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Welcome to Class 4G – we have 19 amazing Year 4s in our class and our teacher is Miss. Green, assisted fantastically by Mrs. Phillips.
We have had a lot of fun this term learning about rainforests.
Once again in English, we have based much of our work on our text of the term ‘The Great Kapok Tree.’ After reading the text, we created freeze frames of the different creatures included in the story, stating the reasons each one of these gave for not chopping down the Kapok tree. We then worked with a focus on story writing and the key features of this writing style, finally writing our own stories in the style of Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Just So …’ stories. We also spent time considering the reasons why rainforests should be protected and have written persuasive letters to show people why this is so important. We are now looking forward to ending term 4 by writing poems with a jungle/rainforest theme.
In our Maths lessons, we have learnt to convert different measures – mm, cm, m, km, g, kg, ml and l and applied this knowledge to solve various problem questions. We have also completed work about the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. We have learnt to name different triangles and quadrilaterals and also identified lines of symmetry within shapes. We spent time in the ‘Mystical Garden’ making examples of 3D shapes and then recording their properties.
Most recently we have investigated angles – learning their names, sizes and how to order them. We even completed an angle hunt in our school grounds, identifying the different angles that we found and estimating their size.
In Science this term we have enjoyed learning about habitats. We have used ‘Mrs Gren’ to recognise the characteristics of all living things and spent time in the Mystical Garden looking in different habitats – under logs/stones, on tree trunks, patches of grass, etc to see which organisms lived there. We discussed why these plants/creatures choose these particular environments for their homes and have also used branch diagrams to sort organisms according to their different features.
In our topic work, we have learnt about the Rainforests of the world. We used a world map to locate the different rainforests and noticed how they were all situated along the Equator. We discussed what makes a rainforest different to other forests and recorded data to compare the average rainfall in the Amazon rainforest to that in the UK. We have learnt about the four layers that form a rainforest – forest floor, understory, canopy and emergent layer - and the animals that live at each level.
We looked at who else lives in the rainforest and made comparisons between our daily lives and those of a tribal child. To complete our topic work this term we are going to look at which animals are endangered and what needs to be done to save them from extinction.
We had great fun visiting the Lincolnshire Wildlife Park in Friskney. It was really interesting to see and hear the animals we had been learning about close up.
Our school value this term has been ‘Thankfulness’ and we have spent time considering different things that we should be thankful for in our everyday lives.
We have continued to enjoy our swimming lessons at St. Hughes school in Woodhall Spa each week. We have all improved our swimming skills and are becoming much more confident in the water.
We have also experienced some extra curriculum activities this term. On ‘Book Day’ we dressed-up as various book characters – Can you guess who we are?
We had an interesting time meeting Simon Murray, the author/illustrator and thoroughly enjoyed his workshop, where he taught us how to draw his main character – Icky Doo Dah. We had the chance to spend time with some visiting Italian teachers. They talked to us about school life in Italy and taught us some Italian words – how to say hello/goodbye and the names of colours, numbers, etc.
We also enjoyed dressing in our own clothes for ‘Red Nose Day’ and laying our pennies down to create a ‘penny lane,’ to raise money to support ‘Comic Relief.’
Our Class Superstars for Term 4 have been George – for a much improved attitude towards his work and answering questions in lessons as well, Catherine – for a fabulous improvement in her maths work. Amica – for setting an excellent example for others to follow. Luke – for a more focused week of work and always showing enthusiasm for his learning and Liam – for an excellent week, noticed by Miss. Green, Mrs. Clark and Mme. Byrne. Well done to you all.
Headteacher’s stickers have also been awarded to Jake, Erin, Imogen, Toby, Phoebe, Abbie, Sam, Dylan and Tom for a range of reasons, from a good start to the term, to enthusiasm for reading, keeping a tidy classroom, having super manners and enthusiastic singing.
Term 3 has proved to be another very busy term –
In English, we have based much of our work on our text of the term ‘Gregory Cool.’ We have focussed on the main characters to write descriptions that incorporate both physical characteristics and their personalities and have also tried to put ourselves in ‘their shoes’ to write diary entries that show their different feelings/emotions. We also spent time considering the setting of this story and making comparisons between this and Gregory’s home in England.
We enjoyed creating helpful information posters, including facts about sharks and dolphins, as Gregory confused these in the book. Finally, we produced a page for a travel brochure using persuasive vocabulary to encourage people to visit the island of Tobago.
In our Maths lessons, we have mainly been working with decimals. We have learnt to recognise equivalent fractions and decimals and identify what each digit in a decimal represents. We then used this knowledge to order a set of decimal numbers.
We have also learnt to add decimal amounts together and multiply/divide them by 10/100.
In Science this term we have enjoyed learning about electricity. We have made simple circuits and learnt about the effect of adding more bulbs/cells into a circuit. We have also investigated materials that are conductors/insulators of electricity and created our own switches to turn bulbs on/off.
In our topic work, we have learnt about the Caribbean.
We have looked at natural disasters that have taken place in this area – the 2010 earthquake and the more recent Hurricane Matthew. We discussed the effects of these on Haiti and what has happened since to help with the islands recovery. We have also learnt about the different products that Haiti imports and exports and considered why this might be. As part of our work we have written letters to the boy we sponsor in Haiti, called Youdson and are now waiting to see if he sends us a reply. Finally, we tasted different fruits grown in the Caribbean – pineapple, mango and avocado. We tasted some of these for the first time and some proved more popular than others.
Our art work has also linked to our Caribbean topic. We have painted landscapes
and enjoyed producing craft items from this locality for our enterprise week. Thank you to everybody who bought our wall hanging lizards made of clay and the fun peg lizards we also made.
Our school value this term has been ‘Compassion’ and we have considered different ways that we can show compassion to others and also dressed in our blue clothes to support our Compassion charity and Youdson in Haiti.
We have had great fun attending our swimming lessons at St. Hughes school in Woodhall Spa on Wednesday afternoons. We have all gained in confidence in the water and are looking forward to learning even more when we continue with these lessons in Term 4.
Our Class Superstars for Term 3 have been Jake – for making good choices and helping others, Toby – for applying his knowledge well in his English, Maths & Science lessons, Michael – for working really hard to improve the presentation of his handwriting, Abbie – for a good effort in all areas of her learning and improved confidence in her own abilities and finally, Imogen – for her enthusiasm and perseverance, particularly in her maths tasks.
Headteacher’s stickers have also been awarded to Evie, Phoebe, Michael, Luke, Erin, Dylan, Toby, Lewis and Charlie for a range of reasons, from enjoying outdoor learning, to showing compassion to others, setting a good example through their behaviour, asking good thoughtful questions and speaking clearly in our Year 4 Learning Journey.
Thank you to everybody who stayed and helped us plan our next topic – ‘Are We Welcome in the Jungle?’ We are looking forward to learning more about rainforests and maybe meeting some of the creatures that live there.
Finally, thank you to all the parents that came to our open afternoon on Friday. We always enjoy talking to you/showing you what we have been learning and hope you will continue to visit our website page to see what we cover next in Term 4.
Welcome back and we hope you all had a very enjoyable Christmas and New Year.
We have another busy term ahead for Term 3 – Please take a look at the newsletter to see what we are going to learn about and work towards in our new topics ‘What are Trades of Hope?’ and ‘Are you switched on?’
In English this week, we have started to discuss our new text of the term ‘Gregory Cool,’ about a boy who visits his grandparents on the Caribbean island of Tobago. So far we have focussed on where the story is set and who the main characters are.
In our Maths lessons, we have been working with money and identifying which notes/coins we would use to make different totals and identifying pairs of money amounts that equal either £1.00 or £10.00.
In Science this term we are learning about electricity. This week, we started by identifying items that use mains electricity, those that use batteries and those that can use both. We are looking forward to investigating electrical circuits and considering electrical safety too.
In our topic work, we are learning about the Caribbean. We will focus mainly on the islands of Trinidad and Tobago and Haiti and will learn about ‘Trades of Hope.’ So far, we have located the Caribbean on a world map and identified different Caribbean islands and the seas/oceans that surround them.
Our art work will also be linked to our Caribbean topic. We are painting landscapes and producing craft items from this locality for our enterprise week at the beginning of February.
Our school value this term is ‘Compassion'.
Our Bible story is 2 Samuel 9 : David’s kindness to Mephibosheth.
You can watch it here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slW1_1GbqQQ
We are also looking forward to starting our swimming lessons at St. Hughes in Woodhall Spa next week. Please remember to bring your kit with you each week.
Our first Class Superstar for Term 3 is Erin, who is a fantastic member of 4G. She always works hard and has impeccable behaviour.
Toby and Amica also received Headteacher’s stickers for a fabulous start to the new term.
Welcome to Term 2!
This term our topic is Frozen and we will be reading the book 'The Ice Place' by Robert Swindells.
Our Church School Value this term is perseverance.
The Bible story of the term is Noah's Ark. You can watch a video of it here.
Tom Davidson is our class Super Star this week as he has had a great week and particularly impressed Miss Green with his reading and maths work. Amica and Toby also received headteacher's stickers for an enthusiastic start to Term 2 and for demonstrating some fantastic knowledge to answer a lot of questions in their lessons.
This term our Church School Value is friendship.
Our Bible story of the term is The paralysed man. You can watch a video of it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnBCAeZjN-k
In our recent English lessons we have been focussing on stories set in historical times. We read ‘Roodica the Rude and the Chariot Race.’ Then we learnt how to write detailed setting and character descriptions. Before reading the ending, we wrote how we thought the story might end based on the events of the story so far. We then chose our own Roman setting – a villa/palace, the Colosseum, Bath-house – and planned and wrote our own stories set in Roman times.
In our SPaG work, we have learnt different strategies to help us to spell a wider range of words correctly. On the playground, we used chalks to spell different polysyllabic words using segmentation.
We have been working hard to include powerful adjectives in our writing. We ordered different adjectives by their degree/effect, from the least to the most.
In maths lessons we have continued to learn about telling the time using analogue and digital clocks. We imagined that we were Roman soldiers/slaves. Using different times through the day we wrote/drew what might happen in a day in the life of a Roman soldier/slave.
Next we started to focus on measuring lengths accurately. We revised how to use rulers correctly to measure in both centimetres and millimetres and also learnt to convert different measurements in to various units.
We then used these skills to calculate the perimeters of different shapes.
Following our science investigation to identify the effect different liquids have on our teeth, we designed posters to encourage people to care for their teeth. We have also used a cross-section of a tooth to learn about the different layers that there are hidden below the enamel surface.
In our French lessons this term, we have enjoyed writing letters and making videos, which Mme Byrne is sending to a school in France. We are now waiting to hear back from the children who attend this school to see what it is like at school in France.
We also enjoyed creating our natural clay faces in the ‘Mystical Garden’ as part of opening ceremony. We collected various natural objects – stones, twigs, leaves, etc, to represent the different facial features. The completed faces were awesome and will hopefully remain there for many more weeks or even months. Thank you to everyone who came along and helped out.
We had a busy final week to Term 1, following our Roman Day on Monday, we also performed our ‘Learning Journey Celebration’ and held our Cairn Ceremony. We also attended a ‘Restart the Heart’ session, where we were taught how to perform CPR on a human heart and use a defibrillator correctly by following the instructions that we were given by the machine.
Our recent class superstars have been Amica, for excellent effort in all of her work and fantastic behaviour too.
Dylan, for some impressive maths work and showing particular enthusiasm for this subject and finally Erin for a great over all first term, where she has demonstrated an excellent attitude when completing her work and shown impeccable behaviour as well.
Headteacher stickers have also been awarded to Catherine and Phoebe, for presenting their work beautifully with neat handwriting, Imogen and Luke, for always following our school rules and setting a good example for others to follow and Tom and Dylan, for being great ‘mathemagicians.’
Please visit our page again in Term 2 to find out about our learning in our new topic of ‘Water’ – in both liquid and solid form.
This week, we were fortunate enough to have a Roman visitor named Negrinus into school and experience a Roman day! Negrinus showed us some of his Roman possessions and armour and taught us about different aspects of Roman Life.
Later, we he helped us to learn how to attack and defend like a soldier in the Roman army. We used the Roman shields that we have worked on in art and Negrinus taught us how to assemble our army into the Romans' famous tortoise formation, on the playground.
Finally, we tried some typical Roman food such as: olives, bread, black/green grapes, figs and dates.
In English this week we have been focussing on instructional writing. As well as identifying the key features of this text type, we have also learnt to identify imperative verbs and time conjunctions in this style of writing. We considered how detailed instructions should be. We sat back to back to draw simple pictures and then gave our partner a sequence of instructions to draw the same picture. How do you think we got on? This showed us how important it is to give the reader all of the information they need and to make each step really clear. Next Miss Green created an edible Roman Road using biscuits, chocolate mousse and cream. Then we wrote a sequence of instructions showing each step involved. We even got to enjoy eating it at the end of the day!
In maths this week we have been using different methods/strategies to subtract numbers. We began the week by subtracting multiples of 10/100/1000 from different numbers – recognising which digits change and which stay the same. Then we looked at the relationship between addition and subtraction and created complementary subtraction facts from an original addition fact.
We also continued to learn about telling the time to the nearest five minutes using analogue clocks. Next week we are going to try reading and writing times in digital form and use our knowledge to solve some time related problems.
In science we looked at the results of the investigation we set up last week to identify the effect different liquids have on our teeth. We were shocked by some of the results. Although the water and milk had caused no change to the egg at all, the egg in the orange juice was covered in a hard sugary substance, whereas, the egg in the cola had brown stains appearing on the shell and felt slightly weaker. However, the liquid that had caused the most damage was the vinegar. This egg had changed significantly and was much larger. The shell had disintegrated completely and the egg inside had become soft and squishy.
We are now going to design posters to encourage people to care for their teeth.
In our topic work we are currently learning about Romulus and Remus and the story of how Rome was built. We created freeze frames to show key events from the story.
You can watch the story here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzJEf8WvJCc
In Art we are designing and making Roman mosaic pictures. These take a long time to complete, but are starting to look quite effective.
Our class superstars so far this term have been Charlie, for a great start to Year 4 and ‘wowing’ me with how much work he has completed in the first week of term, Phoebe, for setting a fantastic example in 4G, both in her work and behaviour and Lewis, who has shown an excellent attitude towards his work and contributes well in all lessons.
Headteacher stickers have also been awarded to Liam and Phoebe, for starting our ‘Year of Reading’ with great enthusiasm, Erin and Lewis, for being a good friend and Sam and Amica for demonstrating polite manners at school.
Finally, a big thank you to everyone who donated food items for our Harvest Festival this week and joined us in the church on Wednesday morning.