Sunday, 20 November 2016

From space to sustainability in 4 K

Apologies for this slightly belated post - I can't believe how quickly the term is flying by!

Since half term we have been really working hard on our presentation and the improvement in everyone's work is pleasing! We will continue to work hard at this throughout the rest of the year.

We have come to the end of our RE unit 'Called' and will begin the new unit 'Gift' this week. Many of the themes in this unit will contribute towards our assembly which we will be preparing over the coming two weeks and look forward to seeing lots of you on the 2nd of December.

In English we have just completed our biographies about an astronaut who journeyed to Mars. This week is assessment week and so we will be doing some work on grammar as well as spending time rehearsing for our assembly. Next week we will begin preparing to write a spooky story.

In Maths we have made a great start to column subtraction, wrestled with fractions and introduced decimals. We have made a start on looking at measurement by weighing fruit and beginning to understand how we can use our newly acquired decimal skills when recording weight. As well as assessments this week we will look plot the fruit measurements on bar charts, look at capacity measurements and time before revisiting column subtraction.

We have made a good start to our Electricity unit and will consider circuits and how electricity works which ties in well with our Geography where we have looked at how sustainable our school is and will next research sustainable energy sources.

In PE we have been creating a Tudor dance and the children worked extremely hard on this this week - I'm looking forward to seeing the final dances.

Friday, 4 November 2016

4.11.16 Time flies...

Its hard to believe we are already a week into our second half term and as ever we have been very busy in 4K! We have had a most successful week with Imola winning the Mayor's Christmas card competition. Also I have just returned from looking at our lovely Art display at the Public Halls and it seems 4K have a winning entry here also but I must also repeat how very impressed I was with the very high standard of entries to this exhibition. Well done 4K!

In Maths we have been doubling and halving to prepare ourselves for delving into fractions and decimals which we will continue over the next week before revisiting column addition. Then we will look at measurement and link it to decimals.

We have already begun our 'Space Explorer' unit and will continue this over the next couple of weeks. We are focusing on what qualities Neil Armstrong displayed througout his life by reading his biography that show hewould be a good astronaut. I have been impressed by the children's knowledge and interest in this subject. They will complete the unit by producing a biography for a candidate for a secret space mission highlighting the qualities they have that would make them good space travellers.

In RE we are continuing to learn about what it means to be called. For homework this week we have asked the children to do some research on Sean Devereux so we can discuss how he was called.

On Tuesday we spent an interesting afternoon discussing sustainability. The children showed a lot of awareness and interest in the ideas we discussed about how we could live more sustainably. Over the next couple of weeks we will look at how we could live more sustainably in school and I will be asking the children to think about how they can transfer this to their homes.

We are studying Electricity in Science this half term which links nicely with our Geography topic and we will continue to study the Tudors in Art and PE (we have today begun learning a Tudor dance!).

As always, thank you for your support with reading and homework. Please may I remind you that children should have their PE kit in school ready for our lessons on Wednesday and Friday and we change reading books, visit the library and check reading records on a Thursday.
Have a lovely weekend!

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Art Exhibition Friday 4th November

Just in case you haven't seen the newsletter on Parentmail, the Consortium Art Exhibition is tomorrow and you are invited to go and look at the Art that the children of Harpenden have created from  2.30-7.30pm at the Public Halls. Every piece of work created by 4K for this event was  special and unique and choosing just two pieces was extremely difficult. I have, therefore, decided to use all the work for our display this half term which is luckily in the entrance hall of school so can be enjoyed by all our visitors! It will be going up over the next few days, I hope you get the opportunity to come and see it!

I'll post details of what we will be doing in 4K tomorrow.