We have been thoroughly enjoying the story of Varjak Paw as he continues his journey to unravel the mysterious Vanishings. We have been working hard to create a newspaper article describing the strange events occurring in the dark and sinister city. In Maths have been converting fractions to decimals and understanding the importance of place value. Everyone has been so enthusiastic when gathering evidence about the Sutton Hoo Hoard, developing our archaeological and evidence finding skills. We finished our Electricity topic in Science with an electrical shop activity where the children had to plan, budget and build a circuit to create an alarm clock, burglar alarm or other device. Enjoy your bank holiday and see you soon.
Welcome back to school! We have done an amazing job of settling right back into our learning, with some incredible effort from the children. We have begun our new book, Varjak Paw, and are already gripped by the tricky situation Varjak finds himself in, caught between his family and desire for adventure. In maths we have been recapping our all-important operations to secure our understanding and help us get back into our maths groove. We have also finally begun our long-awaited Anglo-Saxons topic – can your child explain who they were and why they came to Britain?
Welcome to the end of term! We have all worked super hard through a tricky term, and the children have done an amazing job of creating PowerPoints to share their geography learning this term – learning a number of really valuable skills! We have been telling the time in maths, in both digital and analogue, 12 hour and 24 hour, to the nearest minute! Phew! Talk about the time with your child over the holidays and see what they can tell you. Have a lovely Easter and we are looking forward to seeing the children back fresh and ready to learn on Monday 19th April.
This week Year 4 have been enjoying writing their own story based around an animal, inspired by our class text (Charlotte’s Web). We have seen some excellent writing skills and renewed focus from the children showing how much they have loved this opportunity. We have begun to study statistics and time in Maths involving pictograms and interpreting graphs. The highlight pf the week for the children was investigating and making circuits in Science.
Times tables are essential mathematical skills and we teach them in some form every day. With a sound understanding, children are able to progress their numeracy skills and become more confident with numbers.
When it comes to times tables, speed AND accuracy are important. We would like to ask you to help your son/daughter with some times tables practise for 5 minutes a day. There are many websites specifically set up to help children make rapid progress and build their confidence. Here are three that you can use:
When all children have access to their own iPad we will be providing them with a number of additional websites and apps to support their progress. More details will follow. In the time being, you can use a pen and paper, do verbal practise or even sing them.
Any time you can spend supporting your child to improve their times table will make a big difference.