Miss Coston & Mrs McCulloch
Friday 17th November:
We have covered some additional PSHE work this week on the Outright Campaign and refugees. We discussed the fact that refugees often have to leave their country with very short notice and the children had the chance to try and pack a suitcase in three minutes. They had to decide what was the most important to take and what they would have to leave behind. We then talked about family and what that means to different children. The children learnt that child refugees can only be reuinted with family in the UK if they have a parent that lives there - meaning aunts, uncles, grandparents and even siblings are not classed as family under the law. Therefore, this week for home learning the children have been asked to make a poster campaigning for the law to change, meaning additional family members will be included in the UK family reunion law. The children have been given some snappy slogans or phrases they might like to include on their poster, or they can think of their own. Can these be returned before next Thursday please. (Article 9 UNCRC - You have the right to live with a family who cares for you.)
As you may already know, this week has been Anti-Bullying week and the children have carried out some activities with this in mind. In class we have discussed that while we all have our differences, we all fit together… like a jigsaw! Each child was given a jigsaw piece and wrote something about themselves that makes them different. We then put them altogether and looked at some of the interesting things about each other. We have all learnt that we are a team in Year 4 and that we all fit together somehow, despite our differences! The children were also lucky enough to take part in a drama workshop about body language and how this relates to bullying. I hope the children can talk to you at home about this learning and that it will help them with their peer relationships and beyond. (Article 15 + 19 UNCRC - 'You have the right to choose your own friends' and'You have the right to be protected from being hurt or mistreated.)
It has been a busy week for English! We have started the week by investigating the books in our library and if more of them were written in first or third person. We discussed the use of pronouns (first person: I, we, us, me, my; third person: they, them, he, she) and how we can use these to spot what person a text is written in. We have now moved on to planning and writing a diary entry from the perspective of a character in King Kong. The children have mapped out the events that happen to their character in the first part of the story, thought about how they would have been feeling and began to think of ‘feelings words’ to put in their diary entries. The children have worked so hard and we are looking forward to reading more of King Kong!
Our spellings this week have focused on four different letter patterns:
1. 'ch' as in 'brochure'.
2. 'eigh' and 'ey' (sleigh or they)
3. 'ou' as in 'touch'.
For home learning, can your child think of any other words with these letter patterns in them? Do they all make the same sound? The children have a sheet with the words on that we looked at in class so they can practise these words if they would like or put them in to sentences.
It has been problem solving week this week! We have decided to revisit our work on Addition, Subtraction and Multiplication and Division by thinking about how to solve word problems. We have talked through different ways to show a problem and the children worked well in groups to use each method to show a problem. The children have worked through lots of different word problems using these techniques and for home learning your child could use multiplication and division problems (times tables up to 12 and the inverse) and show you with one of the methods we have used that they know they are correct.
'In Science this week, we have been learning how to group living things. We focused on the 6 main groups of animals (mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, insects). After that, we researched their characteristics for example, what makes a bird a bird. Then, we drew our own zoos on sugar paper and sorted animals so they were with other animals with the same characteristics. We really enjoyed the teamwork effort to make our own zoos. We learnt that a turtle is a reptile and a toad is an amphibian! The thing we would like to learn next is how to sort animals in to their habitats.'
Thank you to Giles and Nathan for writing about their science learning!
Our netball has continued this week with a focus on passing as well as some attacking and defending. The children have started to think about pairing up and marking a player, as well as moving in to a space to receive the ball. Even with the added challenge of being on the field, the children persevered and applied their learning in to a small game situation. I look forward to seeing their learning progress in to proper netball games in the coming weeks.
Friday 10th November:
** Stationery Reminder **
Just a reminder that in Key Stage 2, children are encouraged to have all the basic stationery they will need to complete their learning. This includes a handwriting pen, pencil, red pen, ruler, sharpener and eraser. Stationery such as glue and scissors are available at school but if your child were to own these it would be very beneficial. Please can you make sure your child comes to school prepared for their learning with all the equipment they will need.
As you know, we discuss and set targets regularly with children through a 'Learning Detective' conference with their class teacher. We are now writing their current Maths and English targets on a sticker and putting these in their reading records. If you want to know what your child's target is to identify more specific home learning, please refer to their reading records. This is being done for their first November target: all children should have their first November targets by the end of next week so if your child does not yet have one, please keep an eye out in the following week.
This week we have worked hard to write, edit and publish our pieces of suspense writing. The children have worked so hard and some of their stories really kept me on the edge of my seat! Over the coming weeks, our work in English will be focused on King Kong by Anthony Browne. We have enjoyed reading the first part of the text and the children did some role play to represent the hustle and bustle of a busy New York street. We have talked about the characters we have met so far and began to discuss why the writer might have chosen to write in third person. Your child could look in any books they have at home and find clues which tell them whether the author has written in first or third person (i.e. do they use ‘I’ or ‘he’?). Can they think of why the author might have done so?
Our maths work this week has been around applying our knowledge of multiplication and division to the 6, 7 and 9 times tables. The children have worked hard to solve problems using these times tables and used their reasoning skills to convince me how they knew they were correct. For home learning it would be beneficial to keep practising these at home. You could test your child on the tables, your child could write out the tables or maybe create a word problem that would use one of these times tables. Some children have even been showing me with a drawing how they know they are correct. Could they do this at home?
Our spellings this week are taken from the Year 3/4 spelling list and they are as follows:
Your child could practise these spellings at home to ensure they are confident with how to spell them in their own work.
We have kicked off our DT topic with some bread tasting this week! The children completed some market research of existing products by Warburtons to see which is the most popular and which they think would sell the best. They had a great afternoon tasting and evaluating all the breads!
The children have started their Dance unit with Mrs Pruden and have begun by thinking about how they could create a piece of dance to represent a rollercoaster. They have begun to think about what movements they could do and how they could arrange themselves to look like a rollercoaster. I hope the children enjoy continuing this learning and showing off their dance abilities! (Article 29 - UNCRC Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities.')
Friday 3rd November:
Welcome back! I hope you all had a relaxing half term break.
** CHANGE TO CURRICULUM **
Just to note that our DT topic has now changed from making and evaluating biscuits to ‘The Great Bread Bake Off’! In the coming weeks we will be exploring bread and eventually designing and making our own. This topic will also link nicely to our 'Feeling Healthy' topic in PSHE when we come to design and make our bread. (Article 24 - UNCRC 'Every child has the right to the best possible health.'). We may be requesting the help of parent volunteers to assist with the bread making so keep an eye out for dates and details on the class page if you are interested.
Meet the Teacher:
Firstly, thank you to all those that were able to attend the Meet the Teacher meeting on Tuesday. Any documents discussed have been added as attachments to the bottom of this page. If you were unable to attend and would like to see the curriculum newsletter or ESafety presentation, they are attached below. Please can you also take time to read and sign your child's ESafety charter attached to the back of their home learning journals if you haven't already done so. This will ensure you and your child are aware of how they have agreed to stay safe using the internet at school and home (Article 16 + 17 - UNCRC 'Every child has the right to privacy' and 'Every child has the right to reliable information from a variety of sources).
This week in English, we have begun looking at suspense writing and how we can create suspense and tension in a piece of writing. The children first analysed a piece of suspense writing and came up with a list of features you need to include to create suspense. Our target for this piece of writing is to include expanded noun phrases (e.g. ‘the dog’ becomes the ‘the lively, brown dog’) so we have done lots of work identifying these and creating our own. For home learning, your child could find objects or nouns around the house and try and create some expanded noun phrases to describe them. The children have already had a chance to draft a piece of suspense writing and we will be editing and improving these next week.
We have started our unit on Multiplication and Division this week by practising multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100. The children have used whiteboards and created place value grids to help them work out where to move the digits. We have also looked at multiplying and dividing by 0 and 1 and this has been valuable for children to really understand what happens during the processes of multiplying and dividing. The children used multilink first to investigate what happens to a number when it is multiplied or divided by 1 or 0 and then completed reasoning and problem solving activities to deepen their knowledge. I have also given the children a variety of worksheets that practise both these skills. You may want to ask your child which aspect they think they would benefit from practising a bit more and doing this at home. Also, keep asking your child to explain to you what multiplying (groups of/lots of) and dividing (sharing/splitting equally) actually mean!
Our spelling rule this week has been the prefixes ‘ir’ ‘il’ ‘im’ and ‘in’ (e.g. 'possible' becomes 'impossible'). The children have applied this rule to words and we have discussed how the meaning of the word changes when the prefixes are added. For home learning, your child could see if they can find any more words that can have these prefixes added to them, or use the ones we have done in class and put them in to sentences. The children have been given a sheet with the words that we have been focusing on in class to practise at home, this can be found in their home learning journal.
This week we enjoyed the last of the children’s half termly home learning projects and they have been fantastic! The children have engaged brilliantly with the task and the work they have produced has been outstanding. We have learnt lots about a variety of different scientists and each one was presented excellently. Five house points have been awarded to all those that completed and presented this project. This half termly project has also been set and it is titled ‘Habitats’. For this I would like the children to create a habitat (rainforest, desert, under the sea, polar, etc.) in a box/shoebox. The children might want to think about what wildlife is included in their habitat and think about how they could include this also. This project is due at the end of this half term before the Christmas break, exact dates to follow. I hope this task will give children a chance to be creative and use their artistic abilities as well as their scientific ones!
Friday 20th October:
First of all I would like to say thank you for an exciting and rewarding first half term at Langrish! I hope you all have a restful half term and enjoy whatever you might be doing. There will be some suggested home learning for this week, but most importantly have a rest and have fun! Please use the times table, reading and arithmetics tests that have been sent home to identify any areas you may want to revisit at home if you find this useful.
We have continued our work on explanation texts this week with the help of Wallace and Gromit. We watched videos of some of their inventions (not that they always work!) and we decided to help them by creating our own inventions and writing texts to explain how they work. The children have loved designing their machines and we have started explaining how they work. We didn’t want to rush our work so we will be finishing and editing our writing after half term.
We have concluded our work on addition and subtraction this week and the children have worked so hard practising their column methods. Any practise of this they can do during half term would be helpful, including writing their own and ensuring they lay out the columns carefully and accurately. We will be moving on to Multiplication and Division after half term, so any knowledge your child already has of this and methods they know can be practised over half term also if they want to get ahead of the game!
This busy week we also had an RE day where the children learnt about Rituals and in particular, the Jewish Sukkot. The children had a fantastic day with Mrs Pruden learning about this and then applied their knowledge in a role play situation based on what they learnt. As you can see, they really threw themselves in to their roles! You may want to ask your child what they learnt this week.
Thank you to all those children who brought in their Scientist Study projects this week. We were not able to look at all of them as we have been extremely busy and I want to ensure the children have enough time to fully present all their hard work. Please do not worry as we will make time to look at the rest when we return from half term! However, the ones I have seen have been absolutely fantastic and we have already learnt lots of lovely facts about some amazing scientists. House points will be awarded to all children who return and present these to the class, this will be discussed at a later date.
Please could you continue to encourage your child to read daily during the half term period and answer questions in their reading record when they have finished a book. Children should now all have a wheel of Blooms Taxonomy Questions stuck in the back of their reading record and they are encouraged to answer one of these after reading a text. Also, we have read an online book called ‘Alien Hotel’ this half term on Purple Mash. If your child would like to write a book review of this text during their break it would be lovely to see what they write! They could include what they liked/disliked and who they would recommend this text to.
Meet the Teacher:
The next Year 4 Meet the Teacher will be at 2.40pm on Tuesday the 31st of October. Please come along if you can and please contact me if you cannot make it but would still like to receive the information that will be delivered.
Friday 13th October:
First of all I would like to say thank you to those who came to our open classroom on Wednesday. I hope you enjoyed looking at the children’s work and celebrating their successes from the first half term. The children have worked extremely hard so far this term and I am pleased you were able to come in and see how well they have done. I also would like to apologise for the class page not being accessible last week, this I hope has now been rectified and you can see last week's work and some photos below.
This week in English, we have written and performed our ‘Copse Monster’ poems which I am delighted with! The children have gone out in to the copse and thought about ways they can personify different aspects of it to bring to life. The children read them aloud to the class and it was a lovely celebration of all their hard work. I hope those of you that attended our Open Classroom had a chance to look at these on display. We are moving on the explanation texts and how they differ from our previous work on instructional texts. Next week we will have a go at writing our own!
We have started our unit on addition and subtraction by practising our column method and thinking about when we need to borrow or exchange in our calculations. The children have worked really hard and this is showing in their work. We have also worked through word problems and missing number problems to further our knowledge of addition and subtraction. The children have taken home another worksheet of addition and subtraction problems to take home to continue this learning. You may want to use a calculator to mark the sheet with your child and then encourage them to correct the ones they may have got incorrect.
Our spelling words this week have been chosen from the Year 3/4 spelling list and are as follows:
It would be beneficial for your children to practise these at home using strategies we have used in the classroom or any of their own if they would like! They may also benefit from being tested on these words or putting them into sentences.
Diwali Dance Workshop:
We were very lucky this week to have a Diwali Dance Workshop brought to Langrish! The children were told the story of Diwali and how it became the Hindu festival. They then recreated parts of the story as freeze frames and went on to add in some very ‘Bollywood’ choreography. Everyone absolutely loved the experience and the children listened and worked beautifully for the whole session.
Friday 6th October:
This week in English, the children designed and wrote instructions for their own obstacle courses. The children worked carefully to think of which ‘bossy verbs’ would be most suited to their instructions and drew diagrams to go with each step. I hope that at some point in the next few weeks we will be able to try out some of their obstacle courses and instructions! We are now moving on to poetry and have read 'The Playground Monster' by Pie Corbett. We have talked about how the poet personifies the playground and makes it seem as if it is alive. Next week we will be starting writing our own poems in the style of 'The Playground Monster' and I hope the children are excited to discover what we will be writing our poems about.
We have concluded our work on Place Value this week and ended on negative numbers. The children created their own negative number lines and used these as a visual aid when answering questions. A game to revisit this learning is below if children feel they would benefit from more practise at this. We are now however, moving on to our addition and subtraction unit. Next week, we will be starting the column method of addition and subtraction so if your child would like to get ahead,I have given them a worksheet with some more examples of this to do at home.
We have been looking at homophones this week and practising some words that are said the same, but are spelt differently and mean different things. Specifically, we have been looking at the words 'fair', 'fare', 'main', 'mane', 'piece' and 'peace'. The children have drawn pictures to accompany each of these words to help them remember what each one means and how to spell it. For home learning, your child could think of any other homophones they know and could draw pictures alongside those to help them remember their meanings.
Our focus for Art this week has been the British artist Thomas Gainsborough and in particular his landscape paintings. We looked at some of his work and discussed the colours he uses to paint landscapes and who the people in his paintings might be. We looked in detail at the painting ‘Mr and Mrs Andrews’ and each child took a section of the painting to recreate themselves. We still have a couple of paintings to finish but I am looking forward to seeing all the pictures put together.
Our football sessions continued this week with a focus on attacking and defending. We thought about keeping the ball close to us and zig-zagging or dodging our opponents to get past. I was even more pleased to watch some children to lead a small group of their classmates and teach them a mini game using this skill. The children are all developing their football skills well and I am pleased with their progress.
This half term’s Home Learning project is entitled ‘A Scientist Study’. For this please I would ask that all children research a famous scientist that is of interest to them. They might want to think about who they are, what they are famous for and what impact their discovery still has on our lives today. They can then present the information they find in any way they please. We have already discussed things like PowerPoint presentations, an information booklet or a poster as potential ways to display their findings. I hope both you and the children enjoy researching their chosen scientist, and I can’t wait to see what they produce!
Friday 29th September
This week the children have written, edited and improved their writing on the picture 'Through the Door' and I have been astounded at the quality of their written work! I am looking forward to reading each one in detail and looking to see if children have improved on their targets. We have now moved on to instructional text writing and have begun to look at the features used within this type of text. For home learning, your children could try and locate a piece of instructional writing around the house and use the checklist given to them to see if it has all the appropriate features. I am looking forward to children attempting their own piece of instructional riting next week. We ended this week by writing 'alien-proof' instructions by imagining that an alien had come to our school and needed instructions to find different classrooms. The children had great fun acting as the aliens and following the instructions to see if they were specific enough!
Our work on place value has continued this week by focusing on ordering and comparing 4 digit numbers. Children have worked hard to use the more than and less than symbols (the crocodile mouth!) to compare numbers and have successfully managed to order them from smallest to largest and vice versa. For home learning, there are a variety of games to support this online. Two of these games can be accessed via the link below. We also continued work on our times tables this week and had a timed challenge to test our knowledge. From this, the children now have a target times tables to practise at home as identified by this challenge. You may want to ask them what this is and do some practise at home.
Our spelling focus this week has been the use of apostrophes for contractions (cannot = can’t, they are = they’re) and the children have started to think of words that follow this pattern and practising them in their spelling logs. Again, the children can use any of the strategies they have learnt to practise these words at home for home learning. Can they think of any new words that use apostrophes for contractions that we did not think of in class?
The children have continued their unit of Mamma Mia in their music sessions this week and have proved they are quite the musicians! They have started by showing off their skills playing the recorder and I am looking forward to seeing how this learning progresses in the coming weeks.
Finally, to promote E-Safety here at Langrish and ensure our children are well equipped to use computers and the internet at school and beyond, each class this week has created their own E-Safety class charter. The first part was written by the children and says what they are going to do to stay safe when using computers. The second part is a statement from Langrish outlining what we will do to support and protect children using the internet. It has been attached to the back of the childrens' Home Learning Journals alongisde our Class Charter. It has been signed by myself already and we would ask that yourself and your child sign it also. This agreement we hope will ensure teachers, children and parents/carers are all well equipped to use the internet successfully as a beneficial tool to children’s learning.
Friday 22nd September:
This week we have continued our work on place value by focusing on the value of all the digits in a 4 digit number. We have practised partitioning 4 digit numbers in to thousands, hundreds, tens and units. For a potential Home Learning Task, follow the link to an Online Partitioning Game that will test their knowledge of place value. We have also started work on estimating where numbers should be placed on a number line up to 10,000. Your child could create some number lines to 10,000, you can give them a number and they could estimate where it should be placed!
Our work on the video ‘Taking Flight’ concluded this week with the children finishing, editing and improving their work. Each child has been given a target based on this piece of writing and now it’s time to do it all over again! The children will be writing another narrative based on a photograph next week with their target in mind. This week has been spent getting in to the minds of their characters and planning their stories. I am very much looking forward to reading their adventure stories 'Through the Door’. Our primary focus this week has been on editing and improving pieces of writing for punctuation and vocabulary choice. This week, I have given the children a short piece of text to take home and they can edit and improve it if they would like to practise for Home Learning.
As some of you may already know, by the end of Year 4 children are expected to know all of their times tables. We have already started practising these in class with activities such as loop cards and quick fire recall. Practising these at home will be beneficial for children when we come to assess their progress. All children will learn these in different ways so you could try oral recall of times tables, writing them down to establish any patterns or playing a game this will enhance this learning. Use this link to take you to ‘Hit the Button’, a quick fire times table game.
Our spelling focus this week is taken from the Year 3/4 spelling list. Words have been chosen that have been noticed as being commonly misspelt in the children’s work (peculiar, particular, sentence, minute and separate). We talked through strategies to practise spellings such as to pyramid writing, rainbow writing or Look Cover Write Check. See our display below and your child may want to show you some of these spelling strategies as part of their Home Learning!
The children also finished the week by starting their gymnastics unit. Mrs Pruden has been teaching the children stretching, tucking and balancing and how to do so successfully. The children all enjoyed their session and it looks as if they are showing their skills as gymnasts in the making!
Friday 15th September:
Rights Respecting Charter:
Over the past 2 weeks, Year 4 have worked extremely hard creating our Class Charter. We have explored the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and thought about the things that both children and adults need to do in order to get the best out of the learning we do at school. The charter was written by the children and can be seen in the image below. A paper copy will be sent home soon so you can read what they wrote, or ask your child to tell you all about it!
Our focus in Maths this week has been on Place Value and in particular rounding numbers to the nearest 10 and 100. If you wish to practise this at home, click here to take you to a website that will test their quick fire rounding skills! We have also done some work on our Roman Numerals to 100. If you would like to practise this, can you write the birth date and month of everyone in your house in Roman Numerals?
In English this week, we have been writing a narrative based on a video clip. The video clip is called 'Taking Flight' (available on the Literacy Shed if you would like to watch!) and the children thought about character's emotions before planning how they would retell part of this story. Within this, we have particularly focused upon fronted adverbials and how to use them in our writing. The children worked very hard today writing their stories and we will be editing them on Monday. To practise the use of fronted adverbials, you could use this Fronted Adverbial Starters Spinner and ask your child to write you a sentence using whatever it lands on (remember your commas!).
Roald Dahl Day
Finally, this week we celebrated Roald Dahl Day. We started the day with a Roald Dahl Maths challenge and then the children worked very hard writing a character description of Mr Twit. However, the most fun was had with your donated shoeboxes! The children used them to create their own 'Upside Down Living Room' scenes based on The Twits. The children worked very well as teams and all produced some very clever upside down scenes.
The Autumn Term Reading Challenge has been launched and challenge cards can be found inside Home Learning Journals. As part of our on-going review into Home Learning and response to parent feedback, the expectation is now that all children attempt to complete this. The 'Recommended Reads' list referenced can be found at the bottom of this page, why not make a start with your first challenge this weekend? Good luck!
I am delighted to welcome Year 4 back to Langrish for another year, and we have had a busy start to the term! This week we have been focusing on 'successful learning' and what this means to us in Year 4. The children generated their own ideas on how to be a successful learner (which included some fantastic comments about resillience and going out of your comfort zone!) and we have used these to create a display for our classroom. I hope this will be a reminder to the children of how to get the best out of their learning throughout the year. We also now have our aspirations for Year 4 on display so our goals are always in sight!
Our PE days this term are Mondays and Fridays so please ensure complete kit, including appropriate footwear for outdoor sessions, is in school on these days. Our 'Meet the Teacher' will be at 2.30pm on Tuesday 12th September and will focus on changes to Home Learning which will also recommence next week.
A reminder that the Library Challenge finishes on Saturday 16th September and will be celebrated in assembly on Thursday 21st September so could all certificates please be in school for this. Finally, we are marking Roald Dahl Day on Wednesday 13th September and the text that will be the focus for our learning is 'The Twits'. I also ask that if you have any spare shoeboxes that the children could bring in for this day it would be greatly appreciated as they will be used as a creative stimulus for our work during the day!
Click on the links below for useful websites: