Welcome to Kingfisher
Kingfisher is one of our two year 4 classes taught by Miss R Grist. Did you know Miss R Grist was new to the school in September and can’t wait to join our Little Paxton Team?
● Our English writing units were mostly based in Ancient Rome, starting with ‘Romans on the Rampage’ by Jeremy Strong. The children mastered the voice and style of our narrator Corvus Maximus Intelligentismus in their commentary of a chariot race. They then used their growing knowledge of Ancient Rome to write a non-chronological report, full of the facts they found most interesting – quite a lot featured facts about the public toilets!!
‘Escape from Pompeii’ was our next book where the children wrote their own escape adventure using language features such as precise verb choices and foreshadowing. The improvements in writing were amazing!
We ended the term examining a poem by Malorie Blackman, and using her style and structure to write a poem about rising up from the effects of bullying. Their poems were simply incredible!
● Guided Reading is daily and the children are enjoying the opportunity to work in small groups and practise their fluency as well as their comprehension skills. We have looked at lots of non-fiction texts to widen their knowledge of the world around them.
● In Maths the children have learned about Place Value, addition and subtraction, perimeter and have moved on to multiplication and division.
● In Science, whilst looking at the digestive system, the children particularly enjoyed creating their own digestive system models. The children have also enjoyed learning about classifying animals based on their characteristics. This term the children will be progressing to learn more about electricity.
● The children have showed their creative side in Art, using printing and texture and will be making our own repeating patterns. See if you can spot any repeating patterns in the world around you!
● In outdoor PE we have developed our Netball skills and were lucky enough to learn about tag rugby with a sports coach. In indoor PE we have developed our dance and yoga skills, using lots of coordination and teamwork!
● Our PSHE topic last term was ‘Families’ and we move on to ‘Citizenship’ this term.
● Our RE topics have been ‘Amazing People of Faith’ and ‘How should we treat each other? ‘ . We move onto learning about Sikhism this term.
● In French we are learning to count higher in French and how to use our French in a classroom environment.
Things to celebrate:
● Our gorgeous year 4 children settled quickly into their new year 4 routines and continue to impress with their efforts.
● A big ‘well done’ to all the children for such a great start with their times tables last term. They are making such fantastic progress and again, a big thank you to parents/carers for supporting them with this.
● Year 4 passed over 1,000 AR reading quizzes in the Autumn term. This is superb and we can’t thank you enough for supporting your children in making such a strong start and taking their reading so seriously.
● What fun we had at Burwell! It was so wonderful to spend some quality time with your children in an environment less formal… their gorgeous, unique personalities shone through and did you, us and LPPS proud.
● So far we have awarded 3 handwriting licences but everyone has really worked hard and improved their handwriting and overall presentation. The CLT have congratulated Year 4 on their huge improvements last term so we are sure there will be plenty more awarded this term.
● Year 4 undertook a DT project in the last week of term. They were asked to design and make a pavilion reflecting a chosen theme. They had access to lollipop sticks, cardboard, and glue guns and their results impressed all their teachers, including the DT lead of the school. Huge well done Year 4!
Things you need to know
Tuesday and Thursday
Home learning & Reading
Information about home learning
29th November-2nd December 2021-Burwell Residential visit
Last term, our big question was ‘What did the Romans do for us?’
Before we started our topic, we all brainstormed what we already knew about the Romans. Year 4 had definitely heard of Roman soldiers and gladiators! We thought the Romans invaded countries, built roads and weapons, and brought new inventions. We found out where the Romans came from, where they settled and what their life was like. Our trip to Burwell gave us the perfect opportunity to answer the big question, in a brilliant news report, recorded in a TV studio.
This term, our big question is ‘Was Queen Victoria the greatest sovereign?’
We can’t wait to find out more about the Victorians!
Summer Term-What was St Neots like during WW2?