Ms Fiers and Mrs Pruden
Friday 23rd October
Over half term our focus will be on times tables (knowledge and speed), spellings and reading:
1. Read the final chapter of 'The Switcher' and answer the multiple choice questions.
2. Use Spelling Shed new assignment to practise year 3/4 statutory words, plus any NOT highlighted in your reading record.
3. Use Purple mash to practise the times tables you are still unsure about - we are expecting everyone to get 100% when we return, some children know their tables but need to work on recalling the answers faster.
When we return after half term we are going to focus on performance poetry. Please find a short poem, that you can learn that would be good to perform to the class.
As well as enjoying Autumn walks and playing in the fallen leaves, if you need some other mindfullness activities, we have enjoyed 'Drawing with Rob': https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBpgrJijMpk_pyp9uTbxLdg
A Taste of our Learning
We have worked hard on our class charter over the last few weeks and decided to display it using emojis . We chose articles 2, 23, 24 and article 30 as our focus.
In music we were sad to finish Mamma Mia as our music unit, but left it on a high using Glockenspiels.
We have spent this afternoon 'doing' our science investigation, see SEESAW for photos!
Wishing you all a safe and happy half term XXX
Another busy week has passed; we've been learning about persuasive writing, counting in negative numbers, using Roman Numerals to name just a few! Thank you to all of your generous Harvest donations, I know how much the charities will appreciate your items. We have been discussing our mental health and giving to others is an easy way to help us feel good. To help our mental well being we are conscious that we have been enjoying playtimes and lunchtimes outside in our wonderful school grounds, surrounded by the countryside. Do enjoy any outside activities this weekend to help boost mental health for the whole family!
In Science we have been learning about food chains and how nutrients are passed from one producer to consumers - perhaps your child can tell you an example of one in YOUR garden or the local park!
In computing we have been using Purple Mash LOGO to help us code - using correct language and codes to create algorithms. I have been very impressed with their problem-solving skills.
We have been enjoying a short video clip as inspiration for our Literacy work this week. We have learnt lots of different ways to start sentences, to help improve our writing as well as features of a diary. In Maths, we have used number lines to 10,000 and partitioned 4 digit numbers.
In science we considered why we have different teeth and how animals teeth help their specific diet. Good news... we all won a £1,000,000 on Who wants to be a millionaire - asking only digestion questions!
In Computing we had fun finding out how to use the commands of LOGO in a Minataur's labyrinth - some children didn't quite complete the challenge, so can do this at home if they wish.
We thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon visit from Rabbi Zvi, who came to tell us all about Jewish living and answer some of our questions. This information will help us understand our Jewish concept of Sukkot later this term.
In maths we have been using a numberline to plot numbers and have rounded numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000.
In English we are understanding ways to improve our writing, including 'the power of 3' and DADWAVERS to try and vary our sentence openers. Can your child find any good examples in their reading books?
In Science we have learnt about what happens to our food when we eat it!
This has been a busy week, we've continued to learn new routines and started learning new things and reminded ourselves of things we'd forgotten we knew! There have been tests on: Spellings, Times tables, Arithmetic and Reading comprehension, to help inform our planning for the next few weeks and see where/how we can support your child.
We have been very impressed by their beautifully formed handwriting with a pen, so we will be issuing pen licences over the coming weeks.
We have agreed Year 4 Internet safety guidelines, which your child has brought home - please read, sign and return to school ASAP. If you don't have a copy, I attach one to the bottom of this webpage.
Following on from the letter, username and password that was brought home last week, we have now attached our Music unit to the YUMU website. If you find yourselves at home for days or even weeks, please do use this to keep up to date with the music unit.
We have started our science unit and for our first experiment have put an egg in a range of liquids, see their effect - we will then relate this to their teeth. We have talked about good dental-care and the danger of sugary drinks that cause the plaque on our teeth to create acid, which damages the teeth.
PE days for September will be Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please remember that you need to come to school in your PE kit on those days. Please wear your shorts under your jogging bottoms, thank you. You will stay in them all day and go home in them. Your PE kit bag will stay at home.
Try out your yoga moves:
There are lots of way to feel calmer.
Don’t forget the usual websites if you want to use them: