Year 4 class blog w/b 4.9.19
Date: 6th Sep 2019 @ 8:36pm
Welcome back to another year in school. I hope that you have all had a relaxing summer! It has been wonderful hearing all of the children’s news and seeing their fantastic book recommendations and creations.
We have had a super first three days back. We launched our new Read Write Inc. spellings sessions which are looking at the prefixes un, dis, mis and in. Spelling tests will now be every half term based on our spelling lessons; therefore, a formal ‘spelling test’ each Friday will not be happening. However, I will send home spellings based on what we are learning about in school, should you wish to practise spellings (this would be very beneficial, particularly if your child finds spelling tricky).
In Maths this week we have been focusing on place value using hundreds, tens and ones; we will be moving on to thousands soon! We have also been rounding to the nearest ten and twenty.
A mysterious poster arrived in our classroom on Thursday in our English lesson and we had a visit from a famous explorer- Ernest Shackleton! He wanted to recruit people for his expedition to Antarctica! After this, we researched people who were actually in his crew and thought about some of the characteristics and qualities they would need to possess, before writing a letter of application in role to join Shackleton’s crew.
In topic, we looked at the physical features of Antarctica, as well as its location; we then planned out an expedition, thinking about essentials we would need for the journey and how we might get there and travel whilst there.
In PE this week, we had a super netball lesson, while in RE we heard the story of Jesus and the Centurion, which is a story from our ‘Good News’ unit.
Next week on Tuesday will be our ‘Welcome to Year Four’ meeting (these are at 3.40 and 4.30 (as stipulated on the weekly note in your child’s planner). I will be talking about topics this year as well as general class information. If you can’t attend, the PowerPoint will become available online.
Hopefully you have had chance to look at key dates on the topic web (we have some very exciting trips planned!) and some recommended reads! Please read as often as you can, both listening to your child and reading to them. Times tables are very important this year, as your child needs to know up to their 12 times tables by the summer, as there will be a times tables test. Please work on these at home to support what we do in school.
If you have any questions at all, please ask. I look forward to meeting you all soon.