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.

Many Thanks,

     The Year 4 Team

Notices:

  1. Wednesday 21st – Friday 23rd

– ABRSM music exams

  1. Thursday 22nd  – Loy Krathong celebrations – children to wear traditional Thai dress