Class Blog for Year 4/5

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Posted: 01/01/2020
Rebecca Parris

Welcome to a New Year and a new term!
This week, we will be having a workshop with an astronomer and we will also be starting our Science topic on MATERIALS AND THEIR PROPERTIES.
In Maths, we will be continuing with multiplication and division problem solving.
Coming up is Diary writing (recounts) in our English lessons and we will be using a book called "The Lost Things" by Shaun Tan as a stimulus for this work.
In July, our Year 4s will be undertaking some times tables tests. We will continue to work on out tables and we recommend that the children uses computer games, such as Maths Frame to help practise them.
Working with us this week is Sean Hewitt, an artist and he will be looking at the Theme of Kindness.
When we start our Learning Adventure for this term in a couple of weeks ("Is it the Whole Story?), we will be looking at various aspects of the Arts, including a focus on a piece of music, a piece of art work, sculpture and dance.



Posted: 15/12/2019
Rebecca Parris

There is just one week before we break up for Christmas. We have had a busy, but really lovely term. The children have worked so hard and I am sure that they are ready for a well deserved break.
Tomorrow, we will be going to Church for our School Carol Service and at 2.30 pm, many parents are coming in to look at the children`s books. If parents are not able to make it then, please pop in any day after school instead. Your child can show you their work.
On Tuesday, the children will be able to wear their Christmas jumpers and many will be enjoying a Christmas lunch.
On Friday, we will have our Reward Morning. Please remember toys and games.
Have a fantastic Christmas all of you.
Thank you for all your hard work and thank you for making the term so much fun.


Christmas Events 

Posted: 08/12/2019
Rebecca Parris

Christmas is getting nearer and we are feeling festive in 4/5P. We have a variety of Advent Calendars and Mrs G decorated the beautiful Christmas tree in our classroom.
This week, we will be seeing the KS1 Nativities as well as the Glee Club Concert.
Our Carol singing at the church on Friday was very successful and we had chance to see all the amazing Christmas trees. 
This week, we continue to work on Graphs in our Maths lessons and in English, we are working further on Explanation texts. The Science topic on "Earth and Space" has been really interesting and we look forward to a visit from an astronomer, Mike Willmott on 7th January. He will bring in an interactive spherical ball called "Magic Planet" which projects incredible images of Space.
The children have recently had some assessments and we are pleased to say that they are doing well and taking their learning seriously. We were particularly pleased at the mature way in which they carried out the tests.
We also continue to work hard on our times tables and spellings. The children have a list of words (most containing the ei pattern) and they will be tested at the end of this week.
Next week, (date to be confirmed), the parents will be invited into 4/5P for a glass of Christmas juice and the chance to look at their children`s work. We hope many parents will be able to make it. We will let you know when this will be as soon as possible.
Please keep reading! We recommend "The Wolves of Willoughby Chase."


What is a Super Wolf Blood Moon? 

Posted: 29/11/2019
Rebecca Parris

We continue our fascinating Science unit: Earth and Space. This is a photograph Miss P took on the night of 20-21 January 2019 - the Super Wolf Blood Moon. The children could look up why this moon was given such a long and interesting title.
We are learning about the orbit of the planets around the Sun and how Earth rotates creating night and day. We will, hopefully have a visit from an astronomer in a few weeks time and will learn about our planet in greater depth.
In English, we will be looking at EXPLANATION texts and this will link very closely to our Science work.
In Maths, we continue to study graphs and the children are building up their skills in interpreting tallies, tables, pictograms, bar graphs and line graphs (especially the Year 5s.)
On Tuesday (weather permitting), we will have FOREST SCHOOL so wellies or old shoes are needed and on Thursday, we hope to have a Games lesson outside, so the children need their P.E kits.
On Friday, we will be going up to the Church to sing Carols and look at all the lovely trees between 11.15 and 12.00.
The PTA Christmas Fair is after school on Friday too so please come along!



Posted: 22/11/2019
Rebecca Parris

Another week has passed and we have been really enjoying our beautiful Forest School Garden. We spotted these unusual toadstools as we gathered natural materials to create amazing space pictures. We also collected ingredients for potions. These were used as a stimulus for instruction writing in our English lessons.
In Maths, we are drawing to a close with our work on Multiplication and Division, but we will continue to work very hard on our times tables.
Our class, along with Year 3 and 6 have been learning carols that we will be singing at the church while members of the community decorate their Christmas trees. St Cleer always have a tree in the festival and the church is well worth a visit.
We will be there on Friday 6th December from 11.15-12.00 and parents may pop in to hear us sing.
For our Earth and Space project, we have been searching hard to find a suitable trip or visit and we hope that we will have a visit from a local astronomer at some point this half term.
It would be lovely for the children to be able to engage in star gazing in the evenings with their families - it gets dark so early that they may be able to recognise some constellations well before bedtime.
The children have persuaded the 45P teachers that we should all bring in our teddies Friday next week to share our stories with!! (Never too old...) 
We have Forest School on Tuesday and Games on Thursday - as usual.
Keep reading, please!



Posted: 15/11/2019
Rebecca Parris

CLASS 4/5 P had another very busy and exciting week last week.
We began our Science Project on "Earth and Space." We will be learning about "Night and Day" and the planets in or solar system. We have been discussing the different theories that the Earth was flat, not round and the children have been able to put forward evidence that proves our amazing planet is spherical.
Last week, we had a times tables test and the teaching team is very pleased to see that the children are really learning their tables. Many of us know them randomly and at pace. Some children are focusing on division linked to their tables.
Thank you for all the effort children put into "Children in Need Day" and also for wearing odd socks to remind us that it was anti-bullying week.
There were many examples of the children "being kind" and we are impressed with the mature way in which our class can discuss issues surrounding bullying and falling out. In Year 4/5, the children have been showing that they are able to sort out fall outs and move on - and indeed, strengthen their friendships.
In Maths lessons, we continue to work on Multiplication and Division and in English, we are working on Instruction Text.
Parents often ask how they can help their child: Please: read together; support children with learning their spellings; work on number bonds and times tables; practise dividing and take a look at some real life instructions for things around the house.
Also, talk about the Earth and Space  and share the discussion. Encourage your child to bring in a snippet of information that could help or interest us all.



Posted: 09/11/2019
Rebecca Parris

Class 4/5P are finishing their Learning Adventure on the "Groovy Greeks" and are about to launch into Space where they will be learning about our Solar System and our amazing Planet Earth. Our planet is the only one that we know of that contains such beautiful scenes as the one in this picture. Why is this? We hope to find out why.
Any parents who have any knowledge about Space and Earth would be very welcome to come and tell us what they know. Meanwhile, the children can carry out some research at home and extend their own knowledge and understanding.
In English, we are moving from poetry to instructional text - following and being able to give instructions is a really important skill.
In Maths lessons, we are continuing with our unit on "Multiplication and Division" and we are learning what multiples, factors, prime numbers are and also the meaning of the word product.
On Friday, we took part in a 2 minute silence for Remembrance Day and in Forest School, we built little model fires from natural materials. The Forest Garden looked really Autumnal and the sun shone on us!
Thank you to all the parents for coming to Parent Consultations and for your lovely, positive comments.
Please remember that the Book Fair is in school this week and please keep reading!
The children brought some homophone spellings home last week and they will be tested on FRIDAY.
Please have Forest School boots or shoes here on TUESDAY and P.E. kits here on THURSDAY.
And, finally, please keep learning those times tables. Try out MATHSFRAME - we like it.


Rebecca`s World 

Posted: 02/11/2019
Rebecca Parris

This week, we have finished reading this super book, "Rebecca`s World" by Terry Nation. Miss Parris has been reading this story to pupils for twenty years and it has stood the test of time. We believe that Terry Nation was involved in writing the early scripts for Doctor Who and you can see the influence of the space theme within this incredible story.
Last week, the children started composing their own poems based on their own criteria. They are looking really good so far.
We have also started working on multiplication and division in maths lessons and we are targeting the 6x, 7x and 9x tables.
This week, we will be thinking about Remembrance Sunday and we will be making our salads in Design Technology lessons.
With Parents` Afternoons coming up on Wednesday and Thursday, it will be a busy week ahead.
Our P.E. lessons have been focusing on gymnastics and we are so pleased to see the children challenging themselves to produce good quality work. It is very scary up on the wall bars and it is really challenging to climb up a rope, but everyone is giving it a go!
Soon, we will be leaving the "Groovy Greeks" behind and will be thinking about "Earth and Space."


Classic and Narrative Poetry 

Posted: 25/10/2019
Rebecca Parris

4/5P have really enjoyed their English unit on Classic and Narrative Poetry. We recommend "The Listeners" by Walter de la Mare, a spooky poem set in a creepy forest on a moonlit night. Miss Parris was very impressed at the language the children used to discuss the poem and we are looking forward to writing our own poems next week.
In Maths, we will be moving on from Addition and Subtraction to Multiplication and Division, so there will be lots of opportunity to work on learning our times tables.
In English, our next area of study is Instruction writing and the children will have opportunity to write instructions on a subject that really interests them.
Further into the half term, we will be learning about "Earth and Space" in our Science lessons - and with the dark evenings coming on, we hope that the children might have chance to do some star gazing.


An Eventful Week 

Posted: 17/10/2019
Rebecca Parris

Miss Parris isn`t so sure about the title of this recommended read, but she is assured that David Walliams is a real hit for children of this age and she has seen the joy that many children have had from reading his very funny books.
This week has been so busy in 4/5P. The Year 5s have had two amazing days at Liskeard and Callington Schools. The first day was a really exciting music event where the children could participate in various musical activities and the second day was a life changing orienteering experience.
Thanks to Mrs Birch and her team for helping the children have a super time.
Meanwhile, back in the classroom, the Year 4s were a joy to be with. They designed, made and evaluated incredible Greek houses. They learned how to use saws, how to measure accurately and how to overcome a huge number of problems to stop a structure from collapsing!
Their Greek village /town looks amazing.
Tomorrow, we will be sampling Greek salad ingredients and working as teams to prepare the salad.
We hope that the children have a super holiday.
Please keep reading!


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