With Easter nearly here, it seems like the Spring term has just flown by! The children have worked superbly and are starting to get ready for coming holiday! But that hasn't stopped them being fantastic!
I'd like to start off by saying a big thank you for everyone that made it to Parent's Evening, it was great to catch up and discuss how the children have been getting on. If anyone missed it, please feel free to contact me via Dojo.
The Easter Service rehearsals have been coming on nicely, the children have already practised in church ready for next week. Some superb readings and solos coming up (bring those tissues).
Our fraction work has continued, and my goodness the children are really showing their stuff! From naming fractions to finding fractions of amounts in a matter of days. (Just don't tell them it's division!). In English the play scripts have continued to develop, our research into Robin Hood has paid off, with some of them being able to out-narrate even the Disney films!
Another week and another success!
On Monday we all went on a pilgrimage to Southwell Minster, travelling back in time to explore the history of the Minster, the charities it associates with and even attending "Song School".
Just to keep adding to the fun we had out Jesse Tree RE day on Tuesday, we were given the task of exploring the story of Cain and Abel (the sons of Adam and Eve). Not only were the children able to amend the story to suit a modern day setting, but even set the story as a film trailer! (I will try to upload some!).
Then to Wednesday! Miss Loker kindly offered to teach us all about fractions in a huge Year 4 lesson in the hall, exploring what we already knew and loads of different ways to express fractions!
I can't wait to see how next week ends up!
Isn't 2018 flying by? Already in March!
So much time and so little to do. Wait a minute... Strike that ! Reverse it.
With the snow finally out of the way school-life seems to have quickly settle back into the norm for the champions (if you can call it that). Seeing as we all missed World Book Day we are proud to present St Andrew's Book Day this Friday! We've also finally been able to make some progress with the Easter Service! The children have been given their readings and practising hard ready for the day.
In maths this week we have been focusing on data handling and interpretation (reading graphs). The children have been amazing, turning on their mathematical brains on to see the tricks and hints that all graphs hide.
We've even spent some time this week focusing on those special people in our lives that mean so much to us...
Another week and another 96% for Charlie's Champions! A huge thank you to all of you getting involved, with your continued support hopefully we will hit that magical 100% soon!
In English we have finished our "How to..." instructions, the children have produced some fabulous work, writing a detailed set of instructions on how to trap a dragon! Not only have the children managed to include all the features of the text, but even added their own experience and skills to give it that something special.
In maths we have started looking at division: How to use the bus stop method, as well as how and why the method words. Lots of the children have taken this practise home, I've had so much extra homework to mark this week! Thanks everyone... But seriously the children's attitudes have been exemplary.
Swimming has now come to end for Year 4 this year, so many of the children managed to get their 25m award, swimming a full length of front crawl without stopping!
Thank you for all your hard work! Roll on week 6!
Yet another amazing week from the Champions! From start to finish I've been nothing sort of impressed with the attitudes and effort each and every child has put in.
We all ran our socks off for NSPCC's "Buddy's Big Workout", A HUGE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO SPONSORED A CHILD'S PARTICIPATION!
This week in our English, we have had a focus on ‘Imperative Verbs and Adverbs’. We have linked this closely to the instructions; dragon potions and how to make them. We thought specifically about the most difficult parts and how the language we chose would help or hinder a follower's progress. After looking closely at the way verbs and adverbs could be used in conjunction with one another, we applied these to our own writing. We paired some together physically as well so that we could look at how the verbs and adverbs were different. Following on from this, we then explored how to improve some of our writing.
Check out our fantastic Dragonologists at work!
Did you know that the word dragon comes from "Draconem" in Ancient Latin meaning Sea Serpent? Continuing with our Dragonology topic, we have had a busy week learning lots of new, exciting skills and facts!
As we continue the newspaper report in English, we are looking at more features: From snappy headlines to detailed orientations. Not only this, we have looked at our own writing and are beginning to identify what makes us successful writers in Year 4. Can your child name and explain some of the key features that we look for in our Year 4 work?
Consolidating on new multiplication skills from last week, we have continued with the column method – moving from expanded to compact. We are experts in being able to explain the important top tips to help us successful mathematicians; for example, our place value knowledge has come in really handy.
Good news! Thanks to the hard work of the lower key stage 2 classes, our "visitors" have safely left the area. We were all grateful to be part of such a special event and to have learned so much in such a short space of time. In English the children will be focusing on using this for inspiration.
After the rather frantic events of last week we have managed to settle back down into a more regular routine. Swimming will continue on Mondays - the children have now been grouped and are working hard to improve their technique.
Next week the children will be partaking in a sponsored workout for the NSPCC. Sponsor forms will be coming home if anyone is interested in donating for the event (please ensure children only seek sponsorship from known adults).
The event itself is weather pending, please ensure the children have OUTDOOR PE kit for TUESDAY.
Our week started like any other, the children were excited to be back (more or less), but life is never quite that simple for Charlie's Champions... It all started with a letter...
Not only have we successfully deciphered dragon language but also taken into our care a dragon egg! The mysterious dragon experts Jimmy Firecracker and Dugald Steer have guided us through world geography; plotting dragon sightings, science; profiling dragons by species and artwork; looking at scale drawing and sketching techniques.
Who knows what next week has in store for us!