Tests, tests, tests

19/06/2021 at 13:36

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I’m sure the children have been complaining about doing a lot of assessments this week. These are our end of year assessments and will be helping to inform our final judgements. Overall, we’ve been extremely impressed by how the children have performed in these: both in terms of score and attitude. Whilst there will inevitably be some gaps to fill, the children have coped extremely well with a turbulent few years.

We were continuing our work on Roald Dahl this week and the children have started to use all of their notes to write a biography. 4C came up with a fantastic list of fronted adverbials to add to their biographies.

In Maths, the children have continued work on estimating and adding money.

The children have continued to learn about different states of matter in Science this week. They analysed data and drew conclusions from investigations they carried out.

We had our first RSE lesson this week. We looked at what people can do at different ages and also talked about gender stereotypes. The children impressed both Mrs Kroon and I with their sensible and mature attitude during this lesson. They asked some thoughtful and interesting questions and I know they will continue to approach these lessons with maturity.

In French, we continued our work on hobbies. All children could say a short phrase to their partner telling them about a hobby they love, like or don’t like. We then had a lot of fun playing a memory game and working in partners.

English homework is to practise the 3/4 spellings (English google classroom) and Maths homework is to revise division (Maths google classroom).

Well done to all the children who are working hard both at home and at school to raise money for the PTA. Please can children not fill in the miles done at home on their own as we have decided to complete the form together in school.

Please note there will be no swimming this week (w/c 21st June) due to the Year 5 residential. Swimming will return as normal w/c 28th June.

Have a lovely weekend,

The Year 4 team

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Y4 Mountain Challenge

13/06/2021 at 22:05

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The Vikings are coming!

12/06/2021 at 20:42

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It’s been a very busy and exciting week in Year 4 this week. It’s been heart warming to see trips return which is something that has been greatly missed by staff and children during Covid restrictions. 4K and 4C both had a fantastic day out at Murton Park. The children were well behaved and very enthusiastic Vikings. They really got into character, guarding the village, making oil lamps out of clay, farming and grinding flour to make bread.

It was amazing sitting around the fire in the Long House and learning how Vikings used to live. I was pleasantly surprised at how much the children knew and remembered as we had actually completed this topic in March and learned it throughout lockdown! Well done! Here are some of the highlights. (4C photos will follow next week).

The children have enjoyed our new topic in English: an author study of Roald Dahl. Many of the children are familiar with his books. It seems that Brighid holds the record for reading the most Roald Dahl books in 4C. Can the children tell you how many books Roald Dahl wrote or how he got his inspiration for some of his most famous stories? We started the week using a “round robin” where the children shared their ideas together to create huge spider diagrams about Roald Dahl’s life. The children then worked collaboratively using google docs to create a further, more concise spider diagram. The children have worked extremely well in groups and I’ve been impressed by their sensible and mature attitude.

We continued our work from last half term in French and I was amazed by the number of verbs the children had remembered (particularly in 4K). We then had fun memorising the spelling patterns and the children tested their friends by deleting some letters from the French verbs to see if their partner could spot the missing letters. As leader of Modern Foreign Languages, it made my day to hear a child say “This is why I love French. It’s always so fun!”.

Homework is to revise column subtraction and finding a fraction of a number (Maths Google Classroom) and the prefixes anti and inter (English lockdown classroom). As always, please make sure this is done by Wednesday.

Please can I also ask that parents ensure their child’s Chromebook is fully charged each day. There are a number of children who do not have their Chromebook charged which impacts on the lesson. If there is an issue, please speak to your child’s class teacher and we will see if we can accommodate an alternative.

Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the sunshine.

The Year 4 team

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Here comes the sun…

21/05/2021 at 17:36

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Contrary to the title, we have had a very wet week at Farfield this week. However, the children haven’t let it dampen their moods and we have managed to see glimpses of sunshine. We took the opportunity to get outside and practise our playscripts while the sun was out. We looked at a play called “Tricky biscuits” which involved some imaginary biscuit making and we adapted a short extract from Horrid Henry into a play. The children seemed to struggle with drama when we first started this topic which could be due to lockdown. However, they’ve soon got back into the swing of things and have impressed us with how quickly they’ve done this.

In Maths, the children have continued to work on decimals. Maths homework is in the Maths Google Classroom (ordering decimals). Please make sure this is handed in by Wednesday and we will be checking which children have handed homework in.

The children have continued to work on the Islamic Golden Age in History which is proving to be very popular. They’re also enjoying the states of matter topic in Science.

We have now received most of our consent forms for the Murton Park trip. Please make sure your child hands this in ASAP if not as they will not be able to attend without parental permission. We may have also organised another trip for later in the year… Watch this space!

English homework can be found on the English Lockdown classroom and is spelling looking at the suffix -ous. Again, this matches what we have done in class so children should be able to complete this independently. Please make sure your child has completed this by Wednesday.

Have a lovely weekend and hopefully we will see some sunshine!

The Year 4 team

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14th May

14/05/2021 at 18:21

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Good evening parents/carers,

We’ve had another lovely week in school. We have started our new topic in English which is “playscripts”. This is my personal favourite and the children seem to be enjoying it too. It’s lovely to see children come out of their shells when performing. We have been looking at the evil tricks of Mr and Mrs Twit first. We also wrote our own pranks focusing on correctly punctuating speech. I’d watch out as the children had some great ideas…

In French, we have started the topic of “hobbies”. The children enjoyed learning some new verbs and we played a memory matching game. 4C got extremely competitive and excited and as French lead it was lovely to see their enthusiasm. Ask your child if they can remember the French translation of “to watch” or the meaning of aller in English.

The children have continued to work on decimals in Maths. This weeks homework is further work on decimals and can be found on the Maths google classroom.

We are still missing a number of replies for the Murton Park trip. If your child needs a new letter, please remind them to ask their teacher. We would like to remind you that the cost of £16 is genuinely voluntary and parents are under no obligation to pay. However, in order for the trip to be financially viable, we will require the vast majority of parents to make the voluntary contribution. If we do not receive enough contributions, then the trip may have to be cancelled.

English homework requires children to look at a range of apostrophes for possession and decide whether it is needed for a singular or plural noun. This is something we’ve worked hard on in class so the children should be able to complete it independently. This can be found on the English lockdown classroom.

Have a lovely weekend,

The Year 4 team

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7th May

07/05/2021 at 17:44

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Good evening parents/carers,

We’ve had another busy week in Year 4 this week. We have finished our poetry topic in English and the children made some lovely poems using some fantastic metaphors and similes (one of my personal favourites was as kind as Miss Chambers…).

In Maths, the children have been working on hundredths, decimals and dividing.

In History, the children have been looking at the ancient city of Baghdad and even attempted to recreate it on their chromebooks!

The children developed their ability to plan a fair test in Science. They will be conducting an experiment to see what affects the rate of ice melting.

Thank you to parents who have sent consent forms back four our trip to Murton Park on the 10th June (4K) and 11th June (4C) . We have received 32 replies so far. We would like to remind you that the cost of £16 is genuinely voluntary and parents are under no obligation to pay. However, in order for the trip to be financially viable, we will require the vast majority of parents to make the voluntary contribution. If we do not receive enough contributions, then the trip may have to be cancelled.

English homework this week is on the English classroom (homophones) and Maths homework is on the Maths google classroom (tenths as decimals). Please can children complete homework by Wednesday at the latest. We’d also like to remind children that they should complete around 10-15 minutes of extra learning at home each night for their Extreme Learning. This can include: Spelling Shed, TT Rockstars, Mathletics, reading and much more. 4K are definitely currently the winners in the battle of Extreme Learning! Can 4C catch up?

We hope you have a lovely weekend,

The Year 4 team

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