Mr Hicklin, Mrs Challand, Mrs Liles and Miss Higginbotham
Our Topic this half term is "Into the forest."
In this, our final topic of the year, we will compare habitats and trees in the UK with those abroad, specifically delving into the wildlife of the rainforests around the globe. We will also be looking at tree related stories, including the adventures of Robin Hood.
Our trip to the Red House Glass Cone.
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to the glass cone on 19th June. The children had the chance to dress up, examine artefacts, undertake art activities, take a guided tour, watch an extremely skilled glass blower and to produce their own glass tile. The staff of the glass cone praised the children's engagement and superb behaviour and they were, indeed, a credit to you. If you fancy a re-visit as a family, this is just a reminder that it is free admission (although if you want to try our craft activity there is a charge and only a small number of days to visit). The glass cone staff recommend that you phone ahead to check if glass blowing demonstrations are going to happen on the day of your visit, to avoid disappointment.
Year Four are having a Read-a-thon! Thank you for signing their bookmarks, the scores will be collected each week and used to complete our reading tracker chart in class. The children were reminded that the book had to be of an appropriate level to them, and as such 50 words per page was agreed as a suitable book.
Mondays and Wednesdays will be our PE days. Ensure you have your sports kits for indoor and outside lessons (a plain red top, black shorts, tracksuit bottoms and a sweatshirt or tracksuit top. Pumps/plimsolls are suitable for indoor wear but trainers are required for outside activities)..
Tuesday- the very exciting WCIT in which every member of Year Four will be playing either cornet or clarinet.
Doing a bit of extra work at home can really help with our work in class.
Try to read every day at home. If your child is good at reading independently, you can ask them for a summary of the plot on the days you don’t hear them read. Talk about what you have read and have a competition to guess what might happen next. It is fine to work as a team - it can be fun to read a sentence or page each if it is a challenging book that they are desperate to read.
You can do optional reading tasks at home in your journal, and occasionally we will set them for you (such as when we have completed a book together during guided reading time). If you need a reminder of these tasks, We have included some at the bottom of this page.We've put a set into children's journals and are encouraging them to colour in tasks completed.
Spellings. The children complete a wide variety of spelling tasks in school. A copy of the spellings can be found at the bottom of the page too.
This year we will be concentrating on counting and tables facts. We will be learning and testing these each week. For a challenge, you can even learn the division facts to match! You might like to try this website for a different way to learn your tables. Update: Try this fab new app! My team of tables novices have been trying this out, and the verdict- it is great! It's called Ten Minutes a day Time Tables from DK- here's a link. You can download it on android and Ios.
The children all have a Mathletics account (the password is stuck into their journals). It is fine to work with you child, or be on call to help with this work. I always find it useful to have a pencil and paper nearby to help with working out. There are some very good multiplication table songs on this website too!
Suggested additional learning activities
Card games can be a really good way of practicing counting. Why not try one of our new favourite games? Arrange your cards into a spiral. Take turns to roll a dice, and advance by the number of cards you rolled. To stay there- you need to calculate the value of the card by the value on the dice. If you get it wrong, you need to go back to where you were before you last rolled- or if you like a challenge- to the start! If someone else lands on your card and completes the calculation successfully, you are sent back to the start! Enjoy!
Dice games. There are lots of different variations or dice games. It can be really fun to multiply the scores on two (or even three) dice together. Another favourite in Year Four is to write 0-12 and cross off the numbers as you roll two dice- for example 6 and 2 could make 8 (6+2), 4 (6-2) 12 (6x2) or 3 (6 divided by 2). This one makes a fun two player game as you can see who has crossed off most squares once they have all gone, or you can have a set of numbers each and see who gets all of the numbers first. For advanced players you could also include 4.5, 3.5, 2.5, 1.5 etc for halving odd numbers.
We love throwing three die (or one dice, three times) to produce a three digit number and rounding it to the nearest ten or hundred. For something simpler, try two dice and for a challenge, add a decimal point! We like to use a game board and challenge each other to cover up the rounded numbers as this also lets us practice place value (the digits 2,3,4 could round to 230, 240, 320, 340 420 or 430 if one of the other variants has been taken by our opponent).
Interested in finding out about our rich history?
There are loads of websites and places to visit.
Some local(ish) places to visit.
http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/wall-roman-site/ open from 10-4, this site is just off the roman road known as Watling Street, near Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS14 0AW
This lies further along Watling street. Miss H visited last year and loved the fact that there is a replica Roman Villa there.
This is very close to Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY5 6PH
Chedworth Roman Villa
A stunning set of mosaics can be seen at Chedworth. It is a little difficult to find- so make sure you have your Sat-nav. The staff on-site were really knowledgable and helpful.
Yanworth, near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL54 3LJ
https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/history/stone-age/ has lots of information if you want to find out more.
Ideas from our last topic......
Produce your own art in the style of Ralph Mcquarrie
Find out more about magnets here and here. Why not search around the house to find objects that are magnetic? Please don't go near computers and televisions, just in case! An interesting test is to see if different food and drinks cans are magnetic, you can try this one by seeing if they are attracted to your fridge door seal!
Why not make your own magnetic fishing game with paperclip 'fish'?
Find out why roads are gritted in winter in this experiment- http://www.science-sparks.com/2011/12/30/ice-and-salt/
Continue the adventures of your superhero by immortalising them in their own comic strip!
Here are some suggested reading activities:
Here are the year 3/4 spelling lists