Houghton Primary School

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Kestrels (Y4)


Kestrels Class are our Year 4 group. They are taught by Mrs MacLennan on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays. They are taught by Mrs Read on  Fridays. They are both assisted by Mrs Macey.

Spring Term 2019

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Friday 7th June

Welcome back I hope you all had a fantastic half term, I can't believe it's only been1 week! The first swimming trip went well with a successful cycle along the Thicket- well done everybody! We have also started our new science topic; habitats and classification. We went out and looked at the kinds of animals and plants that make our school field their home. 

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Friday 24th May

We've made it to half term! For such a short half term it has been absolutely jam packed. Thank you to everyone who brought their bikes into school this week- I know it's not always easy to get them into school. However, we had the loveliest bike ride along the thicket yesterday morning and I was very impressed with the children's cycling skills, especially when cycling in such a large group with all their friends. In class, we also learnt about bike safety so that we're all ready for our swimming lessons which will begin on the first Tuesday after half term, please ensure your child comes to school with their swimming kit, bike, lock and helmet. I can't believe next half term is the end of the year and very soon the children will be moving onto year 5. However, next half term is looking like the busiest yet! So make sure you have a fun and restful half term and come back full of energy and ready to go!



Our second day has been just as busy. We began with a colouring competition, followed by breakfast and then a walk to the river Nene. After lunch, we constructed models of a river system and looked at local habitats. The children were absolutely thrilled when they caught a crested newt! In the evening, we were entertained with a play the children had written,organised and performed all by themselves- they're now planning the sequel! 

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Our first day at Super Stibbington was jam packed, from raising the flag pole to finding the treasure and then eating smores! We didn't stop!

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Friday 10th May

Wow what an active week we have had in Kestrels this week!

On Tuesday we had a lovely walk to St Ives to look at the Human Geography. We did a survey of all the shops and services available, had lunch in the park and then completed a traffic survey, ready for us to compare to Houghton. We walked over 7.5 miles. 

On Wednesday we began our Daily Mile. We have enjoyed doing this, we are learning about pacing ourselves so we can keep going. 

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Finally on Friday we visited Houghton Tennis courts for our PE lesson. 

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Friday 26th April

Welcome back, I hope you all had a wonderful Easter. We began the term with an athletics session from Claire Davids a sports coach who will be visiting us each Wednesday for the rest of the term so that we can develop our running and jumping skills.

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Friday 5th April

I hope you all have an Eggcellent! Easter holiday and look forward to hearing all your tales in the Summer Term. 

And another very busy term has come to an end! To round off our topic on light we learnt about the dangers of sunlight and how we can protect our eyes. The children made "funky, FUN" sunglasses which they realised offered their eyes no protection but was fun activity to reinforce the learning point- and they all looked seriously cool! 

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We have also learnt about darkness, as the absence of light. I challenged the children to make the darkest den. In their table teams they had 15 minutes to use the materials available to make their den the darkest in the class! We then used the data loggers to read how much light was entering each den- the darkest den was allowing a tiny 1.6XL of light in. The children recognised that if they blocked out all the light and made their dens as dark as possible i.e. no light at all, they would be able to see nothing- because light is required to see. If you can see something there must be a source of light- no matter how dark the place is!

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Friday 29th March

What a fabulous week in school! The "Stone age boy" production was amazing, the children acted, danced and sang their socks off! 

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Despite all the hard work that has gone into the production we've still found time to keep our math skills tip-top. Recently we've been learning about fractions; recognising fractions, finding equivalent fractions, adding and subtracting fractions, improper fractions and mixed numbers as well as fractions of amounts- very busy!

These photos show some of our work on equivalent fractions and finsing fractions equal to 1 whole.

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Friday 15th February 

This half term has been totally jam packed, I can't believe how much we have fitted in. We've travelled back in time through Prehistoric Britain and become expert petrologists! The children's enthusiasm for our learning has blown me away. I have never seen so many rock samples, fossils and books for show and tell, I did try to share as many as possible - we could have spent hours doing it! I do hope you all have a fabulous half term and the children enjoy a well earned rest!

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I hope you all had a great Christmas, seems like a very long time ago now! We have dived straight into our new topic; Prehistoric Britain. The children’s enthusiasm has been overwhelming. We created our Stone age settlement on the school field on Tuesday including; making shelters with “animal skins” and sticks, sharpened stones and made spears some of us even went hunting for mammoths! Finally, we finished with a camp fire. We also created some cave paintings which inspired several of the children to create some of their own Stone age paints, by grinding rocks into powder and mixing it with water. Hopefully, next week will have a chance to use these paints to create some authentic cave paintings.

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Wedesday 19th December

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to Everyone!

What a wonderful way to end a fantastic term. We had a board games morning- Labyrinth was a real hit among the children! We also read Christmassy stories with Wrens’ class an activity both classes love and of great benefit to older and younger children alike. Today, we made our Christingles for our beautiful service this afternoon which I really enjoyed, I hope you did too. Hope you all have a fantastic Christmas I look forward to seeing you all in the New Year!

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Friday 8th December

Friday was a busy day, having enjoyed Robins Nativity play, the children completed their animations using Purple Mash. They then  posted them on our class display board so all the class could watch them and blog a comment. The children really enjoyed sharing and commenting on each other's work. In the afternoon Year 3 and 4 went to sing for the local community Over 60's group at their Christmas dinner. The children sang their hearts out, we were very proud of them, a wonderful performance. We are looking forward to them singing again next Friday at the KS2 Christmas Carol Concert, we hope you will be able to join us. 

Friday 23rd November

Another amazing week at school! We began by braving the cold with an outdoor maths session. The children made Mayan number lines using; shells, sticks and dots. Followed by a German birthday party for Franzi, we played a traditional German party game called; tap the pot. We also played a lot of the fantastic games that the children had made for home learning including; bingo, snakes and ladders, top- trumps, bounce target and a variety of card games- we were very busy.

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On Tuesday, the children had a fantastic time with our visitors from Mexicolore, they all got to participate and learnt a lot about the Ancient Mayan civilisation in a fun way. 

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Friday 16th November

This week, we have been reading the Mayan myth "Rain player" by David Wisniewski, as pasrt of our History topic. To encourage the children to step into  Pik's (the main character) shoes we had a go at some freeze frame drama. All of the children had great fun and developed their understanding of character feelings and emotions.

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Friday 2nd November 

Welcome back! I hope you all had a fantastic week. It has been really lovely catching up with the children this week who have come back ready for new challenges. This week, we began our new science topic, States of matter, by looking at "dancing" raisins and observing how a range of solids and liquids behave. Some of the more challenging materials to sort included; jelly and shaving foam! We also learnt to read and play some simple musical notes on the glockenspiel.

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Friday 19th October

What a week to finish the half term! The children had an amazing time playing at being Mr Willy Wonka and let their imaginations run wild! They were all very excited by their creations, they looked and smelt amazing all of the children should feel extremely proud of their achievements. Not only did they design the chocolate bar but also developed a marketing plan including; identifying their target audience, developing a slogan and the wrapper. They recorded their ideas on a design board along with photos of their work, which I will be taking to Emma, at Hotel Chocolat, for the competition; I'm glad I'm not her- she's got a really tough job ahead of her. Thank you to you all for organising the ingredients for the chocolate bars:- I hope you have enjoyed eating them!

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Also this week, we have made beautiful poppy decorations for Rememberance day; as part of the wider community project. Look out for them appearing along the school fence in the coming weeks.

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Friday 12th October

We enjoyed a very exctiing visit from Hotel Chocolat this week. The children learnt  all about the the process of making chocolate from bean to bar. They were very surprised to discover that 100% pure chocolate tastes very bitter and unpleasant, they were then able to taste samples of chocolate with different amounts of cocoa solids. I think the creamy, sweet white chocolate proved to be the over all favourite.

The children have designed their own chocolate bars and will be making them next week on Wednesday and Thursday, don't forget to bring in your chosen ingredients. 

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Friday 28th September

We have had a very busy two weeks in Kestrels' class, learning lots about our digestive systems in particular. Firstly, we had an informative and fun visit from a dentist, (who also happens to be one of our wonderfully helpful parents- thank you)  who shared with us all about how our teeth are change as we grow up and why. As well as how we can look after them, setting us up for a scientific enquiry into tooth decay, using eggs and a variety of soft drinks. I hope the children have shared with you some of what they found- there were a few surprises! We also had a visit from a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths representative) who showed us how our digestive system works from gums to bums! Which was a lot of fun. The children also really enjoyed junk modelling their digestive systems and writing about the journey of their lunch!

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Thank you for all the lovely home learning that's been going on.

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Friday 14th September

What a fantastic day yesterday was! It was great fun immersing ourselves in Roald Dahl books all day. In the morning, we teamed up with Owls' class and the children worked together in mixed year group pairs. We made Marvellous "Medicinal" Smoothies, BFG dream catchers and Giant insects, inspired by the magic of James and the Giant peach. In the afternoon, we watched a Puffin virtually live Roald Dahl special, based on his book Billy and the Minpins. The children were inspired to create their own monstrous characters based on the "Hornswoggler," from the same book.  

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On Thursday 13th September we will be celebrating Roald Dahl  day in year 3 and 4, as part of this term's English work. Part of our activities will involve junk modelling, if you have any suitable materials e.g. toilet rolls, cardboard boxes, yoghurt pots etc. could you please send them into school- thank you for your help.

Welcome to Kestrels' class! I hope you've all had a fantastic summer, the children returned on Wednesday full of enthusiasm and excitement for the new school year and it was lovely to hear all the news from their summer holidays. On Wednesday we put together a Kestrels' time capsule, containing information about each child including; their height, hand span, favourite colour, TV programme, targets for the year! etc. We will open the capsule on the last day of term and see how much they have all grown and developed. 

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In math, we have been revising our place value objectives from year 3, to help us warm-up our math brains for the new challenges of the year 4 curriculum!

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