Strange and Dangerous Creatures Stunning Start
On Tuesday, we took part in our stunning start for our new topic 'Strange and Dangerous Creatures'. We started the day by watching part of a TV episode which showed different creatures in their natural habitats and exploring the features that they use to attack and defend themselves. Then, having discussed what creatures need to survive we designed our own new strange and dangerous creatures - they needed to be able to attack, defend themselves and attract other creatures of the same species.
We also created our own bird feeders which we are going to take home and see who can attract the strangest bird outside their house. After lunch, we went on a creature hunt to see what we could find around the school - mainly worms, woodlice, slugs and beetles!
Empire Fantastic Finish
Today, was the fantastic finish for year fours' topic 'Empire'. We had an amazing last day preparing an art exhibition for our buddies in reception and friends and family to come and enjoy. In the morning, we made cucumber sandwiches, cheese straws, shortbread and cherry cupcakes for our friends and family to enjoy whilst they viewed our art. After this, we created one last piece of art by using the OHP to create shadows of ourselves on the wall and then drew them to make our silhouette portraits. After lunch, it was time to prepare for the opening of our exhibition. We help to set up the artwork and refreshments in the hall and prepared ourselves for the arrival of our guests. First, we showed our buddies around and shortly after our friends and family. We were able to tell them about our art and the processes that we went through to create it.
Morwellham Quay Trip
Year four had a fantastic time on their trip to Morwellham Quay where we got a taste of what life was like for Victorians in the local area. We split into three groups and did a range of activities: going on a mine train through an old copper mine; breaking up rocks from the mine as children in the Victorian times would have done; dressing up in our Victorian Sunday best and visiting two very different houses from a rich family and a poor mining family. The outside toilet next to the pigsty was a bit of a shocker!
The trial of Peter and David...
Empire Stunning Start
This term, Year 4 are going to be delving into the world of Britain's Victorian Empire. We started our topic off with our own Empire Day where we cooked a curry (inspired by our love of India - 'the jewel in the crown of the British Empire'), sang the national anthem, discussed whether we thought the British Empire was a good or bad thing, learnt about some heroes of the empire and had a visitor from Cornwall Council who practised Victorian handwriting with us using dip pens and slates. We had some brilliant discussions around the morality of building a large empire which I'm sure we will return to as the term goes on. Have a look at some photos from the day below:
Ahoy Me Hearties! Fantastic Finish
On Friday, we braved the cold and took the boats that we've been working on in DT out to some paddling pools to test and race them. There were mixed results - some barely floated at all whereas others were very successful indeed! To warm back up again after break, we played giant class vs class battleships with walkie talkies. It got very competitive and Orange 1 were the overall victors! In the afternoon we chilled out and snuggled up on the floor with blankets, cushions and plenty of pirate flags to watch a pirate movie. Overall - a very fantastic finish!
Ahoy Me Hearties! Stunning Start
Last Tuesday, the children celebrated the stunning start of their new topic, Ahoy Me Hearties! We spent the day learning to be pirates. From lessons on how to speak in a pirate voice to reading maps of the school to find hidden treasure to cooking and eating a pirate feast, we had a brilliant day. It was a fantastic start to what is now shaping up to be a fantastic topic! Watch this space for more updates on what Year 4 are up to.
Espionage Fantastic Finish!
Year 4 have had a fantastic afternoon at their fantastic finish! It all started in assembly this morning where some of their adverts that they've been working on were shown to the whole school. After that, they spent the morning preparing games and activities for other children to take part in in the afternoon.
The hall was set up by the children after lunch and we had visits from year 3 and our buddies in foundation stage. Everybody had a great time!
We are now looking forward to the start of our 'Ahoy Me Hearties!' topic after half term. Don't forget, our Stunning Start is on Tuesday 31st. The children can come in dressed as pirates.
During our first topic lesson, we found out what a spy is. To do this we took on the roles of agents from MI5, MI6 and GCHQ to prevent a crime within the school. We gathered and examined different types of evidence which enabled us to eliminate potential suspects. After thorough examination, we concluded that Mrs Gosney had been planning to burst a water pipe to get a day off school for her son's birthday!
Yesterday we went on our Fantastic Finish trip to Devonport Naval base where we visited the Naval Heritage Museum and also got the chance to go on board a decommissioned submarine! (unfortunately we were unable to take any photos of the submarine part of our day, unless we wanted Miss Thomas to get arrested!)
Ahoy there parents! For our new topic - All Hands on Deck - we took part in a pirate themed stunning starter! We had 4 different activities to take part in including mending the sails, baking hardtack and scrubbing the decks. Have a look below at our pictures to see how much we enjoyed (or didn't enjoy!) some of our tasks!
Today we held our Fantastic Finish where we were reenacting the Great Fire of London! Using the Tudor houses we made, a fire was started in one of the buildings and we watched it spread throughout the city. In less than 8 minutes London was turned to ashes.
In Year 4 we have been looking at comments and how some comments are appropriate and some are not. We have all seen clips and videos from the YouTube website and were aware of the comments that people make but today we thought more about how those comments would make us feel if it was our video they were made about. We created a magnetic poster of Dos and Don'ts when commenting on things on the internet which are hopefully proudly displayed on your fridge!
Welcome to the new school year in Year 4!
Today has been our Stunning Starter and we have become expert bakers in our own Callington Bakery. We have taken on 17th century recipes and created a basic white loaf, a rye bread and small cakes containing currants. In order to fully become expert bakers, we had to also look the part and made our own amazing bakers' hats.
In the afternoon, we were able to try our delicious baking for the first time and it was scrummy!
Treyarnon Bay Day 4
Today we went to the beach and enjoyed rock pooling and playing games in the sand.
Treyarnon Bay Day 3
Today we had a fantastic day at Flambards enjoying the rides, eating sweets and dodging the showers.
Quotes from the children:
“It made my tummy jiggle.”
“It was amazing!”
“Flambards is awesome!”
“The rides made us so dizzy.”
“We went to Flambards and I rode the roller-coaster eight times.”
“The ride made me sick. However, it was amazing!”
Treyarnon Bay Day 2
Today we had a fantastic day on Constantine Beach. We enjoyed a lovely breakfast after which we had a short leisurely walk to the beach. Once there we enjoyed rock pooling, building sand castles and playing games in the sand.
Treyarnon Bay Day 1
Today the children have cycled the Camel Trail between Wadebridge and Padstow. It was an enjoyable ride despite the drizzle. Fortunately the weather cleared for lunch and then children had the opportunity to look in some of the shops whilst we were there. Then we cycled back to Wadebridge and headed to the hostel. Upon arrival the children went to their rooms unpacked and made their bed and were treated to a superb dinner. We then walked down to the beach and enjoyed the sunshine and played some games.
Go Team GB!
For our stunning starter, we took part in our very own Alternative Olympic games! First we had to get into small groups and decide what country we would be representing. Once we had decided, we then made our country’s flag and designed medals for the winners. Finally we made an Olympic torch to represent an Olympic games of our choice.
Then it was time…we took part in the Alternative Olympics which included various events such as Welly Tossing, Kangaroo Boing and many more!
Stunning Starter for our new topic.....Destination Unknown
Today we learnt about our new topic Destination Unknown where we will be learning lots about different types of transport. To begin our day we were told that we would be going on holiday to Barbados! In order for us to do this, we had to make a passport, buy a ticket, go through security, take a bus from the airport to the plane and then fly!
Take a look through our photos to see how much fun we had and how excited we are about our upcoming learning!
This week we have been learning about teeth and the children have taken part in various activities to better understand the functions of the different types of teeth in adults. Below are some pictures and a few videos the children made informing us about the 4 different types of teeth and their main functions.
Throughout the Spring Term we will be engrossed in the topic of Jurassic so be prepared!
Our Stunning Starter took place on Monday where the children took part in various dinosaur related activities including the most popular of all....making dinosaur poo!!
Year 4’s Fantastic Finish Film Premiere!
On Tuesday, Year 4 invited friends and family members along to the hall for the premiere of their film ‘Tree House Adventure’. The cinema entrance was lined with a red carpet and trigger happy paparazzi keen to take their pictures. A friendly and bustling ticket office greeted the audience and ushers were on hand to guide them to their seats and also to the thriving concessions stand. Once family and friends had taken their seats the children kicked off the afternoon with a rendition of the Drifters classic ‘Saturday Night at the Movies’ – a very befitting song to end their learning journey. The film was shown to a captivated audience who thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Well done Year 4!
Year 4 were treated to a special visit from a local author today. Claire Barker, who is the author of Knitbone Pepper Ghost Dog, visited us today to share with us her love of reading. We listened to Claire talk about her inspiration for her books and even got to make up a new ghost character: Lucky MacIntire the ship's cat who came to an unfortunate ending during a tickling cannon incident!
You can find out more about Claire and the story of Knitbone Pepper on her website below.
E Safety Day
In year 4 we decided to focus on staying safe online. First we discussed how the internet is a fantastic resource that can be used to enrich our lives with information and a place to have fun. This led onto our main focus staying safe online. We discussed how the internet could be a dangerous place, where we should be vigilant and careful about information we share and accept. We then shared and discussed the SMART rules: Safe, Meeting, Accepting, Reliable and Tell available online: http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/beingsmart/
We watched some scenarios discussing how the person could have stayed safe and how we could put the SMART rules into practice. A main point we discuss was staying safe online and what information is safe. We discussed the fact that you would not talk to a stranger in public so the internet is no different, that you should only communicate with people you know. Importantly, we also discussed the fact that you should Tell someone if people are contacting you and that if meeting anyone new, you should be accompanied by an adult.
After break, we had some situation cards such as a person you don’t know is messaging you to meet up, what do you do? The children acted out the situation and provided a solution to the dilemma as well
In the afternoon we looked at Reliability of information. This involved us researching certain statements and websites to see if they were fact or fiction. This taught us that not all sources of information on the internet are accurate and that we should check at least two sources to check it’s reliability.
Our days of forest school for this term were rather wet and muddy. We managed to stay out for the morning and play team building games, explore the forest schools area and feast on hot chocolate and marshmallows. However, the weather turned on us for the afternoon and we had to make our way indoors to shelter from the rain.
Today we had our Stunning Starter for our new topic called Saturday Night at the Movies! We took part in a special cinema experience where we had to buy a ticket from the box office desk, then find our seat in the screen before settling down to watch a short film (Wallace and Gromit).
In the afternoon, we got to make our own versions of stop frame animation films using modelling clay and an iPad to take multiple pictures of our scene.
Our Fantastic Finish took us on an adventure to a real mine at Geevor in Penzance. We were split into small groups and got to experience many different aspects of mining. We went inside an actual mine and appreciated how small and narrow it actually was; we used various tools to drill and crush rock and even saw how 'shaking tables' were used inside the mill.
Last week the children in Year 4 took part in alternative sports where they learnt the skills involved in tchoukball and then played mini games within their classes.
In Year 4 we looked at 2 different types of disability: people in wheelchairs and people who have lost limbs.
Orange 2 looked specifically at the life of professional surfer Bethany Hamilton who tragically lost her arm in a shark attack when she was only 13. The children began to look at what life would be like for them if they lost one of their arms - how would they carry out everyday tasks? We attempted to carry out various tasks including writing the date and learning objective in our books, putting on a jumper and even playing a simple game of throw and catch during PE.
Having an understanding of what life would be like, the children began to design a range of resources that could help a child with one limb cope in school during lessons, lunch and sports.
In Year 4 we looked at British laws, discussed the ones we've heard of and why they're there. We also talked about what happens to people if they break them and the consequences of their actions.
Orange 2 spent the day campaigning for a new law to be introduced to the school that would endeavour to make it a better place to be for everyone. The children split into small groups and began to discuss their ideas. They were challenged with creating their own campaign slogan, speech, posters and storyboard for a TV advert. After completing their challenge, the groups delivered their speeches to the rest of the class and everyone was then given the chance to look over everyone else's posters and ideas.
In the afternoon, the children were given the chance to vote democratically for the law using ballot papers and their right to vote. To ensure fairness was upheld, Orange 1 counted our votes and the winning law was announced!
Throughout our topic we aim to create a fantastic learning journey where the children will cover a range of curriculum areas related to mining. In history we are looking at how and when mining began; the conditions the miners experienced and famous Cornish inventors who made a significant impact on the mining industry. In geography we will be developing our map skills, learning about the continents and oceans that make up our world and locating the various mines around the world. The children will be creating beautiful watercolours of the iconic Cornish landscape that is home to the remains of various engine houses. We are hoping to engage the children in their learning even further by designing and making our own pasties! Our fantastic finish will be a visit to Geevor mine at the end of term where children will be able to see for themselves the conditions miners experienced and have the opportunity to pan for gold!
CPS Airways is here!
Are you looking for the flight of your life? Fancy a ride on board a superb flying machine with amazing staff who will adhere to your every need? Well, look no further as CPS Airways is here! The children have been working extremely hard all term to learn about the world of flying and aviation and would like to personally invite the parents, friends and families from Year Four, to come to our 'Fantastic Finish' tomorrow (Friday 17th July) in the school hall. Boarding for flights will start at 2.00pm and we will be closing our cabin doors at 4.00 pm.
Take a look at our persuasive adverts to get a glimpse of what awaits you. Enjoy!
Please note that we have not been able to upload all of the adverts as some children are not allowed on the website. We will be showing all of the adverts during tomorrow's fantastic finish.
Treyarnon Bay: Day 4
Filming Making on the Beach
Take a look at our amazing film from our fab beach day!
Today we had another lovely day at Constantine Bay. Before we left, we had some free play time up on the grass outside of the hostel. This is a lovey spot and a perfect place for a game of football or some sketching of the beautiful coastline. Once we had our lunches packed, it was off to the beach. Today we had lots of fun playing on the beach, hunting for creatures in the rock pools and getting crafty with slate sketching. Freddy even found a starfish and some of the girls managed to catch a little fish. Some children even had a cheeky little joke and played a trick on Miss Friend. Cleverly, they hid a certain someone underneath a towel and they jumped out to scare her...she didn't mind and found it quite funny! After another brilliant day at the beach, it was back to the hostel for showers and a final supper- a feast of sausage, mash and peas followed by a delicious helping of apple crumble! Yum Yum! Then it was time for the amazing and one of a kind...Treyarnon Bay Talent Show! Wow...there certainly was some talent on display this evening! All in all, we've had a fantastic day and a brilliant last evening. Tomorrow it's time for Crealy and then we'll be heading home. See you all tomorrow! :)
Treyarnon Bay: Day 3
This morning, everyone woke up ready and excited for another jam-packed day of fun and adventure. Today it was time to visit Flambards! After a delightful breakfast of cereal,croissants and a rather lovely cooked breakfast, we were all eager and ready to go. It was off to coach! Unfortunately, when the driver turned the key, we didn't appear to be going anywhere sharpish. We all sat still and waited patiently. After a fiddle around with the bus, the driver tried once more but this time he had the help of our resident super hero Mrs Holman. Hurray...the engine started and things were as good as new. Relieved, the driver returned to the bus and was met with a tumultuous applause from the children; we were more than happy and finally on our way to Flambards.
After a journey along the Cornish countryside lanes, we arrived in Helston and Flambards was in sight. Once inside the themepark, we set up base and arranged groups and meeting times. Excited,elated and thrilled, the children raced off in their groups to ride the hornet, cruise on the log flume and float around in the hot air balloons. Everyone had a fantastic day and acted extremely sensibly around the park- what role models and representatives for our school! Then it was back on the coach and time to head back to the youth hostel for another scrumptious meal. Tomorrow we're off to the beach again and we can't wait! We hope you are all enjoying our pictures!
Treyarnon Bay: Day 2
Today we have had an amazing day at Constantine Bay. We set off early and spent the whole day having fun on the beach. We set up a little spot just in front of the rockpools and soon the children were off. The rockpools proved to be an exciting place to visit and many creatures were found throughout the day- one group of boys even managed to catch 10 CRABS! Superb sandcastles and sculptures were crafted and Mr Fugil lead an epic game of cricket. We then headed back for a much needed shower; everyone was a tad on the sandy side you see and then it was time for another scrumptious meal. As I type, the children the children are now all happily playing up on the grass outside of the youth hostel. Again another brilliant day!
Treyarnon Bay: Day 1
Today, Year Four set off on their week long journey to Treyarnon Bay. Excited and ready for a week full of fun, we set off from Callington and travelled to Wadebridge where we would kick off the holiday with a bike ride along the Camel Trail. Everyone cycled brilliantly from Wadebridge to Padstow and when we arrived the sun was there to greet us. We ate our lunch up on the grass overlooking the harbour and then split into groups and visited some of the shops. It was soon time to cycle back and get on the coach and head over to the youth hostel. When we arrived, we settled into our rooms and had a delicious dinner of chilli and jacket potatoes-yum yum! Then we headed on down to the beach for some beach games and a game of football. What an amazing first day!
Year 3 and 4 took part in carousel activities throughout the day where we learnt about different aspects of Science through fun and exciting activities and experiments.
In the Year 3 classrooms we looked at aerodynamics with Mr Walker and made and tested our own paper airplanes. With Miss Torr we looked at freezing and melting and were given the challenge of trying to lift an ice cube off a tray without touching the ice cube. The only pieces of equipment we had were salt and a piece of string. We managed to lift it by placing the piece of string on top of the ice cube and then tipping salt over the top. The salt momentarily melted the ice where the string was touching it and then re-froze causing the string to become attached!
In Year 4 Miss Friend helped us to understand friction and we made balloon rockets which we sped across the hall! Miss Thomas taught us about immiscible liquids and we made our own lava lamps using oil, water, food colouring and alka seltzer tablets to create the bubbles.
This week we had an E-Safety day to learn all about staying safe on the Internet. This half term, we focussed on the idea that ‘not everything is as it might seem’. We started off by looking at different optical illusions and pictures and thought about what we could see at first and then what appeared after a second look. We then thought about how this can relate to staying safe when online. We discussed the SMART rules and talked about how you should never give out any of your personal information. We also discussed freedom of speech in terms of social media and held a debate as part of a class. We also made mouse mats to take home to help us remember the rules on how to stay safe.
Fun in the Forest
Last week, we had an awesome time out in the forest school. We absolutely love forest school and enjoy spending time outdoors learning new skills and working as part of a team. We played lots of different games to work on our team work and communication skills and took part in exciting challenges. We pretended we had all survived a plane crash and were stranded on a desert island. We thought about the essential things we would need to be able to survive and set about creating shelters and our own five minutes fires. Look at some of the pictures from our fantastic day!
Here are Orange One's Pictures from the day...
Look at Orange Two's super day!
Come Fly With Me Stunning Starter
Year Four have started their brand new topic ‘Come Fly With Me’ and this week had a stunning starter to kick off their learning journey in style. On Monday morning, the children returned to school to find that the whole of Year Four had been transformed into a working airport. From check in desks to security,this was the real deal. After assembly, we thought about all the things you would need for a real flight and set about creating our own passports and packing our bags. Then it was time to reveal our secret destination…We were flying to New York City! Excited, elated and a tiny bit nervous for what was to come next, the children made the final checks before getting ready to check in. Once the children had received their boarding passes, they made their way through security and our tough security gardens into the departure lounge. After a small wait, it was time to board the plane. We learnt all about the safety procedures and precautions needed for flying and were given a safety talk and demonstration. During our flight, we were able to see outside of the window (thanks to a rather clever flight simulator) and even experienced some turbulence.
Our Spy Kids Fantastic Finish
After an amazing topic learning all about the secret world of spies, Year Four held their Spy Kids Fantastic Finish in the hall on Friday 17th April. The academy was a total success with lots of trainee spies attending and being put through their paces by our spy experts. Children, teachers and family members all came along and joined in the fun. The children each picked an area of expertise and worked as part of a group to create a training section for the academy using their learnt skills and knowledge from our topic. Some of the different areas including, code breaking, fitness and agility training and a section on how to conceal information.
Miss Friend and Miss Thomas were super proud and impressed with the tremendous effort and enthusiasm put in by all children from Year Four and hope the children have enjoyed their 'Spy Kids' learning journey.
This half term in Year Four, we have had an amazing learning adventure through our Spy Kids topic. Our learning began with our Spy Kids Stunning Starter Day where we came into school dressed as secret agents and spies for a day of mystery and espionage training. During the day, we learnt how to crack codes, worked on our memory and observation skills and even planned and carried out our own secret assignments in the field.
Our Fantastic Finish is going to be a spy academy day where we show off all our learning on how to be a successful spy. In order to put on a great spy day, we had to learn all about the world of spies. We started our journey by learning about different secret agents and spies from the past such as the Special Operations Executive (SOE) during World War Two. We learnt about the way they lead their lives and the secret missions they undertook which were both interesting and highly dangerous. We began to understand the qualities needed to be a successful spy and the commitment and bravery they all possessed in order to do their job well.
We then looked at the gadgets and devices spies used to help them with their missions with a specific focus on periscopes. We discovered how periscopes are used and learnt all about the science involved with light and reflection. We had lots of fun evaluating different designs and seeing what we could spot around the room. We then set about designing our own periscopes to use in our academy and will start creating these this week. Look out for them at our fantastic finish.
In literacy, we have been learning a story all about a spy who sets out on his first mission. We used lots of storytelling techniques to help us unpick the story and understand the characters’ thoughts, feelings and motives.
World Book Day Extravaganza by Orange One
On Thursday 5th March Callington Primary School took part in World Book Day. We all had a magical day as we all turned into our favourite book characters; even the teachers joined in! During the morning, each class took part in book related activities. We are reading David Walliam's 'Mr Stink' so we decided to base our morning around the world of David Walliams and his hilariously funny books. We learnt all about the illustrations in his books by Quentin Blake and Tony Ross and set about designing and illustrating our own book characters in this style. Using the Ipads, we photographed our work and added them to the 'Book Creator' APP. We then used our amazing ICT skills to bring our characters to life and created our own stories on the Ipad.Later on in the day, we shared our stories with our buddies in Red Two- they really enjoyed them!
The afternoon ending with our visit to the 'Mad Hatter's Tea Party' where we met up with our buddies and shared some cake and juice whilst listening to some amazing story reading. It truly was a superb day to remember. Remember that you have been given a World Book Day token which you can exchange at several different shops for one of the World Book Day books. Get reading and let your imagination fly!
Equality and Diversity Day
On Monday 2nd March we had an equality and diversity day. This half term the focus was racism and ethnicity. We spent the morning looking at a book called 'Tusk Tusk' and discussed the different attitudes and issues from the book. We all had excellent ideas and thoughtful opinions. We then watched a video which showed a teenage girl who had been the subject to racial discrimination. We heard all about her story and the brave way in which she asked for help.
After break, we decided we wanted to do something to help with raising awareness of racism in schools. We set up our campaign teams and spent the rest of the day designing posters, making slogans and creating campaign videos. Here are some photos of our campaign talks to the class.
Our Fantastic Finish to our 'Drake's Journey' topic was an amazing success! The whole school came to watch plus our parents, families and friends; the hall was absolutely packed! We put on an amazing play and all acted and performed brilliant; some of us even had the audience in fits of laughter. Take a look at some of the photos from our play.
Year Four have had an amazing half term learning all about Sir Francis Drake and his circumnavigation of the World. We've been learning all about life on a Tudor ship from the vile and gruesome punishments to the sailors and their not so delicious diets. We learnt and wrote our own versions of a recount about Sir Francis Drake's journey around the world. After this, we turned our recounts into playscripts and tomorrow we are putting on a play to the school and our parents as our 'Fantastic Finish'. Look out for the photos coming soon.
Year Four's Fantastic Forest School Day
Last week, we had an amazing day out in the Forest School. We put on our warmest clothes and headed out to the forest school area for a day of fun and adventure. We played team building skills such as ' I have a space on my right' and 'try to stay on your ship' . After a while, it was time to learn new skills and Miss Friend and Mrs Holman showed us how to use the knives to whittle our own tent pegs. This was a bit of a challenge but we got there in the end. We later used the pegs as part of a survival challenge.We had to act as members of Sir Francis Drake's crew who had be stranded on an island. We were given four of our tent pegs and piece of tarpaulin and told to make a shelter. We set to work straight away and built excellent shelters using our resources and other materials in the forest school area. Take a look at some of our finished shelters.