In Year 4 we focus heavily on the self-esteem of the children, building their learning resilience and their self-belief. By adopting the philosophy of “mistakes will happen” the classroom adults pride themselves on creating a culture of respect, where everyone’s view matters, everyone has a voice, and mutual support and encouragement between peers is the norm. It is a culture where people are free to fail and need not fear it – for therein lie the seeds of self-improvement and true learning. In addition to this core philosophy, we also like to follow the idea of “Don’t just learn it – live it!” using hands-on learning and historical re-enactments wherever possible. We have already had our Roman beach invasion battle! Look out for our upcoming World War II Evacuee Experience!
We are blessed at Saltwood with a fantastic outside space which we use to the full. Here are a selection of some of our recent uses – exploring life as a Celt (prior to the Roman invasion!), investigating sound in Science, playing our “New Line New Speaker” literacy game, collecting colours for our natural pallete in RE… and so much more!
In our Literacy we like to explore characters and stories from many different angles. Creative writing is easy when you really know what motivates characters and what makes them “tick”. There is now better way than roleplay! Here are some of us having fun explaining our actions and motivations as Jack!
Our maths learning incorporates a great deal of reasoning. Why may know something is right… but why is it right? How do we know? How can we explain the mathematics behind the “answer”? Here are some if us fathoming the mechanics of maths in a variety of ways!
Here some examples of our “Don’t just learn it – Live it” philosophy. We bet you can’t tell that the Roman artefacts on display here are not real ones! We created some amazing replicas! And we bet those beach invasion shots look real too!! Watch out for our evacuee pictures which will be up soon!