22nd May 2017

Another fast paced week has flown by like Flash in a hurry to get to the shops before it closes.
The children’s mathematics has seen them getting the point of co-ordinates. They started the week using a co-ordinate grid which contained the alphabet, numbers and basic punctuation to write messages. This quickly moved onto them decoding message. They helped Danger Mouse decide to foil the rogue spy, Agent Polar Bear, who was trying to send misleading messages from the rainforest. Before finishing the week by combining their co-ordinates knowledge with the symmetry knowledge to solve a fiendish puzzle.

English lessons have focused on practising the skills that they will need to write their newspaper reports next week. They examined different types of headlines and identified the features that had been used. Following from this they tried using different conditionals and saw how these effected the sentences that they were used in. Finally they used hot seating to collect quotes from different experts.
Our dood playing has reached new heights of simply amazing. Not only do we have sounds from reed instruments but we have a good rhythm and clear distinction between the notes.

Last week we collect 7 handshakes.
Our attendance was 98.6%
Our composer of the week was Jedd for trying to answer all the difficult questions all week.

8th May 2017

It may have only been four days but it has been another amazingly busy and productive week in 4JW. 

My Little Monster. Thankfully that was the title of the poem that the children have studied this week and not my description of the class. The children enjoyed working with Elaine Morandini’s poem as it described a fierce monster which turned out to be her pet cat. The children then used the same rhyming pattern and structure to create poems about different animals. Many choose to describe their own pets and favourite animals whilst others stayed with the rainforest animals that had been the theme of last week’s poems.

The children began this week’s mathematics by looking for parallel and perpendicular lines around the classroom. Once they had started to spot them they soon discovered that they were everywhere. They then used these new skills to identify the properties of the different quadrilaterals. I was very impressed with the quality of the images that the children were able to create to show their understanding. Below is an example taken from Elliot’s book.

The highlight of the week was our music lesson with Mrs Whitehead. The class’s dood playing has progressed massively in the three forty-five minute sessions that we have had. The children can now name four different types of notes and explain how long each note should be played for. They can all read the basic notation found in a piece of music. During the session many children played three note solos and at the end of the lesson the children accompanied a song using the notes G, A and B.

As promised last week, here we are wearing our Maya inspired head dresses. 

Last week we collected 4 handshakes.
Our attendance was a slightly disappointing 94.4%

1st May 2017

Last week was a very interesting week. On Monday we were visited by the Fire Service. They came to talk to us about fire safety. They gave us some useful information for what to do if we discover a fire in our homes. Also, they allowed us all to have a look at the equipment that they carry on their fire engines. We got to sit inside the cab and see the breathing apparatus that helps firefighters to go into dangerous situations.

Our English was based on the Benjamin Zephaniah poem ‘The day in the life of Danny the cat.’ Mr Haslam encouraged us to think about how we could use our voices and bodies to perform sections of the poem. We then thought about our new topic of Rainforests and the different creatures and places that can be found in tropical locations. We then planned our own version of the poem using a rainforest creature. At the end of the week we created published copies of our poems, either in writing or as performances. Some examples have been shown below. Mr Haslam was particularly pleased with Leighton’s as he chose to write his poem about a tarantula that stowed away in an explorer’s backpack.

Mathematics had us in ‘a bit of a spin.’ We spent the week looking at angles and triangles. We started the week by deciding whether angles were acute (less than 90 degrees), obtuse (between 90 and 180 degrees, right-angled (equal to 90 degrees), or reflex (greater than 180 degrees.) We even had a go at estimating the size of some of the angles. We ended the week by looking at the properties of the different types of triangles. Lilly impressed us with her ability to recall the key features for the different types.

In other news, we learnt how to play an A on our doods and even put together a simple tune. We enjoyed designing and making Maya-inspired headdresses. We will add photographs of these when we have let the glue dry and have finished them.

Last week our attendance was 97%.
We collect a superb 12 handshakes
Our star of the week was Lilly for her excellent shape knowledge and for creating an extra piece of writing at home, about a sloth.

24th April 2017

For a four day week it has been an action-packed few days. The children returned to their English and mathematics work as if there hadn’t been a break. They edited and improved their instructions for firing a Roman ballista before copying up some neat versions; several of which of can see below. Converting measures has still been the focus in maths sessions with the children looking at how to convert different distances into different units.

On Wednesday the whole of Year 4 visited Elizabethan Academy for a Wellbeing day. Whilst there, the children made healthy lunches which included couscous and various fruits and vegetables. They tried to complete a short yoga session and made lavender rice face masks. During the other sessions they investigated what makes a healthy diet, carried out some fun sports activities, and thought about how our self-esteem effects our wellbeing. Also the winners of the healthy life style slogan competition were announced. Unfortunately none of 4JW won the star prize of a bike, but both Maria and Jedd were runners up and collected goody bags filled with lots of interesting things.

The week’s excitement didn’t end there, as on Thursday we were joined by Mrs Whitehead. She will be visiting 4JW on Thursday afternoons for the rest of the term to teach us how to play doods. A dood is a training clarinet which has been designed to be used by people with smaller hands. I was very impressed with how quickly all of the children managed to get a note out of their instrument. The video below shows just what a noise it was. We are certainly all looking forward to the future sessions.

This week we collected 5 handshakes.
Our attendance was 100%.
Our composer of the week was Elliot for working hard and answering questions throughout the week.