Please see below for this week's home learning tasks. We have included a separate Maths and English task for each day (from Hamilton Trust), as well as a research project, linked to our Italy topic.
The research and the activities that go with it, will last for the next 3 weeks.
Welcome back! We hope everyone has had a lovely half term break!
This half term, as part of our learning, we are undertaking a European study and have chosen to focus on Italy. The children already have some knowledge of this beautiful country from when we learnt about the Romans, back in the autumn term. We also have British Science Week to look forward to, as well as visits to our local church and Time Travelling at Southwell Minster! For all other aspects of this half term's learning, please see the learning overview and knowledge organisers that are above and will also be in your child's homework book.
In Year 4 there is Mrs Boulton in Class 3 and Ms Elliott in Class 4. Our wonderful teaching assistant is Mrs Smith and Miss Dawes joins us for part of the morning, 3 mornings each week. We are a fun-loving bunch, who aim to make your child's learning experience at school as fun and enjoyable as possible! If you ever have any questions or worries about any aspect of your children's learning, please do not hesitate to contact your child's class teacher - our door is always open.
This week we have been reciting poetry. We worked in groups to rehearse and perform our poems to the rest of the class. Our performances were peer assessed - we had a great time!
This week Andy began by developing the children's ball and racket skills. Some were more successful than others at keeping their squash ball on their racket!
During this week, we looked at how mental health is affected by many different situations. The children were encouraged to talk about times when they have felt upset, anxious or just a bit fed up for no apparent reason and what they did or can do to help themselves and their friends deal with these feelings. We also looked at ways in which we can change the way we feel by:
- sharing our feelings with someone we trust and can talk to
- getting outside in the fresh air and exercising to stimulate endorphins
- not keeping how we feel to ourselves so that the feelings become unbearable
Miss Mansfield popped in to see the work that had been done throughout school - she is heading a campaign to raise mental awareness in young people.
Welcome to Class 4!
This half term we are going to be exploring the Amazon Rain forest, by taking a journey down the Amazon River, as well as learning about the life cycles of the various animals and plants that make up the diverse environment in and around it. Using the information learnt, we will then be creating our own databases, which will be used to support and enhance our learning in maths. We will also take on the role of journalists, reporting on an amazing new discovery - an imaginary creature which lurks in the depths of the Amazon! According to your children's drawings, there are some wierd and wonderful creatures lurking there! Finally our art lessons will focus on sketching techniques using different mediums and various still life objects (including trainers and flowers). It's also a very exciting time of year as we can do a lot of our learning outside, now the weather is getting better!
AAhhhh!! There's a SKULL in our pond!
This week, to enthuse the children and stimulate their imagination for our Golden Write, we decided to play a little trick on our Y4/5s. Mr Williams (our site manager) buried a replica skull in the mud at the bottom of our garden pond, which has been drained ready for re-landscaping to take place. We placed police tape round the area and PCSO Marsden, from Mansfield Police, kindly popped in to give an interview to the children. Mr Williams and Mrs Castledine were also interviewed and the children then wrote a newspaper article about our gruesome find!
This week we have been dissecting newspapers to investigate their features, in preparation for writing our own articles next week.
Our Eastern Adventure continues this half term and will see us learning about life during the Shang Dynasty. We will look at the artefacts that tell archaeologists so much about life during this period in history. The clay will be out once more to enable the children to make their own terracotta warrior and oracle bone! For those of you interested in this period, some of the terracotta warriors are currently visiting Liverpool World Museum until October - I have provided a link below to the website for more information. In PE it's time to get moving for street dance! As if that wasn't enough, we will also be studying the Earth, Sun and Moon together with taking part in British Science Week - all in only 4 weeks and 4 days!
Correcting and Perfecting
We have been looking at Science Fiction stories and have read a story about Erik, a foreign exchange student from another planet. We then wrote a letter from Erik, to his parents back home. After it had been marked, we worked in pairs to correct and perfect. Collaborative working helps us improve the content of our writing.
Meeting the ducklings!
We have been lucky enough to have duck eggs in school recently. They were placed in an incubator and withing 5 days,4 ducklings arrived! Years 4 and 5 met our new arrivals in the school hall this morning (Wednesday 28th March) - it's amazing how quiet 4 ducklings can keep 88 children!
Welcome back! I hope you have all had a lovely christmas! This half term is going to be another busy one, with lots of fantastic learning planned. Our topic for the whole of the spring term is Eastern Adventures. We will be learning about Ancient China and the Shang Dynasty. This theme will flow into our English lessons, where the children will learn about the story that is depicted on Chinese Willow Pattern plates. Year 5's will complete their swimming lessons, whilst Year 4's will continue practising their athletic skills ready for our sports tournaments against other schools.
One of our learning powers is to be able to imitate others to enable us to learn new skills. We had lots of fun imitating members of the class who acted as 'teachers' for their group to teach them a new skill. The other members of the group then imitated (copied) what they were directed to do. The 'teachers' realised very early into the activity that it was best to do the teaching in very small, directed steps to enable the group to learn more - maybe this is something I should 'imitate' when all else fails!
Half term has been and gone - it's not long until Christmas!!
This half term we will be learning about the Smashing Saxons! We will be looking at all aspects of life in Saxon times, debating whether they should/shouldn't have invaded and eventually settled in Britain and also learning about laws. In addition, we will be providing the children with many opportunities to develop their problem solving and mastery knowledge in maths.
Years 4 and 5 worked together to solve addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems from the NRICH website, to develop their reasoning and problem solving skills collaboratively.
As part of our topic, we learnt about how Christianity spread throughout Britain. We then designed our own crosses, based on the designs found from the Anglo Saxon period, on stone crosses. These were then painted and made into christmas tree decorations which the children took home (they were all very concerned about making sure their crosses matched the colour scheme of mum's christmas decorations!)
It has been a busy half term! There have been lots of new routines to get used to and lots of new classmates to get to know and work collaboratively with. The introduction of Learning Power across school has seen us doing lots of group work across the curriculum in all subjects, helping us to develop our resilience to become better learners.
We have studied the work of Pop artist Andy Warhol and his work inspired us to create our very own 'Pop Art'.
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