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.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Summer Term 2018

Welcome back. Hopefully the weather over Easter didn't hamper your break too much.

As you are probably all aware, we are now in the throes of preparation for our production of 'Dragon Days' on Tuesday 8th May. As time is short (particularly as our dress rehearsal will be on Thursday 3rd May prior to the May Day Bank Holiday), we will be devoting a lot of time to the show over the next couple of weeks.

Rehearsals are going well and you are in for a treat on the 8th! I would be grateful if you could encourage the children to learn their lines as well as the song lyrics this weekend as we really need to be focusing on the acting and stage directions from now on. I will send home  a letter about costumes on Monday. Please do not spend too much time, and certainly as little expense as possible, on costumes, it is the acting that is important!  

In class this week we have embarked on learning about fractions and I have been really impressed with how the children have used regrouping to help them add and subtract fractions. We will continue looking at fractions over the next couple of weeks when we will learn how to calculate fractions of quantities and then apply this to a range of problems in context, including measures.

In RE, our work will focus on Pentecost and how we hear and live out the Easter message. For the next two weeks, our focus in English will be on speaking and listening (performing our play). We will complete our geographical look at sustainability before moving on to our next history topic which will begin with our Viking Day on May 10th.

In science this term we will be focusing on living things and will look at them in their habitats and consider ways to classify them. 

Enjoy the weather, it may not last long!

Friday, 23 March 2018

Science Week, Hazard Alley and Lenten Fundraising Fun

What a fortnight! We seem to have been juggling so many different things over the last couple of weeks and the children have been both enthusiastic and impeccably behaved. 

Last week was Science, Maths and Engineering week and we were kept busy with visits and workshops run by some of our lovely parents. On Friday, we went to Hazard Alley and the children spent the day discovering numerous ways to keep safe. Hopefully they have shared all their expertise with you.

This week we had a visit from Mrs Zilliox and the classroom had more volcanic eruptions than the San Andreas Fault when we learnt how to make a chemical reaction with bicarbonate of soda and acetic acid.

Today the children worked hard running their stalls for the Catholic Children's Society fundraiser. All stalls were a great success so thank you for your support and contributions.

In our learning we are making good progress with our leaflets persuading people to visit a selected place of interest, have been applying our understanding of decimals to money and doing some problem solving. In RE we have been thinking about Lent and Easter and in DT we completed our buzz wire games ready for today.

Next week is our Be Spirited week and so we will spend time reflecting and praying. In addition, this year each class will be making a prayer book which can be used at whole school assemblies and gatherings. Our liturgical season is Lent and we will write prayers on Fasting, Prayer, Acts of Charity/Generosity and on the virtue of Charity and Humility.

Enjoy your weekend.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

World Book Day and snow days.

Another busy, fun-packed couple of weeks have passed and 4K have been working very hard. I was really impressed with all the fantastic costumes on World Book Day and not swimming meant we had more time to do fun activities. We were lucky enough to have stories read to us from around the world and even heard one read in Hindi. Thank you to all the lovely parents who came and shared their own love of reading with us. We loved having the chance to share stories with Year 2 and the children embraced this activity with their usual enthusiasm and read with great expression.

We have been doing more fabulous writing and this week have written letters trying to persuade Senhor, the woodcutter, not to cut down The Great Kapok Tree from the book of the same name by Lynne Cherry. Having written the letters, the children did some effective editing and redrafted their letters. These letters will now be the basis of a display in the Summer term.

Next week is Science Week and we will be doing lots of fun and stimulating activities on the theme of discoveries and inventions and will round off our week with a visit to Hazard Alley.

Hopefully, we have seen the end of the snow as we have a lot to do before we break up for Easter in less than three weeks time! This week, in amongst our science activities, we will plan our CAFOD fundraising stalls and begin making the Buzzwire games which we will use as one of our stalls.

Friday, 23 February 2018

We have had lots going on this week and it was wonderful that so many of you could join us on Thursday for our class mass with Canon Tony. It was a  lovely occasion and helped the children focus on Lent. We have been continuing this today as we have been sketching Jesus in the desert for our display board in the hall.

In RE we have been thinking about mass and the importance of gathering in love for the Eucharist. We have also been sharing the thoughtful presentations the children have done about giving and receiving. We will conclude our look at the Eucharist in the next week or so and then move on to the unit called Self-Discipline when we shall consider both Lent and Easter.

In English we have begun work on our persuasion skills and I hope the children are using them to good effect at home! They have been developing the language of persuasion and managed to convince me to give them an extra 5 minutes of playtime! The children have chosen a local destination and will be writing a written document persuading people to visit their chosen venue and they will then transfer this onto a digital document.

We have been developing our understanding of decimals and will be using decimals in calculations, in the context of money and then problem solving with decimal numbers before moving on to fractions.

In science we have begun learning about electricity which we will relate to both our DT by making a game using electricity and our new geography unit where we will consider how we can be more sustainable.

I will leave you with a reminder that we will be swimming on both Wednesday afternoon (28/2) and Thursday morning (1/3) this week and also that Thursday is World Book Day so it would be best if the children came to school in their uniform and change into their costume once we return from swimming. They can bring their costume in either on Wednesday or Thursday and Mrs Fisher and I will endeavour to help with any trickier costume detail! 

Enjoy the weekend.

Friday, 2 February 2018

Real or imaginary?

Half term is almost upon us and we have been engrossed in writing our stories. Creating a second episode of The Spiderwick Chronicles has got 4K's creative juices flowing and I am looking forward to reading the final drafts. In addition to editing and redrafting our stories this week, we will be writing poems in class to enter a Young Writers competition.

We have been exploring what was important to the Anglo-Saxons and are looking forward to having our very own expert spend some time with us on Friday. We are going to spend the day finishing off our Anglo-Saxon topic and will be looking at photographs of artefacts from Sutton Hoo. After the holiday, we will be moving on to a geography topic and thinking about sustainability.

In Science, we have learned a lot about how sound travels and this week explored how to change volume and pitch. Next week we will be conducting investigations into the best materials for soundproofing. Our next Science topic is electricity which we will be linking to Design and Technology and the children will get to make a practical application for a switch. 

The Anglo-Saxon brooches and necklaces that the children have made with Mrs Luckhurst look fabulous on our display and we have been impressed with how hard the children have worked on their designs.

In Maths, we have been focusing on shape, lines and this week, on what influences our spending. Today, we were very busy being shoppers who had to find the best value from four different supermarkets. It was great to see how carefully the children looked at the different deals on offer and hopefully they came away from the lessons with a bit more appreciation of the choices we have to make whenever we shop. We will look at symmetry next week and begin our voyage into the subject of decimal numbers. Any reinforcement of this in the real world always helps their understanding so looking at what a price on a menu or a price ticket means will help immensely.

In RE, we have completed the topic of Community and the children showed a good level of understanding and appreciation of this. We are now beginning the topic entitled, Giving and Receiving where we will study the Eucharist.

Have a good weekend.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Back in touch

Apologies for the delay since my last post, I have been struggling to access the Blog but have finally managed it and hence I am making the most of it, just in case it is short lived!

We have been working hard and achieving lots in Year 4 since Christmas and all the children have come back full of enthusiasm.

We have been enjoying reading The Spiderwick Chronicles and hope to complete the book tomorrow so we can begin planning and writing a new episode in which the children will introduce a new mystical creature and write a story about the trouble the newcomer causes the Grace children.

In Maths we have been working at our measuring skills and converted various measurements, including time as well as reading timetables to calculate time duration. We have been interpreting discrete and continuous data this week and next week we will be looking at perimeter.

Our first RE topic this term is Communities and we had a fun and informative visit from Father Michael last week. This week we are putting all we learned into leaflets about our local parish. 

We have learnt why the Romans had to suddenly leave Britain in AD 410 and will be going on to look at the impact the Anglo Saxon settlers had on life in Britain beginning with a look at Anglo Saxon settlements.

The children are also looking at Anglo Saxon life in Art and are designing and will make brooches typical of the time.

In Science, we have been exploring sound and the children have been asking some interesting questions which we are attempting to answer through our lessons. This week we looked at how sound travels and will be looking at how we can create different sounds through an exploration into pitch.

In PE, the children continue their weekly lesson with Game On and have dived into their swimming lessons with lots of energy and skill.

Enjoy the weekend!