Mr and Mrs Hussey's class
Year Four become Nature Detectives
Year Four have been busy investigating different habitats within the school grounds. Children explored the orchard area to find a variety of different animals and insects, considering their differing homes and associated environmental factors. When we looked really closely it was amazing to see the wealth of wildlife that exists in and around our school. We think that some animals and creatures might be more active and noticeable at different times of the year.
10th November 2012
Year 4 have recently returned from their three day residential adventure based at the Cambridge Environmental Education Services (CEES), Stibbington.
What an amazing adventure! Three whole days of foraging in the forest, excavating the quarry and pond dipping captured the imagination of the whole of Year 4, Mr Hussey, Mrs Gray and Mrs Knott.
After bidding parents a fond farewell on Wednesday morning we reached the centre with perhaps a little trepidation. We were soon made to feel welcome by the Stibbington staff, who began a series of familiarisation activities encouraging us to explore our new home inside and out. The raising of the Stibbington flag heralded the start of a great adventure.
Wednesday afternoon took us in to the depths of Sulehay forest, where we explored different habitats, got 'up-close-and-personal,' with a variety of mini-beasts and constructed hedgehog homes amongst other things. Later that evening we used the multitude of colours and shades as a stimulus for some artwork; constructing a water-colour landscape.
Thursday brought more fun and intrigue. We enjoyed examining a variety of rocks and soils using a range of microscopes and scientific equipment, and had an opportunity to reflect on the wider impact of our lifestyles on the environment. A trip to the quarry later in the afternoon enabled us to find some pre-historic remains, and even sniff a little dinosaur poo!
Thursday evening provided an opportunity for us to reflect on our experiences, and we enjoyed a little meditation and yoga led by Mrs Gray. Friday arrived all too soon, and we spent the morning in the picturesque setting of Stibbington's private nature reserve. Whilst pond dipping, Cian was excited to realise he was the first ever pupil to have actually caught a fish - another Northborough first! Before long it was time to pack our cases and wave a fond farewell to what had been a truely memorable experience. The children were interested, interesting and enagaging and, as usual, their behaviour was exemplary (commented upon by the Stibbington staff). Here's to the Year 5 residential adventure!
See the photo gallery for more of a taste...
3rd December 2012
Year 4 celebrated a team victory at the recent inter-school indoor athletics competition at AMVC.
The children enjoyed a morning of indoor athletics competing against six other teams in a variety of track and field activities. Pupils participated in sprint, hurdles and obstacle races, javelin throwing and an assortment of fitness tests designed to guage strength, speed, co-ordination and... well, athleticism.
Some of the activities were undertaken as part of a team, and others were individual events. All the class took part and contributed to obtaining what was to be a winning points total. Well done Team 4; your attitude and application ensured an enjoyable morning to all. Special thanks should go to Mrs Wilding at AMVC for once again hosting this fantastic event.
See the team photo in the news section...