01/05/2017 at 20:23
I hope you have all had a lovely bank holiday weekend.
Last week we finished working on poetry in literacy. The children enjoyed learning about personification, onomatopoeia and metaphors. They used these techniques to write some excellent poetry.
In Maths we finished work on reading scales and converting measures. The children did well but it is always something that they get in a muddle with, so any practical work that you can do at home involving weighing or measuring capacity will help them to retain these skills.
In Science we observed and measured melting ice hands which was very exciting. We investigated the variables that might affect how quickly ice melts.
In history we learned about the rise of the Islamic empire up to the time when Baghdad was founded as the capital city.
Next week we will be moving on to perimeter, angles and shapes in maths. In Literacy we will be reading the Twits by Roald Dahl and learning about play scripts.
28/04/2017 at 15:12
Two weeks of the half-term done and we are rocking and rolling in 4G!
We finished off our two week Literacy unit on poetry. We have looked at a variety of different poems and learnt how to write them using all the literacy tricks that good poets use. Onomatopoeia, alliteration, personification, metaphors and similes are just some of the skills we have used to great effect. Next week, we are moving on to biographies, focusing on the author Roald Dahl.
In Numeracy, we have been using different units of measurements, thinking about how to convert them from one to another. For example, to convert cm to mm you times the cm by 10. We had great fun on Tuesday estimating and measuring the volumes of different sized containers.
In Science, we did a fantastic ice hand investigation. We were investigating melting rates of liquids, making sure we were conducting the experiment under fair test conditions.
In Topic, we found out about when in history and where the ancient city of Baghdad is located. We started to look at its amazing design and how it helped protect but still allow Baghdad to prosper and grow.
There are both Learning Log and Numeracy homeworks set this week as well as some Mathletics activities relating to measurements to do also.
Congratulations to Saroop and Emelia for their Special Mention Awards. Have a great weekend and enjoy the extra day off.
21/04/2017 at 18:05
Welcome back after the Easter break.
We have started the new term with some exciting new topics.
In science we are investigating solids , liquids and gases. We sorted and defined liquids and solids. We discussed why different materials could be defined as solids or liquids; including some tricky ones such as salt, thick creams and rice.
In History we have begun a new topic looking at the Islamic Golden Era. It is particularly interesting as this civilisation occurred at the same time as the Vikings, but was much more advanced at the time. The children used atlases and Google Earth to locate and describe the landscape around Mecca and then Baghdad, where the capital city of the civilisation later moved to.
In Literacy we are learning about different types of poetry. The children have learnt how to write a cinquain and have produced a collection of poems about the four seasons.
In maths we are onto the very tricky skill of converting between different units of measure. We have measured the length of items around the classroom and recorded the answers in cm, mm and metres. We have weighed everything (literally everything) around the classroom and converted from grams to kilograms (x or / by 1000). We have now moved on to litres and millilitres. Homework is to read the scales on measuring cylinders. In order to do this, children need to look at the numbers they can see on the scale. Then count how many markers there are between zero and the first number. For example, if the first number is 100 and there are 4 markers between 0-100 then 100 divided by 4 = 25, means that each marker is worth 25ml.
Next week we will continue to investigate measures in maths, look further into figurative language in poetry and find out about the order of events in Islamic History.
Have a lovely weekend,
17/04/2017 at 19:34
This half term, we are learning how to make scrambled eggs and poached eggs.
Jamie Oliver shows us how:
We intend to use some Farfield Farm eggs (let us know if you would rather use shop bought free range eggs) and chives. If we are lucky enough to get any home grown asparagus in May, we might prepare that too.
01/04/2017 at 10:51
We had a great week to finish off the term. The children worked hard writing their Historical Viking stories; we have some very able writers in our class and the standard was very high. I hope to share some of these over the holidays.
The children had loads of fun creating pop-up books in DT. They made these about vertebrates or based on their Viking stories . They learnt how to make different pop-ups out of card and then thought of some lovely imaginative ways to use them. They will bring these books home for you to see after Easter. I hear some of the class have been applying their skills at home. We took our books over to share with the reception children, who really enjoyed listening to the information and playing with the pop-ups. The Year 4 children were excellent role models for the reception children and they had a lovely time together.
Finally, some of the children from 4G and 4K on a trip to Fanwoods as part of the OAA PE curriculum. The above photos show what a good time we had. As usual the children we very well behaved and enthusiastic. We also surprisingly managed to get some lovely weather!
Enjoy your holidays,
30/03/2017 at 08:44
This week, we have started to create our own pop-up books. We have been writing our Viking-style historical stories in Literacy and we are going to use them to create our own books. We have been practising different methods for creating a pop-up, making prototypes out of scrap paper. Yesterday, we planned out which pop-up would be most effective at certain parts of the story.
Here are some examples of the different pop-ups we have been practising.
Over the next two days, we will be making and finishing these in order to read them to children in KS1!