Beech Grove

WELCOME TO ROBINS

We are a Year 4 class and our teacher is Miss Amy Walsh 

Maternity cover: Mrs Rebecca Johnson and Mrs Sophie David

Spring 2 2024 Class News

As scientists, Robins class have been investigating which materials are reflective. We have also considered whether everything can have a shadow – even things that are transparent!  Careful observations had to be made as well as ensuring we used fair testing.

Spring 1 2024 Class News

Robins have loved participating in their Egyptian day. Their costumes were amazing, and we appreciate the time and effort that has gone into sorting them. Each class took part in a guided workshop which supported their current learning about Ancient Egypt. They looked at artefacts, painted their own Scarab beetles, made bread and became archaeologists; searching in the sand for artefacts that might have been discovered from Ancient Egyptian times. Each class have also created their own pieces of art and have had a go at dancing like an Egyptian. What an amazing day of learning it has been!

 

Autumn 2 2023 Class News

We have had a very busy half-term in Robins class.

In Geography, Robins have been learning all about South Wales. Atlases and digital maps were used to locate South Wales and key places within it. We learnt about the importance of the Welsh environment for industry (coal and steel), for tourism (National parks) and as a place to live. We have also thought about the climate in South Wales.

In Science, Robins have learnt all about magnets.  We explored their strengths and their relationships with different materials. We discovered that magnets have poles which can attract or repel each other. Investigations were conducted, using our predictions and systematic and careful observations were made.

During maths lessons, we have worked on addition and subtraction using 4-digit numbers where exchanges are needed. We have been introduced to the topic of area and how to measure and compare it. In the last week, we have started to work on multiplication and division, securing our knowledge of multiplication facts and applying them to different problems. Throughout the term we have also continued a daily focus on recall of times tables. We are currently focusing on our 8 times tables.

Through our writing, we have explored two different genres; a newspaper report and then a warning tale.  We studied the language, grammar and style used in each and practised writing phrases and sentences as we built up to writing our own independent piece.

In RE, we have been thinking about whether Christmas has lost its true meaning. As part of this, we were fortunate to be invited to the Methodist Church in Wellington where the children heard the importance of the Christmas story for Christians and about Advent as a time of preparation. We also had the opportunity to visit Wellington Baptist Church for our school carol service, where we performed our own class poem.

 

Autumn 1 2023 Class News

What a busy start to the new academic year Robins have had!

As historians, the children have explored The Stone Age to The Iron Age. They started by creating a huge timeline using chalk on the ground outside Court Fields School. They were amazed to discover just how long ago this time period was and how long it lasted for. The children thought about how people lived at this time and how we know about it without any written history. The children enjoyed a day at 'The Museum of Somerset,' where they learnt about Somerset in The Stone Age era. They also enjoyed a visit to the French Weir Park before returning to school. 

As scientists, Robins have learnt about rocks, fossils and soils. The majority of the science lessons have been practical with lots of hands-on experiences and investigations. The children explored the three types of rocks: metamorphic, sedimentary and igneous, looked at how fossils are formed and identified that soils are made from rocks and other organic matter. 

In addition, Robins also explored solar energy with a visit to New Rendy Solar Farm where they explored how a solar farm works and the biodiversity of a solar farm. They learnt about the importance of renewable energy moving forward. 

In maths, children have secured their place value knowledge to 10,000 and began to add pairs of 4-digit numbers to 10,000. They have used place value counters to support their learning as well as drawing 'part-whole' models, number lines and bar models. 

Finally, the children have been lucky to watch two musicals this half term. Wellington School invited Year 4 to watch their production of 'Matilda,' which they thought was just amazing. As part of our enrichment week, 'M&M Productions' performed 'Alice in Wonderland'. These experiences led to some amazing learning and work produced in drama, art and writing. 

Learning this half term has been so much fun. The children should be proud of all that they have achieved. 

2022/23 Class News

Summer 2 2023 Class News 

I can’t believe we have come to the end of the summer term! Robins have been a pleasure to teach this year and it has been great to see how much progress they have made and fun they have had. This half term has been another busy one so here are some of our highlights…

As scientists, our topic has been ‘Living things and their habitats.’ We have enjoyed finding out about vertebrates and invertebrates and loved visiting Wellington Park on a search for different invertebrates. We spent time looking at how changes to the environment can endanger living things and looked at a range of natural changes and changes made by humans to the environment that can impact them. We had  time to research animals which are currently endangered around the world. 

As geographers, we have been learning about Greece, including which continent it is in, the weather and climate, population and areas of natural beauty. We have loved comparing the similarities and differences between Greece and The United Kingdom.

As artists, we have looked at the work of Henri Matisse and enjoyed using paints and scissors to create our own pieces of art. We all improved our cutting skills and enjoyed using our imaginations to create different pieces of art.

This half term, we have covered lots of our topic math elements with a focus on length, mass, capacity, time and shape. Capacity was our favourite where we got to take water trays outside and measure the water in a variety of containers in millilitres. This also helped us to read different intervals on scales. Yes-we all got wet!

Finally, there have been lots of special days and visitors this half term including an amazing sports day, a visit from Pastor Sam, a NED assembly presented by Paul from the USA, a story teller visit followed by a ‘No pens Friday’ day where we got involved with lots of story telling and transition visits to our new classes.

 

Summer 1 2023 Class News 

Another busy half term in Robins Class! We started off the term with the Coronation celebrations for King Charles III and the children enjoyed learning about the British Monarchy and how Charles became king.

As historians, we have been learning about ancient Greece. We compared life between Athens and Sparta and how the two city states were ruled differently. This had an impact on how women were treated during this time. We linked our design and technology learning to our Greek topic by designing, making and evaluating a Greek salad with flatbread. The children learnt about the importance of a healthy and varied diet as well as food hygiene and safety practices. Next half term, we will look at the geography of Greece and build on our current learning.

As scientists, our topic has been ‘Animals including humans.’ We began by learning about the digestive system and what our bodies do with the food we eat. We also looked at how important our teeth are and ways to keep them clean and healthy. Finally, we moved on to learning about food chains and what consumers, predators and prey were. The children enjoyed constructing food chains and were shocked that the apex predator is not always the largest animal.

Last week, we focused on Dementia Action Week with a day off timetable to ‘Dance for dementia.’ This was linked to the Archie Project and the children danced for two hours throughout the school day and completed work in their Archie books. All money raised went to supporting people living with dementia in our local community.

Finally, the highlight of the half term was the Year 3 sleepover where children enjoyed two days of fun to finish off the busy half term. We were impressed with their perseverance in walking to Wellington Monument, and then to Flip Out the next day. Lots of fun was had over the two days and I’m sure they will remember the experience for years to come.  

Spring 2 2023 Class News

Robins have had a great 6 weeks this half term! We have crammed in so much.

As scientists, we took part in British Science Week where we explored the theme ‘Connections’. We looked at how different body parts are connected to the digestive system and explored the types of teeth we have and how these are connected to how we eat. As a school, we took part in a biscuit dunking investigation where we investigated the best biscuit for dunking.

As geographers, we have studied the features of rivers. We have learnt lots of new vocabulary such as; meander, source, mouth, river cliff, river beach, tributaries. A highlight of the half term was our trip to Simonsbath where we took part in a river study investigating the speed of the river flow, the depth of the river in different areas and the length of pebbles on the river bed in different areas of the river. Back in school, we analysed the data and looked at how our data is connected to features of the river.

As part of World Book Day, we all came dressed as a book character. We wrote character descriptions of our characters and enjoyed a book swap with Badgers Class. We were very impressed with the children’s outfits.

A highlight of this half term has to be the snow we had at the beginning of March. We loved having fun in the snow, making snow angels and having snow ball fights.

Finally, as part of our PE provision, we enjoyed having some cricket coaching where we explored the game of cricket and learnt to throw, bat and field.

Spring 1 2023 Class News 

What a busy start to 2023 Robins Class have had! The highlights of the half term have been; Scarecrow Day, Circuits at Court Fields, visits to Wellington House, a netball coaching session, the Somerset Waste Partnership workshop and a road safety talk led by Steve from the Highways England.

As scientists, we have explored sound and learnt how sound is made and how it travels to the ear. We have found patterns between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produce it. The majority of our learning this half term has been through investigation and finding out the answers for ourselves.

In RE, we have been exploring Passover and finding answers to the question, ‘How important is it for Jewish people to do what God asks them to do?’ We enjoyed looking at the meals they eat and what they are and are not allowed to eat.

As historians, we have explored the Romanisation of Britain. We have looked at what the Romans invented in Britain and what they developed. This half term brings our Roman learning to an end after looking at the Romans worldwide and the Romans here in Britain. We have been so impressed with the children’s knowledge and questions about this period of history.

In writing, we have studied ‘Cinquain Poetry.’ We have enjoyed performing cinquains and writing our own based on the general features of cinquain poems-5 lines, 2,4,6,8,2 syllables on each line and a diamond shape. After half term, we will look at the famous poet, ‘Michael Rosen.’

We are looking forward to another half term full of great learning experiences and fun including a trip to Simonsbath for a river study and a Solar Farm visit for Year 4.

 

Autumn 2 2022 Class News 

This half term, we have looked at a region within Italy: Naples and Campania. The children have learnt about volcanoes and found out about Mount Vesuvius which linked back to our Roman learning from before half term. The children listened to the story, ‘Escape from Pompei,’ and compared how science has changed since the eruption during the Roman times. They then explored reasons for why so many people live near volcanoes.

As scientists, we have been learning about states of matter and exploring solids, liquids and gases. The children have investigated the three states of matter and observed how states can change through heating and cooling. The unit then linked nicely into the water cycle where children found out the parts that evaporation and condensation play in the cycle.

In DT, children investigated, designed and made a working torch. Their knowledge on electrical circuits from last term, played a huge part in this.   

In addition, the children have enjoyed: trying a variety of foods as part of our diversity week; visits to Wellington House as part of our ‘Archie Project’ topic; a trip to the church to investigate: ‘What is the true meaning of Christmas?’, and lots of Christmas fun, with a ukulele performance bringing the term to a fabulous end. 

Autumn 1 2022 Class News

What a busy start to the new academic year Robins have had!

As historians, we have investigated the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain. We were blown away with the shield homework project and the children really enjoyed getting into different formations. This supported children’s understanding of how the Roman army were so successful in invading countries. We finished off the unit with a trip to ‘The Museum of Somerset’ where children were able to handle Roman artefacts and learn about the impact the Romans had here in Somerset.  

As scientists, it has all been about electricity. This is the first time Year 3 and 4 have encountered this topic, however, it built nicely on last year’s trip to the solar farm which all Year 3 children took part in. This half term, children have made complete circuits and experimented with using more than one light bulb and cell, and adding in a variety of switches, motors and buzzers. They have gained a solid understanding of how electricity works in circuits and the role insulators and conductors play. 

In art, children studied ‘Figurative Sketches,’ where they used different techniques to create figures with different expressions using playdough and then clay.  

In addition, Robins took part in: a gymnastics lesson with a specialist teacher; an athletics morning at Court Fields; a visit to St John’s Church as part of Wellington Film Festival and our Year 4 children went to Kilve for their residential. The children have all worked so hard, so we finished the half term with a trip to the park 😊  

 2021/22 Class News

Summer 2 2022 Class News

What an amazing end to the summer term. As scientists, year 4 visited 'New Rendy Farm', near Oake, to support their understanding of sustainability. They learnt how the solar farm works and how the land is used for farming, as well as being home to a range of plants, creatures and animals. The children followed up their visit with a workshop in school where they used solar toys and looked at the biodiversity within our school grounds. 

As geographers, we completed a field work study of Wellington. A walk around different areas of the town supported our learning by helping us identify and record physical and human features of our town. We used a compass to locate North and help us identify some of the hills which surround Wellington.  

Finally, in design technology, our focus was 'Eating Seasonally,' and the children have investigated different fruits and vegetables and where they come from in the world. They have used their geography knowledge, using atlases and globes to find places where different fruits and vegetables are grown around the world. The children then focused on produce grown in the UK and looked at how climate and our seasons affect what we grow and when. All children then had the experience of making a grilled, fruit kebab and a seasonal tart. This developed their food preparation skills and understanding of how to follow a recipe. Many children experienced trying fruits and vegetables that they have never tried before. 

 

Summer 1 2022 Class News

What a busy 5 weeks we have had! This half term, we have done so much to enable the children to have hands on, memorable experiences which in turn, will help their learning and knowledge to stick. Here is a little bit of what we have been up to:
We started off the half term with science week, where as scientists, we explored the sustainability of our world. We enjoyed visits from Somerset Waste Partnership, Nissan, Fibreboard and the RSPCA. 

We have thought about mental health and the benefits exercise can bring to not only mental health, but our overall health and fitness. The children enjoyed a yoga lesson with a specialist teacher, cricket on the cricket ground and a visit from the Archie Project where they danced the afternoon away and learnt that physical exercise can reduce the risk of developing dementia by 30%. 
As historians, we have looked at the history of Wellington. We found out about Sir John Popham and his influence on our town. A visit to St John's Church gave us the opportunity to interview an expert and visit John Popham's memorial. We then focused on the Fox Brothers and had a visitor to school who explained the history of the company and what they do in our town today. 
As scientists, we have visited Wellington Park to learn about the function of the flower in the life cycle of flowering plants. We were able to observe insects carrying pollen from one plant to another.
Finally, we finished off the half term with a fun filled two days which involved a sleepover at school. The two days were about having fun, team building, building independence and creating memories, which I'm sure will last a lifetime. Walking the 3 miles to Wellington Monument was a great achievement for all and Flip Out
was so much fun. 

Spring 2 2022 Class News 

As scientists, we have continued to explore light. The planetarium visit really supported our science learning by allowing us to investigate why we have night and day. The children were able to explain what happens when the UK faces the sun and what happens when the UK faces away from the sun.

In RE, we have explored the question ‘What is good about Good Friday?’ We have learnt the Easter story and found out how Christians feel about Easter and how they mark this time of the year. On our visit to Wellington Methodist Church,  the children took part in four different workshops about Easter, reinforcing the key knowledge they had been taught and further deepening their understanding of the significance of Easter for Christian people.  

Spring 1 2022 Class News 

Our Year 3/4 Egyptian day was a great success! Somerset Heritage learning spent the day with us allowing us to do an archaeological dig and make a scarab amulet as well as holding an Egyptian bake off where we made date bread.

As designers, we also spent time working on our DT Egyptian toy project, learning to write using hieroglyphs and making papyrus. This inspiring day helped to reinforce the key knowledge the children have been learning as part of this topic. Well done everyone! 

 

Autumn 2 2021 Class News

We have had such a busy half term in Robins Class with so many amazing experiences.

We started the half term with a virtual geography experience where we wore a pair of head phones and explored the four countries of the United Kingdom. Our geography learning followed this with learning about South Wales.

In science, we have looked at forces and magnetics and were astonished to find out that the earth has its own magnetic field. We magnetised a paperclip and popped it on a piece of cork in water and were amazed to see that it turned north. We checked this using a compass.

Also, we have visited the church to support our RE learning, been involved in celebrations for Armistice Day and worked closely with Shane from the Archie Project. We all enjoyed the ice-cream van visit to school too! 

 

  

Autumn 1 2021 Class News

What a busy start to the new school year! We have enjoyed learning the warning tale, 'Little Red Riding Hood' off by heart using our story map. We have developed our skills in creating a powerful setting in our writing and invented our own warning tales.

As scientist, we have been investigating rocks and now know the difference between sedimentary, metamorphic and and igneous rocks. We loved finding out which rocks are permeable and which are not and have enjoyed doing a different investigation each week.

In RE, we have enjoyed following our topic on Islam and in history we have been learning all about how people lived in the stone age and iron age.