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!