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

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