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Here is another link that you may find interesting and/or useful.
Coronavirus:The School of Mum and Dad - BBC News
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (30th March - 1st April 2020)
Good morning and welcome to the last week of term.
A reminder that there will be Zoom meetings on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 11am using Ms Wright’s ID (see recent email).
Below you will find some maths and literacy work for the next three days. After that, it is officially the Easter holiday.
Remember that, over Easter, we have asked you to investigate the American Iroquois tribes and present your research in any way you would like. For those of you who have already completed this project, perhaps you would like to try making a model of a long house, do a bit of weaving or make a dreamcatcher. I have found some instructions to help you get started.
We’d like to wish everyone a happy Easter. Let’s hope the Easter Bunny is still able to make deliveries!
Maths Lessons (one a day)
This week, I would like you to revise how to use an apostrophe to show possession for singular and for plural nouns.
A short Powerpoint presentation that explains the rules brilliantly can be seen below. Make sure you watch it to remind yourself how to position this tricky piece of punctuation accurately.
You have a choice of worksheets to complete and there is a reminder for mums and dads to print out, if they want to.
As well as apostrophes, I would like you to practise your proofreading. Again, you have the option of which activity you would like to complete - one is trickier than the other.
Please write the sentences out in full - do NOT just squeeze bits of punctuation untidily into the printed sentences.
It is an opportunity to practise beautifully joined and spaced handwriting.
The third piece of literacy work involves reading, understanding, learning and reciting a poem. It is not too difficult and hope everyone will like it. I do. When you are confident enough, I hope some of you will perform the poem on Zoom.
Finally, for those of you who have finished their Iroquois project or for those who simply want to have a go, here are some instructions for simple weaving tasks, making a dreamcatcher or constructing a pipe cleaner longhouse.
God’s Eye weaving instructions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X53ZXcHoR_c
Long house model: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wk03MuqQiE
Year 4 optional Forest School activities 26.3.20:
Investigate totem pole designs by looking at a range of photos and illustrations and find out about the materials and techniques used to make them. Look at common design features and find out what they represent. Design a totem pole that includes symbols and forms and work alongside a professional artist to carve a class pole. You could make individual poles using different-sized card tubes, using a variety of art materials to create symbols and carvings. Think carefully about the symbols on your poles. Native American poles often show human, animal and supernatural forms. Totem poles are primarily visual representations of kinship, depicting family crests and clan membership. Common crests include the wolf, eagle, grizzly bear, thunderbird, killer whale, frog, raven, and salmon.
Conductor or insulator experiment
You MUST have an adult present to do this and read the safety instructions before you begin. Only use a battery – never use mains electricity. Have dry hands.
Here are instructions and a worksheet for an experiment which would be good to try if you can find a suitable small bulb - perhaps one from a handheld torch. Alternatively, if you are really keen, you might find some cheaply online.
Remember that, with an AA battery, you will need a 1.5v bulb. For other bulbs, you may need a bigger battery.
If you succeed in making a working circuit, feel free to try out all sorts of different items as well as those listed on the sheet eg. vegetables, a wine glass etc.
Perhaps you could take some photos.
Email any finished work to Ms Wright.
Optional. The model of the Empire State Building template is attached. It can be printed onto card, cut out and stuck together. Perhaps you could use a small torch or fairy lights to light the top.
We have been looking at the events of Holy Week and how Christians remember them with special services and events although sadly, due to the current restrictions, it is rather different this year.
Year 4 LQ: How and why do Christians remember the events of Holy Week every year?
bread & wine
Hot cross buns
fullness of life
Please answer the question above using the grid below as a prompt and look up http://request.org.uk/festivals/easter/ to help you.
Extra activity. Create an Easter garden using as many natural materials as possible and take a photograph of it to share with others.
Forest School 5.3.20
Although rain stopped us recording photos of the learning that we achieved, we still had a brilliant time at Forest School. Thank you all for having the correct clothing.
Friday 6th March 2020
This week we have used our knowledge of equivalent fractions to find solutions to some tricky word problems. We now move on to learn more about time – how we measure it and calculate with it.
In literacy, we have been introduced to a new, rather troubled character called Bradley Chalkers and begun to write diary entries which delve into the conflicting emotions he experiences when we meet him. On World Book Day, the class enjoyed exploring Dr Seuss’s The Lorax through dance. Children finished the week with a trip to Chiddingstone nursery to spread the joy of reading to the littlest members of our community. Don’t forget that the Book Fair is open after school until Thursday 12th March. Why not visit and buy yourself a literary treat? Every purchase helps us accumulate credits which we can use to buy much-needed items for school.
Now familiar with the shape, position and size of the United States of America, we have focused our attention on New York City and Manhattan in particular. Children have learned a little about areas such as the Financial District, Chinatown, Greenwich Village, Midtown West, the Upper East Side and Harlem. The events of 9/11 were also explained to them and many asked perceptive questions in their effort to understand what happened and why.
Next week, we shall be swimming every day at Tonbridge School pool. Please remember to bring your swimming costumes (a one-piece for girls and no baggy shorts please, boys). You will also need a hat and goggles, if you wear them. Don’t forget a towel, perhaps a hairbrush and underwear!
Maths is due on Tuesday. Please make every effort to bring it in on the right day.
Beg, borrow or buy a blue handwriting pen. Attach your name. Bring it to school. Use it.
Literacy: Comprehension homework is attached. Please feel free to email this in - we are trying to go as paperless as we can so please get your child to type the answers at the bottom of the document and email it in if you can.
Spellings: words ending in -tion.
Remember: if the root word ends in -te or -t the suffix will be -tion
invent/invention inject/injection act/action hesitate/hesitation complete/completion
Friday 28th February 2020
It was good to see the children back in school and raring to go this week. We have already set off on our Road Trip across the USA as the children pasted together a map showing all the States. They have discussed the American flag and made origami 'fortune tellers' showing detailed information on the significance of its different colours and symbols.
In maths we have been adding and subtracting fractions and begun using our times-tables to find fractions of amounts. It is worth asking children what 1/9 of 81 is or 1/5 of 20 (etc) to get them flexing their brains and applying times tables facts.
In literacy, we've read The Lorax ahead of our workshop for World Book Day next Thursday. We'll be making props for a class display, and writing persuasive letters to the Once-ler to try and convince him to halt the destruction of the truffula forest.
On that note, Forest School seems a popular activity and Mr Vaughan has commented on how brilliant Year 4 were. Keep up the good work.
Have a lovely weekend
Maths for Tuesday in yellow books
Literacy: 500 word story for Tuesday. Please put your name, age, class and school at the top.
Comprehension in purple books for Friday.
Spellings: -sion words.
decision, division, collision, television, invasion, confusion
Friday 14th February 2020
Our Burps, Bottom and Bile topic concluded this week with an activity that brought great pleasure to some and revulsion to others. Children created a working model of the human digestive system in which a cocktail of spaghetti, biscuits and banana were crushed with cutlery (teeth); mixed with detergent (saliva); squeezed through a piping bag (gullet); diluted with orange juice (acid) in a plastic bag (stomach); wrung out through a stocking (small intestine) and finally eased through the remaining nylon (large intestine) to be expelled from a hole in the toe (anus). Many children have been truly fascinated by this area of learning and are eager to explore human biology further.
Fractions became the focus of our maths lessons and we made good progress with this sometimes-tricky concept. Times tables knowledge is key to making and finding equivalents, so please keep practising your multiplication facts regularly.
In literacy we combined scientific understanding with our powers of persuasion to create a piece of carefully structured writing that would encourage people to eat healthily. To help us remember the different techniques we use to influence others, children learned the mnemonic
A FOREST. You could ask them what each letter stands for and get them to try and spot the different elements whenever they see or hear them used.
On a final note, I would like to thank you all for your interest and excitement in my recent marriage. I was extremely touched by the kind wishes, beautiful flowers and generous gift I received this week. It was an unexpected and delightful gesture that I appreciate very much.
Thank you, lovely people.
Have a great half term and we’ll see you in a week’s time.
Literacy: 500 words story
Maths: Fractions. Due Tuesday 25th February
Spellings: You will be tested on some of the words you have learned during the course of this term.
Friday 7th February
Reading, and understanding what we read, has been the main focus in Year 4 this week. The children completed comprehension assessments covering three different texts and we have begun to discuss these in class. We agreed that it's helpful to read the questions first and to underline relevant parts of the text as we come to them.
In maths we have been looking at bar charts and graphs and deciding which to use depending on the data being presented. We have also been interpreting data and creating graphs of our own.
We finished the week with some art work based on food chains with a nod to Henri Matisse. There was barely an inch of classroom not covered in cut out bits of paper but the results are very pleasing. You are welcome to come and have a look at these and the rest of the term's work on Friday 14th February from 2.45pm.
Have a lovely weekend.
Mrs Hester and Ms Wright
Maths: Yellow books
Literacy: please find at least three unfamiliar words or phrases in your reading books, find out what they mean and bring in the words and their meanings typed up for next Friday 14th.
Spellings: male/mail main/mane medal/meddle piece/peace plane/plain
Times tables: for Wednesday
Reading at least 5 times at home, twice to an adult. Please ensure your reading diaries are signed and dated
Friday 17th January 2020
We’ve been brushing up on spelling rules and our understanding of grammar this week with a look at plural nouns and at using an apostrophe to indicate possession. In addition, we have revised how to identify word classes, punctuate direct speech and demarcate complex sentences accurately.
In maths, we have consolidated our ability to divide three digit numbers by a single digit and used our knowledge of multiplication and division methods to solve word problems.
A look at the digestive systems of other animals has proved fascinating. We gazed into the mouths of carnivores, herbivores and omnivores and learned about how ruminants process their high-fibre diets. Thank you for providing an array of boxes, cartons and pots. With great teamwork and a roll of sticky tape, these were transformed into replicas of a cow’s four stomachs.
Maths: due Tuesday. Please practise using the bar model to illustrate and inform you about the word problems given. Lay your workings out neatly on the next page in your books.
Spellings: story/stories, journey/journeys, life/lives, woman/women, hero/heroes, photo/photos
Literacy: Please start thinking about ideas for the Short Story Competition for entry into the Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival. We will discuss them this week.
Friday 24th January
As January grinds slowly to a close, Class 4 have remained remarkably chirpy and enthusiastic. The children completed their letters to the Tooth Fairy and created attractive paper models to go on their display.
We have now moved on to the digestive system, beginning with a close up look at what happens to our food as it slides down the oesophagus into the hydrochloric acid of our stomachs and through the small and large intestines. We're currently planning a fantasy story of the journey a piece of food makes through our bodies. Everything from millionaire's shortbread to marshmallows are taking the slimy trip.
In Maths, we are focusing on division, using the 'bus-stop' method of short division to divide two and three digit numbers by one digit. As ever, times tables knowledge is key.
Our Class book, Frankenstein, has had everyone spellbound. The image of Victor Frankenstein edging towards his bath of chemicals and a hand reaching out to grab him provided a real jump scare. We look forward to next weeks instalments. On that note, we are grateful for all the reading you do with your children at home. Please keep it up and make sure they have their reading diaries and a good book with them everyday.
Have a lovely weekend
Mrs Hester and Ms Wright
For next Monday, please can each child bring 2-3 items of clean food packaging into school (eg. cardboard boxes, plastic trays and pots). A plea also to ensure that everyone has at least one working handwriting pen with blue ink and a pencil - please try to tape a name label to these. A surprising number of children appear to be without this necessary equipment every day. Thank you for your understanding.
Maths - yellow books for Tuesday
Literacy - Preposition sheets for Friday
Spellings - here/hear heal/heel/he'll knot/not
Reading - at least 5 times a week, twice with an adult at home.
Friday 17th January 2020
Teeth and times tables have been the focus of the week.
In literacy, we have considered how the Tooth Fairy might use the teeth s/he collects. We have also asked ourselves where s/he might live and how s/he always knows when a tooth has come loose. Using their favourite ideas, children wrote a letter as if from this famous sprite to a young person in a story who insisted on having more information before she would relinquish her molar. (Charlie CC and Annabel each lost a tooth as they worked!)
In maths we have practised ways to multiply a two-digit number by a single digit, including partitioning the larger amount into tens and units and also by using a formal written method. Building on our ability to calculate problems such as 70 x 6 we have moved to work out the product of 700 and 6 and similar multiplication questions.
Using eggshell as a substitute for teeth, we have investigated whether acidic products can damage our gnashers. The result was a resounding ‘yes’! After just 24 hours submerged in vinegar, most of the shell had dissolved and, after 48 hours, there was nothing left of the egg but the inner membrane.
Having learned how to set up and record a scientific inquiry, children designed their own experiment to discover how common drinks can affect our teeth. If we want our teeth to remain gleaming, we should steer clear of Coca-Cola, blackcurrant squash and coffee it seems.
Thank you to the parents who have volunteered their time to hear children read. If any one else can spare half an hour at the beginning or end of the day (or at any other time), do please step forward.
Maths: Two digit numbers multiplied by a single digit using a formal written method. Due Tuesday.
(Some children have been provided with a multiplication square to assist them. This is NOT a substitute for learning times tables and should be referred to only as necessary.)
Literacy: The children have been given some questions about animal teeth. Please could they research the answers on the internet or in books and complete the sheets in their purple books?
Spellings: homophones: brake/break, fair/fare, grate/great, groan/grown
Friday 10th January 2020
Class 4 really hit the ground running as we started the new term with a close look at our mouths and teeth. Our topic work began with creating and labelling a paper model of a cross section of a tooth. We then moved on to carrying out an investigation to assess the effectiveness of toothpaste using disclosing tablets, water and Colgate. They are beginning to think like scientists and understand how to create a fair test.
After gathering facts and producing a glossary of dental terms, we will next week be creating information posters and leaflets on teeth and how to keep them healthy.
I'd be grateful if you could send your children in with packaging from everyday foods for next Friday (17th January) we will be looking at the sugar contents and discussing the impact on our teeth.
In maths our focus remains on multiplication; specifically how to find simple solutions to seemingly difficult problems. For example:
70 x 6 can be turned into 7 x 6 x 10 - we have also looked at what happens when you multiply by zero. Times tables knowledge is crucial so please keep practising at home.
We had our first internet safety lesson on Thursday - we discussed keeping screen time to a reasonable level, particularly before bed.
Have a lovely weekend.
Mrs Hester and Ms Wright
Maths for Tuesday
Literacy - comprehension in purple books for Friday
Spellings: near-homophones - accept/except, affect/effect, ball/bawl, berry/bury
Monday 6th January 2020
We are looking forward to welcoming you all back on Tuesday when we begin one of our favourite topics - Burps, Bottoms and Bile!
In this month of new resolutions, we shall have further opportunities to consider how to improve our diets, but we will also begin to understand the mechanics of our bodies and see precisely how different organs help process the foods that we eat.
Hopefully, your times tables will be just as sharp as they were a few weeks ago and you will have read some interesting books over the holidays to tell us about.
Before we put Christmas firmly behind us, we would just like to say a heartfelt thanks for the wonderful variety of gifts we received at the end of last term. They were delicious, luxurious, creative, useful and more. It is extremely thoughtful of you to remember us at such a hectic time of year and we are so grateful for your kindness and generosity.
Thank you and see you soon, Ms Wright and Mrs Hester
Friday 13th December 2019
Singing practice has occupied us for much of this week and, when confident of the lyrics and melody, the children’s enjoyment is clear to see and rafters are most definitely raised.
There are, though, patches where we don’t know the words (I include myself here) and this rather spoils the performance. Can we all make an effort over the weekend to get to know all the words of the songs as well as we possibly can? It is mainly the second and later verses that cause us most trouble - the first verses and choruses tend to be fine. The carols are attached and the concert will performed on Tuesday evening.
In maths we have been learning to love the bar model and in literacy we have grappled with grammar – in particular the possessive apostrophe and its use with plurals.
Our topic work has taught us about the events that led to the Reformation and some of the immediate consequences of this significant period of history. The culmination of our work on the Tudors will come next week when children will create board games based on their learning that include rewards for positive moments and punishments for negative times. We invite you to join us at around 2.45pm on Tuesday afternoon to roll a dice and take your chances!
Election day gave Class 4 the opportunity to have their own ballot based on the policies of five different parties all with marginally differing policies and manifestos. Children began to think about the impact on taxation of putting extra money into public services. They even began weighing up how they felt about it nuclear disarmament and animal testing.....they are an interesting bunch.
Maths – children have made good and, in some cases, excellent progress with their times tables knowledge this term. Keep practising over the break so that they are equally strong when you return. January’s lessons involve more multiplying and dividing so make sure you go over (and over and over) the ones you don’t know - as well as the ones you do.
Spellings – remind yourself of the spellings learned this term so you are ready to be tested on a random selection.
Friday 6th December 2019
Our learning this week was eclipsed by the fabulous trip to see School of Rock on Thursday. The children seemed to really enjoy it and coped well with the train journey and subsequent walk to and from the theatre. We were all hugely impressed by the talented child performers on stage and several children were bashing at air guitars on the way home....
Our topic work has taken us round the world this week as we researched famous Tudor explorers. Francis Drake, Walter Raleigh and John Cabot were among the names we looked at. The children were amazed at how far off course they ended up.
Building tension and suspense in ghost stories formed the backbone of our literacy lessons. On first reading, some of the results are really impressive and the children relished hearing the build up to the appearance of Ann Boleyn's ghost in their classmates' stories.
Mathematical problem solving ws at the heart of our numeracy lessons with the children having to carefully identify what was being asked of them in increasingly complex word problems. We will continue working on these next week.
Have a lovely weekend.
Mrs Hester and Ms Wright
Maths: in yellow books for Tuesday
Literacy: Please could the children write a short review of their favourite book? They must include the title and author, a short synopsis of the story (no spoilers please) and whether or not they'd recommend the book to their peers. These can be typed or hand written for next Friday.
Spelings: immature, immortal, impossible, impatient, imperfect
Friday 29th November 2019
Prefixes and suffixes have occupied our thinking this week and Year 4 now understands the effect these can have on words and the meanings of some of each. Children are beginning to identify the presence of prefixes and suffixes in texts and to experiment with their use.
Recognising how multiplication facts offer a solution to division calculations kept us busy in maths and everyone made progress in this area. Learning that questions may either provide the number of groups and ask for the number of items or alternatively provide the number of items and ask for the number of groups sent us all cross-eyed for a while, but thankfully the penny finally dropped (I think)! We expanded our knowledge of mathematical vocabulary by learning about the inverse, dividends, divisors and quotients. Ask your children if they can give you an explanation of each.
Our portrait of the most famous Tudor king, inspired by Hans Holbein the Younger, now adorns the classroom wall. The collage materials you supplied were of superb quality and the children used these imaginatively to enhance the majesty of their painting. We examined a range of portraits and first-hand descriptions of Henry VIII in a bid to gather facts about the man and considered the difference between primary and secondary sources of historical evidence. The children finished the week by learning a Tudor dance then making up their own using the Greensleeves Tune as their guide. The results were impressive and we had a swiftly pulled together 'Strictly' judging panel to give their verdicts.
Thank you to those parents who have volunteered to give their time listening to children read and discussing the texts. With their help, we hope children will be able to share reading matter much more frequently, so please ensure that your child brings a storybook to school with them each day.
Times tables are coming on nicely – so another big thank you for all your efforts at home (and in the car). The biggest stumbling block, as always, is the middle sections of 6x, 7x and 8x. Current and subsequent maths lessons depend heavily upon tables knowledge, so please keep going.
Hopefully, we can locate and assemble the classroom Christmas tree next week. If you have any old and unloved decorations you would be glad to see the back of, please pass them our way.
Maths homework: Learn 7x tables. Maintain knowledge of 6x tables / Investigate divisibility rules – minimum requirement: 2x, 3x, 5x, 9x and 10x
Literacy Homework: Comprehension in purple books for Friday
Familiarise yourselves with the words to the carols we shall be singing at the Christmas Carol concert at the end of term. (In rehearsals, other classes seemed to know the words better than us.) Lyrics are attached.
The tune to ‘What a Glorious Night’ can be found via the following link:
Spellings: disappear, disbelieve, discontinue, uncertain, incomplete
Friday 22nd November 2019
Our trip to Hampton Court Palace went well. The children behaved sensibly and politely and were patient passengers in M25 traffic. The challenge we had signed up to was rather more difficult than any of us had expected but, although we didn't see quite as much of this beautiful and fascinating building as we would have liked, we all got a sense of the grandeur and the history of our surroundings and children may be keen to re-visit with their families sometime.
Hampton Court and its ghostly inhabitants proved hugely fascinating to the children and we have begun to set the scene for ghost stories based around the Palace. Next week we will be creating the larger than life character of Henry VIII and describing what happened when the ghost of Anne Boleyn decided to take her revenge.
In maths we have been focusing on times tables and discussing how to use the tables we know to work out those we haven't yet learnt.
We finished the week with an inspirational talk from a young man who has completed several impressive challenges including rowing the Atlantic in 40 days. His two main pieces of advice for the children were; always accept a challenge and always say thank you.
Have a lovely weekend.
Mrs Hester and Ms Wright
Maths: in yellow books for Tuesday
Literacy: in purple books for Friday
Times tables: test on Wednesday
Spellings: young, touch, double, trouble, country
Friday 15th November 2019
Year 4 has been experimenting with figurative language this week and finding ways to enliven their writing with similes and metaphors. We have done our best to construct riddles (very popular during Tudor times) using imagery to disguise the subject of our poems and found that it is trickier than you might think.
The column addition and subtraction techniques we have recently learned in maths is now being put to good use to solve some thorny two-step word problems. Children are beginning to see how the bar model can illustrate a question and inform us about how to find a solution.
In anticipation of our trip to Hampton Court Palace next Monday, we have been finding facts about this impressive building which began life as an ordinary country house. We learned about the various jobs Henry VIII’s courtiers had and who was more important than whom. Many of us were shocked to discover that Henry’s wife did not have particularly high status.
In class next week, we shall be creating a life-size collage of Henry VIII in the style of the famous portrait by Hans Holbein. In order to make this suitably impressive, we need your help. Please send in any scraps of fabric or old clothing, ribbons, lace, beads, unwanted jewellery etc. on Monday or Tuesday morning.
Please remember to bring a packed lunch and drink in a backpack on Monday. You may also bring £5 in a named purse. You should wear school uniform and you must bring a coat. We hope to return to school by 4pm. If we are likely to be significantly delayed, the school will let you know.
Topic: Find and bring materials for our Henry VIII collage.
Maths: Word problems – try to draw the bar model for each and show your addition/subtraction workings. For Tuesday.
Literacy: To research Tudor ghosts. Find out if Hampton Court is haunted. If so, by whom? Are there any other Tudor ghosts you can find out about? Which buildings are they said to haunt? Please search wisely and make sure you ask an adult to help you if you are using the internet.
Spellings: weigh/weight, eight/eighth, height, high, neighbour, sleigh
Friday 8th November 2019
It was good to welcome the children back this week and to see them so enthused about our new topic. They have been busy constructing Tudor Roses showing the merging of the Houses of York and Lancaster and we have begun to discuss the wives of Henry VIII and consider their various fates. There is already an impressive amount of knowledge in the classroom which we will be tapping into as the term progresses.
In maths, we are still focusing on subtraction but have moved on to more complex problems requiring renaming in the 100s, 10s and ones - for example 6000 - 2324. Please encourage your child to explain the method we have been using in class.
The new laptops have already been put to good use in Class 4 as we typed up a carefully edited piece of writing from last term. The finished items will be put in the published work books - always a very satisfying process for the children.
Looking forward to next week, don't forget Superhero day on Friday for Children in Need. Those who are less enthusiastic about dressing up are welcome to wear something spotty to mark the day. Donation details are on the home page of the website.
Have a lovely weekend.
Ms Wright and Mrs Hester
Maths: In yellow books for Tuesday
Times tables: Test Wednesday
Literacy: Comprehension in Purple books for Friday
Spellings: century, history, reign, execute, execution, although
Friday 18th October 2019
It’s been a busy last week of term for our class. Huge congratulations to all the children for their fabulous performances in Act of Worship. They had very limited preparation time and were all absolutely word and action perfect. Well done all and thank you to the parents who were able to come along and give us your much appreciated support.
Based on a touching animation about a guide dog, we have written a story from an alternative point of view in which we attempted to use all the grammatical techniques we have been practising since September. Meanwhile, in maths, we have grasped how to use column addition and subtraction and to rename numbers (carry/borrow digits) as necessary. Discovering how yeast and whisked egg whites can be added to other ingredients to help bread and cakes rise was the purpose of our topic lesson and, on top of all this, the spellings and the maths homework were trickier than usual!
It has been a hectic week for Year 4 families too due to parents’ consultations, the school’s Harvest Festival and our class assembly. Thanks as always to you all for your support.
Next term, our topic is ‘Off With Her Head’ which focuses on the Tudor dynasty.
Wishing you an exciting or restful half term – whichever you prefer.
Ms Wright and Mrs Hester
Maths homework: addition and subtraction
Spellings: because, used, no, know, there, their, they’re, where, wear
Literacy homework: Please have a look at the High Frequency Word list attached and highlight all those you need to learn then have a go at learning them. I have also attached the Statutory Word List for Years 3 and 4 in case you'd like to check those too.
Friday 11th October
It was good to see many of you at Parent's evening this week and we look forward to meeting many more of you next Wednesday.
In maths we have moved on to column addition. We began by regrouping the ones and dropping off the extra 10 in the 10s column. Our literacy has taken us to culinary heaven as we wrote descriptive poems about our favourite foods.
The children are looking forward to showing you their Act of Worship on Friday. Please send them to school in their costumes. They won't need their uniforms as they can change straight into their Forest School things and back into their costumes on their return. You are all very welcome to come along and watch from 9 am.
Please make sure they know all their words for the song and both short dramas - see copies attached.
Have a lovely weekend.
Mrs Hester and Ms Wright
Maths - for Tuesday
Literacy - learn your words. A comprehension will be given out on Monday to be handed in by Friday please.
Commonly misspelt words: with, went, when.
invade - invasion divide- division collide - collision comprehend - comprehension
Times tables test Wednesday
Friday 4th October 2019
We finished our focus on place value and numbers to 10,000 by using rounding to estimate and with a look at negative numbers.
Children came up with an impressive range of synonyms for ‘said’ in literacy. Do look out for other such verbs in your reading books and try to remember to add them to your list when next in school.
There was an unexpected twist in our food-based topic this week as we turned our attention to the work of a sixteenth century Italian painter. Giuseppe Arcimboldo used fruits, vegetables and other objects to create fascinating portraits. Children have designed their own images in his style and will create colourful collages in their next lesson. Thank you to those who have managed to find suitable magazine cuttings – it isn’t an easy task. We will supply a range of clipart pictures for children to use but, if they do have a particular requirement for their masterpiece, we would be grateful if you could find and print this at home. Please ask them about their plans.
Having researched key facts about the artist’s life, children then wrote non-chronological reports to detail their findings.
Mid-week, the whole school took part in an RE Day when we enjoyed activities based on key stories from The Bible which underlined the Christian values of creation, compassion, forgiveness and salvation. Year 4 painted pictures, shaped and baked bread, wove baskets, competed in an obstacle race and modelled plasticine butterflies.
Maths: Negative numbers. Due on Tuesday.
Times tables will be tested again on Wednesday – learn those tricky ones.
Spellings: different, difficult, important, ordinary, enough (for Friday)
Literacy: The children are writing poems about their favourite food or drink on Tuesday. Please could they eat their favourite food or drink and take notes on how it tastes, feels, smells and sounds while they're eating it. Can they think of adjectives, alliteration and any metaphors and similes that may help their poetic descriptions.
Class 4, Friday 27th September 2019
Maths has proved challenging for many children this week as we move on to rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000. We have focused on looking at the number before the digit we are rounding to and on thinking about the nearest 10, 100 or 1000 going forwards or backwards. Do encourage children to round numbers to estimate the cost of any shopping you are doing.
In literacy we have read Dr Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham and been impressed by his ability to create an entertaining bit of poetry using just fifty words. We have decided to turn it into a little drama and are going to be presenting it during Act of Worship on the last day of term, Friday 18th October. Parents are welcome to come and watch on the day. We will start at around 9:00 am. A script is attached and the children know their parts.
Also attached are the words to a song we will be singing at our Harvest Festival service on 16th October. It would be helpful if children could begin to learn them.
Our topic work has taken us around the world as children identified where many of the foods we eat and drink come from. Thank you for all the labels you sent in - we received useful contributions from everyone in the class which made for a really interesting and informative lesson. We hope you don't mind us calling upon you again this week to find colour pictures of fruit and vegetables in magazines which children can use to create a collage. Please do not print anything, however, until we have had an opportunity to plan which images we will definitely need. As ever, we are immensely grateful for your support.
Please note that Tom Tugendhat (Member of Parliament for Tonbridge and Malling) is running a competition to design his Christmas cards again this year. Drawings should be on A4 (portrait or landscape) using any medium. It would be great if children were able to stick to a Christmas theme and sign their name on the front. The winning four designs will receive 100 copies of their own card, a Tour of the Houses of Parliament with their parents and a special prize.’ The deadline is Friday 11th October and no later. More details can be seen in this week's newsletter.
Maths: Rounding numbers. Due by Tuesday
Literacy: Grammar questions in purple books
Spellings: Adding the prefix mis- at the beginning of words - mistake, mislead, misspell, misunderstand, misbehave Test on Friday
Times tables: Test on Wednesday. Which ones do you tend to miss out or get wrong? Try to learn some of these.
It's been another busy week in Class 4. Our taste buds have had a full work out with the testing of various different foodstuffs including, cockles, tofu, kale and radishes. We've also been checking each other's tongues to identify who amongst us could be a super-taster or even a non-taster.
Our topic has also lead us into scientific realms with the identification of the three states of matter. We spent some time in the playground pretending to be particles in solids, liquids and gases and running around or sticking tightly together depending on which state we were pretending to be.
In literacy we've focused on creating poems about our strengths and weaknesses as well as writing a sympathetic letter to James from James and the Giant Peach.
Our maths focus is still place value and looking at ordering numbers into the 1000s according to their size.
Well done all for excellent teamwork.
Ms Wright and Mrs Hester
Maths to be handed in by Tuesday
Literacy comprehension to be in by Friday - please spend no longer than 30 minutes on it.
Spellings: bake/baking shake/shaking paste/pasting make/making
Times-tables: practise at home.
Reading Raffle: Read five times and two of which must be to someone at home. Make sure reading diaries are signed.
Class 4, Friday 6th September 2019
Hello and welcome to your new class.
We hope that everyone enjoyed the trip to Bore Place, which served as an introduction to this year’s first topic. As its name suggests, Scrummdiddlyumptious is all about food – its science, history, geography and even art.
There was more outdoor activity to follow as everyone headed off to Forest School which will take place on Fridays until half term. Thank you to the adults who have volunteered their help. A rota can be found below.
We have already discussed some of our expectations with the children and look forward to explaining more about how the class operates in our curriculum meeting at 2pm on Wednesday when we hope many of you will be able to join us. For those of you that are unable to attend, notes will be available on this website.
We look forward to enjoyable and successful times ahead.
Ms Wright and Mrs Hester
Weekly spellings will be practised in school, but should also be learned at home. They will be tested in context at the end of the week.
Spellings: fruit, favourite, potatoes, tomatoes, exercise
Maths homework will be set on Tuesday.