Friday 24 May 2024

Week ending 24th May 2024

Year Four,

We had a fabulous time at the Mini-Marathon today. The children all took part and ran well.




 We have been working hard and have completed our fraction block in maths. We have begun to work on decimals now.

In our English lessons the children finished their stories and worked on using subordinate conjunctions.

For geography we looked at maps of the UK and located five of the main rivers.

We completed our science project on electricity which leads on to the children's home project.

Home Project

As the children are now adept at creating electrical circuits we are incorporating this into the home project for the final half term.

The aim of the project is to design, make and evaluate a game that uses an electrical circuit as part of the design.

I do not expect the children to complete all of this at home. I have explained that they have to do the following:

  • Design the game
  • Draw it and label it with all components
  • Write a list of materials
  • Explain how to play the game
If your child wishes to make the game at home and this is possible please feel free to do so. The above is what is expected, but the whole project can be completed at home if you wish.

Times Tables

When we return from the half term break we will only have a week or so to work on the speed needed to recall tables. The children have done so well and those taking the text have learned every table, so it would be great if they could keep working on the speed aspect.
They should be working on TTRockstars on a daily basis at the moment as we are so close to the test.
I am planning for the children to take the test on Wednesday 12th June. 

I wish you all a very happy half term break.
Ms Davis





Friday 17 May 2024

Week ending 17th May 2024

 Hello Year One,

What a busy week!

Monday was amazing. We had a brilliant trip to Lee Valley Regional Park. The children learned about The River Lee, Seventy Acre Lake and The Navigation. By the end they were very knowledgeable about the similarities and differences between the waterways. They soaked up the information and enjoyed learning about the birds that inhabit the area. They watched birds from a bird hide, saw a lock being opened and closed as the narrow boats went through, found bird's nests and focused on the features of rivers.











English

The children have been continuing to write their stories. This week they planned their story, wrote the opening and the build up. They have completed the dilemma. 

Maths

We have completed our unit on fractions and the children did very well in the end of block assessment. I am so happy that they have made such excellent progress with their times tables. Thank you for encouraging them to practise at home. Now they just need to increase their speed. They need to go through mixed tables on a daily basis to get up to speed. They have six seconds to answer each question in the test. 

Geography

The field trip was perfect for our geography study. They took in so much information and returned to school and carried out a detailed piece of work referring to all they had experienced.

RE

The children have been learning about sacred texts. I read them some Bible stories today and on Wednesday we explored The Bhagavad-Gita (The Hindu sacred text.)
The children were able to take an extract from the book and interpret it's meaning.

Spellings for next week

Group One

exercise
away
listen
isolated
mystical
spectacular
tranquil
sinister
horizon
courageous

Group Two

bravely
away
listen
daring
fairy
swiftly
adventure
unicorn
beyond
clouds

Group Three

with
work
duck
lock
please
thank you

Next Week

English

The children will be working on the resolution for their story and will create a final conclusion. They will be using subordinate conjunctions as we will be having a lesson to learn how and when to use them. They will add similes or metaphors and hopefully one or two fronted adverbials.

Maths

Next week the children will be using TT Rockstars to gain speed at answering times tables questions. It is all about speed now. 
We will be moving on to decimals next week.

Science

We will continue with our electricity project as we look at conductors and insulators.

Geography

The project on rivers will continue as we look at rivers around the world and rivers in the UK.

RE

It will be our last week focussing on sacred texts as we explore The Bhagavad-Gita further.

Spanish

This week we began to learn Spanish instructions for the class room. We will continue with this next week.

Mini Marathon

On Friday it is the local mini-marathon and we will be travelling by coach to the school that hosts this event. The children will be in school PE kits for this trip and will change into their school uniforms when we return to school, which will be before lunch.

I wish you all a restful and pleasant weekend.
Ms Davis





Friday 10 May 2024

Week ending 10th May 2024

 Hello Year One,

We have had a wonderful week. Our trip to The Mariner's Base was fabulous! The children launched themselves into the activities with great enthusiasm.











We have been writing a story setting in our English lessons. We will be building on this each week until a fantasy story is complete. The children love the book we are reading in our guided reading sessions. It is called Gorilla City. They were able to answer several comprehension questions correctly. The children also completed a dictation exercise which focused on punctuation. They are very familiar with the correct punctuation and managed this well.

We continue to work on fractions for maths. The children are also working really hard on their tables. We are practising every day and they have made huge progress.

For science we made electrical circuits and the children were able to name and label all the components of a circuit.

For PHSE we have been discussing right and wrong. We looked at different scenarios and the children were able to vocalise their thoughts well.

NEXT WEEK

Monday 13th May 2024

We will be going to Lee Valley Regional Park for a field trip about rivers. We will all be learning about rivers as this is our geography topic this term. 

The coach will be leaving at 9am and will return by 3.20pm therefore the children can arrive and leave school at the usual time.

The children will need to wear weather appropriate clothes. It is difficult to predict what it will be like next week, but if it is hot and sunny I suggest they bring a hat as we will be spending most of the day outside. They need waterproof footwear and a coat or jacket in case of rain.

The children will need to bring a packed lunch.

English

Next week we will be learning how to use subordinate conjunctions and will use these in our story writing. We will be writing the plan and the opening of the story.

Spellings

Group 1

covered

want

firstly

finally

grabbed

belief

believe

ancient

bustling

abdomen

Group 2

want

with

covered

empty

hectic

silent

whisper

familiar

gentle

noisy


Group 3

cold

told

another

with

want

flowers

Times Tables

We are getting closer to the scheduled MTC this year and the children have worked so hard to learn their tables. They need the final push now to become fluent as they get 6 seconds for each one. 

Each week we have been learning random tables and some children will come home with a list which they will need to practise as well as the table they are currently learning.

As the early tables 3, 4, 5, 6 etc were learned a while ago I have found that some of the children have forgotten them as they concentrate on the higher numbers. I have suggested that each day they practise the set tables and one other. They really need to be doing this every day at this stage.

If you need any further support with the tables please come and see me.

I wish you a very happy weekend and look forward to seeing you Monday for yet another adventure!

Ms Davis




Friday 3 May 2024

Week ending 3rd May 2024

 Hello Year Four,

I have some of the pictures from the PGL trip. I suggest you also look on the Year Three blog as well because I know Miss Davis is posting others today.

















Back on the coach to go home!




As you can see the children were very adventurous and managed some challenging activities. they had a fabulous time.

As you are aware the children will be going to The Mariner's Base on Tuesday. They will need waterproof coats and footwear. They will need two changes of clothes and a packed lunch. They do not come in school uniform, but in sensible outdoor wear. They are looking forward to this trip.

You should have received a text asking you to be at school at 8.30am on Tuesday as the coach is leaving at 8.45am.

On Wednesday we will be back to normality!

English

We will be focussing on the setting for a story. The children will be preparing to write a fantasy story and next week we begin with the setting.

Maths

We will continue to learn about fractions and we are concentrating on our tables at the moment. The children did so well this week and it is obvious they have been practising at home. Please keep this up at least three times a week or ten minutes a day.

Science

Next week the children will be experimenting with electricity by making circuits. They will be learning all the vocabulary associated with electrical circuits, making circuits and recognising the equipment they will need to make a variety of circuits.

Geography

The children are currently learning about rivers. This week they investigated the formation of rivers and the vocabulary associated with this. As you are aware this topic will be supported by our visit to the Lee Valley Centre which will enhance the children's understanding.

Spanish

We will be having an oral session next week as the children use the words and phrases they have learned so far.

PHSE

We are exploring peer pressure and how to manage difficult situations.

Spellings

Group One

happened

expected

weather

dense

hazardous

emerge

lurking

wandered

foliage

among

Group Two

happened

sunshine

bright

swaying

crawling

growling

furry

bushy

prickly

live

Group Three

trees

flowers

sunshine

want

went


Enjoy the bank holiday and I am looking forward to seeing you all bright and early Tuesday morning at 8.30am.

Ms Davis

Thursday 25 April 2024

PGL

Good evening everyone, 


It has been such a great day full of activities! We have been survivors in the woods, we have been on the giant swing, trapeze jumping, abseiling and problem solving. 


We have had lunch and dinner. Now we are off to our evening activity - balloon splash. 


We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow. 


PGL 2024







Friday 19 April 2024

week ending 19th April 2024

 Hello Year Four,

We have had a busy first week back.

We have begun our new geography project on rivers and later in the term we will be going on a field trip to learn first-hand about rivers in the UK. This began by exploring the water cycle. We have set up an experiment in the class room to show evaporation and condensation. 

We are continuing to learn about fractions in our maths lessons and are currently learning about mixed number and improper fractions.

For English we are coming to the end of our persuasive letter to the local council from Mr Wolf. He is trying to persuade the council to ban little girls from the forest and he is very persuasive!

For Spanish we will be learning the names of different countries and how to say where we are from, what our nationality is and which languages we can speak. The children have been exploring a map of Spain, so if you have been on or are planning a holiday to Spain it would be great to know which region you will be going to.

Today we had a PHSE lesson and as we are focussing on 'Healthy Me' this term we explored the effects of smoking and alcohol.

For science we will be beginning our project on electricity next week.

In our RE lessons we are looking at sacred texts and this week we focussed on the word 'sacred' and The Holy Bible. 

Spellings will be given out on Monday. The test for these will not be for two weeks due to the PGL trip, however I am posting them for you now.

Group1

electricity

circuit

insulator

conductor

stomach

healthy

Hinduism

sacred

phrase

vocabulary

Group Two


electricity

safety

bulb

switch

sign

water

danger

corner

wizard

witch

Group Three


little

happy

sweet

strong

what


The children are very excited for next week's school journey. If you have any further questions or information you feel will be helpful for us please do not hesitate to see either myself or Miss Davis.

Please see the note from Ms Davis below:

PGL 

Please return all OV7A forms if you haven't done so already.  Any medicine we will have to administer whilst at PGL you will need to fill out paperwork to consent to this. Please go to the office to hand in the medicine in it's box and to fill out the paperwork. 


UPDATE The coach is due to leave at 7:30AM. Please arrive at school between 7:15-7:20am.  We are due back at school at approximately 4pm. We will have lunch when we arrive at PGL and we will have lunch before we leave. 


There will be a fitted sheet on the beds. Please provide bedding for the night. If you child wears deodorant please can you pack roll-on only.   


Make sure they can carry their bags themselves - we are due to be on bottom floor accommodation. Please can I stress not to pack any electronics for PGL or anything sentimental. 


We will send texts via the school to let you know we arrived safely and we will post on the blog during the evening. 




Kind Regards, 

Miss Davis 

Year 3 Class Teacher & Science Co-Ordinator 
Little Heath Primary School 
School Road 
Potters Bar 
EN6 1JW


I wish you all a happy and restful weekend.
Ms Davis

Friday 15 March 2024

Week ending 15th March 2024

 Hello Year Four,

We have had a busy and productive week. It has been science week and the children have been carrying out experiments and working on projects.





The children had to create a tree using only two pieces of A4 paper. It was a challenge! They worked in pairs and the results were amazing!







The class winners were.....

NEXT WEEK


We will be focussing on maths and English next week as we will be spending a lot of time rehearsing for the KS2 production.

English

The children will be learning how to write a persuasive letter. They will be planning it, exploring the purpose of their letter, using appropriate arguments and language that features emotive writing, rhetorical questions, exaggeration and provokes sympathy.

Maths

We are continuing to work on perimeter. Next week we explore regular and irregular polygons and how to calculate their perimeters. Halfway through the week we will begin fractions. Firstly we will explore 'the whole' and move on to count beyond 1.

Spellings

Group One

you're

your

communicate

delicious

where

were

we're

wear

won't

believe

Group Two

you're

your

where

we're

wear

were

won't

tomorrow

massive

quickly


Group Three

where

want

were

needed

yellow


Please bring your children's costumes for the performance in next week, if you have not done so already. 

I wish you all a happy and restful weekend.

Ms Davis