In Maths this week, we have started our unit on addition and subtraction. The children have been adding 3 and 4-digit numbers together using a formal written method. I have been very impressed by their work ethic this week and theire perseverance to present their work neatly. Well done to all of the children! We have access to online platforms such as Mathletics and NumberGym which the children can access from home to help support their learning. I have allocated work on Mathletics for them that is linked to the work we have been doing in class. All children have been given their log-in and password details (a laminated card which they had at the start of the term). Any problems, please ask!
In Literacy, the children have been writing poems which link to our topic on ‘Fairgrounds’. We have been looking at using apostrophes for possession and similes. The children used similes to describe themselves on Tuesday and came up with some great similes! In Year 4, we are currently having a big push to improve our presentation and handwriting as it is a requirement for the end of Year 4 in Literacy. We have been having handwriting practice to help us write cursively and we are trying to implement this into all aspects of our learning. I know that some children have found this difficult but their presentation is improving and they will find cursive handwriting more easy in time.
During our Science lessons, we have been looking at electricity and electrical appliances. The children have studied how electricity travels from power stations to our homes and the different types of fuel used to generate electricity such as solar energy, fossil fuels (coal, gas and oil) and wind power. We discussed how we can stay safe around the home when using electrical appliances and could identify the dangers of electricity.
We have been continuing our ukulele lessons this week with children practising the chords C and A Minor. They participate really well and seem to really enjoy the sessions!
New spellings have been handed out today and they will be tested next Friday. The children also need to be practising their times tables as they will be required to take the mandatory, online Multiplication Tables Check as set out by the DfE in June. The children have a website in their reading records which shows them a good example of what the real test will be like. Accelerated Reading is still going strong and the children have the opportunity to change their books on Tuesdays. Lots of the children are reading regularly which is fantastic to see!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Mrs Brunyard and Mrs Martin