sHappy December! We are already getting into the festive spirit in Ash Class and spent this afternoon creating Christmas decorations. We also have a virtual Advent calendar with a riddle to solve each day. Here are the highlights from this week...
In English, we have constructed a plan for writing the story of 'Mog's Christmas Calamity'. We will be writing this next week, focusing on including features such as correctly punctuated speech. In Maths, we have been learning the 6 times table and how to use known facts to solve other calculations (e.g. 600 x 7). In Science this week, we looked at the history of space exploration and next week we'll be thinking to the future and considering possible careers in space science that the children could aspire to! We revised continents and oceans in Geography using some great floor jigsaws to do this. There were some excellent linguists in French and many of the children are now more confident when saying their opinion about animals. We also had some great teamwork in tag rugby in P.E. this week.
On Monday, we are taking part in a Santa fun run in the afternoon (weather permitting) so please wear trainers, and a Christmas jumper!
Have a lovely weekend.
I'll start this week's blog with a 'well done' to my times table stars! These children have all improved their score on the practice Year 4 Multiplication Check we have been doing in class: Ivy, Dexter, Heath, Tam, Jessica, Isabel, Sonny, Ben S-S, Izzy, Amelia, Matilda. Please keep practising this at home. It's great to see scores going up each week and hopefully soon we'll have lots of children scoring nearly full marks!
In English this week, we started our new unit of work based on the story 'Mog's Christmas Calamity'. The children have really enjoyed getting stuck into this story and watching the video. They know it really well now! In Maths, we have completed our first week of Multiplication and Division, learning how to multiply and divide by 10 and 100, and 1 and 0. We had a really fun lesson in Science learning about star constellations and recreating them using glow in the dark stars and glow sticks (although unfortunately, these didn't glow so well!) Geography this week was all about climate change - the causes, effects and what we can do about it. We will continue these units of work next week, along with tag rugby in PE and creating 'willow patterns' in Art.
Spellings this week:
Have a lovely weekend. Keep warm!
Another Friday already! This week seems to have flown by. Before we know it, it will be December.
A round up of the week:
In English, the children wrote their own versions of 'Perils of Everest' and once again, I'm pleased with their writing. They worked hard to include our list of success criteria. In Maths, we have just finished our unit 'Length and Perimeter' and begin a unit on 'Multiplication and Division' next week. I can't stress enough how important it is that children are learning their times tables off by heart. They need to speedily recall them. The expectation is that they know all tables up to 12 x 12 by the end of Year 4. Wider curriculum subjects have been interesting this week, learning about the Earth's orbit in Science and air masses which influence UK weather in Geography. We practised our still life drawing skills in Art this afternoon and have been enjoying Tag Rugby in PE.
It was lovely to see everybody dressing up and getting into the spirit of Children in Need today, raising plenty of money. We enjoyed our 'Run for Fun' and singing the Children in Need song! We also had a special assembly today delivered by a police officer all about road safety. Please make sure children are wearing bright clothes now the nights are getting darker, are walking on pavements and are not playing in roads.
Have a great weekend.
Another busy week here! I'm really pleased with the children's writing this week. They have been writing a report called 'Perils of Space', outlining some of the dangers people might face when they travel in space. They will use the same skills next week to write their own report, choosing their location. Watch this space for 'Perils of ____'!
In Maths, we are halfway through our Length and Measurement unit. We've spent lots of time converting between mm, cm, m and km.
Science involved learning the order of the planets in the solar system and we had some very creative mnemonics to help us remember!
This afternoon, we had a lovely Art lesson making Space optical illusions.
Have a great weekend!
Now that half term is done, it's hard to believe we are on the build up to Christmas! I look forward to the songs, decorations and festivities that lie ahead later this term.
For now though, a quick look back at this week. In English, we have started our new text called 'Everest'. We will be using this to write a non-chronological report giving information about the hazards of a particular place. We have just finished our Maths unit on Addition and Subtraction and next week we will begin 2 weeks learning about Length and Perimeter. In Science, we have started a unit all about Space which seems to have captured everybody's interest! We are moving our Humanities focus from History to Geography this term and will be learning all about Water, Weather and Climate. This week, we learnt about the water cycle and found that there were lots of new words to understand such as 'evaporation', 'evotranspiration' and 'precipitation'.
In PE, we continue with our outdoors lessons and will be playing some Tag Rugby. Please do send in extra layers on Thursday PE day as the weather gets colder. We've had a couple of lovely Art activities to do this week. First, the children designed and created their own Christmas cards which went home yesterday. If you would like to order some, please send in your order form and money on Monday. Then this afternoon, we created some lovely remembrance Art featuring silhouettes on a blended watercolour wash background.
Just a reminder from me that children should be reading every day for at least 10 minutes and recording this in their reading folders. They also need to practising their times tables daily. Next week, I will give out more information about the times table check which will happen next year, and how you can help your child prepare for this.
That's just about all from me this week so have a great weekend!
We've had a great final week of this half of term! Here are the highlights...
In English, the children wrote their own biographies for fictional record-breakers after reading about some great achievements in 'Fantastically Great Women who Changed the World'. We had the first woman to climb Mount Everest, the person who ate a record number of cheeseburgers in a minute and someone who achieved the highest horse jump. They really enjoyed publishing their writing today, adding illustrations and thinking about the layout.
In Maths, we have been working on techniques for subtraction. The children have been great at using the column method to do this.
Science was a lot of fun (and mess) this week! We made 'Oobleck'. The children used their observation skills to see how it acts as both a solid and a liquid.
Our last lesson in our History unit was all about the fall of the Roman Empire.
In PSHE, we discussed what good and bad secrets are. The children learnt that it's ok to keep a good secret (e.g. a surprise birthday present), but it's important to tell a trusted adult if they know a secret which makes them uncomfortable (we called these bad secrets).
Please keep reading over half term and recording this in reading diaries. I'd also love to see lots of times table practise. We did a mock Times Table Check in class yesterday and children can access the website we used by logging into Google Classroom at home using their school log in details. I am also uploading a document with lots of other great sites for practising times tables.
Have a lovely half term and I look forward to seeing everyone again in November!
I'll start with a few reminders about next week. On Monday, we have school photos so children need to come to school wearing full school uniform and looking nice and presentable please! We then have our Harvest assembly on Thursday. This will be online but we hope you can join us.
It was lovely to chat to many of you at parents meetings this week and thank you for all of your support with the children at home with reading, spellings, times tables and homework. I check reading folders every Friday so please make sure all reading is recorded. Children should be reading for at least 10 minutes a day, be it a recipe books, magazine, newspaper or their own reading book.
This week, we've started a new unit in Maths on Addition and Subtraction. The children have all shown their brilliant skills of using column addition to add up two four-digit numbers, with and without exchanging. They have also had their problem solving skills put to the test with some tricky 'Dive Deeper' challenges. In English, we have continued learning about biographies, with a focus on some of the grammatical features used within them. We have spend a lot of time learning about adverbials (which, when used at the start of a sentence, are called 'fronted adverbials'. Please ask your child what punctuation mark comes after a fronted adverbial as I would like them all to be confident with this! It's a comma).
In History, we learnt all about how Roman religion adapted as the Empire expanded. They began as Pagans (believing everything around them had a spirit), then adopted the religions of the countries they invaded so became Polytheistic and finally converted to Christianity. We continued our topic of States of Matter in Science, thinking about melting and boiling points. Finally, today in Art, we made some leaf sun catchers to brighten up the window. Have a look at the picture below.
That's all from me for this week. Have a great weekend everyone!
Another Friday has come around! Here are some highlights of the week...
We've started a new key text in English - Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World - and will be writing biographies in a similar style over the next couple of weeks. In Maths, we have just finished our Place Value unit having spent the week learning about negative numbers and Roman numerals. Next week, we will start a new unit on Addition and Subtraction. In History, we discovered the many ways in which the Romans changed Britain and even learnt some Latin words! For R.E., the children spent the afternoon visiting the Church and witnessing a baptism (all be it a doll!) They all had a great time and were very well behaved, representing the school brilliantly.
I'm looking forward to speaking to many of you next week at the parents meetings but until then, have a lovely weekend.
Well... I think I was right in last week's blog about the weather changing. We've certainly had some rain this week! Please remember coats. We are keeping the windows open for ventilation and the classroom can feel chilly, so please send children in with a suitable base layer (long sleeved top for example) to wear under their uniform for extra warmth. It is better this than wearing coats indoors.
In English this week, the children have written their own versions of Meerkat Mail, based on their own individual plans. We've had stories about blackbirds visiting golden eagles, sheep staying with cows and even grass snakes spending time with pythons! They have been really creative for this first piece of writing.
In Maths, we have continued our unit on Place Value and have spent a lot of time practising rounding. We have one more week on Place Value where we will be learning about negative numbers and Roman numerals.
In History, we learnt the story of Boudicca and her rebellion against the Romans when they invaded Britain. The children produced some great cartoons to tell this story. We had a thought provoking Science lesson this week learning about what happens to the particles in solids, liquids and gases when they are heated up. Finally, we have discussed the qualities of positive relationships in PSHE.
New spellings have been sent out and a new style of homework. Please choose 3 activities and complete by the dates given. I had a look in the reading folders today and have noted how many times each child has read - please keep reading daily at home and practising times tables too.
Have a lovely weekend,
It's officially Autumn now! As the weather turns colder, please make sure your child is bringing a coat to school. We've been lucky with the weather so far but no doubt the rain will return.
In our English this week, however, we've been imagining beautiful, hot weather as we've been writing our own class version of Meerkat Mail in which our main character, Kevin the house cat, travels all over the world to stay with his big cat relatives. I've been pleased with the writing the children have produced but we will be working on proofreading to make it is the best it can be.
In Maths, we've continued our work on Place Value. This is such a key part of Maths as it underpins a lot of other topics. The children should have a secure understanding of the values of ones, tens, hundreds and thousands.
We have carried on learning about States of Matter in Science and this is the focus for this week's homework. In History, we've learnt more about the Roman empire and the invasion of Britain. The children have practised their teamwork skills in P.E. with some games of football, and we have finished the week off with making our stamps to use in Art.
Next week, we are really lucky as we are starting weekly French lessons with a specialist tutor.
Just a reminder - please keep reading (this should be recorded in the back of the children's new homework folders) and practising times tables.
It's been a great week and the children are really showing independence and maturity in their learning now.
Have a lovely weekend.