What is an aqueduct?
Aqueducts were built by the Romans as a way to transport water from outside sources into cities and towns.
Beech class took the opportunity to show their fantastic aqueducts to Willow class. All children wrote down questions they could ask each other about the aqueduct projects and how they were made.We later tested them to see if they could transport water, guess what? They did!
Well done to everyone who made an aqueduct, you each receive 5 Dojo points!
On Tuesday 11th June, Beech Class traveled back in time to Ancient Rome! All the children (and staff) dressed up as Romans.
We started the day by learning about Roman gladiators, we then did some maths involving Roman numerals. After lunch, the children learnt about some of the Emperors before making their own Roman coins imprinted with their favored emperor. Finally, we rounded off the day by having a mock chariot race around the playground. We split into four teams; Reds, Blues, Greens and Whites. The green team were victorious! It was a great day, as you will see from the photos below.
Beech Class Trip to the Verulamium Museum (St Albans)
By Nathanael, Year 4
Yesterday, we went to the Roman Verulamium. We did this because our topic is Romans and it will help us learn about them.
First, we went around the car park through the playground, all the way to the hypocaust and the beautiful mosaic floor. Hypocaust is translated from Greek to be ‘below heat’ but in our language we would use ‘sub’ for below. We had a look at the mosaic floor and it apparently had 220,000 tiles to make it. But there was a flower pattern put wrong!
After we had a long look at the hypocaust and mosaic floor we went and had lunch. After we had our lunch we were able to play in the park for some time. In the park there were slides, climbing frames, swings and monkey bars.
Next, we walked back around the car park all the way to the museum, where we did a market workshop. There were four stalls. There was a pottery and wood stall, a metal stall, a food stall and a clothing, jewellery and footwear stall. We dressed up as Romans and Celts. Then we were given lists and we had to find different roman things. Next, we had to explain what it was and what it was used for. After all this, Mrs James was sold as a slave to Loghan for 100 denarii.
Later on we went to watch a roman DVD about the Roman Verulamium. Then we took a look around the museum. There were roman coins which are the same in a way, to our money. Bronze, the least, silver, middle value and gold the most valuable. There were huge storage pots, small statues, more mosaics and roman skeletons and tiles. We even got to make our own mosaics.
My favourite part was looking around the museum because it was very interesting.
By Nichole, Year 4
First we went to the hypocaust. In the hypocaust there was a mosaic floor with
220, 000 tiles. Did you know that the hypocaust we were standing on was once
a Roman city?
Next we went to eat our lunch in the park. We played in the playground for 20 minutes.
Then we went to the museum and went to a market workshop. We looked at the food the Romans ate and what equipment they used.
Later we went to the gallery and made our own mosaics. We looked in the drawers to see what weapons they used and what money they used.
I liked looking at the coins because there was a picture of Romulus and Remus on one of them.
Well done to all the children who have done 'swimmingly' in their first two lessons at Chinnor Pool.
The children have been very enthusiastic and their swim teacher has been impressed with the progress all the children have made so far.
Myself and Mrs James will continue to support the children from the pool side or in the water depending on the needs of individual children.
Please remember to bring in swimwear, hat, towel and goggles (if you wish to wear them) every Friday. Please also remember to take all your swim kit home so it can be washed ready for the following week.
Congratulations to Kyra who was awarded a pen license on Friday 22nd March. She is the first person in Year 3 to achieve this - well done Kyra!
Well done to Evan, Alex and Nathanael who all earned their pen license in the Autumn term and Isabella, who earned her pen license in January.
Many of the children are very close to earning their pen license (Gold Sticker for presentation).
The children have to be awarded 9 merits for excellent presentation in their books. This includes joined handwriting (where possible), date and learning objectives neatly underlined with a ruler. Ultimately they should feel proud of how they present their work.
A huge congratulations to the Year 4 children who took part in their first sports festival on Friday 1st March. They competed against teams from Stokenchurch Primary, West Wycombe and Oakridge School.
I am delighted to report that they came second in their group and won the trophy for best sportsmanship! We are so proud of their excellent team work; they were a true credit to the school- thank you and well done!
To help our learning of multiplication facts, I have set the class new targets.
Children will demonstrate their understanding of times tables facts by completing 1 minute tables (ideally one table per week). They will answer 12 questions in 60 seconds. This works out as 5 seconds per question, which is considered quick recall.
They will start on x2, and move through the facts systematically. If they score 12/12 they will move up to the next table (see below the expected progression).
x2, x5, x 10, x3, x4, x8, x11, x6, x7, x9, x12
Children should know x2, x5, x10 facts in Year 2 and x3, x4, x8 facts in Year 3, so for many children they are consolidating. By Year 4 children should know all the times tables facts up to 12 x 12. Your child will tell you which times table they need to practise. If your child is struggling, please use the attached sheets to help them practise at home.
Fluency of times tables is really important. Year 4 children will be assessed with a new test called the MTC (Multiplication Test Check), which we will trial in the summer term. More information on this will follow.
Helping at Home
Many parents are keen to know how they can help their child at home. I have put together some handouts that have some tips and some suggested websites that you and your child can look at at home.
Click here for more information.