It's been a busy couple of weeks! In English we have been immersing ourselves in writing our play scripts about the plague arriving in Eyam. It has been interesting to see how the children have related this to the current pandemic and as always, we have been impressed with their thoughtful responses.
In maths, we have been putting our decimals knowledge to the test by looking at the four operations in relation to money.
In science, we have begun our new topic of Sound and we look forward to exploring this with Mrs Price over the next term.
We finished the term's art and DT by decorating and evaluating our rather splendid Anglo-Saxon brooches (see below).
We hope you have a happy and safe half term break and look forward to seeing you in June.
What a fabulous start to the term we've had. We have all been very impressed with the children's enthusiasm and creativity in our writing for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
In maths we've been working hard on decimals - getting to grips with tenths and hundredths this week. What an amazing science experiment we did yesterday - modelling how our digestive system processes food and waste (photos below!).
We are few lessons in to our Topic work on the Anglo-Saxons and we have been impressed with the children's knowledge and thinking skills. In PSHE this term our topic is Changing Me so we have been thinking about our bodies and how babies are created.
In PE we have been working on striking and fielding and developing our skills in cricket.
This week's Spellings are on Spelling Shed and are homophones so the children need to learn the word meanings in context as well as their spelling. Keep up with your reading and TTT Rockstars too please.
It;'s been lovely having the children back in school. This week has been a whirlwind of activity. Following on from our writing on The Great Chocoplot this week we have been finding out all about the history of chocolate and how it is made to create our own leaflets filled with chocolate facts and information.
In maths this week we've been revisiting division and the children have done really well at getting to grips with dividing 2 and 3 digit numbers by 1 digit and finding remainders using various methods.
In the afternoons we've been continuing our focus on What we'll build and the children have done a lovely job of describing their happy places and drawing their special people and objects.
In PE we've had great fun with Boing Games: Whack it back and Lost treasure.
Our spellings this week include the 'au' digraph and can be found on Spelling Shed, we would also like children to practise their times tables (with TTRockstars or any other method) and to read regularly as part of their homework again.
A reminder that next Thursday is our Topic sharing activity so children can bring in their topic work and projects if they wish.
Well done to everyone for coming back so positively after half term. This week in maths we have been getting to grip with fractions and in English we have been visiting the rainforest again to get us in the spirit of our new text The Great Chocoplot.
In science we were investigating how water evaporates and in music we have been finishing our Ancient Egyptians song with Mrs Mills.
There were some great circuits taking place in school today for Fitness Friday. We hope you all have a good weekend and we will see you next week for the final week of home learning. We are looking forward to welcoming you back into school.
The weekly overview for next week is attached. Parent meetings are taking place on Wednesday and Thursday, please book in if you haven't already.
This week in maths we've been working on area and everyone seems to have really got to grips with it!
We continue to be amazed by your poetry and we loved seeing some of the Blackout poem creations you came up with! We'll be moving onto something new after half term.
Thank you for sending in your wonderful Topic work - we have loved seeing what an amazingly creative class you are!
Final thank you to all of you for your continued hard work, motivation and enthusiasm for learning, and to your parents for all their support too.
We hope you all have a lovely half term break and get chance to rest and relax.
Well done to everyone for another week of home learning. Our focus this week has been on Mental Health and we are really grateful to you all for sharing your experiences and creations. Our mental health is important at all times so you might wish to continue to explore some of the activities and remember that talking about how you are feeling can be really help. Do get in touch if there is anything we can help you with.
Mrs Gold and I continue to be astounded by your writing for our poetry work. This week we've explored poetic devices, whether poetry has to rhyme, limericks and clerihews and using poetry to express our feelings and using our experiences to write poetry.
In maths we have finished our unit on multiplication and division and next week we'll be moving on to area. We have loved seeing all your topic work starting to arrive, if you haven't already, please try to hand in your work before next Friday.
We hope you all have a good weekend.
Our overview for next week is below.
It's best Year 4 you continue to make us proud with your huge smiles and enthusiasm for learning. We’ve been particularly delighted with those of you who have joined in the headwear dress code for Mrs Gold's video lessons! Please keep those standards high, Pharoah Chandler was a particular highlight (note to my Group - we clearly need to adopt some headwear!)
We have started to award pen licences and would like to congratulate George and Hannah who are the first proud recipients. Please continue to practice daily - we are keeping a very close eye.
We have loved all your enthusiasm for poetry this week, your performances, including a wonderful stop motion animation of Cat Rap by Catherine, have really made us smile. We've also seen some fierce Jabberwocks and discovered that many of you have a real talent for nonsense poetry!
In maths we've been continuing our multiplication and division. On Monday we'll be continuing to divide two digits by one. Don't forget we are here to support you if you get stuck!
Next week we are having a focus on Mental Health, including, as far as possible, screen-free time on Friday. Lots of you had some great suggestions of ways to relax or things that you find helpful that we talked about in our whole class meet today so you could try some of those or have a look at some of the activities on Google Classroom.
Thank you, and all your families supporting you, for all your hard work. We hope you all have a lovely weekend.
See below for some of our Jabberwocks!
As we come the end of our third week of remote learning we just wanted to say how proud we are of all of you and how hard you are all working. We are reaching the end of our English work on The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan and we continue to be amazed by your writing. We hope to share some of your published work soon. In maths our focus has been on multiplication and division which we will be continuing next week.
As you all know, our topic this term is the Ancient Egyptians. This term you can choose work from our topic grid as part of your topic work and I am posting the grid here for reference as well as on Google Classroom.
Thank you to Mrs Mills for the wonderful Ancient Egypt music work she has added to Google Classroom and also to Mrs Price for her work on States of Matter for science. We have loved seeing your home experiments and how innovative you all are in finding resources with which to complete your experiments.
I have also attached a copy of the overview plan for next week's remote learning. Please remember to try to do your daily activities of some exercise (we should all ideally aim to be active for at least an hour per day), reading, times tables, handwriting and spellings. We appreciate that it's not always easy when working from home but, as with most things, the more you practise, the better you'll get!
We hope you all have a lovely weekend and look forward to seeing you next week.
Take care and best wishes,
Mrs Gold and Ms Griffiths
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.
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