Magpie: Class 4
To view the New Curriculum, which will come into effect from September 2021, for the Lower School (Years 3 and 4), please take a look at our Curriculum Information page which can be found under Information from the Home Page.
Magpie Class: September 2021 - July 2022
Author Visit: Malcolm Dixon
Today, author Malcolm Dixon visited the school and the Magpies joined him for a special assembly and question and answer session.
His novel, titled The Little House on Everywhere is about the Redmayne family and their ability to live every day in three cities at once: London, Paris and New York. The three Redmayne children – George, Felice, and Emile – believe they know all about their extraordinary house and its many secrets but when they begin to investigate, disaster strikes: George and Felice accidentally misplace their younger brother in time, with the result that the entire family must unite to find him and bring him home.
Mr Dixon read to the children and answered some very interesting questions. Finally, each child composed a ‘wow’ sentence which they could use to write an opening to their own chapter of his story.
Congratulations to this week's winners
Magpies really enjoyed their music lesson this week. Today , we started playing glockenspiels. All the learning is focused around one song: Lean on Me by Bill Withers. The children are learning about the interrelated dimensions of music through games, singing, playing music and composing.
On Thursday, in our DT lesson we learnt about season vegetables and how we can use them to create delicious meals and snacks. As part of our lesson, we prepared and cooked stuffed peppers. We used red, greens and orange peppers, stuffed with a mixture of couscous, tomatoes, courgettes, peas and sweetcorn with a grated cheese topping!
Jam Tarts for the Queen of Hearts!
This term in Design Technology, Magpie class are learning about healthy eating and we will be cooking, tasting and designing dishes. We will also think carefully about how we can stay safe when cooking. Today was our first lesson- we made delicious cupcakes.
Roman History meets Andy Warhol!
Magpie Class have been learning all about the Romans in History and creatively in their art class they decided to draw pictures of Boudica in the style of Andy Warhol who they've been studying in Art.
Safer Internet Day
On Tuesday 8 February it was SAFER INTERNET DAY and this years theme was "All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online." Focusing on helping children themselves safe when using online platforms.
Magpie class took part in an online lesson and learnt how they can keep themselves safe when using online platforms.
Magpies really enjoyed their music lesson this week. They were finding the pulse as they listened: dancing, clapping, swaying, marching. All the learning is focused around one song: Stop! - a rap/song about bullying. They are learning about the interrelated dimensions of music through games, singing and composing.
This Weeks Award Winners - 26 November
Award Winners: 19 November 2021
The Lower School have been doing some fantastic English writing. Mrs Gilbert and English Lead Mrs Blinston Jones were especially impressed by this descriptive piece of writing by Mylo in Magpie Class.
Corky goes into the Sewers by Mylo
Corky breathed heavily, descended down the slimy ladder into the dark and dingy sewer. Splash! Corky landed in a particularly soggy part of the sewer. “What a mess it is down here” said Corky, the echo bouncing off of the wall like Elvis’s football. So, the old man foiled by some disturbed rats limped further into the egg stained tunnel. Corky turned on his torch, the torch split a clean beam of light through the inky darkness. “ Hello, is anybody down here” mumbled Corky. No reply. ROAR! A roar like thunder echoed through the sewer. “Ahh, cut it out you old man, KrindleKlax. I faced you once, I can face you again!” screamed Corky, a wave of braveness came over Corky. Stomp, stomp, the KrindleKlax was marching nearer. STOMP, a tremendous foot came into view suddenly the rush of braveness disappeared, Corky was doomed
PE Days: Mondays and Thursdays - please send children into school wearing their
correct PE kit on these days.
What a lovely start it has been for me this year. All the children have settled well to being Magpies, and to learning as a year 4. We spent a few days getting to know each other a little better and to remind ourselves about the things learnt last year and what the expectations are for a Year 4 learner. Everyone has their school reading books and some people have already moved up a stage- wow! I am handing out logins for TTRockstars, Language Angels & Spelling Shed this week and then the children will be able to access these sites at home as well as in school to support the work they will be doing in class. The children will glue these into their diaries.
We have now started working on our Term 1 curriculum objectives and it's going great - so far. The curriculum grid is available on the website, but I am happy to provide a hard copy if you would prefer. Their weekly 'timetable' is already in their diaries so you can see what lessons your child will have on any day.
Please use your child's diary to message me or you can email: SGilbert@whitstable-endowed.kent.sch.uk - and I will do my best to respond to you as soon as I can. But if there is anything urgent you need to advise me about, please telephone the office 0122727360, and they will let me know.
I really hope your child is happy being a Magpie and enjoying school. They are a lovely class and I feel sure we are going to have an amazing year together.
Class Drop-in Session: Key Information for Parents and Carers
Monday 6th September 2021
- Curriculum: Please see our curriculum grid to find out what your child will be learning this term. This is updated every term and is always available on the website.
- Website: You will find a huge amount of additional information on the school website such as policies, parent letters, newsletters and dinner menus. Each class has a “class page”, too, which we try to update with photos etc regularly.
- PE Days: Please ensure your child has appropriate and necessary PE kit and wears this into school for the day on PE lesson days (Mondays and Thursdays in Magpie Class).
- School uniform: Please ensure your child is wearing appropriate school uniform on other days. A reminder that longer hair should be tied back and your child should wear sensible black shoes please.
- Reading book and Dairy: Your child will now have a school reading book and a yellow diary which should go home and come into school every day. Please make a note of any reading you do with your child at home, and also use this book to write any non-urgent messages to us. Please also bear with us with regard to your child’s reading level. I will be reviewing these levels over the next few weeks.
- Parent Volunteer: If any parent or carer would like to come into school as a volunteer, for hearing readers or helping on trips, please speak to me. An up-to-date DRB certificate will be required.
- Water bottles are kept accessible in the classroom and I shall send them home on Friday for cleaning.
- Homework: Daily reading, Times Table practice & weekly spellings (as appropriate) which will be handed out on Fridays- to be tested the following Friday.
- Parents’ consultations will take place on Monday 18th October 1.15 – 7 pm. More information to follow at a later date.
- There will be an Easter play for the Year 4 children. The performance is expected to take place at St Alphege Church, more details to follow.
- If there is anything you would like to tell me or discuss that you would rather not write in your child’s contact book, we can find a mutually convenient time to meet. Please contact the office, make a note in your child’s yellow diary or speak to me at drop-off or home time.
Sunflower Class: September 2020 - July 2021
Starting from Monday 8th March, we will be returning to the below class arrival and departure times. Sunflower class PE days are Monday and Thursday, so please come in wearing your School PE Kit.
Remote Learning Work
The children have brilliantly adapted to their remote learning lessons and curriculum work via Microsoft TEAMS. Mrs Blinston Jones has been in her class with those children in school and together they have all managed to interact and enjoy some lessons together.
It is obviously not the same as all being together in person, but lovely to see the technology working in practice!
Scroll down to discover the children's work, pictures as well as educational resources.
TT Rockstars January Winners
The January Times Table Rockstar results are in. Lots of you have been working hard at home and in school to gain as many points as possible and to practise your times tables.
The winning class for January was Tulip Class with an incredible 189,000 coins in one month!
Special congratulations go to our Times Tables King for January - Leo in Tulip Class who helped to accumulate nearly half of their class coins!
Meanwhile the other class champions were:
Bluebell Class - Sam
Dahlia Class - Barney
Iris Class - Amelia
Poppy Class - Lily
Sunflower Class - Ruby
Congratulations to all of these class champions - your teachers are very proud of your efforts on TTRockstars.com
Keep practising in February and maybe there will be a new winning class and Times Tables King or Queen...
Term 1: Look what we've been up to!
Black History Month
Inspired by the work of Stormzy, Banksy & the BLM movement
In class today, we really focused our learning for Black History month. We started off the morning by discussing equality and what racism is. Using Stormzy as our well-known figure in modern day society, we discussed and debated whether we believe he should be Prime Minister. Would his experience with racism and inequality help our country become a better place? Or could he continue to use his platform to educate the world about the importance of fairness and kindness to all.
We then wanted to show our thoughts and beliefs about equality through art. Investigating the British artist Banksy, we have created some of our own pieces of art commenting on equality using his style as our inspiration.
Quotes from children:
'Today was really good, we learnt a lot about why black lives matter and how people should be treated. We've also found out ways to stop people being unkind to each other. We are all the same.'
'I've really enjoyed today. It's been interesting to get an insight to understand how people have felt in the past due to racism and to now look at how we can stop this.'
A guide for Parents: September Arrangements
Welcome Back to The Endowed
Upper School Remote Learning
(March - Aug 2020)
Scroll down to discover fun learning activities, teachers messages, children's pictures, resources and lots more!
We really enjoy looking at your home learning exercises, artwork and all the activities you do.
Oxford Owl: Free ebooks
Miss Braid has set up an account on the Oxford Owl website. The company that made this site are the people who publish all the "scheme" books we have at school so it will be particularly helpful for those of you that are on stage books. That said, the "e-books" on offer in their "e-library" are appropriate for those up to age 11 so you 'free readers' will find it useful too!
Get onto website using this link https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/ then click on "My class login" at the top of the page.
Log in using the username: Endowed Hedgehogs and the password: missbraid (Miss Braid originally set this up for her class before realising how many others may need this too!). You can browse the e-books by age range, series or theme. You can turn the pages just like in a real book, and even have a narrator read along with you! Such a great resource, I hope you get lots from it.