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 Thursday mornings. They are taught by Mrs Read on Thursday afternoons and Fridays. They are both assisted by Mrs Roberts, Mrs Sharpe and Mrs Blem-Larsen.

Please click here to find out more about the Year 4 curriculum for Atumn 2017

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Autumn 2017


This week we begun our Science topic on "Rocks and Soils". The children shared their impressive knowledge of rocks and asked questions they would like to know the answers to including; " Why are rocks different?" "How are rocks made?" and "How do they get crystals inside them?"  We looked closely at a great range of rocks and identified some of them as sandstone, chalk, granite and marble. We also became "Rock Detectives" and investigated the rocks all around us! We took a walk around the graveyard and went inside the church to see how rocks are being used.


Over the past few weeks the children have very much enjoyed taking part in Tag-rugby sessions run by a specialist sports coach, Claire David. We had a great time engaging in the NSPCC challenge to help raise funds for their "Buddy" campaign. On Wednesday all the children took part in a sports circuit in the school hall. 




What an action packed 3 days really tiring but totally worth it a fantastic experience and thoroughly enjoyable. For our last day we split into 4 groups and took part in a range of team activities- where the children were charge! They had great fun; herding sheep, building dens, saving polar bears and completing the gutter challenge! We then had our award presentation when everyone received a reward for their personal achievement over the last 3 days. We also said a sad goodbye to Cathy White our fantastic TA who unfortunately leaves us today. Finally we lowered the flag and climbed aboard the coach homeward bound!

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Our Roman day has been packed full of exciting activities, we have: completed sums using Roman numerals on a wax tablet, made a mosaic clay tile, studied real Roman artefacts, made and tasted stuffed dates to an authentic Roman recipe, learnt latin, dressed as a Roman soldier and learnt important battle formations and to cap it all we provided the horse power in our own chariot races! 

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We have had an amazing day packed full of fun, laughter and quite simply crazy excitement. Soon after we arrived we sorted the most important job of the day- organising our bedrooms! Then we raised the flag pole so to ensure everyone knows that we've arrived. After lunch we got on with the business of hunting treasure at the local nature reserve. We needed to develop our map reading skills a little beforehand using the playground markings, compasses and 4 digit grid references! Once we had our treasure maps there was no stopping us despite seeing several signs of pirates nearby, we were all very brave and found the treasure chest buried beneath a pile of sticks and branches. The treasure was yummy and we all had a share! On returning to Stibbington we were all very hungry, so the Crunchy Carrot team got straight to work organising the dining room and we all dug into plates of pasta bolognaise followed by apple crumble and custard and fresh fruit. Following dinner we enjoyed some free time outside. Just before it got dark we had our campfire, everyone enjoyed the smores and we had some lovely entertainment as well, there was a very memorable performance of "Let it go" by a few of the boys. Last but not least we had some quiet time before bed; reading books, colouring, playing chess and doing jigsaws. 

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A few photos from our first day at Stibbington...

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Wow, what a busy couple of weeks we’ve had! We have begun our topic work on Italy and have been doing lots of map work. The children have then created 3D models of Italy using salt dough, the models have been painted different colours dependent on the height of the land above sea level. We also completed our first BIG write this week which was based on the book "I want my hat back" by Jon Klassen, its a great, fun book and even inspired many of the children to get together and create a role play of the story- lovely to see!

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We have spent the last 3 weeks exploring and investigating place value in maths, the children have had to work really hard to think about reasoning and problem solving activities. 




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Welcome back to you all, I hope you've had a wonderful summer holiday. Talking with the children this week they've had some amazing experiences at home and away. Thank you to everyone who brought in their holiday homework, it is now making a great display in class. It's been lovely to see so many smiles coming into to school this week and everybody has been really enthusiastic and working hard- a great start to the new year!

On our first day back, we made a year 4 time capsule, the children had to record some personal information about themselves including; their height, favourite colour, foot size etc.. All the information has been carefully packed away in our time capsule and will be opened on Tuesday 23rd July, our last day in year 4! When we will see just how much they've all grown and changed during this school year. 

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Our PE lesson this week focused on how to get out and use all the equipment safely. The children had a fantastic time practising the health and safety rules!

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