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Our Teacher: Mr Hoban
Welcome to Class 4 This term in class four we are learning all about the ancient Maya civilisation. In English, we are using 'The Rain Player' and 'The Chocolate Tree' to write a variety of texts. The children have taken part in a chocolate work shop and will be making their own versions of Maya drinking chocolate.
Girls' Football Tournament
Some of the girls in class 4 have been selected to represent the school in a football competition at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Wednesday 29th November.
Practices are coming for the Christmas production of 'The Perfect Gift'. Some costumes have already been sent in to school and they are due in by 1st December.
We have had a great half term. We have been looking at the geography of North America and doing some writing based on King Kong and Queen of the Falls
The children in Class 4 have worked with Mrs Basden for 5 weeks. They have learned all about the Old Testament and been shown signs to help them remember the different stories. On Friday 3rd March, Mrs Basden came back and the class performed the sequence of signs to the rest of the school.
World Book Day 2017
It was World Book Day on Thursday 2nd March 2017. The children came dressed as one of their favourite characters from a book. They enjoyed showing off their outfits to the whole school during an assembly. In class, the children wrote book reviews about one of their favourite books. At the end of the day, Year 6 children read stories to the children around the school.
Paul Delaney Visit
With it being World Book Day on Thursday 2nd March, a local Poet was invited to visit the school on Tuesday 28th February. Paul Delaney came and delivered and assembly, shared some of his poems and did a workshop with each class. Class 4 wrote poems based on one of Paul's poems, There's Nothing Finer Than...
To raise awareness of the importance of e-safety, the children created posters about how to be safe when gaming on line. They used and ipad app called PicCollage. Some of their posters can be seen here.
Chinese New Year
To celebrate the Chinese Year of the Cockerel, the children in Class 4 created Tangram pictures of different animals. Some children created cockerels, rabbits and birds.
The Trial of Hugo Cabret!
In our last week of term, the children had the chance to play their parts in a courtroom trial! Each child had an important role to play, from judges to members of the jury. The class worked together to decide the questions and answers to be used in the case. They then wrote newspaper articles once the verdict had been given.
Fiddler's Ferry Trip
Class 4 had an excellent trip out to Fiddler's Ferry Power Station. They had the oportunity to build circuits in both series and parallel, try on safety equipment, build pylons and have a tour around the site.
Over the last few weeks, Class 4 have designed, made and evaluted their own inventions. They even wrote instructions on how to use them. Here are a selction of the finished products.
Class 4 were amaizng in all four performances of 'Let's Do A Nativity'. They coped admirably with all of the scene and costume changes, plus the fact that understudies were required in each of the shows. The children sung their hearts out and did the school proud. Well done!
Class 4 have had an interesting week creating their own inventions. There is everything from a bubble to keep you dry to a wardrobe that selects your clothes for you. Look out for some of them appearing on the website soon. The children are looking forward to writing instructions for how to use their inventions.
Let's Do A Nativity
Rehearsals are coming along well for our Christmas Nativity. Costumes need to be in school as soon as possible as there will be a dress rehearsal on Thursday 1st December.
George's Marvellous Medicine
On 17th November the whole school had the opportunity to visit the Manchester Opera House to watch George's Marvellous Medicine as a follow up to Roald Dahl Week. Class 4 wrote reviews of the performance.
Roald Dahl Week
This week the children have been looking at Mr Hoban's favourite book from his childhood, George's Marvellous Medicine. They have written character profiles and performed their own poetry based on one in the book. They all dressed up as their favourite character on Roald Dahl's 100th birthday on Tuesday 13th September.
This Summer term, Class 4 will be carrying out lots of work based on our trip to London. In literacy we will be writing narrative stories, poetry and persuasive texts. Our topic will cover the Ancient Greeks and lead us into learning about the Olympics. The science units we will learn about are Earth and Space and Animals including humans.
Lego Norley School were visited by Philip and Maria on Tuesday 21st June. They brought with them bags and boxes full with Lego. Class 3 and 4 worked with them in the morning and Class 1 and 2 had the afternoon. The children were given the task of building houses to create a Lego village. Once they had built houses they needed to make other buildings such as: shops, churches and football stadiums.
On Monday 20th June, during Discovery Week, Mr Bushell and Mr Fairhurst visited Class 4. They worked with the class on coding, programming and debugging. The children accessed the ‘One Hour of Coding’ website and worked through the Star Wars coding problems. When they had finished this, they were able to write coding to create their own game. The y were then given the task of adding different levels of difficulty to the game.
Girls Cricket Competition On Wednesday 15th June, 8 girls from class 4 took part in a cricket competition at Kingsley Cricket Club. The girls had an excellent morning with lots of fours and sixes hit.
Tri Golf Competition
Some Year 5 and 6 children had the exciting opportunity to represent the school in a Tri-Golf tournament at Helsby Golf Club. They worked well as a team, constantly supporting each other in each of the activities. The children came an amazing 2nd place in the competition, scoring over 900 points.
Class 4 participated in the Helsby High Cluster Kwik Cricket competition on Thursday 19th May. We took 2 teams along and one of them finished third, narrowly missing out on a place in the final. The children had a fantastic day, playing a number of matches.
The year 6 children took part in their SATs tests from Monday 9th May until Thursday 12th May. They worked incredibly hard all week and the school are very proud of them. They had a number of tests: reading, SPAG, arithmetic and two reasoning papers. They were kept as relaxed as possible; enjoying toast and orange juice each morning.
On Thursday 19th May, Class 4 will be taking part in the Kwik Cricket Competition at Frodsham Cricket Club. We will be taking 2 teams to participate against the other schools in the Helsby cluster.
Class 4 had the opportunity to visit London when we returned from our Easter holiday. The children visited the British Museum, had a flight on the London Eye and watched the spectacular Matilda musical at the Cambridge Theatre. There was also the opportunity to look at many of the sights around our capital city. The children had a fantastic day and they were a credit to school.
This Spring term in Class 4 we will be learning all about Discoveries and South America. We will be learning about Charles Darwin and how his discovery of evolution has impacted the world of science. In literacy we will be writing biographies about Charles Darwin and even have the opportunity to write our own autobiography.
In science, we will be learning about evolution and inheritance. We will look at adaptation and learn how some animals have evolved over many years.
This term, PE will be on a Tuesday afternoon with Premier Sports. We are having gymnastics each Friday morning.
The Big Sing
The children in Class 4 visited Chester Cathedral for the second time this year. On this occasion it was for The Big Sing. This involved children from many schools in the diocese coming together and singing. Some of the songs were traditional hymns and others were more contemporary. The children had worked hard practicing the 10 new songs for the service.
Prayer Day On Tuesday 1st March each class in school visited the local Methodist Church for the annual Prayer Day. The children spent an hour in the church and were involved in a number of activities. The theme of this year’s prayer day was ‘Love Thy Neighbour’.
On Monday 29th February, Class 4 had author Dunkle Deed come and work with the class. He shared some of his stories and introduced the children to the methods he uses to plan and write them. He encouraged the children to begin to plan and write a story similar to one of his ‘eenimal’ stories. Dunkle was entertaining, enthusiastic and inspiring for the class.
On Wednesday 3rd February Class 4 had an assembly and workshop with two visitors from Childline. The children asked and answered questions in a mature and positive manner and were all actively involved in group discussions.
On Wednesday 16th December, Chris Gilbert came into class 4 to create some artwork based on our RE topic Christmas Angels. He spent the morning with the class and created the angels, some of which can be seen in the slideshow above.
The children in Class 4 contributed brilliantly to the success of the Christmas play this year. This year we performed The Little Shepherd. Well done to all involved.
Young Mathematicians Competition Round 2
The children performed fantastically in the second round and were informed in an assembly by Explore Learning that we were the regional champions. Our results were sent to the head office. Unfortunately we didn't quite qualify as one of the top 4 schools in the country and just missed out on the final at Cambridge University. Maybe next year.
Young Mathematicians Competition
On Thursday 12th November Bea, Edward, Lillie and Nathan from class 4 took part in the National Young Mathematicians Competition at Explore Learning in Chester. The children were asked to complete several mathematical challenges. We were delighted to have now qualified for round 2 on 25th November. World Museum
Class 4 visited the world museum in Liverpool on Wednesday 7th October. We had the opportunity to look at each display ranging from the Aquarium to World Cultures. The highlight of the day was meeting Dr Davies, the only archaeologist in Britain to have studied the Maya. She showed us artefacts and gave us a guided tour around the Maya exhibition in the museum. This gave us additional information about the Maya ball game.
On Wednesday 14th October, Class 4 had the chance to take part in the Pilgrim Day at Chester Cathedral. The children were involved in a number of workshops ranging from falconry to sugar craft. They had a tour around the cathedral, listened to the music director play the organ had an insight into the life of a monk.
Tag Rugby Tournament
On Thursday 15th October a team of Year 5 and Year 6 children took part in the annual tag rugby tournament at Helsby Rugby Club. The children remained unbeaten throughout the group stage playing fantastic rugby. Unfortunately we lost at the semi-final stage. Mr Hoban was incredibly proud of the team and Mrs Kelly claimed it was some of the best rugby she has ever seen Norley play.
Quicksticks Six children in Class 4 played in the quicksticks tournament at Neston Hockey Club. It was the first time we had taken part in the competition and was enjoyed by all. The children were involved in a very tight group and managed to finish in 6th place.
This term in Class 4 we will be learning all about the Maya. We will focus on how they lived, where they were located and what they did for entertainment. Our literacy units will focus on texts related to the Maya. These will include ‘The Chocolate Tree’ and ‘The Rainplayer’.
In science, we will be studying light. We will have the chance to make shadow puppets and investigate how we see things and how shadows can be altered.
This term, PE will be on a Tuesday afternoon with Premier Sports. We are swimming each Friday morning.
Class 4 went on a visit to Hatchmere on Wednesday 1st July. The visit was organised by the Cheshire Wildlife Trust. They walked via the Delamere Forest to meet the guide. The trip was the first opportunity to experience the new nature trial around Hatchmere. The children collected mini-beasts and tried to identify them. They had their lunch in the forest. After this they built habitat piles to attract encourage frogs and insects to live there. They were very fortunate as the weather was wonderful and the thunderstorm didn’t arrive until the evening!
Tri Golf Tournament Year 5/6
On Thursday 18th June, 5 boys and 5 girls from Class 4 had the opportunity to take part in the annual Tri Golf tournament at Helsby Golf Club. The children were involved in a number of activities which tested both their putting and chipping skills. The weather was perfect and the activities were led by some of the High School children. All the children had a fantastic time and the team finished a very creditable 5th place.
Kwik Cricket Competition
On Thursday 7th May Class 4 took two teams along to Frodsham cricket club for the annual Kwik Cricket competition. Although the weather was not great in the morning, the matches started promptly at 9-30a.m. Each team had 3 group matches before lunchtime and one in the afternoon. Mr Hoban and Mrs Duffy used their extensive knowledge of the rules to umpire each match. The highlight of the day was when Daniel smashed 4 sixes off one over. The final match of the day was the two Norley teams against each other. The sun came out in the afternoon adding to the enjoyment of all the children.
Cheshire Tag Rugby Competition
The children in year 6 took part in the Cheshire tag rugby competition at the School Games on Monday 16th March. The event was at the Mid Cheshire Campus and it brought together many schools competing in a number of sports. The children from Norley ended up coming 7th in Cheshire which is a fantastic achievement. Well done to those children involved.
On the 25th November, Gripping Yarns came to our school. It was a lovely lady who came in and did a one woman play. The play had a lesson to it and that lesson was ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’. The play was about two boys and a girl who were good friends. Then a boy from a different country came and started bullying one of the boys because he was a different colour. In the end they made up and became friends.
On Remembrance Day, Class 4 walked up to the parish rooms at Norley Church to sing to the elderly people. We all had a little mingle. The people there had lots of old items for us to look at. After a while, class 4 sang ‘Autumn Days’ and went off for some juice and biscuits and then went for another chat. It was a lovely afternoon. I think they enjoyed it as much as we did. I would love to do it again sometime.
Tag Rugby Cluster Competition
On Thursday 16th October 2014, the year 6's went to Helsby Rugby Club to represent Norley in a tag-rugby competition. We played Kingsley CP, Frodsham St. Luke’s, Weaver Vale and in the final we beat St. Bernard’s 6-2. We took the trophy back and we brought it home and that was the 6th time in a row we had brought the trophy back. Since we were the winners all of us got a shiny, gold medal. The next competition is in March and hopefully we can continue our success.
By Grace and Philip
Our Open Day
Our MP Graham Evans joined us on our Open Day. Read more...
Great inventors and inventions
Have a look at what we will be learning about this half term in Class 4.
Norley Church of England Primary School Headteacher: Mrs Helen Kelly Hough Lane, Norley, Cheshire, WA6 8JZ Tel: 01928 788471 Email: email@example.com
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