Important upcoming dates:
Flute assembly, Tuesday 28th November 2017 @ 9:45am
School fair, Friday 1st December 2017 @ 3:30pm
The children have worked methodically in maths so far this half term and their effort levels have been super.
We have covered place value, addition, subtraction and will shortly be moving on to multiplication and subtraction.
Children are set one piece of maths homework per week and it's handed out on a Thursday. If there are any problems, children are encouraged to come and see me before the hand-in deadline of Tuesday.
I sent home the Mathletics logins at the start of the year and hope that there is lots of learning through play going on at home on the website (link below).
As a school we have adopted a Talk for Writing approach to our creative writing work. This involves the children learning an appropriate text off by heart to help them sequence their work and to stop them being stuck for ideas when it comes to writing their own work.
Our topics so far have been diary writing and letter writing. We have been heavily influenced by our work on World War 2 and have used it as inspiration to produce some fantastic writing.
The working week in English is as follows:
Mon - comprehension
Tue - grammar
Wed, Thurs and Fri - writing skills
The children take part in a carousel activity at the start of every lesson which means they will do one of the following activities per day; home reading book with Mrs Newman, guided reading with Mr Tindall, handwriting, mini comprehension and reading corner.
We have been studying all things sound so far this half term. This has included looking at how sound it made, how it travels and also we have studied quite closely, the ear. The children have shown a strong capacity for group work and have asked questions enthusiastically.
After half term, our topic will be electricity!
What a fun start we have made to Year 4 French. The children clearly enjoy learning about the language and the country of France - which is great as our Topic work after Christmas will be France.
We have worked on greetings, instructions and are currently looking at masculine nouns. Trés bien!
It has been a bit of a mixed bag in PE this half term due to the weather. Our intention was to be outside doing tennis and netball but unfortunately we haven't been able to do this as much as we would have liked. In replacement we have been working on team building and base fitness levels through circuit training.
The children's attitude to PE has been first class and it has been extremely difficult to pick a Trainer of The Week each week.
Winners so far have been; William, Miley and Casabian - well done guys!
PE is on a Wednesday and Friday morning.
Mrs Algar will be taking RE on a Friday afternoon this term (this will change after Christmas). The children have been looking at David and the Psalms and The Lord's Prayer and will enter into the Christmas Story as we near Christmas.
I am met with positive news about how the children have behaved and applied themselves on a Friday afternoon from Mrs Algar and this always pleases me greatly!
The children have been immersed in all this World War 2 since September and have really got involved and on board with it. We have looked at many different part of the famous War and are using it to heavily influence our English work.
We have been rushed into an air raid shelter, we have studied some ration recipes and we have looked at who was on which side. Also, we have looked at evacuation as it is very evocative for children as they can put themselves in the place of the evacuees more easily being youngsters themselves.
We have been reading 'Friend or Foe' by Michael Morpurgo to support our work on this.
As you are now well aware of, the children will be learning the flute this term and next. We started with recorders to get a feel for woodwind and the children have made an impressive start.
Please have your instrument in on a Tuesday morning at 9a.m ready to begin the lesson.
Mr Higginson from the Blackburn with Darwen Music Service has recommended a fun and interactive game for the children to play which can be accessed by the link below.
The season of Remembrance will soon be upon us and we will be undertaking a special DT project.
Without wanting to give to much away, the children will be working on a commemorative keepsake to go along with our work of World War 2.
The children have shown a real enthusiasm for Computing so far this year but more importantly they have shown a real respect for safely using the internet.
The topic of programming is well underway with the children being set weekly challenges on Scratch in the hope that they will build a game by the end of the half term.