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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

11October 2021

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8 October 2021

Firstly, I want to thank all of the children who ran for the school council roles. I should have mentioned it last Friday. Today, we discussed what eloquence looks like, and we agreed that they all showed great eloquence when giving their speeches to run for the school council roles. 
In literacy, we read a bit more of Aladdin and the enchanted lamp by Philip Pullman. The children enjoyed that it wasn't exactly like the Disney version and appreciated the change of setting. We used it to create a story as a class, which we will continue with next week. Next week, the children will use the skills they built up this week to write their own stories.
We've had a solid start to addition in maths and did some great reasoning and problem solving with it.  Next week, we'll apply these skills and build on them for subtraction work. 
In science, we've begun our experiment with teeth.  As we've decided it's best not to use our own teeth, we've used eggshells to answer the question: Which liquids will make our teeth decay more?


We've completed the unit of the Creation Story and the Stories from Abraham to Joseph in RE. The children have been incredibly thoughtful thinking about the story of Joseph and understand how jealousy and hatred need to be overcome. Next week, we'll begin to study important stories about Moses and learn about King David's life.

1 October 2021

Thankfully, we have a great library that we can go back to using, as usual, this year. On Thursdays, we will go as a class to the library to choose books of our interest, and the children can return them the following Thursday. This opportunity to bring library books home is all about reading for pleasure which is encouraged throughout our school. Please have your child tell you about the book they’ve chosen at the library and why they like it.

In English, we have begun our story map of a finding and losing tale. Please ask your son or daughter to remember any of the acting bits from our story map. We’ve had quite a bit of fun acting it out in class. We will use this map to help support our finding and losing tale work, which we will write over the next few weeks.

In Maths, we’ve finished our lessons on place value and will be starting our unit of addition and subtraction by adding four-digit numbers. If you’d like to practice at home, you are more than welcome to.

In Science, we discussed why we have different kinds of teeth. Following on the children will complete a quiz to show what they know about incisors, canines, and molars and which foods work best with which teeth.

In Art, we’ve started our clay medals. So far, so good. The children have enjoyed the challenge of working with clay. They now have a better understanding of how to use the tools properly. Lastly, the children were inspired as they watched the YouTube video of Aquaman Claywork by Philippe Faraut. I’m sure they would enjoy watching the video with you at home.

In RE, we began looking at the story of Joseph. We’ve considered how his brothers felt about Joseph being favoured by their father and how his dreams might have annoyed his brothers. It led to a great discussion on jealousy and the importance of not letting jealousy get the better of us.

24 September 2021

The children have finished reading The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. We especially loved Abilene finding Edward again. It warmed our hearts. Next week, we are starting our writing and sending Edward on our own adventure. We will be looking carefully at the language used in the story and making sure our own writing keeps to the same high standard.

We are now going into our last week our place value which will focus on ordering numbers, rounding, counting in 25s, and finishing off with using negative numbers. So far with our place value unit, the children have done really well with the reasoning questions and I am very impressed with their keenness to take on greater depth challenges.

Today, we made poo in class. It’s a favourite lesson each time in year 4 when learning about the digestive system. We looked at how food is crushed by teeth, goes down the oesophagus, is broken into articles by the stomach, nutrients are absorbed by the small intestine and then goes through the large intestine to absorb liquids from the material that has not been turned into nutrients. Your child will be glad to tell you how this tale finishes

 

17 Septemeber 2021

In English this week, we finished our stories about moving from one town to another. We enjoyed using various adjectives to describe our settings and coming up with different ways to overcome the challenges of moving house. We started using the technique ‘Show me, Don’t tell me’, which means writing about what certain emotions look like instead of just saying what the emotion is. So, for example, instead of saying a character felt sad, we could say that tears ran down the character’s face. The children took on the challenge and did well with it.

For our reading, we continued to read The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. Edward has begun to care for a young girl named Sarah Ruth and her older brother Bryce. This chapter taught us that caring and loving another person makes us better as people.

In Maths, we have mastered estimating numbers on a number line. For example, we always need to consider the amount at the start and the end of our number lines. Now we also know when we build something ourselves, we can use estimation to help us. We’ve done well with our practice of 2, 5 and 10 times tables and next week, we will practise a combination of our 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10 times tables over the week.

In R.E., we continue to consider how we are created in the image and likeness of God. We understood that God wants us to be unique! And to appreciate our differences. We made a class chart on our similarities and differences and pointed out how we all want to help others. We looked at charities that do God’s work of helping others and how that links back to us.

For History, we began learning about the Romans. We liked learning about the creation of Rome and the story of Romulus and Remus. Also, we found the Punic wars very interesting.

For Science, we started on the human digestive system. First, we were impressed by how long our small intestines are. Then, after studying the major organs in human digestion, we labelled them and named their jobs.

10th Septermber 2021

We are proud of our start to our writing in Literacy. We have been reenacting the story, The Colour of Home by Mary Hoffman.  We have also written setting descriptions and have benefitted hugely from our shared writing sessions to build ideas together as a class. 

 

 

 

 

In RE, we have made mind maps about how we are created in the image and likeness of God. We discussed how God made us both unique and also the great things that make us similar.  We have reflected on how charities like CAFOD, Father Hudson's care though they are different, are working in God's image and likeness. 

We have continued to be immersed by the class read aloud, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. This week we have been moved by the incredible journey Edward has made.

Curriculum Information

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Routines

Spellings: Each week, we do a spellings activity look at a particular spelling rule, using the Spellings Shed Website and App throughout the week. 

There has been an amendment to the spellings

Our spelling rules this term are

-common homophones

-words beginning with -in

-words ending in -ure

-using a possessive apostrophe

-revision of these words

Times tables:  We will practise our times tables each day. The times tables we practice will also be available on the Maths Shed at the same time. 

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 Tuesdays, 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 gets 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.  If both of these things are completed and your child would like to extend their learning, they are invited to create a facts poster about one topics for the term.  This term our topics are Digestion and the Romans. 

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

Contact

Email or telephone the school 0118 937 5544 to reach Mrs Wordsworth

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