Year 4 Bike Ride
Bike-it Ben lead us on a bike ride around the local area of Crawcrook and Ryton. It was a beautiful day to enjoy cycling through the woods and fields of our villages. We also stopped at Ryton Park for a snack and to play on the climbing frame and swings. Some of the roads were quite busy, but we were able to cross safely with our high visibility vests and, of course,with thanks to our excellent adult helpers Bob, George, Miss Donnothey, Ben and Mr. Ferguson. Thank you for your continued support on our cycle rides, Bob and George!
Curry Shop Samba
Year 4 performed their Curry Shop Samba using the instruments made from the topic of Sound in Science. There was a wide range of instruments used to recreate the massive noise usually associated with Brazilian carnivals. Some instruments were plucked, some were struck, some were shaken and some were a mixture of everything! We hope you enjoy our performance.
Over the course of the last few weeks, and with the interest of the Genral Election in class, we have been taking part in a series of debates to help with our persuasive writing and speaking skills. Each debate has had a focus and some have been quite heated! We have debated over subjects such as: school meals; subjects taught in school; school uniform; hours in the school day and many more. This has been an exciting topic, and has made us realise that sometimes we can't all agree on the same thing!
Last week, the whole school were invited to an event with Martin Bailey, who talked about staying safe on-line. We looked at certain internet sites that can cause trouble if they are not used properly and were shown lots of tips on how to keep safe online. We learned that it was very important never to share your personal information on any websites. Sometimes, people are not who they say they are and sharing personal information can be dangerous in the wrong hands. But, most importantly, the internet is a tool for us to use and have fun with, so be respectful and be SMART!
(Some great e-Safety resources and tips for children can be found at: http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/beingsmart/)
Thank You Alison!
At the end of the Easter term, we were visitied by Alison who announced the winners of this year's Big Pedal Competition. Unfortunately, we just missed out on this year's prize, but there were many other individual medals and prizes handed out to commited cyclists. Alison also had some sad news to share with us ,as she will be leaving our school to support cycling in other schools around Gateshead. We would like to say a massive thank you to Alsion for all of her hard work and commitment to our school over the past few years, and a big welcome to our new Sustrans Cycling Leader, 'Bike-It' Ben!
Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens
For our 'Animals and Habitats' topic, we visited Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens. There were hundreds of types of animals to see and even pet. Firstly, we were shown around by a zookeeper who taught us all about the animals and their natural habitats. We were then taken into the forest to look for smaller animals, explore the wildlife around the river and use the wildife observation hut. We learnt about adaptation and how the red squirrel must adapt to survive. After lunch, we were given the chance to hold rabbits and guineapigs, they were very cute! Our last stop was the marine life centre, where we looked at different types of fish and amphibians. Overall, we had a fantastic day at the Zoo and would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about animals and their habitats.
Year 4 have been enjoying stories with a moral! To look more deeply into the characters and their motives, we had to hot seat them and ask some pretty difficult questions. The characters below are from 'The Balaclava Boys'. A story about a child who can't join in with a gang because he doesn't own a balaclava....until one day, when he finds one on the floor. But, what should he do...?
Sponsored Disco Bounce!
To raise money for many exciting new projects and additions to the school grounds, we took part in a sponsored Disco Bounce! This meant Year 4 and the other classes had to bounce and dance for the whole day. The bouncy castle and the music were amazing! We raised a lot of money for our school and can't wait to show everyone what we have earned with our hard work.
Centre For Life Science Trip
Year 4 visited the Centre for Life in Newcastle for part of our Solids, Liquids and Gases topic. We took part in a live experiment using bunsen burners and we also went on the 4D motion ride! The best part was skating on the ice! It was a great day out!
Year 4 Liturgy
Year 4 held a class liturgy on Building Bridges. We shared it with the school community and our parents. Some people read readings and at the end, the class sang a song by Bruno Mars, which reminds us all of the importance of Building Bridges with those around us. The song was called 'Count On Me'.
Happy Puzzle Day!
All the children in St. Agnes School took part in Happy Puzzle Day. We played lots of games and had to work as part of a team. We invited parents in to take part after school.
FEAT-first Cycle Trip
Year 4 have had an exciting start to the new term! We were awarded with a class cycle trip around Crawcrook and Ryton, after winning the Sustrans 'FEAT-first Friday' competition with our excellent efforts in Year 3. Let's hope we can keep up the cycling, scooting and walking again this year.