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.    ...

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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.”...

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Sports Relief 2016

Sports Relief 2016

  On Friday 18th March, each class took part in a sponsored race outside. The children were given a time limit to complete the events as a class. Events included skipping, press ups, hula hooping, bench presses, sit ups and ladder jumps! Music was also played to keep the children motivated. Some children even managed to surprise themselves with just how long they kept going for! It was a great day had by all, including me! The ladies in the office counted up all the money that had been collected over the past few weeks and we managed to raise an impressive £500.72! Thank you so much to everybody who contributed towards this...

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Dance, sports crews and clubs!

Dance, sports crews and clubs!

It has been another eventful and energetic half term for sport at Unsworth! Across each week, every class takes part in 2 x one hour PE sessions. This involves the children taking part in a variety of sporting activities including gymnastics, invasion games and dance. This half term, the focus has been on our dance curriculum within Y3 and Y5 by working alongside two trained dance coaches from Qfirst Sports to help enhance our teaching and learning. The children worked on a variety of coordination activities, balancing techniques and singular dance moves. Over the weeks, the children were taught how to put the separate moves together into a dance sequence. They practised mirroring, keeping in time and exercised every muscle in their body through stretching and movement. From a teacher’s point of view, it enabled me to visualise teaching dance in a different way, either based on the arrangement of the children or time spent on different aspects of dance. It also created many opportunities for dialogue between myself and the coach which informed my assessments. The purpose of having trained coaches in school is firstly for the enhancement of the curriculum for the children so that they have further sporting opportunities that are engaging, energetic and fun, but also to enable class teachers to reflect on their own practice and create vital assessment opportunities. For the past six weeks, YR and Y1 have taken part in a dance club on a Wednesday after school. The coach worked on basic balancing techniques, coordination and rhythm. They also practised mirroring different dance movements and were given the opportunity to take part in a dance circle. After watching various sessions, it was clear to see how the children’s confidence grew from week to week. Some children seemed reluctant to take part in certain aspects of dance, mainly performing for a small audience. By the last week, all children could confidently perform their dance sequence for each other. During play times, I also spotted some of the Y1 children practising their sequences for some of the older children. Great moves! Our Y2 ping pong club, every Thursday with Mrs Darby, has also proved to be a great success! The children have been building the skills needed to play a basic ping pong game such as control and coordination. Mrs Darby will now be inviting Y4 to her ping pong sessions after the half term break. This year, I have started a sports crew with a group of 8 children from Y5 and Y6. We have had a great start! The idea is that the children initiate their own ideas for a sports club aimed at younger children. We discussed as a group an agenda for the upcoming weeks and how we were going to advertise the club. The children created sports crew posters using pic collage and put them up around school. They have also been busy creating certificates and planning fun activities to deliver. The children have now prepared 3 sessions to deliver to their first group of children. Y3 will be the first group to take part, 10 children have shown a keen interest and will join the sports crew on the first Wednesday back after half term. The netball team are an absolute credit to the school! They train...

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A poetic end to the week!

A poetic end to the week!

On Thursday, 6 children from Y3 and Y4 were invited to attend an able writers day at a local school. We were joined by a few other schools in the area, alongside Manchester born poet, Tony Walsh. The day was filled with hands on activities, group discussions and different approaches to teach poetry. The main theme that came through from the day was the importance of children finding their inner creativity and being adventurous with their vocabulary choices. I also enjoyed talking with Tony and the other teachers about their approaches to poetry. On Friday, I gathered a few of the children who attended with me and asked them to capture the day in their own words; We met Tony Walsh, also known as long fella. He taught us about kenning poems and acrostic poems. In the kenning poems we had to write a poem about ourselves but each line had to end in words ending ‘er’. He called us professors of poetry and we had to pretend we were masters at poetry. In the afternoon, we were talking about where poems live and we had to write about three things, stillness, beauty and silence. We even got a photo with Tony. The head master was really nice too. I would love to go again. Thank you Mrs McLaughlin for taking us!- Abigail At the start of the day, Tony asked us to get in height order and birthday order to get our brains working. It was a brilliant day! We met a real poet and he made us think imaginatively! We also learnt about metaphors and how to use them. – Alfie We went out for an able writers day and met children from other schools. We were there for the whole day writing poems with a man named Tony. We started with kenning poems and then moved onto feeling and places. We had to combine the words with each other and switch them over such as the garden of love and the dentist of doom. Some time after, we looked at acrostic poems and had to use our imagination to write our own. We could write silly things too. At the end we wrote a poem about someone we love, I chose my mum....

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Unsworth Investigates

Unsworth Investigates

Well our two week, whole school science enquiry has come to an end and what an end it was!  All of the classes have worked really hard on a variety of different questions ranging such as ‘ what can worms sense?’ and’ which substance is the stickiest?’  There have been lots of scientific activities happening such as exploring, researching, testing, recording, examining, collecting, comparing, observing and concluding to name just a few.  Each class has captured their learning journey over the past two weeks in a short film and today these were shared between all the classes. It was delightful to see that the children were really interested in finding out what their peers had been investigating as well as having fun themselves.  Film clips are coming...

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