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Welcome to Holdstone Class
Outdoor Learning is every Monday - please bring in old clothes, a coat and wellies.
PE is every Wednesday and Friday - please bring full PE kit with trainers/plimsolls.
Home Learning - homework is sent home on Fridays, is written on our learning summary and included on our class page. Please return by the following Wednesday (Thursday at the latest).
Home Learning Week 1
Hello Holdstone class!
I hope you’re all smiling, being good for your parents and working hard on your home learning. Please continue to complete some reading, writing, maths and PE daily (and of course some art if you can 😁). I have assigned some challenges on Mathletics to include as your daily maths home learning if you would like to complete them rather than some of the booklets. You can choose a couple a day (depending on length of challenge, aim for around 20 mins a day) and you have lots of time to complete them so don’t worry.
I have also added lots of fun art activities and websites for you to explore at home and other teachers have added some fun science and PE activities as well as others. Have a look on the parents section of the website as it’s been updated weekly for you.
Have a little break during the Easter holidays and try and have some fun with your family at home 🐣. I will be ringing you all after the Easter holidays to find out how you are getting on - be good and keep working hard! I miss you all, see you soon!
Home learning is accessible through the parents page on our website.
Children can access their google drive from home using their log in if they would like to use Slides or Docs. Holdstone class do not have access to Google Classroom at the moment however they are welcome to create documents as part of their home learning if they wish.
It will be fantastic to see all of their amazing work when we return.
Thank you to all of the amazing children for embracing and enjoying new challenges! It has been a busy but brilliant few days. Thank you to everyone who was involved including PGL staff, parents, staff and of course the children.
See you all soon!
This week has been very exciting so far! Today, we learnt about the focus of the week, researched about engineering, created PowerPoints and met some visitors from 361 energy!
World Book Day!
We had a fantastic afternoon sharing our volcano learning!
We had a range of incredible models, posters, PowerPoints, information leaflets, exploding models and even edible creations!
Thank you to all the children and parents who helped with each and every project; they have been amazing!! Take a look at some of them below.
An Anthology of Intriguing Animals
To finish our literacy learning linked to our text, we created information pages inspired by our book!
Each one is uniquely brilliant!
Exmoor Zoo Visit!
For the next two weeks, please create a piece of work about volcanoes 🌋. You can present this how you wish. You could create a model, a information booklet or even a PowerPoint. We will be sharing them in class on the last week before the half term.
On Monday, we celebrated Australia Day! We learnt about what is great about the country but we also learnt about the devastating wild fires.
Thank you to all the parents who donated cakes for the school cake sale. The money we raise will be going to WWF to support the wildlife and people who have been affected by the wild fires in Australia.
We have written newspaper reports all about the fires and how lots of people around the world are helping! The children have also shared their amazing Australia research homework with the class!
We will be continuing to learn more about Australia this week as part of our ‘Attenborough’ topic. Take a look at some of the photos from our week!
It will be Australia Day on Monday and we will be learning lots about Australia, native animals and the effects of the wild fires. For homework this week, please can the children research thing about Australia or about an Australian animal of their choice. Please see homework books.
In music this half term, we have been learning African drumming. It has been super fun to learn different beats!
The year 4 children enjoyed the MoneySense workshop this week. They learnt about the value of money and how it’s used. During the session, the children worked in groups to run their own smoothie business and budget their money to buy what they needed and sells their smoothies to make a profit.
Our next topic is called Attenborough! For homework over the holidays, please can the children research an animal of their choice and it’s habitat. Please see homework books for more details.
Stone Age Cooking!
In outdoor learning this week, we continued our learning about Stone Age life. We cooked a fruit stew on the outside fire which included, pears, blackberries, water and honey. Lots of us tried it; some children thought it was super yummy and others didn’t agree but enjoyed trying it! Take a look at some of the photos of our cooking!
Today, the children created their own prints using some of the techniques we have practised in previous lessons! They were inspired by the patterns found in nature.
Take a look at some of the colourful designs we have made!
This week, we have been looking at book reviews and exploring different books we have enjoyed reading. For homework, please can the children write a book review for a book of their choice.
Science Spaghetti Challenge
The children had a fantastic afternoon, working in groups to create a suspension bridge using only spaghetti, marshmallows and sticky tape.
For homework this week, please can the children create your own cave painting / drawing based on The Stone Age. Please see homework books for more details!
This half term, we have been exploring pattern in nature. We have made rubbings, sketched and explored different types of pastels to help us show texture in different ways. Next, we will be creating printing tools and making our own tile prints.
BBC Children in Need Baking!
Today, we worked together in groups to bake some yummy cakes and biscuits for our class bake sale!
All the money we raise will be donated to BBC Children in Need!
Thank you to all the children who made and/or baked things at home 😁
Running up to Remembrance Day, we have been exploring the book ‘Song for Will’ by Hilary Robinson and Martin Impey. In the text, a children writes letters to his friend Fred who was fighting in the war. We learnt about life for the solider and life for the children who were at home. We created our own fantastic letters and poppy information pages.
In outdoor learning, we also created our own poppies and some tried sewing a poppy, which is one of our 100 things to do before leaving primary school!
For homework this week, please can the children create a BBC Children in Need poster for our class bake sale which will be on Friday 15th November at 3.15pm outside Holdstone class.
This half term for P.E, we are learning to play Badminton. We are having lots of fun learning all the new skills.
For homework this week, please can everyone practise their times tables. This can be completed in homework books or on TTRockstars. Please see homework books.
As part of our science learning, we will be learning more about animals and their habitats. For homework, please design or make a bug hotel.
We will then use some of these in outdoor learning to help us study some of our local wildlife.
An extra optional homework has gone home about a photography competition if children would also like to complete this. See homework books for more details.
Have a great half-term!
As part of D&T, we are working in groups to create Papier-mâché planets. We have worked super hard to plan, design and start to make our planets. We have thought carefully about the equipment needed and how we can work together effectively.
In outdoor learning this week, we have continued our science learning by making a model of a water cycle,
We worked in groups to make them and then wrote instructions.
This week, please can the children create a descriptive paragraph all about an autumnal image.
Please see homework books for more details.
Have a great weekend!
To celebrate the importance of harvest, the children created art work inspired by the
artist Van Gogh and his painting ‘The Harvest’.
Some children from each class also shared what they did in a special assembly.
In literacy this week, we have been learning about parts of a sentence.
We worked together to build sentences. Some were very funny!
Today, we watched an exciting video, imagining what a dinosaur would of been like if it entered our school grounds. We watched it eat from our forest school trees!
Next, we worked in groups outside, to help us find out more about this dinosaur.
After that, we presented our findings in groups to the rest of the class.
We also started to share our dinosaur research homework which we will continue to do this week!
For homework this week, please could the children research a dinosaur of their choice. They can present the information they find out how they wish!
At the start of Bike Week, we all enjoyed practising our cycling and scooter skills on the playground.
We also worked together in groups to label the parts of a bike and discuss the important things to remember to look after!
We learnt about the history of bikes and how they have changed and created bike safety posters!
On Friday, we really enjoyed the bike races and in the afternoon, we learnt about first aid and how to help someone if they are hurt!
What a fantastic bike week we have had!
For homework this week, please could the children practise their times tables or number booklet challenges. Please see homework books.
For our first homework this year, please could the children practise their times tables on TTRockstar. Each log in is located in the back of the children’s reading records. If children can not access this at home, there are opportunities to do this at lunchtimes in school.