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Warwick Castle October 2018
As part of our topic Year 4 visited Warwick Castle. What an amazing way to draw our half term to a close. Everyone had an incredible adventure with so many new memories made at one of the countries finest examples of a working castle. Despite having an extended trip, there was still not enough time to fit everything in.
We had a 'booming' return from the weeks holiday. We put our creative hats on and produced our own firework displays for our working walls. This was to celebrate our new topic based around the book The Firework-Makers Daughter.
Friday 23rd November
Today saw the turn for Year 4 to run the assembly. Naturally we wanted to show the parents just how much fun we have had learning all about the history of fireworks alongside our current class text The Firework Makers Daughter. Despite some last minute technical issues everyone performed brilliantly finishing off by singing Katy Perry's Firework.
We had a very special visitor in Year 4 today. Chris Pearce from the local company Jubilee Fireworks gave up his time to visit the school. He explained how fireworks were created following the Chinese inventing gunpowder along with how much hard work goes into creating the amazing Alton Towers firework displays which his company sets up. He also retold the tales of Guy Fawkes and 'penny for the guy'. Everyone really enjoyed this experience and had plenty of questions to ask at the end.
Elf Day 7th December
Today we showed our support to the Alzheimer's Society by hosting an Elf Day across the school. Pupils were invited to wear elf costumes or red and green clothing. Some of the activities we took part in was to understand what dementia is and the effects it can have on day to day tasks. To finish off we came up with our Elf-less acts on how we can help those suffering with dementia.
Science Walk - 9th January
Today we went on a walk around the local area in order to see the effect human impact has had on the environment. We managed to find a picture where once stood a wooded area amongst some fields. We Tracked down to where the picture was roughly taken and could see many changes including a canal, houses, lack of trees, Red House Glass Cone and roads.
Monday 14th January
Today we kick started our new Project Based Learning scheme by looking at how cruelly some humans treat animals! From battery hens, circus animals and cosmetic testing creatures, we discussed our thoughts and feelings on how we felt and how our first project will be to build a animal sanctuary to house all of the ill treated animals.
Wednesday 23rd January
We completed our clay models for our Year 4 Animal Sanctuary. The animals the model buildings have been built for have been subjected to animal cruelty by being tested with cosmetics, held prisoner and beaten in circuses, killed for their ivory and kept in cruel conditions.
Wednesday 6th February
Some of our Y3 & Y4 pupils visited Belle Vue Primary for the annual Maths Competition. Despite being a team mate down and facing full strength squads from 6 other schools everyone represented Hawbush proudly. They perservered through all six rounds coming in a commendable 4th place. Well done guys.
Wednesday 13th February
As part of our current project we visited Sandwell Park Farm and Forge Mill Farm. The pupils were able to see first hand just how farm animals are cared for, whether the areas were pastoral or arable farming as well as seeing how farms are looked after. We even found a bit of time to have fun on the adventure playground. A great time was had by all.
Wednesday 27th February
To kick start our new project topic, What would Britain look like if the Vikings still ruled? We spent the afternoon experiencing what it would have been like to live during the Viking era. We experienced the punishments set by the village 'Thing' of carrying hot stones, banishment from the village and hunted down. The girls had to collect firewood whilst the boys farmed the land. To finish it off we conducted a conscience alley to decide whether they would prefer to live in 793AD or the Present Day, the latter just narrowly winning,
Thursday 7th March
To celebrate World Book Day 2019 we had a whole day of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory activities. We began the day calculating mass of Wonka chocolates an sweets, creating a biography of Mr Willy Wonka and a comprehension task. It was great to see an array of costumes including Pippy Longstockings, Mary Poppins, Billionaire Boy and Harry Potter.
Wednesday 13th March - Science Day
As part of National Science Week we held a whole school Science Day. Pupils across the school from Y1 to Y6 were placed in mixed teams to work together as a team in order to design and create some amazing projects. The pupils were tasked to make paper planes, spaghetti towers, play doh boats, parachutes, balloon cars and paper bridges. A fantastic time was had by all and can't wait to see it on the calendar again next year!!
Year 4 kicked off the Summer Term with an introduction to our new novel led topic for the book Why the Whales came. We spent the day researching and creating fact files on "the unicorns of the sea" Narwhal Whales. Then in the afternoon, we rolled our sleeves up and created our very own clay models of these intriguing mammals that occupy the Artic Oceans on our planet.
St Georges Day - 23rd April
To celebrate the day of our Patron Saint we experienced what it was like to live in South Africa during The Apartheid. Any children with blue eyes were told they were going to be given preferential treatment for the rest of the year purely because of the colour of their eyes. We had very mixed emotions about these new rules and their thoughts and feeling were recorded. We then looked at Democracy and how the laws and regulations are created in this country. In the afternoon, we designed and painted a WW1 picture and focused on the relevance of why poppy's are sold on remembrance day.
The Royal Wedding - 21st May
In year 4 we celebrated the Royal Wedding of Harry and Meghan in style. We had a special British values day where we researched facts about the happy couple and their big day as well as discovering information about the rest of the Royals. We were even joined by a couple of special guests who helped out with the tasks!!
At lunch time we held a whole school royal banquet in the playground. There was bunting, royal place mats, Union Jacks and topped off with the children's own designed crowns. What a fun day this was!!
Sea Life Centre, Birmingham - 15th June
With our current topic there was nowhere more appropriate for Year 4 to visit that the Sea Life Centre. Here we were able to test our new found knowledge from our Science and Geography lessons as we explored the many sea creatures from our planet. We got up close and personal with penguins, sea horses, sharks and a even a giant turtle, all animals we would normally only get to see on TV or in a book. Ellis, who ran the behind the scenes tour, even expressed his amazement with how we were able to confidently answer all of the questions he set us! A great day was had by all which was topped off with a visit to the gift shop where most purchased some souvenirs from the day.
Good to be Green party - 18th June
The latest good to be green reward was a fantastic beach party. The pupils were able to enjoy playing in the sand building castles, getting soaked in the paddling pools and playing sports with their friends. Everyone had a fabulous time, especially those who had the buckets of water poured over them!!! We can't wait to discover what the next reward party will be, year 4 say it will have to be really good to beat this one!!!!
Year 6 Vs Staff rounders - 2nd July
Today saw the inaugural Staff V Year 6 rounders match. Despite the high spirits and great respect shown by both teams there could only be one winner... The staff members! The current Year 5's have got a lot of training to be ready for next years showdown!
Sports Day - 2nd July
Conditions were perfect for our annual Sports Day event. Year 4 showed great resilience in all events with everyone trying their best, which was backed up with a cacophony of support from each house.