11/12/2017 at 21:56
This term in RE 4K have been working on a unit called ‘How are important events remembered in ceremonies and festivals?’
We looked at festivals from different religions: Hanukah (Judaism); Bandi Chor Divas (Sikhism); Diwali (Hinduism); Loi Krathong (Tai) and Advent (Christianity). We discussed the similarities in these stories such as freedom, standing up for what you believe in and the recurring symbol of light.
We used discussion, poetry, role play and art work to express our thoughts and ideas.
08/12/2017 at 13:38
We had so much fun making instruments this week. The classroom was a huge bomb site but the instruments looked and sounded great.
These are just a few of many brilliant photos. The kids were brilliant and worked with enthusiasm all day.
Only one more week to go before Christmas, sowe have decided not to give any official homework. I have noticed though that as a class we are not very good on our times tables, with a few exceptions. We practise times tables almost every day at school but please could you ensure that your child practises at home regularly. There are times tables games on mathletics your child could play. It is the national expectation that your child knows all times tables up to 12 x12 by the end of Year 4 and the corresponding division facts. Also please keep practising the Year 3/4 spellings. I will send homework books home on Monday so that you can practise these over the next few weeks.
The children have been and will continue to complete assessments next week, in between performances, fun swimming and Christmas parties! You should receive a letter about the Year 4 Christmas party today, which will be held on next Friday morning.
Have a lovely weekend,
Mr Kroon and Ms Howells
01/12/2017 at 14:09
Well it may only be two more weeks till the Christmas holidays but the pace in Year 4 isn’t showing any signs of slowing down!
This week in Literacy, we have been working hard, learning about newspapers and tabloids. We have been looking at the layout and more importantly the content, particularly how paragraphs are written and the information found at different stages of a newspaper report. We also went through the Year 3 and 4 tricky word list. Keep an eye out for an updated list of words for your child to practise over Christmas and in the New Year!
In Numeracy, we have been persevering with our work on division. Most of the class are now able to use the ‘bus stop’ method in order to solve simple HTU÷U calculations.
In Science, we had a fantastic day learning about sound with Sam The Soundman. The children were fantastic and showed some amazing knowledge.
Congratulations to Saad and Darcie for their Special Mention awards and a big ‘Well Done’ for achieving 89% in Extreme Learning this week.
Thanks to all those children that have kindly brought in ‘junk’ for us to use next week to make our own musical instruments. We are aiming to make them on Wednesday.
Have a great weekend and I look forward to seeing you all again next week.
01/12/2017 at 13:00
This week we had the very exciting sound workshop on Wednesday. Here are some pictures:
The children learnt a lot about sound waves and how sound travels. They learnt about how to change pitch and how a short piece of material will always make a higher pitch than a longer piece of the same material. We got some excellent ideas on how to make a musical instrument and are now looking forward to making them next Wednesday so please bring in any more materials you find lying around by then.
In Literacy we have been learning how to write a newspaper report. The children will begin writing this next week. Please let them watch the news or read some newsreports over the weekend. Our report will be about a volcano that erupted in America called Mount St Helens. This happened in 1980, but we have also been following reports of the volcano in Indonesia that is close to erupting.
In maths we have continued to work on division and solving problems. Nearly all children can now complete the formal (bus stop) method of division. Please could you check your child remembers how to do this and help them if they are still unsure. For example can they solve 96 divided by 4?
Anyway, the count down to Christmas has now begun and we are looking forward to a few very busy weeks,
24/11/2017 at 16:11
Another week done and dusted!
This week in Literacy, we have been finishing off our topic on North American stories, writing our own First Nation fable! We then moved on to Newspaper writing. We have focused on the difference between facts and opinions and have spent a few days learning how to write both direct and indirect speech.
In Numeracy, we have been working hard on our multiplication skills, both written and mental and have been solving problems. This will lead on to next week’s work on division.
In Topic, we have been looking more closely at man-made features in North America, using New York as our focus. We looked at the layout of Manhattan and compared it to London and then discussed why we thought it was like that.
In Science, we carried on exploring sound in preparation of our visit from Sam the Sound Man, looking at how sounds can be made and how we hear them.
Congratulations to Lucas, Srihan and Sarah for their Special Mention awards and well done 4C for achieving 82% in Extreme Learning. It would have been a lot bigger too, if so many children hadn’t forgotten their books today!
Have a cracking weekend and I look forward to working with you again next week.
23/11/2017 at 21:05
We have had a great week in 4K this week.
In maths we battled hard and persevered to understand division methods. For homework please complete the multiplication and division problem. Children can also go on multiplication and division games on mathletics. They can also practise times tables on mathletics which will be really helpful to their learning.
In Literacy we have looked at newspaper reports. We looked at fact, opinion and biased views. We tried to work out which newspaper report to believe when two reports had conflicting ideas about whether Humpty Dumpty was pushed or had an accident.
In Geography we looked at the difference between British and American cities. We compared London and New York. The children noticed that New York is set out in grids with numbered streets, whereas London is set out much more randomly. The buildings in London looked older and we did a video tour of New York and London. Here are some maps of New York that we made. We located the key features and labelled these.