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Anna

 

 

Week beginning 18th July 2016

 

GPS/writing: We will be rounding up the year by writing some poems based on our sea creatures. We aim to complete a poem pop-up book which will include lots of illustrations, shape poems, kennings and rhyming couplets. There may also be a GPS murder mystery too.....

 

Maths: The focus is on using our logic skills to solve lots of puzzles and investigations, the idea being you cannot move on until you have solved 1 particular clue. Logical really....

 

Project: We will be asking the children to complete some Olympic type challenges which have a maths theme.....lots of planning, organisation and teamwork involved  

 

Reading: During our reading sessions, we will continue to work on retrieving information from the text and justifying our opinion using evidence and quotations. 

 

Reminder

Many thanks for all your support this year. We hope you have a happy and relaxing summer break and look forward to seeing you all again in September. 

 

Week beginning 11th July 2016

 

GPS/writing: Our focus remains on persuasive writing. We will be using all of the features learnt to design a poster to persuade parents and children to buy the product we are making for Enterprise Week with a view to making as money as possible for our chosen charity of Water Aid. 

 

Maths: The theme will be based around 3D shapes and their nets. We will also be using our investigative maths skills to solve  problems and puzzles.

 

Project: We will use our project lessons to make the products for the sale during enterprise week.

 

Reading: During our reading sessions, we will continue to working on inference and deduction, based on what clues we can find in the text.

 

Reminder

Enterprise sale on Wednesday after school outside the school hall.

Please could you remind the children to practice their lines for class assembly at every available opportunity.

As the weather continues to change daily, please remind your children to bring in their wellington boots for outdoor activities. Please also send them in with a change of socks.

Do remember our doors are always open for any of your questions or concerns. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday for Sports Day. 

 

Week beginning 4th July 2016

 

GPS/writing: Our focus remains on persuasive writing (emotive language, rhetorical questions, facts/statistics etc.) We will be using all of these features to write a letter to you, the parents, based on the product we are making for Enterprise Week with a view to making as money as possible for our chosen charity of Water Aid. 

 

Maths: The theme will be based around using our investigative maths skills to solve a given problem. We will be asking the children to design their own allotment garden, using their knowledge of area and perimeter  as well as solving various logic puzzles looking at a set of given clues. 

 

Project: We will use our project lessons to carry out a science investigation linked with the factors that contribute to the heating and cooling of liquids , to see whether temperature affects various liquids and the rates of evaporation. 

 

Reading: During our reading sessions, we will be looking more closely at inference and deduction, based on what we can find out by looking at certain pictures and discussing the texts of Jenny Nimmo, a well-known Welsh author. 

 

Reminder

Words for the Summer Assembly have gone home today, so please could you remind the children to start practising at every available opportunity.

As the weather continues to change daily, please remind your children to bring in their wellington boots for outdoor activities. Please also send them in with a change of socks.

Do remember our doors are always open for any of your questions or concerns. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday for Sports Day. 

Week beginning 27th June 2016

 

GPS/writing: This week, we will be looking at the features of persuasive writing (emotive language, rhetorical questions, facts/statistics etc.) This will be used to write a letter the following week, linked with the product we are making for Enterprise Week.

 

Maths: We will be recapping coordinates and translations at the beginning of the week. We will then be revisiting perimeter and area; where we will investigate the measurements of a variety of shapes. 

 

Project: Our focus for the beginning of the week will be on geography; where we will learn about the different types of settlement. We will look at the features of each type and discuss similarities and differences. Later on in the week, we will use our project lessons to carry out a science investigation linked with the factors that contribute to the heating and cooling of liquids.

 

Reading: During our reading sessions, we will be identifying the features of poems and looking at a range of poetry. We will also be learning about the difference aspects of performing poems, such as; intonation, tone and volume. 

 

Reminder

As the weather continues to change daily, please remind your children to bring in their wellington boots for outdoor activities. Please also send them in with a change of socks.

Do remember our doors are always open for any of your questions or concerns.

Week beginning 20th June 2016

 

Next week is Assessment week, which happens every term and will provide us with an overview of how the children are progressing, as well as giving them the opportunity to show off their knowledge and learning over the last term.

We will be assessing the children in Maths, GPS, Spelling, Reading and Writing and this will take place from Tuesday to Thursday as 2 classes will be at Bough Beech on Monday and it's Sports Day on Friday.  

 

Project: In between the assessment work being carried out, the children will continue learning about how earthquakes underwater can cause a tsunami, and we will be continuing our learning on the water cycle as well as practising our watercolour Impressionism work inspired by Monet. 

 

Reminder

We look forward to seeing you on Friday for Sports Day. Do join us for a picnic on the field afterwards from 11.30am. 

Thanks for your continuous support.

Do remember our doors are always open for any of your questions or concerns.

 

Week beginning 13th June 2016

 

Maths:

In Maths the focus will be on rounding, comparing  and ordering numbers up to 2 decimal places. We will continue with the times table challenge to help children gain speed and accuracy in mental arithmetic. Children will also be using their problem solving skills to tackle the give decimal maths challenge.

 

Writing/GPS:

This week children will continue to write their pirate themed story with main focus on character description. As part of this they will learn to use thesaurus to help them build a rich vocabulary.

 

Reading:

Our main book will be Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, an old classic. From this, we will be reading, discussing and using ideas from this to fire our creativity in our writing.  

 

Project: We had a good first week of our new topic, Under the Sea,  where we discovered a little bit about the life of a pirate . This week our focus will be geography and we shall move on to learning about how earth quakes and tsunami happens. Children will be carrying out an investigation to further develop their understanding of the topic. With this in mind, can you please send your child with a 2 litre empty plastic bottle.

 

Reminder

Please return the permission slip for Bough Beech at the earliest possible opportunity as the trip will soon be upon us and your child may not be able to go if we don't have permission. 

Thanks for your continuous support.

Do remember our doors are always open for any of your questions or concerns.

 

Week beginning 6th June 2016

 

Maths:

Focus is on factors and multiples. This links in with our ongoing work on times tables and will help the children quickly recall key facts. 

 

Writing/GPS:

As our topic is Under the Sea, the children will be writing a story with a nautical theme, be it pirates or shipwrecks or other things seafaring. As part of this, the children will learn more about prepositions and conjunctions to help them extend their sentences and develop their maturity in their writing. 

 

Reading:

Our main book will be Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, an old classic. From this, we will be reading, discussing and using ideas from this to fire our creativity in our writing.  

 

Wishing you all a restful and relaxing half term break. We look forward to seeing you all in June for our final term in Year 4!

 

Reminder

Please return the permission slip for Bough Beech at the earliest possible opportunity as the trip will soon be upon us and your child may not be able to go if we don't have permission. 

Do remember our doors are always open for any of your questions or concerns.

Week beginning 16th May 2016

 

It's of course the week of our Residential to Ufton Court and many of the children will be enjoying such activities as building their own trebuchet, digging for artefacts and taking part in a Roman raid as well as enjoying a banquet. I'm sure there will be lots of stories to tell. 

Whilst children are away, the remaining children will be (amongst other things):

 

Investigating Roman numerals 

Learning about Roman Gods and Goddesses 

Planting seeds in our allotment 

Coding

Planning and designing their own Roman villa and baths 

 

It's sure to be a fabulous week for all concerned. We look forward to seeing you all bright and early on Monday morning. 

 

Reminder

Please return the personal record sheet for office use ASAP, if you haven't done so as well as the permission slip for Bough Beech.

Do remember our doors are always open for any of your questions or concerns.

Week beginning 8th May 2016

 

GPS and Writing:

This week in GPS the focus will be on word classes- nouns, adjectives and determiners to help children write more detailed sentences. We will be introducing diary entry in writing and will look the features of the genre.

 

 

Maths: 

We will be recapping on our knowledge of time. We have covered this topic already but feel it would be beneficial to look at how to read both digital and analogue clocks, carry out the conversion between the two and look at various time related problems that will involve the children applying their knowledge of the 12 and 24 hour clock. 

 

Project: 

For our Roman topic, we will start learning about what Romans did for their entertainment.

 

Reminder

Please return the personal record sheet for office use ASAP, if you haven't done so as well as the permission slip for Bough Beech.

Do remember our doors are always open for any of your questions or concerns.

Week beginning 2nd May 2016

 

GPS and Writing:

Writing will be based around the planning of our newspaper articles on the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. We will be using formal language and considering all the features that we have learnt this week, such as sub-headings and using the 5Ws in the orientation. 

 

Maths: 

We will be recapping on our knowledge of time. We have covered this topic already but feel it would be beneficial to look at how to read both digital and analogue clocks, carry out the conversion between the two and look at various time related problems that will involve the children applying their knowledge of the 12 and 24 hour clock. 

 

Project: 

For our Roman topic, we will start learning about Julius Caesar, who he was, why he was so important and also the influence of the Roman army after they invaded Britain. 

 

Reminder

Please return the personal record sheet for office use ASAP, if you haven't done so as well as the permission slip for Bough Beech. Many thanks

Week beginning 24th April 2016

 

GPS and Writing:

We will begin our week by looking at the difference between fact and opinion. We will link this with our writing topic, which is newspaper reports. We are then going to move onto learning the use of formal language to help us write an article for our Roman Times.

 

Maths: 

We will be recapping counting up and down in hundreths. Children will have an opportunity to understand that hundreths arise when dividing an object by a hundred and dividing tenths by a ten. We are also going to look at equivalent fractions of a given fraction, including tenths and hundreths.

 

Project: 

For our Roman topic will continue to  learn about the Roman Army with main focus on the organisation of army and various tactics used in battlefield which enabled them to be most successful.

 

Reminder

Please return the personal record sheet for office use ASAP, if you haven't done so.

 

Week beginning 18th April 2016

 

GPS and Writing:

At the beginning of the week we will be focussing on using adverbs to add more detail to our writing. We will link this with our writing topic last week (stage directions). We are then going to move onto learning the differences between direct and indirect speech, and how to write sentences using both of these.

Our writing will be based on our Romans topic. We are going to be looking at the Romulus and Remus story and using that to create our own play scripts. Our focus will be on the structure and punctuation for this type of text.

 

Maths: 

We are going to be looking at a variety of different problems in maths. The content will be a mixture of place value and rounding, with a specific focus on developing the children's understanding of how to solve problems with increasingly larger numbers. 

 

Project: 

For our Roman topic will are going to be learning about the Roman Army. We will look at the story of Boudicca and her role in the uprising against the Roman forces.

 

Reminder: Do remember our doors are always open for any of your questions or concerns.

Week beginning 21st March 2016

 

GPS and Writing:

Our focus will be on the use of apostrophes for contraction. It's a topic we have covered before, but the assessment last week highlighted that the children still require some further practice on this particular skill. 

Our writing will be based around a non-chronological factual report. The children have been researching various aspects of life in China and Brazil and then writing a report comparing these aspects in terms of similarities and differences to the UK. 

 

Maths: 

Following on from our assessment, next week will be a series of discrete lessons recapping multiplication as well as ordering fractions on a number line and shading various fractions of a given quantity. 

 

Project: 

Next week will allow us to wrap up our topic by finishing our non-chronological reports on our focus countries as well as learning about Aboriginal art. We shall be cooking some  popular Brazilian food and hopefully planting our seeds in the allotment beds in time for Easter. 

 

Reminder: Do remember our doors are always open for any of your questions or concerns.

Week beginning 14th March 2016

 

Next week is assessment week, so we will be assessing the children in GPS, spelling, maths, reading and writing. This will be an opportunity for the children to show us everything they have learnt so far this year!

 

GPS:

Our focus will be on adding more detail to our sentences with the use of brackets, dashes and commas. First, we will look at the purpose of using a variety of punctuation in our writing and will then use these elements to write sentences that include more detail and description. 

 

Maths: 

As well as the maths assessment, we will also be learning how to plot coordinates on a 2D grid and describing their positions. We will then move on to interpreting data from bar charts and looking at how to create our own, linked with our topic 'Around the World'. We will draw comparative graphs that show the difference in climate between China, Brazil and England. 

 

Project: 

We are going to be using books and the internet to research information about different countries. We will find out about the population, climate, animals and their habitats, food and religion in Brazil and China. This information will then be used the following week to write a non-chronological report comparing these countries. 

 

Reminder: Do remember our doors are always open for any of your questions or concerns.

Congratulations!!

A huge well done from all of the Year 4 team to Luke Hirchfield who has been working hard on his footballing skills outside of school. As a result of his excellent progress, Luke has recently taken part in a trial at Chelsea FC's academy and subsequently played in a match against Brighton's academy side against whom, I'm informed, he scored rather an impressive goal.

Well done Luke - we look forward to hearing all about your progress.

Week beginning 7th March 2016

 

Reading:  

Next week our focus will remain on the Jungle Book, which we shall continue reading and immersing ourselves in. We will also be learning how to answer different types of questions based on extracts from the Jungle Book.

 

GPS/Writing: Writing will be continue on the theme of the Jungle Book. We have written our descriptive introduction and dilemma and next week will be writing the ending of our story, including how character resolved their dilemma. GPS will focus on different types of sentences- command, exclamation, question and statement.

 

Maths:  The topic this week is solving money problems (including decimals) alongside the skill of converting between pence and pounds.

 

Project: After learning about animals from around the world, we shall move on to learning about the countries around the world.  We will be developing our skills to read atlases by focussing on coordinates and keys to help interpret a map.

 

 Reminder:   Do remember our doors are always open for any of your questions or concerns.

Week beginning 29th February 2016

 

Reading:  

Next week our focus will remain on the Jungle Book, which we shall continue reading and immersing ourselves in. We will be looking at the distinctive style of Rudyard Kipling, and picking out aspects of the story where rules and roles are very important, how Kipling uses his characters to teach and educate and the idea of danger being an ever-present part of life and how this can be overcome.

 

GPS/Writing: Writing will be continue on the theme of the Jungle Book. We have written our descriptive introduction, discussing the senses and what the characters might say and next week will be the potential dilemma that might befall them in the jungle. GPS will focus on the use of extending sentences by using conjunctions and how to make sure we use a multi-clause sentence e.g. Mowgli, dressed in a loincloth, swung through the trees as Baloo lazed in the nearby river. 

 

Maths:  The theme of Numeracy is column addition and subtraction (up to 4 digit numbers) alongside the skill of estimating and rounding answers to our calculations (to the nearest 10,100, 1000).

 

Project: A good first week was had where we discovered a little bit about the identification of different animals and the main animal groups. We shall move on to learning about the classification of different animals and the importance of food chains.  

 

 Reminder: Please ask your child to come in dressed up on Wednesday 2nd March as their favourite book character for World Book Day.  Do remember our doors are always open for any of your questions or concerns.

Week beginning 22nd February 2016

 

Reading: In Spring 2, we will start off by looking at a new story which I'm sure most of the children will be familiar with - 'Jungle Book' by Rudyard Kipling. We will reading passages from this and using this to help us retell the story in our own words. This will link in nicely to our story writing.

 

GPS/Writing: Writing will be based around the Jungle Book and we will be asking the children to write their own version of the Jungle Book, where they describe the scene, introduce the characters, think of a potential dilemma and then how this might be resolved. GPS will focus on the use of dialogue and inverted commas. 

 

Maths:  We will be revisiting the topic of place value up to thousands, as well as recapping how to divide and multiply by 10s, 100s and 1000s. Included in this will be work on times tables in preparation for the times table bee the following week. 

 

Project: Our new topic is All around the world. We will be focussing on mainly a couple of different countries, such as Brazil and China and looking at their physical and human geography. This will link in to work on classification of different animals as well as reading and identifying symbols on a map. 

 

 Reminder: If you have some shoe boxes at home (or can get hold of some easily without buying a new pair!), please could we have them in school for Tuesday 23rd February as we will be a jungle diorama.  Do remember our doors are always open for any of your questions or concerns.

Week beginning 8th February 2016

 

Reading: Next week reading will be focussed on comprehension skills based on topic related texts.

 

GPS/Writing: This week the children will continue to write their adventure story using descriptive language. They will be using a success criteria to edit and improve their work.

 

Maths:  After learning about different unit measurements of length and converting them accordingly, this week children will be applying themselves to calculate the area and perimeter of rectilinear shapes.

 

Project: This week we will be finishing our topic on ancient Egypt.  To showcase their learning, children will be creating a presentation, in the format of their choice,  based on various aspects of life in ancient Egypt.

 

 Don't forget to dress up as an ancient Egyptian on Friday. Do remember our doors are always open for any of your questions or concerns.

Young Voices Lyrics - February 2016

Week beginning 1st February 2016

 

Reading: Next week reading will be focussed on Egyptian poems and the death prayers of Anubis and Osiris. We will also be looking at the importance of the Egyptian Book of the Dead.  

 

GPS/Writing: This week the children will be practising some spelling patterns such as '-ight' and '-tion'. Our writing will be a continuation of this week's talk for writing - now the children have acted out a story, we will be asking them to amend the content slightly and start the planning and writing process.  

 

Maths:  After two weeks of fractions, the children are ready to move on to a different topic. We shall be learning about different unit measurements of length and how to convert them accordingly.

 

Project: We have started to learn a little about mummification and next week the children will be immersing themselves in greater depth and learning such wonderful facts as, for example, that the brains of a pharaoh were hooked out the nostrils before the mummification process.

 

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on either Tuesday or Thursday at our Maths come and learn sessions. Do remember our doors are always open for any of your questions or concerns. 

Week beginning 25th January 2016

 

Reading: We will be looking at an adventure story and the different sections that build up suspense, how to resolve a shock and the language in particular that is used by an author to gain and engage the reader. 

 

GPS/Writing: This week the focus is on extending sentences by using a conjunction and how to identify and use a subordinate clause. We shall be using an Egyptian story to help us understand how to structure our writing into paragraphs. This will involve lots of discussion and role play as we act out the story. 

 

Maths:  We intend to continue fractions next week, and the theme is how to add and subtract fractions, recognising that this could end in an improper fraction and/or a mixed fraction.

 

Project: Topic work will continue on the Egyptians, and this week we shall focus on  the hierarchical nature of Egyptian society and everyone's place within it plus we will start to learn about mummification. 

 

Please note our spelling tests will now revert to Thursday every week (which means spellings will also be sent out each Thursday). Do remember our doors are always open for any of your questions or concerns. 

Week beginning 18th January 2016

 

Reading: We are continuing to focus on texts relating to debates and highlighting what makes a persuasive argument. This will involve picking out the difference between fact and opinion and the particular language used in order to convince someone to make a conscious decision. This will prove beneficial when planning and writing our own debates.  

 

GPS/Writing: This week the focus is on the use of the past/present tense. We shall be incorporating this knowledge into our debates on whether Tutankhamun's tomb should be opened, which will be planned, written and edited next week. 

 

Maths:  We intend to revisit fractions next week, specifically the identification and use of equivalent fractions plus how to convert this into a decimal. 

 

Project: Topic work will continue on the Egyptians, and this week we shall focus on  the different Gods in Egyptian society plus the hierarchical nature of society and everyone's place within it. 

 

 

Please note our spelling tests will now take place on a Friday every week (which means spellings will also be sent out each Friday). Do remember our doors are always open for any of your questions or concerns. 

Week beginning 11th January 2016

 

Reading: We shall be focussing on texts relating to debates and highlighting what makes a persuasive argument. This will involve picking out the difference between fact and opinion and the particular language used in order to convince someone to make a conscious decision.  

 

GPS/Writing: This week the focus is on the use of pronouns to replace nouns, understanding their use and ensuring we apply this knowledge in our independent writing. This also links in to our reading, as the children will be starting to gather information about how to construct a persuasive argument in a debate. 

 

Maths:  Numeracy will be the identification and measuring of both obtuse and acute angles. We will look at various angles and shapes in order to estimate and measure a variety of angles. Protractors at the ready if you will please!   

 

Project: Topic work will continue on the Egyptians, and this week we shall continue our work on the importance and benefit of the River Nile as well as learning more about Tutankhamun and the opening of his tomb. 

This links in nicely with the workshops that will take place on Monday and Thursday, where the children will learn more about life in Ancient Egypt through a series of interactive workshops. 

 

Please note our spelling tests will now take place on a Friday every week (which means spellings will also be sent out each Friday). Do remember our doors are always open for any of your questions or concerns. 

Week beginning 4th January 2016

 

Reading: We have been looking at famous pictures relating to Egypt and practising our different types of questioning skills based around what we can see happening, as well as what we can infer or deduce from the action taking place. 

 

GPS: Based on areas we feel we need to develop with the children, this week we are recapping on the use of apostrophes for contraction and possession.  

 

Maths:  Numeracy this week is on the use of RUCSAC to help the children identify the key information from a word problem and then select the right calculation before solving it.    

 

Project: Our new topic is the Egyptians, which has already enthused the children greatly. We have discussed where Egypt is, what we already know and would like to find out and when the Ancient Egyptians were around. We very much look forward to receiving our visitors next week, who will be providing the children on Monday and Thursday with a series of interactive workshops on themes about Egyptian life. 

 

We also welcome both Rakhee Sharma (4S) and Stephen Busby (4B) to Year 4.

Please note our spelling tests will now take place on a Friday every week (which means spellings will also be sent out each Friday). Do remember our doors are always open for any of your questions or concerns. 

Week beginning 14th December

 

Reading: The children will continue to practise their fluency and comprehension skills this week.  

 

GPS: We maintain our focus on the identification and use of various prefixes such as 'super-', 'auto-' and 'sub-' and how the prefix changes the meaning of the root word.  

 

Maths:  We will be using some skills that we have acquired over the term to help us problem solve. This will entail lots of mathematical discussion, trial and improve techniques and, most importantly, the reasoning and justification for their thinking.   

 

Project: The end is in sight as regards the toy-making. The children have really enjoyed the process of designing, building and adapting their toys. They will making the finishing touches and carrying out an evaluation as to what went well, but also what could be improved. 

 

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday for the sing-a-longs. 

Week beginning 7th December

 

This week is our 1st termly assessment week so we will be assessing the children in each of the core disciplines (Reading, Writing, GPS and Maths) 

 

Reading: The children will be continue to practise their fluency and comprehension skills this week.  

 

GPS: We will be learning to identify and use various prefixes such as 'in-', 'auto-' and 'dis-' and understanding how the prefix changes the meaning of the root word.  

 

Maths:  This will be a continuation of learning to tell the time, in addition to learning the new skill of using the 24 hour clock and working out how to interpret timetables.   

 

Project: The building process for the toys continues.....! The children will start to think about how they need to change and/or adapt their designs into a workable model.  To this end, we would ask that any recyclable materials such as plastic milk bottles, cardboard and any spare buttons could be brought into school next week so that the children can continue building their toys. 

Week beginning 30th November

 

Reading: The children will be practising their fluency and comprehension skills this week.  

 

GPS: The children will be planning and writing their own 'toy story' using the skills we practised and the vocabulary we created last week. At the end of the week the children will be using their editing skills to re draft and improve their work. 

 

Maths:  We will be the learning skill of telling the time, looking at the difference between analogue and digital clocks and telling the time to the nearest minute.  

 

Project: Now that the children have decided what to make and created a list of the materials we will start to make our toys! To this end, we would ask that any recyclable materials such as plastic milk bottles, cardboard and any spare buttons could be brought into school next week so that the children can make a start on building their toys. 

 

Reminders: We hope to see as many of you as possible on Tuesday for our Christmas making morning. 

Week beginning 23rd November

 

 

Reading: This week we will be continuing to look at different types of questions from a simple text. This will enable the children to practise how to skim and scan, infer and deduce the answers from the hints in the text as well as put themselves in the author's shoes to answer some questions. 

 

GPS: The children will be putting into practice some of the skills they have been learning over the past few weeks. They will be writing their own 'toy story' and we will be asking the children to include fronted adverbials and expanded noun phrases amongst other things in order to extend their sentences and make their writing more descriptive and interesting for the reader. 

 

Maths: We will be learning all about different methods of data collection and how to present them accurately in different formats, e.g tally charts, frequency tables, pictograms and line graphs. From this, the children will start to interpret the data and answer questions from the information given. 

 

Project: The children have made a great start by designing their own electrical toys and games. They have decided what to make and now they will thinking about the materials they need in order to create them. To this end, we would ask that any recyclable materials such as plastic milk bottles, cardboard and any spare buttons could be brought into school next week so that the children can make a start on building their toys. 

 

Reminders: Please ensure all slips and forms that have been sent home recently (such as the O2, Xmas lunch, Bike-it breakfast and Egyptian workshop) are returned to your class teacher. Many thanks for your support.

 

Week beginning 16th November

 

 

Reading: This week we will be looking at different types of questions and from a simple text how the children are able to skim and scan, infer and deduce the answers from the hints in the text as well as put themselves in the author's shoes to answer some questions. 

 

GPS: We are looking to constantly improve the children's writing so will be focussing on using noun phrases to extend their descriptive writing e.g instead of writing 'the teacher said this...', we will be looking for the children to use 'the strict teacher with a stern voice demanded that I sat down.' 

 

Maths: The focus this week is negative numbers. We will start by ordering them and will then use negative numbers in addition and subtraction problems later on in the week.

 

Project: The children will be learning about market research. We will be carrying out our own questionnaires to find out what toys children in our class like. This information will then be used when we create our own toys. 

 

Reminders: Thank you for your support and donations towards our poppy appeal and Children in Need. 

On Friday the children have the opportunity to wear their own clothes in exchange for a Christmas Fair donation. 

Week beginning 9th November

 

SPAG(Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar)

This week we will be looking at sentence structure and how to change simple sentences into compound sentences using a variety of conjunctions. 

 

Reading

We will be reading non-fiction texts about electricity to link with our 'Toys' topic and discussing the structure of these texts. A further focus will be retrieving and recording information. 

 

Maths: We will be learning the rules when rounding whole numbers. We will also be introducing negative numbers and ordering these.

 

Project: The children really enjoyed the fantastic DT and Science workshop; where they made a moving electronic bug. We hope they were keen to show you their finished product! This week we will be discussing toy stereotypes and debating the question 'Do boys and girls play with the same toys?'

 

Reminders: On Wednesday the children will be learning about Remembrance Day. In classes, there will be a 2 minute silence. Thank you for your donations so far towards our poppy appeal. There are still poppies available for those who wish to contribute; this will continue until Wednesday.

Diwali Day will be on Thursday 12th November. 

Please remember to send the children into school in their pyjamas for Children in Need with a £1 donation.

 

 

 

Week beginning 2nd November

 

SPAG(Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar)

As part of our 'Toys' topic the children will be writing a review of their favourite toy using paragraphs to organise and structure their ideas. If possible, could the children bring a photo of their favourite toy for this activity.

 

Reading

 We will be looking at a selection of fiction texts that link with our topic and the children will be developing their summarising skills using the main ideas in the text. 

 

Maths: The focus will be decimals. We will be using our knowledge of place value to identify different decimals and order them. At the end of the week we will look to apply the skills we have learnt to help solve a maths investigation. 

 

Project: Our new topic is 'Toys'. We are lucky to have the Correx Creepers workshop come to visit us in the first week back, in this session the children will be taught how to design and make their own toy with working parts. We will also be looking at the history of toys to see how they have evolved over time. 

 

Reminders: 

PE continues to be on a Tuesday and Thursday; please make sure PE kit is brought in for these days. We will try to utilise our outside areas as much as possible over the winter months so can the children please have appropriate foot wear for outside PE with spare socks. We will still be using the woodland area on a Wednesday. Please send the children in with appropriate footwear (wellies) in a plastic bag.  

 

The Winning Recipe - Turkey Stir Fry

 

Ingredients

Turkey breast or mince

Carrots

Sweetcorn

Noodles

Broccoli

Mangetout

Salt (if required)

Chilli (if required)

Soy sauce

 

Recipe

  • Slice the turkey into thin strips and fry in a heated frying pan with a thin layer of oil. 
  • Wash, chop and peel the vegetables.
  • Boil the noodles for 2-3 minutes.
  • When the turkey is cooked (changed colour and hot on the inside), add the vegetables.
  • Keep stirring in the frying pan until vegetables are slightly crisp.
  • Drain and serve the noodles.
  • Add soy sauce, salt and chilli, if required, to the turkey and vegetables. 
  • Serve and garnish. 

Week beginning 19th October

 

SPAG(Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar) and Reading

Next week our focus is on using a dictionary to recognise words in alphabetical order. We will also be using a piece of text where the children will be using their skills acquired so far this term to skim and scan for various suffixes, plurals and word classes. 

 

Maths: The focus next week will be on translations of 2D shapes. We will be continuing with our times tables knowledge also but we would like to see the children practising how to draw a shape accurately and then translating (or moving) this a set number of places on a 2-4 quadrant grid. 

 

Project: The winning advert has been chosen and we shall be ordering the ingredients for the winning dish to be cooked on Wednesday. We look forward to trying out a delicious turkey stir fry in 4F and there will be 3 other meals cooked on that day too. The big taste test will be to impress Mrs Chandler who will select the winning dish to be cooked in the school kitchens after half term. In addition to this, the children will be learning about teeth, their function and general oral hygiene.

 

Reminders: 

Reading books: If books are not returned, we cannot issue another one. If your book is lost of damaged, you will receive a letter asking for £3 so that we can replace the books. To prevent the books becoming water damaged, we ask that you do not put water bottles in book bags.

Mathletics has been set and spellings have been sent home with the children this week. Please ensure that these tasks are completed by Thursday. 

 

Reminders

Please note that the children will be having their individual photo taken at school on Wednesday 14th. School jumpers and shirts tucked in all round please. 

On Friday 16th it is the Halloween disco from 4.45pm - 5.45pm and after school on Friday there is also an opportunity for you to come and view the work that your child has been doing so far this term. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible then. 

 

Week beginning 12th October

Please see our photo gallery for some photos of today's visitor, Richard Skinner from the 'Adopt a School' cooking programme. The children loved tasting different foods and learning about the different taste buds on their tongues!

SPAG(Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar) and Reading

Next week our focus is on using a dictionary to recognise words in alphabetical order. We will also be using a piece of text where the children will be using their skills acquired so far this term to skim and scan for various suffixes, plurals and word classes. 

 

Maths: Following on from this week's work on fractions, we have highlighted the need to focus our efforts on multiplication. As a result of this, the children will be learning about different times tables (x6, x9) and how to develop strategies to memorise and quickly recall these. Any assistance at home with this in preparation is much appreciated!!

 

Project: We will be continuing to use our persuasive language skills to compose adverts to sell our delicious meals. We will be using a variety of media to create engaging and exciting adverts, as well as preparing a pitch to the rest of the class after which the children will vote on their favourite meal.

In addition to this, the children will be learning about teeth, their function and general oral hygiene.

 

Reminders: 

Reading books: If books are not returned, we cannot issue another one. If your book is lost of damaged, you will receive a letter asking for £3 so that we can replace the books. To prevent the books becoming water damaged, we ask that you do not put water bottles in book bags.

Mathletics has been set and spellings have been sent home with the children this week. Please ensure that these tasks are completed by Thursday. 

 

Week beginning 5th October

 

Book Fair

‘Travelling Books’ are returning to the Infant School on Wednesday 7th October. The Book Fair was a huge success last year and we raised over £500 worth of book vouchers for the school.

 

There will be a large selection of books suitable for children aged 4-11 years old, at great prices, so please come and have a look on 7th, 8th and 9th October before and after school.

 

If you will not be able to make the book fair, you can still support us by buying a book online. Just go to http://shop.travellingbooks.co.uk/pages/Book-Store.html  and start shopping!

 

If you enter our school postcode RH1 6DZ, you can have the books delivered to school free of charge. This is also a great option if you would like to pay by card, as we can only take cash payments at school.

 

We hope to see you at the book fair next week.

 

SPAG(Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar):We will be investigating the different rules for changing words from singular to plural e.g. adding 's', 'es', changing 'f' to 'v' etc. 

 

Reading: We will be retrieving and recording information from non-fiction texts such as First News.

 

Maths: The focus next week is on fractions. The children will be learning how to identify and compare equivalent fractions as well as finding the fraction of a given quantity e.g. 1/2 of 62. 

 

Project: We will be continuing to use our persuasive language skills to compose adverts to sell our delicious meals. We will be using a variety of media to create engaging and exciting adverts, as well as preparing a pitch to the rest of the class after which the children will vote on their favourite meal.

 

Reminders: 

Reading books: If books are not returned, we cannot issue another one. If your book is lost of damaged, you will receive a letter asking for £3 so that we can replace the books. To prevent the books becoming water damaged, we ask that you do not put water bottles in book bags.

Mathletics has been set and spellings have been sent home with the children this week. Please ensure that these tasks are completed by Thursday. 

 

 

Week beginning 28th September

 

SPAG(Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar): We will be learning how to use different suffixes and the spelling rules that relate to these e.g. run - running (double the consonant if the root word has a short vowel sound before adding -ing)

 

Reading: Our focus is on improving the children's understanding of a given text. We will be reading extracts of the Iron Man by Ted Hughes; through targeted questioning the children will develop greater comprehension skills.

 

Maths: We will be looking at the line of symmetry in different 2D and 3D shapes and using this to draw an accurate reflection.

 

Project: We will be continuing to use our persuasive language skills to compose adverts to sell our delicious meals. We will be using a variety of media to create engaging and exciting adverts, as well as preparing a pitch to the rest of the class after which the children will vote on their favourite meal.

 

Reminders: We hope to see as many of you as possible on Wednesday 30th September at 6pm for the Year 4 residential trip briefing.

Reading books: If books are not returned, we cannot issue another one. If your book is lost of damaged, you will receive a letter asking for £3 so that we can replace the books. To prevent the books becoming water damaged, we ask that you do not put water bottles in book bags.

Mathletics has been set and spellings have been sent home with the children this week. Please ensure that these tasks are completed by Thursday. 

With regards to PE kit, please could we ask that you provide a spare pair of school socks for your child, as the grass on the field is still damp and we would hate for the children to develop a nasty case of trench foot!!

Week beginning 21st September

 

SPAG(Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar): We will be continuing to learn how to use inverted commas for direct speech, using them within sentences and paragraphs. 

 

Reading: We will be looking at a variety of texts, discussing which words and phrases capture the readers interest and imagination.

 

Maths: We will be using our knowledge of number patterns and place value to solve word problems and various investigations involving addition and subtraction.  

 

Project: Now that we have carried out market research to create a meal which is popular and within budget, we will be using our persuasive language skills to compose adverts to sell our delicious meals. We will be using a variety of media to create engaging and exciting adverts!

 

Reminders: Mathletics has been set and spellings have been sent home with the children this week. Please ensure that these tasks are completed by Thursday. 

With regards to PE kit, please could we ask that you provide a spare pair of school socks for your child, as the grass on the field is still damp and we would hate for the children to develop a nasty case of trench foot!!

Week beginning 14th September

 

SPAG(Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar): We will be learning about the various uses of commas, such as after fronted adverbial phrases (Quickly walking along the road, James tripped over a loose stone) and in direct speech.

 

Reading: We will be looking at how to use our inference skills in order to make an informed prediction about what might happen next in the story. This will also be tied in to skimming and scanning for useful words and phrases. 

 

Maths: Mental methods for addition and subtraction, with increasingly large numbers, are the focus next week, as well as solving 1 and 2 step word problems. 

 

Project: The children have designed a healthy meal and started to look at the budgetary side of the project. With a limited budget however, they may need to evaluate their ingredients as to what they could buy for a family of 4. The children will also be carrying out market research to find out which meals will be popular with the other children (and the judges!) 

 

Reminders: Mathletics has been set and spellings have been sent home with the children this week. Please ensure that these tasks are completed by Thursday. 

With regards to PE kit, please could we ask that you provide a spare pair of school socks for your child, as the grass on the field is still damp and we would hate for the children to develop a nasty case of trench foot!!

                                                         

 

Week beginning 7th September

 

SPAG(Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar): We will be learning about homophones, how to recognise them and use them correctly in our writing. Homophones are words that sound the same but are spelt differently such as bear/bare. 

 

Reading: We will be looking at a non-fiction text about healthy eating, linked to the digestive system. We will be focussing on retrieving and recording specific information from the text. 

 

Maths: We will be looking at place value. We will be learning about what each digit represents in a 4 digit number, as well as ordering and comparing numbers. 

 

Project: Our new project is called 'The Young Apprentice' and as part of this we will be learning about healthy eating, the different food groups and the importance of a balanced diet. 

 

Reminders: Please ensure your child has their PE kit on a Tuesday and Thursday as we will be doing PE and Games on these days. Kindly also ensure your child has a coat in school as we will endeavour to use the outside learning environments as much as possible. This also includes a suitable change of shoes e.g wellies or old trainers as we will be using the woodland area. If these could be brought in a plastic bag this will contain the inevitable mud!!

 

Homework: We will be sending out spellings on a Friday each week (in a green spelling book), which we will expect the children to learn for the following week. Mathletics will also be set each Friday and we will expect the children to have completed the set activity by the following Thursday. Please ensure that your child reads daily and that this is recorded in the yellow reading/home contact book.  

Welcome to Year 4!

 

We hope you had a fantastic summer and are ready for all the exciting things that will be happening this year!
 

On this page we will provide a weekly update of what we have been doing and what's coming up in the following week. 

 

As always, we encourage communication between home and school. Please come and talk to us if you have any questions.

The Federation of Earlswood Schools recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice. Child protection forms part of the school’s safeguarding responsibilities.
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