Class Blog for Year 4/5

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT`S DREAM 

We have had a really good week. The children worked well in groups to make some amazing robots out of recycled materials.
Five children from 4/5P  went to an Anti-Bullying workshop in Callington and they will be involved in introducing this theme to the rest of the school.
On Friday, two of our Year 5s helped out with selling cakes in the cake sale and on Wednesday, some of us had fun at the Valentines` Disco.
When we come back after the holiday, we will be doing a project inspired by World Book Day based on Shakespeare`s "A Midsummer Night`s Dream."
We have watched a really good version of the play on CBeebies and we will be looking at the poetry, the language and the plot of the story.
In Maths, we will be working on "Time" and then "Decimals."
There is no yoga on the first Thursday back, but there will be sessions on the three Thursdays after.
The children need to have their P.E. kit in school every day.
Have a lovely holiday!

 


ROBOTS, BIKES AND SHAKESPEARE! 

We have nearly reached the holiday and although it has been a short half term, we have packed a lot in!
The children have been working on biography writing in English and in our Guided Reading sessions, we focused on the life of Vincent van Gogh. This week, we will be looking at the life of William Shakespeare in preparation for a two week adventure based around his play "A Midsummer Night`s Dream."
On Wednesday and Thursday, the Year 4s will be taking part in "Bikeability" so they must have their bikes here ready for action on Wednesday. They can bring them in on Monday or Tuesday, if this helps.
We are also going to be building a giant robot from recycled materials, so please could the children bring in boxes, lids, plastic bits and pieces and anything else that would be suitable. This project is linked to our class read, "The Wild Robot" by Peter Brown - a story that we are all really enjoying. It also leads into our Learning Adventure -"Is it the Whole Story?" where we will be looking at SCULPTURE.
In Maths lessons, we have been battling with FRACTIONS and we are finally winning. The children are making some really good connections and giving amazing explanations.
Please keep spelling, reading for PLEASURE and learning times tables. (www.MathsFrame is very good).
Also, please make sure P.E. kit is here every day (especially Thursdays for Yoga- which we are really loving) and old shoes or boots are useful for Tuesdays when we try to get out into the gardens for Forest School/Outdoor Learning.
Thanks to all the parents for being so supportive and to the children for working so hard. Have a good break next week.

 


"IS IT THE WHOLE STORY?" 

Last week, we completed our Science lessons on "Materials: Properties and Changes. The children gained a greater understanding of scientific processes such as: dissolving, irreversible and reversible changes and filtering, sieving and separating.
This week, we will be starting our LEARNING ADVENTURE: Is it the Whole Story?
We will be closely studying a few carefully selected pieces of art work and will be looking at what may be behind its creation.
We will start off by studying the paintings of Van Gogh and we will be learning about his life and about his birthplace, the Netherlands.
On Thursday, 45P will begin Yoga lessons with a qualified yoga teacher and in English, we will continue to work on DIARY writing.
The children have been working incredibly hard on their diaries about a "lost thing" and they are continuing to show their enthusiasm for learning.
Please remember spare shoes for Forest School/Outdoor Learning on Tuesday and PE kit for Yoga on Thursday.
Our outdoor Games lesson will be changing, but as we are not sure which day it will now be on, could the children have their PE kits here every day in preparation. It is likely that we will take our chance when there is nice weather and it is important that we are geared up for football or basketball whatever day it is.
Our spelling test will be this FRIDAY - 31st January.
Many thanks.

 


A VERY BUSY FORTNIGHT! 

We have had a very busy couple of weeks back at school and the children have been working really hard.
In Science, we have carried out investigations on INSULATING, SIEVING and SEPARATING. The children had to work in groups to see how long they could keep ice cubes solid and prevent them from melting.
We had a visit by local artist Sean  and the children worked on collaborative art work based around the theme of "BE KIND."
In English lessons, we are looking at DIARY writing and we will be using the book "The Lost Thing" by Shaun Tan as a stimulus.
Preparations are under way for the Year 4 BIKEABILITY sessions on February 12th and 13th.
The children have been working very conscientiously on learning their spellings and are making good progress.
In Maths, we have been having another push on FACTORS, MULTIPLES, PRIME NUMBERS, SQUARE NUMBERS and CUBE NUMBERS and we are keen that all the children show their understanding of what these are.
In June, the Year 4s will be undertaking a digital times tables test and we have started practising this using a website called www.Mathsframe Times table Checker. This is a fun way to prepare for the test - but most importantly, to help children learn their times tables.
Please remember that we have our Games lesson on Thursdays so we need P.E. kit to be here.
We try to get out and about on Tuesdays with FOREST SCHOOL if the weather is good, so old shoes or welly boots are handy to have on that day.

 


SCIENCE ALERT! 

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.

 


MERRY CHRISTMAS 

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.
THE 4/5P TEAM.

 


Christmas Events 

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? 

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!

 


STAR GAZING 

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!

 


SPACE: THE FINAL FRONTIER 

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.

 


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