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).

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.

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

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.

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.

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