welcome to class 4
Class Teachers: Mr O'Shaughnessy
Class Support: Mrs Fey
Hello! Welcome to Class 4. We work really hard in Year 4 but we have loads of fun too! Children in Class 4 make lots of decisions, for themselves, about how they learn and what they learn. Hopefully they are inspired to become life long learners.
Summer Term has arrived!
Welcome back and I hope you all had a relaxing and enjoyable two weeks. Our Summer term sees the children explore the key text Beowulf. This unique text enables a fantastic cross-curricular link with the Anglo-Saxon and Viking period within British history, giving context and tangible description of what life was like in the fifth century.Beowulf’s terrifying quest to destroy Grendel, the foul fiend, a hideous sea-hag and a monstrous fire-dragon is the oldest surviving epic in British literature. It is artfully retold and magnificently illustrated and will allow children to let their creative juices flow while appreciating the alliterative language used within this epic narrative poem.
Maths begins to see the children explore decimals, measures and geometry in addition to a continued focus on developing greater depth through regular problem solving activities. Linking our maths activities to our key texts and our history unit on the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings will engage the children and ensure they are able to apply knowledge gained this year.
Daily practice of multiplication tables facts is also very important in year 4 as you're going to need these facts on the tip of your tongue to help you to complete more formal calculations in class. We recommend that you spend 5-10 minutes each morning, possibly after breakfast, practising. There are lots of ways that you can practise: singing, matching cards, writing them down, using a timer to beat your score or using an app on a tablet are all very useful methods. Also, don't forget the catchy songs on Mathletics!
In science, we will be learning all about electricity, creating working circuits using a number of components as well as developing children's understanding of insulators and conductors and how this knowledge is used to create the world around us. We will also be learning all about living things and their habitats making use of our rich and diverse local area to explore habitats and engage in field studies.
In PE, we begin with the invasion game of Lacrosse. Children will be learning how to position their body effectively to receive and pass the ball and learn how to use space to benefit their team. After half term children will then move on to orienteering, using our rich outdoor space as a base to explore and create their own courses. Knowledge of the 8 compass points and key map reading skills will be taught.
Please look at the photos that have been recently uploaded.
If you have purchased a CC logo tracksuit top and bottoms then your child will be able to wear their PE kit underneath this and come to school in their tracksuit. If you do not wish to purchase the tracksuit and bottoms then your child must wear their school uniform to school as usual and keep their PE kits in school.
Day 1 @ Blackwell
What a start to our adventure! On a warm, sunny morning we left Chaddesley on route to Blackwell Adventure. As soon as we arrived we were straight out to our activities. The morning saw us rock climbing and practicing our targets in archery! It was so impressive to see the children working together and supporting each other to do their best. They set their personal goals and achieved them, some going beyond what they thought they could do, especially during the rock climbing.
A short pit-stop for lunch and to unpack and we were off again. This time the groups enjoyed team building activities and the ultimate thrill ride that is the 3G Swing. I have uploaded a couple of classic pictures for the family albums!
After visiting the shop and spending our money, we spent a lovely time around the campfire. We shared stories, riddles and sang lots of interactive songs, including the now famous, ‘Peel The Mango’ (this is not its real title!) Once we had toasted our marshmallows it was time to go back to the manor house. Showers, hot chocolate and a bit more of our class text, ‘Odd And The Frost Giants’. Children are now tucked up in bed getting some well-earned rest ready for another busy day tomorrow.
We woke up to a wet morning, but after a hearty English breakfast the rain clouds disappeared and we launched into our first activities. The tree-trek and multi-scramble were waiting. For the former the children had to climb in amongst the tree tops while navigating across periless rope structures, finishing with a leap of faith off the platform and onto the zip line. Multi-scramble allowed the children to challenge themselves with a vertical obstacle course, hauling themselves up and over a variety of obstacles while relying on their friends to hold the rope! With crate stack and abseiling challenging the children to conquer their fear of heights and develop trust in their friends to keep themselves safe. The evening saw the children enjoy a dip in the heated swimming pool before returning back to the manor house for a hot shower and a well-deserved hot chocolate. Well done everybody! Just because we're going home tomorrow doesn't mean we are winding down. More activities are planned right up until lunchtime so expect some very tired children tomorrow afternoon - see you then!
Homework - We value the work parents do to support their child's work through homework. In Class 4 children should be doing approximately, 15-20 minutes per night. We would expect that between 10 and 15 minutes of this would be spent reading and discussing books with your child. This leaves some time to practice other key skills such as spellings, sentence work or number skills as well as research tasks.
Forest School - Alternative Wednesdays beginning 18th January 2017. Please ensure your child has brought in appropriate clothing for wet and sunny conditions. Please ensure your child has a hat for those lovely sunny days! .
P.E. – Friday afternoons
Big Maths - Friday
Homework will be given on Tuesday and will be returned the following Monday.
Spellings - Tests are every Friday with the following weeks spellings given out on the same day. Spelling games and worksheets can be found within the link below.
Reading - Reading percentages are calculated on a Wednesday. Please ensure diaries are up to date and reading has taken place at home, at least three times each week. In addition, it is an expectation that children bring their reading diaries to school every day so as reading done within school can be recorded and any comments or reminders can be written within them.
Thank you to all of you who have been so supportive in allowing your children to access this excellent resource. As a teacher, the data that I receive is invaluable and allows me to precision teach any weak areas that are highlighted. As discussed at the Inspire Workshop, I will be using the feedback to send home targeted homework tasks. Thank you in advance for your continued support and enthusiasm!
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