# First Week Back

Hello,

First week of the academic year has already finished and the children have already learned so much!

In English, children have been studying the book Stitch Head by Guy Bass, exploring the different language and effects it has on the reader. We started our week by using our inference skills to understand how Stitch Head was feeling and what clues helped us. We spotted that the nouns and adjectives gave us big clues, one example the children dissected was ‘ the lonesome put-together,  who hugged his bony knees tightly,  watched his professor walk away’. As they dissected the text, they also spotted a range of skills (like adverbs, expanded noun phrases and fronted adverbials) in which they used within their own apprentice writes. Next week, the year four team are excited to see the children finish their ‘monstrous stories’.

In maths, we have continued to explore place value and four digit numbers. Children were given a problem regarding place value of a four digit number  in which they had to exchange. Here the children discussed and explored using the tools and found out that ’35 hundreds’ were equivalent to 3500. They then moved onto ordering and comparing four digit numbers, looking closely at each place holder and finding its value.

The children were very excited this week when they discovered a ‘burial site’,where lots of artefacts were excavated. The children looked at the artefacts and made predictions of what they were and where they came from. Koalas and Kangaroos also made exciting predictions as what they would look like now and if we still used them. Next week the children will look more closely at he artefacts and discover more clues. Hopefully we will find out who these artefacts belonged to!

We would like to thank everyone for getting back into routine so well and we’re excited for the rest of the year ahead! As part of year 4, the children will be set homework every Friday,to be returned the following week. This includes spellings, reading and maths on Sum dog. The first week back most children have completed their work,which we were very happy about.We understand that some children’s activity on Sum dog hasn’t be logged. We want children to be assured not to worry and we will try and get it fixed as soon as possible.

A quick reminder of the following key dates:

• Tuesday 17th September (3.30pm): Y4 Parent Welcome Meeting
• Wednesday 18th September 2019: Y4 trip to Winchester Museum and Cathedral

We would also like to say a big thank you for all the parent volunteers who are helping on the school trip. We now have enough adult support to go and look forward to sharing the day with you.

We hope you have a great weekend and look forward to seeing you all next week!

Kind regards,

Miss Jackson-Nash, Miss Honeywell and Mrs Cairns