Welcome to Discoverers
Welcome to the Discoverers class page
In our class we are taught by Mrs Taylor, who is supported by Mrs Exelby.
We are in year 4, which means that we are 8 turning 9 (we love to share our birthdays).
We have busy weeks in here, with English and Mathematics lessons taught daily, and some lessons that happen once a week, like computing with Mrs Gurney on a Thursday afternoon.
Also on a Thursday, we have magical music with Ralph (our amazing music teacher). We need to remember to practice our instruments at home, and then bring them in on a Thursday morning ready for our lesson.
On a Tuesday afternoon, we have dance, so we need to bring in our PE kits ready for then. We usually leave our PE kits in school for the half term, and take them home just before the holidays.
We bring our books and reading records to school each day, and change them when we have finished reading them. This happens during the week when we share our books with Mrs Taylor or Mrs Exelby.
Each week, homework is set up for us on Sumdog. Sumdog is a fun website, which helps us practice our maths skills through playing games. It is set up for us to complete on a Thursday. We also get spelling homework too. This happens every other Thursday, and we are tested on the spellings during the Tuesday of the second week. We practice our spellings during the week at school, too.
Below, you will find blogs that we write, to share all of the special memories we make in this class. Feel free to check them out
Hello again, Visitors,
This week, we have been thinking about ways that we can stay safe. We have worked with our play therapist Mel and thought about how we can look after our own metal health, we’ve spoken with Mrs Taylor about road safety and how to avoid taking risks, and we have learned about electrical safety, and why it’s important to not overload sockets or have wet hands when using electricity.
As well as learning about keeping safe, we have also been learning about some people who have to take huge risks in order to stay safe. We have learned all about refugees and migrants, and are beginning to write a narrative about somebody who has to flee their country for safety.
We are praying for those who are having to move out of their homes so quickly, and for those people who find themselves lost or afraid in a new country. We are considering ways that we can help refugees, in addition to the collections that we gather at school.
This week, we have spent maths lessons focusing on how to calculate tricky division questions. We have used bus stop method, and our times table, to help us work through questions.
In English, we have finished writing our newspaper reports, and are so excited to share them with our families and the local community. They certainly highlight the importance of giving, and being generous (our current Collective Worship value).
Families joined us today, to end a brilliant week. We celebrated Chinese New Year in style, and created lanterns, origami bunnies, fortune cookies and pictures. Take a look at the pictures below to see us in action:
Since returning to school after the Christmas break, we have been thinking about how charities help others. We had a visit from Bec at Hope Whitby this week, and we are feeling very inspired by the work of her team: providing a foodbank and warm space to Whitby and the surrounding areas.
With this is mind, we are hoping to raise awareness of this fantastic charity, and are in the process of creating newspaper reports to share with our family and Friends.
In addition to this, our new value for this half term is ‘courage’. We are learning about courageous people in history, and the things that we can do to make a difference in the world. We seek strength from the bible quote: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1.9
We hope that you can join us in standing up for what’s right, and challenging the wrong!
We are well underway with preparations for Christmas, including lots of nativity practise. We have learned so many lines, and so many songs: we are very ready for our performance on Tuesday!
Another preparation has been the creation of our school advent calendar. We created a reverse calendar, so instead of taking something, we give something to others.
Have you heard of Henri Matisse? He is an artist, who created fauvism art. It’s a type of modern art that uses bold colours and textures in paint. Take a look at our inspirations:
This week has been somewhat dramatic, with drama featuring in many areas of our learning. We have been created scenes from Shakespeare’s Tempest, acting out our parts for the Christmas Nativity, and dramatising new vocabulary to help us remember the meaning behind it. We love drama!
On Wednesday, we also created posters advertising our own Diwali festival. As we have been learning all about Hinduism, and the importance of Diwali, we thought it would be great to design a poster that included the meaning behind it.
Although the rain hasn’t stopped for what feels like the entire week, the sky was bright for a very special event on Wednesday morning, as we were joined by families to celebrate the opening of our two new buildings. This was a wonderful celebration of Mrs McGill and Mrs Bland who have dedicated many years to our incredible school, and have been here since the first buildings were erected.
Throughout the week, the children have taken part in some excellent discussions about Remembrance. Children shared their own reflections with great sensitivity and thought. To mark Remembrance Day in Sleights, each child created a piece of art or message.
After school, Mrs Hann and I walked to St John’s and the War Memorial monument to display the children’s fantastic and thoughtful Remembrance reflections. The work is incredible and is now firmly in place to help the full village mark Remembrance Sunday this weekend.
Well done, Sleights.
Thank you for stopping by!
It’s been a while since we last updated you, as we had our wonderful half term holiday last week.
On the Friday before we broke up, we visited Whitby for a day being tourists. We visited Whitby Abbey, Whitby Museum and ate delicious fish and chips at the amazing Quayside.
In RE this week, we continue to learn about Hinduism, and what it is like to be a Hindu in Britain today. Exploring this in more detail, we have been learning about the story of Rama and Sita, and how this resulted in the incredible Diwali festival.
During Collective Worship, and within our prayer spaces, we are thinking about the value compassion. As we worship this value we thinking about how we can put others before ourselves.
We hope you all have a wonderful weekend and we will speak soon,
Thank you for visiting our class blog 🙂
We have had a fabulous week, where we have celebrated World Heart Day, learned more about Hinduism, and visited Robin Hoods Bay to learn more about rocks.
For World Heart Day, we thought about how our hearts help us, as well as considering what we can do to keep them healthy. We decided that eating well, and getting at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, would help.
In RE, we are considering what it means to be a Hindu in Britain. We have started to explore Hinduism in more detail, looking at the four main aims of their lives, and then thought about four main aims for our lives. Some of us decided that if we live a life where we are kind, generous, respectful and loving, we will be happy 😀
Finally, our trip to Robin Hoods Bay was fantastic! We searched for fossils (and found so many), rockpooled for new and interesting sealife, and took a circular walk around the area, which was part of the Cleveland Way.
We are so excited to be writing our first post as year 4 pupils!
We are now in Discoverers class and can’t wait to share all of the exciting things that happen during our week.
This week, we went out to watch the Tour of Britain cycling race. It was amazing to see the cyclists pedalling so hard. We were inspired by their efforts and have organised our own cycle-to-school day. Check out our picture of posters below.
Thank you for visiting Discoverers’ blog 🙂
We have had a very busy week, after lots of trips have been happening for different classes, and we had our transition days where we spent time with our new teachers.
We visited the North Yorkshire Moors, where we learned about the environment there, and the work that goes in to protecting it.
We spent time with Mrs Porter this week, and did lots of fun activities getting to know each other better.
In class, we have also been thinking about the journey of different religions, and the important events that happen within Christianity, Judaism and Hinduism.
We hope you have a lovely week,