Welcome to Year 4!
Welcome to Class 4, my name is Mrs Lennon.
We have PE on Wednesdays and Fridays so please make sure you have your kit (you can leave it in the cloak room - no need to bring it in each day).
Homework is given out on Thursdays and due in on Tuesdays.
Spelling tests are on Thursdays and new words are also given out to learn for the following week.
The Catholic Virtues we are looking at this term are 'compassionate' and 'loving'. We spoke about them in our assembly at the beginning of term .
Each teacher chose a letter from the word vocation to be their class vocation. I chose 'C' for 'convert' as in reuse or recycle. That evening I read about the Kori Project and thought it was a great place to start. Ladies in the UK hold a sewing evening and make our 'waste' t-shirts into dresses for children who only have their school uniform in the Kori area of Sierra Leone, in Africa. Mrs Donnelly very kindly made up three dresses to show the children what they look like and members of the class modelled them.
Thank you to everyone who donated t-shirts we collected over 75 t-shirts just from Class 4, which is totally amazing!
Watch this space for more recycling and reusing projects being added in the future.
After a successful first term exploring 'Paddle Ohana' we have now moved on to our new Curriculum Vehicle of 'Roman Roads'.
We have a creative display to prompt our learning which also displays examples of our work. This takes to form of a roadway that starts as a dirt track right through to a modern four lane motorway. The final outcome is to create a road. We are looking forward to our trip to Chester Zoo via a Roman road and have planned visits from the council and Amey, who are building the new Stafford Western Access Route.
The children have been working scientifically to listen to noise to establish where it comes from and how we hear.
We went for a walk and talked about the different noises in different local roads. We were also able to observe street furniture to help us with our road planning.
Thank you to all parents who could come and join us. The children enjoyed learning about St Augustine (St. Austin) and how he had make big changes to his life when it was all going wrong. They made group posters showing key facts about St Augustine to share in the assembly; some chose to write prayers and each child had a book mark to remember the morning and St Augustine's words 'My heart is restless until it rests in God'.
Most importantly please keep practicing your times tables - this can be done on Times Tables Rockstars, Mathsframe or simple chanting and checking.
This term we have further developed our multiplication and division skills. The children have enjoyed getting out the concrete resources to help them visualise numbers and amounts. They have done lots of showing and explaining why. Next we are now moving onto fractions and decimals.
Please remember to read as least five times a week!
The children are planning and creating their own poetry. We are using a selection of poems by Grace Nichols.
In history we are investigating the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain. So far we have looked at historic timelines, including our own life span; looked at some evidence that the Romans came to Britain and why they invaded. Next we will be looking at armies, roads and towns.
We have been identifying and locating countries, towns and features of the United Kingdom, focusing on Holy Island, Anglesey, North Wales. The Ordnance Survey map of this area gave the children a variety of natural features and map symbols to find and identify. We are now looking at the points of the compass and grid references.
In science we have been exploring sound, where it comes from, how it is made and how we hear it. The children have had great fun making sounds with tins, tubs, cups, clapping and thinking about how their ears actually work.
The children have explored and appraised different types of Roman art and produced a sketch of their own. Next we will be investigating and creating our own mosaics.
Design and Technology
For a homework, the children looked closely at their streets. The class went for a walk and looked at the street furniture along the way in readiness for creating their own street design.
Modern Foreign Languages
This term we are building on previous learnt vocabulary so that we can greet people and ask some basic questions in French. The children have also written down their conversations. Next we are moving onto the places in a town, asking how to get there and saying where places are.
In computing the children have been identifying how computing forms a key part in the design of towns and roads. We first looked a a picture of a road scene to see which objects had been designed using a computer. The children were fascinated by the fact that a road and pavement were designed using specialist computer aided design equipment. We are all looking forward to our visit to the Stafford Western Access Route to see this for ourselves.
The children are developing their listening and appraisal skills in music. They have been listening to music from a variety of non-orchestral instruments and even had a go a the 'cup rhythm' from 'Pitch Perfect' before taking a very in depth study of the broom scene from STOMP! The Musical. We are now moving on to creating our own pieces of music using unusual non-orchestral instruments.