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Our last full week in Year 4 before Christmas! This week has consisted of completing our study work...
In response to comments on our last post (sorry we can't answer questions back directly or...
Monday 18th December -- wear your Christmas Jumper and donate £1 towards our Lewis memorial...
A very big thank you for all the lovely gifts and cards I received at Christmas. It was very kind of you all. I hope everyone had a really good break — we were ready for one, weren't we! There has been a positive buzz in class to the start of our new term and everyone has settled back, keen and eager to work hard and enjoy the learning.
The weather — wow! it couldn't be ignored, could it...so we've made the most of it this week!
We've spent our Literacy lessons building word and phrase banks about the wind and the rain and have written some brilliant descriptions. We started the week's work by wrapping up warm and went outside to experience first-hand the wind as it blustered around the playground and then went inside, listening and watching, while the rain pounded the classroom windows.
To complement our poetry, we've created our own windy landscapes: watercolour washes to create a dark, menacing and cloudy sky with inky, wind-blown trees. The poetry is now up on display in the classroom. Do take a peek, if you have a moment, to enjoy the children's fantastic work!
The poetry will become the first page of our new Study Work Book focus based around The Secret Garden. You can read all about the plans for our term's work on the holistic plan attached.
As you step inside the classroom, hopefully you'll feel as if you've been transported into the book as you come face-to-face with the hidden doorway to the walled garden.
Fractions has been the focus in maths this last week. We have been identifying fractions, finding fractions that will add up to one, making equivalent fractions and changing improper fractions to mixed numbers and vice versa. We've also been thinking about how some key fractions can readily be written as decimals and percentages eg 1/2 = 0.5 = 50%
Collective Worship and House Worship
The focus this week has been Epiphany and the visit of the Magi after Jesus' birth. We have also spent some time in class on Friday thinking about the New Year and our hopes for this year...for ourselves, for our friends and family and for the world. We will be putting them on our Hope Tree in our reflective area and return to them again later in the term.
This next week...
we are looking at Misselthwaite Manor in Yorkshire as the setting of our story for literacy. We have been asked to write a description of the house and grounds for the National Trust who have recently bought it (not really!), so will start by looking for clues in the book and then developing our vocabulary and sentence work.
In spelling, we are focussing on 'hard c' before the vowels a, o and u eg cabbage, cottage, cupboard as opposed to the 'soft c' of ceiling, city and cycle! Some of us are working on the 'ir' sound.
In reading, we are developing our inference skills. This month's reading challenge is to read a book from the 'Other cultures/Multicultural section' of the library.
In Maths, we will continue to work on fractions — ordering fractions — before we start work on decimal fractions.
We're at the theatre on Tuesday to story of 101 Dalmations unfold. If you haven't paid, please do so asap.
As the date of the concert quickly approaches, we will be spending time this week with Y6 practicing not only our singing, but also our dance moves!!
A busy week ahead!!