17th July 2017

As the end of the school year begins to come into sight the work rate and effort of the children has certainly not slowed down. It has been a fantastic week that has seen the children return from end of term assessment mode and pick back up with the different pieces of work that they had been working on.

English has allowed the children to consider all of the ideas, thoughts and feelings that they have gathered from their zoo and climate change work. They have then used this to write a reasonably balanced discussion text which evaluates whether zoos are helpful institutions or simply places where animals are kept for the entertainment of the public. They have worked very hard to support the different opinions with facts and reasons. When writing the conclusions to their work, they were given the freedom to show their own personal views.

Mathematics also continued the zoo theme as the children began to design their own zoos. After considering the placement of the different sections of the zoo, the children had to identify the total area of the path used. They also identify what the surface area of the different enclosures would be. This has been a piece of preliminary work which will see the children being given different building material costs and being challenged to calculate the cost of building the zoo that they have designed.

In other lessons, the children have completed a series of tasks looking at Karma and the extended their understanding of the Buddhist faith. The plants which had been left in different environments over the last couple of weeks have been examined. This has allowed the children to evaluate their predictions for what conditions plants needed to thrive. They have also had their penultimate dood lesson with Mrs Whitehead. The visit to the Halle certainly seemed to have inspired the children to new heights of musical ability.

We collected 15 handshakes.

Out attendance was 96.8%

10th July 2017

After several frantic and exciting weeks, 4JW has returned to a more mundane pace. Last week was assessment week. Once again, the children worked extremely hard to show their full range of skills. I was particularly pleased with the children’s ‘bring it on’ attitudes. As a result our tests scores have improved from last term and on the whole I have been pleased by the work the children have produced. 

That said, the whole weeks hasn’t revolved around tests. On Thursday the children spent the majority of the day preparing for Year 5. They spent the day with their new class teacher and all of the children came back very happy and excited about being in Mr Beswarick’s, Mr Rice’s or Miss Smith’s class. 

We have also spent some time looking at the Buddhist faith. The children retold the life story of the Buddha and identified some of the important symbols that are used. 

We would also like to take this opportunity to publicise our Summer Enterprise. From Tuesday 11th July through until Tuesday 18th July we will be running the ‘Teacher Knock Down Challenge’ at playtimes. For the small price of 20p the children can have three beanbags to try and knock over three towers of cans. The cans have been adorned with photographs of the children ‘favourite’ members of staff. If ten cans get knocked down then a small prize will be awarded. However, if someone managed to knock down all thirty cans then they will win one of our star prizes. 

Our attendance was 96.8% 
We collected only four handshakes. 
Our composer of the week was Charlie for his superbly improved reading test score.

2nd July 2017

With the power of Thor’s hammer, the accuracy of Hawkeye’s bow, and the strength of Ironman, the Halle Orchestra amazed, intrigued and inspired us this week. We were fortunate enough to spend Wednesday afternoon at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham. The Halle Orchestra were playing in the ‘Now Hear this!’ event whose theme was Heroes and Villains. They played a selection of music which included Prokofriev’s Montagues and Capulets, an extract from William Tell, John William’s Indiana Jones theme and finished with the 1812 overture. One of the most impressive parts of the concern was when the entire orchestra produced fidget spinners and proceeded to produce a piece of music just using these toys. That said, the most amazing sections of the concert were the two songs (believe and Superhero Blues) which we got to perform with the orchestra.

In the more mundane world of the classroom we have had a back to basic s week in Mathematics. We have been practising our four operations and showing that we can tackle suitable calculations. Our English has shifted to looking at Discussion texts. We have magpie some useful phrases and identified two different structures that we can consider when we start writing our own text next week.

We collected 8 handshakes.
Our attendance was another disappointing 90.2%
Our composer of the week was Amelia for her hard working and fuss free approach to life.