Teacher: Miss Spencer
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Kalokoh
Welcome to our class page! I look forward to working with the children to keep you up to date on what we have been doing in the classroom.
In our first week we have been preparing to write our own poems in English and have been working on generating great adjectives for our work. We have been reading poems out loud to practise developing a character and using the text to help us understand what a character is like. On Friday, we played a game to find prepositions in sentences that had been pinned up around the school.
In Maths we have been working on understanding place value, learning about thousands, partitioning numbers and learning how to recombine them. We have also done a times tables test so please keep practising them at home as a strong understanding and knowledge of times tables is essential in Maths.
We have also focused on the importance of reading and have started our class book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. All of the children should now have a book and a Reading Record and we are looking forward to all being Super Readers next week.
We have also made a colourful display that shows our hopes and dreams for this year which can have in our classroom.
I look forward to seeing you all next week.
The end of you first full week and we have packed on a great deal of learning this week.
In Maths, we have completed our unit on place value and have moved on to looking at rounding numbers and understanding number magnitude.
In English we have been continuing to work on poems and completed our first Big Write which was a diary entry.
In History we discussed what history actually is and why it is important. We are looking forward to learning about our first history topic: The Romans.
The first spellings have been sent home this week too and I look forward to seeing some of those words appearing in our writing next week.
Another busy week of learning and the children have completed our first writing unit of Year 4. They have produced some amazing poems about finding an unexpected creature in an unexpected place! I have loved watching and listening to the children trying out new vocabulary which they have learned through the week. The poems are being put up on display in the classroom, in the corridor and in the hall and the children should feel really proud of their work.
In Maths we have finished our unit on rounding numbers and are now using those skills to help us to estimate addition calculations. We are moving on to adding and subtracting 2, 3 and 4 digit numbers both mentally and using our concrete apparatus and also introducing different written methods.
In Science we have begun learning about our new topic: Animals including Humans. We have started looking at vocabulary and will develop our learning more by looking at food chains and food webs.
In History we have been thinking like Historians and the questions that they would ask when investigating the Roman period.
We are looking forward to more excellent learning in the fabulous B4 next week!
This week we completed our work on column addition and everyone in the class did really well at showing their understanding in their books.
In English, we began our work on Roman myths and the children wrote some amazing openings for the myth of the birth of Venus, goddess of love and beauty. It was really hard to choose my write of the week as they all did such an amazing job and included many examples of figurative language.
Things are hotting up in our Guided Reading text and we have been adding new vocabulary to our working walls to include in future writing.
In Science we have been learning about food chains and thinking about the vocabulary predator, prey and producer and sorted animals into groups.
Phew - another week over and I can't believe that we only have 3 weeks until half term.
This week we have continued learning about Roman myths and have written diary entries as Venus, the goddess of love and beauty, reflecting on her rather terrible behaviour towards Vulcan.
In Maths we have been working on written subtraction methods and have been mastering column subtraction.
In Science we have begun looking at food webs and exploring how things like pesticides can enter affect the food chain.
In PSHE we have been exploring what friendship is and using role play to explore how we respond to different events.
In our Guided Reading text, hour main character has come across some very unconvincing pirates and she has used her skills as a firework maker to scare away a hungry tiger.
Our spellings this week are looking at words ending in "ure" and "ture". I wonder how many words the children will spot in their reading that follow this rule?
What an amazing week of learning B4 have had - not just about the normal subjects but also about us as a class and how we can show respect to each and for things.
In History, the children retold the myth of how Rome was founded and the twins, Romulus and Remus, which is also who we have been learning about in English. They all brilliantly retold the story; some in the form of cartoons with amazing drawings, others chose to write out the story in full and try out some new vocabulary. The results from all the children were great and I look forward to sharing them with you at Parents Evening.
In Maths, we have been learning all about multiples and how to use an array to find multiples. We have also been using the distributive law to help us to find times tables facts we struggle to remember. For example 7 x 6 is the same as 5 x 6 + 2 x 6. By using the times tables facts that we are confident with, we can find the answers to the ones we aren't as confident with yet.
In English we learnt all about Rhea Silva who fell in love with the god, Mars. We have decided that he was a bit of a scoundrel and we had a great time in Conscience Alley trying to persuade Kit that the punishment was fair or unfair!
In Science we have continued to learn about food webs and have been thinking about who eats what and why and next week we are going to start thinking about our teeth and how we use them for different things.
I am sorry that I am not managing to take any photos of the children in the classroom; we are always working so hard that I never seem to find the time to take the photos.
Just a quick reminder about equipment - please can you ensure that your children have all of the equipment that they need for school - a blue handwriting pen, a pencil, a rubber, a sharpener, a 30cm ruler that doesn't bend or fold, a glue stick and a white board pen. They should all be stored in a small pencil case that can fit in their drawers.
Finally half term has arrived and we can look back on a really successful start to Year 4.
In RE this week, the children learnt all about harvest around the world and the way people of different nationalities celebrate it.
In History, we worked together as a year group to learn more about different aspects of Roman life including homes, Roman technology, life for a child and the gladiators. The children worked really well with the children from M4 and it was lovely to watch them working together as a team.
In English we have written our own myths featuring the Roman gods and goddesses and the children have been learning how to edit their work until they have done the best piece possible.
In Maths we have been learning about factor bugs and using an array to help us find all factors of a number. Today, we have used iPads to build bar models so that we can scale numbers. If you are looking for a website for the children to practice their maths skills on, I would highly recommend www.mathplayground.com. The children really enjoyed using it to help build their understanding of bar models.
Just as reminder that the children should continue to read to an adult every day over the holidays and record it in their Reading Record and continue to practice the spelling words that have been sent in the first half term. Also, a little bit of times tables practice will help them for when we begin our weekly times tables tests after half term.
Have a great week off and I look forward to seeing you all after the break.