Friday, 20 July 2018

Week beginning 16th July 2018

Hello Year Four,

This will be last blog to you and I will miss each and every one of you. Thank you to all parents and carers for being so supportive and communicating with me throughout the year, it really helps!
Thank you Year Four for all the laughs we have shared, all the progress you have made, all the effort you have put in  and most of all the kindness you have shown others. take that kindness with you and remember the story Wonder...….'if you have a choice, do the kind thing.'

Thank you everyone for all the wonderful gifts. We have been truly spoiled. Thank you for all the lovely words in the cards. I keep everything!

I know the children will continue to make good progress as they move up into Upper Key Stage Two and I will be catching up with them! I am definitely looking forward to the performance at Easter!

Some random memories...…










All the very best
YDavis


Friday, 13 July 2018

Week beginning 9th July 2018

One week to go in Year Four!
We have had a fabulous week and great fun on The Anglo-Saxon Day.









We have been continuing with our poetry theme and the children added music to accompany their recitals. We have been learning a new poem this week and the children will be creating a 'Year Four' poem next week.
We have a very busy week next week as we have a steel pan workshop on Wednesday, a teachers versus Year Six rounders match on Thursday, the Year Six production on Thursday and on Friday we will follow the leavers assembly with friendship groups and some fun in the classroom. 
Please could the children bring large bags (eg plastic bags) in to school on Monday as we will start packing away and they have a lot to bring home.
I wish you all a happy weekend.
Mrs Davis

PS There will be no spelling test next week, but some children do want to try the final challenge in their tables and divisions.

Friday, 6 July 2018

Week beginning 2nd July 2018

Hello Year Four,

We have had a busy and hot week! The children have managed really well in the heat and we have covered a lot of work.
We have been working on graphs, bar charts and line graphs in maths and some children went to do some work with Mrs Hayden. She helped the children develop their problem solving abilities and they had fun puzzles to work through.
For English we created 'Jabberwocky' poems. the children loved this project and re-created their own versions. They are all very proud of their poems and I am sure they will get a chance to read them to you at some point.
In history the children researched and reported on village life in Anglo-Saxon times. They have thoroughly enjoyed this topic and we are all looking forward to experience the workshop next week.
We designed and made our own shields today so that they are ready for battle next Tuesday. I will take plenty of photos and put them on the blog.
Next week we will be going over different methods of subtracting 3 and 4-digit numbers and rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000.
We will complete our poetry and focus on 'Take One Book' which will create different pieces of writing, such as diary entries, character descriptions and predictions.
On Monday we will be watching a cyber-bullying production. Later in the week Year Six will entertain us with 'The Apprentice.'
On Thursday we will have a change over session and take our new classes for an hour. It will be a great opportunity for your children to spend some time with their new teacher.
I wish you all a happy weekend.
Please see spellings below:

Challenge 1

They're
Baby
Babies
Fly
Flies
Keep
Listen
Hear
Choice
Ill

Challenge 2

travelled
Country
Forgotten
Choice
Believe
Bullied
Angel
Angle
Service
Creation

Challenge 3

Secretary
Sacrifice
Signature
Rhythm
Rhyme
Environmental
Enemies
Formidable
Species
leopard
Appearance

Friday, 29 June 2018

Week beginning 25th June 2018 -

Hello Year Four,

It has been a hot and busy week. We have been enjoying the sunshine.

The children have been working on lots of different projects. For maths this week we have focussed on 'time' and learning how to read both analogue and digital clocks.
Some of the children have been solving problems involving time and time intervals which requires a deeper level of understanding.

We have been reading poetry and one of the favourites has been 'The Jaberwocky' by Lewis Carroll. They were able to replace some of the words in the poem with their own make believe words which was great fun!

On Wednesday the children created electrical circuits and were able to run them with lights, buzzers and propellers. They thoroughly enjoyed this session.

I have been able to access my photos now and promised to post some of the pictures we took of the dance lessons the children took part in. I hope you enjoy them.








This was an amazing experience and as you can see the children loved it all!

Next week we will be focussing on fractions, halving and doubling in maths. For English we are going to continue sharing poetry and creating Year Four poems about school life.

The football tournament is on Wednesday afternoon.

The spellings for next week are as follows;

Challenge One


Playing
Talking
Fighting
Lighting
People
Break
Sentences
Where
When
We're

Challenge Two

Lightning
Opportunity
People
Language
Marvellous
Rhythm
Shoulder
Forty
Fifty

Challenge Three

Yacht
Vehicle
Vegetable
Variety
Twelfth
Thorough
Temperature
System
Symbol
Suggest
Sufficient
Stomach

I hope it helps to have the spellings on the blog. The children also have a copy each week that will come home in their school bags.

I hope too see you at the Summer Fayre tomorrow.

Ms Davis


Friday, 22 June 2018

week beginning 18th June 2018

Hello Year Four,

As you know I was unwell at the beginning of the week but was pleased to see all the plans carry on swimmingly without me. The children have continued to work on multiplication and division. Many children have achieved their 12 times table and divisions now and can rapidly recall any table. It really does help to do this at home regularly. I have made sets of cards for the children to use at home and there are plenty of games on mathletics and maths seeds that will help them.
We have been working on explanation and information texts this week as the children have been writing about a variety of animals. They are using sub-headings and bullet points to organise their writing.
The Monet art has been completed now and will be displayed in the corridor at the end of this term.
We are continuing to learn about the Anglo Saxons and the children have been very keen to understand what they wore and how they can replicate the clothing for our special day. We discussed this at length today and they have drawn pictures and labelled the items to share with you at home. Otherwise you can look on the internet as there are many examples. Just log into Anglo Saxon clothing KS2 and you should get lots of images. You do not need to buy costumes, these can be made up of long skirts/dresses, head scarves and belts. The boys can wear belts with buckles and tunics (old baggy t-shirts.)
We also had an extremely enjoyable sports day on Thursday. The children thoroughly enjoyed it and the weather was beautiful.
Next week I hope to see you all on Wednesday morning or Thursday evening for parent's consultations. If you have not yet booked an appointment with me please see me so that one can be arranged.
I hope you can enjoy the sunshine that we have been promised this weekend.
Many thanks
YDavis

Friday, 15 June 2018

Week beginning 11th June 2018

Hello Year Four,


We have had a busy but wonderful week because we began our topic on The Anglo-Saxons and there is so much to cover and the children are so interested in how they used to  live. They retained so much of the information they researched and produced some excellent work!


We have also started our Monet pictures. They have had a go at using he little brush stokes he used and how there were only certain colours available to mix. They have started the final paintings by creating a green and blue background ready for the very famous Water Lilly Painting.


We have also covered shape and coordinates in maths. We worked on translations of shapes and the names and properties of 2D and 3D shapes.


We had a class debate on Monday and this developed into the children writing a letter explaining their point of view on a subject and being able to offer a solution to one of the opposing views. We also worked on possessive apostrophes and comprehension.


We will also have a busy week next week!


Maths


We will be multiplying 3-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers, adding fractions with like denominators, dividing by 10 and 100 up to 2 decimal places and will be having a times table and division challenge.


English


The children will recognise the key points of an explanation text and recognise that evidence needs to be produced. They will work on alternative explanations and what an explanation is based on.. They will go on to use the features of an explanation text to plan a piece of work.
Towards the end of the week we will be recognising how we relate to poetry through a series of activities.


Science


We will continue our work on electricity by learning the symbols used.


History/Geography


This week we will move on to looking at religion in Anglo-Saxon times. The children will research trade and look at maps to find out where they would trade and why.


Art


The Monet impressions will be completed. A display will be put up in the corridor at the end of term so that you can enjoy this work.


Spanish


We will be working on food and drink again this week.


PSHE


The children will be introduced to mindfulness activities and suggestions for a calm sense of being and ways to relax.


I hope you all have a restful weekend.


Many thanks
Ydavis











Friday, 8 June 2018

Week beginning 4th June 2018

Hello Year Four,

It has been such an amazing week. It was officially art's week and that meant the children were involved many different activities. We still managed to carry out maths and English lessons though!
We created beautiful ink drawings of poppies which will be on display at Elm Court at the Carnival on Sunday. I hope to see many of you there because we will be parading with the children and the poppy wreaths they created.

I hope you were able to attend the dance performance today as the children worked really hard and had to use their listening skills to the best of their ability this week. They learned so many different dances and had to remember one for the final performance.

I have taken many photos of the children dancing, but have been unable to load them onto my laptop. I will try again next week.

We will begin new topics next week.

Maths

The children will learn how to use coordinates to draw polygons. I will teach them how to produce a variety of charts and graphs to present information. They will need to think about scale and the most prominent way to share their results.

English

We will be having a debate on Monday, which will be followed by a lesson around presenting for and against arguments. They will need to be able to reflect on the opposing view and mention it when they write letters.
We will also be focussing on reading and comprehension.

History/geography

The children will begin to consider what they do know about The Anglo Saxons, what they want to find out and will reflect on this at the end of term to assess whether they have learned all they wanted to.
Part of this topic includes a visit from a company that produces Anglo Saxon/Viking workshops in schools. I will send more details nearer the time. If the children would like to take this project further they can produce a power point from the research they collect at home. This will be the homework for the term.

Spanish

We will be learning the names of Spanish food and drinks and how to ask for what we would like. We will also be able to explain what our favourite food is. If you are heading for a Spanish speaking country this Summer this could be helpful!

Art

We will be studying the work of Claude Monet and from there we will create a class painting of The Water Lillies. The children will be learning new painting techniques that is particularly helpful for impressionist paintings.
We will move on to printing and work on patterns towards the end of term.

RE

as we continue our focus on Christianity, Hinduism and Sikhism we will be observing and understanding how people of faith communicate their beliefs through sacred spaces, worship, prayer meditation and stillness.
The children will be able to describe why and where worshippers connect to prayer and worship. They will experience periods of stillness and quiet thought and where appropriate express personal reflections.

Science

This term we will be learning about electricity. We will begin by learning the history of electricity and the symbols used. We will be having practical lessons so that the children can produce circuits and learn how switches work.

I hope you have a restful weekend. I hope to see you at the carnival!

Many thanks
Ydavis