4LS had a fun art lesson today where we were beginning to learn how to sketch a dragon’s eye. The final product of this work will be revealed when you come to see our show – we can’t wait for you to see the results!
Preparations for the production are starting to gain pace as this week has seen the completion of many impressive props and the hanging of the beautiful backdrop. Credit must be given to our hugely dedicated team of TA’s in Year 4 who have worked tirelessly to complete these alongside our talented resident artists and production team. The children have also been busy; developing their performances on the stage and refining vocal arrangements when singing. With one full week of practise left, things are definitely ‘hotting up’ as the production of Dragon Days is in full swing and looks set to be a Summer ‘scorcher’.
Our school councillors also visited the Chatrium to discuss sustainability, which followed on from the letters we wrote. Mr Kells kindly received us and explained the many fantastic initiatives that Chatrium employ to combat waste. Some of which we hope Year 4 can use in in helping Shrewsbury school become more sustainable.
This week has also seen the visit of CIS, who have come to assist in auditing and advising the school. Their thoughts and reflections will no doubt be useful in ensuring we provide an outstanding education for your children.
In Literacy, we have been studying the enthralling book KrindleKrax. The book fits neatly with our upcoming production as it tells the story of a boy who wants to be a hero in a play about a dragon. There is also something mysterious happening beneath Lizard Street, where he lives, which is causing cracks to appear in the road. I wonder, what could it be? To help understand this book better we have skimmed and scanned text finding words to create an illustration of what Lizard Street looks like. We have also discussed and analysed the main characters of the book. Next week we will begin to describe these characters in our writing and learn more about what is causing the cracks on the pavement.
In Numeracy, Year 4 started the week by learning about different currencies and exchange rates. We also discussed how these can impact upon travel and holiday arrangements. We then focused on one currency: Pound Stirling and used this to explore decimals further and completed problem solving using money. Next week, will see us estimate with money and consolidate our understanding of mathematical operations.
In PSHE, we will be referring to one of our production songs ‘Don’t judge’ as an opportunity for discussion through our Harkness sessions. In Science, we have started to learn about teeth and their important role in food digestion. The children are now aware of the types of teeth such as Incisors and Canines. We also discussed why animals have different types of teeth. In Art, our elaborate dragon eyes are complete so next week we can begin the making process by using clay to sculpt ‘real’ dragon’s eye.
Many Thanks have an enjoyable weekend,
The Year 4 Team
Saturday 16th March: BISAC Swimming
Thursday 28th March: Year 4 production of Dragon Days 7:45am
As part of our Literacy curriculum, and to tie in with the Sustainable Development Goals, year 4 wrote to the executive chef of the Chatrium, Mr Kells, with suggestions to reduce hunger and create a more sustainable offering. Having read the letters, Mr Kells invited our School Council representatives and deputies to a presentation where he addressed the points we had raised, and also gave us additional ideas for us to consider. We would like to extend our thanks to Mr Kells for the time he has dedicated to helping us, and look forward to helping our councilors cascade the information to others in order to implement change in our own school environment.
Fully booked week is over and the costumes are away for one more year but we have been left with a genuine sense of excitement for books once more. This week has been packed full of activities in lessons and out of lessons and huge credit must be given to Mr O’Brian, Miss Toner and the team of Librarians whose enthusiasm and creativity have helped spur the children’s learning on. We also would like to thank you the parents for your efforts in making costumes and supporting your children’s reading at home as this practise is invaluable to their development as a fluent reader.
This busy week also included parent consultations. This essential time to discuss your children’s learning is imperative to ensuring the continued progress of your child/children at school. We therefore welcome and appreciate greatly the time and effort you spent in visiting us throughout this week.
In Literacy, The children have made some impressive Dragon booklets. These booklets contain exciting information such as: Care instructions for a Dragon and a dragon’s daily routine. The booklets have allowed the children to develop many grammar skills including expanded noun phrases, imperative verbs and general sentence structure. Next week in Literacy, will prove to be just as exciting with the children exploring a book called Krindlekrax the story of a mysterious beast which lurks in the sewers.
In Numeracy, we developed the idea of collaboration to solve problems. We did this through a variety of challenging tasks which encouraged the children to: ask questions, listen carefully and respond meaningfully. The skills gradually improved throughout the week and no doubt will support your children’s learning across many aspects of the curriculum. Next week in Numeracy, the children will support their understanding of decimals by learning about decimalisation in money.
In PSHE, we are starting to look at bullying and how children should aspire to be good roles models in society. In Science, the classes are completing a messy but very interesting digestive experiment which has had the children laughing and heaving in equal measure. The practical element of creating the human digestion system has helped consolidate the children’s understanding of the processes which are happening inside them every day. Next week we will begin learning about the teeth and their important role in food digestion. In Art, we have been designing elaborate dragon eyes which next week we will begin making out of clay.
We hope you have an enjoyable weekend.
The Year 4 Team
Tuesday 12th March: Year 4 School council representatives and deputies to the Chatrium
Wednesday 13th March: Shrewsbury Choral Concert 15:00-16:00
Saturday 16th March: BISAC Swimming
4MD finished a busy book week in style by creating a quite awesome dragon out of cardboard, bottles and a great deal of tape. The awesomeness of the dragon was matched and surpassed actually by the magnificent teamwork the class demonstrated when constructing the dragon. A manager was chosen from the class to organise their classmates into groups and create a construction schedule. I watched enthralled by how the class discussed, negotiated and supported each other throughout this task.
The children also demonstrated a great deal of resilience, which is our new character strength. On numerous occasions, feet fell off, teeth fell out and the dragon’s head went floppy. However, nobody gave up and persisted with the goal to make a dragon. It’s been a thoroughly enjoyable book week in 4MD and making the Dragon Machine which was inspired by our literacy learning around the book by the same name has been the icing on the cake.
Many thanks to the children and parents for the fabulous Fully Booked week parade costumes. It was lovely to be able to celebrate a fantastic week of reading based activities, and huge thanks to Mr O’Brien and Ms Toner for their huge organisational efforts. A special mention to Zayaan for his Year 4 winning outfit!
The children all looked fantastic today as their favorite literary characters, thank you so much for your help and support with their costumes! It was lovely seeing you all for parents evenings this week, and being able to talk through your child’s progress with you. In between rehearsing, we have been working hard too!