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Achieving personal bests

It was great to see the year 4 children working well together and individually today in P.E. They regularly supported each other offering positive feedback and areas to improve, and celebrated each other’s successes.  Every child in the lesson strived to achieve their personal best. This was evident in the javelin throw as their individual cone was going further and further down the hall. I look forward to improved weather conditions to see how far some of our talented children can throw the javelin! We have some expert throwers as the hall was not long enough! The children also shared roles in timekeeping and measuring. iPads were used to offer a visual video form of feedback. The children used this to improve/ change their technique, seeking for improvements. The standing long jump was an excellent example of this as the children found that bending their knees and using their arms effectively made them jump further. It really was an enjoyable lesson and it was great to see everyone working together to achieve. #togetherwebuildunderstanding       It's only fair to...

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Thank you and Happy Holidays

Thank you and Happy Holidays

What a fantastic end to the term with the junior performance of Sleeping Beauty.  The whole of the junior department including pupils and staff really threw themselves into the performance with fantastic results.  The effort and support from parents and carers regarding costumes, learning lines and practising acting skills is  also greatly appreciated.  It was definitely a team effort and all the children really ‘sparkled’.  Undoubtedly,  a proud memorable event of 2016! Thank you and great job to everyone involved both at home and in school. I would like to wish everyone a lovely holiday and hope you have lots of reasons to smile over the festive break.  Take care and I look forward to seeing you all in January Miss Sinclair It's only fair to...

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Scooter fun!

Another fantastic week in year 4 was concluded with a scooter session on Friday afternoon.   “This is the best day ever!” claimed a child as the scooter session was followed by computing. The children are really enjoying working on scratch – designing characters, new backgrounds and programming objects to move and speak. We are looking forward to the progress evenings this week, allowing you to look through the children’s books and the work that they have done this half term!   It's only fair to...

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Welcome Squishy!

Year 4 have a new member in their class! Today, we welcomed a new member to our class. After a class vote, it was decided to name the teddy ‘Squishy’. A child will be selected each week and they will take the teddy home along with a book. I am looking forward to seeing the adventures that Squishy goes on. It is privileged to be a part of our wonderful Year 4 class! Besides this, year 4 have been working incredibly hard again this week solving tricky addition and subtraction problems, researching the Romans, describing characters in their writing, and creating food chains in science, amongst other things. Additionally, year 4 have voted for their school council representatives.  Each child voted for 1 boy and 1 girl after the candidates each gave an excellent speech demonstrating why they would be good at being a school councillor. The results are in but will be revealed next week…   It's only fair to...

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Another busy week in year 4

We have covered a range of topics this week in our learning. In maths we have focused on subtraction. They children have developed their knowledge of what exactly the equals sign means and the term ‘exchanging’. Questions have included 5427- 1672 etc. A question that initially got the children thinking was 20 + 10 = ____ – 10.  A lot of the children make the common misconception of putting the answer of 30, when it should’ve been 40. In literacy, the children have created excellent explanation texts in their writing journals. The children have clearly listened and have produced very good pieces of work. Next, we will be focussing on writing stories with a historical context. These stories should be full of description and dialogue. Other subjects we have covered this week were: producing texture in art, finding out who the Celts were in history, working on dribbling, passing and shooting skills in P.E, programming using scratch in computing, deciding which animals are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores based on their teeth and plenty of guided reading and spelling. The children work hard in every lesson. Please check the Twitter posts for daily updates in our  learning.       It's only fair to...

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A great start to the year for Year 4!

Year 4 have had a brilliant start to the year. They have settled into the routines of the class and are producing work to a high standard. We have a great set of children in this class who listen, work hard, are good friends and enjoy learning. They have been a pleasure to teach. Some of our lessons this half term consist of: Roman Britain in History Learning about the teeth and digestive system in Science. Explanation texts in Literacy Although we have been focussing on place value (ordering numbers, rounding numbers etc.), this question below was a challenge on the homework. It was designed to make the children think about what exactly the graph shows and to make up a story. A great example for an answer was: “A boy dug a hole for 20 minutes to a depth of 40cm because he wanted to put a small plant in it. After that, he had a rest for 10 minutes whilst he ate some lunch. Between 30-35 minutes his dog came along and filled in 10 cm of the hole. The boy realised this and dug the hole back to 40cm. For the next 10 minutes, the plant was put in the hole and the soil was placed back in. The depth of the hole returned to 0cm.”   It's only fair to...

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