Year 4 had a visit from Mrs Jones this morning who told them they had to do homework EVERY DAY over the Christmas holidays; including Christmas Day!!! The children were not happy about this and set about writing letters to persuade Mrs Jones to change her mind.
Fortunately, the year 4 children were able to write some very persuasive letters and when Mrs Jones visited the class this afternoon, she changed her mind and admitted it had been a horrible joke all along. Haha. We tricked you kids (It made you do some good writing though, didn't it?)
Welcome to Year 4!
What's happening this week? (week commencing 10th December)
We will continue to focus on the 3x, 6x and 9x tables this week. We will focus on recall speed with the aim of most children being able to recall any multiplication or division fact within 6 seconds.
We have now covered all of the tables from 2 to 12 since the start of the year so the children will now be practising mixed tables. There will also be opportunities for children to revise the tables they have not yet mastered. If you would like to know which of the tables your child needs more help with, please do not hesitate to contact me.
We will complete our area and perimeter focus this week and will move on to multiplication word problems.
We will conclude our persuasive writing topic this week and the children will complete a writing assessment in which they will write a persuasive letter completely independently. This will help me to assess the children and set them new targets for the Spring term. This will also determine those children who will participate in sentence school next term.
The spelling rule for the spelling test on Friday 14th is:
Words with the following suffixes:
Words with the letter string:
Words from the year 3/ year 4 word list (these are the ones in bold at the bottom of the list)
The spelling test will be a random mixture of 8 words from this half term so the children should revisit and revise these words. If, for whatever reason, your child has misplaced their home school record, please write me a note and I will provide you with an overview sheet.
We will design, bake and decorate our gingerbread men this week. I am hoping I have more success than last year when I took them home to bake, got distracted watching Corrie, burnt the gingerbread men and then re-baked them, accidentally using self-raising flour instead of plain flour. Disaster! Baking is not one of my strong points but thankfully I have my team of glamourous teaching assistants on hand to help. So, with any luck, your child should be bringing home a perfectly baked, beautifully decorated and edible gingerbread man before the end of the week. Maybe I'll learn a thing or two along the way!
Friday morning playtimes:
As an incentive, I have decided to hold a 'party' on a Friday morning playtime. Children will receive raffle tickets throughout the week for:
Each raffle ticket will equate to 1 minute of extra playtime and 10 raffle tickets will result in an invitation to the party. I will also draw the raffle each week and one child will win a prize.
I am aware that some children are unable to access DoodleMaths at home. If this is the case for your child, please could you send me a signed note to notify me of this. There is also a DoodleMaths club on a Monday lunchtime for any children who struggle to access DoodleMaths regularly at home. As I discussed with many of you at Parents' Evening, DoodleMaths is an extremely valuable resource which will, if used frequently, improve your child's numeracy skills.
Some dates for the diary:
Monday 26th November - pedestrian skills training (PM)
Tuesday 27th November - Science Day (the digestive system)
Monday 3rd December :
Tuesday 11th December - ginger bread baking and decorating
Wednesday 12th December - Christmas fair
Thursday 13th December - Christmas film night
Monday 17th December - Church all day
Wednesday 19th December - RE day - Christmas
Thursday 20th December - Christmas hat decorating (parents invited)
Friday 21st December - KS2 Christmas party (PM) - BREAK UP FOR CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!
Science Day - The Digestive System
The children really enjoyed their science day on Tuesday 27th November.
In the morning, we learned that the first stage of the digestive process occurs in the mouth and that the teeth play a vital role in this process. We learned the names of the different teeth and their functions. We tested out knowledge using a Kahoot! quiz. Parents, why don't you have a go against your child (I bet you can't beat them). Here is the link (you will need an iPad/smartphone/tablet/laptop for each person who participates): https://play.kahoot.it/#/k/0207d4cf-8d8b-4d1a-aced-684b87da2698
Later in the day, we learned about the rest of the digestive process. We learned the names of the other important parts of the digestive system and their functions. There is another Kahoot! quiz you could try which is all about the digestive system. Come and have a go if you think you can beat your child. https://play.kahoot.it/#/k/3779878a-4dda-445c-afff-c966315ae625