Class Blog for Year 4/5BN

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Thursday 7th January 2021 

The inside of a human ear doesn`t look that appealing, does it?! But, it is incredible how so many bits and pieces work together to give, most of us, the amazing ability to hear sound. The 4/5 Bubble started yesterday to learn all about the ear and how we hear and the science behind it. We are attaching some science activities and a powerpoint narrated by Mrs B. (This work is also on our Teams pages so if you want to do them as an assignment on that, you can.) In our maths lessons, we are nearing the end of a unit on Area and Perimeter and we are attaching this sheet to have a go at. Today, we will be looking at the art work and sculptures of Andy Golsdworthy and this afternoon, our in-school Year 4/5s will be out in the garden (weather permitting) carrying out some fun activities. Take a look at these Land Art Challenge Cards and, if you are able to have a go at any of these tasks, that would be great. You ay need to adapt them for the situation you are in and please be safe if you are out and about in the garden. During the last two days, we have worked really hard as a team to make contact with you all and to find out what types of outreach are going to work for you. Our number one aim is to support the children (especially emotionally at the moment) and to educate them as best as we can. You have requested a variety of different forms that you would like that support to take: paper copies; blog tasks (like this); direct online lessons; Teams assignments and teaching videos. Your feedback has been very helpful. In order to meet everyone`s needs, we are trying to cover all these bases. We are working flat out to get to grips with the technology and to use it to best effect. Your home circumstances are very different and we are trying our best to give the right kind of support. We also have our Year 4/5 school children in every day and we are making sure that their needs are met too. Please bear with us and keep in touch. Assignments have now been put onto Teams and this enables children to complete work that we can look over. We won`t be able to mark all of their work, but we will oversee it and give feedback when we can. We hope this is helpful. Thank you for all the lovely comments and support. And THANK YOU, PARENTS for all your hard work - we understand how hard this situation is for all of you. Take care and keep nice and safe.
P.S The powerpoint would not download onto this blog for some reason, so please refer to the 4/5P blog.

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Wednesday 6th January 

Hello Everyone in Year 4/5.

We hope you are all doing OK.
Our first day in School for this lockdown was very busy. We had 12 children in from our Year group and lots and lots of messages from the rest of you.
Well done to those of you who joined us for the practice Teams meeting yesterday- keep an eye out for the next live session. 
Some of you have requested paper copies of the week`s work and we have left these at Reception, for you to collect. Please email us if you are having difficulties accessing the assignments on Teams. 

We spent every minute that we could yesterday contacting you to check in and say hello. We will make sure we ring everyone over the next couple of weeks. 

In school, we are trying to stick to our curriculum plan and so, we are sending home the same tasks so children at home can keep on track with us.
Please try and complete the assignments set on Teams. The maths activities can now be found in the section called 'Class Notebook'. This can be found next to the assignment tab. There is a folder for year 4 an one for year 5 so select the correct one for you. You can write your answers straight onto the worksheet using the 'Draw' tab. Other activities can be found in 'Assignments' as we talked about yesterday on Teams. 
Aside from this, it would be really helpful if you read your reading book, work on your spellings and keep working on your x tables.
In the afternoon, we will start our Science lesson on "Sound."

We are already missing you and we will keep in touch.
If parents/carers/guardians have any concerns, please get a message to us.
Take care,
4/5 Team.


Happy New Year 5.1.21 

Dear 4/5BN Parents  and Children,

We hope that you are all safe and keeping well.
Yesterday`s news will have caused a lot of change of plans for all of you, so we want to do all that we can to support you and your children.
In school today, we will be teaching the children who do need to come in, but after that we will be trying our best to get in touch with all of you.
There will be different ways we will be providing online learning:
* work to be put daily on the blog (powerpoints, worksheets, explanations of lessons, videos)
* work can be left in the main reception in paper form
* Microsoft Teams- this option will be useful for direct chat and some teaching, but we understand that this can be a challenge for parents who have more than 1 child.
* Videos with a pre-recorded lesson.

I would like to have a little test of Microsoft TEAMs today at 1.30. I appreciate that this may not be possible for everyone so please don’t worry if you cannot connect via TEAMs as the above options for online learning will also be available. 

I will post work on to this blog later today, but in the meanwhile, this is what our day today would have looked like:
* make a mindmap of what the children did at Christmas and do a piece of writing.
* sort out a really good book to read
* learn about something called "parenthesis" - this is when you use a dash, a comma or a hyphen
* maths work on area and perimeter - draw some shapes on cm squared paper and work out the perimeter and the area
* learn our spellings - I will send the list later, but working on the statutory Y3/4 or Y4/5 lists would be useful
* science- introducing our topic on sound

Apologies that the worksheets are not on here yet, but I think parents will be busy sorting childcare today anyway, so please just do what you can and be kind to yourselves.
We are so disappointed that we are "losing" our class again for a while, but we want everyone to be safe.
I will be in touch as much as I can and please make contact through email or ring school. Hopefully, see you all via TEAMs at 1.30 today. 
4/5BN Team

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Hello! We have had a lovely end to the term by doing some great activities. We have been so impressed by all of your hard work and determination over the last term and have loved working with you.

When we return we will have a new Learning Adventure question – ‘What inspires a great creation?’ If you feel inspired to get creative through art, music, dance, photography or building during the Christmas break then we would love to add it to our display!

We have been in contact with some of you already regarding progress after our assessment week. If we have not called you, we will be sure to contact you in the first few weeks back in January.

Have a lovely Christmas,

Mrs Bartlett and Mrs Nute



We have had a great start to the week with some lovely activities in Wild Tribe and Science! We will be continuing our Maths unit of measurement by focusing on perimeter and area and writing a diary entry in English.

Friday 11th December is Christmas Jumper Day along with a Christmas Packed Lunched. Please remember to book the lunches by emailing by Tuesday 8th December. Additionally on Friday, there will be cake sale at the end of the day and year 4/5 will be doing a Santa fun run! What a great day! 

The children continue to work on their x tables in 4/5BN - we recommend www.mathsframe times table checker. This is a really good way to practise x tables, especially for the Year 4's who will probably undertake a nationwide test in the Summer Term.

Year 4: Interest, Experiment, Potatoes, Favourite, Imagine, Material, Promise, Opposite, Minute, Increase

Year 5: Vegetable, Vehicle, Bruise, Soldier, Stomach, Recommend, Leisure, Privilege ,Occur, Neighbour




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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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  

Year 5:

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



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-

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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