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First spelling sets tested this week and there have been some amazing results already so keep up the hard work! Remember, each group has their spelling day on which they will be tested and then will receive their new spellings for the week (so don't panic if you don't have any, they will be given out this week and you will have a full week to practice them!).
In English we have just started working on our narrative, which will be a folk tale, by starting to familiarise ourselves with what a folk tale is and using this to create and describe a character. They are some very, very unusual story lines which I'm sure will feed into some very bizarre, but effective stories of our own! Maths has seen us focus on our addition strategies, with a large push on use of the column addition method and we will be moving onto subtraction methods this week.
Our Geography focus in the afternoons is coming to an end, but don't fear as we have some super fun Design and Technology coming up very soon!!
Enjoy your weekend and remember to record a bit of reading in your diary please...
Another fab week comes to an end and we're settling in amazingly well as a class. I've been 100% blown away by your descriptive writing (particularly your personification!!) and very impressed with the speed of your learning in Maths. Our new guided spelling routine is getting up and running and I'm looking forward to seeing how you do on your first test coming up this week .
We've still got a few more Geography lessons based on Japan to come next week, yet I know a lot of you are becoming volcano experts already!
Our 'Question of the Week' this week was...
"How many refugees do you think the UK should accept from Syria?"
We had a great debate about it with a wide range of answers.
What do you think about it!?
Our first full week together as a Year 4 class is complete! I can honestly say that I have been blown away by your attitude, work rate and personality. I think I must be one of the luckiest teachers around, getting to look forward to a year of your company!! Nevertheless the first full week back can sometimes feel long and quite demanding (probably the reason why I had to moan a little bit more on the last few afternoons!) when we've had such a long time away from school. I have no doubt that next week will be another fantastic week, but this time let's keep it going right up until home time on Friday afternoon!
This week has seen us start work on number bonds/pairs, subtraction by counting up and some addition to multiples of 100 in Maths. Whilst in English we have been focusing on descriptive writing through the use of adjectives (these are a must!), similes and some breathtaking work on personification that really made my jaw drop!! We have just started to sink our teeth into our topic 'Japan', learning about where it is located in the world, what the climate/weather is like and why, and also looked into the volcanic activity of Japan, including the characteristics of a typical volcano. I'm not sure about you, but I've found it fascinating!!
Have a nice rest this weekend but please be sure to at least make a start on your homework, practice your spellings and get a little bit of reading done and recorded in your diary for me!
After a super first 2 days producing some fantastic Japanese art work and hearing all about your amazing holidays, we need to need to knuckle down first thing Monday morning to really show this school year who's boss...
But that doesn't mean we can't have a lot of fun along the way!!
Please note that outdoor PE is now timetabled for Monday afternoons and indoor PE for Thursday afternoons, yet PE kit should remain in school at all times in case we need to be flexible due to weather conditions etc.
Hopefully you've all had an action packed 6 weeks filled with family fun and also some well earnt relaxation! I had an unforgettable summer in Belize (it's super hot there with some wild thunderstorms!!) which I can't wait to share with you and I'm eager to find out what adventures you have to share.
As you know, we will be kicking off Year 4 with the outrageously interesting topic of...
With Japan's culture (way of life) being so different to ours, we will have lots of opportunities to learn some fascinating facts and also some super cool skills.
I look forward to seeing your smiley faces very soon!
Homework tasks and weekly spellings are set on a Friday and should be returned by the following Thursday.
Spelling tests are written in the back of the red homework book so parents can see results easily.
In addition to set homework, children should aim to read at least 3 times a week at home (and record this in their diaries) and also practice their basic Maths skills. Children who are encouraged to read at home are five times more likely to overachieve in Reading at school than children who aren't.
Times tables - Who wants to be a times table whizz?
Across school, children will be taking part in 'Who wants to be a times table whizz?'
This involves children choosing a times table that they aren't yet confident with (from those that they are expected to know in their current year group), then learning this times table in school and at home in order to earn awards!
The times table awards are as follows:
Bronze award: children are able to say the times table in steps (e.g. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10...)
Silver award: children are able to recite the times table from 1x to 12x (e.g. 1 x 2 is 2, 2 x 2 is 4, 3 x 2 is 6...)
Gold award: children can answer any multiplication or division fact linked to their times table (e.g. what is four lots of two? How many twos make twenty four?)
Children must achieve all three awards in their chosen times table before moving on to a new times table.