5th April, 2019

This week we received the Sacrament of Reconciliation from Fr Shaun and Fr Dominic.  The children examined what sin is and wrote beautiful poems around their thoughts.

The children also  entertained us with their wonderful skills of singing, piano and violin in front of an audience of their peers and parents.  This can be such a nervous time for them to share their talents  – it was wonderful to see how much their confidence has grown this term.  Well done children!

Last Friday, the children led the Stations of the Cross at church and I was so pleased to hear that they had read confidently and with reverence.  I enjoyed practising their readings with them and it was lovely to allow them to choose the station they wanted to read about.  Thank you children for giving up your time to come to the service and share your talents.

Home Learning for the Easter holidays is set out below.

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Easter.

 

Mrs McNamara and Ms Varga

 

29th March

This week has been another busy one!

The children have been completing their writing of The Dish and the Spoon and The Masked Cleaning Ladies of Om to add to their writing portfolios.  They have added to their english skills and shown such focus in using the strategies of editing to uplevel their writing.

In Maths we have continued with the formal method of multiplication and applying their skills of calculation in solving problems.  Their topic of fractions has also continued. In Science the children have also used the app of Popplet to aid their work.

In RE, we used the art work of Christopher Gosey, who painted Our Lord’s Entry into Jerusalem, to capture his thoughts on this special event.  RE has a natural open frontier with visual, creative and imaginative learning and Gosey’s painting of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem allowed the children to enjoy it in a spiritual way.

Homework for this weekend is:

SPAG.com, Mathletics and Spellings.

 

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs McNamara and Ms Varga

Zentangle

Year 4 has had another busy week. The children have learnt how to use ‘Book Creator’ to record their ideas, speech and photos. They have used that knowledge to create beautiful documents explaining their understanding of the Stations of the Cross.

In Science, the children have conducted practical investigations about gases. Their favourite was to make gas using water and effervescent tablets and then catch that using a  balloon! The children could see the gas created as their flat balloons suddenly inflated.

The class have also immersed themselves in a new art form, called Zentangle. It uses a particular technique of drawing parallel, straight and curved lines, to fill small pre-designed spaces. The children created beautiful pictures.

The children have had their weekly violin lesson and their repertoire of songs is getting larger over  the weeks.

Finally, on Friday, the class took part in the school’s first Lenten charity event selling and buying toys and books.

Thank you very much for your contributions in supporting the charities we have chosen this Lent.

Have a nice weekend!

 

Science Week in Year 4

Year 4 has had a few busy days. As a launch to our Science Week, the children have researched Fernando Magellan and his cruise around the world, located the Spice islands on a map and then talked about the difficulties of such a journey. Also, they discussed the big question for the week: What would you take with you in a back pack to survive for a week? The children thought of all their needs (air, water, food, shelter and sleep) – it was lovely to hear some of their great survival tips.

On Tuesday, the children researched the timeline of Space Exploration and looked into the future of commercial Space travels as well. Did you know that by 2030, we will be able to send two astronauts to Mars? The journey would take as long as 2 years in space! The class then carried on with creating paper rockets and investigating different designs, launching devices to see which one went further. Our record was 2 metres and 68cm!

On Tuesday morning, we joined with Year 3 to visit Our Lady and St Vincent’s Church to pray the Stations of the Cross. The children  showed great reverence and respect.

On Wednesday, the children  moved onto playing their second full song on the violins and I can happily report that they are getting better at it week by week.

It was lovely to see many of you this morning at the Celebration Morning.  The children worked hard with your support on their Bird Challenge Design and their results were great!

Homework

  • SPAG
  • RE Spelling words:  Passion, Stations of the Cross, ashes, penance, almsgiving, fast, prayer, Last Supper
  • Maths – using the formal method you have been using in class, complete four multiplication sums using 2 digits by 1 digit.    Maths Home: using the formal method homework for 15th March   (click the link )

Have a good weekend.

Ms Varga and Mrs McNamara

 

8th March

This week was another busy week in Year 4.  On Monday, the children discussed their Lenten promises and the importance of praying, fasting and almsgiving.  As we talked about Jesus’ love for us, the children each created a crown of thorns.  It’s a new tradition in which you create a crown (from dough), add thorns (toothpicks), and  remove one thorn each time a good deed is done.

On Wednesday, we joined the rest of Key Stage 2 and celebrated Ash Wednesday Mass , receiving ashes on our forehead.  The children sang beautifully and Jamie and Heather brought up the Offertory gifts.

After swimming on Wednesday afternoon, the class continued with their violin lessons with Mrs Rodgers and their   their plucking skills.  She has commented that the children are focussed and working hard to learn their new instrument.

On Thursday the classroom was buzzing with excitement as the children came dressed up as a wide variety of book characters.  It is so encouraging to see the children taking part in various fun and creative reading and writing opportunities to really promote the importance of reading.  We took part in an online creative workshop about the author Jeff McKinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid.  The children found out about his work and what inspired him to write.  They then went on to writing their own diary extract, making it as funny as they could.  The class giggled many times as they took turns to read aloud their extracts.

The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon

Year 4 has had an exciting start to the new half term by launching into their new English topic based on The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon!  The illustrations and language is quite familiar to them as the book is by Mini Grey, the same author who wrote Traction Man.

The children also had their first violin lesson with Mrs Rogers. They have learnt how to hold the instrument in the rest position and to pluck the strings to create a simple tune.

This week was also the start of Fairtrade fortnight and the class  started to celebrate the people who grow our food, people who live in some of the poorest countries in the world and who are often exploited and badly paid.  This year we are focusing on the people – in particular the women – who grow the cocoa in the chocolate we love so much.  The children wrote fabulous stories based on their lives as a cocoa bean.

Thank you for celebrating the children’s learning this week at our consultations.

Other Faith Week

The children have been learning about Hinduism as part of our whole school focus -‘ Other Faith Week’.   They have completed their own  research about the main pillars of this faith as part of their Home Learning and they have been introduced to Gods and Goddesses through RE.

Today, we  visited the Neasden Temple in North-West London. The children had an opportunity to look around the wonderful Mandir and the Prayer hall. They listened to an introduction about the temple, explored the temple and took part in a prayer service.  They learned about the history of the building itself and viewed the exhibition gallery.

This week, the children have also focused on Internet safety. The children took part in a computing workshop called ‘Game Over’, where through role play and drama they learnt about the risks of online gaming.

Today, a Valentine’s Day disco will crown the week, which judging from the lovely outfits many of year 4 have decided to attend :).

Have a great half-term.

 

Mrs McNamara and Ms Varga

The Sacraments

This week, Year 4 have spent some time focusing on the Sacrament of Reconciliation, one of the seven Sacraments we are learning about this term. They  created  a role play of the Sacrament and reflected on what they  learnt about the role of the priest and the penitent. They also made some beautiful ‘stained glass effect’ artwork to link art with their RE topic.

The children were introduced to Hinduism in preparation for our visit to the Neasden Temple as part of our Other Faith Week.

On Wednesday, the children enjoyed a double swimming session and have learnt two new patterns during their Djembe lesson on Thursday.

Next Thursday at 2.45pm the children would like to invite all parents and carers to their djembe concert led by Caz, their drumming teacher.

Have a lovely weekend.

Ms Varga and Mrs McNamara

 

1st February, 2019

This week the children have been continuing their work on Fractions  and Converting units of Measure through problem solving.

As most of the Year 4 class are part of choir, the classroom was rather empty on Wednesday when the children went off to the O2. For the children who remained, they had a creative RE lesson painting symbols to represent the seven Sacraments using water colours.

The experience of being at the O2 and performing was amazing.  The children were excitedly telling us all about how the sound of thousands of children singing together was a memorable experience.

In English, we have continued to look at fronted adverbials and their use at the beginning of a sentence to describe the action that follows.  They have begun to plan to write a narrative and the ideas have been flowing!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Homework for this week:  Here are two Maths Problems to solve Martin Luther and Safer Internet Day

Spellings ‘ure’ words – spelling test on Monday (4th).

Grammar questions on SPAG.com

 

Pictures of our fun in the snow…great teamwork in making our class snowman!

 

 

Here are some of the wonderful lamps that the children made in class.

25th January, 2019

This week, we have continued with our work on Fractions and Conversion of units (including measures and time).  In RE we have continued with our topic on Sacramental people  We read the story of – Maybe God is like that too by Jennifer Grant and the children wrote about their own experiences in which they have experienced joy, peace, kindness, faithfulness, self-control, patience and gentleness. The children thought about how these experiences enable them to witness God’s presence in the words and actions of others and their own.Image result for maybe god is like that too doorman

We were joined by Henrik, a German exchange student who, over the week assisted the children in class and in the playground with their games. The children wrote special messages to him which they put into a card and presented it to him this afternoon.  Some of the children also spent time today designing and painting porcelain plates with Monika who has been working with groups of children in the school with an art focus.  The children created wonderful designs.

Yesterday, the children met Bishop John Sherrington and learnt more about him through the questions they asked him. It was lovely for the children to meet him and hear about his life as a bishop.  For some of the children, they spoke excitedly about how they had served at mass and held his mitre and crosier.  He spoke about the importance of looking after God’s world  and working for justice.

Homework has been set.  If there are any concerns, please come along to homework club on Monday and Tuesday.

The children also finished their lamp designs: