Please allow me to pass on the following information on behalf of our PE department regarding Inter-House football:
Year 4: Thursday 29th November 2018 (Day 4) Lesson 1.
We would like students to come to school dressed in house PE kit on their inter-house football day, with their football boots in a bag. They need to be in trainers throughout the morning. Any students without football boots wishing to take part in trainers need to have the form signed by parents. Please ensure children have hats and water bottles.
Friday 16th November 2018
It has been another wonderfully busy and very colourful week in Year 4 this week. We started ‘Anti-bullying’ week with an odd socks day, a fun way to remind us about kindness, respect and how to be a good friend. The colour continued with our wonderful Indian Day which parents from the school kindly planned, organised and delivered. Children had the opportunity to learn a Bollywood Dance Routine, design and draw henna tattoos and learn about the customs and traditions observed in a Sikh Gurdwara. On Wednesday the children wore their wonderful outfits again for the school celebrations of Diwali. It certainly has been a busy week for all; thank you to you for your support in providing outfits for these events.
In Literacy, we have begun our unit of work on persuasive writing. We have looked at examples of persuasive texts and are beginning to build our persuasive writing skills. This work will be continuing next week as we build our skills towards creating a persuasive leaflet to be given to Miss Brown to persuade her to holiday in India.
In Numeracy, we have been working on area, using the formula of length x width to calculate the space that a shape takes up. Next week we will be looking at time. This is often an area of Numeracy that children find difficult so any discussions about telling the time and differences between two times that you can have at home will support with this. Also, encouraging your children to use both digital and analogue clocks for this.
In Humanities, we have combined our computing skills with geography skills as we have begun to use Google My Maps to create our own personalised maps. Imagining that we are tourists visiting Mumbai, we are planning a day in the city and creating a map to plot our route. In Art we have done our first work with the hot wax needed for Batik and we have discovered how difficult it is to control and draw with effectively! As a result, we have spent time evaluating and adpting our designs to ensure that the final batik work is clear and effective. Again, as the children are working with hot wax and fabric dyes please can you ensure that they have an art shirt or apron in school. Computing continues our work using scratch. As Scientists we have used keys to sort and classify organisms, a difficult scientific skill as it involves clearly identifying differences between organisms.
The Year 4 Team
- Wednesday 21st – Friday 23rd
– ABRSM music exams
- Thursday 22nd – Loy Krathong celebrations – children to wear traditional Thai dress
We have seen some super socks and divine Diwali outfits this week! Thank you for supporting our learning!
It was wonderful to be able to celebrate our learning to date, with celebration, reading and poetry slam certificates. Children have been trying hard to improve reading choices, excelling in Read Theory and showing effort and perseverance in their learning.
4LP looked amazing dressed in their outfits and had an enjoyable time celebrating Diwali.
What an amazing Day! As a year group, we split into houses and then rotated round a variety of activities related to both our Topic and Comparative Religion areas of study. Children learned about Sikh Gurdwara’s, Mehndi henna tattoos, Bollywood dancing and the celebration of Diwali. This would have been impossible without our team of parents, as well as the efforts of Mr Donno…Many thanks!
Dear Year 4’s
Word Mania is back for Round 2! This fun game is played across the world and helps develop word building and spelling skills. Visit Literacy Planet and log in, then follow the tab for Word Mania. Well done so far to Kao-Phan for most games played and Than for the highest score.
Friday 9th November 2018
It’s been a week of poetry in Year 4 this week. The children have been working in houses to write and perform poetry which culminated today in a ‘Poetry Slam’ performance and competition. Congratulations to all finalists who all wrote and performed fantastically but special mention to the runners up Schweitzer and the winning house Suu Kyi. Today, as a whole school, we marked an act of remembrance ahead of Remembrance Day on 11th November. Please look at the blog for further information and pictures.
In Literacy, the focus, as mentioned, has been to work collaboratively to use all of the poetry skills that we have learnt to write a poem in groups. We also thought about what makes a good performance and have been practicing speaking clearly and engaging our audience. Next week we will begin our new unit on persuasive writing so be warned that the children might be trying to persuade you to do all sorts of things!
In Numeracy, our work has focused on division and using the short, or ‘bus stop’ method to divide. Throughout we have been using our known times table facts to support us. It is a Year 4 expectation that your children will be fluent with recall of their times tables so please continue to support them with this. Next week we will be focusing our learning on area of shapes.
In Humanities, our work on our topic of India continues and we continue to develop our ma skills as we plot routes around cities in India. In Art we are now beginning to take the inspiration that we have been researching and are starting to design our own batik patterns. Again, can all children please ensure that they have an Art apron or old T-shirt with them as we will be working with wax and inks. In Computing we are coding using a programme called Scratch where we will learn to draw shapes that will eventually form Rangoli patterns. Our work in Science has continued with grouping, sorting and classifying different organisms. Please continue to refer to the Year 4 Firefly page has links to Geography, Art, Spelling and Home Learning resources, all of which are available using the children’s login.
Next week is a particularly busy one so please note below the upcoming notices.
The Year 4 Team
- Monday 12th – Anti-Bullying week commences
– Children to wear odd socks to school (100 baht voluntary donation)
– Loy Krathong outfits for sale (all week)
- Tuesday 13th – Year 4 India Day – children can come in their Diwali outfits for this day as (Please let your class teacher know if you do not want your child to use henna on their skin)
- Wednesday 14th – Diwali celebrations – children to come to school in Diwali outfits/traditional Indian attire
– Celebration assembly (no house shirts)
As a school, we held a Remebrance ceremony in which we reflected upon those who have sacrificed so much in order that we can enjoy the freedoms we hold so dear today. After a musical performance and a short speech by the heads of school and Mr Seal, we held a respectful silence followed by a moving song.