St Martins Academy Chester

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Hammond in our Hall!

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Eastgate enjoyed their final transition to Shipgate this week, where they began designing ‘What I couldn’t live without’ Posters, for a display in year 5.

We felt that, even though we have taught the children for a year, we don’t know their true likes and dislikes. We decided that by displaying what makes them them on the walls, it would be a lovely way to make their classroom next year feel personal to them.

Eastgate - or should we say Shipgate - were also incredibly lucky, on that day, to have KS3 students, from the Hammond School, come in for the morning to work with them. The Hammond students developed a performance and workshop based around the themes of resilience, hard work and never giving up. The children watched their play, which follows the amazing survival story of Juliane Koepcke, a teenage girl who not only survived a plane crash but trekked alone through the Amazon Rainforest for 10 days before finding help and ultimately being rescued.

Not only this, but St Martins thoroughly enjoyed when the author ‘Daniel Morden’ came in to school, on Wednesday, to read to the childrem from the books he has written. Eastgate and Northgate had the pleasure of listening to him retell the story of ‘The Green Man’ from his book ‘Dark Tales from the Woods.’ We are sure the children are going to adore reading the signed books they bought off him!

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Moreover, in their maths work, this week the children have been calculating the perimeter of composite shapes - including missing measurements, calculating the area of 4 sided and composite shapes, as well as using a given area to calculate possible perimeters of 4 sided shapes. Some children went on to challenge their understanding further, by calculating the area of right-angled triangles - a super job Eastgate.

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In English, the children used all their prior knowledge of instructional writing to write some gorgeous recipes on how to try your best. They planned, drafted, peer and self assessed their writing before publishing it beautifully, onto some ‘trying your best’ recipe paper.

Ultimately, in their topic work, Eastgate have been learning about and classifying invertebrates. They worked in their House Teams to classify more than 30 invertebrates into their 7 different categories, before finally applying their knowledge from last week, and identifying vertebrates from invertebrates.

It is the children’s final assessment week next week - before the residential the following - so we, as always, ask that you please ensure your child is getting lots of sleep and a good breakfast to prepare them for their final set of Y4 assessments.

Have a great weekend,

The Year 4 Team.

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