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Week beginning 4th November

It was lovely to welcome the children back after the half term break.

We have started our new topic called 'potions' and the children were very excited to make their own potions which look brilliant displayed in the classroom.

Our class reading book is 'The Witches' by Roald Dahl, the children have been using the information to help them design a poster on how to spot a witch.

In maths we have used formal methods to complete subtraction questions and problem solving activities.

On Friday, we started our swimming lessons, the children did a brilliant job, have been sorted into  their groups and ready to get going on their lessons next week.

Remember it is our parental involvement on Monday 18th November 2019, it is about supporting your child in reading. Come along at 2.15pm and have the opportunity to pick up some tips and talk to the class teacher,

Week beginning 21st October

It was a busy finish to the half term. completing our work on negative numbers and consolidating our knowledge of column addition.

In topic we finished writing our soliloquys and started thinking about the up and coming elections for school council representative. 

We are now all ready to begin our new topic after the half term holidays. 

Remember, swimming starts on the first Friday back!

Week beginning 14th October

In maths we have been working with negative numbers, we have been out on the playground drawing numberlines and learning to count up and down including through zero. Everyone worked really hard and completed so many questions!

In literacy we have started to plan a soliloquy from the point of view of a member of a celtic tribe. We have been gathering our vocabulary ready to write and present our speeches.   

In PSHE we have almost completed our 'worry bags' we have really improved our sewing skills and they are looking fantastic.

In art we are designing Roman shields using traditional roman designs with our own personal twist!

Thankyou to all the parents who attended parents evening and I look forward to catching up with the rest of you this week.

Remember we break up for a one week half term holiday

Week beginning 7th October 

In maths we are still learning about place value. We have been counting in 25's amd answering lots of tricky word problems using our counting on and counting back skills. In 'maths of the day' we checked we could still count in 100's by playing a team game which had us running up and down the hall finding numbers with a difference of 1000.

In topic, we have been writing up the final draft of our Roman diary, completing our battle scene and bringing our diary to a close. Our neat copies are looking super smart.

In art we have been completing our mosaic pots and spraying our Roman coins, we have also started designing our own Roman shields.

In PE we have been playing football and dodgeball, the children really showed their skills with their hands and feet.

You will also have received a letter about swimming which starts after the half term and dont forget its parents evening on Tuesday 15th October

Week beginning 30th September

It was a busy week as we were not only writing a diary entry from the point of view of a roman soldier and also preparing for the harvest festival.

We were to perform two poems about the harvest moon, one of the poems was by Ted Hughes and had lots of tricky words. We also did some brilliant artwork to accompany  the poems, the  pictures we painted were lovely and really helped everyone understand what the poems was all about.. We all learnt our lines and after lots of rehearsing we were ready for our performance.

It was a very exciting Harvest Festival, there were lots and lots of parents and we did our performance really well, we spoke our lines very loudly and clearly. We also made a huge Harvest festival hamper, there were so many donations, we hope it made lots of money for charity.

Week beginning 23rd September

On Friday we sprayed our fantastic coins and we started some roman mosaic

We made some Roman bread and had it for snack .

In topic we wrote a neat copy of instructions on lighting a campfire

.in maths we was counting in 1000s add doing maths of the day outside.

We have started monitoring in lunchtimes and different people do it everyday, they help with setting up the hall and helping the little children with their lunch.

Week beginning 16th September 

We had an exciting visitor this week - a curator from the Northampton museum to share Roman artifacts to help us with our learning.

We looked at lots of different objects and had to decide what type of Roman family might have these objects. We even got to try on Roman clothes and hold the huge soldier's shield. 

In maths we have been rounding numbers to the nearest  10,100 and even 1000's! We are also playing the online maths game prodigy which is fun and we can also play on at home.

In PE it was very sunny we got to play rounders and picked blackberries to take back to school. I

Our art lesson was very messy, we designed then made our own Roman coins from clay, these will be ready to spray paint next week. We can choose from , bronze, silver or gold!


Week beginning 9 th September

First we did a roman research page with lots of pictures of what they ate. Next we did our being an archeologist and we did lots of nice facts. Then we labeled and colored a roman solider we had lots of facts.

 After that we did a roman treasure hunt and we found a lot of things we needed to find like a helmet and sword. Then we decorated a roman shield with bright colours. Then we  did a roman story map of in a day in a life of a roman solider and we drew loads of pictures that tell what they do and what time they did it. Then we practicing marching like a roman solider and Mrs.Marlow told us what leg we needed to step on.

 Next we wrote how to make a jam sandwich and we wrote some steps to make the sandwich. After that we did pictures for the writing about the jam sandwich writing. Then we did how to make instructions and we had to write in present tense and we needed to use topic words.

Week beginning 2nd September

it was a pleasure to welcome the children back after a long break. It was lovely to see their smiling faces and their enthusiasm to crack on with the work ahead.

From next week the children will be taking over the blog and sharing their learning for the week.

Just to let you know that PE lessons will be on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Mrs Marlow

In numeracy we have been all 'Roman' too! We have been learning Roman Numerals and doing calculations with them. It was great fun making the numbers out of lolly sticks!

In  music we have been learning  Roman marching songs, the children are getting brilliant at keeping up the rhythm of singing and marching at the same time . And tomorrow (Thursday) we have a visit from Northampton Museum who will be sharing some of their Roman artifacts with us.

13th - 19th September

We have been working hard again this week. In numeracy, we have been rounding numbers to the nearest 10 and 100. we have been using dice games and pictures to generate conversations about numbers, the children are really growing in confidence. Even when they have found some of the questions tricky, they have persevered- well done!

In topic, we have been finding out more about Roman Soldiers, going out into the garden to find facts hidden amongst the trees. They have also been using the ipads to research the topic further. In art we have started to design our own Roman coins. our sketches will be transformed into 3D coins, ready to spray paint and hopefully look really authentic!

In PE we have had fun at the astoturf improving our hockey techniques and improving our team building skills with rounders and dodgeball. 

Just to remind that Year 4 need PE kits on Tuesday and Wednesday (Gardeners just on Wednesday)

Also three pounds is also needed for our visit from Northampton museum, who are bringing in some artefacts for the children to learn about.

6th to 12th September

It has been a brilliant week with Year 4. They have worked so hard, thrown themselves into their new topic on the Romans. They have completed fantastic title pages and started to research the daily life of a Roman soldier. On the 27 th September we will be visited by Northampton Museum who will be bringing in Roman artefacts and doing a workshop with the class. (there is a small change of three pounds for this) In maths we have been learning about place value, we have played lots of numeracy games as well as showing great reasoning through the work in their books. In PE we have been practicing our tennis skills and on a Wednesday afternoon the children get to work with a sports coach. From next week (WB 17 th September) year 4 will have PE on Tuesday and Wednesday.

In Geography the children have been learning about Italy, and in French they have been designing a passport for themselves. In Art, we will start designing our own Roman coins and then make them out of clay – and hopefully turn them gold!

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