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Dragons, Trolls and Unicorns

This week, the children have continued studying discussion texts. Together we wrote ‘Should Trolls be kept as Pets?’ and the children used this to help them write about a creature or animal of their own. Most decided that it would be reasonable to keep a unicorn or sea monster as a pet; maybe something for the Christmas list?

 

Within maths, we have explored different strategies to help us with mental multiplication and division such as partitioning and using our existing times tables knowledge to help us calculate the product for those we don’t know.

 

Next half term will bring some dragons, business enterprise, mysteries, dance and cooking!

 

For the first week back, please could your child bring in an item that demonstrates a texture (e.g. smooth, rough, fuzzy).

 

Today the children were given their homework (to be handed back on Thursday 2nd November) which includes 2 maths tasks and to write a diary entry.

Should dragons be kept as pets?

This week the children have been playing games and learning (by drawing pictures) the discussion  text ‘ Should dragons be kept as pets?’ They played games to help them understand some of the new vocabulary. Next, they will use their text maps to re-write the discussion. In maths, they have been learning about the properties of numbers including factors, multiples and prime. Homework was sent last Friday and will need to be in next Thursday 19th October.

Literacy and lamps

This week in literacy we have been enjoying reading a selection of poems about school from the book Please Mrs Butler and creating our own versions. In maths, we have been working on solving word problems involving all of the operations.

On Thursday, Transition Day, the children thoroughly enjoyed meeting their new teachers and spending time in their new Year 5 classrooms.

The children finally completed their Egyptian lamps this week and have now taken them home. They’ve been highly enthusiastic throughout this topic and should all be proud of their work!

Have a good weekend and enjoy the sunshine!

Poetry and PE

This week in literacy the children have been reading the poem ‘Please Mrs Butler’ by Allan Ahlberg and taking part in various performing and writing activities which they have really enjoyed. In maths, we have been working on both mental and written strategies for solving calculations involving multiplication and division.

It’s been glorious weather and the children have been practising their athletics skills in PE in preparation for our Sports Day which takes place on Tuesday 18th July.

School reports were passed to your child to take home today.
Have a lovely weekend.

Grammar and arithmetic

This week the children have focused on grammar and arithmetic.

In literacy we have been looking at embedded clauses and determiners.

In maths, we have been choosing the best strategy for addition or subtraction.

Homework was sent out today and is due on Wednesday 12th July.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Fractions and decimals

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In maths this week we have continued to work on fractions by finding quantities of fractions and looking at decimal equivalents.

In literacy we have been working on developing our sentence building skills through the use of conjunctions to extend and vary our ideas.

Our new topic in Design and Technology has really appealed to the children and they have all created excellent designs for their Egyptian lamps. It looks set to be an exciting project.

Short reminder: Homework is due in on Wednesday 28th June.

Here are a few photos from our Egyptian experience visitors last week which we were unable to upload last week due to technical trouble – enjoy!

Have a lovely weekend.

Egyptians

The children have had a great week, exploring Egyptian artefacts and enjoying their Egyptian Day.  Their costumes were fantastic, so thanks very much to all parents and carers for your support.

 

Homework was sent out today. It is due back in school by Wednesday the 28th of June.

 

Next week, due to play performances at school, Year 4 will be having their P.E. lesson on Tuesday and Wednesday. Could children please have their P.E. kit in school for those days.

 

Exciting Explanations

The children have had a great first week back.

 

In Literacy, they have explored explanation texts, including some rather fantastical ideas about how a toaster might work (could it really be dragons?).

 

In maths, they have explored negative numbers, both in abstract terms and in practical use.

 

They have also begun to plan a multimedia presentation about the Egyptians, in which they will be using pictures, videos, text and sound.

 

We would like to remind you all that Year 4 are having an Egyptian day on Tuesday next week (13th of June) and that the children are invited to come into school dressed as an Egyptian.

Rewarding Week

The fantastic weather has been a wonderful addition to a rewarding week for the children.

In Literacy, both classes have enjoyed writing a play, using all the features of a play-script.

In maths, we have focused on mental strategies for calculations, with the added pressure of a time limit to challenge everyone.

Both classes have earned their reward and thoroughly enjoyed themselves taking part in their chosen activities.

Homework has been set for the half term break and is due back in school by Wednesday the 14th of June, to allow those who are away time to complete it. There are two pieces to complete.

Firstly, linked to our Citizenship lessons on responsibility, we have asked the children to find out about the responsibilities of their parents or carers, both at home and work.
Secondly, we have sent home some maths work with a focus on mental strategies. The questions given should ideally take no more than 1 minute each to complete. The children have chosen their own challenge level to bring home and work on. If possible, they may wish to use a clock or timer to help them work to a time limit.

Have a wonderful break.

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Plays and Statistics

In Maths this week, the children have been analysing data presented in different ways, using strategies to solve sum and difference problems.

 

In English the children have been looking at a range of play-scripts and using stage directions to help with performances. They have also started to plan their own play, which they will be writing next week.

 

The children enjoyed making clay tablets with hieroglyphs in Art, and finding out about staff responsibilities in Citizenship.

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