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Buzzard class Year 4

Buzzard class learning

Spring 2024

In our first half of the Spring term, we spent many enjoyable PE sessions developing our dance for the School Sports Partnership Dance Festival. Our dance was linked to our English unit about Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. We were so lucky to have a trained dance teacher come and support us through the process.

We practised a lot, ensuring we all moved in the right direction at the right time; were in the right place at the right time and most importantly had smile on our face when we performed. The night of the performance came. Many of us were a little worried, but we needn’t have been. We were awesome! At the end of the dance, when we reflected on the performance, we acknowledged what a class of children can do when we all try hard, focus, practise and have fun.

In January, we received an interesting letter from Mr Chance telling us all about the his experience of growing up around the River Chess and how he wanted to know what was happening at the river today. The children set to work researching the different aspects of The Chess.

They have been finding out what animals and plant life live there plus how the river is at threat from human activity. They have looked at maps and where the Chess Valley walk travels through, researching different facts about villages and towns on the route. The children have a much better appreciation of their local area from working on this project.

In our art unit, Inspired By Nature, the children have been looking at how art influences textiles and how you can see the influence in clothing and in our homes. They made mood boards of interesting patterns that they found in magazines then created oil pastel artwork of animals using view finders to match the colour schemes of their choice.

Buzzard class learning

In our first half term we have been embracing our theme of The Romans and their impact on our local history and legacy of culture. We had an immersive experience during our trip to St. Albans Cathedral, where the children explored a range of different activities including mosaic making and retelling the story of St. Alban through drama. This memorable experience, due to its interactive elements, has enabled the children to retain the information that they heard.

In October the class took part in a Schools Sports Partnership competition at a local secondary school. Having learnt and practised the skills of golf during their PE lessons, they put these to the test during the Tri-Golf tournament. All of the children got thoroughly involved and demonstrated our school values of integrity and community. It was delightful to see all of the children being successful, with the added bonus of one of our teams winning their group tournament.

In D&T, Buzzard class have focused on pavilions linked to our theme of The Romans. They created their own open sided pavilion, following a plan and design. Children were introduced to a number of different new skills, most excitingly, using a hot glue gun. They used a range of techniques to produce cladding for their pavilion.

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