Maldives – Year 4

Welcome to Year 4 Maldives Class! I am Mrs Hyde and I am the teacher in Maldives Class. The other adults that support our learning are Mrs Johnson, Mrs Gafton and Mrs Buckledee. We all look forward to an exciting, interesting, creative and fun year of learning together! Make sure to keep checking the website for updates about our current learning!

Class List

Harry, Alessio, Ethan, Isaac, Jack, Ethan, Beau, Mariam, Olivia, Leah, Leo, Leo, Safi, William, Keira, Savannah, Lucas, Isaac, Emer, Amy, Tawana, Mohammed, Stefan, Alexander, Cara, Summer, Freya, Scarlet, Steve and Luke.

Reading and Homework

Children will be given a reading book which will be changed at school on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Please listen to your child read as often as you can and record any comments in their reading record. We encourage children to read their school book as well as any other reading material they may have at home, e.g. comics, newspapers, magazines, game instructions, etc. Homework will be given every Friday and will be due in the following Wednesday. There will also be a weekly Topic challenge where additional housepoints can be earned! Each week there will be spellings and a multiplication table to learn as well as online activities through Abacus and Education City.

P.E.

Maldives class will have their outdoors P.E. lesson every Monday afternoon, the second lesson will be indoors every Tuesday morning. In addition to a white t-shirt, black shorts and plimsolls, children will need trainers and a warm tracksuit that can get muddy. Please ensure your child has their full, named P.E. kit in school every day as the day or time of our outdoor session may change due to the weather. We will inform you of our swimming sessions in due course.

Swimming

Your child will need: Swimming costume (no bikinis), Towel, Hat (if hair is long, girls and boys), flip flops (or other shoes) to walk to the pool and a plastic bag to store wet clothing.

Additional Information

We will be doing lots of creative learning this year and it would be helpful if your child could bring in a named old shirt or t-shirt that could be worn over their uniform to protect it during messy art. Your child will also need a named water bottle which will be kept in the classroom and refilled daily. Your child will also need a healthy snack in a sandwich bag or named container to have during morning break.

We look forward to making your time in Year 4 creative, fun and memorable! We look forward to meeting you all soon!

Mrs Hyde (Class Teacher), Mrs Johnson (Teaching Assistant), Mrs Gafton 1:1 and Mrs Buckledee (Teaching Assistant)

Spring Topic Learning – Wonderland

Maldives Class thoroughly enjoyed our spring topic Wonderland. A few of our favourite activities were: observing the effect of different drinks on our teeth; making poo! (Investigating the digestive system); sewing Alice in Wonderland inspired characters, creating a Mad Hat and creating our own optical inspired art. We created lovely clay cakes and photo booth props for our role play area. We explored electricity and used our learning to create our own interactive exciting games; which the children in Belgium class kindly tested for us. Finally we had our fantastic finish on 3rd April where we made, and ate, delicious scones and even completed a mannequin challenge!

Wonderland pic

Topic Learning – Roman Britain

We have had such a busy and exciting first term in Year 4! The visit by the historical Celtic leader Boudicca kick started our topic and we then went on a fantastic, interactive trip to Welwyn Roman Baths and Mill Green Museum; where we took part in a quiz, tried on Roman clothes, handled Roman artefacts and even tasted Roman food! In the second half term we discovered part of our classroom had been used for an archaeological Roman dig! We found lots of artefacts that have helped us with our learning about Roman Britain. Sadly, our topic ended on 9th December with a wonderful ‘Fantastic Finish’ day. Everyone dressed as Romans to take part in our Roman school day, cookery lessons, food tasting banquet and gladiator battles!

Topic Learning – Tomb Raiders

We have had such an exciting and busy summer term in Year 4 so far. To kick start our Ancient Egyptian topic we had to solve hieroglyphic messages on the playground and created some fantastic clay cartouches! We’ve mummified tomatoes, used our Great Pyramid role play area to create our very own hieroglyphic messages and investigated what canopic jars were used for. But we’re not finished yet! We can’t wait to investigate Ancient Egypt a bit more and explore their culture this half term; keep watching to see what we discover!

clay making

tomatoes

Exciting Events – Healthy Eating

We’ve had so much fun this week investigating what healthy eating and healthy lifestyles means. We’ve explored food packaging; looking closely at labels. We made our very own butter and butter milk using only double cream, we made a delicious healthy pizza and have been dancing our socks off over the last few weeks. Ask your child to find out more details!!

healthy eating