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Welcome to Class 4

We are a Key stage 2 class of Year 4 and 5 children. Our Teacher is Miss Glover and she is helped by Mrs Priday, Mrs Arkwell-Smyth and Mr King. We are in the new outside classroom – very eco-friendly.

We enjoy learning maths, science and writing the most and we also like going to after school clubs. We think our lessons are really good and this year we want to do lots of topic work.

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Y5/6 Knex Challenge

Last Monday our Year 5 and 6 children took part in an amazing STEM Challenge.

The challenge was set by Gloucestershire Stemworks to design and build a piece of multi-use play equipment for a children’s playground.

Our children worked in pairs or threes to put their Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths skills to the challenge. We were incredibly impressed with their fantastic teamwork, innovative ideas and creativity, thinking skills and sturdy models!

THE WINNERS!

Well done to Riley and Dan who will represent our school in April 2018 in the final of the Knex Challenge!

Are your children SMART about smartphones?

Many of our children now own a smartphone but are they fully aware of how to keep themselves safe from a whole number of online problems?

The following information in the link below aims to help you and your family be more savvy phone users. It talks about real CURRENT issues that crop up everyday in society – such as using ‘messenger’ apps like Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and Kik. It also touches areas such a cyberbullying, buying things online, sharing personal information as well as the dangers of sexting.

I am sure that for most parents, these issues seem like they belong in secondary school settings, but sadly these are real problems happening right now in primary schools across the country. With more access to the online world and the increases in peer pressure, we really need to help our children find their way through the online world. Please help them not to get lost!

Click on the handy links below to find out more information about staying safe online.

BE SMART ABOUT SMARTPHONES

TACKLING ONLINE PRESSURES

Exciting visitors

Last Friday, we were very lucky in class 4, we had a special visitor! Elsie’s great Nan came in to tell us all about what is was like for her growing up during World War Two. We all learnt so much and loved listening to her stories! Elsie’s Nan also came in to help her share all the fascinating information. We even had some iced buns as a special treat as these were a treat enjoyed during that time. Here are some pictures from the day.

Term 1 in Class 4

Dear Parents and children,

Welcome to the first term in Class 4, here is an overview of what we will be learning about in the coming weeks.

English:

Our book for this term is ‘Friend or Foe’ by Michael Morpurgo. The book is set in the Second World War and concentrates on the experiences of two boys from the East End of London who are evacuated to the countryside. However, it is about so much more than just the war with themes ranging from friendship, trust and changing circumstances. I feel sure that everyone will enjoy reading it!

Children will have the chance to write newspaper articles based on the contents of the book and writing in role will be a focus too, including diary writing. We have already started to use the ‘Talk for Writing’ process and this will continue, using the underlying theme of the book to develop the children’s ability to write creatively from a familiar framework.

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) will be taught at the start of each day. On Thursdays Mrs. Selby will do spelling tests and longer SPaG sessions with the class. Spelling is an area for development this year and we will all be working hard to improve this aspect of the curriculum.

Maths:

This term we will focus on place value to help the children to improve their grasp of number. This will establish a firm foundation on which to build for future progress in Maths.

The objectives for this term are:

  • count in multiples of 6, 7, 9, 25 and 1,000
  • find 1,000 more or less than a given number
  • count backwards through 0 to include negative numbers
  • recognise the place value of each digit in a four-digit number (1,000s, 100s, 10s, and 1s)
  • order and compare numbers beyond 1,000
  • identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations
  • round any number to the nearest 10, 100 or 1,000
  • solve number and practical problems that involve all of the above and with increasingly large positive numbers
  • read Roman numerals to 100 (I to C) and know that over time, the numeral system changed to include the concept of 0 and place value

Please could parents and carers continue to work with the children on their times tables.

Science:

The children in class 4 seem curious about scientific matters. The first topic for this year is ‘Materials and their properties’ and we will be conducting our own experiments and making predictions about what might happen.

The main objectives for this topic are:

  • Compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases
  • Observe that some materials change state when they are heated or cooled, and measure or research the temperature at which this happens in degrees Celsius (°C)
  • Identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle and associate the rate of evaporation with temperature.

Humanities:

The topic for this term is World War 2. We will be combining historical study with geographical skills such as locating countries and working with maps.

We will be looking at living conditions during the war and considering what impact the war has had on our lives.

Many children have already mentioned family experiences of the war and have brought in books on the subject. If anyone has any relevant information about this fascinating period of our history, it would be great to see it in class.

 

Jeans for Genes Day

Friday 22nd September is Jeans for Genes Day.

Children can wear jeans to school for a donation of £1.00 which goes towards research into genetic disorders.

Some children in class 5 will be doing a presentation about the cause in the Friday afternoon assembly.

There will also be a whole school cake sale to raise funds for the school.