Friday, 16 June 2017

Week beginning 12th June 2017

The children thoroughly enjoyed the trip to Potters Bar Station and the ride on the train.
The day began with an assembly on rail safety so they were able to see the things that had been discussed earlier in the morning.
We travelled to Alexandra Palace and back and the children were full of enquiry as they asked many questions. The staff were really helpful and informative and the children now know how to keep safe when travelling by train and what to do if there is a difficulty during the journey.
We have also covered column subtraction in maths and have completed our discussion texts.
We have completed our wave patterns and they are available to view in the classroom.
The children began working on a jungle collage that will be on display in the corridor later this term.
I have given a brief description of what we will be covering next week.

Maths

We will be starting the week working on coordinates and direction. The children will be finding the coordinates of shapes and understanding shape translation. Towards the end of the week we will move on to data handling and working with bar charts, line graphs and pictograms.

Literacy

We got a little behind this week so will be catching up with our work on explanation texts and moving on to poetry towards the end of the week.
We will be looking at the work of Allan Alhberg and his poetry book 'Heard It In The Playground.' The children will be reciting poems and recognising meanings and how poetry can affect us personally.

Spanish

Please hold a Spanish conversation with your child. They have made such good progress. Next week we will be moving on to desserts and drinks. If you are going to a Spanish speaking country for your holiday this year it could be helpful!

Art

The jungle collage will be progressing next week as the children use a variety of materials and ideas for this theme. They will be painting, using tissue and crepe paper and all the boxes that you kindly sent in.
Next week we will need newspapers or old magazines please as there will be a lot of paint in the classroom.

RE

We will be learning about the Hindu festival Holi this week and why it is celebrated. we will hear the story of good conquering evil and how this relates to the Holi festival.

PSHE

The children will be thinking about respect this week and focussing on how respectful they are to each others, to teachers and to other adults in the school.

ICT

The children will be having an e-safety discussion.

PE

It is sports day on Thursday PM so I hope to see many of you there. We are expecting good weather so we should be able to hold it on the day and not have to wait until Friday which is the reserve day.

History and Geography

We will be working on maps this week and planning the route the Anglo-Saxons took to arrive in South England. We will be looking at The Kingdoms and noting how our counties are still named similarly. The children will also be locating countries and counties on a map of UK.

I hope you all have a restful weekend. I look forward to seeing you on Monday.






Friday, 9 June 2017

Week beginning 5th June 2017

The first week back has been full of fun!
We have started our new topics, looking at the history of electricity, why The Anglo-Saxons invaded Britain and exploring pattern in art.
We have also had some good news. The trip to Potters Bar Station that was cancelled before half-term will now be taking place on Thursday 15th June. Please ensure the children have comfortable footwear for the trip as we will be walking there and back.
Also next week we will be covering the following subjects:

Maths

Written addition and subtraction.
Solving written addition and subtraction of two 4-digit numbers, adding amounts of money, problem solving, using the 4 operations and using inverse operations to check answers.

Literacy

Discussion and explanation texts.
We will be completing our work on a well-balanced argument in the form of a written text and moving on to recognising the key points of explanation and the features of an explanation text. The subjects involved will be glass bottle recycling, school uniform and hibernation. You could begin by discussing these at home, particularly your views on school uniform as this caused quite a heated classroom debate!

Science

This week we will be learning the symbols used in electrical circuits.

History

Now we know why The Anglo-Saxons invaded Britain and where they came from we will move on to learn more about how they ruled  and grouped together to form kingdoms. The children will also be finding out about the battles that were fought and the threat of The Vikings.

Geography

We will be looking at a map of The UK and Europe again this week and the children will be asked to plan the routes that The Anglo-Saxons took, where they came from, what they were originally called and how they ended up being named the Anglo-Saxons.

RE

We will be beginning to read some of the Hindu stories and this week we will start with Ramayana.

Art

I am desperate for toilet roll holders!!! Please can you send as many in as possible next week as we will be beginning to create our 'jungle theme display' for the corridors. I would love to see the children create 3D animals so please send in cereal boxes, anything that is pliable so that we can create a really life-like jungle scene.

ICT

The children will be using search engines to research 'life in Anglo-Saxon times.'

Spanish

We have been learning how to say what our favourite food and drink is and how to ask others. The children have learned the Spanish for many meals and desserts and we are beginning to engage in quite lengthy conversation in Spanish now.Try it out at home!

Travel Safety

the purpose of the assembly and trip to Potters Bar Train Station is for the children to become safety conscious when using the train travel service. It is an educational trip, but will also be lots of fun as we will be taking a short journey on a train!

Have a super weekend and I will see you all next week.





Friday, 26 May 2017

Week beginning 22nd May 2017

It has been a busy week!

We have been finishing various projects as we have lots of new and exciting things to start after the holiday.

We did have a little disappointment this week as our trip to Potters Bar Station did not go ahead. We will be re-scheduling this trip soon and I will update you as soon as I have any further information.

Two of our girls organised, fund-raised and carried out an amazing event for charity last weekend!
They have been planning a charity run for weeks now and have been gaining support in school. The money donated at our school performances of 'Pirates of The Curry Bean' has been allocated for their charity and the girls have had further donations from friends and family.


The girls ran 3K which was 36 laps of a lawn. So far they have raised £811 for Cancer Research UK. They still have to collect further funds.

What a huge achievement! well done to both of them and the family and friends that helped to make this possible.

Today we took part in The Oakmere Mini Marathon which was a huge success. The children enjoyed the event and although hot and exhausted they all completed the course.

I hope you all have a wonderful break and that the weather stays sunny!

I have outlined below what we will be focussing on after the holiday.

Maths

Data handling and measures. Calculating, measuring and understanding shape and securing number facts, relationships and calculating.

Literacy

We will be working on non-fiction for the first couple of weeks as we will be looking at discussion and explanation. This will include class debates and learning how to put ideas forward in reasoned arguments. we will also be working on explanation so that the children learn how to explain changes and what results of changes are likely to be. We will be looking at evidence for explanation.

Science

Our topic this half term is electricity. The children will be learning the history of electricity and how to create circuits. They will also learn the basic symbols.

RE

This is an exciting topic as we will be exploring Hindu stories and what we can learn from them.

PSHE

Our project will be changing me for the first week as we work on how we manage and experience change.

History

We are starting our Anglo-Saxon topic, which the children are very excited about. the first week we will be looking at the chronology of events and what life was like then.

Art

In art we will be investigating pattern. we were going to start this earlier but had other lessons to carry out involving our Living Things project. we will start this topic by looking at the work of famous artists that include pattern and the children will begin a tessellating pattern which they will later paint in water colour.

PE

Tennis, athletics, cricket and rounders

Music

Animal magic and exploring descriptive sounds.

Have a super break!









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.