We had another very busy week last week: the children have been working really hard - as usual.
We started looking at playscripts in English and we acted out a couple and identified the features.
On Tuesday, we were caught in a huge downpour of rain as we searched for minibeasts in the Forest Garden. Our vegetables are doing well and the pots outside our room are coming together - thanks to "Gardening Club."
In Maths, we continue our work on Decimals, where good progress is being made. We have focused on using Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract methods to support our lessons. Use of manipulatives have really helped develop our understanding in this unit. We are also battling away at times tables and we are getting there.
Our music lessons with Mr Warwick have finished now, but we will continue to do singing and we will be following a brand new music scheme. This looks very good.
Mrs H has been teaching the children the names of different fruits in French lessons and we have been working on surveys in our Geography lessons.
We started doing tennis in our Games lessons.
All in all, a very busy and rewarding week!
* Please bring a change of shoes or welly boots on Tuesdays. This is the day that we aim to be out and about.
* Please wear PE kit on Wednesdays and Fridays. We try to do Games on a Wednesday, but will defer to Friday if the weather is not good. It is Fit Friday anyway.
Thank you for your support.
We had a busy week last week even though we were only in school for 4 days.
We planted our vegetables in the top garden and we are now hoping that we get no more frosts. They look really good.
Next week, we are hoping to visit the Building Site again and see what is happening. Now that the houses are being built, there seems to be very quick progress.
In Maths, we continue to work on decimals and in English, we will be sharing our newspaper reports and be moving on to playscripts (which will be a lot of fun).
Our Learning Adventure work is focusing on St Cleer as a settlement and we have been thinking about the physical landscape of this area. The children have bought lots of information and ideas to the lessons and we have had some really good discussions.
Thank you to Parents and Carers for catching up with us at Parent Consultations and for all your support.
Welcome back after a very short break!
We hope you were able to make the most of the sunny days. Let`s hope that the weather warms up so that we can plant out our vegetables in the top garden. They have been well looked after each day and are looking strong and healthy.
Thank you to all of you who have brought in pots, seeds, plants and compost to share. We really appreciate it.
We want to work on the area outside our classroom and make a grand display of all our plant pots.
In English this week, we continue to work on newspaper reports and the children will be innovating a given report on super heroes in order to confidently write their own report.
In Maths lessons, we will be in our second week on a unit about decimals. The children are doing well in this unit so far.
Science: Living Things and their Habitats combines well with our work on plants.
Our Learning Adventure: "Near and Far: What does our World Teach us?" is well underway, with a strong emphasis on Geography. We have been walking in the village and looking at local amenities, as well as drawing maps and learning about OS symbols.
* Games lessons are now on Wednesdays - please wear the school PE kit to school on Wednesdays and Fridays. (Fit Friday).
* Forest School/Out and About Day - Tuesdays. Wear school uniform, but have spare shoes or wellies to change into.
* Please return swimming surveys.
* Parent Consultations are on WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON and FRIDAY ALL DAY this week (5th and 7th May). Please book online through Arbor if you can, but, any problems, please contact me directly. (Miss P)
Thank you for all your support.
It was lovely to see all the children back at school after the Easter break.
We started our Learning Adventure: "Near and Far: What does our World Teach us?" We used the IPads to look up virtual maps of St Cleer, Cornwall, the UK and Peru and we had a go at drawing a map of the village. This week, we hope to get out and about and draw maps based on a walked route.
Each of the children have planted a vegetable to bring on in a pot and we will be planting these in the top garden in the next week or two.
Several children have brought in a larger pot containing seeds or flowers and we will be clearing the area outside our classroom and brightening it up with our beautiful pots.
Bikeability went well for the remaining Year 4s on Friday - thank you to parents/carers for organising the bringing in of bikes. It ran like clockwork.
Many thanks to Jenny for her hard work and brilliant teaching.
Next week, we will be starting a unit on DECIMALS in maths lessons and in English, we will continue with NEWSPAPER REPORTS. During a recent Learning Walk by the Senior Management, we were praised for the presentation in our books and for the greater pace and detail of the writing. This has been a class target so the 4/5P team were very proud of the children.
Our Science: "Living Things and their Habitats" continues throughout this half term. It will link in well with our study on Peru because Peru contains rain forest as well as a wide range of interesting plants and animals that will be good to learn about. The beautiful (but rather sad looking) creature above, is called the Spectacled Bear. It is very rare and it lives in Northern Peru.
Our Games lessons will now be on Wednesday, instead of Thursdays. The children will need to wear their P.E. kits to school on Wednesdays and Fridays.
On Friday, there is a fundraising day - please see the school newsletter for details. 4/5P will be running 100 laps of a relay, inspired by the amazing achievement of Captain Tom. Make sure you have your trainers.
* Please return the swimming survey (this is on an email newsletter, but we also sent out a paper copy). This is important because we want to look at the best way to teach swimming and your input is vital.
* An email has gone out regarding Parent Consultations. These will take place on the afternoon of WEDNESDAY 5TH MAY and all day on FRIDAY 7TH MAY. These will probably take place in one of the log cabins, but I will let you know as soon as this is confirmed. (These are face to face appointments). If you are not able to make a time on either of those days, I am happy to see you at another convenient time. Please be aware that all of these appointments will be ten minutes long. If we need extra time, that will be arranged for another time.
* Any more pots of plants for our class area/ t brighten up the school will be very welcome.
* Please come prepared for getting out and about on TUESDAYS - change of shoes and coats are needed.
Thank you for your support.
Welcome to the Summer Term!
This term we will be studying "St Cleer Village" and "Peru" as part of our Learning Adventure: "Near and Far: What does our World teach us?"
We will be carrying out a lot of Geography, focusing on the human and physical geography of both places.
Furthermore, we will be cooking (food technology) and will make a traditional Peruvian dish. We will hear also listen to music from the country and hope to try out some traditional Peruvian dance!
Our English unit is "Writing Newspaper Reports" and in Science lessons, we will be "Living Things and their Habitats" and "Animals. including Humans." These units will fit in very well with our work on Peru.
We want to do some growing and planting and hope to make plant pots for every child which can be displayed at the front of the school.
The other two Year 4/5 classes will also be studying South American countries- Brazil and Chile- and we will be making passports so that we can visit each other`s classes to learn more about their country!
In Games lessons, we will continue to work on ball skills/basketball and will move onto Athletics as the term goes on.
* Bikeability will take place this Friday for the Year 4 children who were not able to take part during the Lockdown. If helmets and bikes could be brought into school on Thursday, we will keep them in a safe place in the school building overnight.
* The timetable for P.E. may change so we will let you know when to wear P.E. kit.
* Parent Consultations will take place this term, so we will keep you posted with information relating to that as soon as we can.
* We are having a push on telling the time and times tables. It would be very helpful if the children could work on these at home.
Please keep reading too!
Thank you for your support.
Just four more days before the end of term..
The children have been working so hard and deserve a good break.
In this last week, we are hoping to complete our science unit on "Forces." Last week, we carried out a water resistance investigation and this week, we will be using mini parachutes to learn about air resistance.
On Tuesday (weather permitting), we are going to visit the building site at the memorial hall. We have been watching the progress of the house building.
In maths, we have been learning about right, acute and obtuse angles and we have been using protractors to measure angles accurately.
This week, we want to focus on telling the time and on learning our x tables. It is very important that the children keep working on these so that they know them quickly and confidently.
There will be no spellings to learn at home this week.
Next term, our Learning Adventure question will be. "Near and Far: What can our world teach us?"
We will be carrying out a lot of geography and science (Planting, growing, plants and animal habitats). We will be out and about in the village making maps and looking at the local geography and we will also be studying a South American country. We are very excited about this!
If any of you make a plant pot that you would like to put in the front of the school, that would be lovely.
Year 4 Bikeability for children who have not already done it will take place on FRIDAY 23RD APRIL.
Games lessons take place on Thursdays and Fridays - children must wear school P.E. kit.
Forest School on Tuesdays - old shoes or welly boots to be brought to school, please.
Have a wonderful Easter. Thank you for all your support this term.
We have had another really good week. The children have been working hard on their "Alice in Wonderland" Diaries and they have made amazing strides with fractions.
In French lessons, we have been learning the phrase, "Je peux.." (I can) and a variety of verbs. We also started to learn the names of animals.
In Science lessons, we started to think about an experiment to investigate water resistance and on Monday, we will be carrying out our experiments.
We were very lucky with the weather on Thursday and had a really enjoyable and energetic Games lesson on basketball. (Miss P was exhausted at the end of it). We are working on throwing, catching, jumping, dribbling and general skills and confidence.
Just a reminder that we have Games lessons on Thursdays and children can wear their P.E. kits to school. Fridays are "Fit Friday" so P.E. kit can be worn on this day, too.
We have Forest School on Tuesdays and the children just need a coat and suitable shoes or welly boots. Please wear school uniform.
YEAR 4s- Jenny Nash will be in school on FRIDAY 23RD APRIL to carry out Bikeability with the children who were not in school during Lockdown, so please start to get your bike ready so that you will be able to participate.
Finally, an idea that has been forming in our 4/5P minds, is to ask all children in the class to create a plant pot of flowers to be placed in the area at the front of the school. It would be really nice if these could be made at home and brought into school (for any keen gardeners amongst you), but if not, we can help out with children who need pots, compost and plants. Our science next term is linked to plants and growing and we are also going to be looking at the local environment in Geography lessons, so this environmental project will tie in nicely with both of these projects.
Thank you to all the children, parents , carers and guardians for your continued support. The children are settling back into school and are bringing their enthusiasm and energy to school life! They are a real credit to you all.
We have had a really good first week with 4/5P back together at school.
"Alice in Wonderland Dressing Up Day" was great fun and we have enjoyed learning about Lewis Carroll`s classic story and choosing our favourite characters to base our diary writing on.
In Maths lessons, we have made huge strides with fractions and we are now working on finding "common denominators."
Our Science lessons continue to focus on "FORCES" and last week, we learned about Gravity and this week, we have started to think about Water Resistance.
We want to carry out an investigation next week, but we need 1 litre plastic lemonade/water or coke bottles, so if anyone can bring these in from home, that would be very helpful.
In R.E. we are learning about Hinduism and in art lessons, we continue to work on our silk paintings. The few that are completed look AMAZING!
REMINDER: Forest School is on Tuesday (waterproofs and change of shoes needed) and Games is on Thursday. (Children wear their P.E. kit to school).
We are also doing FIT FRIDAY so the children need trainers on this day.
Please keep reading at home and learn your spellings and x tables.
Miss P and the 4/5P Team
DEAR 4/5P PARENTS AND CHILDREN,
Welcome back to school and to (an almost) normal routine. It has been lovely to see all the children this week and to have our class back together again.
Thank you so much for all your support and hard work throughout the Lockdown. Both, the children at school, and the children at home have settled into their work and they are showing that the time away has been very fruitful. We can see that a lot of learning has gone on.
Here are a few pieces of information that will help us get back into school:
• We will have our GAMES/P.E. lessons on THURSDAYS, so the children will need to wear their P.E. kit to school.
• We will have FOREST SCHOOL ON TUESDAYS. Children only need to have old shoes, trainers or welly boots for this lesson, so they must wear their school uniform. (It is rare that we will get very muddy).
• Our Learning Adventure for this term is “What Inspires a Great Creation?” so we will be continuing to do lots of creative tasks, involving ART, Music, DT (Silk Painting) and Forest School.
• The children have been told that they can do a mini project on something that inspires them. We will share these on 1st APRIL – the last day of term.
• We presently have a student with us, Mr Elvish and he will be working with 4/5P for 6 weeks.
• Our Teaching Assistants are: Mrs Tamblyn and Mrs Hillyard.
• On a Friday afternoon, the children will have a 45 minute music lesson with an inspirational music teacher, Mr Warwick.
Please refer to this Blog for weekly updates.
If you have any questions or anything that you want to catch up with me about, please get in touch by ringing school or emailing.
Best Wishes, Miss Parris and the 4/5P Team.
Good morning everyone,
It's the last day before we all come back on the 8th March - yay!
The live chats are below:
9.30am - Miss Parris (4/5P only)
11.15am - Mrs Nute (4/5BN only)
1.30pm - Miss Wright (4/5W only)
In English, we're focusing on the Mad Hatter Tea Party. Have a look at the PowerPoint and the worksheet for more information and ideas, and look at this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tzqs1aRyCkw
In maths, we are adding and subtracting fractions. There are videos on teams to support the worksheets.
After this, take time to finish off any work. If you would like to bring in any work that you've done on Monday, please do so. It would be really wonderful to share what you've been doing.
On Monday 8th March, we are having an Alice in Wonderland day. For this, children can dress up as a character from Alice in Wonderland if they want to and we will be doing some Alice in Wonderland themed activities, including a 'Mad Hatter Tea Party'. Some parents have asked about bringing in food. If children would like to bring in a cake for themselves, they can do.
See you soon,
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Summer term is here - teachers will be in touch with you about arranging parent consultations this term.
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