A huge welcome to the first of our Year 4 blog of 2017-18 where we will endeavour to explain what we’ve been up to and show off the achievements that have been made. First of all, I’d like to say that it was great to meet some of you at the general parent meeting this week and that I hope the information came across well and not patronisingly! For those of you who were not able to attend, I hope the information sent home made for interesting reading. We hope to work with you all throughout the year!
For the last couple of weeks, the children have been learning all about fantasy stories in English. They started off by watching a short film called ‘The Dream Giver’ which enabled them to see how this type of genre can inspire us to write. It also gave them an opportunity to develop their retelling of stories as well as inference of characters feelings through noting down how they feel at certain points of the film. The children will be reading lots of different extract from well-known fantasy stories to help them write their own over the coming weeks.
In Maths, we have been focussing on rounding numbers to the nearest 10 and 100. They have learnt the rounding rule and have also developed their reasoning skills in order to solve problems. TTRockstars has been introduced and have spurred them on to enjoy learning their times tables off by heart. This online platform will be used a lot this year in order to improve their speed and recall of multiplication with related division facts; please encourage them to login for a short while to keep them motivated!
Mr Davy has been teaching the children all about the digestive system in Science which has seen them label different parts and find out about what the function and purpose of each part is. Through research and presenting their findings, the children have begun to understand the importance of our bodies!
P.E has seen the children learn basic skills in basketball including chest and bounce passes as well as some dribbling and shooting techniques. Harry Parton has been helping us develop these skills. On a Monday the children got put through their paces during our first circuit training session. This will improve their overall fitness, stamina, agility and co-ordination! We get the music pumping and work in pairs to complete different activities. We select at least one star player from each P.E session to recognise effort during the lesson. In week 1, Ethan became our first winner and Isaac became this weeks as they both tried exceptionally hard! Well done boys!
We’ve started to think about our overall topic of ‘mining and smuggling’ and brainstormed all the things we already knew. We shall be learning about the locations of mine in the next couple of weeks before our trip to the mighty Geevor Tin Mine on October 9th!
Mrs Eddy has started teaching children Cornish Tin Mining songs to fit beautifully with our topic and we’re hoping to sing these to you during our end outcome at the traditional Cornish gathering!
Over the past 9 days, the children have also learnt some R.E with Miss Brant, created some geometry art faces (displayed in the classroom), had a PSHE/Jigsaw session based on what it feels like to be included in something, done a Big Write, completed a 10 minute writing challenge, completed AR reading quizzes, finished a mental maths, spelling, times table, reading comprehension test as well as participate in a handwriting session. It’s no wonder we’re all tired!
Next week brings much more fun and I truly hope your child has settled in well and are enjoying their time so far in Year 4!
A massive well done to Mia, Alfie, Sonny, Matt and Emma who all have writing displayed on our wow wall and also a huge congratulations to Alfie who became our overall star pupil last week and Mille who became this week’s star pupil – awesome job guys!
Please note that the times table for each week during this half term is on our class webpage and the Autumn Photos/videos page has been updated – go take a look.
A big thank you to Miss Rowe and Mrs Ballard on their hard work for the first two weeks and to you for your support.
Thank you for reading the blog – have a fab weekend all!