Thank you to everyone for sending in the bread, spreads and fillings on Wednesday so that Y4 could try out their sandwich making skills, and a big thank you to our parent helpers! Being able to prepare food for yourself is an important and exciting skill to learn. The children have sampled a variety of breads and maybe been brave enough to try new fillings, as well as use a knife to cut and spread. Well done Y4.
Super skills and lots of concentration were needed today for our skipping workshop! Some of the children took part in the performance at the end of the day for the whole school, and everyone will have the opportunity for more skipping activity at playtime. Thank – you to Y4 for their great participation.
The children brought in poetry to share with the class.
The theme of this year’s National Poetry Day is ‘Truth.’ We shared a poem called ‘The Lie’ and we discussed what that meant, and we went on to talk about stories and movies that include a character who doesn’t tell the truth. The children showed a good cultural knowledge and the conversation was fun and very interesting!
Also Y4 went into Y1’s classroom to read poems to them, which both classes greatly enjoyed as can be seen in the lovely pictures below.
October 3rd is National Poetry Day. Please could the children bring in a favourite poem to share?
We will be completing some poetry focused activities over the next 2 days in Y4 to celebrate National Poetry Day.
Apologies that The Oakes information powerpoint has not been shared.
Johnny, who gave the presentation, has asked us to give you a link to The Oakes’ information and publicity videos on YouTube:
The videos show the camps at different times of the year. Johnny did say that the Zorbing, rope swing over the lake, slide into the lake and rafting would not be operating at the time our Y4’s attend in January.
Mrs. Pearson has ordered multiple copies of some books for all junior classes to use as Book Club books. The children have put themselves into groups of 4 or 5 who will all read the book over the next couple of weeks, then bring it back and sit in the book corner to discuss it together before choosing a new one. we have talked about looking after the book and bringing it back on time and they are all enthusiastic and looking forward to an enjoyable read!
Our R.E. topic is People, and we are learning about the people of God in the Old Testament as well as thinking about who is in our family tree. We understand that we have ancestors and that we are their descendants. This afternoon we wrote prayers to say thank you to God for our wonderful families and to ask God to bless all of them who need our prayers. We added some careful artwork and we can put them on display.
‘Times Tables Rockstars’ is now set up for our class. The children will bring home a reminder of their login details, and their Maths homework for this week is to play TTRS at home 3 or 4 times during the week for 10 minutes or so each time.
Instead of the teacher setting the tables for every learner, TTRS now has Automatic Training Mode to guide learners through the tables in a manageable and sensible way.
Here is a description from TTRS of the path through the tables from now:
Learners play in the Garage or the Arena and begin with our first set of questions (1×10 up to 4×10). When they can answer at a rate of 20 per minute, we’ll introduce the next set of questions. As learners progress, Automatic Training Mode brings in commutativity, missing number questions and division facts. So the first 9 levels, look like this:
Level 1 : 1×10 to 4×10
Level 2 : 10×1 to 10×4
Level 3 : A mix of 1 and 2
Level 4 : 10×?=10 to 10×?=40
Level 5 : ?×10=10 to ?×10=40
Level 6 : A mix of 4 and 5
Level 7 : 10÷10 to 40÷10
Level 8 : 10÷1 to 40÷4
Level 9 : A mix of 7 and 8
Then the process repeats for 5×10 to 8×10 and once more for 9×10 to 12×10 before moving onto the next table and starting the process again.
Once they have a few tables under their belt, ATM combines them for a while, to consolidate recall, and then brings in a fresh table. The process repeats – all the while giving plenty of opportunity to revisit prior learning, by interleaving earlier tables and giving due weight to the facts we know learners struggle with the most – until your learner has become a Rock Star at all the tables!
Our Geography topic got off to a really good start on Thursday as we began to look at maps of the USA, Canada and Mexico and to understand the concept of a city within a state, within a country as part of a continent. It’s a lot to take in, but the children are learning quickly and soon began to use the atlases to locate places. Well done, Y4!
With Mrs. Glossop, the children have been learning about what might make a healthy, balanced sandwich filling. She has asked if they could look out for images of healthy sandwiches maybe from a newspaper or magazine, or perhaps they could search for an image online and print it off to bring in.