Ash Class - Year 4
Mrs Laura Leaver
Mrs Lisa Bick
Teaching & Learning Assistant
The Lost Words highlights the disappearance of wild childhood. It is a celebration - in art and word - of nature and its wonders. With acrostic spell-poems, this book evokes the magic of language and nature.
'When Elliot wishes upon a star, he doesn't expect a constellation to crash into a dungheap on his family farm.
The star is Virgo. She thinks she's perfect. Elliot doesn't. And together they release Thanatos, evil Daemon of Death ... epic fail.
They need the King of the Gods and his noble steed. Instead, they get Zeus and his high horse Pegasus.
Are the Gods really ready to save the world? And is the world really ready for the Gods?'
Term 5 we are focussing on Geography; our local area and caring for our environment. We are using two text to enhance our learning. These are Window and Greta and the Giants.
Window is looks at our changing environment. A mother and baby look through a window at a view of wilderness and sky as far as the eye can see. With each page, the boy grows and the scene changes. At first, in a clear patch of forest, a single house appears. A few years pass and there is a village in the distance… When the boy is twenty, will he recognize the view from his window?
Greta and The Giants ... Greta is a little girl who lives in a beautiful forest threatened by Giants. When the Giants first came to the forest, they chopped down trees to make houses. Then they chopped down more trees and made even bigger homes. The houses grew into towns and the towns grew into cities, until now there is hardly any forest left. Greta knows she has to help the animals who live in the forest, but how? Luckily, Greta has an idea…
A fantastic morning was had by all in Year 4 with resident Musicate’s, Julien and Nick. We started the session off with a bit of a warm up; the children had to take turns by leading different body movements for the rest of the class to follow, getting us ready for the session. We then had to practice our listening skills so that we could clap out a pattern one at a time, while remembering what the last person had clapped to pair with a new pattern. After we practiced this, we were excited to listen to a new piece of music – Flying by John Williams. Some of us had not heard this before so we discussed all of the things we could hear, how it made us feel and got a chance to draw what we could picture whilst listening to the piece. The session then ended with us using some body percussion to become a rainforest orchestra! We agreed on different movements for different sounds and put these all together to make our orchestra come alive! There was rain, thunder and even some monkeys.