Welcome to the Eagles
Year 4 at Greenfield
Eagles are the year 4 class at Greenfield School. As we are the oldest children in the school, we take on various responsibilities. These can include setting up the hall for collective worship, being responsible for the music and the hymn words, being a lunchtime sports leader and helping children be physically active. Eagles also take lead roles on the Eco-Committee and Student Council.
Eagles strive to set good examples and show the rest of the school how to live our values.
During year 4, we work hard to build on the maths, reading, writing, spelling and grammar skills from year 3. Our learning, in all areas of the curriculum, is a combination of independent, partner and group work. We share our great ideas and support each other. We enrich our learning with educational trips, visitors and a wide variety of activities in school.
Homework in Eagles is a weekly learning log consisting of two tasks. Children are asked to practise skills learned in school and research new areas of topics. There are also multiplication tables to learn for weekly tests. We also have spellings to learn each week. The children are asked to read daily and quiz when they have completed a book to demonstrate their reading comprehension.
We are lucky to have class music lessons led by Inspiring Music in which we learn an instrument. This year we are all learning to play the PBone (a smaller, plastic trombone) in the autumn term.
Our PE lessons are led by Premier Sport and are on Mondays and Wednesdays.
We have strong links with Arnold Academy and work closely with them. We also liaise and meet with the other local lower and middle schools.
The children endeavour to become independent, responsible and confident learners and we prepare them to ensure a smooth and happy transition to their next schools.
Class teacher - Mrs Potter
Summer Term 2
Bedford Faith Tour
The Eagles, along with Herons, Kites and Kestrels, went to Queen's Park in Bedford to visit three faith communities who have places of worship within three hundred metres of each other. Faith leaders have developed a ‘Faith Tour’ for schools. The children were able to
- Bring R.E. alive through first hand experience
- Enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
- Experience community cohesion at work in a rich and diverse neighbourhood
We were able to visit Guru Nanak Gurdwara, Westbourne Road Mosque and All Saints Parish Church. We were warmly welcomed and were able to look around and see what we had been learning about in school.
Summer Term 1
Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee
We celebrated the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by wearing red, white and blue and having a picnic lunch. We also drew excellent portraits of the Queen.
Geography, English and Art
We have been learning about the Amazonian rainforest. We have thought about the vast number of animals and plants that live there and realised that deforestation has a huge and dreadful impact on the eco system. Using the story, ‘The Great Kapok Tree’ by Lynne Cherry, we wrote a persuasive letter from an employee to the owner of a logging company. We have also written fact files about animals that live in the rainforest. We have written our own story based on ‘The Shaman’s Apprentice’also by Lynne Cherry. We have studied the artwork of Henri Rousseau and recreated his rainforest themed work. We used art pencils to draw black and white sketches, oil pastels and watercolour paints.
Grafham Water Residential Visit
The highlight of this half term was our residential visit to Grafham Water. We all had an amazing time and took part in fun and challenging activities. We went sailing and had to use excellent teamwork skills in order to follow instructions and to navigate the reservoir (we were closely supervised). We tried rock climbing which required us to show bravery and determination. We took part in archery which needed lots of concentration. We worked together in teams using our co-operation skills to build dens using different materials and the instructor then told us how great they all were. Lastly, we learnt how to build and light a campfire and then sat chatting around it and enjoyed watching the flickering flames. We all had a fabulous time!
Spring Term 2
This half term, we have been listening to and reading extracts from ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ by Cressida Cowell. We have written our own chapter for the story and thought hard about the structure, paragraphs, pronouns and fronted adverbials as well as using correctly punctuated dialogue.
We have been learning about the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings. We have found out about and written a non-fiction text about King Alfred the Great and his achievements. We have drawn excellent, fierce looking Viking warriors using oil pastels for our display.
We looked at a Viking shield and sword used by a local re-enactment society and we were amazed at how big and heavy they were!
Spring Term 1
We have written our own performance poems about colour. We thought carefully about what each colour reminded us of and linked these to abstract nouns. They are on display in our classroom. We performed them in front of the class and we were very entertaining. Here are just a few of them:
We are learning about sculptures and we have found out interesting facts about the American artist, Alexander Calder. We have designed a maquette and then made a fish sculpture using clay. We are looking forward to using paper mache and pipe cleaners and beads next!
In our PE lessons, we have been learning to balance and form gymnastics shapes. We have also been learning to play dodge ball and netball by aiming and throwing accurately. Our lessons are very enjoyable and lots of fun!
Autumn Term 2
We really enjoyed our Christmas jumper day and our delicious Christmas dinner.
We have worked extremely hard in our PE lessons this half term. We have been learning to play Bench Ball and have developed our defending and attacking skills.
We really enjoyed our last Orphism abstract art lesson. We used everything we have learned to create our own piece of work, inspired by the artist, Sonia Delaunay. We mixed our paint colours and used the colour wheel to help us decide where to place our colours for the greatest effect. We thought hard about using harmonious and complementary colours.
Autumn Term 1 2021
World Values Day
We discussed our values and thought hard about the meanings of our new ones. We shared our ideas and thoughts on what each value means to us and the impact they can have on the wider world. We thought about the phrase 'Living our Values' and how this will look and feel like in school and at home.
We created art work inspired by our art topic of 'Orphism' and the use of colour. Our work shows the contrast of coldness and warmth. Using and showing our values spreads love and warmth and helps us to be thoughtful, kinder and happier. We feel that living the values supports and influences us all in a positive way.
Black History Month
We have used the Ananse the Spider folk tales from West Africa and the Caribbean as a focus for our story writing. We have read, listened to and retold the stories. We also made our own class story and everyone wrote their own versions. It was interesting to see the embellishments! We also found out about African harvests and learnt about the food cassava. So far, we have thought about how Marcus Rashford, a young footballer, has become an MBE for highlighting the need for free school meals to continue during the holidays.
We are thoroughly enjoying our P.E lessons with Mr. Cooksley. We are learning the skills needed to play tag rugby, basketball and netball.
We are learning about the abstract artists, Robert and Sonia Delaunay. We are designing our own 'Orphism' inspired piece of art and we will mix our own paint colours.
We are carrying out a scientific experiment to find out the answer to the enquiry question: which chemical is best at killing bacteria? We coated slices of bread in 3 different chemicals: soapy water, sugary water and hand sanitiser mixed with water. We are ensuring that it is a fair and comparative test. We are patiently waiting to see what happens!
We have had two very exciting PBone music lessons with 'Inspiring Music'. In our first lesson, we all managed to put our instrument together, name the different parts and made a sound. In our second lesson, we identified the different musical notation of a bar, a rest, a repeat, crotchet and minim, We followed patterns and played along to a backing track. We can't wait to bring them home to show you!
Eco and Gardening
We took advantage of the lovely warm sunshine and we did lots of tidying and clearing away in our school garden. We picked all of the ripe cherry tomatoes. We planted new flowers in the wheelbarrow and weeded the raised beds ready for our new plants.
Summer Term 2 2021
This was our first dance rehearsal. We were hoping to perform it at our leavers performance.
Imagine how good we would have been with a little more rehearsing! A great big thanks to Miss Cruise for teaching us.
We were very excited when we realised what our end of our time at Greenfield treat was going to be!
We met a variety of animals and found out about their natural habitats, diets and other interesting facts. We were allowed to get close to them and even touch them!
Summer Term 1 2021
This half term we have been looking at the Amazonian rainforest and in particular the impact of 'deforestation'. We have thought about why the forest is being cut down and the impact this has on us all. We have written persuasive letters and made fact files about rainforest animals. We have also incorporated the rainforest into our observational drawing and looked at the work of artist Henri Rousseau.
We are learning about electrical circuits in science this half term. We have been exploring which circuits will or will not light the bulb.
It was great fun predicting and then carrying out the investigation. We are very grateful to our PTA who have bought the electrical equipment for us to use.
Spring Term 2021
We have had our first trumpet lesson that was remotely taught by 'Inspiring Music' and then we had our second lesson in our school hall.
We have learnt to play a C and a D notes. We also played crotchets, minims, quavers and semibreves.
Watch us play our song called 'Boogie Shoes'. We learnt this in one lesson! Aren't we amazing?
Autumn Term 2020
We really enjoyed our Christmas dinner, we even had a special visitor! No it wasn't Santa, our guest was even better than him. It was Mr Cooksley! He thought his lunch was delicious!
We had a fabulous time playing bench ball today! We used all the skills we have been developing during this half term. Our teachers were very proud of our team work and determination.
We are thoroughly enjoying our P.E lessons with Mr. Cooksley. We are learning the skills needed to play tag rugby.
We are designing our own 'Orphism' inspired piece of art and we will mix our own colours.
We have carried out a scientific experiment to find out which chemical is best at killing bacteria. We coated sliced of bread in 3 different chemicals: soapy water, sugary water and hand sanitiser mixed with water. We found that hand sanitiser diluted with water was the best!
We have all come back to school ready and eager to learn. We have adjusted well to our new routines and classroom. We are enjoying being back with our teachers and friends.
We are learning about 'Our World Around Us' in geography. We are finding out about the location of countries, the equator and the northern and southern hemispheres. Our first topic in English is about the 'Horrid Henry' books and we are learning about characters, settings and plots. We are considering how to improve our writing using carefully chosen words and phrases. In art, we are studying the artists Sonia and Robert Delaunay and will be creating our own abstract art. In science, we are learning to think scientifically and are finding out how science is used in the wider world.