It's been another busy week in Arundel Class! In English, we have continued work on Mr Stink and learnt how to describe a character's back story. In Maths, we consolidated our work from across the year in a series of activities. We recapped everything from addition and subtraction, to time and money! Next week we will continue to recap different parts of the Year 4 Maths curriculum so we get as much practice and application in before the end of term.
On Thursday, we were lucky enough to take part in Cricket with Ms McKeever. We had lots of fun! We also had our arts and crafts marble jar afternoon, when we made everything from greetings cards to dream catchers!
Finally we would like to give a special mention to Yarmouth Class. We had a brilliant time watching their end of year performance. Well done and thank you to everyone involved!
This week we have been looking at odes in English and were super excited to show off what we have been learning in our performance poetry assembly! We really enjoyed working as a class to perform 'Spaghetti Spaghetti!' and had loads of fun creating actions to perform our own odes. We chose lots of foods to write about, from cupcakes to milkshake, pizza and chicken curry!
In Maths we have begun to recap the bus stop method and, as we last looked at this topic in Term 2, we have really had to refresh our memories! We will be carrying on with this next week and we look forward to challenging ourselves more.
In RE, we have been looking at special journeys and pilgrimages. We even had a go at creating our own idea for a special pilgrimage in groups.
In PE, we have really enjoyed Rounders and have worked hard to practise our bat and ball skills.
Have a lovely weekend!
Week 2 written with the help of Ronnie and Liam.
It's been another busy week in Arundel! In English, we have been learning all about odes; a genre of poetry that celebrates a particular thing or food. We have been looking at an ode about spaghetti which is apparently Miss Sandell's favourite! Next week we are looking forward to writing and performing our own odes in assembly. In Maths, we have been recapping Time and having a go at solving some tricky word problems. Our brains hurt a lot!
In Science, we looked at the water cycle in more detail, learning two new scientific words: evaporation and condensation. We have lots of questions that we are looking forward to finding answers to as we continue the unit.
In PE this week, we were super pleased that the weather was nice as we went outside for both hockey and rounders! We consolidated our knowledge of hockey and had a go at a couple of matches which were really fun. Today, we went onto the field and practised our batting and catching technique. Miss Sandell was particularly impressed with our team spirit and resilience.
We hope you have a lovely weekend and look forward to learning even more next week!
Welcome back! We can't believe we are into our final term of Year 4. Where has the time gone?!
This week in English, we have recapped play scripts, first roleplaying a scene from a twisted fairy tale, then creating our own script based on our roleplay work. We then had a great time performing our work and asking ourselves what makes a good performance.
In Maths, we recapped our knowledge of multiplication and the grid method. Lots of us this week had moved onto the deepen activities which was great to see!
In Computing, we started a PowerPoint presentation that would help the current Year 3s settle into Year 4 next year. We really enjoyed sharing our memories from this year and exploring the tools on PowerPoint in pairs.
Finally, we were lucky to have our Golden Ticket afternoon on Wednesday, opting to play on the field for our 30 minutes.
We look forward to learning even more next week!
We have been working really hard in Arundel this week. In English, we have been writing our 'twisted' fairy tale in stages this week, focusing on the opening, build up, problem, solution and ending in each lesson. This has given us the opportunity to share our work through the writing process and peer assess as we go along. We look forward to editing our work next week and creating a class book of our stories!
In Maths, we have been refreshing our knowledge of Roman Numerals. We even got into the habit of writing the date in numerals too! This has been tricky, especially when we had to recognise and translate numbers larger than 1000! Next week we will be looking at our last unit of the term, money.
In Inquiry, we looked at pencil as our art material, using natural patterns in wood and leaves to inspire us to create a new leaf design using different pencil techniques.
In Science, we had great fun in our 'Melting Chocolate' Science investigation, observing how long it takes for chocolate to melt in different temperatures of water. We also learnt some new scientific vocabulary (such as melting point) and used this in our investigation write ups and conclusions.
We look forward to our Sports and Activities week to end another busy term at Castle Primary School!
It's been another action-packed week for Arundel Class! In English, we have been looking at different versions of the fairy tale, 'The Princess and the Pea'. We really enjoyed reading this story from different points of view and we look forward to having a go at writing our own next week!
In Maths, we have been finding the perimeter of different 2D shapes and have been revising how to use the grid method in our lesson starters. In Science, we have continued our unit on solids, liquids and gases, comparing the amount of carbon dioxide in different fizzy drinks. We even made a bar chart of our results and wrote a conclusion based on what we found.
In Inquiry, we ventured outside to create land art in the style of Andy Goldsworthy. This was really fun! We then wrote some instructions for how to build our land art and evaluated our efforts in partners.
Finally, in PE, we continued our unit of Hockey, learning this week to pass the ball accurately and shoot towards a goal. We look forward to practicing our technique more on Tuesday!
Have a restful weekend.
This week we have been working really hard and have started a new unit in English and Maths - phew!
In English, we are looking at the 'Princess and the Pea' and have started to refresh our knowledge of inverted commas in speech today. We look forward to reading more of the story and comparing different versions of this tale next week!
In Maths, we have been recapping rounding decimals to the nearest whole number. We have used our cold task to see how much we remember from the last time we looked at it and have worked really hard to practise, apply and deepen our understanding.
In outdoor PE, we continued our hockey unit, focusing this time on passing the ball with a hockey stick accurately. Lots of us found this challenging - especially when we had to aim for a goal! Next week we will build on these skills and start to work in teams to play mini games!
In PSHE, we looked at how we can show respect in school, home and other scenarios. Being one of our school values, we all thought it was really important to show respect and discussed how we can be respectful in different ways. For example, some suggested that we should listen carefully to what other people have to say in class, assembly and the playground as well as outside of school. You can see some of the ideas we came up with during this lesson on our display in the dining hall.
Have a lovely weekend!
Week 7 - Camp and Base Camp update
The children had an amazing time with lots of fun day and evening activities. From abseiling to canoeing, we never stopped showing excellent resilience and determination to have a go! Our teachers were very proud of us.
One of our favourite activities was the giant swing. We were surprised that it went so high and the funny feeling you got in your belly! We were also super lucky with the weather which made the activities even more fun - especially when we got to soak our 'groupie' in a water fight!
In the evenings, we really enjoyed singing lots of catchy songs around the campfire and throwing some shapes at the disco!
Back at Base Camp, we enjoyed a fun filled week, where we got to make Easter cards and crafts, and even have a go at making - and tasting, of course - some yummy crispy cakes!
Note from Mrs Morrison and Miss Sandell: We would like to thank all the children for representing our school brilliantly and having a good go at all the activities. We would also like to thank the adults who accompanied us on our trip. Have a lovely (and well deserved!) Easter break. Well done as well to those back at Base Camp who behaved impeccably and enjoyed all the activities that were provided.
Week 7 - midweek report
We are having an amazing time here in PGL Liddington! We have already done lots of different activities including the giant swing, zip wire and sensory trail! Here are some pictures to keep you updated on our adventures so far.
Back at base camp, children have taken part in a range of activities including a special basketball session this afternoon where we could really develop our skills!
This week we have been busy refreshing our knowledge of Haikus and the specific features. To do this, we had a go at rewriting some lines and words from example Haikus, including focusing on the 5-7-5 structure. Next week, we will be writing our own Haikus about the four seasons.
In Maths, we have been looking at statistics, specifically bar and line graphs. This has been tricky but we have been really resilient and are definitely getting there! We also had a really enjoyable Science Day, where we got to work with other teachers across the school. In our class, we were learning about camouflage using some woollen 'worms' on the field and seeing which ones we could spot first! In Mrs Morrison's class, we looked at how to make a mini rocket which was great fun! In Mrs Blackman's class, we learnt the meaning of 'density' and created rainbows!
Next week we are looking forward to our camp trip and we will be taking lots of photos to show you all!
Week 5 Enterprise Week!
Wow! We have had one of our busiest weeks so far this year; decorating some fabulous jars that are perfect for storing your bits and bobs! We would first like to thank each and every one of you who bought one of our jars. The money raised will go towards a class picnic in the park which we are really looking forward to organising!
We started the week off with market research and creating an effective advertising campaign. Here is one of our poster designs:
Next, we looked at the design of the jar itself and used our market research to gauge the designs that would work (and sell!) best.
We also looked at the safety element of selling our jars, creating some safety labels to advise our customers. These proved really helpful during the sale!
When we evaluated our Enterprise Week today, we agreed that the most fun part was actually the decorating! It was quite tricky to recreate our drawn designs with glass paint and some of us found that we had to change them slightly but we were super resilient and kept going!
Here are some photos of us busy working in the 'Arundel jar painting factory':
Note from Miss Sandell: A big thank you to those who attended the Y4 camp meeting this week. It was great to see so many of you there. If you have any questions regarding our camp trip, please do not hesitate to contact either myself or the Office. Thank you.
Arundel have been working hard this week completing assessments in Reading, Maths and Spelling. Well done to everyone!
In the time between these assessments, we have been busy writing up our innovations of 'The Something' by Rebecca Cobb. We created some beautiful books and were lucky enough to be able to read these to Edinburgh and Pembroke Class. We will post some of the pictures from this lovely afternoon soon!
We have also continued our swimming sessions this week. Well done to everyone for being super resilient and trying your best.
Next week is Arundel's Enterprise Week. If you have any spare clean jars at home, please feel free to bring these in to be transformed into lovely products that will be on sale on Friday, 24th March. We will be posting photos from this on our blog next week!
Note from Miss Sandell: Don't forget that the Year 4 camp meeting is next Tuesday, 21st March. I look forward to seeing you there!
What a busy week it has been! In English, we have innovated the story of 'The Something' and look forward to sharing these with the Reception classes!
We have also been busy preparing for our Enterprise Week interview with Mrs Harris, looking at the costings, advertising and structure of our business idea. We have been working really hard on this and look forward to sharing these ideas next week.
In Inquiry, we have been learning about latitude and longitude, studying an atlas and even working out the coordinates of some cities in Europe! Did you know that pilots use latitude and longitude coordinates to find destinations when flying?
This week we started a new unit on Storytelling, looking specifically at the story, 'The Something' by Rebecca Cobb. We first looked at one image from the story and built our understanding of what happens on what we could see in the picture. This has been really useful in helping us to understand the importance of image in books for young children. In the next week, we will be innovating the story and creating a class book of our creations.
In Maths this week, we have started to recap addition and subtraction using the formal column method. We have been using dienes to help us break down the process, with some of us deepening our understanding in problem solving and reasoning.
In Inquiry, we were super creative with clay! We studied the structure of some European landmarks and designed our own models. We then used special tools to mould our clay to this structure. This was really fun and quite fiddly!
Finally, a big thank you to everyone who dressed up for World Book Day. Our Alice in Wonderland theme really shone through in the costumes that you wore! We wrote a review of our favourite stories and put them into a book that will be displayed in the library.
Miss Sandell has been away this week; however, we have been super busy learning new things!
In English, we have written a recount of our school holiday. We are getting pretty good at these now! We have also been practising and applying our knowledge of homophones to sentences and identifying them in a list. This has meant we have also been able to brush up on our dictionary skills too!
In Maths, we started a new unit on multiples and negative numbers. We enjoyed linking this to temperature and using number lines to order numbers from smallest to largest and warmest to coldest. We have also been practising our 6 and 7 times tables this week, using them to find missing numbers in a sequence. We are definitely getting there! Next week we will recap addition and subtraction using resources to help us.
In Science, we have started our unit on Sound, creating a poster of things we think we know about sound and things we would like to find out. We aim to answer these questions during the term. Next week we will be looking at the role vibrations play in creating the sounds that we hear.
This week Arundel have also started swimming lessons. We really enjoyed getting in the pool for the first time this year and we look forward to developing our skills further as the term goes on. Note from Miss Sandell: Please can you ensure that your child has their swimming kit every Friday as, without it, children will be unable to take part. Thank you.
Finally, World Book Day falls on Thursday 2nd March this year and to mark this, Arundel's class theme will be Alice in Wonderland. Children can dress up as their favourite character from the book and we will be having activities related to this during the day. Please could the children also bring in their favourite book to review in class. If you have any queries, please feel free to get in contact.
Have a lovely weekend!
What a busy final week of Term 3 we have had!
In English, we have been working hard to turn our learning grids into short stories. We initially found this tricky as it was a different way to start a story. However, once we got started, we were amazed at some of the stories we were able to come up with!
In Maths, we have been rounding decimals to the nearest whole number using a number line. This is the final part of what has been a very long unit on fractions and decimals. Miss Sandell is very pleased with our resilience!
In Science, we completed our unit on Electricity by conducting an experiment to see what everyday materials were the best conductors and insulators. Did you know that copper is a great conductor and is used in electrical wires?
We hope you have a restful week's holiday. See you all in Term 4.
Week 5 - Written with the help of Emmy and Fin.
It's been another action-packed week in Arundel Class! We have been busy making paper models of the SS Great Britain using nets. We also looked at the patterns on the outside of the ship and had a go at replicating this on our own models! We really enjoyed merging this with English, where we wrote our own set of instructions for other people to make a model. It was tricky to make each instruction clear and concise but we got there in the end! We also learnt about imperative verbs and how these are important when given verbal and written instructions.
In Maths, we have been continued to practise and apply our knowledge of decimals to different contexts. We have found learning equivalent decimals tricky but we have been using number lines up to tenths and hundredths to help us. We are definitely getting there!
In Computing, we learnt about internet safety and the importance of not revealing any personal details whilst online. To share this information electronically, we have started to create a Powerpoint presentation in pairs that will help others understand more about staying safe online.
In Outdoor PE, we had lots of fun practising different skills in a large circuit. We particularly enjoyed the shuttle run, where we got to run as fast as we could between two cones. We got very competitive! We also learnt about our pulse and how this changes during exercise. We will keep monitoring this using stopwatches in our next lesson. It will be interesting to see how our pulse changes as we add another element to our circuit!
What a busy week it has been! Firstly, we'd like a say a huge thank you to all the parents/carers who came to watch our class assembly. We worked really hard preparing for it and were really happy to see so many faces supporting us.
In English this week, we have been writing a recount about our adventures aboard the SS Great Britain. We also composed a shared write which really helped us when we started writing.
In Maths, we have continued our work on fractions and decimals, learning about the decimal point in a place value grid and counting in tenths and hundredths. This has been tricky, but we have been really resilient and some of us even had a go at the deepen activities!
We also had a lovely circle time around friendships and created our own friendship posters highlighting some of the qualities that we value the most in our friends. This has particularly helped us deal with issues in the playground or outside of school.
Finally, we really enjoyed making our Brunel top hats and decorating them with chalk and feathers. We found sketching the SS Great Britain tricky but we managed to produce some really detailed and thoughtful drawings. We hoped you enjoyed seeing these during our class assembly!
Have a lovely weekend.
Aye Aye, Captain!
We have just returned from a brilliant educational visit on board the SS Great Britain. A big thank you to those who helped out - it was a great day for everyone involved.
We started off the week with an introduction into the world of Brunel and recapping some previous learning of his work and achievements. We created a fab fact file of Brunel and the Great Western Railway. We were amazed that he managed to create a railway that we still use today!
In English this week we have been innovating The Great Kapok Tree and used story mountains to change some of the characters/setting. We really enjoyed writing these and are starting to feel like real authors!
In Maths, we have continued to consolidate our knowledge of equivalent fractions and finding fractions of amounts. We look forward to putting this knowledge to the test when we start looking at decimals next week!
In Science, we have started our unit on Electricity and even had an explore with real components of a circuit! We have also had class discussions about electrical safety and the different types of electrical and non-electrical appliances around the home.
Note from Miss Sandell: We would love to tell you more about our adventures aboard the SS Great Britain during our class assembly at 9.00 am on Friday 27 January. We hope to see you there!
Hello! We have had another busy week in Arundel Class. First, we were introduced to our new unit and text, 'The Great Kapok Tree' by Lynne Cherry. We had a great time imitating and retelling the text using the story mountain structure. We also enjoyed acting out the story using conscience alley and an adapted script. We look forward to using these ideas in our writing next week!
In Maths, we have been working really hard in our fractions unit, looking specifically at recognising equivalent fractions. This has been a real challenge but we have been resilient and used resources such as a fraction wall and unifix to help us.
In PE, we have started a unit looking at how our body responds to different forms of exercise. We have set up a circuit of activities that will be getting progressively harder as the term goes on so watch this space!
In Inquiry, we have started to look at the United Kingdom on a map, using atlases to help us look closer and spot some of the big cities such as London and Manchester. We spotted Bristol first though!
We have been looking at the Ancient Greeks as part of our Key Stage 2 History Week. We have been learning all about Greek Gods and Goddesses, as well as using Talk For Writing to imitate and innovate the Greek myth, Theseus and the Minotaur. We had fun writing our own story mountains, from the opening to the build up, problem, solution and ending. We look forward to using these techniques more in the coming term!
In Art and Design, we made our own Greek vases using tissue paper. We had great fun using the wonderful Ancient Greek designs for inspiration! Also with Ms Mckeever, we made some beautiful Greek-style plates using paint and fine pen. They were very fiddly but we got there in the end!
Phew! It's been a very busy week but we have loved getting stuck into lots of exciting and challenging activities!
At the beginning of the week, we had our Inquiry presentations, where we answered the question, 'What did the Anglo Saxons ever do for us?'. These were really successful and we particularly enjoyed creating posters and examples of Saxon art and design.
We also concluded our Science investigation and unit on Teeth and Digestion. It was really interesting to see how the egg shell (enamel) reacted to the different liquids. We were particularly surprised that milk protected the egg shell enamel. We then found out that milk contains calcium which is good for our teeth and bones!
In English, we wrote some brilliant winter acrostic poems and descriptions from a given image. Miss Sandell thought these were super creative and some of them are now displayed around the classroom.
We have also been super creative this week, making 2017 calendars and 'stained glass' snowmen using tissue paper. We had a great time making these, however the tidying up afterwards wasn't quite so fun!
Finally, we enjoyed our school Christmas dinner and marble jar afternoon. It was really fun to watch a film in our pajamas!
Have a safe and restful holiday and we will see you all in Term 3.
Written with the help of Jessie, Summer and Natalie
This week has been really exciting! Not only did we fill up our marble jar but we have also been busy learning lots of new things.
In English, we have been learning about Edward Lear and his nonsense poetry. Specifically, we have been looking at the features of his limericks and next week, we will be creating our own Arundel Book of Nonsense!
In Maths, we have been learning about the area of quadrilateral shapes. This has been quite tricky but we have been super independent in our learning. Did you know that a quadrilateral shape has four sides?
In Science, we have been learning all about the effect of different drinks on our teeth. We have set up an egg shell inquiry and will be checking the results next week. We are really interested to see how drinks such as cola and orange juice have an effect on our teeth and learning about how we can look after them.
In Inquiry, we have been working in groups to prepare and perform a presentation answering our inquiry question, ‘What did the Anglo Saxons ever do for us?’. We have particularly enjoyed working in different groups and creating posters of information to display and share with the whole class. We look forward to giving these presentations on Monday!
In PSHE, we have been busy creating our own ‘friendship recipes’; adding in the aspects of friendship that we felt were important. We really enjoyed getting creative and using our imaginations to create fantastic ‘recipes’ for a classroom display.
Have a restful weekend!
It has been another busy week! In English, we have been learning about play scripts and innovating the Legend of King Arthur with our own characters and settings. This has been really fun - especially when we got to act it out in Drama!
In Maths, we have continued to develop our understanding of division using the bus stop method and place value counters to help us. Some of us have started to apply and deepen our understanding in word and 'missing number' word problems.
In Science, we started to look at teeth and their function - did you know that your canines rip and tear your food? We watched a video that helped us to remember what each tooth does in our mouths and labelled the different types of teeth on a diagram. We look forward to learning about the structure of our teeth next week!
We also had another great session in rhythmic gymnastics when we consolidated our knowledge of balancing and some of us even tried a cartwheel routine with ribbon and hoops!
We have also continued to have PSHE circle time, discussing friendships and worries and building our 'toolkit' to manage these. This has been really successful and we look forward to more of these discussions next week and into Term 3.
A big thank you to Arundel Class for all their hard work this week! We have been really busy writing our 'Day in the life of...' diary entries and even read some of them out in class. Miss Sandell has been very impressed with our use of adjectives and fronted adverbials! We look forward to practising and applying these skills further when we have a go at innovating play scripts next week.
In Maths, we have been practising dividing 2-digit numbers by 1-digit using the bus stop method and chunking. This was really tricky but we have found using resources really helpful and we hope to apply some of these skills next week.
We also started to learn some songs that will help us with our times table facts - They are really catchy!
In Science, we had a great time completing our junk model of the digestive system and each created a presentation to share what we have learnt so far this term. We are looking forward to learning all about the different types of teeth next week!
In Inquiry, we have been studying the story of King Arthur and started to plan our very own performance of the story. We have been working as a team to write stage directions and learn lines from a play script. This has been tricky but we have been super resilient!
In RE with Ms McKeever, we have enjoyed learning about faith during the Saxon times, and in PE we learnt even more about balance and completing tricky cartwheels and handstands!
It's been an action-packed week for Arundel Class! We have been busy learning about diary writing and are working towards writing our own 'day in the life of...' diary entry! We have also been busy consolidating our knowledge of apostrophes for possession, contraction and omission, as well as fronted adverbials with Ms Mckeever - phew!
In Maths, we have been working really hard to practise, apply and deepen our understanding of multiplication using the grid method and practical resources. Some of us even got to solve multi-step problems involving adding and multiplying! Next week we will be moving onto division, using practical resources to help us understand the process of sharing. We are looking forward to the challenge!
In Science, we made models of the digestive organs using junk modelling materials - everything from the small intestine to the mouth and stomach! We enjoyed using the iPads to research more about the digestive organs and identifying their function in the body.
As it is Anti-Bullying Week, we used our PSHE lesson to talk about what bullying is and how we can protect ourselves and others. We learnt a lot from this and created our own anti-bullying posters to display in class.
Finally in Inquiry, we have continued to learn about the legend of King Arthur, creating our own puppets and using our skills to describe the characters and their role in the legend. We have really enjoyed this Saxon legend and look forward to learning even more next week.
Have a lovely weekend!
A big thank you to Arundel Class for their hard work this week! We have been busy in English writing a reply to a special letter Arundel received in the post! We enjoyed learning all about the features of formal letters and have been working hard to edit and evaluate these with our peers.
In Drama this week, we have been consolidating our knowledge of the legend of King Arthur through time lines and creating freeze frames to show each section of the story. We even turned the story into a comic strip which we then shared with the class. We look forward to learning even more about this legend next week!
In Maths, we have been looking at multiplication and solving word problems involving 2-digit and 1-digit calculations. This has been tricky but we have enjoyed the challenge!
In Science, we took part in a demonstration of the digestive system process and even got to see what food looks like in the stomach! We then used this information to help us complete a digestive system poster and describe some of the basic functions of these organs.
In Computing with Ms McKeever, we have been working hard on our Scratch programming skills and continued to work on moving sprites in different ways, as well as creating fun knock-knock joke sequences!
We also enjoyed another great session of rhythmic gymnastics where we used special equipment to help us balance and move across the space in different ways. We particularly enjoyed learning how to do teddy rolls and cartwheels, as well as throwing with a straight arm.
Have a great weekend!
Note from Miss Sandell: As we are focusing on developing the children’s times table knowledge, we will now be completing ‘cracking times tables’, where the children are tested on their knowledge for 3 minutes, every Thursday. I have asked the children to practise their 2, 5 and 10x tables for their first test in two weeks’ time. Many thanks for your help with this - practising at home will really help.
Welcome back! It has been a very busy week back after the week's holiday and we have lots of things to share with you!
In English this week, we have been writing recounts of our school holiday and refreshing our skills in spelling, punctuation and grammar. We have been working particularly hard on developing our vocabulary and using punctuation such as ellipsis and brackets in our writing. We even shared our work with each other and read some pieces out that we were really proud of!
In Maths, we have been working really hard to deepen our understanding of time and completed some fun investigations in the 12 and 24 hour clock! Miss Sandell is really pleased with our resilience and we look forward to our multiplication unit next week. We have also started a new unit with Ms McKeever in Shape and Space, looking at 2D shapes and their properties.
In Science, we are super excited about our new unit - Teeth and Digestion! We watched a video describing the processes of the digestive system and learnt some new scientific vocabulary. Did you know that the small intestine is actually bigger than the large intestine?!
In PE, we were really lucky to do some fun rhythmic gymnastics and had a great time trying out new techniques and learning new things.
In Music, we learnt about George Frideric Handel who composed a piece of music about Bonfire Night for King George II! We had a great (and noisy) time composing our own Bonfire Night pieces with lots of different instruments!
Have a great weekend and please stay safe if you are enjoying the fireworks celebrations!
Phew! What an end to Term 1 we have had!
In English, we have been really busy creating our own leaflets advertising a new theme park. We had a great time sharing ideas and designing the layout!
In Maths, we have really perservered with our Time unit. We have been practicing telling the analogue and digital time, as well as using stop watches in the classroom. It's been a challenge but Miss Sandell is really impressed with our resilience!
In Computing, we really enjoyed playing games on Scratch and making our sprites move in different ways.
Also in the afternoons, we have been enjoying watching some videos children have made about Beowulf and Grendel. These have been brilliant and Miss Sandell would like to thank you all for your efforts!
In PE, we enjoyed learning some new coordination games and practicing our throwing and catching skills in rounders.
In Science, we consolidated everything we have done this term by creating some food chain pyramids using our knowledge of food chains and animal habitats. We look forward to our new topic!
Have a great week's holiday.
Note from Miss Sandell: Thank you all for your continued support this term. I have sent home a note in homework books today detailing some changes to homework from next term. If you have any queries about this, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Phew! It has been another busy week in Arundel Class. We have been working hard to write our own versions of the legend of Beowulf in English and Miss Sandell is very proud of us!
"Villian Vicky was destroying the village. People had no toys, no food or drink, no friends. It was like a horrid dream but REAL!" - Emmy
"That night, when everyone was asleep, Grimlock snuck up to the hall... He looked through the window and silently crept through the door..." - Elliot
"Jackster had an iron fist and a flaming iron sword. He crept as silent as a mouse into the dungeon." - Fin
We have also just started a new unit on persuasive writing and have started to look at the different features of persuasive texts. We will then use these to create our own leaflet advertising a new theme park!
In Maths, we have been consolidating our knowledge of subtraction and using dienes to help us. We are really perservering with this and are starting to feel more confident working up to 4-digit numbers. Next week we are looking at telling the time in different contexts.
In Science, we had a great time on our bug hunt around the school field. We found lots of creepy crawlies and even used a magnifying glass to look at them closely! We then used our investigation results to look at how these minibeasts adapt to their environment and local habitat.
In Computing, we have been working really hard with Ms Mckeever using Scratch. We particularly enjoyed programming our sprites to tell a knock-knock joke!
As we go into our final week of Term 1, we are looking forward to our Golden Ticket afternoon and sharing what we have learnt so far in Year 4!
Thank you for your continued support! (Miss Sandell)
We have been working really hard this week and have lots of exciting things to share with you!
In English, we have been adapting the legend of Beowulf and Grendel with our own mythical creatures and settings. Miss Sandell said she will put some of the stories on our blog once they are finished! To help us with structuring the story, we used drama to perform scenes from Beowulf – we particularly enjoyed the fighting scenes!
In Maths, we have been really busy rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000 using drawings and number lines to help us. This has been tricky but we have persevered and shown great resilience!
In Science, we have been carrying on with our Living things and Habitats unit, looking at the local habitat and food chains. We have been learning lots of new scientific terminology such as producer and predator!
In Art, we have been looking at the structure of Saxon houses and even made our own models to take home!
We have also been working on building friendships and understanding what makes a good friend in PSHE. We produced some fabulous posters and we are proud to display them around the classroom.
It’s been another busy week but we look forward to learning even more in the last weeks before the October school holiday (24 to 28 October).
A big thank you to Arundel Class for all their hard work this week! We have been really busy in lots of different subjects.
In English, we have really enjoyed looking at Beowulf, a famous legend that was told in the Saxon times. We produced some brilliant storyboards for the story of Beowulf and Grendel and we can't wait to find out more!
In Maths, we have been working really hard to solve one and two step subtraction word problems, as well as using the column method with not 3 but 4-digit numbers! Miss Sandell is very pleased with our resilience!
Also this week, we have been consolidating our work on grouping animals and looking at habitats. It has been really fun to learn why animals are able to survive in different environments. Did you know that penguins huddle together and have lots of blubber to keep warm in their cold habitat?
We have also been working hard with Ms McKeever in Art, learning about the artist Albrecht Durer and creating some fantastic hand and rabbit drawings.
This week has been super busy and we are looking forward to learning even more!
We've been busy bees in Arundel Class this week!
In English we have used VCOP (vocabulary, connectives, openers and punctuation) to plan and write our newspaper reports. It has been fun to write as if we were living in Saxon times! We are looking forward to writing these up in the style of a newspaper next week.
In Maths, we have been hard at work practising our mental maths skills and using the inverse operation - we are definitely getting there! Next week we are looking forward to learning even more about subtraction and solving some tricky two-step word problems!
We have also had fun learning about Scratch, a computer programme that allows us to practise our animation skills. We have been able to move characters, or spirtes, around the screen and although it has been tricky, we are looking forward to learning even more about it next week.
In Inquiry, we have been super creative in starting to make our puppet theatres out of paper mache and cereal boxes. It was really fun to get 'stuck' in and we can't wait to finish them off next week!
In Science, we have been using flow charts to help us understand how animals are classified into groups and having a go at making our own flowcharts with the information we have learnt. We are looking forward to seeing more of MRS GREN (an acronym often used to help remember all the necessary features of living organisms) and learning about how living things adapt to their environment.
It's been another busy week in Arundel Class!
In Maths, we have continued our unit on place value, using the Base 10 to help us partition and position 4-digit numbers on a number line - phew! Next week we are looking forward to learning how to add and subtract 4-digit numbers using the formal written method.
We have also been super busy in English, learning about the features of newspaper reports. We especially enjoyed filming our very own breaking news videos on iPads and watching them back on Friday! We also learnt about alliteration in headlines and used some super silly tongue twisters to help us! Next week, we are looking forward to creating our own Saxon newspaper front pages.
In Art, we painted the Saxon shields we made out of clay during our WOW day which was really fun!We also wrote our own secret messages in Saxon runes. We had a great time trying to decifer them with Ms Mckeever!
Note from Miss Sandell: Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the 'Back to School' Night on Wednesday. I hope you found this useful and informative.
I would also like to clarify that children should be independently writing comments four times a week in their reading record, although you are of course welcome to make your own comments in their record when you read with your child at home.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
What a busy first week we have had in Arundel Class! It has been great to see everyone after a long summer break and write about all the exciting things we did in a holiday journal.
In Maths this week, we have started our new unit on place value, using lots of different maths equipment to help us!
In Science, we have been looking at Living Things and their Habitats, grouping animals together in a Venn diagram. It was fun to learn about the different ways we can identify a living thing - MRS GREN has helped us lots!
We had a great time in Art this week, drawing the other half of Arundel Castle. We didn't know that there were so many talented artists in Arundel Class!
We also had our WOW Day on Friday, asking the question 'What did the Saxons every do for us?'. We had a brilliant time acting out the story of Hengist and Horsa and even dressed up in armour to do it! Then we made our own Saxon shields which we are looking forward to painting next week.
Note from Miss Sandell: Don't forget we have our Back to School Night on Wednesday 14 September at 6.00 pm. It would be great to see you there!