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Hello!

Welcome to our Year 4 class page. I hope that you and your family have had a fantastic summer, and that you are all looking forward to what the next year will bring! I am excited to be teaching Year Four again this year - I am sure that we will work hard and have lots of fun along the way.

 

This term, we will be looking at life in World War II. We will be investigating many questions, including what life would have been like for evacuees around the world, what food was eaten during the war and how people stayed positive in such testing times. We will also be looking at how Grantham was affected by the war.

 

In Science we will be looking at both sound and electricity, asking many questions including how they are both made; we will find our answers through lots of experiments, from using musical instruments to making electrical circuits of our own.

 

In R.E this term we will be learning about Hinduism, including the festival of light, ‘Diwali’. After half term we are fortunate enough to be welcoming a guest for a day from ‘The Indian Experience’, where Year Four will get to take part in traditional dancing, wear Indian dress, and design some beautiful Indian artwork.

 

Please ensure that your child has their P.E kit in school all week so that they are prepared for any timetable changes, and that this includes suitable clothing for both indoor and outdoor activities.

 

Reading at home is a very valuable tool for your child’s progress, and there are many ways you can get involved. You can support your child by encouraging them to ‘keep at it’, as well as talking with them about what they are reading in order to help their understanding of the text. Reader of the Week will be chosen for sustained evidence of reading at home. Children can bring in their completed homework folders every Wednesday, but must be completed by Thursday. This means their work can be marked, ready for the new homework to be given out on Friday.

 

I look forward to meeting you at Parents Evening later in the year, but until then, please get in touch if you wish to discuss any concerns about your child’s progress.

 

Thank you,

 

Rosie Dyer

Autumn Term 2017

 

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Uganda!

It was great to go back to Uganda this summer and see some familiar, and some new faces at Blessed Hope School. All the teachers and students send their greetings and I have even come back with some cards they have written to our school! The children are doing well; the late harvest means that they are now having 2 meals a day instead of 1 and they are so full of energy! Porridge in the morning and beans at lunch- can you imagine it? Here are some photos of the team I went with and the lovely people we met.

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Cadbury World

We had a fantastic day at Cadbury World experiencing the 4D cinema, learning more about the history of Cadbury and not forgetting a super tasting session! You can find more photos in the Gallery.

Our Art Gallery

The children have been creating some super art and are working hard to develop their skills. We have a fabulous gallery in the classroom, you can see some examples below.

New Reading Books

We were excited to find boxes of new reading books in the classroom on the last day of the spring term. They will be ready to take home after the Easter holiday but we had a sneaky look! Hollie-Maye said, "The books are amazing and I'm looking forward to taking them home and reading them." Tyler declared, "It's the best day ever!"

World Book Day

There were some fabulous outfits on World Book Day! After a very busy morning, the children were excited when Miss MacLeod came and read them a story during the afternoon. They then had the chance to read with other children from all different classes and they really enjoyed spending time sharing books. The atmosphere in the classroom was wonderful and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Aztec Home Studies

I have been so impressed by the quality of the work produced by the children for their Home Study this term. Many thanks to everyone at home for all your support with this. You can find more super examples in the Gallery.

Chocolate Shop

The children worked incredibly hard to produce the chocolates for their shop and were able to raise over £80 for our class trip later in the year. As you can see in the photos below everyone loved the chocolates!

Unicorns

We have using a technique from Talk for Writing to write a non-chronological report through story telling. We created a story map, using pictures and actions, to depict actions and events from the text - you see how it all came together in the video below. The children will go on to explore the key ingredients and language that make the text work and build a tool kit of important features to use when writing their own versions of the text.

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Hot And Cold

Our science learning this term is around changing states and materials and their properties and in English we have been developing the use of similes and emotive language. The children have been using this learning to inspire them to write some fabulous poems on the theme of hot and cold. You can read some super examples below.

Diwali Day

For our Diwali Day we had Sunita come and visit us from ‘The Indian Experience’. In the morning, we learnt lots about the Hindu religion as well as the country of India. We also created some beautiful artwork based on ‘Rangoli’ patterns, traditionally made to welcome people. In the afternoon, we were fortunate enough to all dress in traditional Indian dress and took part in some Bollywood style dancing- it was great fun!

 

More photos can be found in the Gallery.

World War Two Day

We had lots of fun on our World War Two Day! A big thank you to you all for putting so much effort into dressing the children as evacuees- they all looked the part. In the morning, we pretended to be evacuated and wrote some brilliant diaries as if we were really there! We then went into our ‘Make, Do and Mend’ session ran by Mrs Green, where the children got to practise knitting, darning and weaving and then baked carrot cookies (a traditional rationing recipe!). After our WW2 lunch, we had a visitor in to talk about his Dad’s experience of being a solider in Burma. The fun didn’t stop there- everyone took part in a blindfolded taste test of foods eaten during WW2! We had a great day, and it will hopefully be remembered by the children for a long time!

 

More photos can be found in the Gallery.

Edina Bulb Project

We are very excited to be involved in the Edina Trust Bulb Project, which is a long running climate change investigation involving hundreds of schools around the country. It is a real, live experiment where we will contribute to the final result; there are no known outcomes and no ‘right’ answers. We planted Daffodil and Crocus bulbs in pots, with each child taking responsibility for their own pot. We also planted bulbs in the ground near the Wildlife Area so comparisons with the potted bulbs can be made.

 

The children will be responsible for recording weather conditions and measuring the growth of the bulbs over the next few months. This information will then be uploaded to the Trust website.

 

As you can see from the photos below, we thoroughly enjoyed decorating the pots and preparing the ground for the planting. More photos can be found in the Gallery.

 

The Evacuee - Performance Poetry

As part of our work on World War II we have been learning about evacuees. The children have worked hard together on some fabulous performance poetry. You can see a super example below which was performed at a recent Star Achiever assembly.

The Evacuee

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Celebrating Harvest

I was so proud of the class when they, along with the children in Year 3, led our Harvest celebration. We all had great fun learning the songs and the children worked wonderfully together to perform in front of their friends and family. Well done everyone!

 

More photos can be found in the Gallery.


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