2.3.18 – Parent mail :)

2.3.18

Year 4SP

Hi all,

Thank you all for yet again a lovely yet snowy week!

A second week for us in the art studio which has yet again been wonderfully exciting. We continued with our work on migration, using art to express this through colour and birds. We created our very own flying bird using the colour that represents ourselves.

We have started to write diary entries continuing with the journey towards the border. Due to the bad weather, attendance and school closure, we haven’t quite completed the story or work that was originally planned so will be continuing with this in literacy next week. This is exciting for us all as this is a story we are well and truly engaged with!

Next week we will be back to our usual timetable. We will be learning about the creation stories in RE. In science we will be completing our sound topic off and beginning to look at digestion. We will be kick starting fractions off next week in MNP which will be exciting – have a little practice of what you already know at home ready to build on this knowledge next week!

There are a few reminders for next week:

  • Tuesday 6th March will now be our world book day – dressing up as Where’s Wally or Where’s Wenda (there is no additional cost for this theme day)

Reading planners

I have changed the reading awards for next week. Each child who reads 4 times will now receive a raffle ticket to gain a chance of winning a prize from my selection of prizes.

Please remind your child to take their planners home each night as their spellings are inside too! The expectation is that all children read and complete 4 reading enteries each week starting from the Saturday and weekend. This can be their home reading book, Lexia, Reading eggs or a book of their choice (library book, newspaper) however for each entry to count, it must be signed by an adult at home for a stamp in class. This really does have such a positive impact on your childs progress so thank you so much for your support. I love to see what the children have been reading at home and it’s so lovely to celebrate this on a Friday.

It is so pleasing to hear such positive feedback about our behaviour. This is now being noticed by so many other adults around school and I could not be more proud! The children gained an extra playtime today due to their excellent commitment during their dance lesson this morning. More and more children are receiving their reward time and I have handed out more gold awards to children this afternoon. Something to really celebrate! Well done year 4!

Next week, all children who remain on GOLD AND GREEN from our behaviour traffic light system will receive and extra playtime on Friday. This involves no negative action on sleuth (during playtimes and after school clubs).

PE Kits.

Our PE day is Tuesday, please make sure PE kits are in school as without them children will not be allowed to participate due to our health and safety policy. Please ensure jewellery is removed on PE days or are covered with a plaster. Thank you for your cooperation.

Value

It will be our final week of self-control next week.

Homework

Homework this week is on our blog. It is a creative piece of writing linked to the life of a snowflake. Please type your entry on the blog or google classroom. I will try and respond to these in the week. Please ensure your child completes this challenge by Wednesday the latest. If homework is not in by this day, they will be expected to complete the homework in their playtime.

There are no set spellings this week – please continue to check your child is learning the Year 3 and 4 spelling list and any gaps from the Year 2 list that may need checking.

Thank you to all the children who have made a huge effort to come into school despite the freezing temperatures and icy weather conditions! Our attendance was 83% so we are still way below our target of 96%. Hopefully next week with improved weather, we will see more of our fabulous class in all week.

Thank you for all your continuing support, enjoy a very snowy weekend!

Take care and keep warm and safe!

See you all on Monday!

Mrs. Potter. x

 

2nd March 2018 – Homework

I hope you all had a fabulous snow day yesterday!

School is open today and I am very excited to see you all back at 10:00. I am looking forward to hearing all your snow stories and adventures.

For homework this week, I would love for you to complete some writing from the perspective of a snowflake. Think about:

  • How is the snowflake feeling?
  • Do people like them?
  • Do they mean to cause disruption?
  • Do they like being played with/stepped on/thrown/driven on by people?

Think about which sentence types you could include in this writing. In class we have been working on:

  • The more, the more
  • Exclamation sentence!
  • De: De
  • 3 bad – question?

I am really looking forward to hearing your adventures.

Good Luck,

Mrs. P 🙂

Happy Friday! From Mrs P X

23.2.18

Year 4SP

Hi all,

I’ve been really excited to write this email this week! We have so much to fill you all in on…

This week has been our first week in the arts studio working with Mrs Johnston. Our week began thinking about a journey we have been on. We were all given a different journey and using the geographical marks, had to create a pictorial map. We soon figured out that this journey belonged to none other than Mrs J herself! Continuing with the geographical theme, we looked more in depth a countries, counties, cities and continents. How tricky these are to remember as they are all beginning with the same letter!

Our second day involved us piecing together a jigsaw. A piece at a time meant that we had to question each time what we thought was happening and what the author wanted us to think… Here was the picture the pieces created:

After researching when why and what migration involves, we explored the emotions and experiences we know from others and what a lot we have found out! Thank you to all our children for their contributions and efforts whilst listening to others. J

Starting our week off this way was a lovely way of finding out what our story was. It is called the Journey by Francesca Sanna. … And what a gorgeous story this is too. We have dived right into this book this week and have learnt about the journey the family begin as they migrate to another county.

Each day we were lucky enough to explore the arts. Using feathers as a stimulus, we were asked to complete a blind drawing, continuous line drawing and then finally an observational drawing. What fun this was for us all!

In the art studio we have also been using colour to represent emotions from the book and ourselves as individuals. After picking a colour of our choice ‘what colour would you be?’ we created large art to represent ourselves. Using new art techniques such as circles, cross hatch, hatching with materials including chalk, graphite, paint, pastel, oil pastel to add depth and texture.

Once we were happy with our own representative colour, we then added a complementary colour. These looked beautiful. When we were happy with our two complementary colours, we added these to our observational drawings of our feathers. WOW! These are so impressive!

Next week we will be continuing with this story and all of our learning in the art studio. I am looking forward to finding out what else we will discover…

There are a few reminders for next week:

  • 4SP are continuing their learning in the art studio all week again next week
  • Monday afternoon – Daniel Ingram (author visit and book signing)
  • 4SP Art Celebration assembly – Friday Afternoon 1:30pm – invitations have gone out tonight.
  • Letters re theatre trip have gone out tonight – please use parent pay to confirm attendance of this visit.
  • Thursday is world book day – dressing up as Where’s Wally or Where’s Wenda (there is no additional cost for this theme day)

Reading planners

I have changed the reading awards for next week. Each child who reads 4 times will now receive a raffle ticket to gain a chance of winning a prize from my selection of prizes.

Please remind your child to take their planners home each night as their spellings are inside too! The expectation is that all children read and complete 4 reading enteries each week starting from the Saturday and weekend. This can be their home reading book, Lexia, Reading eggs or a book of their choice (library book, newspaper) however for each entry to count, it must be signed by an adult at home for a stamp in class. This really does have such a positive impact on your childs progress so thank you so much for your support. I love to see what the children have been reading at home and it’s so lovely to celebrate this on a Friday.

It is so pleasing to hear such positive feedback about our behaviour. This is now being noticed by so many other adults around school and I could not be more proud! The children gained an extra playtime today due to their excellent commitment during their dance lesson this morning. More and more children are receiving their reward time and I have handed out more gold awards to children this afternoon. Something to really celebrate! Well done year 4!

Next week, all children who remain on GOLD AND GREEN from our behaviour traffic light system will receive and extra playtime on Friday. This involves no negative action on sleuth (during playtimes and after school clubs).

PE Kits.

Our PE day is Tuesday, please make sure PE kits are in school as without them children will not be allowed to participate due to our health and safety policy. Please ensure jewellery is removed on PE days or are covered with a plaster. Thank you for your cooperation.

Value

Our value next week continues to be self-control. This afternoon the children were put to their paces when given the challenge of eating a donut without licking their lips! What a great way to explore self-control. I think for that activity, you beat me!

Homework this week is a creative reading comprehension. The children have been given questions that link with our theme book we have been reading with Mrs Johnston. Please ensure your child hands in the homework on Wednesday the latest. If homework is not in by this day, they will be expected to complete the homework in their playtimes.

There are no set spellings this week – please continue to check your child is learning the Year 3 and 4 spelling list and any gaps from the Year 2 list that may need checking.

Thank you to all the children for a fabulous week! They have made me smile in so many different ways! J

Thank you for all your continuing support, enjoy a very happy weekend!

See you all on Monday! Mrs. Potter. x

 

Sound Workshop

Hello!!

Year 4 were lucky enough to be visited by Sam the sound man today. Teaching us all there possibly is to know about sound, we were engrossed with the science and fabulously fascinating facts from start to finish! Beginning with learning about what sound is and how it happens, we were shown sound waves in front of our own eyes, discovering the size and shape all depends on the pitch and volume of the sound!

Using homemade amplifiers, we learnt how make sounds louder… Niamh even demonstrated how to create an amplifier using a simple wooden suitcase! Did you realize sound can travel through solids and liquids?

The use use of everyday materials became a theme throughout the workshop where Sam enlightened us with the science of sound through wooden brooms, old bed slots, water contrainers, milk bottles, straws … and the list is endless! By dropping chopped up broom sticks of different length on the floor, we learnt that the pitch of short solid objects is high and squeaky whereas the pitch of a long solid broom is low and rumbly. Macauley had the hypothesis that this would be the same for everything.. so there was nothing more to do than to investigate and prove the hypothesis wrong…. and this we couldn’t do! All our investigations involving testing the pitch of chambers of gas and liquids all resulted in high squeaky sounds for short chambers and low and rumbly sounds for longer chambers.

Our science learning didn’t stop there !  We enjoyed every single second – a huge thank you to Sam and well done to year 4 for their engagement and enthusiasm throughout the day!

I’m looking forward to seeing how we can continue with this learning in class!

Have a look at the photos to see just how busy we really have been…

Mrs. P x 😀

 

Fronted adverbials

This morning we have really rattled our brains together to try and play around with fronted adverbails. With the help from IGGY ISPACE, we’ve learnt a really fun and easy way to help us remember how to include fronted adverbials in a sentence,

I … ING

S… SIMILE

P…PREPOSITION

A…ADVERB

C….CONJUNCTION

E…ED

Fiction or non fiction?

 

Using a selection of our new library books, we completed a little class hunt of features of fiction and non fiction, we found evidence for each book to prove which genre it was. Year 4 all worked so hard on this and even built up a whole new bank of knowledge while hard at work.

 

Well done!

Miss Bell 😀

Reading by the fire 🔥

 

What at a lovely morning we had….!! We took out our class novel and did some shared reading by the fire. Thank you to Mrs Walker for the hot chocolate!!

 

I had had such a lovely time,

 

Thank you year 4

 

from Miss Bell

😀😀

Today our blog is written by some children in 4SB.

At the end of today we were lucky enough to have a taste of our very own crops grown in our school garden. Mrs Wake was kind enough to give us some corn on the cobs. Here we are enjoying them! Sweet and juicy, they didnt last a minute!

Thank you Mrs Wake!