A Neolithic Stone Age Village - 14 May 2015 Miss McCullion
Skara Brae has been the focus of our learning in Key Stage 2 this week. We’ve found out about where and what it is (a Neolithic Stone Age settlement in Orkney) and when it was built (about 5000 years ago). The children have had to ask questions and consider evidence to come up with the answers to these. Now to design our own Neolithic Stone Age homes! To do this we gathered ideas, looking at Stone Age shelters and how they had evolved, and decided upon the best way to recreate these in our own model. We will use ModRoc as our basis to create the shape, then must use our findings about Skara Brae to make our model as authentic as possible. We can’t wait to start making them! Come back soon to see photographs of our very own Stone Age village!
A Visit from Nicholas Halliday - 10 March 2015 Mrs Skoines
As a final treat at the end of Book Week we were fortunate enough to have a real life author, illustrator and publisher visit our school for the day. Nicholas Halliday, a children’s author, spent an hour with each class, sharing his books and inspiring the children to write. From reception to Year 4 every child and staff member thoroughly enjoyed the day. The feedback from Nicholas about our school was wonderful, he even took to Twitter and expressed his delight at being at our school. Well done everyone!
Brilliant Book Week - 06 March 2015 Miss McCullion
We’ve bought books, swapped books, talked about our favourite books, returned to school for bedtime books, read books, heard books, looked at books and written our own book. Soon to be published! (Spoiler alert!: it’s called ‘The Lost Smile’.)
Today we had the author Nicholas Halliday in school to answer our questions and offer us advice about writing our own stories. He was inspirational!
Our wonderful Book Week has reminded us of how important enjoying books really is.
Maths - 06 March 2015 Miss McCullion
We’ve been getting to grips with time and the 24 hour clock this week in Eagles’ Class. We’ve solved time problems, found time intervals and converted times from the 24-hour clock to the 12-hour clock. Today we played clock dominoes and some of us were converting times from various countries around the world. We’re feeling a lot more confident about time now, meaning our hard work has paid off!
What a lovely time!
Year 4 Tasty Poems - 02 March 2015 Miss McCullion
The Party Buffet
Flavoured crisps: cheese and onion, roast beef,
Sausage rolls sticking to your teeth,
Pizzas: all delightful toppings,
How many can you pile without dropping?
Chocolate fingers, here comes the dessert,
My tummy is about to hurt.
Chocolate cake, at last not least,
The final piece, wrapped up ready to release.
At the party buffet!
George, George, Connor and Harry.
The Sweet Shop
Sweets are the best thing to eat, mmmm!
Sweets can definitely not be beat!
Lovely lollipops with rainbow swirls, mmmm!
All of the curly-wurlies with millions of curls.
Wispas whisper in your ear,
They will whisper: ‘hello, my dear!’ Mmmm!
You can choose fantastic fudge, mmmm!
You could never bear a grudge. Mmmm!
Cadbury’s chocolate in a box; mmmm!
Can’t be beaten by the make of Fox.
Nathan, Alfie, Niamh and Connor.
Chocolate cake, ready to bake,
People everywhere come to take.
Donuts sugary, oh so sweet,
Dipped in chocolate, ready to eat!
Gingerbread men, smaller than me,
Chocolate chip cookies to dip in tea.
Croissants with a chocolate surprise,
So amazing: I can’t believe my eyes!
In my tummy!
Freya, Joshua, Adam, Reilly and Jenson.
fruity toot toot!
More fruit as well!
Crisps so crunchy,
Crackle, pop, goes the chocolate mousse,
I have got no time to lose.
Cram it all into my mouth.
My lunchbox is as big as a house!
Five more things left to go,
Will I finish? No-one knows.
OW! My tummy hurts!
Shakira, Milly, Millie, Ani, Coralie and Cameron.
We hope you enjoyed our poems and that they haven’t left you feeling too hungry!
Story Writing - 16 February 2015 Mrs Skoines
Snow Fun! - 03 February 2015 Mrs Skoines
Key Stage 2 had fun working on different challenges in the snow! Measuring temperatures, making the sturdiest snowman, working as a team to construct a 3 part snowman and lots more! Here are a few photos of our morning.
Science Presentations - 03 February 2015 Mrs Skoines
January in Year 4 - 27 January 2015 Miss McCullion
What a fantastic start to Spring Term!
I couldn’t be more proud of each and every child in Eagles Class; recently their attitude within the classroom and around school has been a perfect example to the rest of the children at Haynes. Well done Year 4.
We are loving our new chocolate-based topic, ‘The Golden Ticket’, and enjoy sharing ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ on a regular basis. It is helping us to create some brilliant creative writing and participate in some great speaking and listening exercises too. The children were particularly brilliant when re-telling the first five chapters of the story and could speak confidently and clearly, adopting the style of Roald Dahl. This is great news! We have had a big focus on talking so it is wonderful to see the children’s use of language and different styles progressing.
Maths has been loads of fun too. We had a great time last week finding rules to sequences and checking if they would work and we have also been carrying out some mathematical enquiries to help us to apply our learning to real-life situations.
We’ve mainly been working with multiplication and division and our times tables are getting much better! Working systematically was really important when solving problems so that we could find all the possible solutions. It was fun working in different groups to enable us to talk through our ideas, using lots of maths vocabulary.
In Science we have been finding out about States of Matter and can all now explain what a solid, liquid or gas is. Observing these closely has enabled us to talk about them in more detail; we particularly enjoyed observing them when creating our ‘Fizzy Lifting Drinks’ during our Stunning Start (we loved tasting them even more!). We have been thinking about how the states of matter can be changed and what the differences are between them. Some of us observed these changes at playtime last week, when looking at ice that had formed overnight. We will be carrying out investigations to delve into this matter further! Very exciting!
There’s been more fun than that, though! We’re currently investigating El Salvador because cocoa beans grow there; it has lots of volcanoes too. We’ve found out more about them and learned some really technical vocabulary! We’ve seen what life is like for children of a similar age to us in El Salvador, and how the geography of the country impacts on the way people live there. We’re starting to think about the Aztecs and Mayans and will discover how they are linked to chocolate too!
In Art we are studying Andy Warhol and have learned about his style, known as Pop Art. We have looked carefully at different packaging and can’t wait to create our own Andy Warhol inspired artwork, followed by our own packaging for chocolate bars in the coming weeks. Here we are observing the packaging. We discussed what we liked and didn’t like about the packets before sketching them, then we chose one to simplify into the Andy Warhol style.
In Computing we have started using Scratch and have learned what an algorithm is and how to create one (ask us – we can tell you)! We inputted alogrithms into Scratch and created a programme that made a cat dance, talk, make noises and change colour! We are looking forward to seeing what else we can do!
As you can see we have been very busy indeed. Lots of learning and loads of fun! There’s plenty more to come too, including our trip to Cadbury’s World!
Well done again, Year 4, what stars you are! I’m looking forward to the next few weeks.
Key Stage 2 Science - 24 January 2015 Mrs Skoines
In the next couple of week’s each class will be finding out about a different key person in the field of Science. Year 3 will be learning about the British chemist and astronaut Helen Sharman and Year 4 will be learning about Albert Einstein. If your child would like to start finding out information about either of these people at home that would be fantastic. Thank you for your continued support. Mrs Skoines and Miss McCullion.
Key Stage 2 Topic News
Aladdin Trouble - 12 December 2014 Miss McCullion
Aladdin Trouble News - 25 November 2014 Mrs Skoines
In Key Stage 2 we are putting on another panto this year as Panto Pandemonium was such a huge success last year. The children have brought home letters with information of dates, times of shows and ticket request forms. Please help your child to practise lines they have to learn and encourage700-501 them to perform with expression. Thank you to all the families who have already returned their costume slips (and those who have already sent in their costumes!), the slips are due820-421 in by Thursday 27th November at the latest. Please can we also ask for each child to bring in named coat hanger so we can keep their costumes on a rail.We look forward to seeing you all at the panto!
Another Exciting Week in Key Stage 2 - 19 November 2014 Miss McCullion
After 10 weeks of hard work, on Tuesday we held our ukulele concert. It was a chance to demonstrate all the skills the children have learned throughout the course of lessons. By performing the range of songs they had learned, the children had a chance to show off their strumming, picking and rhythmic skills. They impressed us by managing to do all this and sing at the same time! Year 3 and 4 loved performing songs such as ‘Stand By Me’, ‘Happy’ and ‘Three Little Birds’ to such a large audience of parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters and the rest of the school! Thank you for your support. Here we are, hard at work!
KS2′s Egyptian Day - 11 November 2014 Miss McCullion
We had a wonderful time learning lots about the Ancient Egyptians with an interactive theatre experience and two fabulous workshops. In the morning we crept into the inner chamber of a pyramid to help an explorer solve a mystery. Luckily we had the help of a few characters from Ancient Egypt, including Tutankhamun, a stonemason, a noblewoman and Anubis! Their stories and advice helped us to help Daphne the explorer and solve the mystery.
After lunch we heard more stories and myths from the colourful characters of Ancient Egypt, and went on a dig. We found out about Ancient Egyptian names, jobs and dancing.
We all really enjoyed our day.
Marvellous, Messy Fun in DT! - 10 November 2014 Miss McCullion
10th November – Death Masks in KS2! - 10 November 2014 Mrs Skoines
First week after half term - 06 November 2014 Miss McCullion
KS2 News – Wednesday 8th October Mrs Skoines
Tuesday 7th October - 07 October 2014 Mrs Skoines
Today Owl and Eagle classes have been busy doing drama in our English lessons. They have created scenes from The Waterhorse by Dick King Smith which portrayed how the characters were feeling. We filmed the scenes and will be using them tomorrow for freeze framing and as a stimulus for writing. Later this week we will publish photos and examples of writing. Watch this space…….
Thursday 18th September - 18 September 2014 Miss McCullion
Thursday 11th September - 11 September 2014 Mrs Simister
Singing and Ukelele begins - 10 September 2014 Mrs Skoines