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Another Busy Week!

Hello everyone,

We hope you are keeping well and safe.

Once again, the children have been working exceptionally hard this week. In English, we have begun our new ‘Spooky’ unit on the Spider Diaries! We started the week by watching videos on the most dangerous, intelligient and colourful spiders. We then discussed spiders’ antonomy, such as spinnert, segmented body, spiracle, pedipalps and so on. With this new techincal language , the children were able create exciting expanded noun phrases to label their own spider creations. Next week, we will look at non-fiction texts so the pupils can start to plan how they would like to present their own non-fiction text about their spiders.

In Maths, the children have been putting their addition and subtraction skills to the test by using their strategies such as expanded column and numberlines to answer multistep problems. Next week we will begin our measurement units and explore perimeter, area and conversions of lengths.

This term in Science, the children have been exploring simple electrical circuits. We have learnt about conductors and insulators, how electrical charge flows through, what components are within a circuit and how to keep safe when using electrics. This weeks lesson   we made an electrical circuit in the playground. We started with a closed circuit, one bulb and one battery. We then discussed what happened if the circuit became open, where the electrical charge would go. We also explored what would happen if we added extra bulbs and batteries.

Just a few quick reminders for next week:

  • Spelling and  vocabulary home learning books due on Thursday 21st October 2021.
  • Reading Journals are due on Thursday 21st October 2021.
  • Please remind your child to wear their PE kit to school on Thursday 21st October 2021.
  • Please encourage your children to use Times Table Rockstars in order to build their times table facts and fluency.
  • Next week, we will begin to make our torches. We have plenty of resources here at school, however if at home you have spare toilet roll tubes, pringle cans, arts and crafty bits then they would be very apperciated!

We hope that you all enjoy the rest of your week,

Miss Jackson-Nash, Miss Honeywell, Mrs Cairns and Miss Ranson

Hello everyone,

We hope that you are well and keeping safe.

This week, the children have continued their learning on Tin Forest. We really enjoyed creating a newspaper report as part of our apprentice write, in order to describe the key character and give further details about items/tools around the scrapyard. As the week progressed, we explored a variety of narrative devices used within diary entries, before studying a WAGOLL example to compare how the old man in the story felt in each type of forest. In addition, Year Four enjoyed using their subordinating conjunction mats to create a variety of ‘Whitebus’ sentences about our story. We now look forward to creating a diary entry of our own about the old man’s experiences!

In Maths, we have been learning how to use the expanded column methods in order to add and subtract numbers. In particular, we have used a variety of Maths tools including place value counters, charts and diennes. This has helped the children to reason and explain when studying how 4 digit numbers change throughout the course of a multi step problem. We really enjoyed working in groups and using the Maths equipment to justify how we carry and exchange numbers. Next week, we shall continue subtract numbers in the context of money and begin to multiply and divide numbers in the context of measures.

Just a few quick reminders for next week:

  • Spelling and vocabulary home learning books due on Thursday 7th October 2021.
  • Please remind your child to wear their PE kit to school on Monday 11th October 2021.

We hope that you all enjoy the rest of your week,

Kind regards,

Miss Honeywell, Miss Jackson-Nash, Mrs Cairns and Miss Ranson

What a September!

Hello everyone,

 

We hope you are well and keeping safe.

In English this week, the children have been exploring lots of vocabulary to help them compare the eroding scrapyard to the lively forest and then creating expanded noun phrases to annotate pictures. We then explored different tools and metal objects along with matching verbs and adjectives. Next week, the children will be writing a diary entry in first person  discussing how the characters feelings change throughout the story of the Tin Forest. Vocabulary homework this week includes synonyms for rusty so over the next week, please discuss the words with your child at home – this is a really good warm up to prepare the children before we start out final writes.

In Maths, we have started our new unit of addition and subtraction. The children began the week looking at a think aloud problem in which they used their metacognition skills to dissect and solve. Here they were introduced to the method of inverse where the children need to work backwards. They then found links with addition sentences and recognised the subtraction derived facts.

Just a couple of quick reminders –

  1. Please ensure your child arrives to school on Thursday 7th October 2021
  2. Home learning due for next Friday (8th October) includes: Yellow home reading journals (book review) and Red home learning books (spelling, vocabulary and Maths).
  3. The children also have their Sumdog and Times Table Rockstar logins stuck on the inside cover of their red home learning books. Please encourage your child to keep logging on to these websites in order to continue their practise of fluency skills.
  4. Thank you to all the children bringing in their Reading Passports, we can see there has been lots of reading at home. Please continue to encourage your children to ‘Read for Pleasure’

We hope you all have a great weekend,

Best Wishes,

Miss Honeywell, Miss Jackson-Nash, Mrs Cairns and Miss Ranson

Busy learning!

Hello everyone,

We hope that you are all well and keeping safe.

On Tuesday, St. Peter’s Catholic Primary school took part in a whole school Mass on the field – we would like to say a huge thank you to Father Jeremy for his visit to our school and congratulations to the children who have been selected for our school’s GIFT team (Growing Together in Faith). We had a very calm and peaceful celebration of the Eucharist as a school community.

This week, the children have completed their learning on the Winter’s Child – we would like to say a big congratulations to all of Year Four for their excellent use of vocabulary and sentence structures when describing the winter wonderland. We are now beginning our new unit of learning on the Tin Forest, making comparisons between the automated, mechanical forest and the vibrant, tropical forest. Over the next week, please discuss the vocabulary home learning task with your child at home – this is a really good warm up to prepare the children before we make our own sentences about the rainforest next week.

In Maths, we have been very impressed by the children’s work on place value. In particular, we have been using lots of heuristic strategies and metacognitive thinking in order to help us understand and interpret complex Maths problems. As the week progressed, we also learnt a rounding song to help us remember how to round four digit numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. Next week, we look forward to studying addition and subtraction strategies in the context of measurements including money and length – in particular, we shall review how to use the expanded column method and then apply this strategy to adding 4 digit numbers in Year 4.

Just a couple of quick reminders –

  1. Please ensure your child arrives to school on Monday in their PE kit.
  2. Home learning due for next Friday (1st October) includes: Yellow home reading journals (book review) and Red home learning books (spelling, vocabulary and Maths).
  3. The children also have their Sumdog and Times Table Rockstar logins stuck on the inside cover of their red home learning books. Please encourage your child to keep logging on to these websites in order to continue their practise of fluency skills.

We hope you all have a great weekend,

Best Wishes,

Miss Honeywell, Miss Jackson-Nash, Mrs Cairns and Miss Ranson

 

Welcome Back!

Hello everyone!

Welcome back to St Peters, it is lovely to see you all and we hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable summer.

This week we have got straight into our learning. In English, the children explored lots of new vocabulary through dictionary work and then applied these to expanded noun phrase sentences. Later on in the week, we were given pictures from a secret text in which the children made prediction using their inference skills.

In Maths, the children have been busy exploring place value. They have been dissecting numbers, looking at each place holder and drawing different representations. Next week, we will look at place value within addition and subtraction.

 

  • We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 14th September 2021 @ 4.00pm for the virtual Year 4 Welcome meeting that will be held on teams.
  • Please ensure your child is completing their spelling and vocabulary homework this week. It will be due back on Thursday 16th September.
  • Please send your child in the correct PE kit on Monday 13th September.
  • Thank you for those who have worked hard on their summer holiday learning. Feel free to bring them in next week. Our homework hand in day is on Thursdays.

Take care and best wishes,

Miss Jackson-Nash, Miss Honeywell and Mrs Cairns.

Countdown to the Summer!

Hello everyone,

We hope you are keeping well and enjoying the sun.

This week in English, the children have been busy designing their own monsters. Here they explored lots of vibrant vocabulary and created expanded noun phrases to annotate their creatures. Next week, the children will be writing their own character description for their monster creations.

In Maths we have been putting their problem solving skills to the test. Using dip and pick problems, the children used their fractions, place value knowledge, multiplication and division skills. Next week, to finish the year Koalas and Kangaroos will look at roman numerals, rounding and place value.

A few polite reminders,

  • There will be no homework for the last week of school. However if they would like to complete any home learning, please use Times Table Rockstars and practise their Year3-4 spellings from this year.
  • Friday 23rd July 2021 is the last day of term! Please send your child in with a plastic carrier bag so they are able to bring most of their book homes. Also note that Year 4 will be finishing at 1.40pm, collection as normal.

As this is our last blog post of the year we would  like to thank you for all of your support and to the children for their amazing hard work. They will continue to thrive in year 5, and we will truly miss them.

 

We hope you all have an amazing summer holiday filled with sun and laughter!

With every best wish,

Miss Jackson-Nash , Miss Honeywell and Mrs Cairns

Big Summer Blowout!

Hello everyone,

We hope you are keeping well and not too miserable about the weather.

It has been another busy week in year 4! To start with, the Big Summer Blow Out was a huge success. All evening, the children were giggling, smiling and enjoying the outdoors whilst putting their team building skills , sportsmanship, and creativity to the test. The children all had a go at team building games, which required them to use their communication and team skills. This was really put to the test when they had to create the strongest egg structure that had to withstand Miss Jackson-Nash dropping their eggs from a height! The children then went hunting for minibeasts and much to Mrs Wibberly’s delight the children managed to  capture an Ear Wig, centipede, lots of spiders and even a bumble bee (no minibeasts were harmed and all were released) . Mr Crozier and Mr Cunningham became competitive coaches when watching the children play dodgeball. Mrs Pearson and Miss Honeywell inspired the children to create beautiful art work using natural resources just like Andy Goldsworthy!

At the end of the night, the children settled down with toasted marshmallows to create smores and listened to ‘The Last Viking’  read by Mr Cunningham. It was such a perfect evening that the children truly deserved as they have all worked so hard. They were all beautifully behaved and very grateful they could spend the evening with their friends and teachers having fun!

A few polite reminders for next week –

  • Well done for all of those children who handed in their Reading Passports. The winning class will be announced next week!
  • Please ensure children are completing your spelling and vocabulary homework which is due Thursday 15th July 2021.
  • Please send your child in their correct PE kits on Thursday 15th July 2021 for their CM sports session.

We hope you have a lovely weekend, and who knows it may be coming home!

Miss Jackson-Nash, Miss Honeywell and Mrs Cairns

School Carnival and Y4 Mass

Hello everyone,

We hope that you are all well and keeping safe. The children are very excited to attend their ‘Big Summer Blowout’ on the school field tomorrow evening. Please ensure your child arrives in school uniform tomorrow morning and that they bring a bag of their clothing, a jumper, suncream, hat, etc in a carrier bag with them.

It has been a busy week in Year 4! On Tuesday 29th July 2021, the children celebrated the feast day of St. Peter and we studied the apostleship of St. Peter and St. Paul and learnt how they had served Church and fulfilled God’s Mission on Earth. On Monday, we spent some time in class researching St. Paul and the impact he made, through Bible scriptures and online fact files. After, the children then made a ‘pile of rocks’ for St. Peter to represent and illustrate key facts about his life and works. Father Jeremy was very impressed by this offetory we had made for our Mass in the unity building!

We also had lots of fun clebrating our school carnival, joining in a whol school parade where we presented information we have been learning about Australia. The children made creatures from each of the biomes and regions, before presenting a range of interesting facts for the ‘famous faces of Australia’ they had researched in class. Year Four had so much fun and they enjoyed all of the preparation for this special event. Thank you to all families and friends who supported the children with their costumes and pool floaties!

In English, the children have continued their hard work on planning their letter to Greta Thunberg to promote her key message and encourage her to continue fighting against climate change, deforestation, plastics in the sea and Global Warming. We look forward to sending them in the post to see if we get a response! In Maths, we have been learning about fractions and how to calculate non-unit fractions of an amount (e.g. 3/5 or 6/9). The children have used lots of multiplication and division facts in order to solve these tricky problems. Next week, we shall explore ‘top heavy’ and mixed fractions.

We hope you all have a pleasant weekend,

With best wishes,

Miss Honeywell, Miss Jackson-Nash and Mrs Cairns

Sports Day 2021

Hello everyone,

We hope that you are all well and keeping safe.

This week, the children took part in a KS2 sports day on Tuesday 22nd June. The children had an excellent time, despite the rain! We are very proud of the good spirit and team work demonstrated by each child in Year Four. They really enjoyed all of the activities on offer – basketball, hockey, football skills and more! Tomorrow, we look forward to our whole school carnival, where Year 4 will be representing Australia! Please ensure that your child arrives to school tomorrow wearing their summer outfit, or their costume if they are going to be an Australian celebrity! We look forward to celebrating at the carnival together.

In English, we have continued our learning on Greta Thunberg and Climate Change – in particular, we have been studying the key skills of how to use relative clauses and conjunctions in order to join ideas within and across our sentences. The children have really impressed us with their use of Global Warming key words, facts and statistics in their written work. In Maths, we have been using our metagcognitive and heuristic strategies whilst we interpret and solve money problems. We have recapped on how to use bar models, number lines, expanded column and maths tools as part of using the inverse to answer challenging maths questions. Keep up the great work, everyone!

Please see some photos below of sports day, carnival photos to follow next week!

With best wishes,

Miss Honeywell, Miss Jackson-Nash and Mrs Cairns.

Multiplication Tests!

Hello everyone,

We hope you are keeping well and that you enjoyed the sun whilst it lasted!

This week in English, we have started our new unit that focuses on climate change. We started the week by investigating and exploring increased human activity and how such things like global warming, deforestation, greenhouse gases etc are increasing at an alarming rate. Once we study these topics, the children created their own alphabetical glossary. Next week, we will begin our debates arguing whether a nitrous oxide fuel car is better than an electric car whereby the children will need to evidence to back up their case.

It has been a busy maths week! Firstly we would like to congratulate and thank all the children for  completing their official times table test that took place this week. They were so calm and sensible throughout. We would also like to express our thanks to parents who have worked so hard with children at home with their times tables. We are hoping to get the results later on this term, however these will not be shared with the children as they are only used for a Year 4 teachers data purposes. Back to maths, for the rest of the week the children have been problem solving with money using their inverse and estimation skills. Next week, we will begin our final fractions unit of Year 4!

In Science this week, we continued to explore how sound travels to our ear. The children were posed the question ‘Which would help you hear more, big cone ears or small cone ears?’. Once they made their prediction, the children studied different animal’s ears shape and position, thinking about the size of animals ears. They then went onto sign using sign language alphabet so they were able to appreciate being able to hear sound. We finished the lesson by creating ‘Cone ears’ and making a hypothesis on which allowed more sound to travel to your ear.

A few polite reminders –

  1. Please ensure you send your child into school in their correct PE kits on Tuesday 22nd June 2021 for KS2 Sports day. (unfortunately no parents to this event) If weather permits, this will take place on the field. Hay fever is a real problem at the moment, so if your child suffers please send them in with appropriate hay fever medication or take it before coming to school.
  2. Please encourage your children to continue with their spelling, vocabulary, reading journals and Times Table Rock Star (Sound Check) home learning.
  3. St Peter’s Carnival will take place on Friday 25th June 2021. Year 4’s country theme is Australia. So please send your child into school with summer clothes, flipflops, hats etc, or even better ‘Australian themed’ clothing. We are also asking  if anyone at home has any Australian themed stuffed animals, pool floaters (crocodiles or fish), artefacts to please bring them in for the afternoon. We will ensure all items bought in are looked after and cleaned on return. Thank you in advance.
  4. Reading passports are due 1st July 2021.

 

We hope that you have a good weekend and we look forward to seeing you all on Monday.

Best wishes,

Miss Honeywell, Miss Jackson-Nash and Mrs Cairns.