In the last week of Spring term, Year 4 went to West Stow's Anglo-Saxon Village. We have a fantastic day exploring the replica village, looking round the museum and learning more about their lives from a real Historian and Archeologist, Stephanie. First the children explored the village. All of the houses were made to test theories of how Anglo-Saxons lived and the children really enjoyed investigating them.
Stephanie then showed a range of artefacts, including fossilised poo! Stephanie had the children really engaged by saying that the artefacts 'talked' to her and the children very soon realised that they could! They asked questions and used their knowledge to work out what the artefacts were and what they were used for.
A great day was had by all.
This year, we have looked at Sikhism and learnt about the Langer (free kitchen) in a Gurdwara. We then recreated a Langar in the classroom. The children spent the RE lesson trying out vegetarian food and spending time as a class chatting and sharing. The children loved it!
We also had a another foodie day where we looked at the meaning behind foods traditionally eaten over the Easter period. From Pancakes for Shrove Tuesday at the beginning of Lent upto why Hot Cross Buns and Easter Eggs are eaten in Holy week.
English - Writing Project
In January, The Grange Academy took part in an across schools writing project. Five schools took one picture book - Journey and for 3 weeks, the children worked on it, giving this wonderful, colourful book words to tell the story. The amazing enthusiasm and vocabulary the children put into their work was amazing, producing beautiful descriptive writing.
Children were selected to represent the school in a competition with the other five schools where trophies and certificates were awarded, as well as receiving awards at our school too.
African Arts Week
A lovely creative week across the school. In Year 4, the children worked on African Sunset paintings, using paint to create a glowing sunset of reds, oranges and yellows, then overlaying with silhouettes of tress and African animals. The effect was fantastic.
We also created African masks using paper-mache. Once they were dry, we explored traditional designs and then painted our own. A messy but fun time!
We also took part in an African Dance Workshop.
Extreme Bike Show
In Anti-Bullying Week, a freestyler BMX biker came in to tell the children about his experiences with bullying as a child and how he overcame them. He used biking to help him. He then gave the children an fantastic demonstration of his skills and daring stunts.
No Pens Day
Children always love No Pens Day. A day where communication, team building and using other ways to work really engages the children.
In Year 4, the children took part in Origami, following instructions to create using paper and folding. Team-building exercise where they had to work together to cross an imaginery river using equipment. Using manipulates in maths to communicate their understanding and drama in English.