I hope you are all well and that the children are beginning to feel settled in their new class. It has been a very busy two weeks and they have been working very hard at place value in maths and creating detailed story maps for a news report in literacy.
The children are very enthused with our Ancient Egyptian topic and have already done a lot of independent research!
Thank you to those who came to the parents meeting this afternoon, it was great to be able to catch up and discuss the upcoming year.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend
I just wanted to write a little note to say thank you for the many gifts and cards that you very kindly gave me at the end of last term. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching each and every one of your children and will miss them this year!
We are now settled into our new routines and have had a fantastic week in Year 4. Mrs Gilfrin is really enjoying teaching on a Monday, Tuesday and Friday and we are looking forward to having her with us for the next couple of weeks.
This week we have really been getting into our new topic on Ancient Egypt. During literacy lessons we have been learning about an Ancient Egyptian creation story and have created our our story map versions. Next week we will be changing the story and adding more details to produce our own creation stories.
After such a productive week I hope all the children have had a good weekend. I am looking forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday.
What a fantastic first week we have had. Everyone has had a great start to the term.
We begin our ‘Ancient Egyptians’ topic next week. Homework packs will be going home on Monday.
If anyone has any souvenirs or photos from trips to Egypt, please bring them in to show us.
Have a great weekend.
This week we have had an exciting creative week all about recycling.
We had lots of fun writing scarecrow adventure stories, designing our own scarecrows and even made our own class scarecrow. We then found out some more about reduce, reuse, recycle and made our own posters. We also made our own recycled clothing and had a fashion show in the classroom which was brilliant. Then today we made some dens for animals and wrote our own recycling raps! We had a brilliant week and the children worked really hard. Pictures are on the school website.
We’ve had a great first week back in Year 4. We have started our new topic of Rivers by learning all about the water cycle and the journey of a river.
In Literacy, we have started a new Talk For Writing unit about animal adventure stories which the children have really enjoyed. We read a story called “Wombat Goes Walkabout” and have learnt it off by heart with actions!
We also started our sessions with Ultim8 Warrior, which will now be on Wednesday afternoons after swimming. This will be our second PE session for the week.
We’ve had a great week and are looking forward to writing our own animal adventure stories, more ultim8 warrior and learning more about rivers!
Year have had a fantastic term learning about the Romans. We have especially enjoyed finding out about the Roman invasion in Britain and Boudicca. We finished off our topic by writing some diary entries in Literacy, one as a Roman child and one as a Celt child during the Roman invasion. We did really well and really showed Miss Bowler all of our Roman knowledge! We have looked at graphs and charts again this week, improving our answers and descriptions by making them more detailed.
We were also very sad to say goodbye to Mrs O’Connell today, but we are really impressed with our present, David Walliams’ new book “The World’s Worst Children”. We even read a bit today before we went home and thought it was hilarious! We did really well learning and performing our song for Mrs O’Connell and wish her all the best at Holtsmere End. We know she’ll be an amazing headteacher.
Next half term our topic is Rivers, and we will hopefully be completing a river study at some point during the term, further details will follow!
Have a great break and I look forward to seeing you all well rested for our last half term!
This week in Maths, we have been working on time. The children need to be able to:
- read the time from an analogue clock e.g. quarter to five, twenty five to four, ten past six.
- convert between analogue, 12 hour digital (am/pm) and 24 hour digital
- understand time units e.g. 60 seconds in a minute, 24 hours in a day, therefore there is 180 seconds in 3 minutes and 48 hours in 2 days.
- Calculate time intervals and differences e.g. If a film starts at 14:20 and lasts 1 hour and 35 minutes, when does it finish? If a bus leaves at 15:10 and arrives at 17:05, how long was the bus journey?
The children have been struggling with this, especially using analogue clocks. It would be great if the children could practise using an analogue clock at home, even if it is just in every day life e.g. If we need to leave in 10 minutes, what time will it be? What time is it now? If we are having dinner at half past 6, how long until dinner?
We’ve had a busy couple of weeks in Year 4.
Our Roman Day went really well. It was great to see the children all in costume and enjoying themselves. We played a traditional Roman game, made mosaics, cooked some Roman dishes, went on a treasure hunt, completed army training and had a Roman feast! Full photos will be on the website.
We also launched our new bucket filling scheme at Two Waters and created a great display of ourselves sitting in buckets!
Our tadpoles have also moved to their new home! They are very settled and have grown massively since they first arrived.