This week was biscuit week in Ash Class! We all really enjoyed Tuesday's DT project. The day started with tasting some different biscuits and evaluating them. The children thought about appearance, texture and taste and used this to help decide what to include in their own biscuits. They they were able to adapt a recipe and followed these to mix up the ingredients and create their biscuits. An afternoon of cooking and then the biscuits were baked! The classroom smelt like a lovely bakery...
Another highlight for me this week was reading the children's finished writing in English. They have been writing their own version of the book 'Leon and the Place Between'. The writing was so descriptive and imaginative - I really enjoyed reading their work. We have been learning about decimals in Maths this week and revisited what a tenth is and the different ways we can represent it (as a fraction, decimal, on a place value chart or on a number line). We also looked again at how to divide a number by 10 using a place value chart. In geography, we explored how climate change is going to have an impact on migration. We learnt about how rising sea levels and drought (two of the major impacts of climate change) will force people to leave their homes and they will become 'climate refugees'. Science was a lovely lesson learning about different astronomers. We read about astronomers through time including the Ancient Mayans, Copernicus, Katherine Johnson and Jocelyn Bell Burnell. In PE, we had a bench ball tournament for our indoors lesson and then a handball tournament for our outdoor SAINTS lesson.
From Miss Boyce
In music this term, we have been learning about the origin and features of rock and roll music. Children have learnt how to play the Hand Jive and Rock Around the Clock, looking specifically at a walking bass line, before performing a piece as a class. Children have been learning to:
Although quite short, we've packed a lot into this term! A trip to Tiverton museum, the zoo trip, baking biscuits, learning Ukrainian dancing, a lot of Art and so much more. I hope everyone has a lovely Easter holiday and I look forward to seeing you in the summer term!
This week, we have been undertaking our spring term assessments. The children have had a great attitude to these and have shown their best effort in the reading and Maths assessments. Well done to everyone for taking these in their stride!
Amongst the assessments, we've been busy in all of the other subjects. In science, we learnt about what the universe is and the scientific theory of how it began. Geography was a two part lesson: First, we learnt about economic migration and then we discussed why some people are forced to leave their homes and migrate. In Life Skills, we continued our learning about money and finances. We talked about how it's important to keep track of your money and be able to recognise scams.
We've had a really active week this week which began, on Monday afternoon, with taking part in the Fun Fitness event organised by Mrs Ahmad. All of the children had a really good time and got involved with the different activities which ranged from penalty shoot outs to parachute games to obstacle courses. We then had our indoor PE lesson on Wednesday and our outdoor PE lesson on Thursday. Plenty of exercise!
It's been really lovely to see so many of you at parents meetings this week. If you couldn't make it, I'm always happy to offer a phone call at another time so just get in touch.
Have a lovely weekend.
What a brilliant Science week we've had!
The week started with our trip to Newquay zoo. We all enjoyed making our way around the zoo and observing and learning about the animals there. Highlights included the lemurs, penguins and of course the capybaras (a current favourite animal in Ash Class!) We also enjoyed an informative talk by one of the zoo keepers during which the children learnt about how animals have adapted to their environments. There was also the opportunity to ask lots of questions.
On Tuesday, the day began with a workshop from Devon County Council about composting. This was really engaging and the children particularly enjoyed searching for minibeasts in some compost which had been brought along. We found all sorts using the magnifying glasses and were able to use identification keys to discover what species they were.
We continue to learn about space in our Science curriculum lessons and this week, discovered what stars are as well as the importance of our sun. We had great fun making our own constellations!
Next week is looking like a busy week. We will be undertaking our termly assessments in reading and Maths, as well as continuing with our topics across all of our subjects. I also look forward to seeing many of you at parents evenings on Wednesday and Thursday.
Have a fab weekend.
Another week passes by!
In English this week, the children story mapped the text 'Leon and the Place Between'. This helps them remember the language and sentence structures used so that they can replicate these in their own writing. The story maps look great and really embedded the story in their minds.
In Maths, we've been exploring fractions in depth. We've been converting between mixed numbers and improper fractions using number lines, bar models and physical resources to help us with this. Our next step is to be able to find equivalent fractions.
Science was a lovely lesson where we learnt about the planets in our solar system. I shared my mnemonic which helps me remember them: My (Mercury), Very (Venus), Early (Earth), Morning (Mars), Jam (Jupiter), Sandwiches (Saturn), Usually (Uranus), Nauseate (Neptune)! There were some very creative ideas for other mnemonics also.
In Geography, we talked about some of the possible advantages and disadvantages of migration on the source and host countries. The children took a very mature approach to this and we had some fab discussions.
PE was great fun this week as Sofiia kindly helped to lead the session and share some traditional Ukrainian dance moves with us! Everyone enjoyed themselves and it was lovely to be able to share different cultures.
Next week we look forward to our trip to Newquay zoo and lots of other exciting Science week activities!
Have a great weekend.
I'm really pleased with how the children's cinquain poems turned out. We made our class poetry book and it's lovely to have this as it's a permanent feature which can be read any time. We're now moving on from poetry to a fiction unit of writing based on the book 'Leon and the Place Between.' I'm looking forward to some creative imagination for a future story.
In maths, we've begun a unit on Fractions. After recapping what a fraction is and how we can represent fractions, we've been learning about fractions greater than one whole and how these can be written as mixed numbers and improper fractions. We're continuing to learn about migration in geography and, this week, we looked at the reasons why people migrate. We categorised these into 'push' factors (things that make someone want to leave a place) and 'pull' factors (things that draw people to a new place). Our science lesson explored some of the things we can find in our solar system including comets, meteors and asteroids. Next week, we will be discovering facts about the planets in our solar system.
It was great to see some of you for the information evening about the Year 4 Multiplication Check. I'm noticing great improvements from some of the children's scores, so please do keep practising daily at home - it makes all the difference! Also keep practising spellings and reading as well.
To finish off today's blog, have a look at how fab our dragon eye display looks.
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