What a lovely first week back! The sun has been shining, everyone has been smiling and we've had a great week of learning.
One of the highlights this week was our first swimming lesson at Okehampton pool. The children were confident in the water and I could see progress even from the start of the lesson to the end. Our other PE activity this week was on the field with our new coach Mrs Edwards where we practised throwing and catching skills and then applied this to a game of rounders. Take a look at the pictures below.
In English, we are spending a couple of weeks writing persuasive letters. We have looked at some techniques used in persuasive writing such as emotive language, rhetorical questions and speaking directly to the reader. Next week, we will be putting this into practice by writing a letter trying to persuade to cycle to school rather than drive. Our new topic in Maths is 'Money', and this week we have learnt the different values of coins and notes and discussed how to estimate by using rounding. We are learning about the Vikings in History, which leads on nicely from the Anglo-Saxons as they were next to invade Britain! Science holds lots of finding out about 'Adaptations' and how animals and plants cope with their environment.
Please could I remind you that children are expected to read daily and record this in their reading folders. They also need to do daily times table and spelling practise too.
Have a lovely bank holiday weekend and enjoy the nice weather.
Well, what a busy final week of term we've had in Ash Class!
The children have worked really hard and finished their writing in English as well as doing some extended writing in Geography to finish off their learning about migration. I'm very proud of them! We've had a lot of fun this work to round off our learning in Science and have made shadow puppets, exploring this use of light and seeing what happened when we moved them closer and further away from the light source.
We had a lovely final forest school session creating some outdoor art and enjoying our time outdoors with each other.
Today, we've challenged ourselves with an English mystery game, some Maths code cracking and we've also been crafty and made some lovely Easter cards.
Over the holidays, please keep up the times table practise as the Year 4 Multiplication Check will be taking place in the summer term. Plenty of reading too please! Have a lovely couple of weeks and see you when we return.
As we reach the end of another week, I'd like to say a big well done to the children in Ash Class for their hard work in our assessments this week. They completed a reading paper and 2 maths papers, trying their hardest in all of the tests. Super work!
Next week is the final week of term and we've got a busy week ahead. In English, we will be writing our own versions of 'Leon and the Place Between', thinking about all the magical items that the character might see when they enter the box in the circus. There will be a big focus on description and using expanded noun phrases to create images in the reader's mind. In Maths, we continue learning about decimals, thinking about how to represent 1/2, 1/4 and 3/4 in decimals. We'll be finishing off our Science unit on 'Light' with a look at how periscopes work, and in Geography we will be rounding off our learning by writing our final piece all about migration. Not only this but plenty of PE, Art, Music and other learning too!
As I look ahead to the summer term, please can I urge you to spend time practising times tables at home. All of the children will be sitting the Year 4 multiplication check in a couple of months' time and I really want them to feel confident, prepared and ready for this. The tables need to be learnt with instant recall so that the children can answer within the 6 second per question time limit. Your support at home with this is invaluable, so thank you.
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