Saturday, 26 September 2015

Our week

This week in year four we have been busy as usual. In English we are writing narrative stories based on Dick King Smith's 'The Jolly Witch' and 'Our journey to the Abbey'. We have been focussing on structure the structure of the text, what type of sentences engage readers, using our five senses, the power of exciting vocabulary and how good characters can make a story effective.

Here are some examples of our work-

Sniffing the air happily, Mrs Jolly jumped onto her magical broomstick and soared into the night sky. As she flew peacefully, she spotted the other witches ready to race. Enjoying the view she approached her allies ready to begin the annual race. Was she going to be successful?
Adam B

After all the drained children had gone home to their bear fur sofas, Mrs Jolly would (well sort of!) set to her work of cleaning the school. In the classroom she plopped herself down in the big, leather chair, clapped her hands, gulped half her tea down and shouted 'Work, work, come alive!'. Almost at once, the Hoover plugged itself in and started humming. The dusters started cleaning the tables whilst squabbling over who would be the dirtiest after the clean. Lastly, the dust pan and brush (who were very well behaved) started sweeping up the paper in silence.
Lily B

Our journey to the Abbey
'It's  ok' I told myself even though I didn't feel it. I wonder where this winding path will lead
me, hopefully back home. Waves, waves to my right, I could hear muffled singing from what looked like a ship. Wait a minute! Pirates! I tried to stay out of sight but it was almost impossible as the pathway scraped at my bare feet. Peeking, I saw the sails of the ship dancing. Something caught my eye. At last some light!
Freddie T

In Maths both classes have continued to work on calculation using both addition and subtraction mental and written strategies. In Science we are still enjoying our topic of sound.  We are beginning to understand more about vibrations, how sound travels through different materials and we will move onto varying pitch and volume!

Yesterday we had a wonderful afternoon and celebrated European Languages day. Our afternoon began with an exciting assembly led by Madame Baikie who inspired us all about how and why learning languages can help us. Then we went into class and participated in a series of activities - speaking in different languages, sharing the languages spoken in our class, European map work and starting our wonderful passport. We had a great time and hopefully all went home with a few new words from a different language.

Pictures to follow on Monday.

Have a good weekend

The Year four team

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Welcone to year 4

Welcome back and we hope you all had a fantastic summer. We hope everyone is rested and raring to go. This week in year 4 we have been busy in all curriculum areas. In English we have been looking at the text 'The lion, the witch and the wardrobe', which the children have thoroughly enjoyed. We having been focusing on 1st and 3rd person, descriptive openings and today we looked at direct speech. What a lot of coverage in a week!

In Maths we have been looking at number, pattern spotting, place value and ordering numbers. The children have  worked hard and we are pleased with the positive 'can do' attitudes we are seeing.
In Science we have started our new topic of Sound, which as you can imagine was loud and a roaring success. We started with a practical where the children made discoveries for themselves. We had sound tubes being waved catching air, test tubes with varying water levels being blown, dancing rice on taut drum skins and different sized boom whackers being tested! That was only one lesson!

Ash are thrilled to be back in the classroom and are thoroughly enjoying their new found space. The aroma no longer lingers past nine o'clock so the teachers are also pleased to be back in there!

Our creative curriculum this term is Coasts in the UK and around the world. We will be discovering why certain coasts have created physical features like caves, arches and stacks. If you have any holiday snaps or postcards that you feel will enhance the children's learning please do send them in named.
On a similar note we would be most appreciative if you could save the small cereal packets (variety size) and the inner cardboard tube of a kitchen towel. We are going to do create light houses and beach huts. (Blue Peter style).

In addition to lots of great activities in the classroom, the children have also enjoyed two great PE lessons outside in sunshine. The lessons focused on fitness and agility.

Sorry if we missed anyone at Wednesdays' meet the teacher meeting. Today we sent home the writing, reading and maths objectives that were given out. If by any chance you did not receive them, please pop into school if you would like them.

Homework this week has been set and sent home. The children have been asked to find nouns and adjectives around the home and garden. e.g. antique table, squeaky door and rusty nail. They have also been asked to practise their 6 times table if they feel happy with 2,3,4 and 5's. Some children may prefer to practise another table but we will test them on the table they have chosen to practise. We did not set spellings this week but we will be setting spellings next week. All homework will be set on a Thursday and we hope to see it returned by Tuesday. 

Lastly, we would like to reiterate that we are really looking forward to working with your children and to say that we have an open door policy (preferably after school) for any questions you may have and want to talk through.

Have an enjoyable weekend

The year 4 team