Welcome to Burrator (2018/2019)
Burrator is a Year 4/5 class which currently has 27 pupils.
The class teacher is Mr Brad Skinner.
Spellings to learn from spellingframe.co.uk (To be tested in school on Friday 28th September)
Timetables (to be tested 28th September)
Year 4: 2,3,4,5, 10s
Spellings to learn from spellingframe.co.uk (To be tested in school on Friday 21st September)
Timetables to be tested on 21.09.18
Year 4: x2 x3 x4 x5
Year 5: x2 x3 x4 x5 x 10 x9
Burrator Class (2017-2018)
Burrator was a Year 4/5 class which had 27 pupils and was taught by Mrs Sian Kingdon.
Year 4 Residential
The Spring Term drew to a close for Year 4 children with their annual residential. Once again we returned to Heatree House, this year taking over the whole venue as we were joined by other Year 4 pupils from Blackpool, Lady Seawards and Westcliff Primaries, (just some of the schools from across the First Federation). During their stay children tried their hand at archery, 'high ropes' and 'adventure challenge' to name but a few! They returned thoroughly exhausted having had an amazing time!
Burrator class took part in the Learning Exchange this week and enjoyed a variety of activities including chess, knitting, Boccia and board games.
'I love being the referee in Boccia and watching how the others play and seeing their different tactics' - Ben, Year 5
'I love being able to play chess against other people, it's even better when I can beat them!' - Oscar, Year 6
'It's good fun helping out in Haytor class, it reminds me of when I was in Reception' - Charlie, Year 4
Save the Egg Challenge
Burrator, long with Belstone children, were challenged to keep an egg in one piece when it was thrown from a great height. Using a variety of materials they worked together in groups to design and parachute and egg carrier that would protect their egg from the fall. Once the carriers were made they went into the school hall and Harrison volunteered to climb the climbing frame to let the parachutes fall. Most of the eggs arrived safely to the ground without breaking and the teams were very happy with their designs.
Year 4 Residential
The Year 4 children finished the Spring term with their Residential visit to Heatree house. The three days were filled with lots of exciting and fun activities which all the children enjoyed taking part in. Returning to the school on Friday afternoon they were a little tired but eager to tell of their adventures away.
Burrator class led the Easter Service in the Church this week performing songs and readings depicting the Easter story. The whole school joined them along with their parents and families who enjoyed watching the performance.
Burrator children carried out some bible research during their RE lesson this week. They looked through different bible verses reading them in pairs and looked at how they linked to our Christian Values.
Sound Investigations and Rehearsals Begin
After investigating listening to sound and the best way for our ears to capture sounds, Burrator made some beautiful music of their own as they began rehearsals for their Easter production which isn't too far away now.
Burrator Class were able to learn some Mandarin phrases and words this week. It was a fun, active session and the children were able to practice in partners. This is linked to their Shang Dynasty topic and some of the Mandarin could be heard out in the playground as the children tried hard not to forget what they had learned.
Investigating Pitch and Volume
Burrator continued investigating sound this week as they learnt about pitch and volume. They coloured in pictures of the ear and inner ear learning about how the ear works and how we can hear things. They then experimented with drums and ukuleles to listen to the pitch and volume of the instruments.
Burrator children enjoyed taking part in some Handball training on Thursday this week with Mr Macinally from Teign School. He has been working with most of the classes at the school teaching them the skills needed to play Handball successfully. The children got into the spirit of the training, working hard and moving round to keep themselves warm.
Burrator Class had a lot of fun investigating how sound travels. They used a variety of materials including cups, string, elastic bands, water and rice. They took it in turns to find out what happened to the materials as the sound was played upon it.
'It was great watching the water rippling when I banged the instrument above it.' - Keira, Year 5
'The rice jumped all over the place when we made the drum vibrate.' - Miriam, Year 4
'It was fun making noises in the cup to see if my friend could hear it.' - Charlie, Year 5
Shang Dynasty Art
Burrator Class were inspired by their Shang Dynasty topic during their artwork today and created some amazing Chinese characters.
Burrator had measure as part of their Maths Marathon day on the 13th December. Groups of children took it in turns to measure a variety of objects with some children going outside of the classroom and measuring larger objects including the playground.
Coming Home Stories
Burrator children turned into authors this week as they wrote their own Coming Home stories as part of their Mayan Topic. Kestor children partnered up with them to listen to the stories and then gave them some feedback.
'I really enjoyed Harley's story and how he told me the story' - Ruben, Year 1
'I enjoyed reading my story to Grace, it made me feel good that she liked it.' - Harrison, Year 4
This week Burrator took part in the school's Learning Exchange afternoon, welcoming in guests and enjoying a wide range of activities. Harrison and Daniel along with Mr Gwillam enjoyed being umpires and scoring the Boccia in the school hall. The Eco committee members were joined by some of Haytor children to make bird feeders. Alongside these activities children knitted, embroidered, listened to stories and collaged some art work.
Saffron enjoyed making the bird feeders - 'They were very messy to make, my hands were really sticky afterwards!'
Young Play Leader's Conference
This half term four of our Play Leaders were invited to attend a Young Play Leader's Conference at Stover School. The children had time to discuss their playtimes with their MTA who attended the session with them and look into what works well at our school and what can be improved upon. They were able to discuss these with other school children who were attending and shared ideas. They then took part in a few scenarios of Handball outside on the playground to see how well they dealt with each situation and then shared the strategies with all the schools as a whole.
'It was really good to go and see what other schools do at lunchtime, mostly we do the same but sometimes they have something different that we can now do at our school.' - Madison, Year 4
I was really nervous telling everyone about our Poem and Prayer box but I felt really proud that I did it.' - Keira, Year 5
Burrator took part in a badminton tournament at Teignmouth Community School. They competed against 11 other teams and displayed fantastic sportsmanship. This was the first experience of badminton for many of the children and they acquitted themselves brilliantly.
Burrator shared traditional tales with Kestor as part of their literacy topic. They focused on using tone and intonation to help engage their audience. Both Kestor and Burrator loved the experience.