Monet Class

Week commencing 10.12.18

Monday, 10th December, 5:00 PM

10.12.18

We will be doing lots of practise for our Christmas sing-along over the next week. Please make sure that you are practising your words at home too!

In Year 4, we have started sending home spellings each week. We will send them out on Wednesdays to be learnt before our tests on Mondays.

On Friday this week, we will be having a Christmas bazaar in the hall. All children will participate by working in groups to design a game or activity to run as a stall at the event- please remember to bring in anything you need for your stall.


English

Writing: This week, we are continuing our mission: Board Games. We will be learning about how to write a persuasive advertisement to sell our board game Chalice Chase. We will be looking at the features of an advert and apply these to our own adverts for our board game - Chalice Chase.

Reading: In Destination Reader this week, we are focusing on clarifying. We will be clarifying words and phrases that we are unsure about using the book ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’.

 

Maths

In Maths this week, we will be revising fractions focusing on:

  • Counting up and down in tenths and hundredths
  • Showing fractions of shapes
  • Exploring equivalent fractions
  • Finding fractions of amounts.

 

Home learning opportunities

  • Practise spellings from the Year 3/4 spelling list (or the Year 1/2 or even Year 5/6 spelling list). These spelling lists were sent home in the first week of term. Please ask your child to check in their tray at school if they haven’t brought it home yet!
  • 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://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button or https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check to help you practise.
  • With the sing-along-a- Christmas coming up this week, please ensure you are practising your song lyrics and words (if you have a speaking part).

Week commencing 3.12.18

Monday, 3rd December, 4:17 PM

3.12.18 

We will be doing lots of practise for our Christmas sing-along over the next 2 weeks. Please make sure that you are practising your words at home too!

 

In Year 4, we have started sending home spellings each week. We will send them out on Wednesdays to be learnt before our tests on Mondays.


English

Writing: This week, we are continuing our mission: Board Games. We will be learning about how to write a persuasive advertisement to sell our board game Chalice Chase. Also, using our knowledge of the text ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, we will be writing diary entries in role of Charlie Bucket in our Big Write this week.

 

Reading: In Destination Reader this week, we are focusing on questioning. We will be asking questions about the book ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. Our focus will be on asking open-ended questions that will require us to think more deeply about the text.


Maths

In Maths this week, we will be working revising the following objectives:

  • Rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000.
  • Using rounding to estimate (and then check) our answers to calculations.
  • Using the inverse operation to check our answers. E.g. checking a subtraction calculation using column addition or vice versa.

 

Science

We will be looking at the results of our freezing experiment to see which of our six liquids have frozen and which have not. We will be evaluating if our predictions were correct or not and why.

 

Topic

We have been researching the Mayans to help the Natural History Museum with their Mayans exhibition. Now that we have finished this research, we will be sharing our findings with the rest of the class and then creating non-chronological reports to present our new knowledge in a clear and interesting way.

 

Home learning opportunities

  • Practise spellings from the Year 3/4 spelling list (or the Year 1/2 or even Year 5/6 spelling list). These spelling lists were sent home in the first week of term. Please ask your child to check in their tray at school if they haven’t brought it home yet!
  • 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://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button or https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check to help you practise.
  • Choose your favourite toy or game. Create a persuasive advertisement to persuade other children to buy the toy/game. Can you use rhetorical questions and exaggerated language? Think carefully about how you could present your advertisement.
  • Imagine that you could interview one of the characters from your reading book. What questions would you ask them? Could you pretend to be that character and answer the questions in role?

Week commencing 26.11.18

Monday, 26th November, 4:34 PM

26.11.18

English

Writing: This week, we are continuing our mission: Board Games. We will be writing instructions for the board game ‘Chalice Chase’ (or for Snakes and Ladders), thinking carefully about the organisational features that we are using. After we have written and edited our instructions, we will begin to explore persuasive adverts.

 

Reading: In Destination Reader this week, we are focusing on predicting. We will be making predictions using the book ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. Our focus will be on justifying our predictions using evidence from the text.


Maths

In Maths this week, we will be working on our 7 and 9 times tables and applying these to different types of questions. We will have to do lots of problem solving and reasoning.

 

Science

We will be exploring the water cycle this week, continuing with our states of matter topic, we will be setting up a freezing experiment and making predictions about what will happen.

 

Topic

We have been researching the Mayans to help the Natural History Museum with their Mayans exhibition. Now that we have finished this research, we will be sharing our findings with the rest of the class and then creating non-chronological reports to present our new knowledge in a clear and interesting way.

 

Home learning opportunities


Week commencing 19.11.18

Tuesday, 20th November, 8:52 AM

19.11.18

English

Writing: This week, we are continuing our mission: Board Games. After describing settings and characters for our board game ‘Chalice Chase’, the next part of our mission is to come up with a background story for the game. We are going to writing our background story this week based on finding some lost treasure.

Reading: In Destination Reader this week, we are focusing on evaluating. We will be discussing the language that is used in non-fiction texts about ‘The Maya.’ We will be thinking about the reasons behind the author’s word choices and exploring the language and features of non-fiction texts.

Maths

In Maths this week, we will be multiplying and dividing by 1 and 0. Later in the week, we will be multiplying and dividing using the six times table. We will be doing lots of reasoning and problem solving using these skills and there will be lots of challenges available.

Science

We will be exploring the water cycle this week, continuing with our states of matter topic, we will be setting up a freezing experiment, exploring what sort of liquids freeze first.

 

Home learning opportunities

  • Practise spellings from the Year 3/4 spelling list (or the Year 1/2 or even Year 5/6 spelling list). These spelling lists were sent home in the first week of term. Please ask your child to check in their tray at school if they haven’t brought it home yet!
  • 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://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button to help you practise.
  • Could you do some research on the internet or at your local library about the Mayans?
  • Create a poster for the water cycle.

Week commencing 12.11.18

Monday, 12th November, 5:31 PM

12.11.18

English

Writing: This week, we are continuing our mission: Board Games. After describing settings and characters for our board game ‘Chalice Chase’, the next part of our mission is to come up with a background story for the game. We are going to practise our story writing first by writing an adventure story about a journey to find some lost treasure. We will be bringing home talk homework so that we can discuss our story ideas at home and maybe make some notes.

 

Reading: In Destination Reader this week, we are focusing on evaluating. We will be discussing the language that Roald Dahl uses in ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and thinking about the reasons behind his word choices.

 

Maths

In Maths this week, we will be multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100. We will be doing lots of reasoning and problem solving using these skills and as a challenge, some of us will be beginning to multiply and divide decimal numbers.

 

Science

We will be recapping and discussing our learning about colloids from last week. A colloid is something which is a mixture of more than one state of matter e.g. whipped cream which is air (gas) and liquid (cream). Also, we will be experimenting with ice balloons. We will observe what happens when we put food colouring, salt and sand on the ice balloons.

 

Home learning opportunities

  • Practise spellings from the Year 3/4 spelling list (or the Year 1/2 or even Year 5/6 spelling list). These spelling lists were sent home in the first week of term. Please ask your child to check in their tray at school if they haven’t brought it home yet!
  • 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://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button to help you practise.
  • Complete your talk homework for writing, which is to discuss and make notes about your ideas for an adventure story. This will be handed out on Tuesday.
  • Create a Quentin Blake illustration!

Week commencing 5.11.18

Monday, 5th November, 1:09 PM

5.11.18

I have just noticed that I put the wrong date on last week’s blog - apologies for any confusion!

English

Writing: This week we will be starting our new writing mission called ‘Board Games’. We will be helping a character called Ace Goldberg to design a new board game. This week, we will be describing the medieval characters and settings that will make the game exciting. We will use lots of adjectives and adverbs to describe as well as sentences beginning with subordinate clauses (e.g. If you find the owl’s silver feather, you will be able to move forward 3 spaces.)

 

Reading: In Destination Reader this week, we are focusing on summarising. We will be explaining the key ideas in the text that we read, practising doing this in a short and concise way. This will include challenges such as summarising a whole paragraph or even a whole chapter in only 10 words! Our class text is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.


Maths

In Maths this week, we will begin with an assessment on addition and subtraction before moving onto our new, short unit of length and perimeter. This will involve:

  • Converting between kilometres and metres.
  • Finding the perimeter of rectangles (including squares).
  • Finding the perimeter of other, more complicated shapes.


Science

We will be continuing to learn about solids, liquids and gases and will focus this week on ‘colloids’ which are materials that are a mixture of two states of matter. E.g. whipped cream is a colloid because it is a liquid (cream) and gas (air) mixed together. We will be setting up some experiments and making careful observations.

 

Art

This term we have started to look closely at the styles of illustrators, so far we have been looking at Anthony Browne and Chris Van Allsburg and practising their styles and techniques.  After doing some research on illustrator, Quentin Blake before half term, we will be learning about how he creates his illustrations and be creating some of our own using the same techniques.


Home learning opportunities

  • Practise spellings from the Year 3/4 spelling list (or the Year 1/2 or even Year 5/6 spelling list). These spelling lists were sent home in the first week of term. Please ask your child to check in their tray at school if they haven’t brought it home yet!
  • 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://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button to help you practise.
  • Can you explain what solids, liquids and gases are to a friend or family member? Look at materials around your house, can you create a list of solids, liquids and gases?
  • Use a ruler or tape measure to accurately measure objects around your house in mm, cm or m. Can you convert between different units of measurement e.g. 5 cm = 50 mm? Can you find the perimeter of any objects around your house by measuring each side and adding up the values?
  • Can you read a chapter of a book and then summarise it by writing/explaining the key points? Could you write a headline to summarise that chapter? Could you summarise the chapter in 10 words?

Week commencing 5.11.18

Monday, 29th October, 5:41 PM

5.11.18

English

Writing: This week we will be learning/revising the following aspects of writing:

  • Using a/an correctly.
  • Using fronted adverbials (a particular kind of sentence opener) to say when, where or how something happened (e.g. At school, I practised my spellings.)
  • Proof-reading our writing to check that it makes sense and to check our spellings and punctuation.
  • Using apostrophes correctly to show possession.
  • Punctuating speech correctly.

Reading: In Destination Reader this week, we are focusing on inferring. We will be using clues in the text to work out how characters are feeling and what they are thinking and also to make inferences about the setting or mood in a text. Our class text is still Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.


Maths

In Maths this week, we will continue our unit on addition and subtraction. We will be:

  • Revising the column methods for adding and subtracting 4-digit numbers.
  • Choosing the most efficient methods for different subtractions.
  • Using rounding to estimate answers.
  • Checking our answers using the inverse operation.


Science

We will be learning about solids, liquids and gases and sorting materials into these three different groups.


Art

This term we have started to look closely at the styles of illustrators, so far we have been looking at Anthony Browne and Chris Van Allsburg and practising their styles and techniques.  After doing some research on illustrator, Quentin Blake before half term, we will be learning about how he creates his illustrations and be creating some of our own using the same techniques.


Home learning opportunities

  • Practise spellings from the Year 3/4 spelling list (or the Year 1/2 or even Year 5/6 spelling list). These spelling lists were sent home in the first week of term. Please ask your child to check in their tray at school if they haven’t brought it home yet!
  • 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://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button to help you practise.
  • Can you explain what solids, liquids and gases are to a friend or family member? Look at materials around your house, can you create a list of solids, liquids and gases?
  • Generate your own 4-digit numbers to practise column addition and subtraction. Can you check your answers carefully?

Week commencing 15.10.18

Monday, 15th October, 4:50 PM

15.10.18

 

English

Writing: This week we will be completing our writing mission - ‘Superheroes’. We have read and discussed the features of a comic strip which include: time adverbials, direct speech and onomatopoeia.  Using similar features, we will be writing a story based on the comic strip that we have read.

Reading: In Destination Reader this week, we are focusing on inference, using our text ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. Inferring is when we use the clues in the text to work out things that the author isn’t directly telling us. We will be learning to back up our ideas using evidence from the text.

 

Maths

In Maths this week, we will be subtracting using the column method beginning with calculations which do not require exchanging and moving onto calculations which do require exchanging. We will also be doing lots of problem solving using our subtractions skills.

 

Science

We will be continuing our topic of ‘Animals, including Humans’ by looking at food chains. We will explore what producers, prey and predators are and look at how food chains and food webs work.

 

Art

This term we have started to look closely at the styles of illustrators, so far we have been looking at Anthony Browne and Chris Van Allsburg and practising their styles and techniques. Next, we will be focussing on Quentin Blake (the author of Roald Dahl’s books), creating a fact file on him and also learning about how he creates his illustrations.  Please do bring in an old t-shirt to wear for art lessons if you haven’t done so already so that our uniforms can stay looking smart.


Computing

We will begin to design simple, educational games in pairs which we will later create using Scratch. Before we do this, we will look at and discuss some pre-existing educational games and think about what we can do to make our games fun.


Home learning opportunities

  • Practise spellings from the Year 3/4 spelling list (or the Year 1/2 or even Year 5/6 spelling list). These spelling lists were sent home in the first week of term. Please ask your child to check in their tray at school if they haven’t brought it home yet!
  • 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://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button to help you practise.
  • Research your favourite animal and find out about the food chain that it is part of? Who is the producer, the prey and the predator in your food chain?
  • Practise using Scratch online (you can try it out without logging in) – can you work out how to make the cat move?
  • Write an adventure story. Could you use ideas from the comic strip we read in class to help you to write a similar story? Or could you use ideas of your own?