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 and Mrs Anderson.

Please click here for information on the Year 4 Curriculum Autumn 2019

Autumn 2019

PE lessons will be held on Wednesdays and Fridays throughout this term. Please ensure children have their PE kits in school. PE kits should contain: T-shirt, shorts, tracksuit top and bottoms and trainers. No football kits please. Long hair should be tied back. 

Friday 18th October

We've made it! I hope you have all enjoyed your first half term as a Kestrel. The children have all worked so hard but I hope they've had a lot of fun too. This week, we continued our topic work on the Romans; learning about roman art through making a large classroom mosaic, creating roman numerals using lolly-pop sticks and beginning to undertsand the chronolgy of the Roman Empire by sequencing a timeline of major events. After half term, we will be continuing our topic on the Romans, learning about how they conquored Britain and changed life here, forever. I hope you all have a great half term!

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9th October

What a fab day Roman Day 2019 has been. The children have been super busy all day; making mosaic tiles, squeesing their own oil from olives, using traditional Roman cures to heal patients, making and writing on their own wax tablets, to name just a few. This was a super start to our Roman topic, now we're all fired up and ready to learn lots more!

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20th September

We have been exploring place value in numbers up to 9999, this week. The children worked super hard to partition the numbers in different ways, using place value counters to help them visualise what was happening and consolidate their understanding. 

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Following on from our exploration work in Science last week, the children developed their own questions to investigate; "What affects the quality of sound from a string telephone? They investigated: the types of string, the length of string, the size of container and if adding knots to the string made any difference to the performance of the string telephone. We used our data loggers to measure the sound in decibels. Next week, we will collate their findings to design the best string telephone and test them out!

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10th September

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We have begun our Science topic on sound this week. The children have had a fantastic time exploring how sound is made by vibrations, in particular they have enjoyed using string telephones. Whilst "investigating" with the phones one of the pupils asked the question, "Would they work with a longer string?" someone else asked, "How long could we make a string telephone?" and I asked the question, "Could we make a string telephone that would work from one end of our school field to the other?" The children decided that they would like to find out the answers to these questions, so next week are going to hold a child-led investigation to do just that. Using our data loggers to measure the efficency of each string telephone, hence our request for tin cans!

7th September

I would like to wish you all a huge welcome to Kestrels class. I hope you've all had a fantastic summer and a good rest, the children were certainly ready and raring to go! We had a lovely day getting to know each other, sharing our summer memories as well as our ambitions for year 4. In the afternoon we played some very exciting parachute games. I do hope everyone enjoyed their first day as a Kestrel and look forward to sharing your child's learning journey this year.

Getting out and enjoying the sunshine completing our daily mile, today.

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