Welcome to Year 4
After lots of hard work in the spring term year 4 were well rewarded at the end of April when we found out that our work had been used during a debate in the House of Lords!
As part of our topic on the Human Body we had studied the effect that advertising has on our food choices, we concluded that we are all buying too much junk food and not making enough healthy choices, we decided to write letters regarding junk food advertising and send them off to see if we could change anything. Our letters were sent to Baroness Walmsley in the House of Lords. We carried on working hard and awaited a reply...
At the end of April we had our answer! Baroness Walmsley sent us a copy of the HANSARD! The Hansard is the official record of debates in the House of Commons and the House of Lords. On 17th April Baroness Walmsley opened a debate on childhood obesity and she used OUR WORK to help her!! We were amazed and delighted that our letter had made it that far. Baroness Walmsley quoted lots of our work in her speech and many very important people were listening to what we had to say.
We hope that what was said on 17th April will lead the way forward to a change in the law on junk food advertising - if it does it will be a little bit down to our work and our letters! How exciting!
If you would like to hear the full debate click the link below.
Welcome back and a Happy New Year. We have an exciting term ahead and have already made a good start on our new topic 'Horrible Humans'. We will start in this half term with a tour through the body (from teeth to the toilet!) as we discover our digestive system. Our art work will be linked to this as we try our hand at drawing blood cells, viruses and bacteria. In English we are studying the effect that junk food advertising can have on our diets. We hope to culminate our project by writing to parliament in order to request change to the laws regarding advertising during prime time family viewing.
We welcome Mrs Alex Kett to year 4 this term. She is joining us from the University of Gloucestershire as part of her PGCE teacher training. She will be teaching the class throughout the term under the supervision of Mrs. Orledge.
Take a look in the gallery to see what we've been up to so far this term! It's lots of fun as you can see! The pictures from the museum visit are also there.
The children have settled in well after half term and are enjoying our new topic 'Beware Beowulf'. We will be exploring various aspects of Anglo Saxon life and are looking forward to visiting Taunton Museum for a hands on workshop on 14th November.
This term we are beginning to explore the 'Growth Mindset'. This is an approach that we wish to develop as a whole school in order to make the children more open and resilient learners. You may hear the children talk about 'The learning pit' - see the attached document for more details - or about choosing their own level of challenge. Moving away from the traditional method of grouping children and allowing the learners to choose their own levels means that they are unrestricted in the amount of progress they are able to make. Children can push themselves on to greater achievement without fear of always being stuck in a particular group and at a particular expectation. You may worry that the children would always choose the easy option however this tends not to be the case. Year 4 are enjoying a greater freedom and relishing the challenge!