18th June 2018

Well what a fabulous week learning all about Road Safety and what we can do to stay safe.

Maths: Linking our maths to our road safety week, we found out about the stopping distances for different speeds as well as the amount of thinking time a driver needs.  This was a real surprise to the children as most of them thought that a car could stop immediately when travelling at 30 miles per hour.  We also spent time walking around the playground first of all to see how long it took to walk the different distances on our leaflets and then to see how far we could walk in 1 minute, 2 minutes through to 5 minutes.  The plan is that we will then use this information in our graph work next week.

English: Our English was also based around road safety with us planning, editing and presenting road safety leaflets for Key Stage 1 children with the focus on writing instructions.  We also watched and evaluated several road safety videos to decide the appropriate language to use and to see how they have developed over the years.

Our Star of the Week this week is Jayla for coming to school with her enthusiasm and drive for everything that we were doing.  She joined in with great enthusiasm and was keen to find out more from the Police and Fire Service personnel.

Take a look at our photos from the week …

11th June 2018

Maths: This week we have continued to deepen our understanding of time.  Mrs Hilton has been very impressed with the accuracy of our understanding to 5 minutes and how we have deepened it to tell the time to one minute.  We have also managed to improve the way we explain our understanding so that we are becoming more concise.

English:  We have started our work on the book How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth which has included creating a diamond 9 of information about what would make it difficult to wash a woolly mammoth.   We then incorporated these ideas to create complex and compound sentences using a range of conjunctions having sorted them and justified our sorting.  Mrs Hilton was very impressed with Rick and Honey because they sorted them into coordinating conjunctions and subordinating conjunctions.

We have also, this week, had lots of fun with our Science work – imagining what life might be like if we had no skeleton and how animals with no skeletons might move.  Take a look at the photos of us demonstrating what it would be like.

Our Star of the Week this week is Dylan for the fantastic understanding that he has shown in our time work.  He has demonstrated clear understanding and explained carefully how he has worked out the solution to a problem.

28th May 2018

Maths:  Well this week we started a unit on time.  We have already shown that we are quite competent at telling the time using digital and analogue clocks; however converting times from hours to minutes, minutes to seconds and vice versa proved to be slightly more tricky.  But our persistence proved invaluable and we were able to master the work in the end!

English:  We have continued to publish our Stone Age Boy stories.  Mrs Hilton has been really impressed with the work we have been doing on them and is looking forward to presenting them as A5 story books which will be available to read in our reading corner.

Our Star of the Week this week is Logan – MRs Hilton was blown away by the presentation of his Stone Age Boy book and has sent him to show both MRs Smith and Mrs Brown the superb effort he has been putting into his writing while she has been away.  Well done Logan – keep it up!

14th May 2018

The children returned from Monday’s charter day celebrations filled with fun and excitement. Which I am pleased to say continued through out the short week that was left in school.

Mathematics continued with the money theme. The children spent time looking at rounding and estimating. The most pleasing comment came when one of the children declared, “this is just the same skills as we used with the decimals.” The favourite activity of the week was the money rounding game. I have included a set of instructions below so that you can have a go and see why the children had so much fun (as well as practising a key skill.) For anybody wanting to play at home, a pack of playing cards gives you four sets of 1 to 9 cards once the picture cards and the 10’s have been removed.

Money Rounding Game

The children worked extremely carefully and diligently to use their plans and the ‘Stone Age Boy’ model to writing some superb time slip stories. This also have a fantastic cross curricular theme as most of the children either slipped back to World War 2 or to Pompeii. After initially writing each sections the children carefully edited their work and made sure that they had included the higher order connectives and prepositional phrases that we had discussed earlier in the term. Each child also set themselves a personal target to achieve and I am pleased to report that were equally as successful with this.

On Friday we gathered the whole of Year 4 together and spent the day working on our science topic of bones. The children used large pieces of paper and felt pens to draw around themselves. We then challenged them to draw the brain, heart, lungs and kidneys in their outline. Size and location were important and led to many interesting conversations. After switching colour of pens we then asked them to locate the cranium, mandible, clavicle, ribs, sternum, phalanges and tarsals. This again proved interesting. Afterwards we used a model skeleton and body over lay to allow the children to see what their diagrams should have looked like. Then in the afternoon we used art straws and paper to create hand and foot x-rays. We finished the day with a bones quiz which allowed the children to show just how much they had learnt. I’m pleased to say that the scores were high and they even got many of mine and Mrs Goulder’s more unusual question correct.