Friday, 19 May 2017

Week beginning 15th May 2017

It has been a fun-filled week as it was 'Science Week' and we spent time on experiments and challenges!
We completed the 'marshmellow and spaghetti challenge' which was quite successful as we made a free standing tower of 72cm!
We tried to dye flowers, but no matter how many alterations we made to the test it did not work.
We saw what happened to two plants when we put one in the cupboard with no water and the other by the window with water. We also made blow-up lungs to demonstrate what happens when we breathe in and out.
The Geo Bus came to school and we learned about volcanoes. We made a fantastic explosion when we added a soluble vitamin tablet to an air-tight tub of water. This represented the eruption of a volcano!
Professor Bubbles also came to school and the children had an assembly filled with a variety of experiments, which they really enjoyed.
The children are continued with their traditional stories and we covered 2 and 3D shapes in maths.

Next Week

Maths

We will be spending one session on solving problems using the 4 operations as the children find this quite challenging. We will move on to decimals and fractions.

Literacy

The children will complete their traditional stories and will be peer marking, editing and producing final copies. We will move on to poetry towards the end of the week. We are looking at Jabberwocky' by Lewis Carroll. We will be using music, dance and drama to create atmosphere to this poem and we will be working on tone of voice, volume and expression when reading it aloud.
If any of you have a copy of 'Jabberwocky' it would be very helpful if your child could bring it in to school next week.

Science

The children will be completing their work on 'Living Things and their Habitats.' They have reallt enjoyed this project and learned so much.

Geography

As we have been studying Chembokolli (a village in India) we will be completing this project with a final look at India as a country. If anyone has anything of interest from India it would be great if it could be brought into school.

RE

We will be finishing our investigation into sacred books and holy scriptures this week. The children thoroughly enjoyed sharing their own special books. Thank you for allowing them to be brought into school.

ART

We will be beginning to look at pattern and this will continue into the next half-term.

Trips

We have two trips next week. On Thursday we are going to Potters Bar train station for a tour and e will even be taking a short trip on a train. the children will get the opportunity to meet the staff and learn more about our modern railway system.
We are also going to The Mini Marathon at Oakmere. This takes place on Friday morning next week and we are all looking forward to taking part.

Have a super weekend and I look forward to seeing the children on Monday.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Week beginning 8th May 2017

Hi Everyone,

Year Four have been very busy this week. We have been focussing on finding area in maths and working on our times tables. the children have been having daily challenges to ensure they know their tables with quick recall. If children want to take home any sets of table cards that they learned previously, there are plenty here.

For literacy we have been writing an article for a local magazine regarding the visit we had from the author E.R Reilly. Year Four were particularly excited after this experience so we worked on the article as a whole class and hopefully it will be published.

We have a new display of 'Living things and their Habitats' in the classroom if you want to pop in and see this after school you are more than welcome. It shows literacy, science and art work.

I managed to speak with many of you, but said I would also write it in this blog regarding the children's exit from school. From Monday 15th May we will be using the side entrance next to the Year Two classroom due to congestion with other classes at the other exit. we will be coming into the same playground, just from a different door.

I would like to remind you all that next week is 'Walk To school Week' so it would be fantastic if you could walk to school, as long as you don't live too far away of course.

Next weeks plans:

Maths

The children will be working on decimals and the equivalent fractions next week. We will also be returning to 2D  and 3D shapes. We will be sorting shapes according to faces, edges and vertices. We will be working on the vocabulary associated with shape and measures and the children will be adding and subtracting 0.1 and 0.01 and saying a number one tenth or one hundredth more or less than a given number.

Literacy

We will be working on traditional tales again and this week the children will be writing their own stories with a similar theme to those we have been sharing.

Science

It is Science week next week so we will be carrying out experiments every day. We have lots of fun things to do and the children will really enjoy the challenges I have set for them. These sessions will replace history, geography, RE and Spanish.

PSHE

In PSHE we will be looking at communication and during the week the children will be working on the way they communicate, including tome of voice, body language and clarity of speech.

ICT

We will be completing our letters to the local council and typing up the article for the magazine.

I hope you all have a great weekend and I am looking forward to seeing the children on Monday 15th May.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Week beginning 2nd May 2017

We have had a wonderful week.

The children have worked so hard in maths to learn different methods to solve multiplications.

Four children went on a technology challenge and thoroughly enjoyed working as part of a team to produce moving robots, which they shared with the rest of the class.

We had a lovely walk in the woods today and luckily the sun was shining for us! The children were examining habitats for mini-beasts and woodland animals. They collected leaves which they spent the rest of the morning identifying and drawing from observation.

They loved collecting bugs and using the equipment to see them magnified and they were able to use books to identify them.

We will continue our studies of living things and their habitats next week as the children learn to group creatures according to different criteria.

We have started looking at traditional tales and the children have used drama to emphasise the themes of these stories.

Next week we will be working on.....

Literacy

Writing a report about the recent visit from the author E.R.Reilly. The children really enjoyed his talk and were keen to read the books. We are reading 'The British Spy School' as our class novel.

The children will be creating story boards of their own traditional tales and will follow this up by writing their stories.

Numeracy

We will be continuing to work on multiplication and moving on to 2D and 3D shapes. The children will be identifying shapes and finding their properties.

Science

The children will be continuing to classify animals and plants and will be looking at the work of the artist Levon Biss. They will record the details of local living things and continue with observational drawings.

Geography

The children will be drawing a map of the Village of Chembakolli, from memory. They will use a key and symbols to show landmarks.

We will be discussing the climates of Chembakolli and Potters Bar and comparing them using geographical vocabulary.

ART

We will be expanding our observational drawings to create a large scale work of art of an invertebrate.

RE

We will be looking at The Guru Granth Sahib this week as this is the sacred book for the Sikh religion. The children will also continue to share their religious or special books with the whole class.

PSHE

We will be continuing to focus on adaptability and using examples from children in the class who have demonstrated their ability to adapt to different or difficult situations.

Spanish

The children will be learning how to say the time in Spanish and how to ask what the time is.

ICT

The children will be using Word to write up their letters to the local council and will be collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data for The Living Things project.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend break and look forward to seeing you on Monday 8th May.







Friday, 28 April 2017

Week beginning 24th April 2016

The children have worked really hard this week. We have spent a lot of time on maths, finding equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages.
They enjoyed identifying key features of flowering plants and grouping them accordingly.
We had a heated debate regarding the building of houses on a nature reserve and this was followed up with a persuasive writing task as they wrote letters to the local council sharing their personal points of view.
The children are enjoying the Summer sports. Please ensure they have PE kit in school on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
We have a lot of exciting plans for next week;

Maths

We will be starting work on problem solving, reasoning and algebra. We will continue to work on number and place value and will be looking at measurement.

Literacy

The children will be looking at traditional tales and using these to study story themes. From here they will begin to write their own story and we will be focussing on longer, extended sentence structure and a variety of sentence openers which will engage the reader.

Science

On Friday we will be going on a walk through the local woods to observe, collect and classify living things. We will be looking at the places that creatures would use for habitats.
Back in school we will be using classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things.

* Please ensure the children have their legs covered for the walk and have suitable footwear.


Geography

We will continue to compare our life in Potters Bar to that of the villagers in Chembakolli, India. The children are really enjoying this project and this week we will be choosing a character to write  dairy entry for.


RE

We will be continuing our work on sacred texts and the children will be given a chance to share their special books and explain why they are so important.

ICT

The children will be writing up their letters to the local council as word documents this week.

Spanish

We will be learning to write and say when our birthdays are and how old we are.

ART

The children are extremely excited as they know they will be drawing from observation of the plants and flowers they collect on our walk.

PSHE

We will be working on adaptability this week as the children reflect upon their improvements and difficulties in achieving their goals.

I hope you all have a wonderful bank holiday weekend and look forward to seeing you next Tuesday.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Week Beginning 17th April 2017

Welcome back,

The children were keen and ready to begin the Summer Term! they have worked hard this week as we have been working with place value, multiplication and division with 10,100,1000 and 10 000.

They thoroughly enjoyed designing advertisements and using powerful persuasive language to entice their readers!

The children enjoyed their first week of tennis and are looking forward to the Summer sports.

Next week we will be covering the following:

Literacy

The children will be writing a letter of persuasion to a local council regarding plan to build on a nature reserve. They will be able to choose their own viewpoint and will need to think of the reasons why they are either for or against the plans.
The children will be given spellings on Monday to learn for the test on Friday.

Maths

We will be focussing on mental addition and subtraction, decimal numbers, percentages and their equivalence to fractions. We will continue multiplication and division by 10, 100 and 1000.
The children will continue with times tables and divisions.

Science

We will be going for a walk in the local area to observe, collect and classify living things. When we return we will be looking at the features of living things and their habitats.

History

We will continue our work on the early periods and the children will be using ICT to research their area of interest.

Geography

We are starting a project around a village in India called Chembakolli. we have already watched a video showing life for children in the village and they are very excited to learn more!
We will be locating India on a world map and locating Chembakolli on a map of India. This will be followed by looking at a map of Chembakolli and locating different features of the village.
The children will be writing about school life and looking at the differences and similarities between their own school experience and that of the children in Chembokolli.

Spanish

Reading and writing key introductory phrases.

Art

Drawing from observation - looking at the work of Leon Biss and drawing living things in detail.

ICT

The children will be researching living things and habitats and early civilisations and their legacies.

They will also complete the video recording of their adverts.

PSHE

We will be looking at morality and understanding how we live our daily life according to our own set of morals.

RE

I have asked the children to bring in books which are special to them. These books will be part of our RE lesson as we will be looking at sacred and holy texts.

We will be sharing our special books and explaining why they are special to us, where we keep them etc

I hope you have a restful weekend. See you all next week.





Thursday, 30 March 2017

Happy Easter Holidays Everyone!

The children have worked so hard this term so I hope they all have a wonderful break.

I hope many of you were able to come and see our production of Pirates of the Curry Bean as the children performed so well and enjoyed it so much.

Please see pictures from dress rehearsal day:








 
We have been working on mathematical problems this week which has been quite challenging. The children can find the mathematical vocabulary difficult so we will continue to have weekly sessions working this way during maths lessons.
 
The children have created story boards for The Iron Man story.  They have created their own stories from the perspective of The Iron Man.
 
 
Summer Term
 
I will be looking forward to welcoming the children back after the Easter break.
 
Our plans for next term are;
 
Maths
 
We will be working on counting, partitioning, calculating, shape and data handling.
 
Literacy 
 
The planning for literacy is to read and write stories with themes, continue with persuasive writing and use poetry to build vocabulary.
 
Science
 
Our 'Living Things and their Habitat's' project will continue next term and we will be taking advantage of the better weather by visiting local parks and woods to bring the topic to life.
 
ICT
 
We will be working on programming and control and will use ICT across the curriculum for reports, research and to find information. We will also be continuing our recording as the children perform poetry.
 
DT
 
We will be creating shell structures.
 
ART
 
Our creativity will be challenged by representations of people in action.
 
History
 
We will be looking at the achievements of early civilisations and studying timelines through to the present day.
 
Geography
 
Our topic for geography will be to learn about life in an Indian village.
 
PSHE
 
We will be looking at our relationships and communication this term. We will also use the Jigsaw Scheme to study philosophy.
 
PE
 
This term's P.E will be athletics, cricket and rounders.
 
I wish you all a happy holiday and look forward to seeing you again in the Summer term.
 
 
 
 
 


Friday, 24 March 2017

Week beginning 20th March 2017

Hello Everyone,

We have been busy rehearsing 'The Pirates of The Curry Bean' this week which the children are enjoying. I hope you have all ordered your tickets because the children will be putting on a spectacular performance!

We have been working on maths and literacy the rest of the week and have also completed our 'building and architecture' project.

There are two displays in the school which demonstrate the children's work. in the Reception area you will find the completed models of Little Heath's New Nursery designs. In the corridor we have displayed the processes we went through before designing our structures.














We were lucky to have Chris Davis (a trainee architect) come into school for a whole day and teach the children about architecture and building. The presentation was fantastic and the children carried out practical activities to follow each concept being delivered.

The day began with the children designing and making a structure out of newspaper and tape. The objective was to make it as tall as possible. This was followed by the construction of bridges and a variety of materials were used to demonstrate how secure they need to be in order to carry loads!

The final part of the day was a lesson around design and the children were given the opportunity to design the new nursery building.

The children enjoyed this day so much and were so enthusiastic that they asked me if they could take the project one step further and make models of their designs.

The photos above show how thrilled they were by the whole project and they learned so much from every aspect of it.

The children completed the project by typing reports which explain the process in greater detail. These are available to see on the wall display in the corridor, along with their design drawings and photos of the workshop day.


Next Week

Next week we will be performing The Pirates of the Curry Bean to the school and to parents and carers.

For the evening performance the children need to be back in school by 6pm to prepare for the performance.

We will be completing our literacy project 'The Iron Man' next week and will be revising the maths covered this term.

We will also be continuing our 'Living Things' project and will be sharing the work the children carried out at home.

The children will still have times tables and spellings next week which will be given on Monday to learn for Friday.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and look forward to see the children Monday.

Many thanks
Ydavis