This first half term has whizzed past in a flash! Willow class have all settled in really well to life in Year 4 and I'm really looking forward to seeing what our next half term brings.
We have seen some amazing topic homework this term (please check out the Photos section of our class page) so a huge thank you to everyone at home who has helped the children to produce these masterpieces!
The children have also finished their wonderful papier mache mountains - take a look in the Photos section of our class page - I'm sure you agree that their great teamwork has paid off.
We have reintroduced the children to Times Tables Rockstars this week (hopefully you have received a letter with your child's logon details - if not, it will be at the bottom of a school bag!!). If there is the opportunity, we would love for your child to be able to play this at home (there is a link to the website on our Lesson Links section of our class page). This will really help with their rapid recall of times tables. Thank you for your support with this.
We hope you all have a lovely half term break and come back refreshed and ready to learn all about Romans in our next term's topic, I Am Warrior!
The children in Willow class have worked extremely hard on some English and Maths assessments this week. They have performed really well; showing us everything they have learned so far this year - well done!
Next Thursday morning (18/10/18) is Parent Morning. This runs from 8:45 to 9:20. We are looking forward to sharing all our learning that we have done in our Misty Mountains topic with you - from our Maths, English and Topic books to our amazing papier mache mountains that we have finished. We would love to see as many parents as possible come along.
The children have done lots of writing this week, describing mountain characters; the Snow Queen and a Yeti. They included lots of features in their work; fronted adverbials, noun phrases, prepositions and similes. Well done!
In maths, we have been learning all about 2D shapes, categorising them and finding lines of symmetry. We ended the week with coordinates where the children used pirate maps to find and plot coordinates. Arrr me hearties!! Check out our Lesson Links area for some coordinate games.
Our mountains are a lot less sticky this week and looking a lot more mountain-like. We are looking forward to painting them next week in readiness to share on Parent Morning.
This has been a rather 'sticky' week as we have started making our papier mache mountains - take a look in our Class Photos section to see how our magnificent creations are taking shape! The children have worked together fabulously in teams and have enjoyed getting messy hands (although I'm not sure our lovely cleaners have enjoyed the messy tables)!!
Willow class took a wintry walk through the mountains this week to help them create some descriptive writing. The fir trees, ice and snow really helped the children to use all their senses in their writing.
The children have had a special visitor in Willow class this week - Caroline from Anglia Water. She came in to support our learning about the water cycle and teach us how to be 'Water-wise'. Ask your child what that means. The children also made 'sewage soup'! Don't worry, it wasn't as dirty or smelly as it sounds!!
We followed up our visit by writing an explanation text all about the water cycle. It appears we have some experts in our class!
We have also been continuing our topic of Misty Mountains; this week we have used our knowledge of the mountain features to plan our own 3d mountain. We will start making this next week out of papier mache.
What a busy week!
We have been thinking about our British Value of democracy with lots of elections happening this week. The children have voted in their houses for their house captains, and in class we have voted for our school council and class council representatives. We were so lucky that Willow class had such a large number of children who put themselves forward. These children all completed an application form and bravely read it out to the class. A big well done to the children who were elected and to all the children who took part. A bunch of superstars!!
What a great start to a new school year! The children have all settled back into school-life really well and have been working hard in all areas.
We have introduced our topic, Misty Mountains and the children have been creating descriptive phrases in English which we then turned into a poem to describe a mountain (lots of adjectives, similes and even some personification have been used).
We talked about famous mountains and then used some ICT skills to find them on Google Maps and then plot them onto our own map of the world.
In maths, the children have been looking at place value and finding different ways to represent numbers.
A busy start to a busy term!