Saturday, 24 January 2015

Week beginning 19.01.2014

It has been another busy week of learning! In Assembly on Monday Mrs O'Brien explained that good learners are those who are enthusiastic, motivated, engaged with each lesson, ask good questions and contribute a lot in discussions. We are all trying hard to do so in Year 4!

We were very lucky to have a special visitor in last Wednesday afternoon; here are some photos of Fr. Michael talking to the class about who the parish community is and how it works together. He used an umbrella to explain that the community is made up of many groups. The children were able to recall this talk brilliantly the following day and created posters to advertise the local parish community in an RE lesson.

 In Science this week Year 4 have continued to investigate sound . Here are some photos of their learning in class:

 They investigated how sound is affected when it travels through different materials.

In Topic lessons this week we 'discovered' several items from a shipwreck. As marine archaeologists, we determined that the artefacts were from tudor times and in fact a tudor sailor!
A marine archaeologist's clothing

In English the children have really been enjoying reading from the 'Hodgeheg' by Dick King Smith and have been inspired to write some fantastic setting descriptions. They have also planned their own familiar story, planning an opening, a build up, a climax / problem and they have planned how the problem is resolved. Next week they will be writing their stories!

In Maths next week we are continuing to solve addition and subtraction problems, using much larger numbers. It is important to keep practising times tables and number bonds regularly at home to help with calculations in the classroom.

Finally, please could I ask you to make sure in the mornings that the pathway to Nursery is clear. Many thanks and have a lovely weekend.
Mrs Gritz

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Week ending 9.1.2015

We have had a great start to the new Spring term! We began the week with an assembly welcoming everyone back from the Christmas holidays and learning about the Epiphany, and ended the week with a School Quiz in assembly, remembering key events of the past year.

In Year 4 we started our art unit about Tudor artists, learning about the works of Hieronymus Bosch and copying his style to create our own 'Bosch' surreal art work.

In English we have started the term looking at sentence structure and trying to 'up-level' our work. The children have produced some fabulous sentence work, using subordinate clauses to extend simple sentences to make them complex sentences. They wrote some brilliant descriptions about a busy place on Friday. We will be studying a 'familiar' story -'The Hodgeheg' by Dick-King Smith- and writing our own familiar stories. As authors of our own short stories, we will remember the importance of polishing our writing and use our new purple polishing pens to edit our work!

In Maths Year 4 have been multiplying and dividing decimals this week, trying hard to explain how, for example, 2.3 multiplied by ten is 23. We use our understanding of place value to help us to understand the concept of multiplying and dividing. It is important each child in Year 4 continues to practise their times tables and related division facts regularly and number bonds to 50 and 100. Mathletics is a great way of doing this!

I was delighted to read the regular comments by children and parents in reading records over the holiday, Do let me know if you'd like any advice about reading and choosing different genres of books. Along with an excellent selection of books in our own class library, we now have a great collection of 'First News' papers in the classroom  - thank you for your donations!

By now you should have received the curriculum map via parentmail, outlining other curriculum areas over the term. Do pop into the classroom if you have any questions about it.

I look forward to seeing you soon.
Best wishes,
Mrs Gritz