Friday 8th January 2016!
Happy New Year to you all!!
December seems like a very long time ago now but we had a great last few weeks of term; making our own Japanese foods; and enjoying parties and Christmas activities! We all thoroughly enjoyed the fabulous Christmas production - well done guys for all your hard work - we were very proud of you all!
Last week started rather chilly in school, with a problem with the heating - but all is now fixed, and our classroom appears to have really benefitted as it now feels very toasty, much warmer than before!
This year has started again with LOTS of enthusiasm for our new topic - Chocolate! We'll be linking this in to as many of our lessons as possible. This week started us off by looking at the process of making chocolate 'From Bean to Bar' and we'll continue this over the next few weeks when we will be writing our own detailed explanations as to how this happens.
In maths we are very pleased to be able to offer Year 4 children extra support in maths with the help of an extra teacher, Mr Fitzgerald. It has been great this week to be able to work more closely with children in Maths! We are starting by looking at place value of numbers again to reinforce work from the beginning of last term.
PE will remain on the same days as last term, Mondays and Thursdays, and especially as the weather forecast is predicting cold weather over the next few weeks, it might be beneficial to include a warm sweatshirt etc as we will be going outside!
Hope this week isn't too chilly!
From Class 9
Monday 23rd November 2015
Where has the time gone? It's week 4 of this half term already!
(and only 31 days til Christmas, so my boys inform me!!)
Last week, in English we learnt about a style of Japanese Poetry called Haikus. We revised some of our figurative language from the start of this term and wrote some of our own. This week, we're starting to look at writing about some of the disasters that have occurred in Japan. We'll be writing in different styles e.g diary entries and newspaper reports.
We've been learning about fractions and converting them to decimals. We've spent a lot of time really getting to grips with it. This week, we are learning about measuring length accurately, weighing different types of food and converting the measurements into a different unit eg 105cm = 1.05m.
Congratulations to Jacob and Sam P for achieving the Gold Book Award which is being presented this Friday!! Brilliant work both of you!! We're really proud of you!
PurpleMash is really helping with our learning in class. The last two weeks we've been learning about coding using PurpleMash's '2code'. The children can access this at home on their login and practice it further.
We're still reading our class book "Kensuke's Kingdom" by Michael Morpurgo. It's getting really exciting now and the children are really keen to find out the ending. Michael Morpurgo is an excellent children's author and we have a lot of his books in school if you'd like to borrow one to read with your child.
The Christmas Production rehearsals are in full swing and I'm very proud to say that we have some amazing performers from our class in the main cast this year! More details to follow!!! Good luck guys!
Have a great week!
Thursday 12th November 2015
We've had such a busy time since we've come back from our half term break!
What a fabulous trip! We all had the most brilliant time. From singing on the bus, to a rather surprisingly loud welcome from a pair of geese and trying on old fashioned hats, it was a very memorable occasion! A member of the Abbey staff commented on the great behaviour, we were so proud of them!
It was lovely to meet you last week. It's always an enjoyable time to meet their children's parents and chat through the progress. Any parents who didn't manage to come in, just pop in and we can make arrangements to see you.
Wednesday was Remembrance Day and the whole school remembered the fallen soldiers in a very touching assembly. The children were in mixed year group classes and visited different teachers to do art based activities to mark the special day. A lot of fun was had by everyone, including the Grandparents who joined us in the afternoon.
The school has invested in a website called Purple Mash. It is an excellent website and app that your children can access both at home and at school. It covers a wide variety of subjects, and there will be activities to help reinforce what they've learnt in school. The children should have come home with a login card which gives there username and login. We practiced today in school so they should be familiar with it. Any problems, just ask and we'll do our best to help.
Congratulations to Lyla and James for being awarded the Gold Book Award this week. Well done, guys!!
We're starting to practice for the Christmas Production, so what this space!
Have a great week!
Week commencing 21st ?September 2015
...what a fabulous week! All the children have been working really hard and we are now well underway with our Japan topic.
We've had a another great week getting to know the children even more, and the Maths and English is beginning to show great progress already.
We've been continuing our work on descriptive language this week and this time planning a Japanese character for our short stories. The children are very excited about their writing for next week and already have some fabulous ideas. The children have read Japanese stories on the 'Web Japan' website and we have also viewed some story videos. We cant wait to start writing the stories next week and our plan is to eventually publish the stories and read them to EYFS children later in the term
Guided spelling is now well and truly up and running and the children have had a full week working in their set group and taking part in all the activities. We have attached a letter below explaining this in more detail. Briefly, the children just need to remember that on their set day, they will have their test, get a new spelling pattern to learn and be provided with their new spelling homework...please can homework books be in school on their set day so we can ensure the sheets are securely attached. Thank you!
Any further questions please pop in and ask!
A HUGE WELL DONE this week to Josh Spittal and Lucy Timmons for being entered into the Gold Book
In maths this week, we have been working on addition strategies and we all managed to work on column addition. Next week, we will move onto subtraction strategies and word problems.
In the afternoons, we've been looking at natural disasters in Japan, and plotting these on maps. In addition, we have looked at the major cities in Japan and of course the Capital city, Tokyo.
We have also been thinking about new beginnings and how to make people feel comfortable in a new setting or environment. We have been writing 'Welcome Packs' for Greasley Beauvale and we hope to publish these also throughout the term.
Homework is to be handed out today and we would now like it to be returned by a Wednesday please. This allows us time to mark the pieces before the children get the books back on a Friday and also enables the children to do their response work in purple pen with teacher support.
A fantastic week all round
Soon we will start our DT work on Japanese food through our food technology work. Please let us know if your child has any food allergies - thank you!!
Have a lovely weekend!
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Play learning games and visit some intriguing websites. You can even vote for your favourites so we'll know what you like!