Year 4: Pandas Class
Dear Pandas and parents,
We hope that you have been checking out the videos on the Our Lives News page http://www.ourlivestv.co.uk/pieat/ks2l.html
On this page there are videos of teachers across the Village Academy with lots of learning ideas you can try at home. The site is split into four sections EYFS, KS1, Lower KS2 and Upper KS2 so go to Lower KS2 to watch the videos of all the Year 3 and 4 teachers but also check out the other sections to see if you can spot teachers from other classes too! At the end of the videos, myself, Miss Raby and Miss Boraston have set you some challenges which we would love you to try.
Miss Simmonds has challenged you to draw a picture or write a poem about what you can see outside your door based on the poem ‘The Door.’ Just like the poem, you might even want to use your imagination of what you could see if you open the door!!
Miss Boraston has challenged you to research and try to create some art by Cezanne or Picasso.
I have challenged you to create a map of somewhere, this could be your garden, a room in your house or a map of an imaginary setting.
As you know, our topic for the next two terms is ‘Survival.’ This is a good topic for us at the moment as we are having to learn lots of new skills at home and we can’t wait to hear all about what you have been up when we return to school. Lots of you have completed some brilliant biographies about Bear Grylls and Steve Backshall using Purple Mash so well done for getting our topic off to a great start. Remember to have a look on these websites to learn more about survival.
We would also like you to keep up with your Maths and English either by completing some of the activities in your home learning packs, trying out a 2Do task on Purple Maths or visiting one or more of the following websites:
Most important of all, keep well and be happy by doing the things you enjoy and remember to spread lots of kindness too.
All of us in the Year 3 and 4 team can’t wait to see you soon.
Dear Pandas and parents,
We hope you had a lovely Easter and enjoyed spending quality time with family in the glorious sunshine. We would like to extend our thanks once again for all of the work you have been doing at home. We have enjoyed reading and marking the work some of you have completed using Purple Mash and we will continue to set new tasks regularly, so keep logging in and doing your best. Don’t forget to log into Times Table Rockstars and Spelling Shed too!
Our topic for the next two terms is ‘Survival.’ Even though we are not at school at the moment, there is lots you can do at home to get started. Firstly, we suggest that you check out the following websites where you will find out lots of information about important people who work in this field as well as current issues regarding conservation. On Purple Mash, you will find some To Do tasks which are specifically linked to our new topic. Of course, you may decide to carry out your own survival project linked to something interesting you find out.
From Monday 20th April the BBC will be launching BBC Bitesize Daily. More information can be found on the following link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2020/coronavirus-education
The following websites are really useful too and have lots of online tutorials and games to help with key concepts in Maths and English.
Also don’t forget that spending time together as a family is vitally important. Perhaps getting together and playing a board game, doing some cooking or gardening, completing some arts and crafts or building Lego models. All of these activities will help develop valuable life-long skills, and help to fill your day too!
Dear Pandas and parents,
I hope you are all keeping well in these strange times and you're finding ways to take your mind off what is currently going on in the world.
The Year 3 and 4 team want to say a big thank you and well done to children (and parents) for all their hard work so far, whether this is logging on to Purple Mash, playing on Times Table Rockstars or completing some activities in your home learning packs. It is great to see lots of you trying the To Do tasks. We are setting these regularly, so keep logging in and doing your best.
Please do not worry if you have not been able to complete much. It is just as important to spend time with your family doing the activities you enjoy. Perhaps some cooking, gardening, sewing, making Lego models, painting, drawing, reading books and magazines, playing Maths and grammar games on the tablet as well as doing a bit of handwriting and spelling. All of these activities will help develop valuable life-long skills, and help to fill your day too.
Have a Happy Easter and I look forward to getting back to normal and seeing you all again when this is all over.
A Message from the Class Teacher
Welcome to year 4! This year we will be working very hard on a range of different topics, as well as learning to work as part of a team, learning about growth mindset and becoming more independent learners.
In English we will spend the year looking at a range of books and carrying out a wide range of reading and writing activities based around them. We will also be developing our reading and writing skills through a range of both short films and longer chapter books. Spelling is a big focus this year, so we will be looking at mnemonics, tricks and tips to help us improve our knowledge of how words are written. Children will have the opportunity to enter Spelling Shed competitions to support this. Furthermore, we will be improving our reading skills to work on our comprehension of texts on a variety of topics.
In Maths we will be focusing on a range of key skills; developing written methods, increasing speed, increasing our knowledge of shapes, measures and data. Whenever possible we link Maths to real life situations. We will also be practising our times tables every day to help us gain confidence and speed ready for the times table check at the end of the year. Times Tables Rockstars is really helping us with our fluency!
Click on the link below to see what else we will be getting up to, by looking at our our curriculum map. We are on cycle B.
PE is on Monday, though it is useful to keep PE kits in school from Monday –Friday in case we have any special sessions. Swimming will be on a Thursday afternoon, starting in term 5.
We are also very fortunate this year to be learning how to play a variety of brass instruments, with our first concert in the school carol service in December. Look out for the date of our next concert.
Homework usually goes home on a Friday, and should be handed in the following Wednesday afternoon. There is a homework club run three times a week at lunch time. All children are welcome to attend any of the sessions that they wish to. No need to book, just turn up.
How can parents help?
- Reading at home. Please remember to sign your child’s record so that they can be awarded stamps towards our new school reading rewards prizes. Please note, it is fine to sign the reading record books whenever your child reads something, not just their scheme books. Enjoying reading is just as important as building up a range of skills!
- Looking at everyday measurements and prices when out shopping or cooking at home.
- Making predictions about and discussing any TV programs that you may watch together.This really helps build an understanding of the world, as well as helping with comprehension and creative writing skills.
- Time. Telling the time using both (including with Roman numerals) analogue and digital clocks.
- Times Tables. Support with learning the facts in preparation for the times table check at the end of the year.
Thank you for your support.
What exciting things have we been up to during terms 3 & 4?
Our second topic, focuses on the fascinating of the smugglers in this area of Kent. We started off with a smuggling challenge with the other LKS2 classes, which proved how devious the smugglers had to be to overcome the officials. We've also been working very hard to improve our painting and map reading skills as well as producing historical leaflets about smuggling on the Romney Marsh. One afternoon, Dymchurch Historical society paid us a visit to help bring some of the local legends to life.
Our English is based around the book called Smuggler by Martyn Beadsley, which is the tale of a young smuggler and his family. The events and descriptive language are really helping to bring our topic work to life.
Science is all about light and shadows, so we've enjoyed sorting objects, making figures with shadows and shadow puppet theatre.
What exciting things have we been up to during terms 1 & 2?
We are currently enjoying our topic on Ancient Egypt, starting with archaeology to discover a range of Egyptian aretefacts hidden in plaster blocks and textured art for a desert. As the topic progressed, we will found out more about both the country and the people, by examining the contents of a cess pit and mummifying tomatoes.
In English we are enjoyed the Twits by Roald Dahl, which is helped us develop a wide range of vocabulary and writing skills. Then we practised our persuasive writing language skills by running an election campaign to tie in with the UK General Election in December.
Science has seen us learn lots of scientific vocabulary for digestion and we suspect that things may get messy at some point soon too. The models of teeth which we made are amazing!
On Friday mornings we are really fortunate to be receiving brass instrument lessons from both Miss Raby and a specialist teacher. Look out for details of our Christmas concert once we’ve had time to practise..