WELCOME TO YEAR 4!
Class Teachers - Miss Marshall & Miss Harvey
Teaching Assistant - Mrs Beeton
Thank you to all of you who have been supporting your children at home; it makes such a difference to their learning. I am posting following a few queries at parents evening for additional information and clarification. Our expectation is that each week your child should be completing their homework, in addition to daily reading, spellings and times tables.
The most recent Homework Menu is now on the school website, and I have also attached a list of potential book titles which are recommended for Year 4. The list is by no means exhaustive but should hopefully give you some ideas and an indication of the level of texts your children should be reading. This website also provides some super ideas: https://www.booksfortopics.com/year-4 . Book awards - such as the Waterstones Children's Book Prize or the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children's Book Awards - are also a great source of information about high-quality, contemporary children's books.
Our times tables focus on both fluency and application, with the children moving through four different levels for each times table. We are currently working on our 6, 7 and 8 times tables.
In the first level, children must be able to recite the times table in order e.g. 1x7=7, 2x7=14, 3x7=21...
Next, they must be able to answer multiplication questions in any order and at speed e.g. 8x7=56, 4x7=28, 11x7=77...
Next, they must be able to answer related division questions e.g. 21/7=3, 84/12=7, 63/7=9...
Finally, they must be able to extrapolate their understanding to larger or smaller numbers e.g. 3x70=210, 0.4x7=2.8, 300x0.7=210...
I hope this information is helpful to you, but please do ask if you need any additional advice or support with home learning.
On Tuesday 28th November we went to the water sewage centre in Chelmsford. First, we made sewage soup it included: cotton buds, baby wipes, poo, wee, toilet paper,tea bags, washing powder, oil. We learned that if you flush cotton buds and wipes down the toilet it will block the pipe .They showed us a clip about what happens to your poo and wee.Then, we went on a tour of the sight . We learned what happened to our waste. First, they cleaned out the poo in a cone shaped machine. Then the mixture got taken to a place full of rocks with cracks in them where friendly bacteria live and they eat the leftover poo.
Karla, Freya, Juliette
We went to Waterbeach recycling centre for a school trip. We learnt how to make flower pots made out of newspaper. We also saw the huge, awesome machines when they were working. We learnt what could and couldn’t go in the machines such as: bowling balls go to the charity shops and could (if put in the bin) stop the machines working. We also learnt what goes in which bin. We learnt about landfill and landfill is a huge hole in the ground in which rubbish is put into. We saw landfill in action. We learnt a lot about recycling. IT WAS EPIC!!!
Jenny, Catrin, Aurelia
2nd October 2017 - Poetry!
Harry, Georgia, Catrin and Eliza met performance poet Justin Coe at a special writers' event in Cambridge today. They had the chance to hear some of his work, play word games, write several poems and perform a final piece. Here is their group poem for you to enjoy:
A day in the life of an orange
Orange is grumpy in the morning when he hasn't any coffee,
He goes downstairs to eat his breakfast of toffee.
Orange is sweet and bubbly now he knows what's for lunch,
He eats his pizza, munch munch munch.
Orange is sour in the evening and feels quite lazy,
After his tea, his brain goes all hazy.
When the original, oval Orange is ready to rest his head,
He goes BANG! and goes crazy and jumps on his bed.
They should be really proud of their hard work and creativity; there were moments when it was tricky to find the best words but they showed great perseverance. Well done to them all!!
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