Friday, 22 September 2017

Making a great start to Year 4

We are now settled into Year 4 and the children have proven themselves to be true Meerkat learners and excellent role models in displaying this month's value of responsibility.

We have today finished reading The Iron Man and were all gripped to hear whether or not the Iron Man would manage to prove himself stronger than the space-bat-angel-dragon. We have been looking at how effectively Hughes uses language to show us the actions and feelings of the characters. Next week we will be trying to emulate (I think that might have to be a word of the week)his writing.

In maths we have been focusing on rounding and are moving on to adding and subtracting both mentally and by written methods. Our maths lessons have been very active as we have been trying to think mathematically and consider "why" and "  what if" in order to get a greater understanding of key mathematical concepts.

In RE, we have looked at the stories of Abraham, Jacob and Joseph in order that we might better understand where we come from and what the stories from the Bible teaches us. We will now go on to read the story of Ruth, consider Solomon and look at Jesus' own family of Mary and Joseph.

In science, we have explored solids, liquids and gases and we will now start to consider how they can change and in History we have looked at what actual historical evidence there is about Boadica.The children have one piece of writing to interpret as homework and I look forward to seeing what they think Boadica looked like from the small amount of information we have.

In Art this week the children produced some impressive sketches and I am now looking forward to seeing the portraits they will go on to draw.

The children have been greatly enjoying their Game On PE and have impressed Mr Simmonds and I with their focus whilst we have been developing sequences in gymnastics. We will now build apparatus into our sequences.

We have begun to think about our class assembly today and I have asked the children to share any personal stories of relatives who have dedicated their lives to the service and protection of our country and it would obviously be lovely if you can help the children with this.

Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Welcome to 4K 2017

Firstly, I'd like to apologise for not posting this last week but I've had a few issues with accessing the blog which I have thankfully now resolved!

Our first nine days have been busy but a lot of fun and it has been lovely to witness the fantastic attitude towards learning this class has. We have spent some time getting to know each other and have started on our new topics.

In maths, we have been exploring place value in a very practical way to ensure that this very important concept is secure. Our brains were buzzing today as we tried to write calculations where the answers were the numbers 1-20 - but we could only use the digit 4! Through teamwork and by thinking creatively, we succeeded! We are going to continue with our work on place value and will be rounding and using numberlines to explore the magnitude of number. Following this we will be looking at adding and subtracting mentally. We will be trying to improve our times table skills throughout the year so please encourage the children to use Timestables Rockstars.

In English, we our reading Ted Hughes' The Iron Man and the children have created some very imaginative and effective similes to describe their own monsters.

In RE, as you know from this week's homework we are studying family trees as we begin our look at how Jesus had a human family and search for an answer to the question 'Where do I come from?'

In history, we had an exciting lesson working out why the mighty and powerful Emperor Claudius decided to invade the comparatively uncivilised Britain in AD 43. Over the next few weeks, we are going to explore more aspects of Britain ruled by the Romans in order to understand how our country changed as a result of the occupation.

In Science, we have begun investigating materials and have learnt that whilst solids and liquids have specific properties, there are some materials which challenge the 'rules'. When asked whether jelly and shaving foam were liquids or solids, one response was, 'Why do you do this to us?' We learnt that even scientists don't have all the answers!

A couple of amendments to the information I gave you at the parent meeting last week, apologies I got myself a bit confused - our indoor PE day is Thursday, not Friday and the Parent Consultations are on Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th October.