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22nd September 2017

English

This week in English, the children have been using emotive language to capture the reader’s attention. They used these skills to start writing their newspaper reports about Space-Bat- Angel- Dragon in the Iron Man. In addition to this, they have also been using skills previously taught including how to correctly punctuate quotes.

Maths

This week, the children have been revising and consolidating their understanding of fractions. They have been working out fractions equivalent to a half and a quarter, exploring other equivalent fraction using diagrams and calculating equivalent fractions. The children then learned how to divide by the denominator and multiply by the numerator to find a fraction of a quantity.

Project Work

This week, the children looked at the history aspect of electricity. Using facts about different inventors and scientists, they created a timeline. Their final project for this unit was to create a miniature room with a working electrical component. The children’s creativity shone through and they loved working in teams to design and create a room. In the Exit Point, the children confidentially showcased their creations and explained to their parents what they had learned about; electricity, circuits, magnets, conductors and insulators. They answered any questions posed to them and enthusiastically described their designs to their parents. It was an engaging unit, producing a cohort of ‘bright sparks’ at the end.

Mandarin

This week, students learned to describe the colour of an object in Mandarin using the given sentence structure. BINGO games, Quiz-quiz trade, character sheets as well as other Kagan activities were applied in lessons. The project of Colour Cube finished on Friday in order to enhance their language skills in reading and writing.

Computing

In Computing this week, the children completed the last section of Lightbot. This is about loops and teaches pupils about repeating a sequence of instructions until a condition is met.  In this case, the children repeated their procedures we learnt about last week to complete the puzzles.

Physical Education

This week, Year 4 have been doing their final week of competitive cross-country. A large proportion of the year group have beaten their original times by a considerable amount. Pupils have been putting into practice everything they have learnt about pace and terrain so far.

During swimming, pupils have been looking at backstroke, breaking down the stroke into different movements.

Music

Continuing with the idea of music as a means of storytelling, Year 4 students learned the story behind Stravinsky's 'Rite of Spring'. Particular focus was given to the importance of springtime in Russia and traditional ways of celebrating its arrival. Students were able to observe how musical elements can reflect the seasons.

Homework

All homework is to be completed in the Homework Journal.

English:

  • Reading Comprehension.
  • Spelling: Choose one of the activities in your spelling journal. Complete this activity in your Homework Journal.
  • Reading: please record daily reading in Student Planners. Children should be reading for 15 minutes each day.

Maths:

  • Sheet in book / MyiMaths
  • Tables: Learn / revise your 4 times tables.

Half Term Project:

  • Please see attached information sheet. There is also a copy stuck in your child’s homework book.
  • Due in on Wednesday 11th October

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