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Gregory Class

Welcome to Gregory Class! 

The children in this class are in Year 4.  

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Weekly Update

24 June 2022

It’s hard to believe that we are half way through this term already. We have had a real focus this week on end of year assessments including a big write which is going to be a biographical piece on the life of Tutankhamun. Continuing our work on natural resources we focussed in on the natural resources of Chile. We learned that Chile’s biggest export is copper and other precious metals. We have not done computing this week as we needed the time for assessments. We will catch up next week. In PE we played a game called Donkey Derby which turned out to be a complex version of relay races.

In RE we completed our work on Pentecost. In Maths we started a short unit on angles. In English we have continued our work on biographies based on texts about Cleopatra and Hatshepsut (both female Egyptian Pharaohs) as a basis for our work. We have enjoyed learning these skills and about two female pharaohs at the same time. We are preparing for a big write next week. In Science we are continuing a unit on classification and learning about how to sort animals into different groups.

The undoubted highlight f the week was the visit on Tuesday of the RISE theatre company. They treated us to a journey of discovery around Earth and space learning about the beauty of God’s creation.

 

17 June 2022

Another super week as this term races by. We have enjoyed continuing our work on natural resources and in particular the impact that population rise has had on the consumption of the world’s natural resources. In Computing we really enjoyed completing the unit learning how to make an animation. This week we learned how to draw sequences on 2animate and how to add music and backgrounds. In PE we did not have Felix this week and so played a longish game of rounders interspersed with taking the Year 4 times table assessment.

In RE we reflected on the presence of the Holy Spirit in the sacraments of the church. We observed that we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit when we receive the sacraments and that the Holy Spirit gives us qualities to live as Christians. In Maths we continued our work on graph by learning about line graph and how to derive various graphs from a dataset. In English we have continued our work on biographies based on texts about Cleopatra and Hatshepsut (both female Egyptian Pharaohs) as a basis for our work. We have enjoyed learning these skills and about two female pharaohs at the same time.

The highlight of the week is almost certainly taking place right now, the St Martin’s Water Wars special. Enjoy the heatwave weekend.

10 June 2022

Well it’s been a short week but we’ve crammed a lot in. We have started a new geography topic looking at the world’s natural resources. This week we looked at the distribution of various natural resources and mapped them on a world map. To do this we made use of our excellent world atlases. In Computing we really enjoyed learning how to make an animation and found out how much simpler it is making one on the computer than by drawing every picture. In Art we completed our scissors art that we started before half term and produced some great pieces which we will take home soon. In PE we enjoyed learning gymnastics routines in the hall

In RE we continued our study of Pentecost. We considered how the Apostles reacted before, during and after Pentecost. To do this we reread an extract from the Book of Acts and reflected on how the Holy Spirit transforms lives. In Maths we are now working on bar charts, pictograms and data. In English we have started a unit on biographies and we have used texts about Cleopatra and Hatshepsut (both female Egyptian Pharaohs) as a basis for our work.

The weather looks set fair for a lovely weekend.

27 May 2022

Wow, what a wonderful week we’ve had. Lots of amazing learning was rounded off with the Jubilee celebrations on Friday afternoon. We finished off our exploration of the Viking era in Britain. This week we learned about the many different gods the Viking worshipped and how they eventually became Christians. In Science this week our learning focused on switches and we enjoyed designing and making our own switches We then deployed our switches in different circuits, exploring what works and what does not. In computing we are looking at spreadsheets this term and using online tools to hone our times tables knowledge

In RE we turned our attention to Pentecost. In particular, we examined the account of Pentecost in the Book of Acts and considered how the Holy Spirit transforms lives. In Maths we turned our attention to time, looking at hours minutes and second and days, weeks and months. In English we wrote the rest of our big write and reviewed and improved it.

We all hope that you have a lovely half term holiday and enjoy the Jubilee next weekend.

 

20 May 2022

We have had another busy week in Gregory Class. We are pleased to see the weather continuing to improved. We have continued our exploration of the Viking era in Britain. This week we explored the evidence to show that the Vikings were the first Europeans to discover America. We learned that an 8th century monk called St Brenda explored the Atlantic and that after him other Viking explorers definitely got to Greenland. The best evidence was a Viking camp in Newfoundland. In Science this week our learning focused on conductors and insulators. We carried out a number of experiments to ascertain which group different materials belonged in. In computing we are looking at spreadsheets this term and using online tools to hone our times tables knowledge

In RE we have continued to look at Eastertide; this week we focussed on Ascension. In particular, we thought about why Jesus returned to heaven, what the disciples were thinking and how Jesus is still present with us today. In Maths we have again been working on money, ordering, comparing, estimating and applying the four operations in our work. In English we have planned our big write and written our introduction and reviewed it.

We really enjoyed a skills based rounders lesson outside this week in the warm mid Spring sunshine.

We all hope that you have a lovely weekend.

 

13 May 2022

We have had another busy week in Gregory Class. We are pleased to see the weather warning up at last. We have continued our exploration of the Viking era in Britain. It has been fascinating to learn about the various treaties, the Viking Guthrum signed with King Alfred who is of course a fairly local celebrity. It was especially good to learn that eventually Guthrum was baptised and that Alfred was his godfather. In Science this week we had a very enjoyable time learning extending our knowledge of circuits and carrying out various experiments about open and closed circuits. In computing we are looking at spreadsheets this term and using online tools to hone our times tables knowledge

In RE we have continued to look at Eastertide, looking at the impact the resurrection had on Jesus followers. In particular, we analysed the story of The Road to Emmaus. In English we have been learning about using fronted adverbial in our writing and preparing for our big Write before half term. In Maths we have been working on money, finding amounts of money, ordering money and calculating in money.

Because of the weather we had PE in the hall. We enjoyed the session with an external coach teaching us skills that we can apply in rounders.

We all hope that you enjoy the weekend.

6 May 2022

It has been a very busy if short week. In history this week we continued our exploration of the impact that the Viking had on Britain. In particular, we looked in detail at the attacks on Lindisfarne in 789 and 793. In Science this week we had a very enjoyable time learning about circuits and then exploring the different circuits that we could make using batteries, buzzers, lamps and motors.  We learned that adding an extra battery increased the brightness of a bulb. In computing we are looking at spreadsheets this term.

 In RE we have been looking at Eastertide. We explored how the four Gospels tell the events of the Resurrection with different emphases.   In English we have been learning about writing in the first and third persons and wrote a piece in first person as a character in Ice Palace. In Maths we completed our work on decimals ordering decimals and looking at halves and quarters.

We enjoyed the session with an external coach teaching us rounders in PE. We all remembered the change in PE day to Wednesday.

We all hope that you enjoy the weekend.

29 April 2022

It’s great to be back after a super Easter holiday. This term we are studying History rather than Geography and we are all really excited that this term we k we are exploring the impact that the Vikings had on Britain. This week we looked at why the Vikings raided and invaded Britain. We are studying Science again this term. This week we looked at what appliances used electricity and safety aspects of electricity. We are looking forward to making circuits next week. We are also looking forward to developing our computer skills this term.

In RE we have been considering the events of Holy Week, which follows neatly on from our Easter production. In English we have been studying figurative language including similes, metaphors and personification in the build up to writing a narrative based on our class book, Ice Palace. In Maths we have been working in decimals all week using part whole models, place value grids and comparing fractions.

In PE this term we will have an external coach teaching us rounders. This will take place on Wednesday afternoons.

We all hope that you enjoy the bank holiday weekend.

8 April 2022

What a fantastic week we have had in the run up to the Easter holiday. We have performed our Easter performance to the rest of the school, Year 3 parents and our Year 4 parents. It was an amazing experience and even Mr Davies said that he felt quite emotional. On top of that we walked about 2k on Friday raising sponsorship monies for CAFOD and we enjoyed an Easter egg hunt arranged by the PSA.

Back to more mundane things and in class we have finished off our work on decimals. In English we have continued our work on poetry and had a focus on similes. In Geography we have looked at the impact of those who are refugees and their impact on migration.

In RE we have recounted the events of Holy Week

We are all excited about the start of the holidays and wish you all every blessing this Eastertide.

1 April 2022

We have had another super week, which has been dominated by rehearsing for our Easter Production. We have worked really hard and it is now really coming together ready for our dress rehearsal on Monday morning.

We have managed to get a fair bit of work done, when not rehearsing. In Maths we have continued our work on decimals. In English we have changed tack and are now exploring poetry and more specifically this week, personification. We played football in PE.

In RE we have been exploring the Beatitudes and in particular the eight blessing in Matthew’s Gospel that Jesus recounted in the Sermon on the Mount. In Geography we have continued our work on migration. We have been looking at economic reasons for migration, both pull and push factors and the economic impact of migration on the receiving country.

We are starting to look forward to the Easter holidays starting at the end of next week.

25 March 2022

Well, what a great week we’ve all had. The highlight was certainly a visit to The Oratory School for a Physics lesson. We were picked up at 09:30 from St Martin’s by minibuses from The Oratory and taken to the senior school. We were met by Mrs Harward and undefined Mrs Zafeiriadou and taken up to the Physics lab. We then received a very informative lesson about the properties of sound. We had various equipment to work with including tuning forks and an oscilloscope. We learnt a lot about wavelength and amplitude and how they affect what we hear. We recorded our results, and these are now displayed on the Science board in our classroom. We then treated to a mid-morning snack which consisted of plentiful delicious sandwiches, biscuits and a drink. We are very grateful to all the staff at The Oratory for a super morning.

Now a brief roundup of everything else that we have done this week. In Maths we have started working on decimals and in particular tenths and hundredths. In English we have planned and written another persuasive letter, this time to a zookeeper about keeping wolves in captivity. Earlier in the wee we researched this topic using the Chromebooks. In RE we have been reading Matthew and Luke’s Gospel in which Jesus called people to follow him. In DT we planned and designed our ideal sandwich. We have continued to rehearse for our Easter production.

18 March 2022

We have had a great time being scientists in Science Week.

On Monday we did a very interesting experiment separating out the different constituents of soil. On Tuesday we did a stretchy slime experiment using glue, bicarbonate of soda, and lens cleaner, and observed that the more of the chemicals that we added to the glue the stiffer the mixture became it became.

We started Wednesday with a class Mass, actually in our classroom which was very special. For the rest of the morning we attended a fantastic workshop that challenged us to use our engineering skills. We were given a box of KNEX and asked to build a structure that could hold a rotating part. We worked in pairs to make different rotating structures powered by a solar panel.

On Thursday we had two scientists come to talk to Year 3 and us about their work in developing cars powered by hydrogen. They even had a model hydrogen car.

On Friday we set up a table in the hall where we demonstrated our stretchy slime experiment to the rest of the school

In Mathematics this week we continued our study of fractions and in English planned and wrote a persuasive letter to a circus owner in an attempt to persuade him to stop showing captive elephants

In Religious Education we have studied we have studied the Jewish festivals of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We continued to rehearse for our Easter production.

11 March 2022

We’ve had a busy week in Year 4. On Monday Mr Davies joined our class as teacher. Mrs Ford teaches us on Monday morning when Mr Davies has PPA.

In RE we have been exploring the story of the Temptation of Christ. In English we have been looking at causal conjunctions and persuasive letters.In Maths we continue to study fractions and made some really good progress with this. In Geography we are continuing our study of the impacts of migration and learning sbout the different types of migration.

In DT we really enjoyed practising cutting and grating food and best of all making and eating a sandwich with the prepared food. In Music we have been rehersing for our Easter production and in PE honing our footballing skills.

10 December 2021

We’ve had another lovely week in Year 4. We started with making our Jesse Tree which is a collection of symbols that link to the stories of Jesus’ ancestors. It helped us get into the spirit of Advent.

After carefully building different levers and linkages using card, we’ve now started designing our popup Christmas cards and creating them. The children are looking forward to sharing them with someone special this Christmas.

For Literacy, next week, we’ll finish up our diary entries as Ariel from The Tempest. For Maths, our review of learning from the term has taught us the importance of reading our reasoning questions carefully. The challenges with the reasoning questions were well enjoyed.

In Geography, we continued learning about rivers, and we now better understand their importance. First, we looked more closely at how the Volga River in Russia is used for farming and caviar. Then, we studied the Amazon River and how it is used to transport larger goods to areas with no accessible roads.

Science was a fantastic success today. The children had thought before this that some materials freeze at zero degrees. However, that was turned around completely as we looked at liquids that became solid above and below zero degrees. The biggest surprise was the cooking oil went to minus four without freezing.

3 December 2021

Firstly, I wanted to add our pizza party from last week. As a celebration of the great singing the children did at the Hexagon Centre, we enjoyed pizza from Domino's. The children thoroughly enjoyed it. In literacy, we reread The Tempest and then read diary entries, pointing out their features. Next week, the children will start writing diary entries in the role of Ariel. For Design and Technology, We started understanding how to build our own levers and linkages. I was impressed how well the children did with such challenging tasks. I’m looking forward to seeing the final project at the end of term. We've had a fantastic finish to multiplication, and we will resume it after Christmas. In the meantime, we're going to review all that we've learned from this term in maths and know it well. We'll start next week, focusing on reasoning and problem solving of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. In Science, we've looked at the evaporation, melting and condensation of water. Next week, we'll try other materials before our trip to the Oratory School. For geography, we answered the question: Why are rivers important to people? We discussed how people use them in different locations, including the Amazon River and the Volga River. We also noted how the use of the river has changed over time.

 

19th November 2021

 

We thoroughly enjoyed our Hinduism week, learning about Sanskrit, the story of Bold Beggar and finishing off the week looking at and colouring mandalas. We even had children perform the story of Bold Beggar to the school! Well done, and thank you to our fabulous actors and all of year 4.

 

In our Literacy learning this week, we have been looking at the story of Tuesday by David Weisner to create our newspaper reports. In addition, we have been practising using the language of informing people and understanding how it's different to storytelling. 

In science, we have begun our unit on the states of matter.  We started with seeing what we already knew about states of matter and what we want to know next.  Then we began answering the question: What are the different states of matter?

To round off the week, we are having a great time with our maths challenges in multiplication.  It has gone exceptionally well with today's problem-solving of multiplying by six. The children especially enjoyed the reasoning that goes with it. 

Curriculum Information



Home Reading: Children will be given a leveled book to keep in their school bag. Ideally, to ensure good progression in reading fluency, children will read aloud to a parent/ carer at home each night for at least 10 minutes. Please write down in the reading record what has been read.

Questions to ask during reading:

-Who is this character?  Where are they? What time of day do you think it is?

-How might the chracter feel about this situation?  

-_____ sounds like a tricky word.  What do you think it means?

PE Days: On Wednesdays, children need to arrive in their PE kit which they will stay in all day. Hair should be tied back for PE Lessons and earrings should be removed or covered. As the weather is still coolgets colder, please ensure children wear a warmer PE kit with a jumper and tracksuit bottoms.

Homework: The most important homework that needs to be completed is daily reading with an adult and it be written down in their reading journal.  Practising times tables is very helpful as well. 

Recommended Reading: We will continue to send leveled reading books home each week but we also encourage children to read books at home according to their interests.  The link below is a list of books recommended for children in year 4 that are of good quality and engaging to children.  Also, I've checked and many of these books at available at Reading Libraries. 

https://www.booksfortopics.com/year-4 

Important Dates for the Year

Multiplication tables check will start 6th June 2022

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