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25th November 2016


We started the week by looking at our new class reader, ‘The Rainbow Bear’ by Michael Morpurgo. This book will take us up the end of term. This week, the outcome was to write a diary entry from the point of view of the bear. To do this, the children looked at the key features of diary entries and the importance of paragraphs and writing in chronological order. The children were fascinated by the beautiful pictures and imaginative imagery used in the book. By discussing the descriptive phrases, they were able to explain what image was created in their mind and use emotive language to discuss how the bear might be feeling at different parts of the story. 


We have started a 2 week topic on fractions this week.  The children were reminded what the purpose of a fraction is and what the terms numerator and denominator refer to. The children looked at comparing fractions and they now know that the bigger the denominator is, the smaller the fraction is.  Progressing on from this, they ordered fractions and also matched fractions together to make one whole.  Some of the children have begun to find equivalent fractions by multiplying or dividing the numerator and the denominator by the same number.

Project Work

In Project Work this week, we continued to revisit circuits, magnets and their properties. Using the knowledge the children have gained across the unit, they looked at creating an electro-magnet as well as exploring other investigations involving circuits. Following on from this, the children have started to design and make their own working model of a house involving circuitry to turn on and off the lights. As well as this, they have looked at silhouette portraits and how to create a piece of art using light and shadow.


This week, students learnt to explain what facilities their school has in Mandarin using the sentence structure of ‘My school has + (School facilities)’.  Students were assigned to design an ideal school of their own preference with the facilities labelled in Chinese. Different worksheets were assigned in order to consolidate their learning about school facilities as well as to enhance their language skills in reading and writing.


In Computing this week, the students have been continuing to learn about functions and procedures based around computational thinking. As well as this, the children also took part in The Mannequin Challenge. Please link on the link to view;https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45PzOYVv8kE&feature=youtu.be

Physical Education

Classes who are undertaking football have been looking at dribbling around opponents to get a good goal shot. Classes who have been doing netball have been focusing specifically on the rules of netball. Pupils who have been doing Gymnastics have continued to explore shapes and movement. During swimming, pupils have been using the dividing blocks and racing their peers.


This week in Year 4 Music, students continued their work on the 12-bar blues. An action-song, keyboard exercises and storytelling were all used to reinforce the popular blues chord changes.


All homework is to be completed in the Homework Journal.


  • Reading Comprehension: answer the questions. Remember to answer using full sentences. Only spend 30 minutes on this.
  • Spelling: Choose one of the activities in your spelling journal. Complete this activity in your Homework Journal.

4RB and 4JR spellers can revise the spelling rule this week by playing this game online - http://www.missmaggie.org/scholastic/fishemup2_eng_launcher.html

  • Reading: please record daily reading in Student Planners. Children should be reading for 15 minutes each day.


  • MyiMaths: Log on and complete the Fraction activity set by your teacher. Maths sheet – if there is a maths sheet stuck in your homework book, you do this instead of MyiMaths.
  • Tables: Choose one of the times tables songs to learn or revise from our list of resources. Then choose one of the times tables practical activities to complete in your homework journal. If you are confident with your times tables, investigate what happens when you multiply two odd numbers together. Is the answer always odd or is it always even?


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