Year 4 have been busy on their persuasive writing texts - writing their own holiday brochures for Brazil. In maths we finished our unit on length and perimeter and have started on multiplication and division (today we were multiplying by 10).
In PE we have been doing orienteering - looking further at map symbols and planning our own Christmas trails. We enjoyed singing our own versions of our Stop Bullying rap in music.
On Friday afternoon we enjoyed watching the pantomine - thank you to the Friends for the popcorn and the wonderfully prepared craft and present boxes ready for Friday. Next Friday we will not be having our usual PE lesson.
Next week is sadly our last week with Mrs Thornton as Mrs Gold will be returning from maternity leave in January. Thank you to Mrs Thornton for all her hard work and kindness. Mrs Gold is hoping to join us on Thursday.
A reminder to please continue to support your child with TT Rockstars times table practise - it would be great to have some year 4 children in the top 3 next week. Please also ensure children are reading and recording in their reading record and practising spellings which this week are more challenge words: complete, continue, experiment, famous, favourite, February, naughty, material, knowledge and remember.
Have a lovely weekend.
It's been a busy week in year 4. We have been completing our assessments and we are really proud of how hard the children have worked. In Maths we have moved on to looking at perimeter and in English we have been continuing our Brazilian Travel brochure. In Science we were busy completing electrical circuits and investigating the role of a switch. We have been enjoying orienteering in our PE lessons and today discussed what it means to be a good sportsperson.
Thank you to all those who are supporting their child with their homework. A reminder that all children should be recording in their online reading record a minimum of three times a week, learning their spellings and practising their times tables regularly. Those children who are using Times Table Rockstars regularly are showing great progress in their recall and fluency of times tables.
Our spellings this week have the 'ch' grapheme but with a 'sh' phoneme because they are French in origin, for example:
chef, chalet, machine, brochure, parachute, chute, chaperpone, chandelier, crochet and quiche. See if your child can think of any others.
Have a lovely weekend.
Another busy week in Glyme Class! We've been continuing to practise converting between mm, cm, m and km and adding and subtracting lengths involving conversions, which has been challenging out problem solving skills!
In English we have been sentence stacking our travel brochure and learning all about the delights of Brazil. Special thanks to Evie B and her mum for sharing their knowledge of Brazilian food!
We have been working hard in music with Mrs Mills and in French we have done some fabulous writing about our families. In PE we have been enjoying map reading and orienteering (even in the freezing cold!).
Our spellings this week are more -ly words:
Please also keep up with your reading and times table practice. You might also wish to practise singing Away in a Manger for our KS2 Christmas Service.
Have a lovely weekend.
In English this week we have been working hard on finishing and editing our own versions of the Feast story. We have begun our new unit of work looking at persuasive writing for a holiday brochure and in preparation for this we took a flight to Brazil on Friday to see some of the sights!
In maths we have finished our addition and subtraction unit and have begun looking at measurement, recapping our knowledge of converting between mm, cm and m. Next week we'll be looking at converting m into km and perimeter.
In music we have been writing our own anti-bullying rap and have begun rehearsing for our KS2 Christmas online service. We have been impressed by the children's maturity and sensitivity in discussing issues around celebrating difference in collective worship and PSHE.
Our spellings this week are the -ly words:
Hopefully Spelling Shed is working correctly now! Please make sure you are practising times tables and reading. It's been fantastic to see how the children are enjoying our new Diary of a Wimpy Kid box set of books.
Have a lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing you next week.
This week in Glyme Class we have been working hard on planning and writing our independent versions of the Feast story. In maths we have been focusing on subtracting with more than one exchange and on using estimation and other checking strategies to see if our answers are sensible.
In Science we started our unit on Electricity. In PE we have been undertaking our Outdoor and Adventure Unit looking at teamwork and following instructions (see photos for our Children in Need Day PE lesson following multipart instructions.
We have been writing our own raps in music and in PSHE we have been thinking about celebrating our differences and thinking about how our perceptions of people and things are shaped by our own experiences, our family and friends and the media.
Our spellings this week are more -ation words:
Please make sure that you practise these for homework as well as times tables and reading. If you found subtracting with more than one exchange tricky you may wish to practise this too.
Hope you all have a lovely weekend.
The children have all had a good week back after the half term holiday.
In English we have been continuing our sentence stacking for the animation Feast: we've enjoyed a couple of experience days and have been working on fronted adverbials and relative clauses. We've also practised our handwriting with a Bonfire Night poem with an important message about keeping pets safe.
We have also been thinking about Remembrance, making our poppies for the whole school display at the church and in our virtual Key Stage Collective Worship led by Miss Sutton.
We are very fortunate to have Mrs Mills teaching our music lessons this term and the children got off to have a fantastic start learning an anti-bullying rap.
In maths we've been continuing to work on addition and subtraction, building up to subtracting 4-digit numbers with one or more exchange. The children have also been enjoying using Kenkens to practise their mental arithmetic and agility.
In PE we have completed our interhouse basketball tournament. Our PSHE theme for the term is Celebrating Difference and the children found themselves thinking about challenging stereotypes in our lesson this afternoon.
Homework is as usual to practise timestables, spellings and reading. Our spellings this week have the suffix -ation added to verbs to create a noun. We learned the rules for if the verb finishes with an e or y - see if your child can remember what they are!
Hope you all have a good weekend.
Ms G and Mrs T
Despite being a four day week for the children it has been an action-packed end to the half term in Glyme Class. In English we have been sentence stacking for our animation 'Feast'; yesterday the children did a fantastic job of thinking about Winston's thoughts and feelings, using short sentences for impact, thinking of powerful verbs to describe the action of eating and using the passive voice.
In maths we have begun our work on addition and subtraction. This week we have focussed on adding and subtracting 1s, 10s, 100s and 1000s, adding two 3-digit numbers with crossing 10 and 100 and adding two 4-digit numbers (without exchange). We have also been introduced to using KenKen puzzles which are fantastic for helping the children to develop their mental arithmetic and fluency. I will put the link on our Google Classroom pages so that children can practise if they get a spare few minutes over half term.
In Science, the children impressed us with their debating skills arguing for and against preserving our backfield for wildlife.
There is no official homework for half term other than to continue with your reading. It looks like it might be a rainy week so the perfect excuse to curl up with a good book!
Sadly on Thursday we had to say goodbye to our beloved Mrs Williams. We will all miss her cheeriness and kindness but are very grateful for everything she has done for us in her ten years at Appleton. We wish her all the very best for her new adventures and look forward to hearing all about her travels.
We have been really impressed with the children's independent writing which they started last week and have been editing this week. On Thursday we started our new topic in English based on the Disney short animation Feast, which features a dog. We have loved hearing all about the children's dogs (and other pets).
In maths we have continued to work on place value including counting in 25s, negative numbers and Roman numerals. Some of the children found these tricky so if you would like to help you could continue to practise these at home.
In PE we have enjoyed our Interhouse Football Skills Tournament.
Our spellings this week are the list 6 challenge words:
We hope you all have a good weekend. Next week is Mrs Williams' last week at Appleton so we will make sure it's another good one.
Ms Griffiths, Mrs Thornton, Mrs Price and Mrs Williams
It's been lovely talking to parents this week about how your children are settling in to Year 4.
The children have started planning and writing their independent stories based on the Happy Prince and we have been extremely impressed with their ideas and their Steadfast Squirrel and Must Do Mole approach to their writing. We looks forward to seeing how their stories end next week!
In maths our focus has been looking at 1, 10, 100 and 1000 more or less, comparing and ordering 4 digit numbers and rounding to the nearest 1000. They have again impressed us with their tenacious approach to problem solving!
In Geography we have been finding out about the Awa tribe of the Amazon and how life in Brazil, both urban and rural compares with life in Appleton.
In RE we have looked at Hindu deities and their stories. In Science they did some fantastic leaf collection to look at how we might classify plants and devised their own keys. We had a spare few moments in which they opted to create their own leaf creatures!
In PE we have been learning about penthalons and the children worked fabulously in their teams to devise their own events and sequences of run, jump and throw. We love their enthusiasm for PE and everyone has worked hard to improve their own personal performance and to contribute to the success of their group.
Well done to all those who are practising their spellings, timestables and reading regularly at home. We really can see evidence of your reading in your writing so it really helps and we value parents support with this. Our spellings this week all have the prefix inter- :
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