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Week 10: 17th November

This week we started our writing focus on a wonderful book: Traction Man!  The children have embraced all the activities that we have been doing in class: hot seating, whole class discussion, examining scenes from the story etc..

On Monday, many of the children brought their favourite toys into school and talked about the adventures that they have shared with them.   We are going to write a recount from the point of view of  Traction Man next week so we have been looking at changing the present tense of verbs into the past tense.

In RE we have been looking at the Annunciation Story through art and the children spent time painting their scenes in water colour and oil pastels.  The children produced some meaningful pictures.

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Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs McNamara

 

 

 

 

 

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Week 9: 10th November

 

Preparing the Altar……

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In RE the children read about Remembrance Sunday and wrote their own prayers for those soldiers who died in the war and one for a member of their own family.  In our class worship, the children shared these prayers with each other.  We revisited what the Eucharist means to us and watched what vestments the priest wears at Mass.  After learning more about the altar, the children had the opportunity to prepare an altar or put the altar away.  I was so impressed by how reverent they were at doing this.

In Maths, we have continued with our work on addition by ‘thinking 100’.  The children have followed the work well and we’ll be doing worded problems on this to ensure that we can apply our understanding.

In PE we have continued with our focus on dribbling.

 

Next week, we are doing a whole school writing focus on a book called ‘Traction Man!’  As part of this weeks homework, the children have been asked to bring in to school on Monday a toy that they play with or have played with and be ready to discuss what adventures they have had with their toy.

Have a lovely weekend.

Remember, if your child has any problems with the homework, we have homework club on Monday at lunch-time.

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Mrs McNamara          Ms Varga

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Welcome back everyone.  We have been hearing about the wonderful things you did over the half-term.

This week in school has seen us learning more about similes and how to use them in our writing; learning more about sound through designing our own musical instruments and how we can alter the pitch to make a higher/lower sound; finding out about and understanding one of the most important times in a Jew’s life: Bar Mitzvahs and Bat Mitzvahs; developing estimation to support calculation and many more areas of the curriculum.

 

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On Wednesday, many of the children from the choir went off to participate in the Barnado’s Concert at the Royal Albert Hall and Sofia was one of our three singers who opened the concert with a performance of One Voice.  It was a lovely evening as I was also able to attend in the evening which made me feel very proud of the all the children  who took part.  Well done to all members of the choir who are from Year 4 and a special well done to Sofia who sang so gracefully.

You have received your home learning for this week.  If you have any queries, please pop in to the Monday  lunchtime club and I will assist you with your queries.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs McNamara     Miss Varga

Home Learning

 

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Week 7: 20th October

The half-term has arrived and this week has been a really busy one with lots of work on our chosen focus country Egypt for One World Week.  It was lovely to see so many of you this morning at our harvest assembly and afterwards in class.

We started the week using picture prompts to help us use description, action, dialogue and rhetorical questions to write some interesting short pieces.  Our Egyptian spellings for the week showed how the children earned stickers by spelling such words as pyramid, hieroglyphics, mummification…!

In Maths we used hieroglyphics to help calculate answers and write our own number sentences.  We baked ‘Cleopatra’s Palace Bread’……..using honey and dried fruit.  Did you sample some when you came today?

The children created their own Egyptian jewellery, created 3D dangling camels, cartoush art and this afternoon had an opportunity to create 3D Egyptian art.

Have a restful half-term.
Miss Varga and Mrs McNamara

 

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Week 6 13th October

This week has been full of more active learning.  The children have been exploring their Science topic on Sound further looking at vibration.  IMG_0212 IMG_0209 - CopyIn guided reading we have been looking at play scripts.  Some groups have been writing their own scripts whilst other groups have been acting out a script.  We have been working hard to ensure that our reading logs are up to date with our own comments about the books that we have been reading.  Keep this up as myself and Miss Varga have been enjoying reading your comments and learning about the characters in the stories you are currently reading.  In RE the children are going to examine more about The Eucharist next week.

Following our guided reading on examining a non-fictional text on Cycling, Jude, Alex, Louise, Taanya, Mia and Toni did their own research on cycling and found out many interesting facts.

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As it is One World Week next week , the children’s homework is to be based on the theme of Egypt.  Remember, homework is to be completed by you and if you need any help, there is homework club is on Monday at lunchtime.

Here are some helpful web links you may wish to use.

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/Egypt.html

https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/primary-resource/ancient-egyptians-primary-resource/

Log onto the British Museum website:

http://www.britishmuseum.org/visiting/galleries.aspx

 

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs McNamara       Miss Varga

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Week 5: 6th October

This week we have been doing a lot of writing….adding a new chapter to our Dilemma story of Lost and Stolen.  Today the children have been doing role play as part of developing the characters within their writing. Also in grammar we looked at the use of direct speech and how to add this to enhance our skills further.

In RE we have been continuing with our focus on Initiation, learning about the importance of Baptism, The Eucharist and Confirmation and what words, actions and symbols are used in these sacraments.

The children also looked at designing a new web page for our school website with the focus on welcoming.  They worked really well and the results were amazing. We hope to show them to Mrs Heymoz next week to ask for her opinion.

The Friday Rosary started today led by our Liturgy Leaders and some of the Y4 children attended it which was lovely to see.

Have a lovely weekend.

Homework Link October 6th Home Learning

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Week 4: 29th September

Another busy week has flown by!

We celebrated Mass with Fr Shaun on Tuesday and the children read the bidding prayers so reverently.  Well done to Samuel, Jude, Mikey, Sofia and Elysia.  On Wednesday evening, many of the children came to celebrate Mass for St Vincent’s de Paul’s Feast Day.  In class, we learnt about St Vincent and the importance of  Matthew 25:35 in his work of charity….’I was hungry and you gave me food.  I was thirsty and you gave me drink.  I was a stranger and you welcomed me.’

The children worked collaboratively and they wrote their own class prayer for our class reflection today:

Dear God our loving Father,

Help us to care for the strangers among us especially those who have special needs.  Please help them in their journey in life.  We want them to come in as our door is always open.

Amen.

Today, we had our class assembly and the children taught the rest of the school the importance of healthy eating in word and song. I was very proud of them as they spoke well and sang beautifully! Thank you to all the parents and friends who came to see them this morning and for assisting them to learn the songs during the week.

The children have come home this afternoon with a homework bag which contains:

  1.  A purple home learning exercise book (this is to be used for any English homework).
  2. A yellow home learning Maths book.
  3. A Year 4 Maths Workout Book (this is not to be written in).
  4. A green spelling log book (children are to practise their weekly spellings in this book using the Look, Say, Cover, Write and Check method).

Click here for the home learning sheet  The children have stuck their home learning sheet into their purple books.

There will be homework club during Monday lunchtime.

 

Have a lovely weekend.

 

Mrs McNamara

 

We’re bananas about bananas!

Our Class Assembly

Our Class Assembly

We LOVE grapes!                                  We LOVE tomatoes!

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Mmmmm....now what shall I put in my sandwich?

Week 3 22nd September

IMG_0080 IMG_0079 - Copy IMG_0075 IMG_0072 IMG_0059 IMG_0062 IMG_0063 IMG_0065 IMG_0077This week in school, we have continued our work in English on Dilemmas, Place Value in Maths and we have begun our Topic Work on the Egyptians.

On Tuesday afternoon, we had a visit from the Warburton’s Team who told us about the history of Warburtons, spoke about healthy eating and we even made our own healthy sandwich!  The goody bags went down a treat with everyone – I do hope that some parents were able to sample the wonderful sandwiches the children made. I even had my own one which Matthew A assisted me with!

This coming week we have our next home learning.  Well done to many of the children who were able to complete the tasks.  Homework club proved so popular that it was held on Monday and Tuesday lunchtime!

The children are encouraged to complete the tasks on their own, asking you for initial concerns.  Please make me aware if your child is struggling with this.

We have our class assembly next Friday.  The children will be learning their part in the assembly.  They will need to learn the songs below.

Please click here for the links to their songs.

Five Portions a Day         click below for Fruit and Vegetable Song

Ice-Cream Once in a While

 

Home Learning Sheet for this week ( home learning 22nd Sept Week 2)

Inventing our own sweets for Willy Wonka!

Week 2: 15th September

Wow!
The week has flown by!
We have had a busy week. School Clubs started this week and the number of our school choir has grown due to the number of Year 4 children who have joined choir this year!
It was lovely to see so many parents at our Meet the Teacher meeting on Monday. The powerpoint used can be obtained by clicking here. Parents-welcome-meeting Y4 2017 Autumn
We have had a busy week, celebrating Roald Dahl’s birthday on Wednesday by inventing our own sweet designs and presenting them to Mr Willy Wonka to persuade him to hire us as his new inventor. The children spoke wonderfully and there were sooo many interesting sweet designs, it was a very difficult choice.

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In English, we are learning about ‘Dilemmas’ from the story of ‘Lost or Stolen?’ and how their own experiences can be linked with other stories.

Home Learning is coming home today and I attach a copy of it here    home learning 15th Sept.
There will be a lunchtime homework club Monday lunchtime.
Have a lovely weekend.
Mrs McNamara

Homework Links:
SPAG.com
Mathletics (see link on right hand side of class blog page above)

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'learning in the Light of Christ'

First week back in Year 4!

It has been a lovely week in Year 4.  The children have been working hard in all areas of their learning.

They have worked with myself, Miss Varga and Mrs Vieyra over the week and have been getting used to their new classroom environment and the Year 4 curriculum.  Two of my special highlights for this week are:

  1.  how the children have become familiar with Newround, taking their knowledge of what is going on in their world today and putting it into their report writing.
  2. how they have used their knowledge of sentence openers to write a descriptive piece of writing!

Here is a sample of some of the wonderful sentences they have been writing:

‘…..so we swam into the deep midnight sea.’ [Owen]

‘Amazingly, the fish formed into a rainbow.’ [Alex]’

‘….we discovered an underwater cave. It was pitch black ……’ [Samuel]

‘Eventually, it was time to go but I will never forget the ocean…’ [Sofia]

We have a ‘Meet the Teacher’ meeting on Monday at 3pm.

We are looking forward to meeting you.

Have a lovely weekend.

Thank you for your continued support.

Mrs McNamara, Miss Varga and Mrs Vieyra

Homework:

Homework will be set next Friday (15th September).

For this weekend I have asked the children to think about the word ‘TOGETHER’.  From our discussion in class I would like your child to brainstorm rules they would like to add to our Classroom Promise which the class will be creating next week.