I will miss you so much 4C - you have been such a brilliant class!
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In the last week we made a music video, we hope you enjoy it!
I will miss you so much 4C - you have been such a brilliant class!
Last Thursday, Year 4 performed their annual music assembly to parents, playing the violin and the cello.
The children did a fantastic job and played several pieces that they have learnt, practised, rehearsed and memorised in their weekly Music lessons with Miss Britt and Miss Andrews.
It was a fantastic morning and everyone enjoyed listening to the different music.
Take a look at some of 4Ms photos from their parent assembly.
4M have had the opportunity to open the London 2012 Olympic Time Capsule and read what previous children learnt during that time.
4M were so excited to look at the different memorabilia and to learn what CPFJ were learning about during the year of the Olympics.
It was a fantastic opportunity for all children to take part.
Have a look at some of 4Ms photos from the day.
Just a few pictures from our LYG Gymnastics Competition.
The children did incredibly well and for the first time ever, our Year 3&4 and Year 5&6 Gymnastics Team got through to represent Sutton at Crystal Palace. Have a look at the photos below of both of our teams. I am sure you will all appreciate the hard work and determination the gymnasts put into their routines.
Thank you to everyone for their support and hard work this year and best of luck to the gymnasts next year! We hope to see both year groups at LYG!
Apologies for the late post!
Wow! So much has been happening recently. We are now into our final half term and we have lots of exciting things planned including our new topic 'Eurovision' which has lots of brilliant geography and art lessons!
On the week leading up to half term we finished our World War 2 topic by hosting our very own VE Day! It was a brilliant afternoon with games and a street party style party in our classrooms! Everyone went to so much effort with their costumes and it was definitely a day to remember.
High Ashurst was also definitely something to remember! It was an amazing 3 days and the Cheam Park Farm teachers couldn't be more proud of the children! They behaved amazingly and pushed themselves to achieve things they have never done before. It was an amazing chance for us to see how much everyone has grown this year! We missed the children who didn't come too but heard that Greek Day was a huge success and the Year 3 teachers have each said how wonderful it was to have the children come and join their classes.
Below you will find a selection of the hundreds of photos that were taken on our trip - we will try to show you all of them eventually!
What a great week in year 4! We have had so much happening with District Sports trials, Tennis, warm sunny days, fractions and everything has been very exciting in 'Friend or Foe' too!
We have been letter writing in English and even had to pretend to be David from 'Friend or Foe's mum! We are starting to really understand how difficult it was for the parents and the children who were evacuated in World War 2.
In the past couple of weeks, we have created some Blitz art! They are very powerful pieces of art and everyone should be very proud of their efforts.
P.S. Mrs Campbell is far too confused by technology - but the photos from the Mosque trip will be up soon!
This week we have started our 'Friend or Foe' English lessons. We are really enjoying reading about David and his experiences as an Evacuee in World War Two. All of our writing in English has been linked to the story and it is helping us in our topic lessons too!
We are really looking forward to our trip to the Mosque on Monday. We are charging our cameras at the ready so we can share our experience with you next week.
We hope you had a wonderful break and are excited to come back to school.
This week we started our new topic, 'Children in World War II'. Year 4 have already shown us how excited they are about the new topic and some have even done research at home too! It would be interesting to find out what role members of our families had in the war.
Our topic homework for this half term is a special project where the children choose at least 3 projects to complete before the end of May. This gives them lots of time to create some very special work, last year we were blown away with the quality of the projects and the imagination of the children so we can't wait to see what is produced this year.
All children have been given a new reading book this week either from the Battle of the Books box, our reading corner or from our new reading scheme. Children should now all be reading a book that is suitable to their reading ability which will progress their reading and comprehension skills. Children on the new reading scheme will pass through different reading levels and be assessed in class in order to progress through to read books that are more challenging. The children cannot change their book without discussing it with their class teacher first. If there are any questions about the reading books that your child has been sent home with, please do not hesitate to speak to you child’s class teacher.
I have attached the Battle of the Books book list so we can be the best year group at the end of the Summer term!
This week is Shakespeare Week and some children in Year 4 had the opportunity to watch a Live Show about William Shakespeare.
Children were able to visit Shakespeare's house and tour through the different rooms that could be found within that period of time. We got to watch actors perform famous plays by Shakespeare such as 'A Midsummer's Night Dream' and 'Othello'.
Children in 4M emailed the company with questions that they would like to have asked during the live Q&A part of the show. Unfortunately, our questions were not aired live however we did have a reply from the company answering all the questions that we wanted to know the answers to.
All children have been given a Shakespeare Passport which they will fill out throughout the week.
On Monday, Year 4 went on a local trip to North Cheam Baptist Church to understand and learn more about what happened to Jesus in the week that led up to Easter. This links with what the children have been learning about within their RE lessons on a Thursday afternoon.
The Year 4 children spent an hour and a half at the experience, participating in a variety of role plays and asking questions to the actors about Jesus’ life. The children were really engaged and everybody enjoyed themselves, learning something new from the experience.
Last week during Book Week the whole school were involved in writing a section of the story. Each class took it in turns to write their twists and turns, ready for the next class to continue. We had great fun creating our own characters, settings and plots.
Year 4 are going to be reading this as a class within their Guided Reading lessons and asking and answering questions about the text.
Below you can read our whole school story.
Rudely, the sun peeped in through the gap in my curtains and woke me up. I used my pillow as sunglasses; I would give anything to go back to my dream. Mum’s footsteps charged up the stairs like a platoon of angry soldiers. The door opened. I groaned. I knew what she was going to say before she even said it.
“Jamie – wake up! It’s the last day of the holidays. You must do your history project today!” The words floated out of her mouth just as I had expected and she pulled the curtains wide. The sun scratched at my sensitive, sleepy eyes.
Her pestering didn’t stop there. She reminded me through the closed door while I was in the shower. She reminded me while I was getting dressed. She reminded me while I was murdering a bowl of terrified cheerios. As if he knew the despair I was feeling, Tom appeared at the kitchen window. He’s been my mate forever so he doesn’t need to ring the bell; he just taps at the window and waits. It’s a bit like a cat asking to come in if you don’t have a cat flap. Even though mum looked like her head was about to explode and I’m pretty sure I saw her eyes turn red and steam come out of her ears, she agreed to let me play out for one hour! Hardly believing our luck, we turned and ran!
Excitedly, Tom and I rampaged down the garden like pirates, with foam swords at hand. I shoved Tom onto the plank and he jumped into the ‘sea’ (the swaying bushes).
“What’s that?” Tom asked, curiously, as he crash-landed onto the dry, summer grass.
“It’s a box, stupid!” I exclaimed.
Tom opened the dilapidated oak box “Ahh!” Tom screeched as he was sucked into the box along with me! I stumbled back trying fight the force of the (what seemed magical) box.
“Aargh me hearties!” shouted an evil-looking human being. Gulp.
Before my eyes stood a grumbling pirate towering above my head. Double Gulp!
My heart was fighting to escape. My breath was stolen by the shock of my surroundings. However, to my surprise, Tom looked eager to explore. Couldn’t he see the menacing crew of pirates that started to advance closer to us?
Jamie called to Tom “Come back here! It’s not safe, there are pirates!”
But Tom didn’t hear him. He was too far ahead. Jamie had to make a decision. Should he follow Tom or return to the box? He was scared so he decided to run home. He sprinted back to the box and straight through into what he thought was his garden but…..
Instead of feeling grass under his feet, he felt soft golden sand! He caught a glimpse of a pirate ship in the distance flying through the air! Jamie was worried. How was he going to get home now? He decided that as he had got this far, he might as well explore.
Moving slowly along the sandy beach, Jamie came to the opening of a dark, gloomy cave. He peered inside. It was pitch black but he could hear the sound of shooting cannons. He followed the sound further into the cave, all the while looking around to make sure he wasn’t being followed.
As he crept forward, following the booming sounds of the cannons, he had a feeling he wasn’t alone. He slowly turned around but there was nothing there. Thinking he must be imagining it he resumed his mission into the cave. Suddenly a black figure jumped out in front of him.
“Aargh me hearty! What you be doin’ in our pirate cave?” growled the pirate.
“Er….um….I….came from my garden ….er….. through a wooden box. My friend Tom was with me but we got separated. What’s your name?” stumbled Jamie.
“Aargh I’m Captain Blackbeard. Why don’t you come with me and I’ll introduce you to me mates.”
Jamie had a split second to decide. Should he go with Captain Blackbeard or turn and run for his life?
‘Okay,’ sighed Jamie, as his only other choice appeared to be an angry looking pirate, ‘I’ll come with you.’
They left the cave and travelled for what seemed like forever over the sparkling sand and then turned into a cool, green coconut grove. There, sitting around a roaring fire were a motley bunch of individuals who all looked up in unison and stared at Jamie.
All of the characters looked slightly familiar as they stood to introduce themselves.
The first character stood and said in a quiet voice, ’My name is Albert Einstein. I opened a box one day in my laboratory and now…..here I am.’
The second man stood slowly, puffing on his cigar and said rather gruffly, ‘This is all highly inconvenient. I am Winston Churchill. And I should be running my government but the box on my desk seemed to swallow me whole!’
The third and fourth characters were a rather confused William Shakespeare who still had a manuscript in his hand and a very angry Julius Caesar who had been in the middle of a battle.
Captain Blackbeard stepped forward and said, ‘As you can see, we need your help. We would all like to get back to our own time in history but there is a mission we have to complete.’
‘A precious gem lies at the bottom of the sea in the temple of Poseidon. If we can find it, we will have the key to return home.’
Jamie frowned as he took a cautious step forward. Hesitating, he looked at the characters that sat before him; he knew what he had to do. He had to find that gem. Surrounded by disappointed faces, Jamie turned on his heels and headed back through the sand. After a long tiring, treacherous journey, Jamie arrived at the rippling, hungry sea. The sun hid behind the clouds and the sky fell grey. Jamie knew that something was strange. As he slipped off his trainers and buried his feet into the burning sand, the water lapped up in between his toes. Jamie took a big but uncomfortable step forward and began to walk into the deep, dark ocean.
Searching frantically beneath the waves, Jamie saw a speck in the distance rapidly moving towards him. What could that be? After a while, the speck disappeared and the sea stood still. Nothing. Empty. Jamie continued to search for Poseidon and he wanted that gem, more than anything else. All of a sudden, Jamie felt a hard pull around his ankle. He was pulled further into the deep, blue sea without hesitation. He gulped, swallowed, spat and fought like a tornado ripping the waves but it was no good. Jamie knew he was not a great swimmer and he had been plunged to the bottom of the sea bed with nobody there to help him, just a strange, dark creature and his sight was drastically becoming blurred.
His eyes slowly opened and he was lying on the bottom of the ocean. The dark figure appeared to be circling him. There were more of them now, staring down at him, echoing deathly howls. What were they? Jamie knew his chances of survival were very slim.
Jamie swiftly spun around and tried to swim as far away as possible. Before he was even able to panic about needing to breathe, the dark figures blocked his path in every direction and rapidly approached him. It was only now he could see what they truly were and they were terrifying! They had eight long, scaly legs that cut through the water like knives. Their slimy, circular bodies were as dark as the night sky and finally, the most frightening thing of all, their razor sharp, shark-like teeth were now gleaming intensely only a few centimetres away from his face. He could feel their retched breath burning on his trembling cheeks. Their toxic mouths opened hungrily.
This is it thought Jamie. He prepared himself for the immediate attack. If only he had listened to his mum and finished his homework. He would be home now safe, eating dinner with his family but instead, he was about to be eaten. Suddenly a blinding light beamed through the darkness, frightening all the deadly creatures away. Before he could register what was happening, he was scooped up into a large, rough and tangled net and harshly pulled along the water. Jamie felt he could no longer hold his breath and then everything went dark.
Beep….beep…beep. “He’s waking up!” hushed a small voice in the distance. Jamie nervously opened his tired eyes. Once adjusted to the light, he could not believe what he saw…
Jamie looked up to find strange, concerned faces hovering above his bewildered face. Using the last of his strength, Jamie sat up on the creaking springy hospital bed. With every heartbeat he could only think about the gem. He could no longer hear the sounds around him. Jamie could hear the ocean singing in his ears, along with the call of the gem.
The world suddenly started spinning, he felt like he was falling down a bottomless pit. Eagerly he stood, determined to find the gem. The swirling stopped and a sudden wave of strength struck him. He felt alive again. He looked around, wondering what the strange faces would be saying now.
He was wasting time. He stood up blocking the outer world .Then suddenly, as if out of nowhere, one of the shadow sea-monsters came back to haunt him once more. He ran as fast as he could just telling himself not to stop. Sadly, the beast was faster than he expected…
This must be a nightmare, this must be a nightmare, the thought comforted him as he waited for it to stop.
But it didn’t.
He could feel the hot breath on the back of his neck and in the distance - light. Running towards it was as if a force was pushing him back into the clutches of the foul creature. Harnessing all his power he willed the monster to go – he felt the force weaken, wither and die.
Instead of him struggling to get to the light, the light now came to him. He was in a sparkling glow and he could see the shimmering outline of Tom. Weak with relief and his arms outstretched he called out.
“Tom… Tom…,” The image of Tom flickered then disappeared. Disappointment overwhelmed him.
Suddenly in the other direction he saw the gem – beautiful, glistening, sparkling. He was drawn to it as if by magic.
Behind him the shimmering outline of Tom appeared again and he seemed to be calling for help.
What should he do? Save his best friend or find the gem?
For a moment Jamie was paralysed by his dilemma. Tom, his loyal friend needed his help but then so did all those famous characters from history trapped in a time bubble. If he could just grab the gem, he tried to reason, then surely he could help them all. After all, by clasping the jewel he would complete the mission and everyone would be free to return to their time and their lives.
Squeezing his eyes closed in fear, he courageously stretched out his arm to reach for the glistening gem. However, no matter how hard he grasped and swiped, his hand closed on thin air, remaining empty. Daring to peep, confused, he slowly opened his eyes to a heart-sinking sight…
Floating around him in the mysterious water was, not one, but hundreds of haunting gems, laughing at him. Then, as Jamie was about to turn back, a voice echoed through the waves.
“You thought you could ruin my plan, eh?, the menacing voice boomed. “But I am cleverer than you, you see. You are merely my messenger.”
There in front of him was a terrifying figure; Jamie froze with fear. Scanning the mysterious and shadowy person, he discovered the identity of the owner of the menacing voice: it was…it was…it was Poseidon! He had stunning grey hair with strands of silver and highlights of gold; also he had a gleaming trident engraved with a mass of musical notes. Three pointed ends- which were as sharp as tiger’s claws- taunted Jamie as his eyes were fixed to them and his mind was like a racing track as ideas of what Poseidon would do with him rushed in and out of his confused brain. His protective headband and bracelets glistened in the light of the sun coming through the crystal clear waves above them.
Suddenly, using the magic in his detailed trident a beam of blinding blue light plucked a bunch of seaweed waving and flowing gracefully from left to right and back again. Within the next ten seconds, Jamie was thoroughly wrapped in the elegant seaweed- which was as strong as rope when it came to tying him up. Meanwhile, the main question swirled around his mind like a tornado: who was the messenger, was it him?
Poseidon stood glaring at Jamie, who was struggling helplessly against binds. Jamie was truly trapped, trapped inside this damp, slimy cave. Jamie was twisting and turning as much as he could because he knew he had a knife in his pocket, however it was all in vain, all he was managing to do was tighten the knots which were cutting into his wrists.
Out of nowhere, a powerful, booming voice came down from the heavens, it was Zeus who had come to his aid. “Poseidon, what on earth are you doing to this helpless, innocent boy? Release him IMMEDIATELY!”
“Why should I?” Poseidon bellowed angrily. “He was trespassing in my kingdom!”
Jamie could feel the mighty power of the two gods as they fought over his fate. Zeus’ lightning bolt was flickering with electricity. Poseidon gripped his trident tightly and aimed it at Zeus.
I struggled to get out of his humongous hands, which were getting larger by the second, but since he grabbed me extremely tight, I could barely breathe. Suddenly, Poseidon shook me so hard it felt like I was in a tornado! Soon, I found out I was in an actual tornado that Poseidon made. My temper grew like my flaming, red hair because he had no right to torture me like a dog, shaking his favourite bone. I soon came up with a great idea. While I was helping Albert Einstein, I secretly stole one of his immensely powerful medicines and hid it in my jeans pocket just in case I needed it for an emergency. I felt a flask in my pocket. It was the poison! I opened the lid and I sprayed all of it over him. He fell to the ground. I wriggled out of his sweaty arms. I dived into the sea avoiding the drops of poison. I saw something glistening in the distance. It was the gem! I swam as fast as my little legs would take me. I held it I my palm. Suddenly something appeared…
A gigantic, emerald coloured tentacle rose slowly out of the shivering, cold water. In the blink of an eye, 7 other huge tentacles had risen from the deep. A large, round head started to appear. I turned to swim away but I was too late. One of the horrendous limbs grabbed me and threw me up into the air. I flew like a bird and landed, with a splash and a splat, on top of the monster’s big, bulging head. Rubbing my head and feeling to see if the shiny gem was still in my left hand, I heard a terrible laugh.
Opening my eyes, I saw a fearsome pirate staring down at me, his sword pointing at my neck. I gulped. My heart was pounding. I blinked. He was still there. I could feel my hand losing grip of the gem. Suddenly, it slipped out of my hand and rolled like a conker into the gigantic, slimy mouth of the beast! What was I going to do? Without a second thought, I threw myself off the head and dived, head first, into the abyss.
I opened my eyes, overwhelmed by the terrible stench. I was trapped in the slimy and horrible oesophagus. It was as long as a waterslide but with no sign of an end. Out of curiosity I wriggled deeper into the throat. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw the shiny, shimmering rainbow gem. I reached out and swiped at it. It was so covered in slime and saliva that it slipped through my fingers. I launched at it, grabbing wildly and caught hold of it. I put it carefully into my pocket. However, as I spun it caught on the black, dense oesophagus wall. It sliced through it like a knife through butter. I leapt through the hole and landed on the hard floor of the pirate ship.
Above me, I could see the gigantic monster tied up with the terrible band of pirates pointing their cutlasses at its head. Amongst the motley crew, Tom stood with a bandana around his head and his jeans torn at the knee. He had joined the pirate crew.
Without hesitation, I shouted out his name but he didn’t seem to recognise me. Fortunately, the pirates were too busy with the sea monster to even notice me so, as quick as a flash, I run down a small, creaky staircase. I saw some barrels in the darkness and caught my breath sitting amongst them in the darkness. What should I do now? At least I had the gem still. I pulled it from my pocket and looked at it closely, marvelling at all the colours as it twinkled at me.
“He did it!” Exclaimed a voice from behind me. “Look boys, do you see. He really did it!” I turned around and saw Winston Churchill crammed into a tiny wooden cage, beside him Caesar, Shakespeare and Einstein were tied together around another barrel. I couldn’t believe my eyes. The pirates had caught the historical characters too! As my eyes adjusted to the darkness I looked around for Blackbeard but couldn’t see him until I heard a clanging above me and there he was ties in chains from the bars on the ceiling. I suddenly laughed, so overcome with joy. Maybe they can get me home.
“I can’t believe the boy managed it!” Gasped Einstein.
“I did,” I explained, my eyes beaming with pride. “But now what, how do we get home?”
Blackbeard explained that we needed everyone who had been sucked into this world together in one place, and with the box. My heart sank, I hadn’t seen the box since we left the garden. Over my shoulder I heard Churchill shuffling about, I turned to see what he was doing and my heart filled with joy when I saw what he was sitting on. The box, he had been sitting on the same wooden box Tom found in the garden. It felt like a lifetime ago since we found it and my cheeks hurt with happiness that finally this whole ordeal might be over.
I handed Churchill the gem and he slotted it into an indent in the lid of the box. Caesar then began his charade, shouting and threatening all of the other characters so that they shouted and heckled back. A long shadow appeared at the top of the stairs and a silhouette of one of the pirates appeared. I stepped backwards and crouched behind a barrel again. As the figure stepped closer we could start to make out the features on his face and my eyes widened when I saw it was Tom. At that moment Churchill opened the box and I felt a strange dragging sensation in my tummy. I was being sucked, sucked back into the box. There was a high pitched sound, like when you feel as if you can hear radio waves. I closed my eyes tightly and waited for the sound to stop.
When I opened my eyes Tom was lying beside me on the grass. As I looked around I could see my washing line over my head and my house behind me.
“That was EPIC!” shouted Tom, smiling wildly. “Best day ever!”.
“Errr, yeah, I suppose so.” I shrugged back at him, although I didn’t think it was that great really. In fact I was pretty happy to be home.
“Anyway, I’d better go back inside and do my homework” I explained to him as I stood up and gave him my hand to help him up too.
“Yeah, me too,” Tom replied, “I think I might do mine about pirates.”
As Tom left and I walked back into my house, I gave my mum a smile and wondered if there was any point telling her about my day, she’d never believe me. I sat at the computer and thought about a historical character to write my project about, no pirates for me, well unless it was Blackbeard. Or maybe it could be about Albert Einstein, or Winston Churchill, or William Shakespeare or maybe even Julius Caesar. Who do you think?
This week has been extra special because we have been celebrating World Book Day.
Throughout the week each class has contributed to the whole class story, writing their own twists and turns to the plot. We have also each designed our own book token which will be entered into a National Competition with the chance of winning a prize! On Tuesday, CPFJ got a very special visit from the children's author, E.R Reilly. Year 4 enjoyed hearing about his books and are looking forward to possibly reading his books and attempting the Writing Challenges. On Thursday, nearly the whole school, including staff, dressed up as characters from their favourite books.
Take a look at the photos below of our week!
Thank you to all those parents that attended the High Ashurst Meeting on Wednesday evening. If anybody could not attend, the information pack, medical consent letter and the equipment list will be sent home next week.
The children have also had a meeting as a year group and they were very excited to hear about everything!
Take a look at the photos below from previous years!
This week we have been learning how to solve word problems.
We have been introduced to a new representation of the bar model.
Below is an example for you to have a look at.
This week's homework (Chilli 3) looks at answering word problems using the bar model as a representation - if there are any questions, please do not hesitate to ask your child's teacher.
The Year 4 Team.
Year 4 have started their rehearsals for our Christmas Production 'The Magical Christmas Jigsaw.' There will be lots of singing and acting for all to enjoy. Below are the songs and lyrics for you to practise at home.
Lyrics to our songs!