their own beds on arrival, organising their belongings and even making their own sandwich packed lunch! We all loved the appetising food, which was healthy and nutritious, especially welcome after the demanding activities. Every child was motivated throughout the whole trip, representing the school admirably and are now fully equipped for next year’s Langdale trip.
A big thank you to all the parents for their support and helping the children to prepare for the first successful Year 4 residential trip. We all had a great time, including the staff and Barney!
We extended our learning of mains electricity and challenged ourselves to re-wire a plug. We learnt about the functions of the earth wire, the natural wire and the live wire and made sure each wire was in the correct position within the plug to allow electricity to flow through it.
Wiring a Plug
All year we have been developing our reasoning skills to justify our answers and thinking in maths. We enjoyed a lesson where we were offered different fractions of an amount of money and using our reasoning skills we had to justify why we chose the value we did! We like to show our reasoning in thought bubbles.
Reasoning in Maths
In geography, we have been studying our country, the UK! We have learnt about the difference between cities, counties and regions. Together as a team, we researched physical and human features of different cities in the UK. We discovered lots of interesting facts - Did you know that London is the most populated area in Britain and is the ninth largest city in the world?!
In PSHE, we have been learning about keeping safe and what to do in an emergency. We learnt what to do if someone was unconscious and practised putting someone in the recovery position.
Miss Bailey, Mrs Jackson, Mrs McNally and I (Miss Brame), would like to say a big thank you for all of the thoughtful and very generous gifts we have received. We hope you all had a restful and fun filled Christmas break!
In our Electricity topic, we used our knowledge of circuits to have a go at making switches out of various materials, we were very creative with our designs! Everyone then made a switch using split pins, paper clips and card and demonstrated how the switch can complete and break a circuit to make the bulb flash.
As we start our new topic of Rivers, 4Rooks began by looking at our country, The United Kingdom, and identifying counties within the using maps. We found some very small and interestingly named counties in our country!
We all had a fabulous Greek Day where the children worked diligently on their independent TASC projects and enjoyed a delicious Grecian banquet. From music composition to Top Trump cards, the children shared their knowledge in a myriad of wonderful ways. What a brilliant way to finish our topic on Ancient Greece.
4Rooks had a blast at our Year 4 Christmas Party!
4Rooks had a special afternoon working as a team to code and programme a banana to be an input device with Mr Yarwood from Manchester Metropolitan University. The children had great fun tinkering and challenging themselves to work scientifically to create various working circuits using cells, motors, bulbs and buzzers, after forming their own hypotheses.
The children had plenty of fun during our TASC day, making pita bread in keeping with our Ancient Greek topic. We were fortunate to have a visit from a miller which enabled the children learn about the process of making bread, how the wheat is separated from the chaff and ground into flour. We then looked at a recipe, measured out the ingredients which included flour and followed instructions to make our own pita bread. The best part was sampling the bread with some Greek accompaniments of hummus and tzatziki. Yummy!
Here is the link in case you want to have a go making pitta bread at home.
We loved to see each other's home learning around the topic "A Day in the Life of an Ancient Greek". 4Rooks clearly demonstrated the Springfield Value "We are motivated to achieve our best!"
We set up and conducted a fair test investigating the affects that drinks have on our teeth. The egg shell represented the enamel of our teeth and we were shocked to see the results!
The Egg Shell Experiment
We had a special assembly to learn about road safety and the challenges HGV drivers have when driving. Later in the day, we had the opportunity to sit in the driver's seat of an HGV. We now understand how long it takes large vehicles to stop.
Using mirrors, we looked at our teeth and learnt all about the different types of teeth children and adult humans have. Using this knowledge, we made models to show the different types of teeth a child has! We also learnt about animals' teeth too. Did you know that sharks can have 20,000 teeth in their lifetime?!
We have been learning all about Ancient Greece and how it has influenced our lives today, one of the legacies left by the Ancient Greeks is The Olympic Games. The children enjoyed acting out Ancient Greek Olympic sports for their table to guess.
Ancient Greek Olympics
We had great fun learning about and carrying out some hands on investigations about the digestive system. You can see in the photos how much the children enjoyed replicating the intestines using tights and turning weetabix into poo!
The Human Digestive System
At Springfield we care, learn and achieve together