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Take a look at some of our fabulous story writing!

Thursday, 18th July, 12:48 PM
In Writing last week, we chose from a selection of independent writing tasks. Most of us chose to wrote stories based on books that we had read such as our recent class text, Varjak Paw by SF Said. Have a read of some of our fabulous story openings - can you predict what happens next?


After lots of celebrating, the four left. They went back into the city. After minutes of walking, they heard a very big thud. It was Razor. Suddenly, Sally Bones appeared in front of Razor. They all looked up into the sky to see the thunder and rain pouring down. It was a fight now.


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One hot sunny day, a cat called Varjak was playing about until...Varjak saw a rocket blasting off! That gave Varjak an idea. He could go up into space. But he's a cat, how could he? 

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Once upon a time, there was a girl called Livia and she lived in an amazing city called Pompeii. Pompeii was a fabulous place to shop and see the beautiful things that are happening. Nearly every day, Livia needed to do her chores and her jobs. When Livia had some free time, she would go and play with Tranio and they would play chasing dogs down the streets or play jacks. 

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One day in a world just for cats, a city exploding with light and felines was appearing. Amongst these cats was a young, determined, blue cat sleeping in his cat army base littered with other different army cats. They were all preparing for the biggest and toughest cat invasion.

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It was a nice, hot, sunny morning with Holly. Playing in the sun. As they were coming home, the sun was hidden in dark, gloomy clouds...It started to rain. "We need to find shelter," said Varjak, "I know a good place to hide." Varjak and Holly hid under a billboard. But then...RIP! The billboard ripped open. But before Varjak could say anything, Holly ran away leaving Varjak behind and then...

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One stormy night outside, Varjak was with his gang Holly, Tam and Cludge teaching them the legendary, deadly skills to defeat Sally Bones's gang. Until Sally Bones appeared...

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Far away, there lived two foxes Mrs Fox and Mr Fox. They lived in their burrow happily. In the morning, they would have breakfast in their cosy burrow. Their children would walk to school, Mr Fox would go to work and Mrs Fox would stay home and clean. When she had enough time, she would sometimes treat herself with a nice, long nap.


Week commencing 24.6.19

Monday, 24th June, 6:29 PM

Don't forget to pack for Year 4 Overnight Camp which is this Friday (28th June)! Children should arrive back at school at 6pm on Friday and should be picked up between 8:45am and 9:15am on Saturday morning.

Weekly home learning

Please continue to check that you are doing these home learning tasks each week:

• Practising your weekly spellings for your spelling test on Monday. These can be found in your Year 3/4 spelling activity booklet. Check on the whiteboard in the classroom if you have forgotten which page numbers you need to look at. Make sure you do lots of practise of any words that you are less confident with.


• Reading regularly at home (aim for 10 minutes each day). This could be independently or with an adult, but it is always a good idea to discuss what you have read with an adult afterwards. The deadline for this term's Book Bingo is on Friday 28th June so make sure you bring in your score card on this day.


• Logging in to Times Table Rockstars on a laptop, computer, tablet or smartphone and practising your times tables. Make sure you try out all the different game modes! Alternatively (or as well as this), you can practise your times tables on paper or verbally.


• Discussing this week's learning with an adult. Is there anything that you'd like to find out more about? Can you do some research?


Week commencing 20.5.19

Sunday, 19th May, 10:02 PM

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How many of the new Book Bingo challenges have you completed so far?

 

It is so important that you read regularly if you want to become brilliant readers and writers. Just reading at school isn’t enough. The more you read, the more you will enjoy it. Try out different types of book to discover which ones you enjoy the most – if you need help choosing, just ask your teacher!



English

Writing

This week, we will continue to read our class text ‘Varjak Paw’ by SF Said and we will be beginning to plan newspaper articles about one of the key events in the book. We will focus on:

·         Using catchy headlines

·         Including reported speech and direct speech (with accurate punctuation)

·         Using formal language (including sophisticated sentence openers)

·         Spelling words ending in ‘-ssion’, ‘-sion’, ‘-tion’ and ‘-cian’

·         Using the conjunctions ‘in spite of’, ‘even though’ and ‘since’


Reading

We will continue to read the book, ‘Romans on the Rampage’ by Jeremy Strong. The reading strategy that we will be focussing on is ‘Summarising. We will practise on making sure our summaries are short and concise, whilst still including all of the key ideas.

 

Maths

This week, we will continue to focus on ‘Properties of Shapes’. This week we will be:

·         Classifying different types of quadrilateral (e.g. rhombus, trapezium, parallelogram, rectangles)

·         Finding all the lines of symmetry in 2D shapes

·         Accurately completing symmetric figures and patterns.

As usual, we will be doing lots of problem solving using the skills that we learn.


Topic

We will be using our knowledge of rich and poor Romans to write list poems titled ‘If I were a Roman…’.

 

Science

In small groups, we will be producing posters to explain everything that we have learnt about sound. We will include what we know about:

·         How sound travels through air, and how we hear these sounds

·         How the properties of objects affect pitch

·         How distance/height affect volume

 

Home learning opportunities

  • PRACTISE THIS WEEK’S SPELLINGS FOR YOUR SPELLING TEST ON WEDNESDAY.
  • Practise your handwriting using joined up handwriting (especially if you haven’t yet earned your pen licence).
  • Log in to Times Table Rockstars and practise your times tables. Here is the link: https://play.ttrockstars.com/
  • Choose some Book Bingo challenges to complete. Make sure you cross these off on your score card and record what you have read. Get it signed off by a parent before handing it in to your teacher (on Fridays).
  • Draw some different 2D shapes (using a pencil and ruler). Describe the properties of these shapes. Use words such as: sides, corners, angles, straight/curved, regular/irregular, parallel/perpendicular, vertical/horizontal. Find as many lines of symmetry as possible in each shape.  
  • Write a paragraph (or bullet points) summarising what has happened so far in our one of our class texts, ‘Varjak Paw’ or ‘Romans on the Rampage’. Share this summary with an adult. Tell them your favourite part so far and what you predict will happen next.

Week commencing 13.5.19

Sunday, 12th May, 11:57 AM

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Do you read at home every day? It is so important that you read regularly if you want to become brilliant readers and writers. Just reading at school isn’t enough. The more you read, the more you will enjoy it. Try out different types of book to discover which ones you enjoy the most – if you need help choosing, just ask your teacher!

 

Just a reminder that our walk to Metrobank is this Friday (17th May). Please ensure your permission slip has been completed and brought into the office. This is a free workshop so no payment is required.


English

Writing

This week, we will be doing an Independent Writing Project. We will have all 5 Writing sessions to plan, draft, edit and publish a non-chronological report. This is a non-fiction piece with factual information and can be on any topic that we like (and know a lot about)! We will be showing off all of our writing skills and using appropriate features for a non-fiction text such as:

·         Headings and subheadings

·         Images with captions

·         Paragraphs


Reading

We will continue to read the book, ‘Romans on the Rampage’ by Jeremy Strong. The reading strategy that we will be focussing on is ‘Evaluating’. This is a strategy which we find particularly tricky. We will be choosing our favourite words and phrases and discussing why the author chose them and the effect that they have on the reader. We will focus particularly on how we can give specific and detailed explanations.

 

Maths

For the next two weeks in Maths we will focus on ‘Properties of Shapes’. This week we will be:

·         Identifying different types of angle (right angles, acute angles, obtuse angles etc.)

·         Comparing and ordering angles by size

·         Classifying different types of triangle (equilateral, isosceles, scalene and right-angled triangles)

As usual, we will be doing lots of problem solving using the skills that we learn.

 

Topic

We will be learning about (and researching) the lives of poor Roman people and comparing their lives to those of the rich Romans (such as those that lived in Fishbourne Palace).

 

Science

In small groups, we will be designing and planning investigations to prove how your distance from a sound source affects how loud or quiet it seems. We will need to use all of our ‘Working Scientifically’ skills to carry out fair tests, gather accurate results, present our findings clearly, and make sensible conclusions. We will also need to evaluate the effectiveness of our investigation and consider how we could improve our investigation if we were to repeat it.

 

Home learning opportunities

  • PRACTISE THIS WEEK’S SPELLINGS FOR YOUR SPELLING TEST ON WEDNESDAY.
  • Practise your handwriting using joined up handwriting (especially if you haven’t yet earned your pen licence).
  • Practise your times tables and related division facts. Go to https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check or https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button to help you practise.
  • Read your reading book at home every day (for 10 minutes or longer). It is so important that you read regularly if you want to become brilliant readers and writers. The more you read, the more you will enjoy it. Try out different types of book to discover which ones you enjoy the most.
  • Draw some different 2D shapes (using a pencil and ruler). Describe the properties of these shapes. Use words such as: sides, corners, angles, straight, curved, regular/irregular. Could you make or draw some 3D shapes too and describe these?
  • Could you do some evaluating with one of the books that you are reading at home this week? Write down you evaluations. Use some of these sentence starters.

§  I like the word… because…

§  I think the author used the word… because… 

§  I think the author has written this part in capital letters/bold/italics because…

§  I think the author has used an apostrophe/exclamation mark/ellipsis here because…

§  I liked/disliked this book/chapter because…


Week commencing 6.5.19

Tuesday, 7th May, 7:16 AM

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Do you read at home every day? It is so important that you read regularly if you want to become brilliant readers and writers. Just reading at school isn’t enough. The more you read, the more you will enjoy it. Try out different types of book to discover which ones you enjoy the most – if you need help choosing, just ask your teacher!

 

Just a reminder that our walk to Metrobank is next week (Friday 17th May). Please ensure your permission slip has been completed and brought into the office by the end of this week. This is a free workshop so no payment is required.


English

Writing

This week, we will be completing and editing our setting descriptions from last week. We will then continue reading our class text, ‘Varjak Paw’ by S F Said. After discussing the key parts of the text, we will be creating poems based on a key event. When preparing for and writing our poems, we will focus on:

  • ·         Using apostrophes for singular and plural possession
  • ·         Using powerful vocabulary (WOW words)
  • ·         Using descriptive devices such as personification, similes and metaphors
  • ·         Spelling words ending with ‘-que’ and ‘-gue’


Reading

We will continue to read the book, ‘Romans on the Rampage’ by Jeremy Strong. The reading strategy that we will be focussing on is ‘Inferring’. In particular, we will think about how we can infer settings and moods, as well as a character’s thoughts and feelings.

 

Maths

In Maths, we will be working with ‘Statistics’. This will involve collecting discrete and continuous data, and presenting this data using bar graphs and time graphs. It will also involve interpreting data shown in different types of charts and graphs, and using the data to answer questions and solve problems.

 

Topic

We will be learning about (and researching) the lives of poor Roman people and comparing their lives to those of the rich Romans (such as those that lived in Fishbourne Roman Palace).

 

Science

In small groups, we will be designing and planning investigations to prove how your distance from a sound source affects how loud or quiet it seems. We will need to use all of our ‘Working Scientifically’ skills to carry out fair tests, gather accurate results, present our findings clearly, and make sensible conclusions. We will also need to evaluate the effectiveness of our investigation and consider how we could improve our investigation if we were to repeat it.

 

 

Home learning opportunities

  • PRACTISE THIS WEEK’S SPELLINGS FOR YOUR SPELLING TEST ON WEDNESDAY.
  • Practise your handwriting using joined up handwriting (especially if you haven’t yet earned your pen licence).
  • Practise your times tables and related division facts. Go to https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check or https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button to help you practise.
  • Read your reading book at home every day (for 10 minutes or longer). It is so important that you read regularly if you want to become brilliant readers and writers. The more you read, the more you will enjoy it. Try out different types of book to discover which ones you enjoy the most.
  • Could you design and carry out your own sound investigation at home? What will you investigate? Pitch? Volume? How will you record and present your results?
  • What have you learnt about Romans so far? Think about what we have learnt from ‘Romans on the Rampage’, and what we learnt at Fishbourne Roman Palace. Write a list of facts that you already know. Then, write three things that you would like to know more about.

Week commencing 29.4.19

Monday, 29th April, 4:25 PM

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Don’t forget our Fishbourne Roman Palace trip is this Thursday (2nd May). All Year 4 children will need to be picked up from the school hall at 3:30pm.

On Friday afternoon, we will be taking part in our second Metrobank workshop (in school).

English

Writing

This week, we will be continuing our new book called ‘Varjak Paw’ by S F Said. We will be writing a setting description based on this text. We will be focussing on:

  • ·         Spelling words with the ‘s’ sound spelt ‘sc’ e.g. scene, scent, fascinating
  • ·         Using expanded noun phrases to describe
  • ·         Using the conjunction ‘although’
  • ·         Beginning our sentences with prepositional phrases e.g. Beside the tallest skyscraper, he could see an old, rotten tree.
  • ·         Using commas after fronted adverbials

Reading

Our current text for Reading lessons is called ‘Romans on the Rampage’ by Jeremy Strong which links to our new topic on Romans. We will be focussing on clarifying including using dictionaries to find the meanings of words.

 

Maths

In Maths, we will continue to learn about time. We will focus on solving problems which involve converting between different units of time. At the end of the week, we will begin a new topic which is ‘Statistics’. This will involve collecting data and drawing graphs.

 

Topic

We will be visiting Fishbourne Roman Palace!


Science

We will be investigating the volume of sounds and working out how (and why) some sounds are louder and others are quieter. We will be discussing the science behind this and carrying out an investigation.

 

Home learning opportunities

  • PRACTISE THIS WEEK’S SPELLINGS FOR YOUR SPELLING TEST ON WEDNESDAY.
  • Practise your handwriting using joined up handwriting (especially if you haven’t yet earned your pen licence).
  • Practise your times tables and related division facts. Go to https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check or https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button to help you practise.
  • Write a setting description of your favourite place (real or imaginary). Can you include all the features that we have been working on in our writing this week? Check the writing section of this blog to remind you of these!
  • Practise telling the time on an analogue clock. During your day, use your knowledge of time to calculate durations of time e.g. If you are told that dinner will be ready in 20 minutes, can you work out what time that will be? If bedtime is at 8pm, how long do you have left before you need to get ready for bed? Could you create a timetable of your evening (from when you finish school until bedtime)?
  • Talk to your parents about what you have learnt in your Metrobank workshop(s) so far. Do you have any questions that you would like to ask in the next session?

Week commencing 22.4.19

Tuesday, 23rd April, 12:32 PM

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Don’t forget our Fishbourne Roman Palace trip is on Thursday 2nd May (next week). All Year 4 children will need to be picked up from the school hall at 3:30pm. If you haven’t yet paid for this trip, please bring this in to the school office as soon as possible.

English

Writing

This week, we will be beginning a new book called ‘Varjak Paw’ by S F Said. We will be exploring the characters using role play and then writing diary entries in role of the main character, Varjak Paw. In our diary entries, we will work on:

  • ·         Using apostrophes for singular and plural possession
  • ·         Starting sentences with ‘-ly’ words (one type of fronted adverbial)
  • ·         Using the conjunction ‘despite’
  • ·         Spelling words ending with the suffix ‘-ous’


Reading

We will also be starting a new book in Reading lessons this week! It is called ‘Romans on the Rampage’ by Jeremy Strong and links to our new topic on Romans. We will be focussing on making predictions and asking questions.

 

Maths

In Maths, we will be learning about time. This will involve telling the time on analogue clocks and writing times as they would look on 12-hour and 24-hour digital clocks. We will also look at different units of time (e.g. seconds, months, decades) and complete a problem solving activity based on this.

 

Topic

We will be doing some research to gather some basic knowledge about the Romans before our trip to Fishbourne Roman Palace next week.

 

Science

We will be investigating pitch (how high or low a sound is) and thinking about why some objects/instruments produce high sounds, and some produce low sounds.

 

Home learning opportunities

  • PRACTISE THIS WEEK’S SPELLINGS FOR YOUR SPELLING TEST ON WEDNESDAY.
  • Practise your handwriting using joined up handwriting (especially if you haven’t yet earned your pen licence).
  • Practise your times tables and related division facts. Go to https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check or https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button to help you practise.
  • Do some research on the author Jeremy Strong. What other books has he written? Read a different book written by Jeremy Strong.
  • Write a recount of your Easter holidays (include just the best parts). Include your thoughts and feelings. Can you use a variety of punctuation?
  • Practise telling the time on an analogue clock. During your day, use your knowledge of time to calculate durations of time e.g. If you are told that dinner will be ready in 20 minutes, can you work out what time that will be? If bedtime is at 8pm, how long do you have left before you need to get ready for bed? Could you create a timetable of your evening (from when you finish school until bedtime)?

Week commencing 1.4.19

Sunday, 31st March, 5:57 PM

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Year 1 have been hatching chicks! This week, we will have the opportunity to meet these chicks and even hold them if we wish to!

English

Writing

This week, we will be completing an independent writing project. We will have 4 lessons to plan, write and edit our very own story. We will first discuss how we can use our time wisely so that we finish in the allocated time and we will discuss how we can use stories we already know to help us with our own story ideas. Each day, different groups with work with adults to focus on key writing skills that we need to improve.


Reading

This week, we will be reading ‘Lord of the Forest’ by Caroline Pitcher and we will be focussing on the skill of evaluating. We will be looking at the powerful language used by the author and discussing the effect that this language is having on the reader.

 

Maths

On Monday, we will be completing a fractions and decimals assessment. For the rest of the week, we will focus on measure and how we can convert between different units of measure (e.g. grams and kilograms, metres and kilometres).

 

Topic - Art

In Art, we will be thinking about the significance of elephants in Indian culture and be creating a bold and colourful piece of artwork based on an elephant.

 

Science

We will be investigating which materials are the best insulators of sound. We will make predictions, choose equipment, collect data and then use our data to make conclusions.

 

Home learning opportunities

  • PRACTISE THIS WEEK’S SPELLINGS FOR YOUR SPELLING TEST ON WEDNESDAY.
  • Practise your handwriting using joined up handwriting (especially if you haven’t yet earned your pen licence).
  • Practise your times tables and related division facts. Go to https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check or https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button to help you practise.
  • Do some measuring at home. Could you practise measuring length using a ruler or tape measure? Could you practise measuring mass using some kitchen or bathroom scales? Could you use a measuring jug to measure capacity? Try converting your measurements between different units of measure (e.g. converting from grams to kilograms).
  • Spend some time gathering extra ideas for your writing project. Could you think of a list of WOW words or phrases to try and include in your story? Could you discuss your story idea with an adult to get some feedback – have they got any ideas to help you to improve your story plot or to help make your characters more interesting?
  • Research the life cycle of a chick. How long does a chick take to grow inside their egg? Why aren’t there chicks inside the eggs that we eat? How long do chicks to grow into an adult chicken?