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Luke from 4F is our Spelling Champion of Champions !

Luke from 4F is our Spelling Champion of Champions ! 1
Before it started I was so, so nervous, I wanted to cry but I finally got over it. When we were half way through, I was just wanting it to end. I wished it was a dream until I won it! It was a great feeling! One particular word was tough and it was dramatic! I was wondering whether it was one 'M' or two! One or two! One! And I got it right!!!!!!

Having fun on Roker Beach !

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On Wednesday the whole school went on a full day trip to Roker beach. We were dropped off about two miles away from the actual beach (seemed like ten when we had to walk it !)  Our class had to abandon the sculpture trail because it was taking us so long !  After a few shortcuts we arrived  at the beach. The rest of the school was already having dinner ! After dinner on a rather rocky beach we moved on to Roker beach. Most people made sand castles but some dug massive holes! One class at a time went to get an ice cream or an ice lolly. We all had lots of fun. by Jake

Investigating habitats in the Doorstep Orchard

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Did you know we have an orchard on our doorstep?

We went to the Doorstep Orchard at the field behind the vets to do some bug hunting and build some bug shelters. We caught flies,  slugs and even bees! We all contributed to making a bug hotel. Sadly it was pouring with rain but we had fun all the same. By Jake.F

On Wednesday, Robert’s dad came in to talk to us about archaeology. Firstly, he showed us how the world began by using a very long measuring tape ! He told us that he had found a temple in Nepal. He has also found many Anglo Saxon burial graves ! He showed us how they find things by using machines and other small gadgets. Robert’s dad also showed us some pieces of pots that had been found. By Timmy

Handling artefacts with Robert 's dad.

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Robert's dad came to talk to us about being an Archaeologist.

Robert's dad came to talk to us about being an Archaeologist. 1
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This week we did Science and Geography at Gibside ! The morning was spent geo-caching and then we went pond dipping !

This week we did Science and Geography at Gibside ! The morning was spent geo-caching and then we went pond dipping ! 1
This week we did Science and Geography at Gibside ! The morning was spent geo-caching and then we went pond dipping ! 2
This week we did Science and Geography at Gibside ! The morning was spent geo-caching and then we went pond dipping ! 3
This week we did Science and Geography at Gibside ! The morning was spent geo-caching and then we went pond dipping ! 4
This week we did Science and Geography at Gibside ! The morning was spent geo-caching and then we went pond dipping ! 5
This week we did Science and Geography at Gibside ! The morning was spent geo-caching and then we went pond dipping ! 6
This week we did Science and Geography at Gibside ! The morning was spent geo-caching and then we went pond dipping ! 7
This week we did Science and Geography at Gibside ! The morning was spent geo-caching and then we went pond dipping ! 8

Making our cakes for the Queen 's Birthday in DT ! Timmy was the photographer.

Today we had inspiring talks from a Police Officer and a Gymnastics Coach. 
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We had an Assembly from the Fire Service. They told us lots of facts about themselves and how you have to do fitness training. Every year group then got a chance to have a tour of the fire engine ! The last thing we did was sit in the actual fire engine !

By Timmy

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Happy Birthday Your Majesty !

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Queen Cakes !

In the morning we sang the National Anthem. We all respected it and put our hand on our heart.

At lunch the amazing cooks made us some cakes with the British  flag on.  They were  so tasty!

We also did a run called the “Mile A Day!” It was so much fun we all ran our hearts out ! After we all ran inside to get a drink because we were so tired !

We celebrated because it was the Queen’s birthday !!

By Grace Maguire   

 

In Geography we are learning about the UK this term. Here we are drawing maps on the playground !

In Geography we are learning about the UK this term. Here we are drawing maps on the playground ! 1
In Geography we are learning about the UK this term. Here we are drawing maps on the playground ! 2
In Geography we are learning about the UK this term. Here we are drawing maps on the playground ! 3

In R.E. this term we are learning about Mosques. Atakan's dad talked to us about Mosques.

 In R.E. this term we are learning about Mosques. Atakan's dad talked to us about Mosques. 1

Taking part in a Fun Run around the field for Sport Relief.

Taking part in a Fun Run around the field for Sport Relief. 1
Taking part in a Fun Run around the field for Sport Relief. 2
We had ten minutes to run around the field and see how many laps we could do. We did it in two groups, Year 3 and 4 and then Year 5 and 6. We all had a wonderful time raising money for Sport Relief. By Marianne and Annabelle

Maximus came to visit our class today !

Maximus came to visit our class today ! 1

The Romans!!!

 

Today the mighty centurion called Maximus came round to reason with our settlement (4F) and train us with the help of our chief (Miss Finn).

He told us about the everyday life of a Roman soldier and taught us what to do when it came to a fighting situation. Some of the facts were a little gross and gruesome but we were all intrigued by them.

We were also told how to get into a tortoise formation, some of the people were in the formation while the others lobbed balls at them. We all wore leather tunics and shields while holding fierce little swords.

 

By Jake.F

Maximus was very loud and scary he even got his sword out of his pocket. He was wearing armour all over him with a cape. Maximus told us to march with our sword in our right arm and our shield in our left hand. The shield was to protect our bodies. As a group we could form a shell that stop bow and arrows reaching the soldiers.                                                                                                                                           

Maximus told us the Roman soldiers all shared toilet facilities. They even cleaned their clothing and their teeth with urine. After they cleaned themselves they put vinegar on their skin to smell nice.

 

If a soldier caught an enemy they would have been given three choices

 1. Get your head chopped off.

 2. Join the army or

 3. Become a slave.

By Katie

Making a Roman necklace and a Roman board game.

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CROSS COUNTRY FINALS!!!   

In the finals of the Cross Country Year 3 & 4 boys went to Willington to run an 800 metre muddy track. There were two people from 4F (our class) and three people from 4A. Altogether we came third place out of about 15 schools ! All 5 of us were overjoyed to represent the school in such an exciting way. Despite coming back filthy, we all  enjoyed it !

BY Timmy Crampton= 64th place , Jake Fairbairn=18th place

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4F Cross Country Finalists in Willington

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Switches

On Wednesday we attempted to make a working circuit and just to make it even harder we had to make a switch that starts and stops the current of electricity. To make an ordinary switch we needed a large array of components and a working circuit. We used a piece of balsa wood, two drawing pins and two paper clips. For a Foil pressure switch you also needed some tinfoil. They all worked successfully.

By Jake F. and  Timmy Crampton.

         

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Making switches in Science

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Florence Nightingale’s Worship

       Today was the day! The day that me and my Family Group did an assembly about our Family Group leader, Florence Nightingale, that also included costumes, props and NO face paint!!! Basically this Friday it was our turn to lead an assembly about our Family Group Leader. I dressed up as a nurse since Florence Nightingale wanted to be a nurse, and I was saying two sentences but at different times of course! My costume was actually just a blue dress that had a white apron attached- it also had a red heart with a white cross on representing that I worked for the hospital. The play was TERRIFIC!!!!!! Not to mention the quiz at the end. It had questions and most of them were really easy! I also learnt some new facts about Florence Nightingale… Did you know that Florence was born in Italy but grew up in England???

Taking part in Family Group Worship dressed as Florence Nightingale.

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World Book Day by Luke

Yesterday was World Book Day! We dressed up as our favourite characters from a book although some people came as characters from movies. I went as James and the Giant Peach. My Mam made my costume, a lot of time and effort must have gone into it! We enjoyed making our own National Book token for a competition, I wonder who wins! We got into teams for a quiz, our table was called Gangsta Peach!

We enjoyed dressing up for World Book Day !

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I chose to dress up as Peter from “The Lion, the Witch and the    Wardrobe.” Peter is a very helpful character who likes his family- his brother and sisters. He always tries to protect his family. By Atakan.

On World Book Day, I dressed up as Lucy. She is from "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." I dressed up as Lucy because she is sweet and adventurous. She is my favourite character from the book. By Sylvie

It was World Book Day on Thursday. I got dressed up as the Wicked Witch of the West from "The Wizard of Oz " I was dressed as her because I like how she looks and acts. I like witch stuff ! I was wearing black tights , shorts , T shirt and boots. I had a witch’s  hat and nose ! By Annabelle.

On World Book Day I came as Nikki from "Dork Diaries". I like Nikki because she is  really funny and pretty. Her hair is tied in a pony tail (a very high one).She wears baseball boots. She also wears a jacket and some light blue jeans. I enjoyed dressing up as Nikki. I hope there is another World Book Day because I really enjoyed it ! By Eleanor

I dressed up as Lottie from "The Rescue Princesses." I had on a flower crown and a flower dress . My cardie  was pink with gold buttons on. I had a pink heart ring on my finger. Lucky me because I was allowed my hair down !  I wanted to be Lottie because she is kind, funny and makes lots of friends just like me. She is a princess and she is  full of adventure. She also had pink tights with sparkly shoes.  By Kate Stanley

On World Book Day, I got dressed up as Dorothy from "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." I like Dorothy because she is adventurous like me and she looks after her friends. My costume was a school pinafore (blue and white), a pink cardigan, a red basket, red tights, red bows in my hair and some red shoes. I really enjoyed dressing up for World Book Day ! By Megan.   

I got dressed as Nugget from "The Pirates Next Door." I wore a red and white bandana, a white T-shirt, a brown and gold waistcoat and black and white spotted leggings. I dressed up as her because she`s small and funny and she fires a cannon even she`s only 5!

On Thursday we got to dress up as a character from a book .I dressed as Willy Wonka because I love chocolate  ! Also I love him in the movie. However  it was very useful because the costume  was very warm. By Thomas Perry.

 

 

 

 I was dressed as  Wanda from Where’s Wally ? It was the best World Book Day ever !   I loved my glasses and my whole outfit.

Everyone looked good. I was the only one as Wanda in the whole school. by Lucy

 

 

Can you guess which character we are ?

Cricket!!

This half term we are doing cricket in PE. Our teacher/coach  is called Chris , he is very helpful and listens to our questions. So far I’m really enjoying cricket. I’m not the best at cricket but enjoying it all the same.

By Julia

In our first lesson we learned to catch and throw. In our second lesson we learned to hit the ball from a position that was still. Our lessons are very enjoyable. They are enjoyable because Chris is very nice and fun and because of that the lessons are more fun.

 By Jake.

We are working with a Cricket Coach in P.E. to improve our skills.

We are working with a Cricket Coach in P.E. to improve our skills. 1
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We are continuing to enjoy reading The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and use it for inspiration with our writing. Would you like to visit a Narnia Theme Park ?

Narnia Topia

By Phoebe and Sylvie

      Got a problem? Are you bored?

Then go to Narnia’s first ever theme park!!! It has: the Witch’s Castle Roller Coaster, a Frozen Bite Roller Coaster, Dinner With The Mighty Beavers, The Last Battle Soft Play Area and much more!

Tea with Mr Tumnus is located near some famous landmarks like the lamppost, the famous world of “War Drobe And Spare Oom” and Mr Tumnus’ Cave Of Wonders.

 

 You can have everlasting fun at the Reindeer Petting Zoo and solve millions of mysteries in Maugrim’s ( Captain of the Secret Police) Labyrinth. Ride on the magnificent Aslan’s Ice Roller Coaster !

   

Seasonal Events

 Christmas: Aslan’s story corner, Santa’s Winter Wonderland, decoration making and snowflake making.

 Summer: Ice Queen Piñata, Ice Cream making, Character Cookie Decorating/Making

We have been looking at how Estate Agents persuade us to buy their houses.

Who would live in a house like this ?

 by Hayden

Buy this marvellous house for a family of beavers! Enjoy this luxurious detached dam with an amazing fishing river just a kilometre away. This executive development is filled with a light grey suite compromising a spa bath and a beaver tail cleaner. The property is fully furnished so you have no need to decorate!

Inside our beautiful structure is a fantastic furnace, bunks in all sizes, triple glazing glass and an extraordinary back yard. Additional points of interest would be Cair Paravel and a ride on a sledge through the wood. The back yard has extremely rare plants and the greatest gardening equipment in all of time!

Faun Cave

Are you a faun in a need of a new home? Well we’ve got the perfect property ! Move into a cosy apartment cave, just meant for a faun or two ! The last owner refurbished and added new furniture (that’s permanent.) This is a very modern apartment, for very modern fauns, with warming red dark stone in the main room great for a cup of tea!

 Moving on from the fabulous main room into the bedroom.

 

An inviting lovely bedroom, will no doubt get you so snuggly you won’t want to get up in the morning! It has been rated five star (not to mention it’s a luxury cave.) Everything has its secrets and this  one is it’s definitely no ordinary cave for a faun.  When you enter the bathroom you go into an awesome bathroom . It has a spa bath with five different settings, a fully plumbed sink, toilet and bath.

Although this cave has everything a faun can want, there is something missing, you! At a cheap price ( £320.20) you can live happily after buying the cave !

 

 Winning the Spelling Bee !!

I was up there for Year Four, Martin Luther King. Because of me winning the Spelling Bee, Martin Luther King get an extra 50, yes, I said a whopping 50 team points! The moment that the other two girls got their word wrong, I knew that I had to spell my word right to win the Spelling Bee! My word was irrelevant which, at the time I did not know how to spell so I just went with my instinct. The hall went silent so I was worried that I had spelt it wrong, and then, everybody cheered!

 

Spelling triumph for 4F !

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We made models of our teeth in Science.

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Working with Adam Bushnell, Story Teller

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On the first day of making Greek Pots we had a choice between a thumb pot and a coil pot. I picked thumb pot, you needed a ball of clay then with your thumb you had to make a big hole in it. On the next day we painted the pots orange but at the last minute my pot broke !  I used the paint as glue. One week later, we painted patterns on with black paint. Some people say mine looked like an otter or a butterfly.

By Robert Hale

Our Greek pots

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School Surprise!

School Surprise! 1 Today was quite a surprise the police helicopter landed in our school yard !

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"It's all Greek to me !"

                                               Ancient Greeks

We are learning about the Ancient Greeks and Miss Finn has being reading us some of the myths. We also are doing research on Greek pots. We went on a website where you design your own pot. The Ancient Greeks are my favourite topic.  We have learnt that some pots can have stories on them.

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The Ancient Greeks

 by Luke

 

The Ancient Greeks lived in Greece and the countries we now call Bulgaria and Turkey. The Greeks had some strange superstitions about food – some wouldn’t eat beans as they believed the contained the souls of the dead. Most Ancient Greeks wore a Chiton, which was a long T – shirt that was made from one large piece of cotton. The Parthenon was built almost 2,500 years ago and sits on top of the Acropolis above the city of Athens. It actually contained a large statue of Athena that was made from gold and ivory, it took 15 years to build.

Gods

Zeus – The King of the Gods

Hera – Goddess of marriage and married women

Poseidon – God of the sea, earthquakes and storms

Demeter – Goddess of corn, fruit and agriculture in general

Apollo – God of the sun, music and poetry

Artemis – Goddess of the moon and  hunting

Athena – Goddess of wisdom

Aphrodite – Goddess of love and beauty

Hermes – Messenger of the Gods, God of eloquence and speech

Ares – God of war

Hephaestus – God of fire and the chief workman of the Gods

Dionysus – God of wine and merrymaking

 

I’ve been to Greece many times and read Heracles, The Iliad and now moving on to Jason and the Argonauts. I would like to visit the Parthenon when I’m older. I’ve already been to the parade of St. Dionysus not to be confused with the God Dionysus.

 

Literacy

We have been writing acrostic poems in Literacy. Here is mine!

 

Lights bringing beauty to darkness.

Under the bridge comes fog.

Masses of people standing around.

Into the light you come, out of the darkness you go.

Eerie darkness turns to exciting light.

Refreshments and food stalls filling the streets.

Enter to be amazed!

 

By Jake

Energy Monitor

Hello I’m class 4Fs Energy Monitor, what I do is I go to meetings with all the other class energy monitors. We share ideas (some we even do! ) Also we do fun activities that help us learn more about energy. Every week one year group of energy monitors goes with Mr. Malyan, the caretaker and writes down the electricity readings, water readings and the gas readings. I get to tell the class about what me and the other energy monitors did, but I have to be careful what I say in case I say a new idea ! We have just finished energy saving posters that will go to different classrooms each month. Also we could be working on something else who knows! ?!

By Hollie

 

Children in Need Day

For Children in Need we had a non-uniform day. The theme was "Wear a Onesie and Bed Hair". To be honest, I think my bed hair was a bit rubbish compared to other people. Some people’s hair was so messy it looked like they had been dragged through a bush backwards. As well as a non-uniform day we had a bake sale, almost everyone came in during morning break to get a cake. There must have been over a hundred cakes in that bake sale ! Some of the Onesie’s were just crazy,  some of them were pretty much costumes. My Onesie was just an ordinary one that I wear around the house on free days, sometimes it makes me feel like an archaeologist because it has dinosaur skeletons on it. I can’t get over how good the cakes tasted, a cake sale is a pretty smart idea of trying to get children to bring in money for charity as I guess it is a bit hard to resist buying a chocolate muffin or a donut.

By Jake

 

Swimming

This term 4F have been having swimming lessons at Freemans Quay. We are split into three groups :Tadpoles, Dolphins and Sharks. I am in the Dolphins which is the intermediate group. We have learned several different strokes including front and back crawl, breast stroke, and butterfly. We have also learned the importance of safe behaviour in and around any kind of water ! By Julia 

I go swimming every Monday with my class. We attend the swimming baths in Durham City Centre. We are all put into different groups according to our swimming strengths. The groups are, Sharks, Dolphins and Tadpoles. I'm in Sharks! I love swimming and splashing about.     By Hayden

 

 

 

                                            Ukelele

In Year 4 we are learning the Ukelele. We’re learning new songs every week - so far we have learnt: Row, Row, Your Boat, London Bridge is Falling Down, Oh My Darling Clementine and Bring Me  Sunshine. There are lots of chords to remember but we have a special little rhyme GCEA Good Children Eat Apples. We are  taught  by our wonderful teacher Mr. Atkinson. We are learning to strum really fast which is very hard. Some of the chords sound very weird but when we put it in a song it sounds a lot better. Sometimes the changes that we do are very hard. So 4F give Mr. Atkinson two thumbs up!:)

 by Grace and Marianne

 

 

 

Family Groups

Every Friday morning after Maths and English we have Family Groups. Each Family Group is named after a person that has done something or is someone important, these people are Barack Obama, Marie Curie, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Florence Nightingale, Mother Teresa, Charles Darwin and Helen Keller. We also have a Family Group  Worship  for Family Stars and Awards. Family stars are given for  people that are being kind, helpful and caring. If you win you get a shiny trophy and a certificate, the certificate you are allowed to keep but you need to give the trophy back on Wednesday.         

By Phoebe 

Autumn 1

English-Class Novel

We are reading "The Butterfly Lion" by Michael Morpurgo.

Maths

Our homework is now online !

Science

Our topic is Sound.

Geography

As well as learning about France we are learning about Turkey for European Day of Languages.

Music

We are learning how to play the Ukelele.

Swimming

We are having swimming lessons this half term.

Visit

We are going to All Saints Church as part of our R. E. topic on The Church. Then we are visiting Durham Cathedral, Elvet Methodist Church and St. Cuthbert's RC Church.

Year 4 are also leading the Harvest Service on the 8th October.

 

 

 

 

 

Dressing up for European Day of Languages

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Dressing up for European Day of Languages 2
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