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Autumn Term News

From Class 6!

Thank you for your wonderful Christmas gifts! I am extremely lucky to have such a lovely and generous class :)

You've been fantastic this term Class 6! Merry Christmas and a happy New Year! Enjoy you're holiday: eat lots, play lots and have lots of fun!

Come back to school in the new year refreshed and rejuvenated and let's have an equally successful and fun Spring term :)

Miss M

x


19th December

Toy Day Tuesday 20th Dec:

For toy day, please bring a toy (such as a board game) for you and your class mates to play with throughout the day. 

  • Label your toy with your name and class
  • NO ELECTRONICS
  • Your toy is your responsibility- School will not be responsible for broken/ lost toys. My advice is to not bring toys that are very precious to you as other children will be playing with it too.

Don't forget that tomorrow is also Christmas Jumper day! :)


16th December

Mannequin Challenge! 

Today Year 4, and the rest of the school, completed a Jesse Gray Mannequin Challenge! This is the aftermath... HAPPY PARTY DAY YEAR 4!

 

 

 


15th December

Treat afternoon:

Class 6 thoroughly enjoyed their den building, snack munching, film watching treat afternoon! Keep being amazing and earning those treat squares!

Key dates:

Tuesday 3rd Jan- Reading records checked

Wednesday 4th Jan- Art day

Thursday 5th Jan- Spelling test

Thursday 5th Jan- Times table test

1st week back:

Maths- Adding and subtracting money

Literacy- Christophe's Story- Narrative from another Culture & spelling dictation 4

In the Year 3/4 resources you will find the 'Writer's toolkit' which maps out all the sentence structures we will be learning this year.

Topic- Nice try looking here... The new topic will be revealed the first day back!

Science- Electricity 


10th December

Hathersage info:

In the Year 3/4 resources section, please find the powerpoint used for the Hathersage information evening. If you have any queries, feel free to grab me in the playground or drop email me.

Treat afternoon:

As you'll know from the treat afternoon letter that went home last week, Class 6 are having their 1st treat afternoon Thursday 15th December. 

On Thursday 15th December, if you wish, please bring to school:

(In a bag labelled with your name)

  • Your pyjamas (or other clothing if you prefer. Please come to school in your uniform as usual)
  • A bed sheet - to drape over the tables to make the dens!
  • A pillow/ cushion - to sit on
  • A soft toy - to watch the film with
  • Popcorn/ cakes/ sweets (nothing that contains nuts please) - for you to munch on during the film

Homework:

Over the Christmas holiday, the Year 4 children will not be given any mathletic or topic homework to complete. We will still however have our usual spelling and times table test the 1st Thursday back in the new year (Thurs 5th Jan 17'). ENJOY YOUR BREAK AND HAVE LOTS OF FUN :)

Up coming Key dates:

Wed 14th Dec- RE day

Thurs 15th Dec- Treat afternoon

Thurs 15th Dec- Christmas concert

Fri 16th Dec- Christmas party day!

Mon 19th Dec- Hamper draw

Tues 20th Dec- Toy day


8th December

Party day!

As you'll know from the party letter that went home yesterday, the Year 3 and 4 party day is next Friday 16th! YAY! I'd like to thank you again for your donations of party food and ask that no food containing nuts of any kind be brought into school. We have children in school, and in our class, with acute nut allergies (cashew nut allergy in particular in Class 6). 

Thank you,

Miss M

x

Science-

This week Class 6 have been making it rain! Simply using hot water, jam jars kindly donated by yourselves and ice, the children created a model demonstrating evaporation and condensation. Have a go at home and explain what is happening to your parents! How accurate scientific is your explanation?

Try these water cycle games:

http://www.educationsoutheastwater.com.au/game/natural-water-cycle.html

http://apps.southeastwater.com.au/games/se-water-cycle.swf

http://www.educationsoutheastwater.com.au/game/natural-water-cycle.html



6th December

PE-

From January 17', Class 6's PE lessons will now be on Thursday (out door) and Friday (in door). As these days are subject to change, please ensure your child has their PE kit in school everyday. 

Please make sure your child has the correct PE (long hair tied up) on these days as they will not be allowed to participate without it. If your child has their ears pierced, if possible, please take them out and leave them at home on these days.

Thank you,

Miss M x


5th December

Well done Ruby Curley for raising £584.42 for the Princess Trust!

What an amazing achievement!

Thank you to everyone who donated

Up coming Key dates:

Wed 7th Dec- Christmas Dinner Day

Thurs 8th Dec- Hathersage Parents Meeting

Fri 9th Dec- Christmas Fair

 

Wed 14th Dec- RE day

Thurs 15th Dec- Treat afternoon

Thurs 15th Dec- Christmas concert

Fri 16th Dec- Christmas party day!

 

Mon 19th Dec- Hamper draw

Tues 20th Dec- Toy day

 


1st December

Good morning Class 6!

It's the first of December! The count down to Christmas begins! I hope you enjoyed your first advent chocolate this morning :)

In the Year 3/4 resource folder you will find Maths and Literacy activities to complete at home while school is closed. The expectation is that you will complete these tasks to the best of your ability but please only work for a reasonable amount of time (You would normally work for 5 hours during the school day).

PLEASE NOTE: There is no expectation or need to print the resources provided. Simply keep the questions/ page on your computer screen and do your work on paper with whatever resources you have available :)

Maths-Your choice! 

Choose an activity (1 or 2 sheets) to practise the methods you find tricky / you think you need to work on. Although it is fun to complete tasks we can do easily, those aren’t the tasks that are going to help us learn; have a growth mind set! Get practising those methods you find trickier.

In the Year 3/4 resources folder you'll also find the Yr 4 maths toolkit which gives examples of the methods you have learnt in class (and some that we will be learning later).

Note: We are covering 'Money' in our up coming units, however if you'd like a head start, have a go! Use the number line method for working out change.

 

Mathlectics homework

I have set your usual mathletics homework. Remember that although your mathletics homework is on the computer screen, that doesn't mean it all needs to be done mentally! Use paper and pencil for formal methods (e.g. column addition and column subtraction.)

 

Literacy- biographies (choose your challenge!)

As we have been learning about biographies, in the Year 3/4 resource folder you will find:

  • The Writer's toolkit
  • Biography planning sheets
  • Topic sentence starters
  • Steps To Success (STS)

Write the biography of a family member- remember to really exaggerate them in their role e.g.

'Mum of the century'

'Father of the decade'

Biographies are usually past tense; however as the person you're writing about is alive, only events that have already happened will be past tense. Remember to keep focused on the STS and check list and edit!

 

Science- States of Matter games!

Have fun playing on these State of Matter games. How much do you remember? 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/materials/gases_liquids_solids/play/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/materials/changing_state/play/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/9_10/changing_state.shtml

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/materials/

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2science.html

http://www.educationsoutheastwater.com.au/game/natural-water-cycle.html

Enjoy!

Miss Massey

x


23rd November

THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROUS DONATIONS FOR OUR CLASS HAMPER ALREADY!

KEEP THEM COMING :)

Art-

This week our topic lesson took an artistic turn! Class 6 learnt how to sketch a face with accurate proportions and size of features.

Science-

Class 6 have been investigating again! This week, we've been investigating, with scientific accuracy, the effect of heat on ice. The Class enjoyed taking accurate measurements every 7 minutes of their melted ice pops which they had placed in different areas of the room. We concluded that the higher the temperature, the quicker the changing of state from a solid to a liquid occurred.

Key dates:

Monday 28th Nov- Checking reading records

Thursday 1st Dec- Spelling test

Thursday 1st Dec- Times table test

Thursday 1st Dec- Hathersage info evening

Next week's learning:

Maths- Formal written subtraction

In the Year 3/4 resources you will find the Mathletics Shape and symmetry printable extra homework if you would like more practise at what you've learnt in Autumn 2 so far.

Literacy- Biography of Ug: Boy Genius of the Stone Age

In the Year 3/4 resources you will find the 'Writer's toolkit' which maps out all the sentence structures we will be learning this year.

Topic- Portraits (Art)

Science- States of Matter

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss M

x

 


18th November

THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!!! :)

Music:

I think you'll agree that Class 6s' performance of Silver Birch is beautiful! What a musical lot you are :)

 

 


16th November

Design and Technology Day- moving and raising Stonehenge!

Class 6 were set 3 challenges today....The first, to investigate how neolithic man moved the huge 20 tonne Sarsen stones 25 miles to the site of Stonehenge using only natural resources available to them. The second, investigating how the stones were raised without the aid of machines! The third, to investigate pulleys, a modern day technique for lifting heavy objects. The children thoroughly enjoyed designing, testing and evaluating their ideas, but most of all they loved  learning about the theories archaeologists have on the building of Stonehenge.

Love Reading for Kids

Stuck for what book to read next? Not found a genre or author you love yet? THIS IS THE WEBSITE FOR YOU! 

http://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/

Simply create a login (register) using your school email and school password, then off you go! Search authors, genres, books by age and see books recommended. Once you've found a book you like the sound of, download the free extract and get reading! Want to read the rest? You can always borrow the full book from the library or remind your parents that Christmas is coming up ;)

Key dates:

Monday 21st Nov- Checking reading records

Thursday 24th Nov- Spelling test

Thursday 24th Nov- Times table test

Friday 25th Nov- Inset day

Next week's learning:

Maths- Formal written addition

In the Year 3/4 resources you will find the Mathletics Shape and symmetry printable extra homework if you would like more practise at what you've learnt in Autumn 2 so far.

Literacy- Biography of Ug: Boy Genius of the Stone Age

In the Year 3/4 resources you will find the 'Writer's toolkit' which maps out all the sentence structures we will be learning this year.

Topic- Portraits (Art)

Science- States of Matter- the ice-pop investigation

Have a wonderful weekend,

Miss M

x


15th November

STOP… Hamper Time!

Our theme this year is… (drum roll please)

Pamper Hamper! <3

As the JGA Christmas Fair is fast approaching, Friday 9th December, please bring you donation to Class 6’s classroom and pop them in the hamper.

Your donations can be anything that will ensure the winner of our hamper feels utterly pampered!

Here some ideas to get you started:

  • Chocolates/ biscuits
  • Wine/ champagne/ beer
  • Bubble bath/ salts/ petals/ bombs
  • Face masks
  • Massage oils
  • Body lotions
  • Body gloves/ exfoliator
  • Voucher for a professional massage/ facial/ pedicure/ manicure
  • Candles/ oils/ incenses
  • CD of relaxing music

The list could go on! I’m sure that you will come up with your own brilliant ideas. Please could items come into school on/by Monday 5th December 2016. If edible please ensure best before date is after Dec. 2016!!

Image result for hollyImage result for hollyTHANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!

Yours Festively,

Miss Massey :)


11th November

Optional (extra) maths homework: In Year 3/4 resources I have uploaded a matheltic work book for you to print and complete at home if would like to practise  everything you have learnt in our Shape and Symmetry unit. If you choose to complete any, bring it in for me to take a look- the extra effort is definitely worth a reward :) 

Have fun my marvellous mathematicians!


10th November

Haiku poems

The technical glitches have been fixed, and the video of the children's Haiku poems is now below :)

Science

This week in Science Year 4 investigated gases. The class acted as solid, liquid and gas particles, discovered that gases surround us and that the Earths surface’s air fills every available space. Through a carousel of activities, the children investigated the weight of the gases in our air, how smell travels through air and set about proving the existence of gases!

Maths

Class 6 used hoops, metre sticks and classroom resources to create 3D symmetrical patterns! They did a brilliant job of creating symmetry along a mirror line, giving constructive peer feedback and reflecting on what they found a challenge (the letters and numbers proved to be particularly tricky!)

Key dates:

Wednesday 16th Nov- D&T day

Thursday 17th Nov- Spelling test

Thursday 17th Nov- Times table test

Friday 18th Nov- Children in Need Day- Don't forget to go totally dotty and spotty!

Next week's learning:

Maths- Mental addition and subtraction

In the Year 3/4 resources you will find the Mathletics Shape and symmetry printable extra homework if you would like more practise at what you've learnt in Autumn 2 so far.

Literacy- Apostrophes for possession, independent write and Children in Need

In the Year 3/4 resources you will find the 'Writer's toolkit' which maps out all the sentence structures we will be learning this year.

Topic- The Stone Age!

Science- States of Matter- changing states

Have a brill weekend,

Miss M

x

 


3rd November

Welcome back Class 6! :)

Haiku poems

To celebrate Bonfire night, Year 4 are writing Haiku poems about fireworks and bonfires! Before they started to write, they read and prepared a short dramatic performance of a range of Haiku poems to get a feel for the rhythm and structure of this specific type of poem. 

 

 

Science- sorting solids and liquids

Year 4 kicked off their new Science topic on States of Matter by investigating solids and liquids. They did a great job of using their scientific knowledge of the properties to classify a variety of materials. They even made a book using Book Creator on the ipads to teach others how to spot if a material is a solid or liquid!

Key dates:

Tuesday 8th & Wednesday 9th Nov- Parents evening

Thursday 10th Nov- Spelling test

Thursday 10th Nov- Times table test

Friday 11th Nov- 2 min silence at 11am for Rememberance Day

Next week's learning:

Maths- Shape- symmetry 

In the Year 3/4 resources you will find the Mathletics Number and Place Value printable extra homework if you would like more practise at what you've learnt in Autumn 1.

Literacy- UG: Boy genius of the stone age- biographies

In the Year 3/4 resources you will find the 'Writer's toolkit' which maps out all the sentence structures we will be learning this year.

Topic- The Stone Age!

Science- States of Matter- gases!

Have a fab weekend,

Miss M

x


21st October

Cave Painting!

Class 6 had great fun today producing charcoal cave paintings! In true Neolithic cave life style, we made the classroom as dark as possible and stuck our paper under the table! 


20th October

Thank you for a wonderful first half term Class 6! You've worked incredibly hard, been impeccable with your behaviour and shown great kindness to each other and me during our Class 6 illness epidemics! You  deserve a week off :) 

Have a wonderful half term and I shall see you all refreshed and raring to go again Monday 31st October.

Miss Massey

Alan MacDonald- Author of the Dirty Bertie books

Year 4 thoroughly enjoyed their visit from Alan MacDonald! They heard him read a chapter from his very first Dirty Bertie book- Pants, Alan taught the children how to draw his character Dirty Bertie and the children even brainstormed ideas for Alan's next story!

Key dates:

Monday 31st Oct- RE Day

Thursday 3rd Nov- Spelling test

Thursday 3rd Nov- Times table test

Thursday 3rd Nov- Mathletics due

WB 7th Nov- Parents evenings

1st week back learning:

Maths- Shape

In the Year 3/4 resources you will find the Mathletics Number and Place Value printable extra homework if you would like more practise at what you've learnt in Autumn 1.

Literacy- Haiku Poems

In the Year 3/4 resources you will find the 'Writer's toolkit' which maps out all the sentence structures we will be learning this year.

Topic- The Stone Age!

Science- States of Matter


UPDATE: Christmas Cards

Due to technical difficulties, the deadline to order and bring your Christmas cards back to me has been extended to Thursday 20th October.

Jam Jars:

After half term, we will be using large jam jars in our Science lessons. As much as I love jam and marmalade, I am struggling to collect enough alone. PLEASE HELP YEAR 4! If you have any jam jars (clean with lids- preferably with the label removed) you would like to donate to school in the name of Science, please bring them to Miss Massey :)

Thank you for your donations already! These size jars are perfect :) Keep them coming!


13th October

Alan MacDonald- Dirty Bertie author

On Thursday 20th October, the author of the popular 'Dirty Bertie' books will be visiting Jesse Gray to work with each class! 3:00 to 3:15, he will be signing your personal copies of his books. Remember to bring your Dirty Bertie books in on Thursday 20th October for signing, however if would like to bring in any for me to read to the class before that Thursday, please do so (make sure your name is written in the front.) HOW EXCITING! :)

Take a look at his website:

http://www.dirtybertiebooks.co.uk/

Key dates:

Monday 17th Oct- Christmas cards must be returned if you have placed an order

Monday 17th Oct- Reading organisers checked

Thursday 20th Oct- Spelling test

Thursday 20th Oct- Mathletics homework due

Thursday 20th Oct- Times table test

Thursday 20th Oct- Alan MacDonald work shops and book signing!

Friday 21st Oct- Last day of term

Next week's learning:

Maths- Counting and comparing: decimals

In the Year 3/4 resources you will find the Mathletics Number and Place Value printable extra homework if you would like more practise at what you've learnt in Autumn 1.

Literacy- Finishing off our versions of 'Stig of the Dump' and working with Alan MacDonald. SPAG focus: consolidate of what you've learnt this half term

In the Year 3/4 resources you will find the 'Writer's toolkit' which maps out all the sentence structures we will be learning this year.

Topic- The Stone Age!

Science- Teeth and digestion

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss M

x


7th October

Optional (extra) maths homework: In Year 3/4 resources I have uploaded a matheltic work book for you to print and complete at home if would like to practise  everything you have learnt in our Place Value unit. If you choose to complete any, bring it in for me to take a look- the extra effort is definitely worth a reward :) 

Note: Pages 22, 23, 24 and 25, estimating, we have not covered in class yet. We will be learning this skill later in the year.

Note: Page 9, negative numbers, we will be learning about next week.

Have fun my marvellous mathematicians!

 

Science- THE RESULTS ARE IN! The liquid has been drained  away to reveal it's effect on the egg shells. On Monday we will discuss our observations and the science behind the changes. Take a look at the pictures below, i'm sure you'll agree the results are 'eggtraordinary!'


6th October

Science- Did you know that sugar and acidic food and drink can damage your teeth? Do you know which drinks damage teeth the most? Have you noticed a funny smell coming from our classroom? 

Class 6 are investigating which liquid: water, milk, orange juice, vinegar or energy drink, is the most damaging. As pulling out teeth for our Year 4 investigation wouldn't be ethical, we have used egg shells to investigate the effect these common liquids have on our teeth.

WHICH DRINK DO YOU THINK WILL DO THE MOST DAMAGE?

Come take a look! We will be looking at the results Monday... watch this space!

More games and info:

http://www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/interactives/science/teethandeating/buildamouth/

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/revision/science/living/teeth.html

Key dates:

Monday 10th Oct- Harvest festival

Monday 10th Oct- Photos

Monday 10th Oct- Reading organisers checked

Thursday 13th Oct- Spelling test

Thursday 13th Oct Mathletics homework due

Thursday 13th Oct- Times table test

Next week's learning:

Maths- Counting and comparing: Big Solve & negative numbers

Literacy- Continuing to write your own version of the classic Narrative: 'Stig of the Dump'. SPAG focus: Subordinate clauses

In the Year 3/4 resources you will find the 'Writer's toolkit' which maps out all the sentence structures we will be learning this year.

Topic- The Stone Age!

Science- Teeth and digestion

Have a wonderful weekend,

Miss M

x


29th Sept

Science- This week, you created a book telling the story of the digestive system. You described the functions and included some fascinating facts!

Did you know that the small intestine is 6m long and that it takes 10 seconds for food to travel down the oesophagus to the stomach?

Christmas Cards- We had great fun with our September Christmas! We listened to Christmas tunes and got creative with your Christmas cards. The cards will be sent home this week for you to order- don't forget you must send the original back to me in school!

Key dates:

Monday 3rd Oct- Reading organisers checked

Thursday 6th Oct- Spelling test

Thursday 6th Oct Mathletics homework due

Thursday 6th Oct- Times table test

Next week's learning:

Maths- Counting and comparing: Rounding and counting in multiples of 6.

Literacy- Writing your own version of the classic Narrative: 'Stig of the Dump'. SPAG focus: Speech 

In the Year 3/4 resources you will find the 'Writer's toolkit' which maps out all the sentence structures we will be learning this year.

Topic- The Stone Age!

Science- Teeth and digestion

Have a great weekend,

Miss M

x


 

22/09 UPDATE:  Green 'Christmas Card' Letter

Apologises Class 6, I handed out the green 'Christmas Card letter' prematurely. We are making our Christmas cards next week and you will be able to take them home for your parents to see and order by the end of the week. Sorry!

22th Sept

Don't forget it's jeans for genes day tomorrow (Fri 23rd Sept)

You have made me so proud this week Class 6! Your behaviour has been impeccable and each any everyone of you has tried your best with your learning.  It's been great to hear you still encouraging each other to have a growth mind set and be positive in the face of challenge. Well done!

Topic- This week in topic we looked a British time line focusing on in particular when The Stone Age began and ended in relation to other periods in time we are familiar with. Some of you were astonished at how long Roman Britain lasted and how many pieces of paper we would need to represent the time of the Dinosaurs (each piece of paper represented 500 years)! I've now put up a time line in the class room if you'd like to find out more- take a look!

Science- In science, we've been studying the digestive system. We had great fun crunching bananas and crackers and representing the small intestines using tights! Can you remember the function of the small and large intestines?

Digestive websites and games:

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/health/anatomy/digestion/digestion_game_1.htm

http://kidshealth.org/en/kids/dsquiz.html

http://www.loveyourgut.com/games/digestive_game.php

Key dates:

Monday 26th Sept- Reading organisers checked

Monday 26th Sept- Class 6 special mentions

Thursday 29th Sept- Spelling test

Thursday 29th Sept- Mathletics homework due

Thursday 29th Sept- Times table test

Next week's learning:

Maths- Place value: placing numbers on a numberline, reading scales and using place value to add and subtract.

Literacy- Classic Narrative: 'Stig of the Dump'. SPAG focus: Sentence structures.

In the Year 3/4 resources you will find the 'Writer's toolkit' which maps out all the sentence structures we will be learning this year.

Topic- No topic next week, we will be making our Christmas cards!

Science- Teeth and digestion

Have a superb weekend,

Miss M

x


15th Sept

Notice: Please send a plastic bag with your child's PE kit for their mucky trainers, thank you.

English: This week you've written a setting description for Stig's cave. You impressed me with your use of Fronted Adverbials and Expanded Noun Phrases :) I can't wait to see what sentence structures you use next week in your independent writing! We also learnt how to use the first 3 letters in a word to look up correct spellings in a dictionary- get checking!

Topic: We had our first topic lesson this week to kick off our History unit on The Stone Age- Yabba Dabba Doo! Take a look at our display in the classroom to see what Class 6 what to find out about this time period. The BIG question is... how realistic is the cartoon, The Flintstones?!

ICT: In Computing, we started to code. If you'd like to try more and challenge yourself at home, below is the website we used in class:

https://code.org/learn

Science: In Science we've had loads of fun studying our teeth and discussing their functions. It was hilarious trying to eat a piece of bread without using our teeth! Below are some fun websites and games for you to explore:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/living_things/teeth_eating/play/

http://primarygamesarena.com/Units/Teeth-and-eating-

Key dates:

Monday 19th Sept- Reading organisers checked

Thursday 22nd Sept- Spelling test

Thursday 22nd Sept- Mathletics homework due

Thursday 22nd Sept- Times table test

Friday 23rd Sept- Project homework due 

Next week's learning:

Maths- Place value: comparing 4 digit numbers, placing numbers on a number line, Roman numerals and our 1st BIG SOLVE.

Literacy- Classic Narrative: 'Stig of the Dump'. SPAG focus: Sentence structures.

In the Year 3/4 resources you will find the 'Writer's toolkit' which maps out all the sentence structures we will be learning this year.

Topic- THE STONE AGE

Science- Teeth and digestion

Have a wonderful weekend,

Miss M

x


9th Sept

Well Class 6, what a fantastic week we've had! You've impressed me with your impeccable behaviour, hard work and growth mindset attitude. Thank you for making this week so enjoyable :)

This week in for our JG days we've been thinking about what inspires us. Make sure you pop into the reception area and take a look at our inspirational display! We looked at the french artist George Surat who inspired us to create pointillism daffodils using paint, pen and ipads. We also studied the lovely poem Daffodowndilly by A.A.Milne which inspired us to write out own class version, including personification!

Earlier in the week we've been learning about Growth Mind set and specific, kind and useful feedback- already, only 4 days in, I've heard you encouraging each other to keep trying when you face a challenge and discussing useful, specific and kind suggestions to improve your work. KEEP IT UP :)

Have a great weekend Class 6

Miss M

x


5th Sept

 

I hope you all had a fab holiday! I'm really looking forward to our year ahead, especially our first week! Miss Barrett has told me what a wonderful and hard working bunch you are. I can't wait to experience this for myself :)

This week we will be getting to know each other, getting back into the swing of school life and getting to grips with the expectations and routines in Year 4. We'll be learning about Austin and his butterfly, finding out what a mind set is and having fun with pointillism!

Key dates:

Monday 12th Sept- Reading organisers checked

Monday 12th Sept- 2:45pm meet and greet

Thursday 15th Sept- The first spelling test

Thursday 15th Sept- The first times table test

Next week's learning:

Maths- Place value

Literacy- We'll be starting the year with a narrative unit based around the classic story 'Stig of the Dump'. For our SPAG focus, the children will be revising how to use full stops, capital letters and fronted adverbials.

In the Year 3/4 resources you will find the 'Writer's toolkit' which maps out all the sentence structures we will be learning this year.

Topic- THE STONE AGE

Science- Teeth and digestion


Key info:

PE-

Class 6 will have their PE on a Tuesday afternoon (indoor) and Thursday morning (outdoor). As these are subject to change, please ensure your child has their Pe kit in school everyday. 

Please make sure your child has the correct PE (long hair tied up) on these days as they will not be allowed to participate without it. If your child has their ears pierced, if possible, please take them out and leave them at home on these days.

Reading-

Please try to read with your child (older siblings, aunts, uncles and grandparents... this means you too!) outside of school a minimum of 3 times a week. Reading is a vital life skill- the more your child reads, the better they will become :)

In Year 3/4 resources I have attached a document explaining the skills your child will be taught during Guided Reading sessions. This also contains a list of questions to ask them whilst you listen to them read :)

The children's organisers will be checked on a Monday morning for how many times they have read with an adult the previous week. If they have read 7 different days in a week, they receive a well sort after Super Star Point!

Topic / Literacy homework-

One piece of topic/literacy based homework from the list is due every fortnight. See the homework for exact dates (Year 3/4 resources).

Please remember that the homework is for the children’s benefit and as much as possible, they should complete it independently. No more than 30 minutes a week should be spent on it.

Spellings-

The children are tested on the spellings they learn at home every week (usually Thursday however this is subject to change). To move onto the next list, they must achieve full marks / only misspell one word. The spelling book is for tests only- the children will write underneath the test which list they need to learn at home for the following week.

I’ve attached a parent’s guide to spellings and some strategies to help learn those trickier words! Try out each strategy and use the one that works best for your child :)

If your child loses their homework or spellings (or the dog/ hamster/ pet dragon eats it), the children have access to spares from the ‘Homework and spellings’ folder in the classroom. They can simply help themselves to more without asking!

Mathletics homework-

Maths homework will be set through Mathletics on a Thursday, due in the following Thursday. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you are having difficulty accessing the homework due to technical difficulties!

If your child would like extra homework, there are Mathletic printable sheets available in the Year 3/4 resources. At the end of a unit, I will upload the printables for your child to practise what they have learnt. If they complete this extra homework, feel free to bring it in to show me! Extra homework deserves praise and rewards :)

Times tables-

In line with the Year 4 maths curriculum, all the children are expected to know the times tables up to 12x12 by the end of the year. To help monitor this and encourage the children to learn the times tables, they will have a test every week (usually Thursday however this is subject to change). They will be expected to learn the times table they are working on at home as well as in school.

Every child will start on the 2 times table. They will have 2 minutes to answer 13 questions (x0 to x12) in a random order. To move onto the next test (e.g. x3), they must achieve full marks / only get one wrong.

Once all the times tables have been completed up to x12, the children will be given a blank times table grid to fill in as much as they can (starting with x6, x7, x8, x9 & x12) in the 2 minutes. The children thoroughly enjoy being in competition with themselves!