Friday 12th January 2018
What a busy week!
In English, we have been thinking about myths - especially the Anglo-Saxon myth of Beowulf.
In Maths, we are progressing well with addition and subtraction using the formal column method. Place value counters are helping us to understand carrying and exchanging.
The children have very much enjoyed starting Times Table Rock Stars. The progress has been outstanding.
Our Topic work has seen us concentrate on where and why the Anglo-Saxons came from in order to invade Britain.
We have started to put together an Anglo-Saxon dance and have been improving our close control dribbling skills in hockey.
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT PE KITS SHOULD BE IN SCHOOL ALL WEEK.
WELCOME BACK TO THE SPRING TERM.
Friday 1st December 2017
What a busy week!
In English, our poetry is making amazing progress. We have been looking at the poetic features of simile, metaphor and alliteration. We have also been putting these features into our own poem.
Maths, we have continued to use resources to convince and problem solve about different numbers.
Our Christingle service is taking shape - remember that parents are invited to the school hall at 2pm on Friday 15th December.
Friday 10th November 2017
We have enjoyed reading, performing and learning different poems.
We have continued to use Dienes and place value counters to make and understand different numbers.
Our maths talk and reasoning is improving. We have more resilience in our problem solving.
Friday 3rd November 2017
In English we have been looking at interview texts. The children have had the experience of interviewing Mr Kearns and watching a YouTube clip of an interview with Mr Souter's son.
In Maths, we have been looking at representing different numbers using Dienes.
In Topic, we have started to learn about the history of transport.
Friday 13th October
We have had a fantastic few days designing and making wooden cars. We have learnt how to use hacksaws, how to sandpaper and glue our structures together. We even made electrical circuits to light up headlamps! Thank you to everyone who made a donation.
English - We have been learning how to write instructions. After creating our cars, we completed our hot tasks which involved writing instructions.
Maths - This week we have been using our measuring skills whilst building our cars. We have also been practising our times tables, there are some great songs on Youtube to help learn these! We have been doing some problem solving, such as 'The Dog Problem' using cubes.
In English, we have been improving our language skills for giving instructions. We had fun giving instructions to our partner to make a Lego model.
This term we are focusing on the structure and content of non-chronological reports. These are any non-fiction informative reports which do not need to follow time order in the explanation. We have linked it to our Science topic of 'Plants and Living Things' and have written reports about seed dispersal, the life-cycle of plants and fertilisation.
Also in Science, we have been planning and conducting our own plant-based investigations. We did an observation walk around the school to identify different types of flowers and plants, we have grown cress in different conditions, and we have watched how plants like celery absorb water.
We are recapping all the skills we have learned this year in Maths. Some methods of calculation include chunking for division, grid method for multiplication and column method for subtraction and addition.
We have been reading scales which are labelled in increments of 2, 5, 10, 20, 25 and 50. We have been able to recognise acute, right and obtuse angles in shapes. We are also becoming experts at reading 24 hour time, plotting coordinates on grids and
Phonics and Spelling
Our spelling patterns have followed the National Curriculum's expectation of knowing certain spelling clusters, suffixes and prefixes for Year 3 and 4. These have included dis-, inter-, in-, un- and mis- (meaning 'the opposite of'), as well as -cian, -ly, -tion and -tian suffixes.
Some weeks we will include a few Common Exception Words, which are tricky words that Year 3 and 4 are expected to learn. These can be found attached below.
On Monday 26th June, we enjoyed our annual Sports Day at King Edwards VI School. The day was sunny and clear, and the activities were enjoyable and competitive. We participated in activities such as foam javelin, hurdles, obstacle course relay, sprints and tennis "keepie-uppies".