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1.12.20 

Science
Experiment

We had such fun trying to insulate ice cubes to stop them from melting last week. This week we have been testing different materials to see if they dissolve in liquid. We also enjoyed designing an experiment to see if temperature affects dissolving. Some scientific words that we have been learning this week include: soluble, insoluble, dissolve, and solution.  

In maths lessons, we have started a new unit on measurement. We are learning about kilometres, the equivalence between cm and m, mm and cm, adding/subtracting lengths and measuring perimeter.  

This week, we will be sending home a very important letter which gives you more information about how we will use  "Microsoft Teams" at school. This is one form of communication that we may use in the unlikely event of a lockdown of our bubble. Hopefully, this will not happen, but we want to make sure that children and parents feel connected to school and continue to be supported in learning even if it happens at home.

Please find below the spellings for this week:
Year 4 - Though, although, dough, through, breakthrough, thought, bought, brought, fought, ought
Year 5 - Certainly, definitely, possibly, perhaps, probably, frequently, often, occasionally, rarely, always

Have a lovely week
The Year 4/5 Team

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23.11.20 

Egyptian Day
 Last week, we had a really great time on "Egyptian Day" and the children and parents did so well to come up with lots of imaginative ways to dress up.
We did some pyramid painting and made Egyptian mummy sarcophaguses.
We also wrapped each other up in toilet roll to make mummies! We have also enjoyed the challenge of making pyramids using spaghetti and marsh mellows!
Our Learning Adventure has a strong history focus, but it also incorporates geography, art, computing, drama, research skills and design - and a lot more!
In other subjects, we have continued to work on multiplication and division and in particular, the terms, multiple and factor. The Year 5's have been learning what a prime number, square number and cubed number is. The children are working hard to learn their x tables.
In English, we are working on instruction text and in science, we continue to look at the different properties of materials. We learnt the words: permeable, absorbent and flexible. This week we are designing and carrying our experiments for testing thermal conductivity. What is thermal conductor? What is a thermal insulator?

Children have come home with logins for 'Microsoft TEAMs', which is the platform we would use for our online learning in the event of our bubble closing (hopefully we won't need to use this!!) Please could you login on to TEAM's at home and familiarise yourselves with the program.  Mr Lewis has made a helpful video which shows you how to login to Microsoft TEAMs at home. Have a look at this link: Login to office online - YouTube
Please take care and look after each other.

This weeks spelling: 

Year 4  
Musician
Politician
Electrician
Magician
Mathematician
Dietician
Statistician
Technician
Clinician
Beautician

Year 5:
Equipment
Environment
Government
Parliament
Enjoyment
Document
Management
Movement
Replacement
Statement


Children also write their spelling in their reading diaries every Monday. 



 


12.11.20 

Hello!
We have stared our next topic – Ancient Egypt! So far, we have looked at Egyptian objects, books and hieroglyphs. Next week we are going to be doing some research on the iPads. We will also be continuing to focus on multiplication and division in maths. Please remember to access Times Tables Rock Stars. We now have a class display where the children put their name on the type of artist they are depending on their scores and time.

We are really looking forward to Egyptian Day on the 17th November! Please do not feel pressured to dress up fully – a simple mask or headdress will do.

18th November is Wacky Wednesday, if you want to come in funny/wacky clothes and bring a small donation. The donations are going towards a school pet.

The class are going to start to learn the song –‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ – here are the lyrics to practice-   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoG0s8IKbK4

Thank you,

Mrs Bartlett and Mrs Nute

 


Newsletter and homework 

Hello !

Please find attached the newsletter that's gone home with the children explaining about this term and the next. We are going to have an Egyptian day on the 17th November where the children can dress up as Egyptians! We are very excited!

The homework for this half term will be to make an Egyptian costume and learn something about the Egyptians!

Have a lovely half term, 

Mrs Nute, Mrs Bartlett and Mrs Pritchard


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19.10.20 

PLEASE BRING A CARDBOARD BOX TO SCHOOL ON THURSDAY - no bigger than a shoe box. Tissue box or shoe box size would be ideal. This week, we will be continuing our Design Technology Project: "Designing, Making and Evaluating Pulleys." On Friday, the children made a simple pulley from a wheel, an axle and some string. We learned about "simple machines" and how they can help us to move something heavy. We will continue this work at the end of the week, looking at how we can improve and innovate our original design.

Our poetry lessons have been lovely and the children have really enjoyed performing and learning poems. We have talked about how you go about learning a poem off by heart.
Next Wednesday, the children will be sharing their learned poems.

In Maths lessons, we have been continuing to focus on addition and in particular, the column method. The children have been using this method to help them solve some difficult problems.

OUR  CLASS WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE WILD TRIBE EVERY MONDAY MORNING UNTIL CHRISTMAS. Please can children continue to wear to school their outdoor clothes on a Monday.  Waterproof trousers/change of trousers/long sleeved top and wellies please. We go ahead whatever the weather so suitable clothing is essential. 


I am attaching a Bikeabilty letter and a Bikeability checklist for the YEAR 4s who will be doing Bikeablity Level 1 or "Learn2ride" with Mrs Nash in February. I know that this is a long way off, but we want to give parents/guardians time to sort bikes and we also need to know ASAP children`s riding ability so that we can let Mrs Nash know. If we could have this information by FRIDAY, that would be extremely helpful.
The Year 5s had their opportunity last year, but we will make sure that they do something nice on those days too.

This week, the children need to work on learning their chosen poem off by heart and also on their spellings:

Year 4:
division
invasion
confusion
decision
collision
television
revision
erosion
inclusion
explosion

Year 5:
farther
father
guessed
guest
heard
herd
led
lead
mourning
morning

Many thanks.
Have a great week.

 


12.10.20 

This week we will be starting a new unit on performance poetry. We will be looking at a range of poems, including narrative, nonsense, humorous and classic. Attached, is a selection of the poems we will be looking at and we want the children to choose one of these to learn off by heart. They will have until Wednesday 21st October. (If the poems are too long, find a shorter one of your own to learn or learn two or three verses of one of these).

In Maths,  we will be starting to work on Addition and Subtraction this week. The children need to keep working on their times tables at home and we are going to blast our number bonds to 20 as most of us would benefit from being a bit quicker with these.

In Design Technology this week and next week, we are going to be designing, making and evaluating pulleys. The children may want to do some research into pulleys and how to make them. They will be making a prototype pulley that could be used to lift cargo from the hold of the Mayflower  and rotate and deposit the load on the quayside.

The children have done really well with learning their weekly spellings and we are getting good results on a Friday. Here are this weeks spelling:

Year 4
medal
meddle
missed
mist
scene
seen
board
bored
which
witch

Year 5:
past
passed
proceed
precede
aisle
isle
aloud
allowed
affect
effect



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09.10.20 

On Wednesday, we had the chance to show off our work. We had a gallery of ‘writing’ in the hall with 4/5W and 4/5 P. We came together to share our stories, with a historical setting, that we have been writing. We absolutely loved sharing our work and having adults from other classes come and read our stories.

In Maths this week, we have finished off our unit of Place Value by looking at Roman Numerals. Some of us found this tricky; I wonder if you could practise this at home by writing the date, your age and your birthday in Roman Numerals. Team points to anyone who comes into class next week with the date written in Roman Numerals!

In Geography, we went out onto the playground to mark out where we thought the continents would be in relation to the equator using chalk to test our prior knowledge. We then used atlases and globes to find out about the equator, the hemispheres and the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. Next week we are going to be looking at the importance of latitude, longitude, and time zones. Do you know what these are?

Next week, in English, we are looking at performance poetry. Can you bring in one of your favourite poems to share with the class?

 


5.11.20 


Spellings 05.10.20

 


Year 4:
Illegal
Illegible
Illogical
Illiterate
Illicit
Irregular
Irrelevant
Irresponsible
Irrational
Irresistible

Year 5:
Apply
Supply
Identify
Occupy
Multiply
Rhyme
Cycle
Python
Hygiene
Hyphen

 


28.09.2020 

We have been continuing our learning journey of the Pilgrim Fathers at school. We have been getting some amazing work brought in - extra tasks that children have carried out at home based on what we have been learning in class. We are filling our class display board very quickly! Thank you to the children who have contributed.

Last week, we looked at the wave prints of Katushika Hokusai and the children created some abstract sea pictures using pastels on different coloured backgrounds.

In Science, have been learning about insulator, conductors and electrical safety. 

In maths lessons, we are still focusing on Place Value and in English, the children have been writing some really super time travel stories, based on the Mayflower ship.

Please continue to use Times Table Rock Stars to practice your times tables at home. New logins and passwords were sent home this week with your new settings for this academic year. Another useful online game for practicing your times tables is Hit The Button https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button. The Year 4s will be doing a national x table test in May and as this will be computer based, it would really help them if they get practice using www.mathsframe times table checker https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check . It is fun and also helps them to get speedier with their x tables. (Again, a very useful skill for life).

This weeks spelling:
Year 4:
Immeasurable
Improper
Immature
Impossible
Impatient
Imperfect
Immovable
Impolite
Important
Immortal

Year 5:
Symbol
Mystery
Lyrics
Oxygen
Symptom
Physical
System
Typical
Crystal
Rhythm

Thank you for your support. The children have been great and we are lucky to have such an enthusiastic, lovely class.

 


21.09.2020 

Today the children have loved 'Wild Tribe'! They have been busy whittling sticks and making fires. Thank you for all of the donations of items so far, we really appreciate it.

This week is full of lots of exciting learning! We will be writing our own time travel story in English using some of the great ideas that we came up with last week. The story will include a build-up, dilemma and resolution. I wounder if you could orally rehears your story to someone at home and include some exciting sentences openers and expanded noun phrases.

In science we are continuing our learning of electricity by creating circuits, learning electrical symbols and following electrical diagrams.

In Maths we are focusing on place value, we will be looking at 1000's, 100's, 10's and 1's, recognising the place value of each digit, partitioning, representing and estimating 4 -6 digit numbers. We would really like to see you continuing to practice your times tables each week. You can use Times Tables Rock Stars and Maths frame - https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check

Last week our Pupils of the week were Tyler, Arthur and Ethan H! Well done to all of you!

Please continue to read at home and record in your reading records along with practicing your times tables and spellings. Spellings will be handed out on a Monday and the children will be tested on a Friday each week.

We will be making some phone calls to catch up with you over the next week to chat about how you feel your child has settled back into school and to give you a chance to ask any questions. 

 


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