In class the children have been focusing on persuasive texts, and getting to know the text ‘Oatlands Village.’ For homework, please can children ‘unpick’ the text by identifying and underlining the VCOP.
Underline in purple (with a ruler) any great VOCABULARY you find – adjectives, adverbs, similes, powerful verbs.
Underline in red (with a ruler) any CONNECTIVES you can find.
Underline in orange (with a ruler) any OPENERS you can find.
Underline in green (with a ruler) examples of each type of PUNCTUATION used.
Also write down anything from your underlining or from what you have read that you might like to magpie.
What an exciting book themed week we have had! Everyone has made a great start to our new reading challenge, keep up the fab reading. We have loved seeing everyone dressed as book characters today, what a lot of effort you have gone to! Here’s what’s coming next week:-
Numeracy: We will be conducting our own ‘Time Challenges’ and doing some Problem Solving by working backwards.
Literacy: We will be writing our own Haikus and using Google docs.
Parents appointments: We look forward to seeing you next week!
Easter Service: The children have now signed up for auditions for the Easter Service. These will be very informal, where they will have a go at singing part of one of the songs they have begun learning (if they would like a singing part) or saying a little bit about themselves (if they would like an acting part.)
Free Reading Friday: A reminder that every Friday the children are allowed to bring in any appropriate reading material they would like to. If children bring in devices e.g. iPads they must have what they would like to read prepared.
Reading challenge: The children have started off well with their class reading challenges. Please could you encourage children to read a minimum of 10 minutes at home a day, even if they have read at school.
Many thanks, as always, for your continued support especially with the reading challenge! Year 4 Team
Numeracy: we will be solving time problems. Please practice telling the time at home.
Literacy: We will be looking at Haiku poetry this week.
Science:They will be doing their own presentations
Book Week: Next week is book week and we have a visiting author, Caroline Lawrence, author of The Roman Mysteries books coming to talk to us on Thursday. Also, we will all be dressing up as book characters on the Friday. There will also be lots of activities during the week to celebrate the love of reading and we will be launching the Year 4 reading challenge which has been designed and voted for by the children!
Parents’ appointments: please remember to book an appointment with your child’s teacher.
The children have enjoyed re-telling the African story ‘The Awongalema tree’ in literacy. They have then been planning their writing choosing from 3 challenges:
Writing the story from a different point of view e.g. an animal from the story
Writing the original story in their own words
Writing a substituted story (changing the setting, animals to fit with another culture)
For homework, children are to practice re-telling ‘The Awongalema Tree’ story. The children can think about their story telling skills they used earlier in the week to help them. If you want to record any story-telling and email to the teacher, you are more than welcome! Children can also discuss their ideas they have been planning for their own writing.
This homework is due in on Monday as the children will begin their writing then.
We’ve had another great week at school. A big well done to the children that have been busy performing in the Dance Festival, we’re sure all your hard work has paid off! Here’s what’s coming next week:-
Numeracy: We are going to revisit fractions, looking at equivalents and using our division and multiplication strategies to find fractions of a quantity.
Literacy:We will becontinuing with our stories from another culture topic.
Science: They will be continuing with their electricity presentations.
Parents evening: Parents should have received emails or paper copies inviting you to make appointments with your child’s class teacher. Mrs Judd is also available to meet to discuss numeracy with any parents of Mrs Dowding’s class, please use this link
We’ve had another successful week and the children have really enjoyed learning about gruesome Tudor punishments and have got into the ‘Learning Pit’ whilst problem solving!
Here’s what’s happening this week:-
Numeracy: We will be exploring fractions.
Literacy: Children will be inventing their own Tudor punishment and will be writing an information text based on this.
History: Teams will be continuing with researching their chosen Tudor topic and presenting their findings to the whole class.
Tudor Day (25th November): is fast approaching. We have a fun day of activities planned and you will be invited to come in at 2pm and share our work in the afternoon. We desperately need some help with the workshops please as there are some cooking activities. Please let us know asap if you can help – even if it’s for an hour!
Gym:Children are really enjoying practising their Tudor dances and are looking forward to performing them on Tudor Day. Feel free to practise the dances at home as the Tudor music will be available on the Blog.