Lights, Camera, Action!

This term, Mr Field has been teaching Year 4 to use iPads and iMovie to create a variety of different movies. The children have been working fantastically in small groups, creatively planning their short films, writing scripts as well as acting and filming their work.

The children developed their own visual facts-files as well as making a silent video to help remember their times tables.  Most recently we have been looking at school etiquette and focused on creating a video on what to do and what not to do around the school. This was a unique opportunity for the children to demonstrate their acting skills while they temporally misbehaved in the classroom.

In maths, with Mr Field, children have been learning about lines of symmetry and how to reflect shapes on a grid, the children seem to really be grasping these skills and are continuing to make great progress. With Mrs Casewell, the children have been developing their understanding of division through manipulatives. We have learnt the terms divisor, dividend, quotient and remainder to help us to explain our maths clearly. We have also been extending our thinking to solving reasoning problems like, “My friend says that if I have a dividend that is even and a divisor of 2, there will never be a remainder. Is she correct? Explain.”  Please continue to practise times tables as this knowledge is essential for the fraction work which we will be starting next term, and will  help the children to feel more confident in their learning.

In literacy, we have been reading the book, Varjak Paw, and most of the children have changed their initial opinions from “Not sure if I’ll enjoy it,” to ” Loving it!”They can’t wait to read on and we will therefore continue this text next term. Please try to resist the temptation to read it over half term.

Reminder: On Friday the 2nd of February the Roman Empire will be coming to St John’s as it is it is Roman Day in Year 4! We would like to encourage all children to get creative and dress up as a Roman. The day will involve a workshop in the morning with a Roman themed lesson throughout the day. It is going to be a great day.

 

New year and new journeys

Firstly, I’d like to say happy new year to you all. It was lovely returning to school yesterday to see smily, well-rested children eager to learn and to hear all about their Christmas gifts and how they spent time with loved ones. It seems the midnight fireworks were a highlight for many.

I’d also like to say an enormous thank you for all your Christmas wishes and generous gifts. I have been truly spoilt! THANK YOU!

Last term, saw us complete our literacy unit on Mouse Bird Snake Wolf and some examples of the children’s work are now on display. The children wrote across many genres including diaries, descriptive pieces, persuasive letters and short stories, developing their use of dialogue to show charaterisation. We have now added to our repetoire of sentence openers, using ed-ing-ly phrases and are beginning to “drop-in subordinate clauses” to add detail creating increasingly complex sentences.

Yesterday, we began exploring our new text, Varjak Paw (always a favourite) which provides many rich writing opportunities that we look forward to sharing with you during the term. Please try to avoid reading this text at home as we like to explore the text together in class.

We begin our new maths learning journey about division, developing both mental and written methods. Please continue to practise times tables as this knowledge plays a key role in enabling pupils to solve division problems.  I wonder how many children will reach their goal in achieving 100% in our weekly times table challenge?

In science, we begin yet another journey, travelling through the digestive system. The children have already generated their own questions they wish to explore answers to, for example:

“What happens to the food we eat?”

“Why are some people allergic to certain foods?”

“What happens to someone who is gluten intolerant if they eat gluten?”

“How long does food take to digest and does the body use all of the food?”

Reminder: Please bring in musical instruments on Monday and Tuesday is our 3rd swimming lesson so please ensure the children have their swimming kits in school.

We have lots to learning and exploration planned for this term and, as ever, we will be busy.  Thank you for your continued support at home. Keep up the hard work Year 4!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 4 Journey through Term 2

It’s the end of week 4 and not long now before Christmas, with time flying by. The children have been working exceptionaly hard and are striving to achieve their own learning goals. For some, this has meant earning a pen licence, for others it has been improving their spelling scores ( well done to you all for achieving this) and still more children strive to beat their times tables scores. Keep up the great work Year 4.

Journeys! Our learning journey about rivers has come to an end, with the children producing lovely river poetry and art work to accompany this. Thank you Mrs Bennett for displaying our work so beautifully.

 

 

 

 

Our mathematical journey  through multiplication methods is nearly complete, with children now learning to multiply by 10 and 100, and continuing to learn their times tables. They have been so excited to move their sailing boat along the river as we have added more strategies to our mathematical knowledge and understanding. What will the next journey be and what vehicle will we travel in? I wonder!

 

Mr Field  has been teaching the children how to explore maps and use co-ordinates to locate places. They have been applying their skills in both maths and topic lessons with good success.

In science, we have begun to investigate electricity and are designing our torches. 

Keep up the great work Year 4. Remember to access Mymaths, Topmarks and Spellodrome  to practise your tables and spellings. Let’s see if we can end Term 2 with everyone achieving 10/10 on their spellings and beating their best scores in the times table challenge. You can do it!

 

 

 

 

 

Term 2 Lots of learning ahead

This week, it has been lovely to see the children back after half term with exciting news to share and very rare and special treasures to show and tell. A 3.75million year old Megaladon tooth was one such treasure! How exciting! Thank you Megan for sharing that with us.

We have continued our learning about rivers and the water cycle, learning about the role played by evaporation and condensation in this process. We have learned through diagrams, actions and particularly songs. I hope the children have not been driving you mad with their singing. Although, I have to say, singing has worked effectively in helping them to recall the science vocabulary and also be able to write detailed explanations of the water cycle.  Here is the link to it ( Warning; it will get stuck in your head)  https://uk.video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=mcafee&p=the+water+cycle+song#id=1&vid=e59ce0d5ff9a81efe05a8497ff03cc09&action=click

We have concluded the topic on rivers, writing a range of river poetry which will soon be on display in school.

This term, we begin our learning journey in maths; developing written methods for multiplication and division, finding factor pairs, plotting co-ordinates, area and perimeter. The children will continue to practise their times tables and division facts and support with this at home would be greatly appreciated.

We begin our “LIGHT  IT UP” topic, learning about electrical circuits, and by the end of term, we will conclude our learning with a DT project that uses the knowledge gained in science lessons.

It is a busy term once again, but the children are already increasing in their maturity and independence as learners and are a joy to teach, showing enthusiasm and greater willingness to work hard.

I look forward to meeting you all at parent consultations next week to share your child’s achievements with you.

 

 

 

WATER WATER EVERYWHERE!

As part of Year 4’s learning about rivers and the water cycle,a team from South East Water led a workshop teaching the children about where water comes from, how it reaches their homes and the importance of conserving it!

The most exciting part of the workshop was splitting into two teams, and being set the engineering challenge to design a pipe network to transport water around a village. To test the designs, water was let through the pipes whilst Mrs Casewell kept her fingers crossed that Class 4 were excellent engineers. She was not disappointed as both networks worked efficiently and there were no spillages.

One team was awarded the prize for creating the most direct route and also the most cost effective (South East water would be impressed); the other team was  awarded the prize for the most creative network, although not the most efficient!

Class 4 were set the 4 minute challenge in a bid to save water by showering. How many of you have taken up the challenge? Let Mrs Casewell know how well your family is getting on with this.

 

New Term News!

I am delighted to say that the children have settled in to their new classroom routines and are familiarising themselves with new learning expectations for Year 4 with a positive attitude and determination to do their best!

A few children have already earned their pen licences and some are very nearly there!  Dylan has been working hard to develop a neat, joined handwriting style and has had  piece of work put on display on our Wonderful Work Wall to celebrate this.

It has  already been a very busy term. In literacy, we have been exploring Carol Ann Duffy’s Lost Happy Endings which is full of gorgeous descriptive language and beautiful illustrations. We have been developing our inference skills and were surprised to find out how much we can learn about a character from a simple illustration. This week, we have written diary entries in the role of Jub, showing her disappointment and despair after having had the endings stolen by an evil, old woman.

In Science, we have been exploring states of matter, using drama to help us understand the properties of each state and so far we have investigated the question;Do gases weigh anything?”

In RE, we have been looking at the Creation story and what it tells Christians about God and also human nature. Yesterday, the children put forward arguments both in support  and defence of Adam and Eve’s actions; making for an interest debate!

We have been learning about the journey of a river in preparation for our River trip next week and we have been investigating and building different types of bridges in DT. Some of our work is on display outside the classroom.

So far, we all working hard to do our very best and I am certainly looking forward to watching the children develop maturity, independence and confidence over the course of the year. A busy year it will be, I assure you!

 

Edward Tulane

carroty woodThis term we have been very busy. We started the term by going to Carroty Wood. Within the same week we were searching in the pond for different types of pond life. Then in week 3 Father Robin invited us to go to the church to explore how different parts of it remind us of God. In week 4 we were able to go back to the forest, but this time we identifying trees using a classification key. Sophie and Matthew were also able to go to Wally Hall at lunch time to participate in some exciting science workshops.

Throughout the term, in English, we have been reading the book Edward Tulane. As a class we have been able to explore the churchbook and write in many different genres. We have really enjoyed finding out about all of Edward’s (Susanna’s) experiences as different things happen to him. So far we have been able to write our own endings to a fairy tale, write a poem about the different items he would have in his suitcase when moving to a different country, as well as using poetry to describe what it is like being in a landfill sight.

Within our Maths lessons, we have been exploring conversions from mm to cm, cm to m, m to km and ml to l. This proved a struggle for some of us because we had the challenge of remembering whether we were multiplying by 10, 100 or 1000! forestHowever after much perseverance and practice we all now feel confident enough to convert between the measures.

 In Art and DT this term we have been making our own Edward Tulane sock puppets. This enabled us to imagine what it would be like not being able to speak, or blink or even move our arms and legs!

Just a reminder that Sports Day is on the 28th June, weather permitting, and the Summer Fair is on the 1st July.

Carroty Wood

Term 3 ended with a very busy couple of weeks. The children made lip balm, learnt a poem for the mother’s day service, went to the Knole Park Literacy Festival, said prayers at the Easter Service and finally finished with an Easter Egg Hunt.

Term 4 however started with a far more exciting second week! Monday and Tuesday all of the children in Year 4 went to Carroty Wood in Tonbridge. As soon as we arrived we were given our Health and Safety talk, then 4C were able to go to their house to see their rooms. 4P were left with Mr Stringer and myself to play a game of rounders.

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Then we were able to find our house with our ensuite bedrooms! Suddenly we were being whisked off to the High Ropes.

‘I do not want to go anywhere the near of the rope bridge!’ Sophie L

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‘I can’t wait to get to the top of Gladiator!’ James D

After the High Ropes I delivered the children the news that they had to make their own bed without any adult help. Luckily Milo was on hand in our house to help anyone who was stuck! Then we went off to complete the Low Ropes in our houses. The children were awarded points for every part they completed and then every time they fell off they lost 1 point. However if they were then to get any part of themselves wet they lost 5 points and ran the risk of being hosed off outside our house later on.

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‘This looked really easy at the start however by the end I was scared of getting my feet wet!’ Madison A

Finally, we were able to go and eat our dinner which had been prepared by Mrs Quirk, Mr Stringer and Mrs Copp. We were all very grateful our dinner had been cooked however the children still had to lay the table and then wash up after they had eaten! After dinner we then went and spent an hour in the swimming pool playing with all the woggles and array of balls. At 9pm we ventured back to our house to put our pyjamas on and settle in for the night.

The next morning the children were woken and given an hour to strip their beds, have a shower and pack their bags ready for room inspection. Once their rooms were given the all clear they had to go and set the table ready for breakfast. After breakfast the children were then told they were going to have to make their own packed lunch for later on, which meant having to butter their own bread for sandwiches! Once lunch had been made we were then able to complete the maze, in which we had to guide members of our team around the maze trying to find pieces of the puzzle to piece together to make a saying.

‘My group had the saying ‘Do not give up!’ which was very funny because we couldn’t find the last piece to our puzzle so felt like giving up.’ Oliver L

‘My group had the saying ‘If you make a mistake go back to where you went wrong!’ which was very relevant to the story of the Prodigal Son, which Dan the instructor told us, because it meant that when the Son went wrong he went back to his family to put things right.’ Amy V

Once we had all completed the maze Mrs SIlvester then set us the Scavanger Hunt challenge. All of the children in Year 4 will be able to explain what they had to do.

I was very proud of everyone in 4P, you have all shown you can be independent, thoughtful, helpful to adults as well as each other, determined to complete activities to overcome fears.

 

Vicious Vanishings Solved!

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During Term 3 and the start of Term 4 we have been reading Varjak Paw. On Friday 24th February we finished the book and found out how the case of ‘The Vanishings’ were solved. Varjak Paw has gripped everyone within the class and we were all really sad when we had finished the book but happy that the case had been solved and that Varjak could finally be the free cat he wanted to be! Due to us enjoying the book so much we asked Mrs Casewell whether we were able to borrow her copy of ‘The Outlaw Varjak Paw’ so we could find out whether he was able to survive living in the city.

‘Miss Parfett always stopped reading to us at the most tense part of the book, so I would not wait to get into school the next day to find out what was going to happen next.’ Ethan Craggs.

‘I was really upset when we had finished the first book but was so pleased when Miss Parfett was able to get the next book to read to us.’ Olly Jones.

Throughout Varjak Paw we have been able to write some lovely senses poems about the city, newspaper articles reporting on ‘The Vanishings’ and the fight between Julius and Varjak Paw.

Throughout this term we have been looking at fractions in relation to decimals. Everyone has also been working very hard learning their times tables. I can report that there are now 2 children on sheet 3, which involves finding 1/10 of a number and 3/4 of a number! This week 10 children were able to finish their sheet in under 5 minutes!

in our KUW lessons this term we are studying North America. In our first lesson we were able to learn about all 23 countries which make up North America. Then this week we tried to learn all 52 States of America. After 1 lesson the children were then split into groups to see which table could name the most States in 2 minutes. Edie, Isla, Sophie and Ethan were able to name 24 States in 2 minutes! Amazing work you 4!

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All of the children look amazing today in their pyjamas in support of Mr Palmer.

Can I remind everyone that it is Parents Evening on the 20th and 21st March. I do hope everyone can make it! There will be MyMaths homework next week and the children are learning Set 7 Spellings ready for their test on Monday 6th March.

 

Little Romans Invade

Wow! This morning we were invaded by Romans, both rich and poor as they streamed excitedly in through the school doors in eager anticipation of their Roman-themed day. Thank you for the amazing effort with the costumes. It certainly added the WOW factor to the day.

In Maths, we unravelled a Roman recipe that was written in Roman Numerals and we cracked a few codes to decipher secret messages. We had a super playtime, charging around the “battlefield” reenacting battles between the Iceni and Romans, and rescuing beautiful Roman empresses and maidens, before attending our Roman workshop led by “Flora, the archeaologist” from Crew Education.PicCollage (1)

She had all the children engaged and interacting with props, artifacts and costumes. We learned about Claudius and his army, both what they wore and military strategies; the lives of wealthy Romans and their slaves and reenacted a battle against Boudica and her tribe.

The afternoon, was spent designing and making mosaics which we will be using in our maths lesson next term.

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