9/11/18

Thank you to those who came along to our workshops on Tuesday regarding maths and English. We hope they provided you with some ideas and thoughts about your child’s work and what you can do to help at home.

This week we have been using speech punctuation in our English work and using our class book, Stig of the Dump as our inspiration.

In maths we have been using our calculation skills to work out word problems.

In the run up to the centenary of the end of the First World War, we have been looking at poetry associated with the war and making poppies for our fantastic and moving display outside the front of the school.

Don’t forget to keep learning your spellings and log on to your Times Table RockStars.

2/11/18

This week we have been learning division and working out real life problems with bar models. We are enjoying our work on the classic children’s book, Stig of the Dump.  If you have a copy of the book at home, your child may want to bring it in to school, or you may wish to read it with them at home.

We will continue with our work on division and Stig next week.

Next Tuesday is our workshop evening for parents, where we will be talking about how to help your child in English and maths. A separate email has been sent out with more details.

Please encourage your child to bring a coat to school as the weather has definitely changed for the colder.

Thanks to the pupils who have already completed some of their Learning Log tasks. We have been very impressed by the quality and the range of work undertaken by the pupils.

A quick reminder that pupils should be accessing Times Table Rockstars throughout the week as well as learning their specific Autumn term spellings and reading regularly.

5/10/18

We’ve had a lovely week, thinking about how to wash a woolly mammoth in our English lessons. and in maths, we have been tackling multiplication using two digit numbers. We’ve worked on relationships and kindness this week and our guest speaker for our whole school assembly talked about spreading kindness which is something we like of a lot in Year 4.

The children have been asked to bring in a washed plastic milk bottle for next Monday. They can be either a pint, 2 pint or 4 pint bottle. We will be using them in our D&T lesson. If you can bring in more than one, that would be great.

Next Wednesday we will be opening the class at 3pm to parents who wish to see examples of the lovely Learning Logs the children have completed this half term. You are more than welcome to come along and have a look.

Don’t forget that school closes for half term next Thursday so don’t turn up on the Friday, because we won’t be here!

 

28/9/18

In English this week, the children have been writing a modern day version of the book “Stone Age Boy”. They have included lots of the elements we have been working on including fronted adverbials, expanded noun phrases and paragraphs. Next week we will be washing a woolly mammoth! This will involve instructional writing.
In maths we have been working on factors and multiples and have just started using the formal written method of multiplication.
The children have been making Stone Age jewellery. These should be coming home on Friday, fingers crossed.

21/9/18

We have been working this week on the Stone Age settlement of Skara Brae and looking at how they lived. In maths we learned about factors and next week we will be multiplying large numbers by a single digit.

Well done to all those pupils who have logged on to Times Table Rock Stars this week. Don’t forget that you can practise every day of the week. Please remember to sign your child’s reading record book to show that they are reading at home.

We have been talking a lot about kindness in our classes this week and encouraging children to make the right choices in their relationships with other children. We have discussed the consequences of their actions and how they can impact on children’s happiness and learning. Please take a minute or two to emphasise this to your child.

As the weather has definitely turned autumnal, please ensure your child has a suitable coat for school.

We have seen some excellent learning log homework already. A reminder that three tasks need to be completed by the end of this half term. We will be displaying after school on the Wednesday 10th October.

Your child’s Christmas card design needs to be back in school next Wednesday.

14/9/18

It has been a great week in Year 4 this week. It was lovely to see those of you who were able to attend the open evening this week. For those who could not please find attached the handout we shared.

In English this week we have been infering how characters are feeling in the book “Stone Age Boy” and describig the settings. Next week we will be writing letters in character and describing a hunting scence.

In maths this week we have been rounding to 10 and 100. We will be continuing with this next week and also looking at estimation.

The children should all have brought home their new reading journals – please support them in home reading and recording in these. We hope to see a parental signature each week.

If your normal collection arrangements change please let us know.

7/9/18

We have had a very encouraging return to school after the summer break. The children have been very enthusiastic and have already produced some amazing work.

In English we are learning about the Stone Age and reading Stone Age Boy. The children will be producing lots of writing based on this over the next couple of weeks, focusing their skills on expanded noun phrases and fronted adverbials to add interest to their writing.

In maths we are working on place value; the children have been identifying the value of digits, comparing and ordering numbers. Next week in maths we will be learning to round to nearest ten, hundred and thousand.

The children will be coming home with their learning logs for this year. The homework expectations are slightly different this year – we will talk more about this at the open evening next Wednesday. The main points are:

  • Reading: in an ideal world, children will read for a sustained period of time every day. We know home lives are busy but we would appreciate your support encouraging your child to read as much as possible. Books can be changed in the classroom libraries daily and children are more than welcome to bring in books from home to read. Every child has a Guided Reading session during the week.
  • Learning logs: Children have a menu of homework tasks to choose from. We would like to see every child complete three tasks by half term. If children would like to complete more, then they can. We would like children to cover their leaning log in a way that represents their hobbies, interests and personality.
  • Spellings: Children will be bringing home a selection of tasks to help them learn their spellings. The specific spellings they need to learn this term are the ones not highlighted on their personalised sheet.
  • Times tables: Every child has their own Times Table Rockstar username and password. We will be encouraging children to log on at home and practise their times tables regularly and Teachers will be able to monitor pupils’ home participation. We will also be having regular Times Table Rockstar quizzes at school. Last year a number of children progressed from answering five questions correctly in 60 seconds, to over 60!

It would be lovely to see you all at the Open Evening, details of which have been sent in a separate email.

Water bottles: please can children bring in a labelled drinks bottle so they can stay hydrated during the day. We encourage children to drink at break and lunchtimes.

P.E.: Our P.E. sessions will be on Thursdays and Fridays this term.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us on the class emails or catch us before or after school.

 

7/7/18

It has been a warm week again in Year 4, luckily, the children have been very sensible in the heat. Please make sure they have water bottles, hats and sunscreen as the weather is set to continue.

In English the children have written their nightmare stories including fronted adverbials and expanded noun phrases. We are hoping to read them to Year 6 very soon. We have also tested the children on the Year 3 and 4 spelling words. The children will still need to spell them in Year 5 so if you can continue to revise these over the summer that would be super.

In maths we have been working on word problems and have introduced the children to the dice game Yahtzee.

Next week the children will be meeting the teachers for next year so please remember on Monday to collect them from the Year 5 doors! We will be sharing their homework projects next week so they have one last weekend to get them finished.

Over the summer we would really like the children to continue their reading and are challenging them to read six books over the summer – the library reading challenge starts tomorrow so it might be worthwhile signing them up.

Good luck to the children performing their Shakespeare work tomorrow.

29/6/18

What a super week we have had celebrating the work the Armed Forces do. The children had an amazing time completing the assault course, creating camouflage pictures, pointillism pictures of the flag and other related activities. We also spent a great day on Wednesday up at Robert Smyth Academy taking part in the mini-Olympics. Well done to all the children who took part with such enthusiasm.

In English we have been writing expanded noun phrases and planning our stories which we will get to write next week.

In maths we have been continuing with multi-step word problems and selecting the key information and correct operation. We will continue to work on these next week.

The children have been very sensible this week in the hot weather and we hope the have a restful weekend.

22/6/18

Well done to the pupils who represented the school in Monday’s Area sports. The team came an agonising second by just one point. They do still go on to the School Sports Games representing Harborough and Blaby next week though. Good luck to all.

Thank you to all the parents who attended our parents’ evenings this week. It was a great opportunity to show pupils’ progress and to thank you for all your support over the year.

Don’t forget that next Wednesday, Year 4 are meeting at Robert Smyth at 9am for our exciting Mini Olympics event. Please remember to bring a packed lunch, water bottle and hat. Parents are welcome to stay and watch and the event should finish around 2.30pm. Please collect your child from Robert Smyth academy at that time. The weather forecast looks good so we should have a great day’s sporting fun. Chestnut will be representing Brazil, and Sycamore will be France, so if you have flags to wave, or t-shirts that you want to wear, please do.

Next week is also Armed Forces Week at school, with lots of events planned throughout the week. Please see the Weekly Update for more details.