Friday, 21st January 2022

The children in Year 4 had yet another busy week. In English, they used role play to get into character and based on well-known Roman myths, such as the story of Diana and Orion or Aeneas and Jupiter, wrote diary entries and descriptive paragraphs using figurative language (metaphors, personification and similes). In Maths, the class moved on to converting units of length building on their understanding of how to make whole and decimal numbers 10, 100 times larger and smaller. The children used practical resources like place value sliders, classroom rulers and metre sticks to investigate length.

In Science, the children set up a series of fair tests to investigate the speed different liquids move at. They very much enjoyed this hands on task! They then created a data set of class average and plotted their data on a graph. Really impressive learning!

In History, they used e-books to research continuity in food and nutrition. They wrote in-depth explanations how food and eating changed during the Roman invasion and what similarities and differences they noticed between Celtic and Roman times. The class searched for the presence of God, exploring the meaning of the phrase: ‘Bidden or not bidden, God is present’ in RE, whilst in French they studied the names of basic body parts and sang a French equivalent of ‘Heads, shoulders, knees…’ In computing, they learnt about computing networks. The class also experimented with mosaic designs and started an art project creating a mosaic using paper tiles.

Next Monday, the class will visit the Bhaktivedanta Manor as part of our ‘Other Faith Week’. Just to reiterate some of the information that was sent home earlier this week:

  • Children need to wear their winter school uniform (no PE kits)
  • Girls must wear trousers (this can be their grey school uniform or a dark coloured tracksuit bottom. NO jeans, please)
  • Children will receive a hot meal at lunch time (very mild curry, plain rice, potato chips, orange juice and biscuit. All vegetarian (not vegan) and nut free). Unless the children have particular allergies that the school was notified about, they will eat the meal offered in the lunch hall. Please do not send in home packed lunches, as they are not allowed on site.

I am sure the class will very much enjoy this trip. Over the years, this beautiful place of worship offered a most comprehensive and exciting visit with opportunities to dress up, participate in face painting, visit the stables, etc.

Have a safe and lovely weekend,

Ms Varga

Please your Home Learning below:

Home Learning Due back by Tuesday, 25th January 2022
Spelling Please ,og onto Spelling Frame and practice this week’s spelling before testing yourself on the words.

Spelling Rule 14 – Endings which sound like /ʃən/, spelt –tion, –sion, –ssion, –cian (2 of 2)

https://spellingframe.co.uk/

Reading Please log onto Read Theory and complete 2 activities. Update your reading logs and be ready to present them on Wednesday.

https://readtheory.org/auth/login

 

Multiplication Log onto Maths Chase and spend 15 minutes practicing your mixed multiplication facts.

https://www.mathschase.com/

Study Ladder https://www.studyladder.co.uk/

Please log onto Study Ladder and complete the activities on your assigned pod. All 4 activities are related to measuring length.

Please also see our whole school RE learning for the week:

220121 Whole-school RE learning letter – Hinduism

Friday, 14th January 2022

The children in Year 4 had a busy first full week. In Writing, the class started a new unit of Roman Myths, where we looked at Roman Gods and Goddesses; acting them out, writing a school report about their often naughty behaviour and composing free form poetry to depict their beauty. In Maths, we looked at decimal numbers and using place value sliders, we investigated the effect of multiplying and dividing numbers by 10 and 100.

In Pe, we started our indoor unit of gymnastics and looked at point and patch balances, whilst on Wednesday, we went swimming. I was very impressed with how organised the children were in the Sports Centre! Well done class.

In RE, we looked at a timeline and collected events to match the periods. From the time of Israel, through the time of Jesus, to then take a closer look at the time after Jesus, focusing on ways we can still find him although not seeing him any more. In History, the children looked at continuity again but this time on a much larger scale, thinking about the advantages and disadvantages of the Romans effect on Celtic life. In Science, we started our new topic of States of Matter, during which we identified gas, liquid and solid states whilst grouping substances accordingly.

Thank you for Christoph’s, Christina’s and Ellis’s mummy for offering their kind help to accompany us on the 24th January. I will share further information about the trip closer to the date.

I also wanted to thank all those parents who sent in boxes of tissues since the beginning of the year. Especially at this time of the year, we do go through quite a few boxes, so your help is much appreciated.

Have a lovely and safe weekend,

Ms Varga

Please see your Home Learning below:

Home Learning Due back on Tuesday, 18th January 2022
Spelling Please log onto Spelling Frame and spend time practicing this week’s spelling words, before testing yourself on them.

Spelling Rule 13 – Endings which sound like /ʃən/, spelt –tion, –sion, –ssion, –cian (1 of 2)

https://spellingframe.co.uk/

Reading Please log onto Read Theory and complete 2 tasks. Please also update your reading log and be ready to present them on Wednesday.

https://readtheory.org/auth/login

Multiplication Please log onto Maths Chase and spend 15 minutes practicing your mixed facts.

https://www.mathschase.com/

During our daily practice in class, we hit sub 10 seconds/question this term and children are gaining confidence with both the facts and the speed however it is still essential to continue with the fast recall at home.

Study Ladder Please log onto Study Ladder and complete the assigned activities, based on decimal numbers and multiplication facts.

https://www.studyladder.co.uk/

D&T/Science As a preparation for next term’s DT and Science project where children are going to design and build a functioning bedside lamp with a simple series circuit, please may I ask parents to send in a 2l (sometimes 2.5l) emptied and rinsed plastic bottle with lid and their child’s name on it. Unfortunately, any smaller size won’t be large enough so please only send in the larger bottles.

Coca cola 2.5l Any curved or other design will make it harder for the children to use as they will have to cut and re-assemble parts of the bottle to create a base shell for their projects.

It would be much appreciated if all children would have their bottles in by the 25th January, Tuesday.

Thank you for your support with this.

 

Friday, 7th January 2022

Happy New Year and Happy Epiphany to all!

It has been lovely welcoming back the children after their Christmas holidays and seeing how well rested and content they are. They all told me lovely things about their break and showed gratitude towards every present or experience they have received.

We focused on the Feast of the Epiphany in these short two days with a class Act of Worship and a Key Stage Mass on Thursday. The children completed learning on the symbolic meaning of the gifts baby Jesus received from the Three Wise Men, whilst they applied their art skills when they created a collage piece based on the Epiphany. They also reflected on the gifts they can bring to the new year and offered a gift themselves to someone in their community wrapped in a handmade Epiphany box. We also blessed our classroom by following a long standing Catholic Tradition where we marked our classroom door with the letters and numbers 20+C+M+B+22 referring to the names of the 3 Wise Men and the new year. By doing this we invited Jesus to be a daily guest in our class and to be with us in our comings and goings, our conversations, our work and play, our joys and sorrows.

General information:

The children will start swimming this term on Wednesdays. Swimming counts as one of the children’s PE lesson. On Wednesdays (starting from next week, 12.1.2022) the children will need to come in their full (warm) PE uniform. As of their swimming outfits, we have 2 procedures in practice in school. Some children (especially boys) might decide to wear their swimming shorts underneath their PE kit and have the rest of their kit (towels, etc) in a clearly labelled bag ready to take it down to the pool. Another practice is to have their kits in school and use the lunchtime break to get changed in the allocated toilets, where we can ensure separation and privacy. All children must be changed into their swimming kits before leaving the school, ensuring a more swift access to the lesson. After their swimming session, the children will have access to a quick shower and then get changed back into their PE uniform in the allocated changing rooms.

Any questions regarding swimming, please feel free to contact me.

Later this term, on 24th January (Monday) we will take part in a class trip to visit the Bhaktivedanta Manor as part of our Other Faith Week. I am looking for three parent helpers to accompany us and help the class as during the trip smaller group activities are organised for us. If you are able to support, please let me know. Many thanks in advance.

Have a nice and safe weekend,

Ms Varga

P.S.: Thank you so much for your very kind and generous gift at the end of last term. I really appreciate your warm gesture.

Friday, 17th December 2021

We had a fantastic last few days in Year 4 this week, with practical activities such as finishing our design and technology mechanism cards or turning ourselves into Elves using collage technique. They had a lovely Christmas lunch on Wednesday and a Christmassy Karate lesson Thursday afternoon.

In Maths, the children applied their formal addition and subtraction knowledge in problem solving tasks whilst in English, they used Christmas adverts as inspiration to apply their writing tricks. In Science, they completed their unit of Sound with lots of practical investigations about volume, frequency and pitch, whilst in RE we looked at today’s Christmas customs and how they reflect on the incarnation.

I want to use this opportunity to thank the children for their hard work this term; I cannot be more proud of my class and their achievements. I am also grateful for the continued support of you, dear parents, and your commitment to help your children in their learning.

I wish you all a safe, healthy and blessed Christmas holiday and look forward to seeing you back in the New Year!

Ms Varga

Home Learning:

Please could you save any Christmas cards depicting Mary and Jesus on the front, and bring them in after the holidays.

Please continue reading whenever you can and update your reading log.

Friday, 10th December 2021

The children in Year 4 this week, lit the second candle on their Advent Wreath and carried on reflecting on their Advent Promises and their journey, bettering themselves, until Christmas arrives.

After several practices and walks to the church, they performed beautifully during Wednesday’s Advent Service. I am very proud of them; I though every reading, action and song was clear and well expressed. They all took their roles seriously and put a lot of effort into delivering those. The Service was therefore heart warming, a true ‘preparation’ for the coming of Jesus.

In Maths this week, the children began to work on their column subtraction both with and without decomposition. In RE, they looked at ways St Luke uses specific words to show his belief in the incarnation. In History, they thought about continuation and change with regards to housing in the Roman occupied Britain.

The children also made decorations to further enhance the classroom’s already cheerful atmosphere and then of course enjoyed a fantastic party day today, with a visit from Father Christmas, party food and games in the classroom.

Have a lovely and safe weekend,

Ms Varga

Your Home Learning this week:

Spelling Please spend some time practicing this week’s spelling words, before testing yourself on them.

Spelling Rule 11 – The suffix –ous (1 of 2)

https://spellingframe.co.uk/

Reading Please log onto ReadTheory and complete 2 activities. Please also update your reading record logs and be prepared to present them on Wednesday.

https://readtheory.org/auth/login

Multiplication Please log onto Maths Chase and spend some time practicing your mixed multiplication.

https://www.mathschase.com/

Maths This week, the children looked at column subtraction. Please see the attached sheet, which shows how we would approach this method using manipulatives such as place value counters or dienes equipment to show the movement of values within the process. It also shows you how we would put the method into different contexts such as worded problems or reasoning.

Use the sheet as a form of consolidation of 4 digit subtraction that does not involve exchange. This is for your own use, I am not expecting them back into class, however if completed, I am happy to record their efforts in their Maths Books.

4 digit column subtraction without exchange

Science Thank you for those of you who sent in your musical instrument already. Just a reminder that the deadline is Monday, 13th December 2021.

Friday, 3rd December 2021

The children in year 4 were busy practicing for their Advent Service this week. We walked down to the church to practice our readings and acting, whilst in class, we sang our songs ready for next week Wednesday.

In RE, we looked at St Luke’s Nativity and came up with definitions for the different titles he used to tell us about Jesus, such as Messiah, Saviour, Lord, etc. The children then wrote beautiful acrostic poems using some of our collective ideas.

The children also finished their ‘Place Between’ narrative applying all the learning from before, such as fronted adverbials, subordinating conjunctions, inverted commas for speech and noun phrases for description. I was very impressed with their stories. Well done!

In Maths, the class further consolidated their understanding of the column addition by looking at missing number sentences and working on reasoning.

In karate, they have learnt evasive moves for blocking whilst in rugby we played simple attacking games in smaller teams.

We also started decorating our classroom for Christmas, creating chains and other hanging paper decorations. It is looking festive already!

Have a lovely and safe weekend,

Ms Varga

Your Home Learning this week:

Spelling Please log onto spelling frame and practice this week’s spelling words before testing yourself on them.

Spelling Rule 10 – Endings which sound like /ʒən/ (e.g. erosion, pension… etc.)

https://spellingframe.co.uk/

Multiplication https://www.mathschase.com/

Spend some time practicing your mixed multiplications.

Reading Please update your reading logs as you continue to read at home and be ready to present them on Wednesday.
Songs Please carry on practicing our songs for next week’s Advent Service.
Science Thank you for all of you, who have brought in your musical instruments. They look fabulous. You still have some time left to complete this assignment.

 

Friday, 26th November 2021

The children in Year 4 had a really busy week. In Maths, they have moved on to formal written methods for addition and subtraction, whilst in English, they further consolidated their understanding of speech punctuation and learnt about the use of prepositions. Next week, they are going to plan and later write their first big story based on the lovely artwork they completed as their Home Learning, describing their ‘Place Between’.

In Science, they learnt about what sound is and how it travels through different media to reach the ear. They carried out several practical enquiries like talking through balloons or listening to the sound of tuning forks as well as putting them in water or using them with table tennis balls to make vibration visible. The children really enjoyed these investigations and created some excellent diagrams about their observations.

In D&T, the class moved on to their third prototype, the ‘moving dragon’. They are getting better each time at measuring accurately, making design decisions or evaluating and changing their mechanisms. Can’t wait for their final project.

In RE, they looked at Luke’s Nativity in depth and written fact files about it, whilst in karate they moved on to punches. In History they started looking at the reasons behind the Roman invasion of Britain using iPads for research.

The children also wrote their Advent promises and displayed them in the hall during a special Advent assembly, beyond receiving parts for the upcoming Ks2 Advent Service. We will be walking down to the church next week to practice our part as well as going through our new hymns. So far, beautiful singing therefore I am sure the service will be wonderful.

Have a lovely and safe weekend,

Ms Varga

Your Home Learning this week :

Spelling Please log onto Spelling Frame and spend some time practicing this week’s spelling words before you test yourself on them.

Spelling Rule 9 – Words with endings sounding like /ʒə/ or /tʃə/ (e.g. adventure, creature… etc.)

https://spellingframe.co.uk/

Multiplication Please log onto Maths Chase and spend some time practicing your mixed multiplication facts.

https://www.mathschase.com/

Reading Please carry on reading over the weekend, and make sure you update your log with relevant details about the books you are reading. Please be prepared to present your reading records on Wednesday.
Advent Service Please practice reading your lines over the weekend, thinking about expression and pace. Also start learning your lyrics for the new hymns as we will have separate hymn practices as well.
Science Just a reminder that you still have approximately 2 weeks to complete your musical instruments for your Science lesson. Thank you for those of you, who already brought them in.

Friday, 19th November 2021

This week in Year 4, the children spent time revising their knowledge of the use of speech punctuation in English, whilst in Maths, they have learnt a new mental strategy for addition called the equal sum or rebalancing. In Science, they have used their understanding of how far sound spreads and thought about volume in order to use the school’s floor plan and decide where to put fire alarms to ensure,  that in case of an emergency, everyone can hear them. In RE, the children designed a Liturgy of the Word based on the second Advent reading  and later put some of the Gospels into a historical context linking their two subject areas. In Design and Technology, the class designed and built their second prototype, now using two levers and four linkages to create a mechanism. Very well done!

During the week, the children also had a special focus on anti-bullying, being National Anti-bullying Week. Following on from their workshop from last week, they further distinguished between conflict and bullying, they evaluated given scenarios and came up with strategies to solve them. They also applied this year’s theme, ‘One Kind Word’ when they created ‘Kindness Booklets’ to give to each other in class, celebrating each other’s gifts, talents and uniqueness. The children really enjoyed this activity and it was heartwarming to see how much they appreciate one another other and their class community. I couldn’t be more proud of them.

On Wednesday, in Karate, Sensei Michael thought three blocking techniques to the children who then practiced those in pairs. Well done!

Also well done for the members of our Tuesday Sewing Club, who finished their first full project of creating their very own bookmarks. Beautiful work everyone!

I wish you all a restful and safe weekend,

Ms Varga

Please see your Home Learning below:

Home Learning Due by Tuesday, 23rd November 2021
Spelling Please use your personal log in details to practice this week’s spelling words before testing yourselves on them.

Spelling rule 8, the suffix-ly

https://spellingframe.co.uk/

Well done for Nikola, Siena and Christoph who are at the top of the leaderboard 🙂

 

Reading Please log onto Read Theory and complete 2 tasks. Please also update your reading log and be ready to present them on Wednesday morning in class.

https://readtheory.org/auth/login

Multiplication Thi9s week as an alternative to ‘Hit the Button’, I would like the children to try out another online resource, called ‘Maths Chase’.

https://www.mathschase.com/

It is a free website and does not need login details. Depending on their existing knowledge, the children can set specific tables to practice or can practice their facts mixed, up to 12×12. They can increase the challenge by setting themselves a ‘chaser’ or just start first completing the questions and up the level later. They can also choose their characters and the number of points, they can gain. The website also enables other procedures to practice, such as addition and subtraction, which are also beneficial to maintain fluency, however it is important to keep in mind, that we as a school follow specific strategies for both of those that are not necessarily included on this platform. You can also further challenge yourself by practicing not only your multiplication facts but the corresponding division facts. Have fun!

Science project This term, the children are learning about sound in Science. In order to carry out a practical enquiry in class, I would like the children (in the next 3 weeks) to design and make an instrument using, if possible, recycled materials. The instrument needs to make at least 2 different tones. Here are some possible examples:

Please be ready to present your instrument on Monday, 13th December 2021.

Friday, 12th November 2021

The children in Year 4 had a really busy week, with lots of practical activities.

On Monday, the class participated in an anti-bullying workshop as a lead up to next week’s Anti-bullying week. During their workshop, the children learnt about bullying and understood the difference between 1 isolated, unkind incident and something that would happen intentionally, over a period of time. They also learnt about ‘power imbalance’ as a new terminology and used freeze frames and acting to work on solving different scenarios. Very mature and responsible answers from everyone!

Throughout the week, the children also participated in ‘Maths Week England’, solving Maths Mysteries such as the Bullion Heist and also competing in the Maths World Cup against other schools and classes nationwide. Well done, fantastic work on your multiplication facts!

On Wednesday, the children had the amazing opportunity to work with Sensei Michael. Throughout this half term, they will learn basic karate skills like stances, kicks and punches, in a safe, non-contact environment every week.

In RE, they have carried on their Advent learning focusing on Luke as a Gospel writer and the most important Sunday readings. In Science, they started their new unit, Sound whilst in History, they put the Roman invasion of Britain in context when looking at timelines and events happening around the world in that time.

Thank you for sending in some cardboard, we now have enough to finish our project prototypes. The children completed their first prototype this week, called the ‘waving hand’ and had great fun designing their mechanisms.

Please remember to send in one white item for our class hamper! Thank you.

Have a lovely and safe weekend,

Ms Varga

Please see below your Home Learning:

Home Learning Due by Tuesday, 16th November 2021
Spelling Please log onto Spelling Frame, using your individual passwords and complete the practice tasks and test for Spelling Rule 7 (the suffix-ation).

https://spellingframe.co.uk/

Well done for Nikola, who is now leading the leaderboard! 🙂

Reading Please log onto Read Theory and complete 2 tasks. Please update your leading logs and be ready to present them on Wednesday.

https://readtheory.org/auth/login

Multiplication Please log onto ‘Hit the button’ and spend 10-15 minutes on practicing your mixed multiplication facts.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

English The children are currently working on a narrative unit based on Angela McAllister’s book, Leon and the Place Between. I included a video link, if you wish to listen to the story at home.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpjAtvxA3xE

This week, I would like the children to create a plan for their final writing piece in about a week’s time.

They need to think (and probably talk to an adult) about their own idea for a ‘Place Between’ using their imagination. How would it look like? How would it smell like? What would they see there? What would they hear? Could they taste anything in their magical world? Who would be  one suitable character to meet there?

This is a very personal ‘Place Between’. As I explained it in class, for some, it might be a happy place, with bright light and a rainbow. With trees that look like candy floss and unicorns jumping from one fluffy cloud to another.

For some children, it might be magical, a bit like the world of Harry Potter. They might see magical animals, and potions floating in the air. They might see sparks from spells, capes turning and twisting. Maybe brooms flying by, etc.

For other children, it might be a bit more mysterious. Shadows and whispers filling a dark, candle lit hall. Maybe ghosts of magicians from the past floating by. Forgotten tricks stuck in their universe.

The only limitation I need to set is that their plan cannot include computer game images or existing themes like Pokemon, Minions, etc. It needs to be the children’s own idea building on their interests. They are also only allowed to meet with one character.

Please can you create an A4 poster, where you draw a picture of your ‘Place Between’ and add key words or phrases to describe the sights, sounds, tastes, feelings. Also include and clearly name the character, who you are going to meet there. DO NOT WRITE A STORY PLEASE! This is just a plan, that we are going to build on and add to it. I only need key words or phrases! Please be ready to present your poster on Tuesday.

Planning ahead will give the children a very clear, solid base to build upon when we get to our final writing stage, therefore the children will be able to focus on sentence structure and vocabulary and work on their specific targets.

Friday, 5th November 2021

This week in Year 4, the children published their persuasive travel brochures which went on display in the classroom and started their next English unit, a narrative, based on Angela McAllister’s book, ‘Leon and the Place Between’. They liked the story, which is set in a circus and includes all sorts of dark and mysterious magic.

In Maths, the class moved onto addition and subtraction. We will spend the next week going through all the strategies learnt for mental calculations in the previous years before moving onto formal written calculations (column addition and subtraction with/without exchanging).

We also launched our first design and technology unit for the year, which is moving mechanisms-levers and linkages. Please may I ask if you have any cardboard boxes from packaging (amazon deliveries, cereal boxes, etc), please would you be so kind to send them in, as the children will go through a lot of card to make their mechanism prototypes before designing and creating their final product.

The children started their new Topic unit as well, which this term will focus on an ancient civilisation- The Roman invasion of Britain. They designed their own games in PE whilst writing beautiful remembrance prayers and decorated poppies to create our new RE display.

Thank you for those of you, who already sent in items for the Christmas hamper. Our class colour is white this year.

Have a restful and safe weekend,

Ms Varga

Please see your Home Learning below:

Home Learning Due in by Tuesday, 9th November 2021
Spelling I have created individual accounts for all children to access Spellingframe in the future.

Please click here to see your individual login details, then access this week’s spelling list and spend some time to practice them before you test yourself on them.

https://spellingframe.co.uk/spelling-rule/59/6-More-prefixes-3-of-3

(Please let me know if you have any technical issues)

Reading Please log onto Read Theory and complete 2 activities. Please also update your reading logs and be prepared to present them on Wednesday, next week.

https://readtheory.org/

Multiplication Please log onto ‘Hit the button’ and spend 10-15 minutes practicing your multiplication facts.

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

Study Ladder Please log onto Study Ladder and complete the activities in your assigned pod.

They are all consolidating, 2 and 3 digit mental addition strategies. Please remember what we have covered in class. Which method would be the most efficient to use:

  1. Counting on and back (149+4=)
  2. Place Value (70+40+20=)
  3. Finding complements/ number bonds (12+28)
  4. Doubles, near doubles (£0.99+£0.99)
  5. Regrouping/Think10, 100 (134+79)

https://www.studyladder.co.uk/