Happy campers!

This year, the children have been working really hard learning how to successfully edit and improve their own work. They got to show off these skills this week when editing and publishing their non-chronological reports in our English lessons.

In maths, we thought about when in our lives we would need to be able to read a timetable (School, to catch public transport, for our camping experience!) and we applied our time skills to help us read timetables and find the duration of events using a number line.

On Friday, the children spent all day in their new classes – we hope they had a great transition day and got to know their new teachers a little better – we certainly enjoyed our time with our new classes and are looking forward to next year.

Last but definitely not least, it was our Year 4 camping experience Friday night. All children and staff involved had a fantastic night camping on the school field. They did team building, scavenger hunts, nature art and den building as well as having free time to spend in their tents, with their friends and playing sport. After all that fun, we had some down time, singing songs and toasting marshmallows before a bed time story. Thank you to everyone who lent us a tent, to the staff who gave up their Friday evening and to the children for being so well behaved and really embracing the camping lifestyle – we had a super time and the winners of the ‘Best kept’ tent award will be announced shortly!

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Happy Friday!

Here we are at the end of another week – we don’t know where the time is going!

This week in Year 4, we have started our R.E unit on Sacraments where they have been learning about Samuel anointing David and how Moses and Samuel were called to follow God in the bible.

In English, the children have been writing their first drafts of their non-chronological report on Grendel (the monster from our text driver, Beowulf!) – they will be going on to edit and publish these next week and we are looking forward to seeing the end products!

In maths, we have been doing some open ended investigations where the children had to use their knowledge of area and perimeter to solve some challenges.

We continue with our Viking work in History, focussing on the revolutionary design of the Viking Longship and how this enabled them to invade and raid several countries including ours. Ask the children if they can tell you the features of a Longship and how they helped the Vikings!

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We hope all of the children enjoyed their first transition morning with their new teacher, please look out for the parent mail which will give you further information.

Have a lovely weekend.

It’s July already!

As we enter the last few weeks of the school Year, Year 4 have been having lots of fun. We had a very successful sports day last week and it was lovely to see all of the children participating and cheering their teams – well done!

In literacy, we have been reading the text ‘Beowulf’ by Michael Morpurgo. The children have written some emotive diary entries in role as King Hrothgar – here is an extract by Nicolas (4HA):

Heartbroken. It’s the only word I can use to describe this terrible day. I sit here writing to you Diary as my hand shakes with fear and tears drip down in terror. The hellish monster has destroyed everything, even my strong warriors. I thought we would be safe but I failed. What am I going to do?’

Ask your children what the desperate King did next!

In maths we continue to do daily arithmetic with a focus on choosing the correct method to use to solve a calculation. We have also been working out the perimeter of shapes and using our knowledge of converting fractions and decimals to help.

There are lots of exciting things happening in the next couple of weeks including the Year 4 camping trip  which we’re all looking forward to!