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Co-ordinates and shapes

This week in maths we have been plotting co-ordinates on a grid to create and identify a range of 2D shapes. As part of our literacy work, we have written a report for our science investigation on biomes.

We have also been busy rehearsing our play and the children are looking forward to our performance of ‘Let Loose’ which takes place next Tuesday 28th March at 09:30.

Homework will be sent home next Wednesday 29th March for the holidays. Have a lovely weekend!

Biome in a Bag

This week, the children have planned, written, edited and improved their newspaper reports about the missing jewel. They have also planned a budget for a holiday in citizenship and explored lines of symmetry in maths.


In science, we have started a ‘biome in a bag’ investigation. The children are testing, via simulation in the classroom, how plants might grow in different environments.  So far, the children have all made predictions and are looking forward to (hopefully!) having some results over the next two weeks.


Finally, a quick reminder that we requested that all costume for our play was brought into school this week.  If any costume has yet to be brought in, could it please be in school on Monday next week. Thank you all for your support.

Shapes and Shocking News!

As part of our creative writing activities this week, the children have been investigating a crime scene linked to the stolen jewel. They have been learning about newspaper reports and will be writing one next week about the event that took place in school.


In Maths, we have continued to look at the properties of shapes. In Faith and Belief, the children have simulated a visit to a Sikh gurdwara and enjoyed sampling different foods.


Homework was sent out today and is due back in school on Wednesday 22nd March. There is an activity on Active Learn to complete and a newspaper task in their homework books.


For the forthcoming play, would all costumes please be brought in by Tuesday 14th March. Thank you for your support and have a lovely weekend.





Poetry and perimeter

This week the children have been filming themselves performing poetry and evaluating their performances. They have also looked at measuring and calculating perimeter and all pupils have created a page of information for a class book about biomes.

Just a reminder – homework is due back in school by Wednesday 8th March. Have a lovely weekend.

Play Practise

The children enjoyed their first rehearsal for the Year 4 play this week. It was great to have so many of them already confident with their lines.


In class we have looked at narrative poetry, decimals with measures (converting and rounding), pop-up mechanisms and the different biomes on our planet.


Homework was sent home today. One part is a spelling task, based on the -que spelling pattern. There is also a maths task related to measure and converting units of measure. Both pieces are due back in school by Wednesday the 8th of March.


We have also sent home lyrics for the different songs in our play. As part of their homework, we would like the children to read and become more confident with the lyrics for the songs, in addition to practising their lines for the play.

Visitors and Stories

The children have been lucky enough to have two visitors in school this week.

On Monday the children were shown a presentation about food waste and got to take part in some food waste discussions. Some of the information shared by our visitor was surprising for both pupils and staff.

On Wednesday we had a visitor come to share Sikh artefacts with the children, as well as information about the Sikh religion. The children enjoyed exploring and discussing the artefacts.

In maths this week, we have continued to look at decimals, including a challenge involving money.  In Literacy, the children have been using their descriptive skills to plan and write an engaging short story.

Homework was sent home today.  For English, there is a short spelling task.  In addition to this, we would like the children to learn any lines they have been given for our play.  For maths, a ‘balloon pop’ challenge has been set on active learn.

The link to Active-learn is as follows:  https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login?c=0


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Decimals, Settings and Living Things

The children have spent the week describing a range of settings in Literacy, as well as converting, ordering and adding decimal numbers in Maths.

In science we explored the Alban City School grounds as a habitat, identifying and recording the living things on our site. The children really enjoyed this and were surprised by the variety of animals found here.


Some pupils have requested a link to the coding gallery, to show off their apps.  Click here: http://apps.espressocoding.co.uk/?site_id=43267

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Settings and Food Chains

In literacy this week we have been looking at describing settings to improve our story writing skills.

In Maths we have continued to look at fractions focussing on finding fractions of amounts. Some pupils also got to complete a chocolate challenge!

In Science we learnt about and made food chains which the children thoroughly enjoyed.

Homework was sent home today and is due back in school on Wednesday February 8th 2017. The English piece involves spelling -sion words and for Maths there is a fractions challenge on Active Learn:



Fun Fractions

The children have completed a lot of work around fractions this week, including adding, subtracting, simplifying and converting fractions.


In English, the children have evaluated their radio adverts and created persuasive posters to go with them.


In our science topic, the children have used classification keys to identify animals and created their own keys, focusing on yes/no questions.


Homework was sent home last week and is still due to be completed and returned by Wednesday 25th January.


Have a wonderful weekend!

Persuasive People

In our first full week back, the children have spent time planning and recording a persuasive radio advert. They have thoroughly enjoyed this and the teachers found the adverts to be very persuasive.


In maths, they have looked at fractions, with a focus on finding equivalent fractions and using this skill to simplify fractions.


Our new topic this term is habitats, which the children have started to look at by exploring climate around the world and by discussing the characteristics of living things.


Both classes have gained new pupils this week and both teachers are very pleased at how welcoming the children have been towards our new starters.


Homework was sent our today and is due back in school by Wednesday the 25th of January. There is a spelling piece regarding words that have the ‘shh’ sound spelt ch. For maths, some fractions activities have been set for them on Active Learn. The link is below.




The children have written their login details into their homework books. The school code is alci.

Enjoy the snow!