# Spring News 2018

### 25th March

What a fantastic few days that was! Hathersage was brilliant, and you were all amazing! I hope you are all fully rested from our busy week and ready for our last 4 days of term! Hasn't it flown by?

### RE DAY - Thursday 29th March

Or last day of term will be an RE day. We'll focus on the Easter story and reflect on the events leading up to the important Christian festival.

### Literacy

In literacy, we'll be writing the rest of the persuasive leaflet to famous UK attractions. Can 4K remember all the features that make persuasive writing so effective and include them in their work?

### Maths

We'll be continuing with fractions and using decimal notations for tenths and hundredths, and start to look at finding unit and non-unit fractions of amounts. We will then move on to answering word problems involving fractions and money later on in the week!

### Art

The class successfully made our group collages! I was super impressed by the creativity they came up with in order to recreate two images of Wales, the city and the countryside! The finished pieces will be going up on display around school.

See you tomorrow!

Miss Kirk

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### 15th March

In Literacy this week, we have been learning about topic sentences and what they are used for in paragraphs. We looked at what they are used for, what they need to include and how we could use them effectively! You have all come up with some fab ones, some of which even include some clever puns and alliteration! We have then carried out our next indepedent writing task where you have used your powers of persuasion to persuade a group of children to come to Jesse Gray! (I must say that I have been persuaded!)

In Maths, fractions have continued to be the focus in our lessons. This week, we have looked at fractions and their decimal equivalents earlier in the week. Later in the week, adding and subtracting fractions which have the same denominator. Some of you have begun to look at converting improper fractions to mixed numbers! Fab!

In Geography, you continued your study of the UK where you studied the differences between Blackpool and Birmingham. For art this week, we have looked at 2 contrasting pictures of the countryside and the city. You were given a small piece of the picture and stuck this in your sketchbooks to annotate all around, thinking about which collage techniques to use for each particular detail. Here are some pictures of you experimenting with these techniques last Friday (in your World Book Day costumes!)

Have a fab weekend - make sure you get lots of rest before a very busy week next week! HATHERSAGE! :D

Miss Kirk

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### 2nd March

What an eventful first week back after half term! On Tuesday we started to look at our new focus in Literacy - persuasive writing! We looked through a range of texts to try and identify the features in this style of writing and shared lots of examples for these features. In the afternoon, we carried out another investigation in Science. This time, we investigated which materials were conductors of electricity and which were insulators. I was really impressed with how hard you worked, putting all of your investigation skills to the test!

On Wednesday, we had the brilliant poet Paul Cookson come to Jesse Gray! He talked to the year 4 (and the rest of the school!) about collecting ideas for poems and how to put them together to create fabulous sounding poems :). He worked with Year 4 to write a poem about Geography, and how boring it is! It turned out to be clever, funny and catchy! A big well done! :)

Enjoy your snow days and weekend! Make the most of it :). See you on Monday!

Miss Kirk

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### Literacy

The children have finshed and edited their personal stories and they are fantastic. This week they'll be publishing them with their neatest presentation to go on our wonderful writers gallery. 4K should be very proud of themselves. All these brilliant writing skills will be put to the test in our last independent writing before half term.

### Numeracy

The children have been so good at telling the time and converting between 12h and 24h clock that this week we'll be focusing on reasoning and problem solving with time. For anybody wanting to practise a little more, here's a great game to play.

https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/playgame/116

### Art

We will be starting out new art project this week. A collage inspired by UK landscapes.

### Geography

Last week, we looked at where and what is grown in the UK. The children designed some tasty menus inspired by the amazing produce grown here and learnt a few county names and locations whilst doing so.  If you fancy practising some more, here's a link to the challenging game of finding them all.

http://www.toporopa.eu/en/uk_england_counties.html

Have a great weekend!

Miss Kirk

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### 1st February

Wow! What a busy past couple of weeks! We have continued our learning this week about the UK, looking at the differences between the UK, the British Isles and Great Britain. We looked at topological, and OS maps to identify where in the UK the steeper and higher land is. We then used symbols to create a map of the journey between Nottingham and Skegness.

In English, we have thought long and hard about our own personal stories for us to write about, just like Christophe's. We talked lots about how stories are much easier to write if you have experienced it yourself, so we have all based our stories around a time in our lives which has been either a scary, or exciting time. We have written the first two paragraphs, and so far they are FAB! A big well done! :).

In Maths, we have been muddling on through word problems involving multiplication and division. At the start of last week, these seemed a little tricky for us but with a little bit of patience and a lot of resilience, we are improving rapidly!

In Science, we have continued with our new topic of Electricity. This week, we investigated why some circuits worked and why others didn't. We expolored buzzers and motors and tried to construct lots of circuits in different ways to see which worked and which didn't.

Have a great weekend!

Miss Kirk

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### Assembly - Friday 19th January - 9:15am

The children are very excited about our year group assembly next week and I'm sure you've listened to them practising their lines. As it is so soon after the holidays, and the children have already dressed up as Victorians, then it will be perfectly fine for them to wear the same outfits for the assembly. If they have a specific role and they have something more appropriate, then that would be great but there is no expectation for anything to be specially purchased or made. Also, if children have said they have any specific props, then they can bring them in, but we can also make any we need in school.

Thank you!

### Literacy

Last week we read Christophe's Story. The young Rwandan refugee is having trouble getting used to his new school, new language, and new life. Worst of all, he misses his grandfather who had to be left behind. His teacher persuades Christophe to share his story with his classmates — so he tells them of the terrifying day the soldiers came to his house and killed his baby brother. The spoken story fills the air and his classmates are spellbound. But when his teacher asks him to write it down and read it out at an assembly, Christophe is horrified. In his culture, it is believed that once a story is written down, it loses its potency. Will Christophe find a way to break through the barriers and share his story?

This week we'll be focussing on language and how to use key words and phrases to capture the readers' interest.

### Numeracy

This week we'll be moving on to multiplication. First we'll loook at the patterns when numbers are multiplied by 10 and 100, then how to use partitioning to multiply a one digit number by a single digit number, and finally finishing with how to muliply three numbers together.

Don't forget to keep up with mathletics homework and practise getting speedier with those times tables!

### Science

We began our new unit...electricity!

Children answered questions and developed their thinking by exploring different electrical appliances. I was amazed by the insighful questions they were asking. I think this is going to be an excellent unit! This week we'll look at the dangers of electricity and how to keep safe.

Don't forget to come to our year group assembly on Friday... It starts at 9:15am :)

Miss Kirk

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I hope you’ve had a great Christmas Break, 4K. I hope you’re refreshed and ready for a spectacular Spring Term. It’s going to be GREAT!

Miss Kirk

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