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!
You are very welcome to take photos of the children in their costumes tomorrow. We shall be parading from approximately 7.50am until 8.10am outside prep school, from the river to the Morris Forum. If you are unable to make it, please rest assured that we will take photos as well!
Many children stay in their costumes for the day. If the costume is not suitable for this, we request that children bring school uniform to change into.
Kind regards and we look forward to seeing the children’s costumes,
Dear Parents of children in 4AW, 4LP and 4MD,
We will celebrate Fully Booked competition and costume winners in a special assembly on Friday 8th March period 3. As a result, swimming for 4AW, 4LP and 4MD is cancelled tomorrow. We apologise for any disruption caused,
This date is a must to remember! As Year 4 will perform to an expectant audience of parents their final rendition of Dragon Days.
We hope very much that you can join all of us for this finale of what already has been an exciting and meaningful journey for the children’s learning.
You can expect a performance full of drama, energy and we hope many laughs.
If you are unable to make the Thursday performance we will be running performances for Pre-Prep and Prep on Tuesday and Wednesday which you are welcome to join.
Thank you for your continued support.
The Year 4 Team