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Year 4

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 devil (It made you do some good writing though, didn't it?)

Welcome to Year 4!

 

What's happening this week? (week commencing 10th December)

 

Maths:

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.

Literacy:

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:

-sion

-ssion

-tion

-cian

Words with the letter string:

ough

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.

 

Afternoons:

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:

  • Reading at least 4 times during the week
  • Completing their homework to an acceptable standard and handing it in on time
  • Achieving 8/8 on their Friday spelling test
  • Accessing DoodleMaths at least 3 three times in the week and earning at least 30 Doodle stars
  • Completing their work in a reasonable amount of time and to a good standard
  • Going above and beyond in class or at playtimes

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) no

Tuesday 27th November - Science Day (the digestive system)no

Monday 3rd December :

  • Christmas jumper day no
  • Tree decorating no
  • Flu vaccines no

Tuesday 11th December - ginger bread baking and decorating no

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!!!!!!!!

 

 

We had a very fun and very messy day baking gingerbread men on Tuesday 11th December

The children worked hard to design and make Christmas cards for their loved ones on the 5th and 6th of December

The children in Year 4 joined the children from Year 2 to walk to the post box to post our Father Christmas letters on Friday 30th November. We really hope he gets them in time and has time to write back to us!

We have been writing letters to Father Chrustmas to persuade him to bring us some presents. We will post them on Friday 30th November.

We have been writing letters to Father Chrustmas to persuade him to bring us some presents. We will post them on Friday 30th November.  1 Our beautiful letters all ready to send!
We have been writing letters to Father Chrustmas to persuade him to bring us some presents. We will post them on Friday 30th November.  2 Don't they look professional?
We have been writing letters to Father Chrustmas to persuade him to bring us some presents. We will post them on Friday 30th November.  3 Isn't our handwriting neat?
We have been writing letters to Father Chrustmas to persuade him to bring us some presents. We will post them on Friday 30th November.  4
We have been writing letters to Father Chrustmas to persuade him to bring us some presents. We will post them on Friday 30th November.  5
We have been writing letters to Father Chrustmas to persuade him to bring us some presents. We will post them on Friday 30th November.  6

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

Science Day - Tuesday 27th November - The Digestive System

The children really enjoyed their pedestrian skills training on Monday 26th November. Remember - STOP! LOOK! LISTEN! THINK!

Friday 23rd November 2018 - We finished off our maths topic on addition and subtraction today with some very tricky two-step word problems. We are officially addition and subtraction experts! We can add and subtract upto 4-digits using the formal, compact methods.

Friday 23rd November 2018 - We finished off our maths topic on addition and subtraction today with some very tricky two-step word problems. We are officially addition and subtraction experts! We can add and subtract upto 4-digits using the formal, compact methods.   1
Friday 23rd November 2018 - We finished off our maths topic on addition and subtraction today with some very tricky two-step word problems. We are officially addition and subtraction experts! We can add and subtract upto 4-digits using the formal, compact methods.   2

On Thursday 22nd November, we used 4-figure grid references to locate places in our local area.

Geography - map reading (Ordnance Survey jigsaw)

Year 4 laying their Remembrance Day poppy stones today 9.11.18

Year 4 laying their Remembrance Day poppy stones today 9.11.18 1
Year 4 laying their Remembrance Day poppy stones today 9.11.18 2
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