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27th January 2017

English

At the start of the week in English, the children finished off their narrative poems on their rainforest animal. They used a self-assessment grid in the form of a tally chart to check that they had used all the key features of narrative poems in their poem. Following this, the children recited their poems to the rest of the class. During the second half of the week, the children were introduced to their new topic; persuasive texts. They looked at a wide variety of persuasive adverts and used a co-operative learning activity called Placement Consensus to agree on the key features of adverts. The children then interviewed each other to see if their partner could find specific examples of these features in an advert.

Maths

In Maths this week, the children have been learning about co-ordinates and shape translation.  They started by describing the position of a point in the first quadrant by reading the correct coordinates.  Pupils then looked at translating a point on a grid and describing its new position.  They then plotted points on a grid and drew lines to make complete polygons.  Finally, the children translated polygons from one position to another, using the given instructions.

Project Work

This week in Project Work, the Year 4s discovered the range of products that we use and consume from the rainforest. The children played matching activities and furthermore, tested their newly acquired knowledge with a ’20 questions’ quiz. The Year 4s also compared the lives of the indigenous rainforest communities with their own lives, taking time to reflect upon their experiences at Kota Rainforest.

Mandarin

This week, the students consolidated their understanding of numbers between1-60 and extended their learning by applying them on telling the time. They learnt the concept of the hour hand 点and the minute hand 分. Additionally, they practised asking for and telling the current time using the structure: 现在几点了?现在……点……分. The students participated in various Kagan activities to enhance their listening and speaking confidence. Finally, they were busily involved in several carousel rotation activities in order to heighten their word recognition and character writing skills in relation to telling the time. Please refer to the link for the flashcards containing vocabulary words and key grammar structure. Please refer to the link for the flashcards containing vocabulary words and key grammar structure. https://quizlet.com/_30b0r8 

Computing

4MD did not have computing this week as the ICT practical examination took place with the Year 11 students during our time. 

Physical Education

This week, the classes have been continuing to work on athletics. They have been focusing on running, jumping and throwing. The pupils have been on a continuous rotation to try out each fundamental.

In swimming, pupils have been working on their back stroke and also their stamina. Due to the cooler weather, we have had the pupils increasing their heart rate by setting personal continuous swim targets. 

Music

This week Year 4 students began a study of folk traditions in music, looking first at 'Chants du Burgam' by Doudou N'diaye Rose of Senegal, West Africa. The focus of this lesson was to explore how changing rhythmic textures can change the energy in a song. 

Homework

Due to the Chinese New Year holidays, there will be no homework to complete.

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