22/04/2018 at 11:37
Welcome back! Hope you all enjoyed your Easter break.
In Literacy, we have been working on our stories based on ‘How to Train your Dragon’ and the children have all made a good start. I have retested the Year 3/4 list and most children have improved. Mrs Daniels sent an updated copy of the words home with your child on Friday, that need to be learnt.
In Maths, we have revisited decimals. Most children have developed a secure understanding of tenths and hundredths now. Homework is to learn the 3,6 and 9 times tables. Try to think about the associated facts that can be found from the simple times tables when practising. E.g.: if 6 x 7 is 42, then 60 x 7 is 420 and 42 divided by 6 is 7.
In topic, we have had been busy finishing off our work on the Vikings. We learned about the end of Viking rule when the Normans invaded and took over England. We watched videos about the famous ‘Battle of Hastings’ and learnt about the death of Harold, which lead to the end of the Dark Ages era.
Next week, we begin our new topic on The Islamic Golden Age, a very interesting period of history in the Middle Ages.
In Science the children have begun work on States of Matter: another great fun topic.
19/04/2018 at 19:23
We have had been busy finishing off work on the Vikings this week. We learned about the end of Viking rule when the Normans invaded and took over England. We watched videos about the famous ‘Battle of Hastings’ and learnt about the death of Harold when he got hit by an arrow in his eye.
In Literacy we have been working on our stories based on ‘How to Train your Dragon’ and the children have all made a good start. We have retested the Year 3/4 list and most children have improved. I will send their updated copy home with them in the Learning Log. Your child needs to learn the highlighted words.
In Maths we have revisited decimals. Most children have developed a secure understanding of tenths and hundredths now. Homework is to learn the 3,6 and 9 times tables or to practise all the times tables if your child already knows these.
Next week we begin our new topic on The Islamic Golden Age, a very interesting period of history in the Middle Ages. In Science the children are beginning work on States of Matter: another great fun topic.
Enjoy your weekend in the sun.
Mrs Kroon/Ms Howells
29/03/2018 at 13:56
On Wednesday, we ventured to Murton near York, on a Viking adventure. Our convoy arrived just after 10am and we met with our Viking Guide, Runa, who led us into the Great Hall. We all put on our Viking outfits and then found out lots of interesting facts about Viking as well as showing Runa what we knew too.
Did you know that most words in English that begin with ‘sk’ originate from the Norse language?
We then split off into family groups and began making our way to our village. On the way, we came across a cross-section of a Viking longboat, where we showed our excellent Viking knowledge from the work we’d done in class. Soon after, we finally arrived at the village entrance. Runa introduced us to the Lord of the village, who decided we could stay in exchange for a day’s hard work.
Next, after finding our new lodgings, we were allocated our first job of the day. Some went farming, some were taught to guard the village from raiding Saxons, some made clay lamps and some learnt how to grind wheat and make bread! Throughout the day, everyone got to experience all of these tasks.
At lunchtime, the Lord of the village kindly allowed us to join him in his Great Hall for our food. The parents of each family sat on the top table with him whilst the rest of the family (and their slaves (the grown-ups)) ate at 4 long tables. During the meal, the family members were asked to entertain the Lord with jokes and riddles. As well as this, one unlucky but handsome, charmingly-brave slave was tried for laziness! Even though it was a complete injustice; it did provide great entertainment for all.
After lunch, went back to the village to complete our work before finishing off, sat around the fire, inside the Lord’s house. We learnt how Vikings could cook things over the fire using a wooden bucket! The Lord then thanked us for all our hard work and set us off on our journey back to school.
Mrs Kroon and I have been lucky enough to go on this trip a few times over the years and we are always so proud of how well behaved and how hard our children work during the day. This year was no exception!
Well done Year 4 and have a fantastic break!
23/03/2018 at 10:49
First of all I’d like to say a big thank you to all the children in 4K who have been brilliantly behaved and a pleasure to teach this week, especially as the Ofsted inspector was in. We have such a lovely atmosphere in our class all the time now.
The children are really enjoying reading How to Train your Dragon and have written some great descriptive writing using noun phrases and similes to describe characters and settings.
In Maths we have been solving problems with money. The children enjoyed problem solving and showed some good perseverance and reasoning in their explanations.
The children are thoroughly enjoying our Viking topic and we had great fun pretending we were Vikings and writing a diary entry about the attack on Lindesfarne. The children were so engaged that there was complete silence in the classroom as they wrote for about an hour on Wednesday afternoon!
Next week we are going to Murton Park on Wednesday to learn about everyday Viking life. Please ensure your child has really warm clothes and especially comfortable warm footwear as we will be outside for much of the day.
I hope you all have a lovely relaxing weekend,
22/03/2018 at 16:07
Well it’s fair to say it’s felt like a long week! Saying that, it has also been a most enjoyable one too!
In Literacy, we have been cracking on with our historical stories, using ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ as our text of choice. Using different chapters of the book, we have been writing in different styles, including instructions, persuasion and character description. It has given use the chance to play round with some really rich language and use a whole host of literacy tricks, including similes, metaphors and a bit of word play!
In Numeracy, we have continued with our work on ‘time’ solving problems focused around timetables. We have then moved on to working with ‘money.
In Topic, our work on Vikings has taken use to look at how and where the Vikings invaded Britain and why they were so successful. We also talked about how historical recounts can be written with bias depending on which side wrote it. The Viking Chronicle, written by English scholars, obviously portrays the Vikings as brutal, monstrous warriors who killed for fun. Whereas, if the Vikings kept accounts of the same events we agreed that they probably would have given a different opinion. Therefore, we decided to write our versions as if we were Vikings, in the style of a diary entry.
Just a reminder that we are going on our trip to Murton Park next Wednesday. Keep an eye on the weather forecast as another band on snow has been predicted!
Have a good weekend gang!
17/03/2018 at 12:03
Year 4 have been investigating recipes for toothpaste. We used glycerin as a binding agent, salt as an abrasive to clean plaque and bicarbonate of soda for whitening. Don’t worry: the paste was tested on whiteboards not the children’s teeth!
Photos from 4K (but both classes did it)