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Pegasus – Year 4

Mrs Paganuzzi and Mrs Shorthouse (Class Teacher)

Mrs Gourlay  (Support Staff)

Autumn 2018

Pegasus have had a fantastic start to the year. They are finding out about Solids, liquids and gases. They have taken part in some exciting hands on experiments.

The children are really enthusiastic about the Anglo Saxons topic and many children have already completed their topics and are keen to show what they have learnt. So far they have made brooches and discovered how warriors were armed.

Basketball is proving popular and children are making great progress with their ball skills.

Summer 2018

Pegasus class have had a great week which included our trip to Hatfield House and an outdoor learning session.  At Hatfield House we were privileged enough to meet Henry VIII. His wife Catherine Parr kindly schooled us in royal etiquette and we sang him a song. We went on to meet the head of armoury where we were taught about the different weapons used during Tudor times. Everyone had a great time and the children were a real credit to Manland School and their parents.

Our outdoor learning involved classifying the invertebrates we found in the wildlife area. We were amazed at the diversity of animals in our school grounds.

Welcome back to the summer term.We have lots of exciting lessons and activities planned for the coming months. We have started our main text for this half term, Journey To Jo’burg. It is a powerful story set in apartheid South Africa. The children have already given thoughtful responses to what we have read so far.

In maths we have been focussed on decimals and will move on to look at problem solving using money. Any support you can provide at home would be great (no extra pocket money required!) In history we have started learning about the Tudors by looking at the monarchs from that period, the chronological order and researching their lives.

In science we have started learning about electricity. The children are keen to start building circuits and once we have mastered that we will make different sorts of switches and investigate which materials are conductors and which are insulators. In P.E. we are lucky to have the support of sports coaches who will be leading dedicated sessions with the children.

Thank you for your continued support and please do not hesitate to contact me with any queries.

Spring 2018

I’d like to wish you all a very warm welcome back to school and wish you all a happy and healthy 2018. The children have settled back into the school routine and we have enjoyed getting to know one another.

Pegasus have been working hard on understanding the features of play scripts and using this knowledge to create their own plays. In the coming weeks we will move on to study story settings and will be using The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as our text. We do have some copies in school, but if you have one at home it would be great if you could bring it in.

We have made great progress in our understanding of the Maya civilisation, learning about their greatest achievements and how they used their knowledge of the world around them to create such a successful and powerful empire.

Autumn 2017

Our topic this term is the Anglo-Saxons and we have been learning about when and where they came from and why they came to England. We have been talking about settlements and what the Anglo-Saxons needed and how they were different from the Romans. We are researching the reconstructed Anglo-Saxon village of West Stow and are very much looking forward to our visit there on 2nd November.

In English we have been carrying on the Anglo Saxon theme and looking at the story of Beowulf and Grendel. We have been looking at powerful verbs and reported speech and have been writing newspaper reports.

In Maths we have been revisiting our place value knowledge and some of our work has included exploring the function of zero, rounding numbers to the nearest 10,100 and 1000  and negative numbers. We are now moving on to addition and subtraction using the column method.

We have enjoyed watching, listening to and even eating some presentations about Anglo Saxon food and look forward to sharing more of them as they come in. Don’t forget you have until 31st October to complete it!