Friday, 31 March 2017

The children had a fantastic day out in St Alban's yesterday and we were incredibly lucky with beautiful weather. Thanks to the parents who came along and helped.

Have a wonderful Easter break and we will look forward to seeing you on April 18th.

Some photos of our day.

Friday, 24 March 2017

This week in Year 4

In English this week, the children have been drafting, editing and publishing their non-chronological reports on Roman Towns. It was great to see so many children had further researched this at home and they were able to add their own details while writing. Hopefully we will have them up on display soon.

In Maths, Mrs Meredith and Miss Coyne's group have been revising mental addition and subtraction strategies and also using rounding techniques to make sensible estimations. Next week will include a linked investigation to round off the term. In Miss Eastlake's group children have been getting to grips with some aspects of measurement including finding perimeter, area and beginning a new unit on reading and telling time.

Science has seen us continuing our Brilliant Bubbles unit. We have been investigating the effects of adding glycerine to bubble mixture to see if we could improve the quality of our bubbles, in terms of thickness, shine and lasting ability. We also asked the question about whether a bubble is always a sphere. Click on this link for the answer. Bubbleologist

Finally, our topic lesson this week involved making Roman clay pots. Photos to follow soon.

How can you support at home

Can you help your child find out about how to use the possessive apostrophe?

Can you help you child learn their spellings this week. Look out for 'shun' words when reading. Is there a pattern?

Does your child know how to tell the time? The most effective way to learn is on a 1 to 1 with a watch/clock and lots of practice. Try putting 5 minute intervals past and to around a clock at home.


Parent consultations Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th

Verulamium trip  Thursday 30th (Please wear warm waterproof clothing suitable for some time outdoors, uniform on top half please, £3 max spending money for shop (optional) and lunch in disposable bag.)

Have a great weekend

Year 4 team

Friday, 10 March 2017

We've been busy, as usual, in Year 4 -
  • English - we have been working on non-chronological reports. The children have produced some thoughtful and amusing reports so far. The focus has been on the appropriate use of formal language and necessary features for the genre.
  • Maths - Mrs Meredith's class has been working on multiplication and division strategies - Miss Eastlake's class has been concentrating on addition and subtraction while developing problem solving skills.
  • Science - we have started the unit is called 'Brilliant Bubbles' - we began by investigating which washing up liquid created the best bubble - after we had decided what constituted the 'best' bubble; size, longevity or distance floated.
  • Creative Curriculum - both classes have continued on the Roman theme, by designing a Roman pot. The skills necessary to create each pot will be developed over the next few weeks.
To further support your child at home:
  • Please focus on knowledge and accuracy of Times Tables, since a secure understanding and knowledge of these will really boost your child's mathematical confidence.
  • Also, please try to make the most of any opportunities to read and enjoy a book, magazine or article with your child. I'm sure that you'll agree that shared reading can help to encourage even the most reticent reader to enthuse about the reading experience.
No photos this time, sorry.

The Year 4 team.