Azure class have had a fun-filled and busy first week back at school. We are all enjoying our new topic and our new playground equipment which we have been using for a few weeks now. Many members of the class have earned praise and extra stickers for helping with the equipment, showing kindness to others when we are playing and for working together.
Earlier this week, we launched out new topic ‘What did the Anglo-Saxons & Vikings Leave Behind?’ We shared our ideas for how we thought the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings would have travelled to Britain. Then, we used the playground space to measure out and create a Viking long ship with all of year 4. Viking long ships were made of oak or pine. They would often stuff the holes with animal hair and tar to make the ships watertight. The ships were normally about 25-30m long and would be rowed by a crew of up to 60 oarsmen. We had great fun rowing, acting as sails, posing as figures heads and making lots of noise!
In English, we have started a new book called ‘Varjak Paw’. It’s all about a very fancy family of cats who live in comfortable surroundings and fear the outside. They have heard of fierce monsters called ‘dogs’. We have enjoyed listening to the first few chapters and have been practising sharing our opinions and supporting what we think with evidence from the text. In maths, we have been continuing our work on tenths and hundredths and have begun to look at the relationship between pounds and pence.
We were delighted to hear that we could gather as a year group this week for singing assembly. Everyone enjoyed joining in with Mr Glenn and Mr Lee. We sang a few different songs and even manage a round of ‘Freedom’! This was a wonderful link to our guided reading book called ‘The Undefeated’. It is a powerful and beautiful poem told through the pages of a picture book. We have enjoyed discussing the theme of the book and learning new vocabulary. The poem was written to inspire and encourage black communities. What a wonderful week it has been!