Turtles (Year 4)

Tidemills Beach
The Turtles, Stingrays and Penguins visited Tidemills Beach on Tuesday 27th March as part of their Wondrous World topic in Geography.  We braved all types of weather as we enjoyed our beachcombing and pebble tower team games!
Thank you to the team from So Sussex for keeping us entertained!
WORLD BOOK DAY 2018
We don't let a bit of snow stop us from celebrating the wonderful world of books!  
Denton celebrated our postponed World Book Day today, welcoming a variety of characters through the gates.
Turtle Class had made an exceptional effort this year, from Kid Normal to the Argos catalogue and everything in between!
We looked together at the picture book 'Fossil' and then created our own unearthed skeletons which we shall use in our literacy writing this week.
Ready, Steady, Read!
The Turtles took part in Ready, Steady, Read and enjoyed sharing books together and with our visitors.
Turtle Class Assembly
Spring 2018
 
We hope you enjoyed our class assembly on Tuesday, 27th March!
Here are some videos of our musical numbers so you can relive the highlights all over again...
Congratulations to our Turtles who played in the Year 3 and 4 Netball Team in the junior tournament at Seahaven Academy on Thursday 22nd February.
Not only did the team come second overall, but Mrs Savage and Miss Morgan were delighted by the children's superb teamwork and behaviour!
Geography Projects
Improving the environment
The Turtles wowed with their creativity and thoughtful projects at the start of this term!
So much effort had been put in and such great ideas shared about how to improve the local places they enjoy visiting.
Very, very impressive!
We visited St Leonard's Church in Denton and Louis and Jenny talked to us about Jesus and what he was like as a person.  Reverend Louis retold the Miracle of the Paralysed Man with a little help from the Turtles!
KS2 Christmas Production!
The Turtles worked so hard to make our Christmas show 'Are We Nearly There Yet?' a success!
They learnt their lines by heart, put 100% into every rehearsal and really were the stars of the show!
I am incredibly proud of them and hope they all enjoyed performing and singing as much as everyone enjoyed watching them!
Congratulations to the Turtles who represented Denton in the Year 3 and 4 netball match against Kingston & Iford!
An impressive 6-0 win and excellent examples of sportsmanship.
Delving into the Digestive System...
We recreated what happens in our stomachs when we eat food!  Using a freezer bag, cracker, water and orange juice, we worked in pairs to go through the digestive system functions.
We broke down the cracker, as our teeth would in our mouths, and added the water to represent the saliva helping the food down the oesophagus.  Once in the freezer bag 'stomach', we added the orange juice to act as the acid and chemicals and squeezed the bag to disintegrate the cracker.
If you ask us nicely we can explain what happens to the waste after the small and large intestines have taken the nutrients they need!
The Turtles are coming along fantastically with playing the recorder!  This week they improvised their own tunes and rhythms!
VIKING PROJECTS
The Turtles presented their fantastic history projects this week!
What an amazing array of fact pages, posters and books, marvellously made models and perfect PowerPoints!
Well done, everybody, you showed how carefully you have been paying attention in our History lessons.
Laura from Herstmonceux Science Observatory spoke to us about light, energy and the electromagnetic spectrum.  She showed us how ultraviolet light works, lit up lightbulbs using a plasma ball and created lightning on a Van de Graf generator!  Super Science!
We were treated to a visit by a Viking on the 5th October (otherwise known as our good friend Mr Dilly from Creative Education)!  He entertained us, taught us facts we had not heard before and turned us into his Viking crew, all before ending on a story about the Viking gods (who looked rather familiar...)
Eggstremely Eggsperimental...
We are learning about teeth in Science and wanted to find out the effects of different liquids we regularly expose our teeth to.  Because eggshell is a similar mineral to the enamel of our teeth, we placed five brave eggs into jars filled with 100ml of water, cola, orange squash, milk and vinegar.
We are leaving them in there for two weeks - the Turtles are very keen to find out what has happened to them!
VIKING COOKING
The Turtles had a wonderful time cooking (and eating...) like the Vikings with Mrs Duchossoy!
They made Viking bread, which they devoured hungrily for breakfast the next morning with generous helpings of honey, and Spiced Oat Cakes which were deliciously warm and full of apricots!
TAKE ONE POET - MICHAEL ROSEN
The Turtles really enjoyed reading, learning, performing and adapting poems by Michael Rosen this term.  They produced four poetry books (count them!) and also finished off the topic in style by writing Haikus about Freedom for National Poetry Day.
This term our Humanities topic is the Vikings.  We kicked off proceedings by making our own Viking helmets to make us feel the part.  I'm not sure the actual Vikings had such beautifully decorated armour, though...?
Congratulations...
to Harrie and Minoa for being elected our Class Councillors, and to Chloe and Ethan for being elected as our Library Assistant Representatives!  I know they will all do an excellent job!
Welcome to Turtle Class 2017-2018!