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What we are learning this week:

 

Spring 1, Week 1

Maths:

In Maths this week, we have been learning about the 7 times table, and looking for patterns that can help us remember.

English:

In English this week, we have been reading and writing poetry, focusing on similes, metaphors and powerful vocabulary.

In Guided Reading, we have started reading the book ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’ by Onjali Q. Raúf.

Geography:

In Geography this week we have been learning about our social responsibility to conserve water. Children have discussed why it is important to conserve water, and looked at methods of doing this. They even invented their own device to conserve and monitor water usage at home.

French:

This week in French we are learning how to ask and answer questions about birthdays. For this, we are recapping last terms learning on numbers and months of the year, and learning how to say 'When is your birthday?' and 'My birthday is on...'

PE:

This term in PE we are doing dance and handball.

At home you can:

  • Support children with their homework tasks
  • Read daily with your child – including their school reading book and a variety of texts you may have at home
  • Practice times tables
  • Practice typing on BBC Dancemat typing

 

Previous Weeks' Learning

Autumn 2, Week 7

Maths:

In maths this week we have continued our focus on times tables – especially 3, 6 and 9. We are making sure that we understand the times tables, looked at different ways of representing them and then applying this knowledge. There have also been a range of challenge questions to really get us thinking.

English:

In English this week, we published our newspaper reports on an incident that took place with Beowulf. Come classes have made a display of them, some classes have make a class newspaper ‘book’.

History:

In History we found about religion during Anglo-Saxon times. We learnt that most Anglo-Saxons were pagans who converted to Christianity. We found out about Hadrian, a North African Abbot, who settled in Canterbury and was instrumental in setting up an important school and introducing music to church services.

Science:

In Science, we investigated food chains and food webs.

PE:

During PE this half term we are exploring gymnastics and dance. In dance, the children have enjoyed being a James Bond type character!

RE:

In RE the children found out about Yom Kippur and the importance of repentance and forgiveness during this time.

Art:

In Art this week looked at a variety of illustrations in Michael Morpurgo’s Beowulf. The children then drew their own sketches.

PHSE:

In PSHE over the next couple of weeks we are focusing on disability. We discussed what disability means and different forms of disability.

At home you can:

  • Read daily with your child – including their school reading book and a variety of texts you may have at home
  • Practice times tables
  • Practice typing on BBC Dancemat typing

 


Autumn 2, Week 6

Maths:

In maths this week we have continued our focus on times tables – especially 3, 6 and 9. We are making sure that we understand the times tables, looked at different ways of representing them and then applying this knowledge. There have also been a range of challenge questions to really get us thinking.

English:

In English this week, we written newspaper articles about the events in Beowulf – next week we will be publishing them.

History:

In History we found out about the influence the Anglo-Saxons have had on the English language, especially place names.

Science:

In Science, we had great fun finding out about our digestive systems. We even took part in an activity see what actually happens!

PE:

During PE this half term we are exploring gymnastics and dance. In dance, the children have enjoyed being a James Bond type character!

French:

In French, we are learning the months of the year. We have been practicing these in many ways including writing, saying and singing.

RE:

In RE the children found out that Rosh Hashanah celebrates Jewish New Year.

Art:

In Art this week we have been using our sketching skills to draw our faces in profile and then turned ourselves into Anglo-Saxon kings/queens.

PHSE:

In PSHE over the next couple of weeks we are focusing on disability. We discussed what disability means and different forms of disability.

At home you can:

  • Read daily with your child – including their school reading book and a variety of texts you may have at home
  • Practice times tables
  • Practice typing on BBC Dancemat typing

Autumn 2, Week 5

Maths:

In maths this week we have continued our focus on times tables – especially 3 and 6. We are making sure that we understand the times tables, looked at different ways of representing them and then applying this knowledge. There have also been a range of challenge questions to really get us thinking.

English:

In English this week, we have worked in groups to write a playscript and perform our own endings to Beowulf – as puppet theatres.

 

History:

In History we found out about life in Anglo-Saxon villages. We researched: food, houses, children, jobs, clothes and leisure. The children enjoyed feeding their research back to the rest of the class.

Science:

In Science, we conducted a fair test into the effects of different food/drinks on our teeth (using egg shells).

     

PE:

During PE this half term we are exploring gymnastics and dance. In dance, the children have enjoyed being a James Bond type character!

French:

In French, we are learning the months of the year. We have been practicing these in many ways including writing, saying and singing.

RE:

In RE the children found out that Rosh Hashanah celebrates Jewish New Year.

Art:

In Art this week we have been using our sketching skills to draw a still life.

PHSE:

In PSHE over the next couple of weeks we are focusing on disability. We discussed what disability means and different forms of disability. This week we have looked at not making assumptions about people with disabilities.

At home you can:

  • Read daily with your child – including their school reading book and a variety of texts you may have at home
  • Practice times tables
  • Practice typing on BBC Dancemat typing

 


Autumn 2, Week 4

Maths:

In maths this week we have been focusing on our times tables – especially 3 and 6. We are making sure that we understand the times tables, looked at different ways of representing them and then applying this knowledge. There have also been a range of challenge questions to really get us thinking.

English:

In English this week, we have worked in groups to predict what we think will happen next in Beowulf and how the story will end. Will Beowulf succeed in defeating Grendal? Next week we will be devising a playscript of the rest of the story, so we have also looked at playscripts and had go at acting them out.

History:

In History we found out about Sutton Hoo and what an important discover it was. We looked at the artefacts found worked out what they were and what they might tell us about Anglo-Saxons.

Science:

In Science, we had great fun looking at our teeth and the importance of brushing them well. We then got to use disclosing tablets so we could see if there was plaque on our teeth. We now know the areas to focus on when we brush our teeth.

PE:

During PE this half term we are exploring gymnastics and dance. In dance, the children have enjoyed being a James Bond type character!

French:

In French, we are learning the months of the year. We have been practicing these in many ways including writing, saying and singing.

RE:

In RE the children found out Sukkot a Jewish harvest festival.

PHSE:

In PSHE over the next couple of weeks we are focusing on disability. We discussed what disability means and  different forms of disability. We then read the story ‘The Boy who grew flowers’, which prompted some interesting discussions about disability and who we treat people with disabilities.

 

At home you can:

  • Read daily with your child – including their school reading book and a variety of texts you may have at home
  • Practice times tables
  • Practice typing on BBC Dancemat typing

Autumn 2, Week 3

Maths:

In maths this week, we have continued our work on perimeter. We have found the perimeter of non rectangular shapes, found the length of missing sides and applied our knowledge to solve a range of problems.

English: 

In English this week, we have been getting creative! In preparation for our writing, and to really immerse ourselves in the Beowolf story, we have created a map of the Beowolf’s journey and make boats.

History:

In History we found out about the reasons why tribes moved to Britain looking at the push and pull factors. We also took part in a simulation game to experience the different events/people they might have experienced when they landed here.

  

 

 

 

 

Science:

In Science, we have explored the structure of our teeth.

PE:

During PE this half term we are exploring gymnastics and dance. In dance, the children have enjoyed being a James Bond type character!

French:

In French, we are learning the months of the year. We have been practicing these in many ways including writing, saying and singing.

RE:

In RE the children found out about Passover and the importance of the Sedar plate.

This week is Anti-Bullying week so in PSHE re have recapped what bullying is. We have looked at the difference between bully and other types of mean behaviour. We also discussed how we all have a part to play in ensure there is no bullying in our school by being ‘upstanders’ and reporting any incidents to adults.

At home you can:

  • Read daily with your child – including their school reading book and a variety of texts you may have at home
  • Practice times tables
  • Practice typing on BBC Dancemat typing

Autumn 2, Week 2

This week we introduced our new topic with an Anglo-Saxon topic day. It was great seeing so many children dressed up as Anglo-Saxons and immersing themselves in this period of history. The children took part in four workshops:

Singing – songs about the Anglo-Saxons

Art – drawing an Anglo-Saxon artefact

Art – making an Anglo-Saxon brooch

Now Press Play – the children wear head phones and take part in an immersive Anglo-Saxon experience.

 

 

 

     

 

Maths

In maths this week, we have been looking at measure and how convert between different units of length: mm, cm, m, km

English: 

In English, we have continued our work on Beowulf using the Michael Morpurgo version. We have focussed on connections and possessive pronouns. We have then used the text as inspiration to write a diary and a letter.

Science:

In Science, the children enjoyed finding out about teeth. We looked closely at our teeth in the mirror and explored how our teeth cut and chew our food – using fruit and different shaped tools to explore practically.

PE:

During PE this half term we are exploring gymnastics and dance. In dance, the children have enjoyed being a James Bond type character!

French:

In French, we are learning the months of the year. We have been practicing these in many ways including writing, saying and singing.

RE:

In RE the children found out about the importance of Bar/Bat Mitzvah to a Jewish child.

At home you can:

  • Read daily with your child – including their school reading book and a variety of texts you may have at home
  • Practice times tables
  • Practice typing on BBC Dancemat typing

Autumn 2, Week 1

Maths:

In maths this week, we have been looking at efficient strategies for addition and subtraction. We have looked at when it is best to use column methods or if it would be easier/quicker to use mental methods.

English: 

In English, we have started our work on Beowulf using the Michael Morpurgo version. To get into the story we have drawn pictures and engaged with some hot seating of one of the main characters King Hrathgar.  We’ve then used the text to develop our descriptive writing.

Science:

In Science, we have started our unit on Human including animals. This week we looked at grouping animals as carnivores, omnivores and herbivores. We were very impressed with the children’s knowledge of a range of animals.

PE:

During PE this half term we are exploring gymnastics and dance. In dance, the children have enjoyed being a James Bond type character!

French:

In French, we are learning the months of the year. We have been practicing these in many ways including writing, saying and singing.

In the children looked at times in their life that are important to them and the events that they celebrate in their family. This will then link to Jewish celebrations in subsequent weeks.

At home you can:

  • Read daily with your child – including their school reading book and a variety of texts you may have at home
  • Practice times tables
  • Practice typing on BBC Dancemat typing

 


Autumn 1, Week 7

Maths:

In maths this week, we have been rounding 4 digit numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000.

English:

In English, we have been writing our own version of the second half of our class text. We have written a beginning, problem and resolution. We have included description of characters and setting and included direct speech. We edited and improved our stories and published them for a class book.

DT:

In DT, we put together our nightlights. We attached our switch to the electrical circuit and lit up our own nightlights.

         

PE:

During PE this half term we are exploring gymnastics and hockey.

Computing:

In computing, we are improving our knowledge and skills of using Scratch – a coding program.

Topic:

In topic, we are continuing our learning of rivers in Sussex. We have been learning about the water cycle and why settlements are located close to rivers. We have made our own maps of a settlement with map symbols.

French:

In French, we are continuing to learn numbers from 0-30. We have been practicing these in many ways including writing, saying and singing.

At home you can:

  • Read daily with your child – including their school reading book and a variety of texts you may have at home
  • Practice times tables
  • Practice typing on BBC Dancemat typing
  • We introduced home learning books last week which will be due in on Wednesdays.
 

Autumn 1, Week 6

Maths: 

This week, we have been composing and decomposing 4 digit numbers. We have explored place value of 4 digit numbers, ordered them in ascending and descending order and began to round them to the nearest ten.

English:

In English, we have been learning how to punctuate direct speech correctly. We have continued to read our class text ‘The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane’ and wrote out a conversation between the characters with punctuated speech. Towards the end of the week we planned our own version of the ending of the story and next we will write this.

DT:

In DT, we have been making our nightlights. Next week we will make our switch and insert our electrical circuit with a bulb.

       

 

PE:

During PE this half term we are exploring gymnastics and hockey.

Computing:

In computing, we are improving our knowledge and skills of using Scratch – a coding program.

Topic:

In topic, we are continuing our learning of rivers in Sussex. We have been learning about human and physical features of Sussex. We sorted well known spots including the Marina, beach, city, South Downs and highlighted human physical geography on a map of Shoreham.

French:

In French, we are continuing to learn numbers from 0-30. We have been practicing these in many ways including writing, saying and singing.

At home you can:

  • Read daily with your child – including their school reading book and a variety of texts you may have at home
  • Practice times tables
  • Practice typing on BBC Dancemat typing
  • We introduced home learning books last week which will be due in on Wednesdays.

Autumn 1, Week 5

Maths:

In maths this week, we have been learning how many 1s, 10s, 100s and 100s are composed of. We have been looking at a range of models to show our understanding including number lines, part-part whole models and bar models.

English:

In English, we have been recapping our learning of descriptive writing. We have read more of our class book, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, and wrote descriptive passages about the settings. We have been focusing on expanded noun phrases and the five senses.

PE:

During PE this half term we are exploring gymnastics and hockey.

Computing:

In computing, we are improving our knowledge and skills of using Scratch – a coding program.

Topic:

In topic, we are continuing our learning of rivers in Sussex. We have been learning about erosion and deposition in rivers and how rivers change shape.

French:

In French, we are continuing to learn numbers from 0-30. We have been practicing these in many ways including writing, saying and singing.

At home you can:

  • Read daily with your child – including their school reading book and a variety of texts you may have at home
  • Practice times tables
  • Practice typing on BBC Dancemat typing
  • We introduced home learning books last week which will be due in on Wednesdays.

 


Autumn 1, Week 4

Maths: we have been concluding our learning on addition and subtraction including mental and written strategies. We have applied our knowledge to word problems and multi step calculations. We have been practising our reasoning skills and finished the week with a maths quiz.

English: we have been making notes on oceans, planning our introductions and paragraphs and writing up our non-chronological reports. We have remembered to include factual language, organise our writing into paragraphs, including subheadings and a range of conjunctions.

PE: this half-term we are exploring gymnastics and hockey.

Computing: we are improving our knowledge and skills of using Scratch – a coding program.

Topic: we are continuing our learning of rivers in Sussex. We have been learning about the journey of a river from the source to the mouth and how different features are formed. We have been identifying rivers on a map and locating the different features.

French: we are continuing to learn numbers from 0-30. We have been practicing these in many ways including writing, saying and singing.

At home you can:

  • Read daily with your child – including their school reading book and a variety of texts you may have at home
  • Practice times tables
  • Practice typing on BBC Dancemat typing
 

Autumn 1, Week 3

Maths: this week, we have been focusing on subtraction. We have looked at mental strategies of subtraction and explored showing our understanding with concrete resources. We have then gone on to the column method, remembering our place value, and finally with exchanging. We have been learning the vocabulary for subtraction; minuend, subtrahend and difference.

English: we are continuing with our focus text – The miraculous journey of Edward Tulane. During the story the main character falls into a ocean and we are going to be writing a non-chronological report on oceans. This week we have been identifying the features of non- chronological reports, understanding fact and opinions, researching and planning our report. Next week we will write and publish our reports.

PE: this half term we are exploring gymnastics and hockey.

Computing: we are improving our knowledge and skills of using Scratch – a coding program.

Topic: we have been learning the key features of a river. We have explored rivers in Sussex and learnt about the journey of a river from the source to the mouth.

French: we have been learning the months of the years. We have practiced the correct pronunciation of the months of the years and then created a song in groups that we performed to the rest of the class. 

At home you can:

  • Continue reading a variety of text types
  • Practice times tables
  • Practice typing on BBC Dancemat typing

Autumn 1, week 2

Maths:  We have been focusing on addition. We have looked at mental strategies of addition and then gone on to the column method, finally introducing exchanging. We have been learning the vocabulary for addition including addend and sum.

English:  We are continuing with our focus text – The miraculous journey of Edward Tulane. This week we have been writing diaries; looking at feelings, emotion, informal language and past tense.

PE:  This half term we are exploring gymnastics and hockey.

Computing:  We are improving our knowledge and skills of using Scratch – a coding program.

Geography:  We have kicked off our topic on rivers in geography, looking at 8 points of a compass to locate counties in the UK and using grid reference to find regions of Sussex.

French: In Year Four we've been working on revising simple greetings for different times of the day and being able to ask what someone's name is before responding with an introduction.

  • At home you can – continue to read with your child and much as possible and continue to practice times tables.

Autumn 1, week 1

In Year 4 this week we have been spending time getting to know each other and settling back into school life.

In maths we have been focusing on place value. We have been exploring using the different maths equipment in the class to support our understanding and practicing our maths fluency through lots of games.

In English, we have begun to read a new book – The miraculous journey of Edward Tulane. We have planned and written our own version of chapter 3 focusing on descriptive language.

  • At home you can: Continue reading with your children and practice times tables.

Summer 2, week 6

English:

This week, year 4 have continued their learning on newspapers.  We revisited previous learning on speech punctuation so we can include quotes from significant people who were present during the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb discovery in 1922.  We have been using time conjunctions to sequence events from the Howard Carter’s discovery and carrying out further research on Tutankhamun and his tomb so we have all the facts for our news reports.  We have used the facts and opinions that we have gathered to plan our own reports, ensuring we are doing so in paragraphs. 

Maths:

In maths we have been comparing and classify geometric shapes, including quadrilaterals and triangles, based on their properties and sizes.  This has allowed us to revisit our previous knowledge on acute, obtuse and right angles.  We have identified lines of symmetry in 2-D shapes and presented in different orientations and completed a simple symmetric figure with respect to a specific line of symmetry. 


Summer 2, week 5

English: Newspapers

This week looked at the features of a newspaper; we thought about the difference between fact and opinion and related this to our Ancient Egypt topic.

  • At home you can: Write some facts and opinions about a topic of your choice.

Maths: Time

This week we have been learning to tell the time. We told the time to the minute and converted a 12-hour clock to a 24 hour clock.

  • At home you can: Practise your times tables on TTRockStars
 

Summer 2, week 4

English: Editing and publishing

We spent this week editing our work and making improvements before publishing our stories. We are very proud of our writing and worked hard to present it in our best handwriting with beautiful illustrations.

  • At home practice your best handwriting by publishing a piece of writing

Maths: Bar Charts

We looked at reading and interpreting bar charts, discussing when and why we use bar charts to record data.

  • At home collect data and display it in a bar chart

Summer 2, week 3

English: ‘Tadeo Jones’

This week we have used the film Tadeo Jones as a stimulus for writing. We have written our own version of Tadeo Jones, changing the characters and the trap

  • At home you can: Write your own version of your favourite book/film.

Maths: addition and subtraction

We have recapping our knowledge of addition and subtraction using the column method. We then used this knowledge and applied it to answering multi-step worded questions.

  • At home you can: Practise your times tables on TTRockStars

Summer 2, week 2

English: ‘Tadeo Jones’

This week we have continued to use the film Tadeo Jones as a stimulus for writing. We have written an adventure paragraph using short sentences to build suspense. We have designed our own trap with inspiration from Tadeo Jones.

  • At home you can: Design an Egyptian tomb

Maths: division

We have recapping our knowledge of division. We have been dividing 3-digit numbers by 1 digit using a variety of methods

  • At home you can: Practise your times tables on TTRockStars

Summer 2, week 1

English: ‘Tadeo Jones’

This week we have used the film Tadeo Jones as a stimulus for writing. We have written a setting description using figurative devices such as similes and metaphors.

  • At home you can: Write a setting description from your favourite film.

Maths: division

We have recapping our knowledge of division. We have been dividing 3-digit numbers by 1 digit using a variety of methods

  • At home you can: Practise your times tables on TTRockStar

Summer 1, week 6

English: Non-chronological reports

This week, we edited and published our non-chronological reports. We thought about the features of a non-chronological report and how to make it eye-catching.

  • At home can you write a non-chronological report about another creature?

Maths: Money

We have continued to look at money. We have been adding and subtracting amounts of money as well as finding change.

  • At home can you practice counting money and finding change?

Summer 1, week 5

English: Non-chronological reports

This week, we wrote a non-chronological report about our dragon. We included paragraphs about their habitats, diets and special powers. We worked hard to vary our pronouns and include conjunctions.

  • At home can you write a non-chronological report about another creature?

Maths: measurement

We have been looking at measurement, including money and relating it to our prior knowledge of decimals.

  • At home can you practice counting money and measuring in cm and m?

 


Summer 1, week 4

English - 

This week in English we have begun to look at non-chronological reports.  We are going to be writing our reports on dragons, so we have been conducting research on dragons to find out where they live, the different species and what they eat.  We have been using different pronouns to avoid repetition and using subordinating conjunctions to extend sentences.

     

 

To further enrich our writing and knowledge of dragons we have been making dragon eggs, modelling dragons out of clay and we even went dragon tracking.  We used the Dragonologist book to find out more fascinating facts about dragons.  We were shocked to find out there we so many different breeds of dragons and are now able to explain if it is a dragon, drake, wrym, lindwrym, ampithere or a wyvern.

     

Maths - 

In maths we have been extending our knowledge and understanding on decimals.  We have been using numbers to identify the integers either side of a decimal so we can round the decimal up or down.  We have extended this knowledge in money, so we are able to identify the value of each digit in decimal money amounts. We are now able to recognise that 1p = 0.01 of a pound and the 10p = 0.1 of a pound.   We have been rounding money amounts to estimate the total cost of items as a way of checking our calculations.

 


Summer 1, week 3

English - 

This week in English we have been writing our persuasive letters to Mr Davies so we can persuade him to allow children at Balfour to wear their own clothes.  We have edited our writing and made improvements to ensure we have included all the features that we know help to persuade.  We have published our letters and have given them to Mr Davies to read.  We are looking forward to his response!  We have used our knowledge of persuasion to write letters to people of our choice and to persuade them on topics that are important to use.  Some of our topics were: I think I should be allowed to sit next to my friend in class and I think we should be allowed pets in school.

Maths - 

This week in maths we have been continuing to develop our understanding of fractions as decimals.  We have divided 1- and 2-digit numbers by 100 and have been recognising the value of each digit within a decimal integer so we can compare and order.  We have begun to recognise the decimals of the fractions 1/4 , ½ and ¾; including equivalent fractions to these decimals.  For example: I know ¼ is equivalent to 2/8 so 2/8 as a decimal is 0.25. 


Summer 1, week 2

English – Persuasive letters 

This week in English, we have presented arguments as to why we think children shouldn’t have to wear school uniforms.  We then planned our letters by stating our three arguments and providing three points to support each argument.  On Friday we began to write the introduction and first argument to Mr Davies. 

 

Maths – hundredths as fractions and decimals 

This week in maths we have used our knowledge of tenths as fractions and decimals to begin to learn about hundredths as fractions and decimals.  We worked practically with the place value counters to understand the value of each digit within a decimal.   

           

At home: 

  • Log onto TTRockstars and Spelling Shed at least twice a week 

 


Summer 1, week 1

English - Persuasive letters

This week in English, we have begun to look at letters to persuade.  We identified features of a persuasive letter including persuasive sentence starters, rhetorical questions, evidence and facts to support, antidotes, exaggeration, emotive language, the use of personal pronouns and undermining opposing arguments.  We have read a range of articles on school uniform to start to build an argument on whether children should or shouldn't wear school uniform.

Maths - Tenths as fractions and decimals

This week in maths, we have begun to recognise tenths as decimals.  We have divided 1-digit numbers by ten to recognise what happens to the number on a place value chart.  We have counted beyond 1 in tenths as both fractions and decimals.  We have used our knowledge of improper and mixed number fractions to support our writing and understanding of decimals over 1.

At home: 

  • This terms homework grid has been uploaded on Google Classroom.  Log on to check out all the exciting homework.
  • Log onto TTRockstars and Spelling Shed at least twice a week.

Spring 2, week 6

English: ‘Arthur and the Golden Rope’

This week we have written our own version of Arthur and the Golden Rope – we have made it our own by changing elements of the story. We have been focussing on writing in the style of the author and then editing our work to improve it

At home you can: Can you write your own version of your favourite story?

Maths: Fractions

We have been looking at equivalent fractions and adding and subtracting fractions

At home you can: Practise your times tables on TTRockStars


Spring 2, week 5

English: ‘Arthur and the Golden Rope’

This week we have planned our own version of Arthur and the Golden Rope – we have made it our own by change elements of the story. We began writing our stories, focussing on writing in the style of the author.

At home you can: Can you write your own version of your favourite story?

Maths: Fractions

We have focussed on our multiplication knowledge. We have explored patterns in different times tables and improved our fluency through practising in various ways.

At home you can: Practise your times tables


Spring 2, week 4

English: ‘Arthur and the Golden Rope’

We have continued reading the story Arthur and the Golden Rope. We have thought about the authors writing style and begun to write similarly.

At home you can: Can you identify some key features of an authors writing style? (e.g fronted adverbials, subordinating clauses)

Maths: Fractions

We have continued recapping our knowledge of fractions – we have looked at fractions on a number line and mixed and improper fractions.

At home you can: Practice conversing mixed and improper fractions.

Oxide carried out a fair test to investigate 'does the temperature effect the rate of evaporation?'

                

 


Spring 2, week 3

English: ‘Arthur and the Golden Rope’

We have begun reading the story ‘Arthur and the Golden Rope’; we have made inferences and predictions as well as exploring new vocabulary.

At home you can: Can you think of a story similar to Arthur and the Golden Rope?

Maths: Recap

We have been recapping our knowledge of multiplication, division and fractions. We have discussed all we know about fractions and put our knowledge into context.

At home you can: Practice your times tables.


Autumn 2, week 7

English: Beowulf

This week, after finishing writing our own versions of Beowulf. We read the next tale of Beowulf – ‘Beowulf and the Sea Serpent’; we thought about the similarities and differences in the stories and made predictions and inferences.

Maths: Multiplying and dividing by 7

We have been focussing on our 7 times tables. We have been looking at different methods of working and thinking about which may be most efficient when dividing and multiplying. We have been using our knowledge to build fact families and answer worded questions.

  • At home practice your 11 and 12 times tables – how many ways can you show a calculation?

This week we also held a Spelling Bee. For the final round we used Spelling Shed to see who could accumulate the most points in 15 mins. Congrats to Orion class who came 1st overall. Congrats to Ellis who came first by scoring a tremendous 1,388,192 points, and to Casey (2nd) and Eddie (3rd)!

            

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Autumn 2, week 6

English: Beowulf

This week, we finished reading Beowulf by Michael Mopurgo and began to plan and write our own version; changing one or two aspects to make it our own. Some of year 4 designed their own monster to replace Grendel; some changed the ending.

  • At home think about one of your favourite books – how could you change the ending?

Maths: Multiplying and dividing by 6

We have been focussing on our 6 times tables. We have been looking at different methods of working and thinking about which may be most efficient when dividing and multiplying. We have been using our knowledge to build fact families and answer worded questions.

  • At home practice your 7 times tables – how many ways can you show a calculation?

Autumn 2, week 5

English: Newspapers

This week, we have written a newspaper report telling of the triumphant battle Beowulf fought with Grendel. We have thought about including quotes to show different peoples points of view and focussed on using paragraphs.

  • At home read a news report and spot the paragraphs – why do you think they have started a new paragraph?

Maths: Multiplying and dividing by 6

We have been focussing on our 6 times tables – we have thought about similarities and differences between the 6s and the 3s. We have been looking at different methods of working and thinking about which may be most efficient.

  • At home practice your 6 times tables – how many ways can you show a calculation?

    


Autumn 2, week 4

English: Scripts

This week, we have been predicting the resolution and ending of the story Beowulf. In groups, we have written scripts, designed and made puppets and theatres and performed plays to tell our version of the story of Beowulf.

  • At home plan and write a script – can you turn your favourite book into a play?

Maths: Multiplying and dividing by 3

We have been focussing on our 3 times tables, we have explored different ways to show division and multiplication calculations. We have be looking at grouping and sharing in groups of 3.

  • At home practice your 3 times tables – how many ways can you show a calculation?

   


Autumn 2, week 3

English: Narrative

This week, we have been thinking about Beowulf’s journey to defeat Grendel. We used our prediction skills and creativity to plan and write the next part of Beowulf. In our stories, Beowulf and his warriors came across a number of obstacles on their journey. We have been thinking about using paragraphs in our fiction writing.

  • At home read some fiction books and look for paragraph – why did the author start a new paragraph?

Maths: multiplying by 10 and 100

We have been recapping our knowledge of place value and making whole numbers 10 and 100 times bigger. We recognise what happens to a number when it is multiplied by 10 and 100. We have begun to use this understanding to move onto dividing by 10 and 100.

  • At home can you write and solve some worded problems that involve multiplying and dividing by 10?

Autumn 2, week 2

English: Narrative

We have continued reading ‘Beowulf’. In the story, we met Beowulf, the warrior who is going to try and defeat the monster Grendel. We thought about the characteristics of a warrior and helped Beowulf recruit a team of fearless fighters. As well as this, we thought about the eventful journey the warriors would have to take to get to Denmark and defeat Grendel. We made maps to show the obstacles they might come across.  

  • At home you could think of some other stories that include a journey. 

Maths:  Perimeter

We have been measuring the perimeter of rectilinear shapes. We have challenged ourselves to think of efficient ways to calculate the perimeter

  • At home you could measure the perimeter of 2D shapes around your home.

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • Keep working on being a times table rockstar – practise your times tables.
  • Use your knowledge of measurement to measure perimeter.
  • Retell a famous legend.

      


Autumn 2, week 1

English: Narrative

We have started reading ‘Beowulf’. We have used powerful language to describe the gruesome beast Grendel as well as thinking about where he might live and what it would look like. We have explored the character of King Hrothgar and inferred his emotions, we have written questions and hot seated King Hrothgar.

  • At home you could investigate other stories which portray characters of good and evil.

Maths: Measurement

We have been recapping our knowledge of measuring length. We have been using a ruler to measure length and explored equivalent lengths. We have been working in centimetres, millimetres, metres and kilometres.

  • At home, you could measure the length things around your home.

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • Keep working on being a times table rockstar – practise your times tables.
  • Use your knowledge of measurement to measure perimeter.
  • Retell a famous legend.

Autumn 1, week 7

English: Narrative

We have been writing stories using the first half of our book (Edward Tulane) for inspiration.  We’ve thought about the characters, what might happen to them and how their personalities change as the story progresses.

  • At home, you could make some artwork or illustrations to go with your story.

Maths:  Addition

We have been learning how to add three and four digit numbers, including exchanging where the column adds up to more than ten.  We’ve also begun to learn about subtraction where no exchange is needed, as well playing games to practise swapping hundreds, tens and ones.

  • At home, you can practise more addition and subtraction, with or without exchanging.

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • Find a reading book to read together at home
  • Further practise at adding numbers up to four digits
  • Practise times tables

Autumn 1, week 6

English: Narrative

We have been writing stories using the first half of our book (Edward Tulane) for inspiration.  We’ve thought about the characters, what might happen to them and how their personalities change as the story progresses.

  • At home, you could make some artwork or illustrations to go with your story.

Maths:  Addition

We have been learning how to add three and four digit numbers, including exchanging where the column adds up to more than ten.  We’ve also begun to learn about subtraction where no exchange is needed, as well playing games to practise swapping hundreds, tens and ones.

  • At home, you can practise more addition and subtraction, with or without exchanging.

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • Find a reading book to read together at home
  • Further practise at adding numbers up to four digits
  • Practise times tables

Autumn 1, Week 5

English: Narrative

We have been improving our sentences with adjectives and prepositions and writing expanded noun phrases. We’ve also been looking at settings, and describing them using the five senses. Finally, we’ve begun to look at the rules of speech and the use of commas in particular.

  • At home, you could practise writing a conversation between two or more people, or write your own setting description.

Maths: Addition

We have been learning how to add three and four digit numbers, including exchanging where the column adds up to more than ten. We’ve also used this knowledge to complete missing number calculations and solve reasoning problems about money etc.

  • At home, you can practise more addition, with or without exchanging.

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • Find a reading book to read together at home
  • Further practise at adding numbers up to four digits
  • Practise times tables

 


Autumn 1, Week 4

English: Non FIction

We have been researching oceans of the world, finding out about different aspects of them and writing paragraphs. This week we’ve planned, designed and written a complete information text about oceans to be put up on display soon.

  • At home, you could prepare for next week by thinking about how to describe a setting using your senses.

 

Maths: Place Value

We have been learning about negative numbers by looking at thermometers and diagrams of the sea, before moving on to look at Roman numerals (numbers to 100).

  • At home, you can do more practise at making and reading Roman numerals.
     

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • Find a reading book to read together at home
  • Further practise at Roman numerals and negative numbers
  • Practise timetables

Autumn 1, Week 3

English: Narrative

We have been researching oceans of the world, finding out about different aspects of them and preparing to write an information text next week using the features we have learnt.

  • At home, you could do some further research that could be included in your report..

 

Maths: Place Value

We have been working with numbers to 10,000. This has involved ordering numbers based on the value of the digits and comparing by saying which is greater.

  • At home, you can practise ordering and comparing numbers to 10,000.

 

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • Find a reading book to read together at home.
  • Explore the different types of lights (and switches) in your home.
  • Practise timetables

                  


Autumn 1, Week 2

English: Narrative

We have been thinking about the experiences of a character and how they have felt at different parts of the story. We focussed on using adverbs and different types of sentences to write a diary entry about a significant event.

  • At home, you can practise writing a range of simple, compound and complex sentences.

 

Maths: Place Value

We have been working with numbers to 10,000. This has involved making four digit numbers using place value counters, base ten, partitioning them, ordering them and placing them on a number line.

  • At home, you can practise making, drawing and ordering numbers to 10,000.

 

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • Find a reading book to read together at home.
  • Explore the different types of lights in your home.
  • Practise timetables

Autumn 1, Week 1

English: Narrative

We have been exploring the characters in a story and asking questions about them, before using role play to answer. We have also been describing characters and writing poetry about their appearance, thoughts and feelings. Our focus has been correctly punctuating sentences with capital letters and full stops, exclamation marks or question marks.

  • At home, you can practise writing a simple sentence and checking it has the correct punctuation depending on what type of sentence it is.

 

Maths: Place Value

We have been reminding ourselves about the value of each digit in a number. We have been using diennes to represent numbers, then practising writing the number in both numerals and words and partitioning them. We’ve also revised how to round numbers to the nearest ten.

  • At home, you can practise rounding and drawing numbers.

 

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • Find a reading book to read together at home.
  • Practise timetables