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WELCOME TO BARN OWLS!

2017-2018

We have lots of exciting work planned for Year 4 and can’t wait to get started! Our class teacher is Mrs Davies. Mrs Masefield will also be supporting us each morning with our Maths and English and Mrs Stratton will teach us on Wednesday afternoons. We have enjoyed getting to know the children so far and they have already settled in very well to the new school year.

Exploring Eastern Europe Topic Day - October 2017

On the last day of half term, Year 4 finished their Exploring Eastern Europe topic by doing just that – exploring all things Eastern European. Much to the children’s delight this included ‘visiting a country’ and writing all about their travels in our ‘Barn Owls Travel Blog’. The children then located the countries, seas and landmarks in Art by creating a giant map display. Finally we finished with a feast, making and sampling a variety of Eastern European delicacies, including kolache cookies, strudel and polish sweets – yummy! All of the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and looked the part too, coming to school dressed as a country of their choice. Mrs Davies was very impressed by their efforts for their homework projects which she is proudly displaying in the classrooms. Thank you to all the parents for their support with this. Take a look at some of our photographs below to see all the fun we had!

Exploring Eastern Europe Topic Day

Amazing Art!

Wednesday 13th September 2017

Year Four running a mile and more.

Well done everyone!no

(Mrs Webb apologises for her poor video footage!cool)

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2016-2017

A very warm welcome to you all. This year, Class 4 will be taught be Mrs Davies and Miss Wood. Our Classroom assistant is Mrs Stratton. We hope your children are settling in well and are enjoying our exciting topics. 

April 2017 - Wonderful Water Day

April 2017 - Deforestation Letters to Companies!

April 2017 - Deforestation Letters to Companies! 1
April 2017 - Deforestation Letters to Companies! 2

March 2017 - Making a Difference!

March 2017 - Making a Difference! 1

February 2017 - Rotten Romans!

February 2017 - Rotten Romans! 1

Exploring how sound is made and investigating how sound travels to our ears. (January 2017)

Exploring how sound is made and investigating how sound travels to our ears. (January 2017) 1
Exploring how sound is made and investigating how sound travels to our ears. (January 2017) 2
Exploring how sound is made and investigating how sound travels to our ears. (January 2017) 3
Exploring how sound is made and investigating how sound travels to our ears. (January 2017) 4

As part of our States of Matter Science topic, we investigated evaporation and condensation. We explored how quickly 'puddles' of water evaporated in different locations & expored how water vapour condensed onto a cold mirror.

As part of our States of Matter Science topic, we investigated evaporation and condensation. We explored how quickly 'puddles' of water evaporated in different locations & expored how water vapour condensed onto a cold mirror. 1
As part of our States of Matter Science topic, we investigated evaporation and condensation. We explored how quickly 'puddles' of water evaporated in different locations & expored how water vapour condensed onto a cold mirror. 2

2015 - 2016

Mrs. Kennedy and Mrs. Ainsworth are the job share teachers in Barn Owls.

Mrs. Kennedy teaches Monday to Wednesday and Mrs Ainsworth teaches on Thursdays and Fridays. 

Lifepath 2016

On Tuesday Class 4 travelled to Malvern to take part in the ‘Lifepath 2016’ celebrations held at the Priory. We joined children from other local schools and tried various activities such as brass rubbing, making stained windows and learning about the life of the Monks who used to live in the Priory. We had a great day!

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Egyptian Day
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Barn Owls Class put their Egyptian learning to the test just before half term. Having learned all about the mummification process we had a go at making our own canopic jars - to store the organs of the dead! The jars and lids, with model heads of the four sons of Horus on top, look fantastic. Having considered Egyptian transport, we set about making Egyptian boats. Though traditionally made from reeds, we went and collected long grasses to make the base of our boats, following the Egyptian boat making method.  Special thanks to Jackie Taylor (Martha’s mum) for researching and organising the boat building activity on the day.  Following a traditional Egyptian bread recipe, we all had a go at making rolls, adding in a couple of ingredients of our own choice to give them a personal twist! The afternoon began with a display of individual or group Egyptian dances, choreographed by the children, based on the arm positions adopted in a variety of Egyptian wall art. All the children were fantastic. Finally, we got our bread out of the oven and enjoyed an Egyptian feast.  According to several children in the class, “It was the best day ever!” Certainly a lot of fun was had by all!  Thanks again to all the adult helpers for making it such a successful event and to the children for their never ending enthusiasm.  

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Design Technology
We had fun designing and building Shadufs.
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Edible Pyramids
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Our trip to Techniquest

On Tuesday 23rd February we travelled to Techniquest, the Science Discovery Centre in Cardiff with its 160 Science experiments to look at and try. The day was a very exciting and ‘hands on’ learning experience for the children. 

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We also took the opportunity to go into the Theatre and watch ‘The Electricity Show’. We learnt about how electricity is produced and used. Lots of our children were chosen to take part in the show. George demonstrated how to light up a bulb using wave power, Emily and Alice become human wires in a circuit, Jack produced static electricity and Cairo raced Mrs Luce to roll cans using only the power of static electricity.

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Fabulous Fiesta Day!

The weather outside may have been cold but the atmosphere in Barn Owl class on our Fabulous Fiesta Topic day was positively Mediterranean!  Dressed in Spanish costumes we immersed ourselves in Spanish culture.  Firstly, we made our own Spanish tiles.  Then we practised our bandaging skills, using mod roc plaster bandages to make a 6 foot replica of ‘El Drac’ (the dragon), also referred to as the Gaudi lizard situated in the Parc Güell, Barcelona. 

In the afternoon, we put on our dancing shoes and learnt the Pasa Doble.  Strictly Come Dancing watch out, we have some serious Latin movers in year 4!  Later we got out our vegetable peelers and prepared ingredients for a Spanish Tortilla and Patata Bravas (potatoes served with a spicy tomato sauce).Whilst the food cooked, the Class 4 Senors and Senoritas enjoyed traditional Spanish party games.  The day was rounded off with a fabulous Fiesta feast, where the children tasted a range of Spanish foods, including those we had prepared ourselves.

“I loved pretending to be a Matador during the Pasa Doble dancing!” (Ben)

“My favourite part was designing and painting my Spanish tile.” (Lucy I)

“It was all great, but the food was best of all.  It was fantastic!” (Alice)

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SPRING TERM 2016

Class 4 Visit the largest Hindu Temple in Europe!

Yes, it’s true, Class 4 could have been in India instead of Dudley on Tuesday as they visited the Balaji Temple, the largest Hindu Temple complex in Europe.  Visitors flock in their thousands to see this truly authentic South Indian style temple which is built from hand carved stone imported from Tamil Nadu. Our guide, helped us to understand the Hindu faith and allowed us to walk around several different shrines which were decorated with brightly coloured orange and white flowers, imported from India. The sights, sounds and smells left a lasting memory with the children. We then enjoyed a simple meal of Poppadums and special rice which was delicious, before returning to school.

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Roman Villas
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The children at work in our classroom
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“Loving and Learning”
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