Sunday, 22 January 2017

January

Happy New Year (slightly belatedly) or as the children keep wishing me, 'Happy January!' 4K have got off to a busy start of the year. This term is fairly short so we've tried to plan activities and topics that link together. 

In English we are busy learning about sports that are 'incredible' and began with an interesting discussion about what the word means. We have been practising interviewing, discussed the features of newspaper reports and considered the impact these features have on the reader. This week we will be writing our reports, having looked at the reports they sent in for homework (thank you for facilitating this - they will be most useful as models for the children to use).

In Maths, we have already looked at place value, addition, subtraction, learned the seven times table, practised doubling and halving as a strategy for working out how to multiply by 4, 10 and divide by 4 and 5 and revised using the ladder method for multiplying (there are videos you can watch either alone or with the children on the way we teach them to do these methods). We have also been learning about decimals related to money notation.

Next week we will use mental multiplication and division strategies; find non-unit fractions of 2-digit and 3-digit numbers; find equivalent fractions and use them to simplify fractions (halves, thirds, quarters).

In RE we had a lovely visit from Father Michael who came in to talk about community. The children responded with interest and made some reflective comments. Following his visit, we have been making leaflets about all the ways we can take part in a parish community. We are going to spend the next two weeks looking at the ministeries by considering how Jesus chose people to work with him and then we will learn about some of the symbols of a funeral mass.

We are studying changing environments in Geography this half term and have looked at how storms result in flooding in Glenridding. We are now going to look at changes in our own environment and will us the results from the questionnaires that the children have written and brought home as homework to see what changes have happened in Harpenden.

We have been learning about sound in Science and know that sound is created by vibration and we formed our own 'ear' to show how the parts of our ear work by passing on the sound waves to send a message to our brain.

In PSHE we are lucky to have Cues Ed with us running our sessions for the next couple of months and we look forward to learning how we can take care of ourselves physically and emotionally.

In Computing we are busy creating a sound 'jingle' for a weather forecast which we are going to create based on using dataloggers to record weather trends. In PE we are developing our dodgeball skills and playing hockey with Mr Simmonds on a Wednesday. In D and T we are making purses and Mrs Luckhurst has asked for any willing volunteers to assist with this on a Wednesday morning. Please get in touch if you think you could help for an hour between 11 and 12.

Enjoy your weekend!