Swimming continues for 4S on Friday 23rd June.
Children need to remember to bring a towel, swim hat and a suitable swimming costumes/shorts. More information can be found in the letter section. Thank you.
The whole of Year Four have been introduced to the Values Baccalaureate. This is a program that aims to promote the school's values-based education within children's home life and beyond into the wider community. Children need to provide evidence to fulfill the 14 criteria. This can be through any medium they desire. Children are welcome to reflect back to the beginning of Year Four and think about how activities completed at home count towards their award. In order to be recommended for the award, children should meet each criterion at least once. If successful, individuals will be presented with a sew-on badge for their uniform. This is a very exciting opportunity and we hope that children get involved enthusiastically.
Congratulations to all those children who have brought in their Values Baccalaureate portfolio this week. We are very impressed with the effort that has gone into creating them - Year 4 are showcasing the values in many ways outside of school. Well done and we look forward to seeing many more over the next few weeks.
The children's portfolios are displayed in the classroom for others to look at. There needs to be evidence for at least three areas.
Author of the Moment
Year 4 thoroughly enjoyed Anne Fine's assembly on Wednesday and there was a lot of excitement to receive new reading books.
Just a reminder for the children to bring in a bottle of water everyday as the classrooms are becoming very warm throughout the day. Children should also be thinking about taking in sun cream which they can put on before going out at break and lunch times. It would also be a good idea for the children to wear a sunhat to protect themselves from the sun especially at lunch time.
Children are invited to take in suitable materials to build their kite. Planning and creating their kite will take place over the next few weeks. Many thanks.
Maths and English books
On Friday 30th June, the Maths and English books will be going home with your child. Please take the time to look through and discuss your child's amazing work.
**The books need to come back on Monday 3rd July so that we can continue with our learning.**
Top education researchers tell us that homework has minimal impact for primary age pupils, unless it requires children to rehearse and practise. We have therefore adapted our routines to reflect this. The routines for children in this year group are as follows:
Purple home learning books will no longer being used as practice can be done at home. You will be able to see achievement and progress through the dictation and times tables challenge sheets going home weekly. You will also be able to witness progress through class exercise books for English and Maths being sent home once during every half-term.
Spellings are collected partly collected from the list of words set by the Department of Education which children should be confident with by the end of Year 4. They are also comprised of words which fit into this week's spelling pattern.
rain reign rein
Each week, children will take part in a dictation activity which will include some or all of the above words.
Learning this week
This week, children have written learning goals before planning their first draft. They have also explore the Rubric which highlights the grammar skills we will be focusing on and now the children have started writing their first draft. At the end of the week, children will proof-read and edit their work.
This week, the children have been concentrating on using division when finding fractions of an amount. For example: finding two fifths of 50. The children understand that they must always divide the whole number by the denominator (the bottom number of the fraction) and multiply the that answer by the numerator (the top number of the fraction). Therefore, 50 divided by 5 = 10 and 10 x 2 = 20. So, two fifths of 50 = 20.
The children have also successfully grasped the concept of division by chunking.
Next week, children will be continuing to edit and reflect on their first draft under the three grammar skills on the Rubric: fronted adverbials, pronouns and alternative nouns and varied vocabulary and sentence structures. They will then re write their final draft including all of their edits made in green pen.
Next week, the children will be completing their final progress test and reflecting on their progress throughout the year. The children will also be learning about statistics. We will be looking at graphs (bar charts, pictograms, time graphs) and children will be using their analytical skills to answer questions about the information presented in each graph.
The Home Stretch!
The final half term has arrived and to help year 4 fly through the home stretch, kites will be made in DT using everyday materials. Designing and making the kites will begin next week and they will tested in Blondin Park on a day trip out. Please feel free to bring in any kite materials from home, such as papers or plastic bags, or alternatively the children can use the materials provided in school for their ‘diamond’ paper kite.
This half term, RE has given them a better understanding of the similarities and differences between how the major religions worship. To consolidate their understanding, Year 4 will be exploring the major symbols of different religions and their meanings.
Finally, with the end of any school year comes the opportunity to learn from all those marvellous mistakes made over the year and to show off what you have learnt. Many in year 4 are looking forward to improving on their level of times table challenge achieved and the final year 4 spelling test that will be happening in two weeks. Time to practise!
Our topic this half-term is 'What plants and animals thrive at Fielding?'
Throughout this topic, we will be exploring which animals and plants live at school and the reasons why. We will grouping and categorising animals, understanding the effects humans can have on the environment by looking at deforestation. We will also have the chance to be creative in art through exploring the artist Georgia O'Keefe. We will be producing water coloured pictures of flowers and observational drawings to improve the children's sketching skills.