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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The pupils have worked well this week on their maths, English and science.
We are trialling single gender lessons on Thursdays during the summer term to see if they make any difference to outcomes. On Thursdays this half term Mr Pierce will be teaching English to all the girls first lesson, then all the boys. Mrs Williams will be teaching maths to all the boys first, followed by all the girls.
Earlier this week, your child will have received a letter regarding our invitation to the Robert Smyth Mini Olympics on Wednesday 27th June. All pupils are expected to attend this all-day sporting festival, which promises to be a great day. Please sign and return the permission slip to your class teacher by 22nd June. A reminder that pupils don’t need to come to school first; we will meet you at Robert Smyth at 9am. Teachers will be there from 8.30 if you need to drop off early. Packed lunches will be required as well as sun hats and water bottles.
Thank you to the parents of the children who have committed to the Shakespeare Showcase event in Asfordby on the 7th July. Further details will be sent home once we have final numbers of those taking part. At the moment, ten pupils will be taking part in the Shakespeare celebration. If you would still like your child to take part, please let Mr Pierce know by Monday 18th.
We look forward to seeing you next week for parents’ evenings, where we will be discussing your child’s next steps as they progress into Year 5. Children are encouraged to attend. We will endeavour to keep to the schedule!
Good luck to the Year 4 pupils who are taking part in the Area Sports afternoon on Monday. Fingers crossed we win the competition for the third year running!
Keep up with the TTRockstars and the reading.
Another busy week has flown by. We were very pleased with the enthusiasm and competitiveness of the pupils in the Key Stage 2 sports day on Wednesday. Thank you to all that came along to show your support.
Sports trials took place this week to select a team for the forthcoming Area Sports afternoon. If your child was successful, they will bring a letter home today.
In English, we are looking at a fantastic book called, “Wolves in the walls.” This will form the base of our literacy for the next few weeks.
In maths we have worked hard on symmetry and next week we will work on tessellations.
Chestnut class will bring letters home today regarding the Shakespeare in Schools event taking place on Saturday 7th July. We would encourage you to allow your child to take part as it is the culmination of a great deal of work and fun. Details of times, venue etc are in the letter.
Please can you remind your child to read regularly at home and to practise on times table rock stars. We have noticed that pupils’ scores dipped a bit in a recent x8 test.
Please book your time for parents’ evening slots. We will be discussing the targets that were set in the Spring term and setting new ones for continuing progress.
I’m sure your child slept well after the fantastic residential last week. We were so lucky with the weather! The pupils really worked hard to achieve their challenges and the instructors were full of praise for their teamwork and resilience. Thank you for the many thanks the teachers received; it’s always nice to be appreciated.
The pupils have been working on their sentence structures and narrative writing In English and have produced work with super imagery, pace and vocabulary. In maths we have been working on word problems associated with time.
On Wednesday after half term we have our KS2 Sports day. This starts at 1.30pm and parents are welcome to come and cheer on their child’s team. A reminder that pupils are asked to wear a coloured t-shirt of their house.
Shakespeare Project: Chestnut
Pupils in Chestnut class have been part of a Royal Shakespeare Company project to promote literacy and oracy. There is a showcase event that we are invited to on Saturday 7th July where we will perform work from Macbeth. All pupils are invited. Please could you let Mr Pierce know if your child is available for the event which takes place at Captain’s Cross Primary School, Asfordby near Melton Mowbray. The event will start from approximately midday and end early evening and we hope to lay on a coach with Farndon Fields School who are also part of the RSC project. It promises to be an exciting opportunity for all pupils.
All pupils should have their Times Table Rockstar user names and passwords so please encourage your child to log on and practise over the half term.