Friday, 20 July 2018

Farewell 4K 2017-2018

I am really struggling to believe that our year together has come to end - the year has just flown by. The children have worked hard all year long and should all be very proud of their many achievements this year. We have worked hard but have had lots of fun too and I shall miss you all!

Thank you for the generous gift vouchers and gifts you gave to myself, Mrs Vickery, Mrs Fisher, Mr Simmonds and Mrs Luckhurst - we have all enjoyed working with you, although it is only myself you will not see next year. I hope the children pop in from time to time and keep me updated with life in Year 5. 

Have a wonderful summer.

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Almost at the end...

How can we have reached the final week of the school year? This week has been full of performances. As we have so many siblings in Years 5 and 6, we have watched both productions of Oliver, and we were hugely proud of all our brothers, sisters, friends and ex-pupils. Then, on Wednesday, we were treated to a fantastic and inspiring adaptation of another classic, Peter Pan at Sir John Lawes. And finally, on Friday morning, we were entertained by the children in Nursery and Reception and then we listened to a fantastic brass concert in the afternoon.

We have also managed to complete our explanation texts, learnt how to do short division, considered how we can follow Jesus' example to live in communion, analysed maps and data about where in the world mega-cities are located, completed branching databases to classify living things and made coleslaw.

Next week, we will be learning about some ordinary people who have done some extraordinary things, finding out more about mega-cities and practising short division. On Wednesday, we will make the salads we planned last week and look at the French powerpoints about our families. 

Please remember your ingredients for the salads on Wednesday.

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Carnivals and Feast Days

Arts and Multi-cultural Week saw us being creative. Over the week,  we have danced, made and decorated masks, tie-dyed T-shirts and responded to our lessons on Islam by making Qu'ran covers, writing in Arabic and creating decorated words that describe what Allah is like.

Our wonderful masks are already on display in the top corridor and we will wear and display the other things we made on Celebration Evening so please come up and take a look in the classroom. The children had lots of fun learning Brazilian dance moves and we used some of these for our very own 4K catwalk dance on Friday when we displayed our masks and T-shirts to the rest of the school.

Last week, we got back to 'normality' and have been learning to calculate time duration and also to convert between 24-hour, 12-hour and analogue time. I have asked the children to make a big effort to learn how to tell the time and would be grateful if you could support them in this over the summer. Next week is Money Manager Week and we will then review multiplication and division before learning the short method for division in readiness for Year 5. In English, we have been using conjunctions and prepositions to write in greater detail and next week will be devising and then explaining our own inventions.

We have begun our final RE unit and will be learning about ordinary people who have done extraordinary things - first, we have found out about an eight year old Rwandan boy called Eric who helps support his orphaned family, and then went on to think about St Peter and St Paul before our Mass on Friday. 

We have also begun our final geography topic where we will consider why so many people live in mega-cities. As well as continuing with the above, this week we will be making coleslaw in DT and making observational drawings of living things in science/art.

We have Sports Day on Friday, which promises to be hot so please remember to apply sun cream in the morning and send a full water bottle. 

On Monday, we will be taking the children out to learn pedestrian skills and the children responded with maturity when we did some classroom learning on this in preparation for crossing local roads.

Enjoy the sunshine!

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Summer days

I seem to begin every post with a comment on how busy we have been and the first couple of weeks of the last half term of the year have been as busy as ever!

On Friday morning, we celebrated Thanksgiving Mass with Year 3 who all looked wonderful and in the afternoon eight of the class represented the school in a cross country event. The week before, four children had represented us in a World Games event. We have also spent time making and painting clay tiles for display. I'll add details and times tomorrow as it would be wonderful if you could go and see the tiles that the children, ably assisted by Mrs Corcoran, have worked so hard to make.

In class, we have completed our RE topic 'Building Bridges' and will be learning about Islam over the next week or so. As it is Arts and Multicultural Week this week, we will create covers for the Qur'an which we will display at Celebration Evening. Once we have looked at Islam, we will move onto our final topic on 'God's People'.

In English, we have been honing our explanatory writing skills and have written some very creative descriptions including explanations about how we imagine television works. We will complete this after Arts Week.

In maths we completed our work on division and are all now fantastic at long division and complete units on time, negative numbers and Roman numerals in between our artistic creations. 

In science and computing we have been using branching databases to classify living things and once we have completed this we will look more closely at some of the living things we have sorted in science.

In history, we will complete our work on the Vikings this week and from next week we will be considering 'Why so many people live in mega-cities?'

Next week will be dancing, making masks, tee shirts and other things on a 'carnival' theme.

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Time for a break

Where has this year gone? This last half term has really flown by and I can't believe we are thinking about the final weeks of Year 4.

The children have had their creative juices flowing during the last couple of weeks as we have been writing poems. We have been thinking about how we can influence the reader by our word choice, where we choose to put a word and even by the punctuation we use. We have even transferred our understanding of figurative language to our reading of the Lost Sheep in RE. 

In Maths we have learnt how to multiply using a formal written method and understood how we can use the distributive law to make calculations easier. We have seen how we need to know our times tables really well (hint for an activity if bored over the holiday, or on a journey). We have begun to divide using long division and will work more on this, as well as working out time duration, when we return to school so some practise telling the time would be useful!

After the break, we will complete our look at Reconciliation in RE, complete our enquiries into the 'Vikings' and continue our work on classification by sorting the living things we observed during a habitat hunt this week. 

I'd just like to wish everyone a well-deserved break. Make sure you relax and I'll see you on the 4th.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Dramatic Dragon Days and a view of a Viking Village

What a busy week Year 4 have had!

We began with everyone thoroughly entering into character as the over-the-top villagers of Stumbledorf and performing brilliantly on Tuesday. We were particularly proud that it really seemed like a team effort with everyone playing their part and working together to put on a brilliant production, despite the short time we had to prepare. 

On Wednesday afternoon, we celebrated the Ascension by sharing Mass with Father Michael. The children were very respectful and it was lovely for us to gather and remember this special event as a class.

On Thursday - something completely different as we became Vikings for the day. The life of a typical Viking villagers was brought alive by Carl from History Off the Page as we travelled back to the 9th century and experienced some of the trades people would have learnt and heard stories of a forthcoming battle between the Viking invaders and Anglo-Saxon settlers under the leadership of Aelfred (more commonly known as Alfred the Great). This was a fantastic start to our new history topic on the Vikings.

Over the rest of this half term we will complete our work on fractions and move onto multiplication. We will study poetry by Grace Nicholls and James Carter, focusing on how they use poetic language and exploring the effect of rhythm and rhyme.

In RE, we will move onto our new unit 'Building Bridges' which considers reconciliation and how we have the power to reach out and offer forgiveness. This links well with our PSHE topic about relationships.

In Science we are going to be learning how to classify living things.

Have a great weekend, everyone deserves a well-earned rest!

Friday, 27 April 2018

The final countdown to ... Dragon Days

We have spent the last week rehearsing and now the stage is up we have managed to run through the full performance. It is sounding great and I know the children will be magnificent.

In between rehearsals, the children have been doing brilliantly with their fractions and hopefully they will tackle their homework confidently. We will continue working with fractions, including using them in context over the next couple of weeks.

We have also embarked on our RE unit - New Life, and had an interesting discussion about how good news can make a difference to the way we feel. We have displayed some of our 'good news' on our RE board.

In Geography, the children have shown a good understanding of sustainability and have come up with lots of great suggestions about how we can make changes to our life in order to live more sustainably.

Following our play on the 8th, we will be having a Viking Day which should be great fun as well as very informative. We will be doing lots of practical activities and the organisers have asked that we have plenty of adult help so if you can come along, even for half a day, please let me know.

Finally, a letter will be sent out on Monday about tickets for the play. 

Have a great weekend.