Another Busy Week.

First I must apologise for having no photos this week. I left my iPad at home😬. However we have still been very busy in the cafe!

Tuesday saw a ‘pass it on’ demonstration of delicious onion bhajis.

On Wednesday a group of children from 3DC made fruit crumbles and sold them on the playground. Were you a lucky customer?

Then on Thursday some of the students from 4DM used some of the ‘fuel for schools’ food to make Collcanon for their class mates. A traditional Irish recipe, using potatoes, cabbage and onions, it was enjoyed by the majority of Mr Moore’s class.

This morning we served coffee and tea both before Ahmed’s  assembly and for the open day of our September intake. Finally 4CC made jam tarts for their celebration event next Friday. They each made their own pastry and filled the tarts with plum jam made from the plums picked in our own orchard. A treat to look forward too.

The Selfish Giant

This week we have spent an exciting four days with Mrs Johnston as part of our art and literacy project. This has been linked to our interfaith topic on walls and has taken inspiration from the Oscar Wild children’s tale, The Selfish Giant.

We commenced the week with reading the opening of the story- discovering the lush, captivating garden and drawing our own interpretations of the garden from the descriptions we had read. We went out into the school grounds to discover what wild, lush, blooming plants we had in our surroundings to consolidate our understanding of what this incredible garden looked like.

We continued to read our story and discovered that a group of children would play in the garden each day after school. One day, the owner of the garden, a giant, returned home from a seven year visit to his friend- a Cornish ogre. Furious at finding the children trespassing, he chased them out and proceeded to build a wall around his garden. He erected a sign reading: TRESPASSERS WILL BE PROSECUTED.” The children were extremely sad, as playing on the road is a poor substitute.

We thought about the story from lots of different character viewpoints. We hot seated the giant to pose some interesting questions to him before imagining how incensed the giant might feel and then writing internal monologues. Mrs Johnston and I were incredible impressed by the standard of some of the writing- Jayden, Alexia and Tia- to name but a few wrote fantastic accounts of their inner feelings. We then flipped to think about how we would feel if we were the children who had just had their favourite place to play in taken from them. We were enraged- and wrote aggrieved letters to the giant telling him just precisely what we thought of his behaviour.

In addition to all of the wonderful writing we have completed, we have also dug our teeth into some fantastic artwork, using a range of medias including observational drawing, illustrations and ‘Revelation’ on the laptops to create our own nature themed artwork…and have enjoyed participating in dance sessions with Miss Allison using the story as a stimulus for our performance.

Next week we have a busy week; continuing our arts project in preparation for the celebration on Friday 28th April (invitations for parents have been sent home this evening). In addition to this, on Wednesday we have an exciting trip to Leeds Carnegie Stadium to take part in a ‘Cricket in the classroom’ workshop- and of course, we have our exciting residential to Herd Farm next weekend!

My learners of the week this week are Jayden and Kariss. They have been brave enough to put themselves in the pit this week in their learning and have made fabulous progress, particularly in their writing. Thankyou- and keep it up!

Have a wonderful weekend and rest up ready for a busy week ahead!

Mrs Culshaw 🙂

Hot Cross Buns For Easter.

4CC made giant hot cross buns to take to St. John’s Church for our Easter service. Oscar has already proved he is a wizz at kneading. They tested one of them out on their class mates. Did you enjoy your sample 4CC?

Friday 16th March

This week we did lots of amazing things such as learning all about Thor’s Magic hammer, and learning what life was like in an Anglo Saxon settlement.

During our ICT lessons at Allerton High this week, we had a great deal of fun getting used to programming our Microbits. We all worked incredibly hard to programme our own games of ‘rock, paper, scissors’, which impressed me immensely!

On Thursday, some of us had the exciting opportunity to use our community cafe with Mrs Walker and cook using some of the left over fuel for school donations, which would have otherwise gone into the bin. We made chickpea curry and chipati which we absolutely delicious and a complete hit with the entire class!

In addition to cooking chickpea curry, as it was science week, we got to watch some real life science- a chemical reaction! Mrs Walker demonstrated how to create a chemical reaction that would make honeycomb….and even more excitingly, eat it!

Next week we have lots on, including our interfaith art project up at Brodetsky Jewish school and our trip to York museum to celebrate all that we have learnt about our wonderful topic on the Anglo Saxons and Vikings.

Have a restful and relaxing weekend,

Mrs Culshaw

Science Week!

Baking is all about science so this week 4CC watched as Mrs Walker demonstrated how to make honeycomb. This is not to be tried without an adult, as it involves boiling sugar! However it’s fun to watch, and have a taste, when it has cooled down.

Caramalise the sugar and golden syrup then whisk in the bicarbonate of soda. Watch it fizz!

Can you explained the science behind this?

Lentil Curry With 4CC!

Using some of our ‘fuel for schools’ delivery, a group from 4CC made a delicious green lentil curry to share with their classmates. It was an absolute hit and the class have requested more curries to try!


Pancake pandemonium!

This week as been as hard working as ever! There is ‘no rest for the wicked’ in year 4, as they say!

In literacy this week we have been continuing to look at the story of Beowulf. We spent an exciting session freeze framing the story before learning all about the three different Viking worlds: Asgard, Jotunheim and Midgard. We had some fantastic descriptive writing that really impressed me.

On Tuesday, we celebrated Shrove Tuesday with a variety of exciting activities. The day kicked off with a pancake flipping competition in the hall with Reverend Dave, and was followed up by lots of different tasks across school. It is no surprise that the most popular activity was pancake making (and tasting)! Our class had lots of fun making their own pancakes and then designing what toppings they would have from a wide variety of options that had been kindly donated from parents. We are sure you will agree they look delicious!

In addition to our exciting pancake day, we also got to cook with Mrs Walker on Thursday afternoon- lentil daal…which was a hit with the class.

This week we have spent some time looking at walls, as part of our interfaith Arts project. This included looking at multiple types of walls: historical walls such as Hadrian’s Wall and the Berlin Wall, to edible walls made from living plants and herbs and metaphorical walls that we might out up around us if we are feeling sad or unhappy. We looked at the history of the Berlin Wall and thought about how it. Just have felt to be separated from our families.

Today Joshua and Dalia brought in some bits from home to show and talk about with the class. We enjoyed seeing a plethora of adorable baby photos and look forward to next week’s ‘Classmates of the Week’- J’Maarni and Nyiema sharing more about themselves.

Our learner of the week this week was Elijah. He has Ben consistently hard working and persistent in improving his writing during our literacy lessons. In addition to this, he displays exemplary behaviour and is a super ambassador for year 4. Well done and keep up the hard work.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Happy half term!

This week has been maths week, which was has been lots and lots of fun. On Wednesday morning, we participated in a maths carousel where we had the opportunity to complete lots of different ‘magic maths’ activities. On Thursday, years 3 and 4 took part in the annual house maths quiz, which was very competitive indeed! The winning house was Turnberry, scoring a whopping 112 points! Congratulations Turnberry!

In literacy this week we have been looking at traditional poetry, and have performed a number of poems by the Victorian poet Eleanor Farejon, including ‘bedtime’, which we have had great fun rehearsing and performing and using green screen to super-impose us into bedrooms! This morning we completed a big read comprehension on school in the olden days, and we found in really fascinating how different schools used to be just a few years ago.

In our ‘Maths, No Problem’ lessons this week we have been looking at multiplication and division…we are beginning to see the progress in our rapid recall of times tables which will really help when it moves on to more trickier methods after half term.

On Thursday afternoon, we went up to Allerton High School for the last of our sessions with Mr Bruce using Scratch. I have to admit it was definitely my favourite lessons of all; we got to play each other’s computer games! Some were a lots easier than others! I managed a couple of laps on J’Maarni’s and Ejijah’s game but I must admit I was absolutely rubbish at Alexia’s game!

This afternoon was our Valentine’s disco which was so much fun! We all went home feeling ready for a holiday yo recuperate and prepare for all the fun we have planned next term!

New spellings and homework are in planners and have been sent home this afternoon.

Have a fabulous holiday.

Mrs Culshaw

Bread And Butter Pudding.

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Once again, a group of children from 4CC, helped to make bread and butter pudding, to share with their classmates. However, today we tried using wholemeal bread, chocolate chips and a chocolate flavoured custard.

The resulting pudding was again delicious. We discussed the merits of wholemeal versus white bread and raisins versus chocolate chips. Overall we think white bread with chocolate chips would be perfect!