Welcome to Killer Whales Class News

We are a Year 4 Class.


Our Teacher is Miss Brunton and our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Beeching, with Mrs Paine on a Monday/Tuesday.

End of Term 1

We have had a brilliant term of learning in Year 4. The children thoroughly enjoyed our topic of 'Minibeasts' and reading our class book 'James and the Giant Peach'. We began this topic by creating our own peach smoothies with delicious results!

During the term we went on a minibeast hunt in our local area and were thrilled to see how many creepy crawlies we could find!


Term 2

What a fantastic start to Term 2! We kicked off the topic of 'Traders and Raiders' by displaying our teamwork and DT skills when building our very own class Saxon boat.

In Science we are looking at 'States of Matter', and identifying the difference between solids, liquids and gases. We used marbles to show the different ways in which the particles wriggle about!

We are looking forward to the end of the term when parents/carers will be invited in to share our lovely learning.


Jerwood Gallery Trip

On Monday 19th November Year 4 visited the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings. We were invited to take part in an exhibition looking at Quentin Blake's work and recreating our own. The children loved his fun and inventive hat designs!

Afterwards we were able to meet the volunteers working at the RNLI and see their new top-of-the-range lifeboat, before attending the fisherman's museum.


Description: See the source imageWelcome back to Term 3!

Our learning journey this term is ‘Road trip USA!’ We started our topic launch by 'visiting' the various states where Native American tribes settled. Together we explored the school and looked for the abbreviations of the states.

Afterwards we became keen travellers and researched New York, before writing postcards detailing our trip. We were shocked by some of the bizarre laws that have been introduced across America - particularly in the state of Alabama!


Celebration Day

On Monday 4th February we had a 'Dream-catcher Workshop' where the parents and children created their own Dream-catchers. This was part of our Native American/USA topic and a chance to celebrate our wonderful learning. Throughout the day Year 4 also had the opportunity to create cornbread, which was traditionally made and eaten by the Native American tribal members. The costumes worn by the children were wonderful and really helped them become fully-engaged in the topic!


Term 4 - Week Commencing 11.3.19

See the source imageOur Term 4 learning journey will be centred around the topic of the Human Body! We began the topic with a visit from a dentist. The children had lots of questions whilst she demonstrated the best brushing techniques and taught us some eye-opening facts about tooth decay and foods we should avoid! 

We examined the amount of sugar in different foods which produced some shocking results! Our ongoing Science experiment has been exploring the effect of different liquids on eggshells, which have the consistency of teeth. So far, energy drinks have almost destroyed the shell!


Term 5

Our Term 5 topic is ‘The Blue Abyss’. Using maps, globes and atlases we will identify the world’s oceans and seas, as well as finding out how to group living things. Diving back into the 1800s, we’ll also learn all about the HMS Challenger. After locating the Great Barrier Reef on a map together we’ll look at the risks and challenges it faces.  This exciting topic will finish with a visit to a local aquarium where will further gain an insight into the ocean world.


Term 6 - Our Final Term!

Our learning journey this term is based around The Romans. This is a fantastic topic and allows us to discover all of the weird and wonderful things the Romans invented! We will begin by looking at the chronology of the Roman Empire, discussing BD/AD dates and what these mean. Afterwards, we will be looking closely at Roman soldiers and Celtic warriors, deciding which would have been the more fearsome opponent! Our topic will finish with an exciting look at the life of a gladiator, and other aspects of Roman culture.


Celebration Day

On Wednesday 10th July, we had a wonderful day taking part in the 'Living History Workshop' where they were transformed into Romans for the day! It began with a demonstration from a Gladiator and his 'slave', and the children were able to write using traditional Roman equipment. Afterwards, the children were taken outside to create their very own amulets, which were necklaces that Roman children were gifted at birth. Our brilliant day finished with a Roman Banquet on the field, where they feasted like real Romans on pizzas, 'wine' and grapes.


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