Friday 19th October

Dear all,

In English this week we have completed our diary entry, from Stitch Heads perspective. As authors, we made sure we edited, improved and redrafted our diary entries. We have enjoyed our class book, Stitch Head, this half term and are looking forward to the author visiting after the break.

In Maths, we have continued our addition and subtraction unit. This week we solved subtraction calculations and problems that involving the decomposing (borrowing) method. We used the expanded column method and practical resources to support our understanding. We also used inverse operations to help us check our answers. After half term, we will be moving on to our multiplication and division unit.

In RE, we continued our Prayers, Saints and Feasts unit. This week we thought about the importance of silent prayer. We took time to practice this through guided meditation and reflected on our experience.

In Science, we have continued to look at switches within circuits. This week the children made their own switches and drew diagrams to represent their circuits.

Celebrations:

Golden Key

4s: Reuben Jose: ‘For Using the gifts God has given him to show increasing enthusiasm and commitment to sharing his learning.’

4B: Daniel Tan: ‘For using the gifts God has given him to develop his learning behaviours this half term.’

Showstopper Writer:

4S: Sabrina McGanann: ‘For writing the first draft of a diary entry using effective language features’.

4B: Louie Hart: ‘For deciding to write his diary entry from a challenging perspective.’

Reminders/Dates: 

Please remember to send a coat/rainmac in every day due to the ever changing weather.

We hope you have a lovely half term.

The Year 4 Team

Week 6 – Friday 12th October 2018

Dear all,
In English this week we have started to write our diary entry from the perspective of the character Stitch Head. The children spent time looking at and evaluating different diary extracts in order to begin to write in a preferred style. We will complete these next week before half term.
In Maths, we have continued our addition and subtraction unit. This week we have focused on increasing our confidence when using different strategies to solve subtraction problems. Next week we will be looking at using strategies to solve subtraction calculations and problems that involving the decomposing (borrowing) method and using the inverse operation (addition).
In RE, we started our Prayer, Saints and Feasts unit. The children watched a story of Mary, Martha and Jesus and reflected on how Mary’s choice of spending time with Jesus rather than preparing the house for his visit as Martha chose to do. We discussed Jesus’ message of ‘relationships are what matter’.
In Science, we have been investigating how to insert a homemade switch into a circuit to turn a light on and off. The children have been so motivated by this unit and have been hypothesising on how to solve this problem. We have set the children a challenge to research switches on how they can be made for next week’s lesson.
Celebrations:
Golden Key
4s: Oliver Cook: ‘For using the gifts God has given him to be a fantastic role model in always being ready to learn and committing to all aspects of his learning.’
4B: Tilly Horton: ‘For using the gifts God has given her to be a resilient learner.’
Showstopper Writer:
4S: Maddison Gissing: ‘For committing to writing an effective character description’.
4B: Daniel Warren: ‘For editing and re-drafting his character description to improve his writing.’
Reminders/Dates:
Please remember to send a coat/rainmac in every day due to the ever changing weather.
Have a lovely weekend,
The Year 4 Team

Friday 5th October

Dear all,

In English this week we finished our character descriptions, inspired by Stitch Head. The children spent time editing and redrafting their descriptions before evaluating their own writing on Friday. Next week we will begin a new writing journey by evaluating different diary extracts; at the end of the unit the children will write their own diary entry based on our class text.

In Maths, we have continued our addition and subtraction unit. This week we have focused on increasing our confidence when using different strategies to solve addition problems. Next week we will be looking at using similar strategies to solve subtraction calculations and problems.

4B’s belated Mathmagician: Charlie Wright: ‘For his resilience when faced with a challenge’.

In RE, we continued to learn about renewable energy sources, linking to both stewardship and our science topic. As part of CAFOD’s Power to Be campaign, the children wrote their promises to save energy and prayers to create a sun which is displayed in class.

Celebrations:

Golden Key

4s: Roberta Ouatu: ‘For using the gifts God has given her to be a fantastic role model in learning and behavior.’

4B: Eva Hirmiz: ‘For using the gifts God has given her to consistently work hard through all her lessons and is a pleasure to have in class.’

Showstopper Writer:

4S: Promise Mndzebele: ‘For writing an effective character description from an alternative view point.’

4B: Phoebe Church: ‘For her use of expanded noun phrases to describe her character.’

Reminders/Dates: 

Please remember to send a coat/rainmac in every day due to the ever changing weather.

Have a lovely weekend,

The Year 4 Team