Spring - Part II
We launched this term with our new topic - Road Trip USA! This topic allows us to take the pupils through a virtual tour of the Historic, Geographical and Modern United States of America. On our launch day the pupils made Dreamcatchers, orally retold some early Native American myths and plotted their own Road Trip visiting key tourist attractions across the country. The topic is also bridging across into our Literacy, in particular retelling American Myths and creating our own Legends.
In Maths we are currently looking at Fractions - all important for dividing those pizzas up! - as well as the normal focus on the four core operations. We can't stress how important Times Table knowledge, Number bonds and estimating are to these areas, so any practice the pupils can do at home will be much appreciated.
Our Values focii are on How Christians follow Jesus in RE and our school value of Forgiveness in PSHE. These two work great together as Forgiveness is one of the key messages Christians take from Jesus' teaching. In PE we are finishing our excellent and highly enjoyable tennis coaching soon - we would like to thank Pete and Stoney Stanton Lawn Tennis Club for all their support. We will be moving onto Gymnastics.
Please could we ask for your usual support: reading with your child 3 times a week; making sure they have their PE kit in Monday to Friday; helping them practice their Times Tables, Number Bonds and Estimates; and, of course, sharing their day with them.
New term - new topic!
This term we are looking at the wonderful world of potions! We are going to examine the scientific and historical nature of potions - sorry no magic, witches or wizards.
In Maths we will be consolidating our knowledge of the four operations, looking at Measurements and Place Value. In Literacy we will be looking at effective instructions - prepare for a barrage of imperative, bossy verbs! Our school value is Friendship, something Year 4 is very knowledgeable about. We start swimming lessons this term, and our RE subject is "How Christians follow God".
Mrs Allen, Mrs Watchorn and Mr Wyness would like to thank all the people who sent them cards and gifts at Christmas.
Our class assembly is fast approaching! Your children now have their scripts and song words, so they would appreciate any time and support in practising at home. I can say that at the moment their singing sounds fantastic, and yet I know they have so much more potential.
We have just finished Money in Maths so when you are out shopping with your children, challenge them to add up the items - or even find out how much change you could be getting! We are now looking at all the amazing ways we can present and interpret data.
We have just finished researching a lot about Celtic and Roman lifestyles, especially food. From this we hope to create our own unique Roman menus, and write a postcard describing an imaginary holiday to a Celtic tribe or a Roman town.
As usual, please try and listen to your child reading 3 times a week at home. The pupils have been told that they need adult signatures so if someone in the home has heard your child read, sign their books please, to say you have. The pupils get rewards for themselves and their class for the signatures they do get, so it is important! Thank you.
Christian Values Art Project
Here are some of our class working hard at creating a fantastic display. Everyone in our class has worked hard to help create a new, permanent display about our Christian Values. Hopefully it will be up soon!
We hope you are enjoying your week off?
We now have more photos and videos up from Beaumanor - and more will be on the way next week.
Also please pratice with your instrument over the half term. Mr Goldsworthy has commented on how well some pupils are improving with that chance to pratice. Soon we will have some music on here for you to use a home.
We have had a fantastic first half of the term. Our trips to Bradgate Park and Beaumanor have added to our knowledge and experience of our Misty Mountains topic. We are now looking forward to the "I am Warrior" topic. We will get photos up from our Thursday immersion day as soon as we can - so come and check Thursday night!
If you are a parent, grandparent, adult carer or even older brother or sister, if you have some spair time suring the day we are always looking out for people to come in and listen to the pupils read. If you can spare half and hour or an hour please come and talk to your class teacher. Many thanks.
We are starting to get the photographs onto the site now, but with around 2000 images to go through and upload, it will take a little time to get it all done!
Click here to see what we have so far.
Time has flown and we have not noticed that we are already two weeks into term!
So far our mountain topic has been going a storm. While we have been learning the geographical and geological aspects of mountains in our topic, in Literacy we have used them to inspire us to write creatively. This week we will be trying our hand at writing Kennings Poems and hopefully we will be able to post some examples next week.
In Maths we have been ordering numbers and converting measurements - very important for Mr Wyness' pies! We have discussed how important these skills are for later in life. This will set us up for looking at the four operations later. If you can help your child with learning their Times Tables, this will be a huge help during Division and Multiplication.
Our other subjects have swung into play as well. In RE we have started to compare different Values from across the world. This focus on values is also reflected in our PSHE lessons with our Christian Value of Perseverance. French has started with a song; why not ask your child to sing it to you! In PE we have been looking at the skills involved with Invasion Games - football, rugby and others. We also very pleased to have Mr Goldsworthy with us again for music. This year he is teaching the Year 4s how to play "brass" instruments, including the 'pbone', a plastic trombone.
We hope to use this page to keep you up to date with what is going on in the class, as well as providing additional information about homework and school trips. If you would like any other information posted on here, please let us know.
Bradgate Park Trip - Please make sure your child comes to school with a packed lunch, drinks and wellington boot in a plastic bag. The current weather is predicted to be raining, so coats are needed, but this shouldn't stop us having fun!
We hope you are all enjoying your holidays!
We would like to welcome Mrs Allen to our school and community. Mrs Allen is an experienced teacher who has come to us with some brilliant ideas for this year.
Our first topic is called "Misty Mountains" so if you want to get off to a great start - read stories and information texts about mountains! Oh, and don't forget any of your stories about times you have been around mountains.
I won't tell you much more just yet .... we still want some surprises.