Grangetown Primary School

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Welcome to Mrs Millican's Class

Welcome to year 4! This year we have 31 fabulous boys and girls who are positive, friendly and ready to learn!

Dates for your Diary:
Tuesday 21st May - Skipping Festival Final (Beacon of Light)
Thursday 9th May - Zoolab visiting
Tuesday 11th June - Visit to Beamish Open Air Museum - Sound workshop

Days to Remember:
Monday - Home/School diaries to change reading books
Tuesday - Football with Arj every Tuesday lunchtime
Wednesday - Violin lessons
Thursday - Homework to be handed in to teacher
Friday - P.E. day - please remember your kit!
Friday - Homework given out

Toast is available at playtime on a Tuesday and a Thursday (10p per slice)
Fruity Fantasy - our healthy tuck shop - is open for business on a Friday playtime

3rd April - Skipping Festival

This term, the children have been working hard in PE to improve their skipping skills. This culminated in them taking part in a skipping competition involving three other schools. In the competition, the children had to complete individual skills challenges – including for example, the double and single bounce, the side swing, cross-over and pretzel. We then had some partnered skills to perform a face to face skip and the butterfly. All the schools then performed a skipping dance where different skills could gain more points! Finally, teams of 6 and 10 used the long rope to run and jump out and make a figure of eight in the ‘keep the pot boiling’! The children have all worked so hard on their individual skills and on their team dance, and many of them won gold, silver or bronze certificates. When all of the points were added… Grangetown were the WINNERS! We will now have to continue to practise as we will be taking part in the regional finals at the Beacon of Light! 


29th March - Parent Workshop

We had a wonderful morning today when parents and carers were invited into Year 4 to make Tudor Roses - to link to our History this half term 'Tudor Times'. Some children created stained glass windows and some used tissue paper. They all looked fabulous - thank you again to all parents and carers for your support!



20th March - Dance Festival

Taking part in a dance festival, Year 4 had the fantastic opportunity to visit the Beacon of Light! Along with five other schools, the boys and girls learned two different dances and then performed them to each of the schools and then all together with all the other children. It was a fabulous celebration of dance and the children had a wonderful time. 

19th March - Beamish

As part of a year-long project, the year 4 children had the wonderful opportunity to work with Beamish once again. For our Spring visit, we first had a workshop day in school where two visitors from Beamish came to show us lots of artefacts from the past. We learned all about what roles women had in the home and all about the life of a miner. We were taught some fabulous songs and some of us even got to dress up! The following day, we visited Beamish ourselves. In the morning, we took part in a workshop called the James White Enquiry where we were told a story about a little boy who had had an accident in the mines. The children then had the opportunity to question different characters to try and work out what had actually happened to James. In the afternoon, we started to look around the Town. We all had another fantastic day! 



12th February - Chinese New Year

Today, to celebrate Chinese New Year, Year 4 first of all learned the story about how the New Year became named after all of the different animals. To celebrate 2019 being the year of the pig, we then all made some pig book marks and we will hopefully use them all year!



23rd January - Making Robots!

Our topic in the first half of the Spring Term is Remarkable Robots. We are reading The Iron Man by Ted Huges and are using it as inspiration for our writing. Today, we designed and made our own robots that we will then write explanation texts to describe what our robots do and how they work. We've had been saving boxes for the last few weeks and today and today we had a great time putting them together!


6th December - Parent Workshop

Thank you very much for the amazing support that parents and carers gave for our Autumn Parents Workshop. We had a wonderful time making Viking Longboats - complete with shields, seating, sails and decoration. 


19th November - Viking Day

The children had a wonderful day today, working with Dr Jo who taught us all about Viking life. We began the day by choosing Viking names and then... we became archaeologists. Looking for artefacts in boxes and brushing off the sawdust carefully, we found clues that told us all about people in the past. One box was full of items that a child would have had. Others included things from a home, a musician, a workshop and a fisherman. Some of the children had the opportunity to dress as a Viking and we looked at the materials used, the jewellery worn and the weapons they would have used. We all had the opportunity two write our Viking names in Runes on wax tablets and then we talked about what the Vikings would have eaten. In the afternoon, we wrote Kennings, made up sentences using words from Viking times, weaved a pattern using cottons and played a Viking puzzle game. We also pretended that we were Vikings in a longship - it was very difficult to all row at the same time! We all had a fabulous day and learned some really interesting information.

12th November - Beamish Open Air Museum

Today, the year 4 children had a fantastic visit to Beamish Open Air Museum. When we first arrived, we took part in a fabulous workshop called ‘Just One Spark’ where we were shown the history of the Davy lamp. We learnt all about how miners used to test for flammable gases in the mines and watched some amazing explosive experiments to show us how dangerous these gases really were. We then went down the mine so that we could really see what life would have been like. We then visited the school where we were taught as the children would have been in Victorian times. We also visited the Methodist Church and the Pit Cottages. We all had a fabulous day and are looking forward to visiting again in the Spring term.



4th October - Wellbeing Festival

The children had a fantastic morning this morning when we visited the Sunderland Tennis Centre to take part in a wellbeing festival. We completed many different activities including hoola-hooping, skipping, gymnastics football and team games. The children spent half an hour on each workout and then moved on to the next. What a fun way to keep fit!




25th September - Elba Park

The Year 4 children had a fabulous afternoon today visiting Elba Park. Linked to our topic 'Awesome Adventurers', the children had the opportunity to go geocaching - which is very similar to orienteering. First we looked at maps of the park and discussed how to read and follow them by using co ordinates. In groups, we then explored the park in search of treasure boxes which were hidden in different areas. Each box contained a picture of a woodland animal gave the co ordinates of the next box to look for. We all had a wonderful afternoon exploring and discovering!




25th September - Hit the Surf!

Today, the year 4, 5 and 6 children were given the fabulous opportunity of 'hitting the surf' at Seaburn beach. After taking part in a very important safety talk - where they learned all about what the different flags mean and how stay away from dangerous currents - they then changed into wet suits ready for the water. They divided into two groups, one group of children learning how to save others using rescue torpedoes - just like the lifeguards. The second group used body boards to paddle out into the sea where they surfed back towards the shore. The children had an amazing time and now understand how to keep themselves safe in the water.



20th September - Class Council Elections

The children today took to the polls to vote for one boy and one girl to represent our class as part of the school council. Over the last week, all candidates spoke in front of the class to explain why they thought they would be good for the job. We were really proud of them all! 



17th September - Lost Landscapes and Learning Celebration Day

All of the children in school today had the wonderful opportunity to work with Rio from the Lost Landscapes and Learning project which was completed by the year 5 children last year. As a celebration, Rio worked with each class to talk about our new wildflower meadow and discussed how we should look after it. The year 4 children then played a wildflowers game where they had to identify the flowers in the meadow and then play a game similar to 'corners' to help us to learn and remember the wildflower names. We really enjoyed it and look forward to seeing how our wildflower meadow develops!


Awesome Adventurers

For our first half term, year 4 are basing their topic Awesome Adventurers around the wonderful book 'Oliver and the Seawigs'. The book is about a young adventurer named Oliver who meets some fantastic characters while on a dangerous journey to save his parents. The children have already created some wonderful 'seawigs'  and they have been on their own adventure to Elba Park where we took part in a geocaching activity to find hidden boxes. In history and geography, we are learning all about Ernest Shackleton and his adventures to the Antarctic and in music the children are creating and performing an arctic adventure themed song.