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Friday 27th March

Hello everybody,

What a strange time this is!   We are missing you all in school and are thinking of you  wherever you are. At least the weather has been sunny for us which makes everyone smile.

We hope you are enjoying the pack we sent home on Friday.  There are lots of websites on our school website too for you to dip into and we think there is something for everyone.  

Also I have just had another look at the other activities on our school site for you to try.  Make sure you scroll down to the end as the "Fun" section has some really good ideas.  Why not make a den or draw your garden.  Do check it out!  Also, why not enter the Art competition!

Be kind to your families and try and help where you can.  We know that all of our Year 4 children are fantastic and are doing their best to get through these strange times.

Thinking of you,

From all the Year 4 Teaching Team

 

 

 

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This week in Year 4                                                                              w/b 9/3/20

 

Yesterday we had a very successful sports afternoon to raise money for Sports Relief.  Each child tried two activities ranging from Tag Rugby to Tennis and worked as part of their colour team.  We were really proud of the sportsmanship shown on the field, on the playground and in the school  Well done and a big thank you to Mrs Davies for organising it.

On Monday we had  a visit from the Saxon Man who taught us many aspects of this age in a hugely entertaining way.  We learnt about life in the Great Hall (ask your child what the lowest person had to do!) and took part in a battle.  We practised our spear throwing and played Saxon board games alongside a quiz and talks about this interesting time in British History.

In Maths this week we have been looking at decimals and learning how important they are in everyday life.  English has been building up to an independent write on our own den, based on the work of Clive King's Stig of the Dump.  We tried hard to use techniques that would make our writing effective.

All in all a very busy four days!

We hope you have a lovely weekend,

The Year 4 Teaching Team

This week in Year 4                                                                              w/b 2/3/20

In English, we have been looking even closer at Stig of the Dump to help us understand how the author makes the writing effective.  We have then used this knowledge to write our own sentences.  Next week we will be applying this to a story of our own invention.

In Maths, we have been investigating how useful the inverse can be when checking calculations.  We returned to our subtraction sums and checked them with the corresponding addition sum.  We then realised if an error had been made and corrected it.

In our project, "Invaders to Settlers", we have looked at why people choose to settle in particular places.  We began by considering whether we would settle in Basingstoke, London, the seaside or the countryside.  We then looked at the reasons the Saxons also had for choosing a place to settle, considering criteria such as forest, water, hills for look-outs etc

Yesterday was World Book Day and a lot of activities were based on this.  The children really enjoyed sharing stories and completing quizzes.  The costumes were very inventive and we thank you all for your support with this.

Next week is another special Thursday when we are holding our colour PE competition in aid of Sports Relief.  Your child should have given you a letter yesterday so please check in bags.  Keep your fingers crossed for a dry day.

On Monday, we are lucky enough to have an Anglo Saxon experience.  Please do ask your child about it - great learning!  

Have a lovely weekend,

The Year 4 Teaching Team

This week in Year 4                                                       w/b 24/2/20

 

This week we have been studying a novel "Stig of the Dump".  This formed the basis of our English work for this week and will continue for the next two weeks.  We have been particularly interested in how the author has manipulated language to describe a setting.  By understanding this, then the children will have ideas when they come to write their own stories.  

In Maths, we have begun a unit on subtraction.  Some children used number lines, some used partitioning and some used column method.  We then applied our knowledge to reasoning questions.  Next week, we will be looking at how addition is the inverse of subtraction.

We have now started our new project "Invaders to Settlers".  We looked at how the Romans left, leaving a land which was undefended against the armies which came over the water.  We mapped the journey of the Angles, Saxons and Jutes on a map of Europe and thought about why they invaded from their own lands.  In Art, we drew examples of the intricate metal work found on the artefacts discovered at Sutton Hoo. 

The children have been told that auditions for the Talent Show will be held on Friday of next week.  We look forward to seeing the Acts then.  We hope that by having a weekend to think about this, it will make it easier for them to decide what they may like to do.  This is put on as a Year Group so children are welcome to work together from any of the three classes.

Also next week is Book Week.  We have given out the £1 vouchers to the children and they are valid for the next few weeks.

Hoping you have a good (and drier) weekend,

The Year 4 Teaching Team

This week in Year 4                                                             w/b 10/2/20

 

As we break up for half-term, it seems the six weeks since Christmas has flown by.  This week has seen the culmination of our project "There She Blows" and it was great to see so many parents coming in to see the explosion of the volcanoes on Thursday morning.  The children were very proud of their work in their Learning Journey and Art books and also with the super homework they had brought into school.  Thank you for your support with this project.

Our English this week has been based on our letters to the Mayor of Stromboli, persuading him to adopt our safety products.  We wrote and edited the letters carefully and then looked at why the words we chose were effective.  Finally we published the letters on the laptop and the finished results were very official looking.  In Maths, we have been adding and subtracting fractions of the same denomination before moving on to our next block on addition and subtraction of whole numbers.  We will be continuing this after half term.

Looking forward to the next half term, our project will be history based looking at how the Saxons invaded and settled into Britain after the Romans left.  Our PE will be dance and football and so we need indoor and outdoor kit in school please.  PE kits and bottles have been sent home tonight so they can be washed.

We hope that you have a restful half term and look forward to seeing the children back on Monday 24th February.

The Year 4 Teaching Team

 

This week in Year 4                                                           w/b 27/1/20

 

In English this week, we have been looking at techniques writers use when composing persuasive letters.  We have thought about the types of language used, rhetorical questions and repeating sentence openers to make a point.  Today we wrote to Miss Westaway about the distribution of ipads to certain groups in the school.  This was a subject that the children felt very strongly about and gave their opinions very persuasively.

In Maths, we have used last week's skills in division to help us understand fractions.  We will continue with this next week as we learn more about how fractions are represented.

In our project lessons, we have looked at the rock cycle, using starbursts to show the change from sedimentary to metamorphic and igneous rock.  This was a great way to understand this important feature.  Today we have made our volcanoes, using modroc.  We are really pleased with the first stage.  We would like to say a big thank you to all who sent in newspapers, boxes and bottles.  It was fantastic.

Next Tuesday we are looking forward to seeing the results of the children's homework.  What we have had in so far has been very carefully executed.

A note for your diaries, we are inviting parents into school on Thursday 13th February from 9.00 onwards to look at their work.  Do come if you can.

Have a good weekend,

The Year 4 Teaching Team

This week in Year 4                                               w/b 20/01/20

 

This week, in Maths, we have been learning different strategies for division.  We began with repeated addition with and without remainders and have now moved into chunking.  We have talked about some methods being more efficient when working with larger numbers.  Times Tables Rock Stars has been very useful as tables are crucial when dividing.  Please continue to encourage your child to practice four times a week as we are aiming for instant recall of these facts.

In English, we have been working on an extended piece of writing  - our volcano stories.  We were very pleased with the final results and shared our finished work with children in Year 3 this morning.  This was enjoyable for everyone.

In our Volcano project, we have been looking at the three types of rocks - igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic.  We looked at lots of rocks and used a data branch key to classify and identify them. The children were amazed at just how many types of rocks there are and how all belong to one of these three categories.

In PE we continued with Gym and Orienteering.  The weather was a lot kinder to us this week - thank goodness.

FInally, a plea for help.  We want to make our own volcanoes next week and would be pleased to receive old shoe boxes (adult size) and small plastic bottles eg Fruit Shoots.  We also need lots of newspaper and would be grateful if you could send any of these things into school by Thursday next week please.

Have a lovely weekend,

The Year 4 Teaching Team

This week in Year 4                                                              w/b 13/1/20

We have continued with our English work based on "Escape from Pompeii".  We have looked at many adventure stories and then used the knowledge of their structure to write a plan for our own story.  We also looked at how and why authors use speech and worked on writing speech with all its correct punctuation.

In Maths we have been improving our skills in multiplication of three and four digit numbers by one digit.  We have also been practising our times tables which are vital to efficient multiplying.  This will also prove helpful next week when we move onto division.  There is a competition between boys and girls on Times Tables Rock Stars this week to speed up our responses.

Our project has shown us how the Earth is made.  We also learnt about tectonic plates and the area of the world with so many volcanoes, it is known as the Ring of Fire.  In Art, we have been drawing the Great Wave which has Mount Fuji in the background.

We have persevered with orienteering and even though the weather has been against us, we were able to complete some skill work.  Our inside lesson of Gym at least had no weather problems.  On that note, please could you remind your child that shorts are needed for indoor PE as it is disappointing when apparatus is denied because tracksuit bottoms are being worn.

Tonight the children have brought home their reports of the Foundation subjects we studied last term.  Please look in bags if you have not received this.

Have a lovely weekend,

The Year 4 Teaching Team

 

 

 

 

This week in Year 4                                                  w/b 6/1/20

A belated Happy New Year to you all!  We hope you had an enjoyable Christmas holiday and were able to spend time with family and friends.  The children have certainly returned from the Christmas break refreshed and ready to learn.  

This week we have started our new project "There She Blows".  The children have been very excited by the clips of active volcanoes that we have shared.  We have found out about several volcanoes and today looked at how the inside of the earth has been made up.   To compliment our learning, we have used the book "Escape from Pompeii" to improve our vocabulary for our project.  This will remain the focus for the next couple of weeks as we move into story writing.

In Maths we have been looking at calendars.  We have taught many ways to try and remember how many days are in each month.  Please ask your child to show you.  Next week we are going to be looking at Multiplication and Division.  We hope you have found Times Tables Rock Stars useful.  Some children still need to work on that instant recall of table facts and this is an enjoyable way to practice.

Please resume reading at least four times a week now that the term has started.  It really does make a huge difference to children's progress.

Have a lovely weekend,

The Year 4 Teaching Team

 

This week in Year 4                                             w/b 16/12/19

 

What a week this has been!

 We started the week busily making items for the Christmas Market.  The children worked really hard and developed new skills while working with clay, paper and carrying out two lots of cooking.  It was lovely to see so many of you on Thursday and we thank you for supporting your child and the school.

Then on Wednesday, we were treated to a concert from all three classes on the ukulele . Each class played four pieces of music as a taste of what they had been working on.  We were very impressed with how much progress they had made in a term and were delighted that they had such a large audience to play to.

This morning we ended our Advent unit with our Christingle service.  The children made their own Christingles and learnt about the symbolism of each component.  Then we held a Christingle service and reflected on how the candles made us feel.  We finished our ceremony by singing "Away in a Manger" and "Silent Night". The children have taken their Christingles home so do ask them about it.

We would like to say a huge thank you to all of you who sent in oranges.

So, now as we have reached the end of a busy and varied term, we would like to thank you for all the ways in which you have supported us.  We would also like to say thank you for the lovely gifts.

 

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We look forward to seeing you all in 2020!

The Year 4 Teaching Team

 

This week in Year 4                                   w/b 9/12/19

 

Wow!  We have just finished the final performance of our production "C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S spells Christmas" and we are so proud of each and every child in all three classes.  The lines were delivered clearly, the jokes were shared beautifully and the singing was stunning.  We are hugely appreciative of the audiences - our school, Y2 from the Infants and of course, the parents.  We want to say a special thank you to you for the help with learning lines, providing costumes and encouraging everyone to take part.  For some children, being on stage was a massive achievement and a chance to shine.  Thank you too, for all your kind comments.  We are glad you enjoyed it and hope it made you feel a little Christmassy!

 

In English this week, we have looked at the structure of traditional stories and planned our own story in this style.  We will be writing them next week.  We will also be involved in lots of craft work in a variety of media as we get ready for the Christmas Market on Thursday. We hope that you are able to visit us.

 

Finally, we are going to make Christingles as part of our RE work.  We would be grateful if your child could come to school on Monday with an orange.  School will provide all the rest of the equipment.

Many thanks.

Have a lovely weekend,

The Year 4 Teaching Team

This week in Year 4                                                                   w/b 2/12/19

 

Well, it's beginning to look a feel a lot like Christmas!  This week we have been busy rehearsing our lines and songs for the Christmas Production.  Thank you to those who have sent in costumes.  Please can we ask that any remaining costumes are sent in by this Monday please.  We hope to see as many of you as possible at one of the three performances next week.  If you would like a ticket, please ask at the office.

This week in English we have been continuing to work on settings, using descriptive phrases and adjectives.  We have based this on snowy language, using the Snow Queen to help us.  We have been really pleased with the language choices made by the children which have made their descriptions so effective.

In Science we carried out an experiment to try and prove the effect temperature has on turning a solid (ice) into liquid.  Some of the predictions made before the investigations were disproved by the evidence we collected.  Therefore we had to make conclusions based on the data we measured in six different locations.

We have begun to look at the meaning of Advent and on Monday, a visitor will be joining us to tell us what Advent means to Christians.  As mentioned, last week, we are going to make Christingles for a service in the last week.  We would be really grateful if you could send in an orange for Monday 16th December please.  School will provide all the other materials needed.

Have a lovely weekend,

The Year 4 Teaching Team

 

This week in Year 4                                              w/b 25/11/19

 

It may have been a four day school week but we have certainly packed a lot in!

In English we have been reading the Hans Christian Anderson story of the Snow Queen and writing a character description for her.  This has meant using adjectives and powerful language and trying to write effectively for our readers.  Next week we will be moving onto settings.

In Maths we have finished our work on graphs in our Statistics block and then practised some reasoning skills to show we can apply what we have learnt.  In Science we had great fun trying to prove that solids melt at different rates.  Some of us were surprised at our results as they didn't always match our predictions.  This led us to think about reasons - true scientific practice.  With melting chocolate, marshmallows, butter and bread, it smelt lovely in Year 4.

On Tuesday, we were lucky to take part in a Drum workshop,  This involved banging huge balls as we moved around them and from side to side but still keeping in rhythm.  This was really energetic and great fun.  All the staff and children really enjoyed this session.

We are now only a week away from our Christmas performances and we would like your help.  All children must know their lines without a script by Monday 2nd December.  Please could you practice with your child.  Most only have one or two lines to learn.  Also Monday is the day we want costumes in please.  Send them in a labelled carrier bag. Any problems, please jot down in a Home School book so we can be of help.  Your child has been given a letter tonight to request tickets for each performance.  Please look in bags if you have not received this and return it to school with your requests. 

Finally our RE topic is Advent and as part of this we will be making Christingles.  Please could you send your child in with an orange by Monday 16th December.  School will provide all the other items.  Thank you.

Have a good weekend,

The Year 4 Teaching Team

This week in Year 4                                          w/b 18/11/19

The focus of this week in English has been on writing a poem based on a candle.  To do this, we tried to use the tools of a poet such as Pie Corbett.  We brainstormed to find powerful vocabulary and effective similes to bring the poem to life.  We are proud of the imagery in our finished pieces of work.

 

To help us with our work on our Science project, each class has visited the Primary Science Centre at QMC.  The children were able to carry out four investigations to further their knowledge of states of matter - solids, liquids and gases.  This even included making our own plastic by using hot water and moulding the polymer into different shapes.  It really showed us how useful it is when we recycle plastic.  Being able to carry out a fair test will be something we continue learning about next week.

 

Today we have sent home a costume letter for our forthcoming Christmas production.  We usually find that by sharing what we have around the home works really well - the true meaning of Christmas!  We ask that named costumes are in on Monday December 2nd please so we can look at the overall impact.  We hope the stage blocks will be up by then so we can practice on our stage.  We do have a few bits and pieces at school which can supplement some costumes so please ask if we can help with this.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

The Year 4 Teaching Team

 

 

This week in Year 4                                                 w/b 11/11/19

In English this week, we have been looking at poetry.  We have looked at many types of poems to try and work out how poets manipulate language for effect.  We were then able to develop a "Poet's Tool Box" which contained the tools of simile, personification, rhyme etc.  We studied a poem called "Day's Eye" and next week we will start to write a poem in a similar style.  To help us, today we looked at candles and wrote down vocabulary that might help us.

In Maths, we finished our work on Time and then started the next block which is all about ways in which we can present data.  So far, we have looked at pictograms and bar charts and will move onto line graphs next week.

We have also started our new project, "Fire and Ice".  We began by looking at the differences between the molecules of "Solids, Liquids and Gases.  The homework will also support this.  To develop our understanding, we shall be working at QMC in the primary science department.  Each class will spend a morning there next week.  As we will be walking both ways, please ensure your child has a coat!  A snack can be brought too and normal dinner arrangements will still apply.

Auditions have now taken place for the Christmas production.  Scripts and parts will be sent home soon.  We have already been busy learning the songs!

Have a lovely weekend,

The Year 4 Teaching Team

This week in Year 4                                                        w/b 4/11/19

 

We have been looking at the concept of power in our own lives and in the lives of Hindus and Christians.  There were many thoughtful responses.  To compliment this work, our reading text has been about the Hindu festival of Diwali.  We have looked at the traditions associated with this festival such as diva lamps and rangoli patterns.  Divali took place this year in half term and so we were able to listen to the experiences of children who took part.  Our English writing was based on the story of Rama and Sita which explains why lamps are so important to this celebration.

In Maths we have been looking at telling the time on analogue and digital clocks.  Lots of children have made good progress with this and it would be fantastic if they could continue to practise at home.

Next week we will begin our science based project, Fire and Ice.  As part of this, we will be going to use the science lab at QMC.  More details to follow.

We have sent home some lines from our Christmas production.  We do not expect children to learn these off by heart but we would like them to read them and practise performing them as we are holding auditions on Monday afternoon.  There will be parts of different sizes - some speaking, some dancing etc.  We look forward to starting to it really soon.  Performances for parents are Thursday 12th December at 9.30 and Friday 13th December at 2.00  Tickets will be available nearer the time. 

This is going to be another busy half term!

Just a reminder - all children must bring a coat, even if they come to school by car.  They are outside for an hour at lunchtime and the weather has turned very cold now.  Please could you make sure they bring a coat each day.  Thank you.

Have a lovely weekend,

The Year 4 Teaching Team

This Week in Year 4                                w/b 21/10/19

 

What a lovely end to our half term and our Egyptian project.  Thank you to all the parents who braved the weather and came to our sharing afternoon in the hall.  We hope you were as amazed as we were by the creativity of the children in their choice of project homework.  We appreciate that support was given from home and we thank you for this.  We had so many different aspects of  Egyptian life presented in unique and creative ways.  We also hope you saw the hieroglyphs on the clay and the real papyrus that was given to us by the Ashmolean Museum.  The children have taken  both of these home so do ask them about it.   This project was amazing - the children have really enjoyed it and are now Egyptian experts.

It was lovely to see so many of you at our parents evenings this week.  We hope you enjoyed looking at all the work the children have done in seven weeks.  The children are very proud of their learning and so are we.

We hope everyone enjoys half term and uses it as a chance to recharge batteries as the run up to Christmas is always busy (and exciting).  We encourage the children to find a good book especially if the weather is bad and of course, there is always the Rock Stars Times Tables Challenge!

Wishing you an enjoyable and restful half term,

The year 4 Teaching Team

 

 

This week in Year 4                      w/b 14/10/19

 

We have just returned from our trip to Oxford to visit the Ashmolean Museum.  We had a workshop in the Egyptian galleries and saw a real Egyptian shrine to a pharaoh and two actual mummies.  One was a dancer who had been preserved to provide entertainment in the afterlife and the other was an important man called "Jed" (for short) who had a very impressive coffin.  As well as the coffin, which held the mummified body, there were three lids of an increasing size which had hieroglyphics and symbols on every aspect.  We also saw mummified cats, birds and even a baby crocodile which accompanied the pharaoh on his journey to the afterlife.  Then we looked at civilisations which were successful alongside the Ancient Egyptians  such as pre-historic Britain, Indus and Ancient Sumer.  This will help us in our project work next week.  The children were well behaved and answered questions from ourselves and museum staff very knowledgeably and politely.  We were very proud of all of them.  Thank you for your patience with the slightly later pick-up time.

This week we have been looking at the discovery of the most famous pharaoh of all, King Tutankhamen.  We now know how his tomb was discovered by Howard Carter almost hundred years ago.  We have also as a year group shared some of the wonderful homework created by the children.  On Thursday, we visited each of the three classes and were inspired by the creativity and variety of all the pieces.  Thank you for all your support with this.  We will share them again on Friday when we invite you in to see the children's work on Egypt.

We have also been continuing with non-chronological reports and finishing our block of work on subtraction.

A busy but very enjoyable week!

We hope to see you at parents evenings next week but in the meantime, do have a lovely weekend.

 

The Year 4 Teaching Team

This week in Year 4                                                  w/b 7/10/19

This week we have been looking at the skills needed to write a non-chronological report.  We  studied the features of successful reports in a variety of non-fiction books on Ancient Egypt,  We then collected notes on four areas; pyramids, mummification, River Nile and homes.  We then practised turning our notes into the first paragraph on pyramids - we are quite experts on this subject now! Eventually we will build up to a full report which will showcase our knowledge and skills.

In Maths we have continued with subtraction.  Many of us can now use the expanded method and some have begun to practise column method and apply this to word problems.

In our project work, we have moved onto looking at the achievements of the Ancient Egyptians.  On Monday we discovered how papyrus was used to make early paper.  We even had a go at making it ourselves!  In Art, we looked at the wonderful colours and intricate patterns found on Egyptian jewellery.  We had a go at completing the other half of some examples and then used this understanding to design our own piece in the style of the Ancient Egyptians.

Next week we are off to the Museum.  All children will need a packed lunch on Friday  and as previously mentioned, we will be slightly later back.  We have been given the approximate time of 3.45 by the coach company.

Thank you for booking a parents evening appointment using our new on-line system.  We look forward to meeting you.

Have a lovely weekend despite the rain.  Perfect weather for going on our new Maths game "Rockstars"!

The Year 4 Teaching Team

This week in Year 4                                           w/b 30/9/19

 

This week we took part in King Furlong's very first Poetry Jam.  Year 4 worked on the poem "From a railway carriage" by Robert Louis Stevenson. We explored the poem, looking at images, similes and personification and then thought about how we should perform it.  Each class had their own lines and then we put the whole poem together.  The children recited it brilliantly and the rhythm of the train filled the hall.  Finally, on Friday, we had a go at writing our own verse based on what we might see on our own train journey.  The children enjoyed this experience of sharing poetry as a school.  The Poetry Jam was a huge success.

Friday was also an exciting time for Year 4 as we carried out our own mummification of our teddies/dolls.  Thank you so much for providing the toilet roll.  The children now understand the whole eight step process and can use this to support their learning when we go to the Museum in two weeks time.

In Maths we are continuing our work on subtraction and have begun to introduce the children to Rock Stars.  This is a fun way to learn tables.  Chadwick have already tried it and Hepworth and Moore will be taking part early next week.

Please can we remind you that all children are expected to read four times a week and have their logs signed.  Most of our children do this but in order to maximise progress, we need everyone to take part.  Any problems, please let us know.

Have a lovely weekend,

The Year 4 Teaching Team

 

This week in Year 4                                           w/b 23/9/19

We have been very busy this week and the children have managed to fit a lot of learning into four days!

In English, we have been finishing our work on diaries and asked the children to write a diary entry independently.  This gave the children a chance to apply the new skills studied this week into their own writing.  We wrote about some of the achievements of the Ancient Egyptians such as papyrus, pyramids and astronomy.  We also had a go at making our own pyramids from marshmallows and cocktail sticks.  We quickly realised (just like the Ancient Egyptians) that a square based pyramid was more stable than a triangular base.

In Maths, we have been looking at efficient ways of adding.  The children have tried very hard to master new methods and are pleased with the progress they have made. Next week, we look at how to use these skills to solve word problems.

On Thursday, we sent home a note about the half term homework project ideas.  We have asked the children to think about an Egyptian object and create a 3D model, picture or collage.  Please let us know if any more explanation is needed.

We also asked if the children could bring in a toilet roll and a small figure or soft toy on Friday as we want to experience how the Egyptians carried out mummification. Thank you for your support with this.

Have a good weekend,

The Year 4 Teaching Team

This week in Year 4

 

This week we have been finding out where Egypt is and how far it is away from Basingstoke. It is over 3000 miles.  Do ask your child!   We now know what the capital is and that the Nile is the longest river in the world.  We wanted to find out what modern Egypt looks like and were surprised by the many modern attractions enjoyed by tourists.  In Art we have begun to sketch Egyptian people in the style of the original tomb paintings, makings sure the heads, eyes and feet are turned to the side while the bodies remain  facing forward.

In English we have been writing diaries from the point of view of our explorer, Henry Jackson.  We have found out about what Egyptians wore, the houses they lived in and the huge importance of the river Nile.  In Maths we have finished out unit on Place Value.

Please can we ask for your help.  Our indoor PE lesson is gym.  All children need to have shorts and should not be wearing joggers.  These are only suitable for safety reasons for outdoor sports. Thank you.

We also are having more and more children upset because they cannot find unnamed lunch boxes and jumpers.  Please could you check if any pen has been washed out as we do try and reunite lost items to their owners but it is proving difficult and time-consuming. Having a name is so much quicker for everyone involved.

Finally we sent out details of a trip to the Ashmoleon Museum in Oxford.  If you can help, please let us know, bearing in mind we will be slightly later back to school.

Have a good weekend and enjoy the Autumn sunshine.

The Year 4 Teaching Team

This week in Year 4                                                  w/b 9/9/19

 

Welcome back!

We have now completed our first week of the new school year and we are very pleased with the way the children have settled into year 4.  They have all coped really well with new routines and getting to know their new teachers.  A great start has been made with reading four times a week and we thank you for your support with this.

This week in Maths we have been looking at Place Value and in English we have begun a block of work on diaries.  We have also started our project for this half term, "From Papyrus to Pyramids".  We have looked at how archaeologists found our about the Ancient Egyptians from hieroglyphs  and even had a go at writing messages ourselves.  We also entered a virtual Time Machine and journeyed back through the Tudors, Romans, Vikings, Ancient Greeks until we reached 3100 BC - the age of the Ancient Egyptians.

This half term we will be doing indoor PE (Gym) and outdoor PE (Tag Rugby)   Please could children have named kit in for these.  Please note that shorts need to be worn for gym and not tracksuit bottoms.  Also if children cannot remove earrings, please send in tape so they can be covered up for safety reason.

We do hope you feel the children have settled in well but please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of further help.

Enjoy the weekend,

The Year 4 Teaching Team 

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