Catherine Junior School

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Year Four Eid Assembly – June 2019

On Thursday 13th June 2019, Year 4 students showcased their Eid Assembly to both students and parents. Year 4 worked extremely hard on their Oracy skills to ensure that the audience could clearly understand them. Additionally, it was brilliant to see all students had practised their lines off by heart! The assembly was extremely informative and was a huge success – Well Done Year 4!

Year 4 Poetry Workshop – March 2019

On Monday 25th March Year 4 had a Poetry workshop where the children discussed how to perform poetry with a librarian from Leicester City. The children went back to their classrooms and selected a poem to learn in groups and later performed their poem to the rest of Year 4. The children really enjoyed this session and it was brilliant to see how their oracy skills have improved this year.

Year Four trip to Leicester Tigers – Author Week – February 2019

On Wednesday 13th February, a group of hardworking Year 4 children had an interesting and interactive morning with Steve Skidmore - the author of the ‘Edge: I Hero’ book series. The children visited the Leicester Tigers Stadium as part of Author Week. When there, Steve explained to the children how his books allow the reader to take on the role of a superhero in a fully interactive, choose-your-own-destiny adventure story. Also, he shared the process of how he creates his characters along with how he comes up with an exciting plot for his stories. During the morning, the children were given an opportunity to create and draw their own characters with Steve’s guidance. The children all thoroughly enjoyed the visit and were lucky enough to each be given a signed copy of a book from the ‘Edge: I Hero’ book series.

‘Why do we make art?’ – PBL Launch- January 2019

As part of our PBL unit, “Why do we make art?” each class in Year Four had the exciting opportunity of taking part in an art workshop. They were able to work with a local professional artist, Linda Harding. During these sessions, the year group were introduced to a new technique called printing. The children each produced an individual piece of art using the technique. In addition to this, they also created textured templates that they have since used during PBL lessons to make art rubbings. All children thoroughly enjoyed the day and the Year 4 teachers were all impressed with their hard work.

PBL Exhibition – December 2018

On Thursday 6th December Year Four held a very successful exhibition in classrooms to showcase all their hard work. Parents were invited to learn about “How far does our food travel?” The children made decisions about how to organise the exhibition and decided to provide the information by creating food packaging and by presenting a persuasive pitch. During the PBL lessons, Children have been working on their Oracy skills in order for them to speak confidently and clearly to the audience – This hard work clearly paid off as their presentations were fantastic!  The whole experience was warmly received by the parents and the children thoroughly appreciated sharing their knowledge. Thank you again to all the friends and family who managed to visit the exhibition.

Library Visits – November 2018

Over the past couple weeks, Year 4 children have had the opportunity to visit Belgrave Library. During these exciting afternoons, the children have spent time learning about all the facilities the library provides for the local community. This was an exciting afternoon which provided the children with the opportunity to read and listen to a wide range of books. As many of the children had signed up to the library before visiting, they were allowed to borrow books on the day to read at home. The library is a completely free service that provides the children with many learning opportunities. The children had an amazing time and we would encourage you to visit as often as possible with your children.

Year Four trip to The Botanic Gardens

On Monday 8th and Thursday 11th October Year 4 visited Leicester Botanic Gardens in Oadby as part of their PBL work and to help answer the question “How far does our food travel?”. The day was really exciting, well planned and provided many interesting activities for them to take part in.

During the afternoon, the children learnt about plants when they took part in a plant hunt around the beautiful gardens. From this they found out about what particular plants looked like, how they can be used for food, medicine or shelter and where they come from in the world. It helped the children think about food miles - the distances that different foods are transported around the world for them to be able to eat.

A highlight from the day for many children was the making of fruit kebabs which they were allowed to eat afterwards.

All the children said they had enjoyed the day.  The staff at the gardens complimented us on how polite and well behaved the children were.

Thank you parents, you should be very proud of your children.

Project Based Learning 

For part of our launch on Tuesday 18th September 2018, Year 4 took part in a food tasting afternoon. This was part of our new PBL project ‘How far does our food travel?’. During this afternoon, children tasted up to 20 different food items that are grown in different parts of the world. It was an exciting afternoon which provided the children with the opportunity to try taste foods they had never seen or tried before.