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Class 4

In the event of a school closure, please see the remote learning area of our school website for activities and ideas to do at home, there is a link to this below. Thanks for your co-operation. Mrs Harwood.

Welcome to Class 4! 

Our teacher is Mrs Harwood. Mrs Hounslow is our teaching assistant and is in Class 4 every morning supporting our learning. Mrs Fielding helps us in the afternoons.

In our class we now have 31 children altogether made up of Year 4 and Year 5 children.

 

Please have P.E. kits in school all week.  We will aim  to have  P. E. on Mondays and Wednesdays each week. The daily mile will take place every day so we will need trainers and old clothes for when it's muddy.  In case of chilly weather, please bring a sweatshirt or fleece and tracksuit , leggings or jogging bottoms for outdoor lessons. 

 

Homework will be given out on a Friday and must be completed by the following Thursday so that we can look at the finished pieces before the next set is handed out. You can download our homework grid below. Spellings will be handed out and put on the website on a Friday and children will be tested the following Friday, words will be from the Year 4 and 5 National Curriculum spelling lists.

 

In the spring term, children will be tested on their times table knowledge on a Friday. Sheets and games can be downloaded from the links below. 

Please check the Learning Overview for details of our learning throughout the year.

 

Keep checking our web page to find out what is going on in our class this year.

 

If you have any concerns or questions at all, please feel free to ring us at school or come in and talk to us (after school is usually best).

 

 

 

Maths

Some parents have been asking about the Maths we have been covering in class. I will put some crib sheets, worksheets and websites for the topics we will be covering this term, below. This is completely optional.

Birdwatching

This week we have been finding out about the birds that visit our school as part of the RSPB birdwatch. We have seen so many birds. We made bird feeders and even created our own pom pom birds. Some of our artwork (using water colour) has been fantastic. What birds do you get in your garden at home?

Class 4's Charity Fundraising
WOW! Class 4 are amazing! Collectively as a class, they have raised over £850 for the World Land Trust! Phenomenal! I couldn't be a prouder teacher right now heart. A fantastic amount of money to do your bit to preserve the Rainforests around the world. Well done to all the children and families who contributed to such a worthwhile cause! The rainforest thanks you.
Happy New Year! Welcome back to our spring term, filled with discovery and wonder. Our topic is How Do Forces Help Us Solve Problems? It will be jam packed with science and investigations. We kick start the year reading the Iron Man and creating our own robot stories. See below for our learning overview this term. Watch this space for our adventures this term.
What gifts did Jesus leave for us?
This week we have been learning all about Jesus's birth. That God gave us the greatest gift...Jesus! We talked about how we are now Jesus' feet and hands. He sees the world through us. We talked about the gifts we can give Jesus. Materialistic gifts are not as important as the Virtues he left for us. We watched how people made other people's days brighter through Random Acts of Kindness and we tried to follow in their footsteps. Some of us are already helping at home, creating reverse advent calendars and helping elderly neighbours. Below are a few Random Acts of Christmas Kindness (RACKS) you can try at home. How many can you do? Can your family join in too?
How do plants reproduce?

We have been learning all about the parts of flowering plants and their functions. We pulled apart some roses to see the different parts and then researched what they do.

Look at some of our posters!

What was Herod's part in the Christmas story?
We are learning our lines for our Christmas performance. As part of our Speaking and Listening work, we are learning voice projection and expression and tone to engage the listener. Below is an outline of the script. Please let us know if there are any problems with the costumes. Our first performance will be for the Mother's Union on the 10th of December. Practise at home as much as you can...become your character!
How can we use spelling patterns for new words?

Timetable rock stars practise sheet Week 5 6 and 7. 7 times tables. 9 times tables. 6 Times tables

Why are people destroying the Rainforests?
This week we have been preparing our speeches ready for our UN conference on Monday. We have been working hard on our arguments. The strongest arguments will win the vote. 
How can we keep our promise to God?
Our homework this term is based around deforestation and courageous advocacy. We are looking at how we impact the environment around us and how we can 'do our bit' to help.
How can we be faster at our times tables?

In maths, we will be learning all about multiplication and division this term. We have been learning all about how important our times tables are and how useful they are in maths. Alongside our Timestable Rockstars work, we have been practising our groovy dance moves and using our incredible singing voices to learn our tables facts. Why don't you join in at home? 

 

Here are some great games you can play too! Can you get faster at your tables?

3x table song

What is happening in the Amazon Rainforest?

Welcome back to Autumn term 2. We have been working hard this week on our persuasive writing in preparation for our mini UN summit in a couple of weeks. We are learning all about deforestation this term, how it is caused and its affects on our world and God's creation.

We have taken some of our inspiration from Greta Thurnberg and her speech to the UN. You can watch it again here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAJsdgTPJpU

Want to be a timestable rockstar? Keep practising and you might be able to challenge Mrs Harwood!
This week was anti-bullying week. We talked about the difference between bullying and conflict and who we can speak to if we feel we are being bullied. We also discussed bullies and how hard it is for forgive sometimes. Jesus taught us that forgiveness gives us peace.
We worked as a group to find out about rainforest biomes. We have been looking at the different rainforest layers and the animals and plants that live there. They were so good we put them on our display.

We have been learning about the Bible. We have so many questions we want to discover. What can you learn about other Holy books?

In English we have been designing our own stories about a mysterious ring and the rainforest. We have some amazing ideas. Where will your story take you?
This week we have been doing our school council elections. Results will be in on Monday. We enjoyed using our polling station. 

Class 4's polling station

We have been learning all about the different indigenous tribes of the Amazon Rainforest in our topic this term. As part of our English work we are reading The Vanishing Rainforest, a story about the threats tribal peoples face and the effects of deforestation. We are learning to tell the story orally. Can you remember the hand signals to help you? Can you teach someone in your family the story?

 

The Vanishing Rainforest

 

In the dense forest, Remaema saw trees being cut down.

Just then, her uncle arrived he had a machete and clothes from the nabe so the tribes people met in the Yano and they were angry.

Suddenly, her grandfather shouted.

Unfortunately, the nabe use fire and machines to chop down the forest but they needed tribal guides to help.

One morning, Remaema met a scientist called Jane. Luckily, she wanted to help the tribe.

The next day, a boy got sick but there were no vines left for medicine for the shaman so the tribes people were angry.

After that, a tribesman from the government came to speak. He persuaded them to use the forest for tourism.

In the end, the tribe asked tourists to their forest and Remaema saw peccaries returning.

Our dreams.

We have been talking about having a Growth Mindset and what it means to dream. We have some fantastic ambitions! With the talents God has given us, we should always aim for the stars. 
Learning Overviews
Here is our learning overview for the next term. Do you know any Spanish rainforest vocabulary words we could add to our topic wall?
Last year in Class 4 with Mr Bent 
Class 4 have been studying rivers and how they meander. We then went outside and made our own rivers. Making sure they had strong banks and meandered all over the place.
Following on from making the rivers. We made sure to test them.
Class 4 have been to look at the local cenotaph in honour of the local people who have died in war. We found a name and then researched about them before creating "Poppy Crosses" in honour of them.
Mr Rigby has been coming to teach us Samba music. We have done this in our new outdoor classroom.

http://www.oum.ox.ac.uk/thezone/index.htm

All about natural history

www.bbc.com/education/subjects/z2pfb9q

BBC bitesize has all the topics we cover in KS2

 

http://rethink.sita.co.uk/the-fun-stuff- Test your recycling knowledge

http://bpes.bp.com/collection/?id=1222

Interactive online experiments

http://bpes.bp.com/collection/?id=1228

Science and D & T creations to make at home.

http://www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/learning-activities/science/

Various topics with interactive games.

http://www.rigb.org/families/experimental

Short films making it fun and easy for parents and children to do science experiments with common objects. It also gives an explanation of the science behind each activity.

http://www.reachoutcpd.com/how-parents-can-help/

Ideas for practical science at home.

http://www.arkive.org/

Explore the largest natural world encyclopaedia online.

http://www.arkive.org/education/fun-stuff

Fun activities to do.

www.rspb.org.uk/fun-and-learning/for-kids

Online games, learn about nature, have a wild story-time and take part in some fantastic competitions!

These activities and games help you practise some spelling rules and patterns.

http://www.spellzone.com/games/index.cfm?wordlist=2255

Throughout the year, you can practise and improve your keyboarding skills.  This is a fun program and all the instructions are there for you, so you can enjoy developing your skills independently.  Good luck and have fun!

Dance Mat Typing

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