Welcome to Hawk Class.
We are all looking forward to working hard this year to show off our amazing skills in every lesson. We are very lucky to have Miss Porter as our class teacher and Miss Lang to support us in learning.
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TERM 5 UPDATE:
PE will continue to be on a Tuesday and a Thursday.
Children should be coming into school dressed in their PE and will remain in their PE kit for the entire day.
Thank you for your support.
Term 5 – What does it mean to belong?
This week, we have been continuing our own around the story of Varjak Paw. We are all extremely engaged in the book and are growing in excitement to find out what happens next. So far, we know that Varjak has left the Contessa’s house after a fight with the horrible black cats – what we don’t know is if The Elder Paw survived the vicious attack! Some of us think he did, some of us think he might have died.
Varjak has started to learn The Way after falling out of a tree and having a dream where he met Jalal, who told him about Open Mind.
We have been using this story to create some amazing character descriptions on the characters. Using a range of figurative language (similes, metaphors and personification), we have given readers a really good idea of what these characters are like.
Miss Porter was rather impressed with our time-telling skills on Friday, after being away helping with SATs every morning. We really helped her to understand how a clock works and how to know what the time is.
Even though it was a four-day week at school, it feels like we’ve done enough work for a full week here in Hawk Class.
Every Tuesday, we are lucky enough to have Bristol Sports come in and teach us PE. This term, we are focussing on gymnastics and we are LOVING it. We always have so much fun in every lesson. This week, it looked so fun in fact, Miss Porter got out the camera and took some pictures of our incredible gymnastic skills. Take a look at them below.
Thursday assemblies are always great as we get to see what other classes have been learning. It was lovely to see Kestrel Class get up there and give us superhero themed assembly to tell us all about their book, the Krindlekrax. They have been doing some great learning and singing – we can hear them through the wall!
In writing this week, we were introduced to a new target of figurative language. We cannot wait to use lots of similes, metaphors and personification in our writing from now on, especially when describing the cats in Varjak Paw.
On Monday, we were introduced to our new book, Varjak Paw. He is a cat that is living in an old, rotting house with his family but he wants to leave to explore the world.
We looked at the Seven Skills of Jalal – the cat martial arts – and took pictures to represent each one. We then used the iPads to edit the pictures and make them look funky!
We had an exciting day on Thursday as it was our turn for class assembly. We have been working so hard this year that it was really exciting to be able to share some of that learning with our parents. Determined to get into a mess, we decided to show them how to make a pizza and then what happens to the pizza as it makes its way through our digestive system. Ewww!
We do hope that all of the parents enjoyed coming to see it and that they are as proud of our work as Miss Porter is.
On Wednesday, we were invited to Milano’s Italian to create our own pizzas. When we arrived, we each were given a chef’s hat to wear. Yash gave us a lesson about fresh food and where it comes from and allergens that we have to look out for when preparing food. Once we had finished, we started to make our pizzas. It was incredibly fun to see all of the different designs that people made because they wanted to win the competition. Yash then took the pizzas and put them in the oven at 300 degrees! Finally, the pizzas were ready and we ate them before heading back to school. Well done to Lacey and Finley for winning the vouchers.
Thank you to all of the parents who joined us for a fantastic morning. Please follow the link below to see our trip featured in the Gazette.
Term 4 – Am I the same as a gorilla?
What a busy and fun filled term we have had in Hawk Class. We have been working really hard all term, especially in our maths and our writing.
This week, we showed off all of our writing skills by writing a story on Super Gorilla, from the movie featured in the Gorilla book we have been looking at. Our stories showed a wide range of activities that Super Gorilla had been on, such as saving dolphins from killer sharks, fighting evil puppies and saving the world one villain at a time.
We were lucky enough to be invited to Brimsham Green this week to watch their dance show. It was incredible to see all of the amazing dances that have been working hard to put together. We even saw some ex-Tyndale pupils performing and they were excellent! Thank you Brimsham for inviting us to the show! I hope we are invited back again!
We have had a super busy week, finishing off our assessments and making Miss Porter proud whilst she was away.
In writing, we have been working hard to make our writing TiP ToP! This helps us to understand when we need to start a new paragraph in our writing. In order to show this, we have been writing all about Hannah’s adventures with Gorilla as well as writing our own versions of the story.
We were lucky enough to be invited into the hall on Friday afternoon to watch Miss Kearn’s dance group perform their final dance. It was amazing to see the hard work they have been putting in during their lunchtime and after school. They were amazing and we were all very proud of the work they have put in.
This week, we have been really busy showing off our knowledge in our assessments. These are really fun, especially the maths one.
We have been continuing our work on decimals in maths and have moved to adding and subtracting these, using our previous knowledge to help us. On Wednesday, we had a chance to beat Miss Porter with answering different calculations. It really helped us to speed up our answering AND help our understanding of the calculations. Our favourite is multiplication because we can use our times table knowledge to help us.
In enquiry, we have been looking at different types of animals, sorting them into categories and learning lots of new vocabulary. We learned the difference between vertebrates and invertebrates (vertebrates have backbones and invertebrates don’t!). We can’t wait to continue learning all about this.
In maths this week, we have been looking at fractions AND decimals. We have been adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator, including questions where the answer was more than 1 whole!
We have been looking at a text about a gorilla called Ivan this week in guided reading. Poor Ivan lived in a mall and was lonely because he was the only gorilla. Everyone thought he was angry because that is what the poster said but actually he wasn’t, he was a kind gorilla!
On Friday, we all got to wear our red noses to school! They stayed with us all day, but didn’t spend the entire day on our noses because we couldn’t breathe properly!!
Our week got off to a great start, with a trip to Bristol Zoo. We had a blast! We got to see lots of different animals, watch the gorillas have their lunch before the youngsters started play fighting above us AND have an exceptional education session with Becky. Not only did we get to learn lots about how different animals eat their food, we also had the opportunity to hold a cockroach! Becky kindly brought out a very friendly snake for us to pet as well as some wrinkly millipedes! They had so many legs, we had no chance of counting them all! We loved every minute of it – including our lunchtime, where some friendly ducks decided they wanted to share our food. Poor Harry had some of his sandwich stolen by a hungry one! Please take the time to have a look at the photos from the day. We apologise that there are so many – we wanted to photograph everything!
The week ended with a great World Book Day, where we all came dressed as different animals. It was great to see everyone dressed up. As a class, we spent the morning writing a poem about gorillas. After lunch, we stood in front of the whole school and read the poem out. Miss Porter was extremely proud of us and our brilliant poem! Have a read of it below:
We saw gorillas at the zoo,
And they were pretty much like you.
They were chasing after carrots,
Flapping their arms like parrots.
Their island was a gigantic mess,
But they really couldn’t care less.
Fighting is what they like to do,
Sometimes they will throw their own poo!
At any time they could either be ripping down trees,
Or they will be sat eating each other’s fleas.
You can bet you will always find them eating,
As long as their precious hearts are beating.
Although they can be seen as chubby,
They really aren’t at all grubby.
Swinging dangerously from branches to branches,
They fly effortlessly over nearby ranches.
Gorillas are extremely kind,
But they are nearly impossible to find!
Well we have had a busy first week back in Hawk Class.
On Monday, we started looking at our short enquiry of ‘where does our food go?’. This meant we had to find where all of our organs are in our body. We drew around ourselves and put the organs where we thought they would go.
We continued this on Wednesday when we investigated how the digestive system worked. We demonstrated it using bananas and crackers making their way through the system. It was very disgusting to see the outcome at the end. Take a look at some of the pictures. Be warned, it isn’t very nice looking!
We ended the week by spending Friday discussing and exploring what it means to be a purple learner. We looked at all the different ways we can become great learners and reach our full potential in the classroom. Throughout the day, we discussed movers and blockers, things that can help us and stop us learning. We look forward to putting all of our ideas into action and becoming the best purple learners, putting ourselves in the challenge zone and exercising our brains every day.
Term 3 - “His eyes, like headlamps, glowed white, then red, then infra-red, searching the sea” How is this possible?
Being the artists we are, this week we created some collages using tissue paper. After experimenting with plain paper, tissue paper and newspaper, we decided tissue paper was best! With a variety of different colours available, we all managed to create an Iron Man’s head. Some were flat, some were scrunched and some were a mix! They are up on our display in the KS2 hall.
We have been working extra hard in PE this week. On Tuesday, we played a handball tournament and each team won a prize. Take a look below to see us with our certificates. Then, on Thursday, we continued with our Life on the Nile dance where we perfected our existing dance moves.
This week, we completed our enquiry prove it. We had to build an Iron Man’s head with working lights. In order to do this, we had to make a complete circuit with not one, but TWO working lightbulbs. Have a look below at how we did!
Weeks Four and Five
Wow! What a busy couple of weeks we have had in Hawk Class, including a brilliant snow day. Who doesn’t love a long weekend?
We have been having lots of fun making circuits for our enquiry. Not only did we make lightbulbs work, we also got propellers of a fan to work in the same circuit. We used this knowledge to draw and label our own circuits. As we learnt they don’t work unless fully connected, we had to make sure our drawing was really precise otherwise it wouldn’t be accurate.
In maths, we have been learning about measurement. In order to learn the different types of measurements, we had a practical lesson where we used jugs to measure capacity, scales to measure mass and rulers to measure length. All of that and only a handful of water was spilt on the carpet. Oops.
This week, we had Safer Internet Day. We learnt all about personal information and the importance of giving consent online for websites and apps to use it. We didn’t realise how much information is classed as personal information and we are glad to now know! We also learnt that it is important to read the messages that appear on a website as we might consent to giving personal information without realising.
Finally, to top off a busy, busy couple of weeks, we once again won SAM, the attendance dog. He is currently getting cosy on Miss Porter’s chair, looking out at the classroom where he can watch all the fantastic work we do in Hawk Class.
We have been super scientists this week, learning all about how we hear sound. We watched a video, which showed us how noise travels through the different parts of our ear. It was weird to see what an ear looks like from inside. Each of us drew a diagram of an ear in our books and labelled with the correct terminology.
To continue being brilliant scientists, we started our new enquiry which has an electricity focus. In order to find out as much about electricity as we could, we researched some of the influential scientists in the field of electricity. We learned that Thomas Edison had lost most of his hearing by the age of 12, Benjamin Franklin discovered that lightning was connected to electricity and Alessandro Volta was the first person to isolate methane!
We all took part in the skipathon this week, where we were each given 1 minute to skip with the skipping rope as many times as possible. The winner had 76 skips!!!!!!
We have been really busy this week learning how to divide 3 digit numbers by 1 digit numbers. We learned how to group the numbers to find the answer.
In writing this week, we were surprised to learn that there were new targets to still be learnt. Miss Porter introduced us to T8, which was to use the past progressive tense in our writing. It sounded really scary but we all were able to pick it up quickly!
PE was fun this week, we had our usual Tuesday handball session with Sam and Theresa, which was really good. We learned how to score in the game and worked on our tactics. On Thursday, we went onto the field and split into groups. Each group had to create their own circuit of exercises to teach the other groups.
WOW! What a busy first week back we have had. On Wednesday, we were introduced to our new class book during a WOW day. We came into school to find a pile of junk on the carpet. It turned out we would be spending the morning making our own robots! We all had such good fun and I’m sure Miss Porter reached a world record for the amount of times she had to find the end of the sellotape! Have a look at the pictures below to see our creations!
Not only did we get to spend the morning creating robots, we got to watch a film in the afternoon. The Iron Giant. It was a great film that we cannot wait to find it more about the story this term.
Term 2 – Would I be a Spartan or an Athenian?
This week marks the end of Term 2 in Hawk Class, and what a busy term we have had.
This week, we finished reading our class book The Green Ship, and were upset to find out that the ship disappeared after years and years of neglect. We hope that Alice and Thomas will someday return to help reshape the bushes and make The Green Ship great again for other children to enjoy.
In maths, we have been working hard with counters and the grid method to help us better understand multiplication. We are really enjoying learning new techniques and can’t wait to continue this next term.
We ended the week with a great party, where we ate lots of yummy treats, played fun party games and even had a disco in the hall with the rest of the key stage. It was the perfect end to a busy term.
Miss Porter hopes that everyone has a fantastic Christmas and a lovely new year. She cannot wait to welcome everyone back in January, where our fabulous learning journey can continue. See you all in the new year!
WOW! What a busy week we have had in Hawk Class.
On Thursday, we went to the church for an Advent Adventure. There were six different stations to go to, to learn all about the Christmas story. Our favourite was the game, where we had to race to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus. We learnt all about the shepherds and the sheep, the gifts that were given to Mary and Joseph, the innkeepers and the angels.
On Friday, we were invited to Woodlands Primary School to play the game Jailbreak. We had two hours of fun playing different teams and learning new skills. There was a cricket jailbreak pitch, where you were given a point for hitting the other teams wicket. At one point, we were given a bat to protect our own wicket. The other pitch was a rugby jailbreak one. On this pitch, we had to try and capture all the rugby balls from the other team and have them all in our base. It was so much fun. Well done to Lacey, who won MVP! Keep an eye out for when the pictures arrive!!
This week we have been working really hard to put all our knowledge to the test in some assessments. Miss Porter is really impressed with how respectful we were to others by keeping quiet when we were doing them.
In writing this week, we have been using expanded noun phrases to describe things. We’ve been thinking of different types of adjectives to make our work sound better.
We are preparing for our class debate for our enquiry’s Prove it question – Would I be a Spartan or an Athenian. We’ve been looking at the differences between both states and trying to make an informed decision as to which one we would be.
In PE, we have been practising and improving in our jailbreak skills ready for our competition next week! We are all so excited!!
We have been busy writing a non-chronological report about the Ancient Greeks and their lives. It was interesting to find out that there was only one teacher in a school because only the boys went to school. There was only 10 or 20 boys in each school!
This week, it has been anti-bullying week here at Tyndale. Anti-bullying week is important because it helps us to understand what bullying is. We have been looking at ways to stand up to bullying and MAKE SOME NOISE. As well as this, we have been looking at how we can be kind to each other. Here in Hawk Class, we each sent someone a kind message and it really made us all feel better! On Thursday afternoon, we created our own anti-bullying superheroes. Some examples are: Supercheetah with a kindness wand, Freezing Finley with the ability to teleport and freeze bullies and Heart-girl who could turn bullies nice by throwing cupcakes at them.
On Friday, we all came to school dressed in our own clothes for mufti day. We all had to donate some chocolate for the chocolate tombola at next week’s Christmas Fayre. We made sure to give the chocolate to Miss Lang, so Miss Porter couldn’t eat any of it.
This week we have been working really hard to understand subtraction. We have been using the bar model to help us figure out what the question is asking before using dienes to help us work out the answer. At the beginning of the week, we found it tricky to exchange the numbers, but we persevered and are really starting to understand how it works!
In order to complete the class debate at the end of our enquiry, we have started to do some research on Athenians and Spartans. By looking at facts about both, we have been trying to decide which one of these we would want to be. We need to continue to research further before we can make a good decision!
On Monday, we came to school dressed as Ancient Greeks. This is because our new topic is all about Ancient Greece. We tried some of their food and most of it was very delicious. Although most of us tried them, the olives were disgusting! Mason thought they tasted lovely though.
In writing, we started to read our new book called ‘The Green Ship.’ We can’t wait to go on many adventures with Alice and Thomas. We will keep you updated on their adventures as we read the rest of the book.
We really enjoyed coming into school in our mufti clothes on Friday, so we could raise money for Children in Need.
We are all very excited to be back in school and we are ready to continue with our learning.
This week, we have started to look at addition in maths, using the dienes to help us show our column additions. We have been working extremely hard to make sure we are presenting our maths work as best as we can!
In writing this week, we have been researching churches to write a non-chronological report about them. We have learned many new facts such as; the alter is where Christians eat the bread and drink the wine that represents Jesus’ blood and body.
In order to finish our enquiry on ‘Why does it snow?’, we looked at the water cycle this week. Not only did we learn the processes - we really struggled to pronounce precipitation – we also learnt a song about the water cycle! Using our knowledge, we drew our own water cycle AND created a comic strip of Drippy’s journey around the cycle. Look out for pictures of our work coming to the website soon!
Term 1 – Why does it snow?
Wow! What a long term we have had. We have really enjoyed the start to Year 4 and the new, exciting challenges that we have.
This week, we have been looking further at states of matter. We focussed on the melting process this week. Miss Lang helped us to melt chocolate, wax and butter. We all thought the butter would be the fastest to melt but it wasn’t! Surprisingly, it was the chocolate.
We would also like to thank Sam and Lynn from Bristol Sport for all their help with our netball skills this term. We showed them all of our skills during a netball game in our last lesson.
After creating clay poppies on Friday, we had the opportunity to paint these on Monday afternoon. It was really fun to get to use acrylic paint – even though we had to go very careful not to get it on ourselves. We had to take great care to make sure we painted the petals red and the middle black!
We have been revisiting our knowledge of Roman Numerals from year 3 this week in maths. We have looked at numbers up to 100 (C in Roman Numerals). Look out on our homework this week for some opportunities to show off our knowledge by adding and subtracting Roman Numerals.
On Tuesdays, we are lucky enough to have the sports coaches helping us with our PE skills. This week, Mason took the opportunity to become the class photographer and took many pictures to show what we do in our PE lessons.
In science this week, we were investigating whether air has weight. We did this by blowing up a balloon and seeing if it weighed more than a balloon that wasn’t blown up. We also looked to see if water weighed more than air by filling another balloon with water!
We found out that air does have weight, but not as much as liquid! As well as this, we found out helium doesn’t weigh as much as air and therefore it floats. We are waiting to find out what will happen if we leave the balloons for a while!
We had a blast making clay poppies ready for Remembrance Day. We followed the instructions that Miss Kearn gave us and each made one! We cannot wait to paint these next week!
What a busy week we have had in Hawk class this week. We have been using the computers to research how to survive in snowy conditions. We wanted to know what Ivan would need to make sure he could safely find his brother whilst searching through the frozen forest in the snow.
We have started to look at decimal numbers in maths, using counters to help us understand the difference in whole numbers and parts of a number. We have looked at tenths and hundredths.
In English, we looked at complex sentences and how they work. We noticed that the subordinating clause could go at the beginning or the end of the sentence, and it would still make sense!
This week, we have been super busy learning all about rounding. Not only have we been rounding to 10, we have also been rounding to 100 AND 1000!! We have been trying it as well as applying it to use it and prove it questions.
We have been trying really hard in PE this week, with Lynn and Sam. They showed us a couple of new shooting games called poison and minions. We really enjoyed it, especially when we got to make our class mates our minions!!
In science this week, we looked at what the different states of matter are. We looked at the difference between solids, liquids and gases and even listed some of each. To ensure we understood to completely, we went outside and pretended we were the particles making up the matters. See us in action in the photos below! Ask us to tell you which ones we are, we will be able to help!
This week, we had our WOW activity to introduce our new enquiry, ‘Why does it snow?’ We made fake snow and had a chance to play with it before making instructions to show what we did. We had a chance to show off our art skills as well when we looked at how to make snowflakes and gave them a go. It was really hard to follow the instructions from a video!!
On Wednesday, we had a special visitor come into school to teach us how to sing. He told us that we have to make our Tyndale Voice and we can’t wait to share it with the world. It was really fun and we got to sing new pop tunes instead of the old songs we used to sing!
This week we have been continuing our work with the crayons! On Wednesday, we showed off our listening skills by working with our talk partners to give clear instructions. One of us had a picture and had to instruct our partners to draw a matching picture.
This week, we have been looking at the book ‘The Day The Crayon’s Quit’. We enjoyed trying to guess why each colour decided to quit and thought it was hilarious that poor peach crayon was naked.
We worked together to create group crayon drawings. It was really hard because we were not allowed to share the colours and had to work as a team. We haven’t finished these yet, but we wanted to show you what they look like so far J.