We've had a busy week in Ash Class this week, starting lots of new units in our learning.
In Maths, we've learnt how to round to the nearest 10 and 100. We had some Maths experts from Year 5 come to help us with this!
We've been looking at what makes a sentence in our English lessons, and written some sentences about Meerkat Mail (our key text) using coordinating conjunctions.
Science was our first lesson on States of Matter. The children enjoyed sorting different materials into solids, liquids and gases.
A popular lesson this week was our first History lesson where we have started out unit called 'Roman Britain'. We learnt how Rome began as a kingdom, then became a Republic and finally how it became an Empire. Ask the children about society in the Republic of Rome - they know all about consuls and senators now!
We had a lovely end to the week with an Art lesson this afternoon exploring how we can use charcoal to represent words in an abstract way, thinking about different textures.
Homework: A sheet with information about this week's homework has been sent home. Please keep reading daily, and this week I've asked for a book review (due next Thursday), and logging onto TTRS and Numbots to keep practising those Maths facts.
Have a great weekend!
I'm really excited to be starting a new school year with all of our new Year 4 children! We've had a really great first week back and although the children have only been in school since Wednesday, they are all settled, happy to be with their friends, and used to the daily routines of school life again.
We've taken our time to get to know each other this week. The children have shown their creative side by designing a puzzle piece to reflect who they are and show how we all fit together in Ash Class, and by painting a self-portrait in a colour theme (photos next week!)
Some general information:
- In Year 4, there is an expectation that children are reading everyday for at least 10 minutes. This doesn't have to be their colour-banded reading book, it could be another book from home, a magazine or even a recipe. We will be giving out reading record books soon but until then, just enjoy the daily reading.
- Later in the year, children will sit the Year 4 Multiplication Check. As such, it is vital that they are learning and practising their times tables. They are expected to know all times tables up to 12x12 by the end of Year 4. Please try to log onto Times Table Rockstar daily to practise these, and if you need reminding of log in details then let me know.
- Every Friday, I will issue spellings and homework (this might be a reading task or a topic-related activity) which will be due the following Thursday. This will start next week.
- Our PE session with Mr Berry (SAINTS coach) will be every Thursday morning. Please could children come to school dressed in their PE kit ready to go. As it gets colder, they might want to bring a warm jumper or tracksuit bottoms to keep warm.
- If your child is being collected by someone else or is absent, please let the office know as soon as possible. They will ensure the message gets to me.
I think that's all for now! Next week we will get going with our topics: Place Value in Maths, Meerkat Mail in English, States of Matter in Science, The Romans in History and plenty more.
Have a great weekend,
Happy Friday everyone! And what a beautiful one it is - this weather is certainly different to the start of this week and the flooding we experienced.
In Ash Class this week, we've been busy finishing off a lot of things. In Maths, we've recapped some of the key methods which will help the children in Year 5 and have looked again at addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. It would be great to have a final push with learning those times tables to see how many people can get to the 'mixed' level on Times Tables Rockstars.
In English, we have written poems called 'Colours of Summer'. The children used metaphors to do this. Here is the poem that Laura and Lauren composed:
What is yellow?
It is the face of a sunflower
It is the bumblebees on a sunshiny day
It is gold dust sprinked on buttercups
It is a sour juicy lemon
It is a tiny fluffy chick waddling around
It is a wet, crumbly sandcastle
It is a shiny, colourful raincoat, protecting from the rain
It is a yummy soft corn on the cob
It is a half moon shaped banana
It is the bright fire of the sun
- Laura and Lauren
One of the highlights of the week was Mrs Mathew's fashion show in French. A lot of fun was had showcasing their outfits and demonstrating their learning of the French names for clothes.
Yesterday, the class met their Year 5 teacher, Mr Foreman. They played some games and I think they are looking forward to having him as their teacher next year!
Reports have been emailed out to you today. If you'd like to talk to me about them, please email the office to book a phone appointment.
Looking ahead to next week, the final week of term, we have lots of fun things in store. Watch this space to see if the class earn their nugget treat!...
Have a great weekend. Stay cool!
Here we are at the end of another week and with only 2 weeks to go until the end of the year. This week, we've continued our learning in Maths about Position and Direction and have now finished this unit so next week, we will be recapping key Maths skills and knowledge ready for Year 5. In English, the children wrote some fantastic setting descriptions based on a picture from our book, 'The Day of Ahmed's Secret'. There was beautifully descriptive language - I was impressed!
Today, we finished the week off with our Sports Day events. The children ran sprint races, a relay race and hurdles for their team. Everyone who took part gave their best effort and really got into the spirit of the afternoon! Pictures to follow.
Have a lovely weekend.
It's July! Where did June go?
We've had a good start to the month in Ash Class. We completed our Reading and Maths assessments early this week. Well done to the children who tried their hardest on these.
On Thursday, we had a D.T. day. The theme of the project was 'Adapting a recipe' and to link in with our Brazil topic, we made Brazilian cheesebreads (Pão de Queijo). We started the day by sampling some different types of bread ranging including Baguette, Tiger Loaf, Pretzel, Brioche and the Brazilian cheesebreads. The children practised their evaluation skills, thinking about the appearance, texture and finally taste of the different types of bread and making comparisons between them. After break, each group decided which ingredients they were going to use in their recipe. They had to choose the type of oil, cheese and whether to include any herbs. They then wrote their chosen recipe into their books. Next was the fun part! Each group mixed up their dry ingredients followed by the wet ingredients. The special flour, Tapioca flour, made for an interesting consistency. The breads were cooked after lunch and sampled this morning. Some didn't quite get the rise we were hoping for but it's all part of the learning process! Thanks to everybody who lent equipment, that was really helpful.
Have a lovely weekend and see you on Monday.
I feel really pleased with the children's writing this week. They have worked hard and used their knowledge of Rio de Janeiro to complete 2 pieces of work. First, an information text focussing in depth on one site in Rio. We based this on the book 'A Walk in London' so it became 'A Walk in Rio'. They have also written a diary entry in Geography imagining that they lived in the city. Some of these were really creative! They feature facts about Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf Mountain, Copacabana beach and much more.
In Maths, we have been learning about shapes and their properties. Next week, we will be looking at co-ordinates and how to plot on a grid. It is assessment week next week so we will have a reading assessment on Monday, 2 Maths assessments on Tuesday but then that's it. Plenty of fun to be had after that! We will even be doing some Brazilian cooking in D.T... Watch this space as I might be asking to borrow some kitchen equipment please!
Have a great weekend everyone.
Hello everyone. We've reached the end of another busy week in Ash Class! Here are some highlights...
In Maths, we have been learning all about angles and found lots of examples of right angles, acute angles and obtuse angles in the classroom.
At the start of the week, we took our English lesson outside for our very own 'Walk in London' during which the children looked at some of the tourist sites in London and used this to inspire their writing for the day.
In the afternoons, we've virtually travelled to another city - Rio de Janeiro - during Geography. The children have worked hard to research and compare life in Rio to our own lives in the UK.
We continued our RSE programme with a lesson about some of the physical changes that happen during puberty and the importance of maintaining personal hygiene.
Finally, have a look at some of the pictures from yesterday's OCRA Quad Kids Athletics tournament! It was a great morning and lots of fun was had by all.
Just a quick reminder that the expectation is that children are reading daily. This could be anything from magazines, newspapers, manuals to cookery books, as well as their reading books. All reading is important! Please record in their reading diaries (children can do this themselves) and just initial so I know you've checked it. Keep practising those times tables too. There are lots of children who are close to moving up on TTRS, let's see how many can next week.
Have a fab weekend everyone!
It's the end of the first week back! This week, we have learnt all about statistics in Maths and the children have been able to read and interpret data from a variety of different graphs. In English, we have read a book called 'A Walk in London' and will be writing our own version called 'A Walk in Rio de Janeiro' using some of our Geography learning.
In PE, we have started Athletics and today did some long distance running and had great fun using javelins. See some photos below.
Yesterday, we had our first RSE lesson and learnt the scientific names for all the body parts. We discussed the PANTS rule and listened to a song to help us remember how to keep safe. https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/support-for-parents/pants-underwear-rule/
It looks like great weather for the weekend so have a good one!
It's the end of another half term! Is it just me or has this one flown by even more quickly than usual? The weather has finally stopped raining this week so we've been outside again! This time, we were racing the slingshot cars which we made in D.T. After spending 2 afternoons designing, constructing and thinking about how to streamline then, they were ready to go and some travelled quite some distance. The record was set by Alfie at 5m 50cm! Check out some of the photos below.
In English this week, the children finished writing their own versions of Cinderella. There were some brilliantly creative ideas and I really enjoyed reading the stories. In Maths, we finished out unit on time. Keep practising this at home as it's such as a valuable life skill!
We have so much to look forward to after half term. I can't believe it will be our last half of term together! Have a great week off. Rest, relax and enjoy yourselves.
Well, there was one dry day this week and we managed to make the most of it by taking Science outside. We have been learning about animals so had an invertebrate hunt on the field. The children used classification keys to identify what they found, including ants, worms, slugs, beetles, butterflies and even a centipede (although we didn't count its legs!) We also had a go at making our own classification keys this week.
In Maths, we have started our new topic on 'Time'. The last time the children learnt about time in school was Year 2 (it was an online learning topic in Year 3) so it's especially important they are practising this at home and I have set homework to support this. We've learnt how to tell the time 'to' and 'past' using an analogue clock, digital 12 hour time and digital 24 hour time.
The children have worked really hard this week developing our class story 'Cinderella of the Snow'. Their writing has come on in leaps and bounds since the start of the year. We just need to focus on refining it and proofreading thoroughly for spelling and grammar errors.
Have a great weekend.