Stebon Primary School

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Learning is very good at Stebon because expectations are high and the teachers give us confidence. Imtiaz
As a child at Stebon, I am happy to be here as I have good
friends. Emad
There are lots of activities that are really fun like tournaments in the summer. Sadia
You can do excellent things in art and do loads of projects and experiments. Shahriyar
This school is a safe, happy and friendly place to be. Jannah
I think the atmosphere is cheerful because learning is
fun! Fahim
I would say that teaching is of a high standard. Abidah
Everybody respects each other. We have an anti-bullying policy and playground buddies who help you find friends. Zainab
It is a wonderful place to be where everyone is treated the same. Muhibur
Playtimes are the best because we have lots of games to play with. Sadiya

Y4

Year 4 ~ Emmeline Pankhurst Class & Helen Keller Class

 

Helen Keller     Emmeline Pankhurst Y4 Class

Year 4’s class names are inspired by 2 women with extraordinary determination who truly embody girl power!

Emmeline Pankhurst was a British political activist who was criticised when she championed for women’s right to vote. She was one of the key figures in changing the role of women in society and was quoted to have 'taken society into a new pattern for which there there was no going back'. Alongside being a daughter, wife and mother, Emmeline committed to her work and battled throughout her life to raise the profile of women in society.

Helen Keller was an American author, politician, and lecturer. She was the very first person to earn a University degree despite not being able to hear or see! She helped to pioneer a new form of communication for deaf-blind people. During her lifetime she campaigned for women’s rights and labour rights. She even has a holiday named after her in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.

Autumn term – Off with their heads

Henry

Our first sight of year 4 is a bit of a shock. Inside the classroom door is a portcullis & there are heads on spikes! There are regal costumes & a throne & the room is decorated in gold & deep red. This term is all about the bloody history of the Tudors.

We learn about Henry VIII & royal palaces, about war & exploration, transport & medicine. But it’s not just history – all our work in set in the context of the Tudors. We look at some of the amazing stories thought-up by William Shakespeare & write some of our own plays; we listen to the music of the time, like ‘Greensleeves’ & learn a Tudor dance. We have Tudor problems to solve in maths & Tudor experiments to carry out in science.

Our first trip is, of course, to the Tower of London to see the Crown Jewels, the Yeomen of the Guard & the famous ravens! But we also go to the National Portrait Gallery & to Greenwich, where Henry VIII was born. We might even get the chance to go the Globe Theatre on the South Bank to learn about the theatre in Shakespeare’s time.

By the end of the term we have all produced our own Tudor portraits & written our own plays. We have performed a play & a dance for the school & even had a Tudor feast (we’re not allowed to eat swan, though)!

Spring term – Rise of the Robots

robots

From the wonders of nature to a celebration of the man-made. The classroom is full of them; toy robots, large & small robots, ones in humanoid form with flashing lights; lots of wires & circuits & metal & plastic. There’s even a tardis!

Every aspect of our learning involves robots. We produce persuasive writing arguing why robots should or shouldn’t do the jobs that humans could do. We write poetry & stories about imaginary worlds as well as information texts about the history of robots. Our science & DT involves circuits & conductors & junk modelling. Our maths learning about nets & working to scale helps us in constructing these models too. We learn about programming in ICT & examine morals & ethics in RE. Our artist of the term is Eric Joyner who does delightful pictures of robots (& doughnuts!).

During the term we go to the science museum & to the Doctor Who exhibition.

By the end of the term, believe it or not, we have designed & built a robot & examined when & how robots are useful. More importantly perhaps we have considered where they’re not useful; what only we can do. 

Summer term – Mighty Mountaineers

mountaineer

During summer term it’s time to put our exploring boots back on & get up somewhere high. Walk through the classroom door & you enter the rarefied air of a high mountain landscape complete with mountaineering artefacts, climbing equipment & clouds all around. There are books on mountains, maps & even a tent! And we have to figure out how to survive up here.

During the term we write a survival guide & information texts about mountains. We read stories from mountain cultures & stories that raise dilemmas & hard choices for the characters in them. Our maths is largely about co-ordinates & directions, distance & time – again lots of problems to solve here. We look at materials & their properties in science & examine how inventions have made life easier in certain ways. In art we look at the Japanese artist Hokusai who painted mountains, particularly Mount Fuji, in a very distinctive style. We examine mountains as religious symbols & learn about ‘Going for Goals’ & moral dilemmas in PSHE.

Our most important trip is our residential to Gillwell Park where we start to learn some survival skills but we also go to a local climbing wall.

By the end of the term we have learned to examine all the issues in a moral dilemma & make hard choices. We’ve written our own survival guides & we’ve produced a documentary in the style of ‘Touching the Void’ for our own fictional mountain expedition.