15th July 2019

Maths: This week we have continued to work on time. We have taken our learning further so that we understand the difference between 12hour and 24hour time. We also developed our understanding of time through the use of problem solving – we had to answer questions about different things happened at different times.

English: In English we started to plan out our writing of a fact-file about whales. We have collected our own information and we started to put it together into universal notes that anyone who needs them can use. We have also been challenged to find out more information that we can use within our own fact-files.

The most interesting part of our work this week was the time orienteering bingo that we completed as a year group. We thoroughly enjoy this style of learning because it gives us chance to show off our skills, have fun and work together to be successful. The other part of the week that we have thoroughly enjoyed was starting (and beginning to finish) our sea-life sewing. We have drawn our own creatures on felt and then sewn them together to create a 3D piece of sewing. Fantastic work.

Our Star of the Week this week Savannah for the confidence that she has shown throughout the year. This has steadily grown and she is now beginning to see the benefits from this positive attitude and I hope that she can take this learning with her and build on it as she moves into Y5.

8th July 2019

Maths: This week we have moved on to look at time. Mrs Hilton-Loom was really impressed with our understanding of time and how quickly we were able to move our learning forwards. We have been able to show (in our cold task) that we had good understanding of the structure of time (minutes, hours and seconds) and we soon moved this learning to extend to months, years and weeks. 12 hour and 24 hour time both in digital and analogue formats haven’t caused too many problems either!

English: This week we have started to look at factfiles. We have had a go at writing our own factfiles and are looking forward to unpicking a quality example of a factfile before increasing our skills set in preparation for writing our own based on whales.

The most interesting part of our work this week making paper bags as part of our RE. We were imagining what life was like in some of the poorer countries of the world and how making paper bags creates wealth. This was also used to highlight how the world can be quite unfair for some people and to encourage the children to consider and discuss how we use the world’s resources and what we can do to change the world we live in just a little bit. The two teams worked fantastically with the girls team working well together and supporting each other while the boys team created more of a production line system which enabled them to work much more efficiently and therefore more quickly to produce more paper bags of the required quality.

Our Star of the Week this week is Leo for the hard work and effort that he has been putting into his work recently. I have been quite impressed with his writing about plastic pollution and he has really impressed with his understanding of time. Well done and keep it up.

1st July 2019

Maths: We have been completing our work on shapes during this week – making triangles and identifying them, making quadrilaterals and identifying them (and noticing the similarities and differences in their properties), identifying angles and finally looking at reflective symmetry.  Phewwww! It was certainly a busy week, but we’ve thoroughly enjoyed the work and have really come to grips with it all.  This was definitely shown in the improvements we made from our cold task to our hot task.  Take a look at the photos of us making the different quadrilaterals and guessing them.

English: This week we have finalised our pollution prevention and persuasion work.   Our writing is of such a high standard that we just need to decide now who exactly we should write to to persuade them to change their habits.  We still need to discuss this further …

The most interesting part of our work this week was the fact that it was Eco Week in School and National Sports Week.  This meant that each day we took part in and hours sports (with a focus on football and skills) each day.  We’ve certainly enjoyed the week and are feeling the benefits of the variety of activities that we’ve done – benchball, skills training and Just for Fun football warm ups to name but a few!

Our Star of the Week this week is Malachai for the effort and ensuing results in his persuasive writing.Not only has he really upped his game in terms of his handwriting and presentation but he has also improved the quality and quantity of his work.Well done Malachai, keep up this hard work and reap the benefits as you prepare to move on to Year 5.

24th June 2019

Maths: This week we have continued to work on coordinates – we have finally got to grips with the fact that you read the x-axis before the y-axis and that the coordinates identify a point rather than a square. We have also shown great understanding of translating shapes using coordinates and understand that the word translate is just another way of saying “move”.

English: This week we have been working on our letters about plastic pollution. We have researched different information so that we can include relevant facts into our letters using the structure of PEE (point, evidence, example) and trying to ensure we include some of the persuasive techniques we’ve learned, including statistics, facts a rhetorical question and repetition.

The most interesting part of our work this week working as a year group to play rounders – there were three games to choose from: a competitive version, a non-competitive version and football rounders. We all worked really well together, impressing all the teachers and, more importantly, everyone had lots of fun (including the teachers)! The second most interesting part of the week was to do with Road Safety and it being Road Safety Week in School. We went into the carpark to see how far it takes a car to stop at 30 and 50 miles per hour. Our estimates weren’t that good to begin with as lots of us would have been run over if we had stepped out in front of a car; however the learning we’ve done over the last year is obviously having an impact as not as many of us would have been run over as last year! Have a look at the photos at the work we were doing. After this we went and completed one of our famous Year 4 quizzes – lots of fun and more than 50% of us scored at least 50%. What an achievement!

Our Star of the Week this week is Bradley for the effort that he has put into his writing about plastic pollution. He has thought carefully about his arguments to persuade the reader and has structured his writing in a thoughtful way. Well done and keep up the great work.

17th June 2019

Well, this week has been assessment week and so the focus has been on our Reading, SPaG and maths papers. Mrs Hilton-Loom has been really impressed with our attitudes to these assessments. We have all worked really consistently and applied our knowledge and skills to each of the sets of work. She has been particularly impressed with the way our attention to Arithmetic homework has helped to improve everybody’s overall arithmetic scores. Well done to everyone.

Maths: This week we have begun our shapes work topic with coordinates. After a few hiccups of mixing up our x and y axes and which way round to read the coordinates, we have all shown great understanding of how coordinates work and even managed to identify missing coordinates when given three points of a square.

English: We have continued, in between thinking about assessments, to think about our persuasive writing and the idea of plastics. We have created a fantastic list of the problems of plastic, things that cause the major problems and a long list of possible solutions. Next week we will be thinking about how we use this information to write letters to persuade people to behave differently around plastics.

The most interesting part of our work this week was having a joint PE lesson with Mr Haslam’s class where we played line ball in small groups – an outdoor version of bench ball in one of the few dry windows of opportunity that we had last week.

Our Star of the Week this week is Owen for his continued effort during assessments and the overall improvements in results that he has achieved because of this. However everyone should be very proud of their efforts and overall achievements.