15th January 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Welcome back to the Spring term! We've had a very busy first week back as we tied up a few loose ends left over from Autumn (including finally finishing Letters from the Lighthouse and discovering what happened to Sukie!) We also began work on our new topic - Rock Stars. We will be learning all about rocks, volcanoes, mountains, and even rivers, and have got some amazing lessons planned for the children - I am particularly excited about using chocolate to learn about different rock types! We have already created a 'What we know' poster about volcanoes, and have begun to build a volcano with a partner to show what we think they look like. When our models are complete, we look forward to taking part in some Science experiments and see if we can cause some eruptions!

Another big change is that we know have a class pet! Everybody was very keen to spend some of our Enterprise money on a pet, and luckily for us, Miss Mallatratt overheard one of our discussions and announced that she had a friend who recently got a pet cat, so she was looking for a new home for her hamster. We asked if we could adopt him, and she agreed. This means that we have a hamster (called Pikelet), cage, exercise ball, food bowls and even some bedding and food, without having to spend a penny! We have agreed that we will have to use our Enterprise money to ensure that he has enough food and that we can clean his cage regularly. Pikelet is going to be choosing a different table every week to clean, feed and play with him, and rumour has it that he likes tables that work hard, cooperate and always do their reading, spelling and times table homework! During our Enterprise discussions, we have also tried to decide which charity to donate to. This is proving tricky as so many people have different ideas. We will continue this discussion next week a have a vote to make sure we choose fairly.

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Our attendance has really improved since Autumn term, although with 96.8% it unfortunately wasn't enough for us to receive a certificate this week. We are no longer being awarded handshakes, but have been excited to learn which houses we are in. Next week we can start collecting house points and look forward to seeing which house is the first to receive the new, shiny trophy in assembly!

18th December 2017

It is hard to believe that we are already almost at the end of the Autumn term. The children have all made good progress in their learning so far in Year 4 and should be very proud of their efforts. I have been particularly impressed with how quickly most are improving with their recall of multiplication (and division!) facts. Everyone loves the new Times Table Rock Stars program we are using and if you haven’t already played at home, you can access the site on a computer of tablet – I know many of you are already doing this! To ensure that we fill any gaps in times tables knowledge, I have asked all children to start from the beginning with 10 x tables. When their recall is so fluent that they can complete a quiz in less than 1 second per question they will receive a certificate and move onto the next table. Many children have already taken home certificates, and I am sure we will whizz through these earlier stages and move onto trickier times tables during the Spring term. They can practice their current set times table in the Garage section of the website, but also practice right up to their 12 x table using the other areas.

Thank you very much to everyone who attended our Christmas Enterprise – and also to those of you who made orders before the event. Our birdfeeders were a huge success and we sold out, although I am sure this was down to the fabulous efforts of our sellers. We definitely have a few children who have future careers as market traders, and maybe even one or two who should think about applying for The Apprentice! We had a turnover of approx £96, which gave us a total profit of £66 when we repaid the £30 start-up loan. The class have been very engaged in our discussions of how to spend our earnings. They are currently trying to persuade me a class pet is the way to go, so they have been set homework of pricing the cost of furry creatures (no snakes or spiders!) and their homes, food, toys and other needs. Watch this space to see if anyone is able to convince me!

We have been very busy preparing for our Beaumanor Experience next Wednesday afternoon and look forward to seeing you there. If possible, it would be lovely for children to come to school on Wednesday in their outfit that they wore during the Beaumanor trip. We will be displaying our work and running mini-experiences similar to those we took part in on our excursion. 

Unfortunately we only achieved 9 handshakes this week so were not the winners of the final ‘Class of the Week’ award. However, we are very excited to find out about our new houses so were not too disappointed. We are still doing very poorly with our attendance, and once again were the lowest scoring class. I really hope that the Christmas break gives us the chance to get rid of our germs once and for all, as we already have some fantastic learning experiences planned and would hate for anyone to miss out! 

9th December 2017

It has been a whirlwind of a week with assessments, 100% rewards and preparation for Christmas Enterprise and the Beaumanor Experience - not to mention the usual lessons, assemblies and clubs that have to be maintained! Everyone should be very proud of their hard work and I hope we all (myself included) are able to keep the momentum going as we have 2 more jam-packed weeks until Christmas!

We look forward to welcoming parents to our Christmas Enterprise shop. After much deliberation and mathematical conundrums, we have settled on selling all of our birdseed decorations for 75p each. We are hoping to make enough profit that we can buy ourselves a treat, as well as donating to charity, reinvesting for Easter enterprise, and hopefully have enough left to buy the cleaners a present as they have had to deal with cleaning up our birdseed covered carpets! We voted for our favourite poster, and Daisy was the winner. Her poster will be displayed on our Facebook page, but you can see all of our posters if you visit our stall.

In Maths we have begun to use Times Table Rock Stars, and it would be great if you could try to use this as home too – Mr Fleet has put up a link on the website. The aim is to become a Rock Hero by Year 6 – which involved answering times tables in less than 1 second per question! I’m sure we can make it if we keep practicing as hard as we have this week. Everybody is really enjoying this new program, and we have all become quite fond of Chuck Berry in the process!

Our weekly highlight was finally bombing the beautiful Anderson Shelters we had all worked so hard on as homework! Mr Haslam seemed to enjoy this a tad too much – watch our video to see how we got on! Whilst not all shelters survived, we all loved watching and learning about why some shelters performed better than others.

We came close to winning Class of the Week – we were the highest scorers outside of Year 6. As next week is the last time we can win Class of the Week before we move into School Houses, we are working extra hard to win! We are holding doors at every opportunity and earning as many handshakes as possible. Fingers crossed!