Class Blog for Year 4/5

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!


Greek Salad! 

Posted: 11/10/2019
Rebecca Parris

We have had a really busy week in 4/5P. The children have completed their amazing Greek myths and have shared them with pupils from 3T. It was lovely to see them reading together and discussing their favourite parts of the story.
Next week is equally busy, especially for the Year 5s who will be out on Wednesday at a Music Workshop in Liskeard School and on Thursday at a P.E Festival at Callington.
Harvest Festival is on Tuesday morning at 9.30am.
We are also hoping to be tasting, designing, creating and evaluating Greek salads next week.
The children will be preparing and sampling the following foods: tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, olives, oregano, feta cheese, pitta bread - and possibly mint leaves and lemon juice. Working in groups, they will think about the presentation of a salad and under close supervision, will be chopping up ingredients.
Thank you to the parents for supporting the children in learning their spellings and times tables. We are hopeful that all children will know their tables by the end of the year.
Keep reading! BOOK RECOMMENDATION FOR THIS WEEK: Sky Song by Abi Elphinstone.


October poetry 

Posted: 06/10/2019
Rebecca Parris

Last week, the children worked really hard on their own Greek myth after we spent several lessons looking at the famous myth "Theseus and the Minotaur." 
Next week, in English, we will be studying Classic and Narrative Poetry and we will be using three inspiring poems: "The Listeners" by Walter de la Mare, ""The Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll
and "The Tale of Custard the Dragon" by Ogden Nash.
The pupils in 4/5P have been working incredibly hard on their times tables and we have been testing them when they feel they have mastered a particular table.
In Maths lessons, we are starting a new unit on Addition and Subtraction. Children need the tools (such as being able to do column addition and subtraction), but our big focus is on their reasoning and being able to give explanations when tackling a problem. (The answer is ... because...)
Last week, we sent the children home with a list of personalised spellings - words that they still needed to learn. They will be tested on Friday this week. (11th)
You may have read on the newsletter that there will be Class Photographs on Wednesday 9th October and the Harvest Festival will be the following week: Tuesday 15th October
It has been lovely to meet the parents of 4/5P pupils - if you still haven`t caught up, please feel free to catch us before school (when I am often on the playground) or after school (when I stand outside the classroom or just inside the door.) Messages can also be relayed to the class Teaching Assistants.

A book on our wish list is "Tilly and the Time Machine" by Ade Edmondson and the children may also be interested in "The Wild Robot" by Peter Brown and "The Iron Man" by Ted Hughes - a real classic that children of this age seem to love.
Some children have been bringing in a poem to read each morning - the more the merrier!


Poem of the Day in 4/5P 

Posted: 24/09/2019
Rebecca Parris

Our Poem of the Day is going really well, from classical poetry to nature to funny poems and it is lovely that the children are bringing in poetry books from home and are talking to their parents and grandparents about their favourite poems. In class, we have been studying a poem called "The Minotaur" - this fits in really well with our current Learning Adventure on The Ancient Greeks.
We look forward to seeing the children dressed up for History Day on Friday and we hope to be excited historians.
Reading for pleasure has also been on our agenda and we are encouraging the children to read whatever they enjoy and to share their reading with a sibling or parent. The impact that confident reading can have on learning is huge - plus, it is a lot of fun!
Being creative and learning through creativity is also a focus for us and we hope to bring that into our lessons throughout this adventure. Last Friday, the children had to make a temple out of newspaper and tape. We learnt about the different types of Greek columns and gained an insight into what makes a strong, stable structure. Keep reading!


Book Recommendations 

Posted: 20/09/2019
Rebecca Parris

4/5P have made a really good start to the term. We have been enjoying our Learning Adventure on the Ancient Greeks and we are looking forward to our History Day on Friday 27th September when we can dress up as any historical figure.
Reading is a really big focus in our school at the moment and we are encouraging the children to read at home and to find a book that excites them.
Our  class reading book is called "Rebecca`s World" by Terry Nation. 
Each day, we hear a "Poem of the Day." We encourage the children to bring in a poem from home and we read it out to the rest of the class.
On our reading display and on the door, we have a list of recommended reads for Year 4s and Year 5s.
Two books that we are recommending for this week are: "The Nowhere Emporium" by Ross MacKenzie and "The Firework Maker`s Daughter" by Philip Pullman. 


Start to the new year! 

Posted: 10/09/2019
Michele Spencer

Welcome back to the new school year! We have an exciting new learning adventure this term based on the question 'What are rocks good for?'.

We will be historians discovering all about the Stone Age, scientists researching and testing rocks, writers creating stories from a time before writing existed as well as improving our outdoor skills and art work just like the Stone Age people. 

Check back here reguarly to find out about our learning.


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