Welcome to the class page for Year 4 Bloom. Here you can find out everything we’ve been up to during the week, as well as our homework tasks.
Our teacher is Mr Perry and our TA is Miss Cummings.
We hope you are as glad to be back to school as we are and are looking forward to a wonderful year ahead.
We look forward to getting to know you all as the year progresses.
Friday 25th November 2022
It has been a bit parky the last few days don’t you agree? Still not complaining I prefer the cold to rain and hot sun. I have a cricket club and for a sport that is known for stopping in even slightly cold or rainy conditions, it felt a bit odd! Still I had my big coat on and a cup of coffee so all was okay. Oh dear I am starting to sound like someone at a get together with nothing to say and end up talking about the weather!
In English we have completed our topic around the book ‘The Red Dot’. It is a simple tale, but one with great meaning and is particularly relevant for the children – that of seeing the best in what we do and overcoming our doubts and frustrations. The premise of the story is about a little girl Vashti, who did not do any work in an art lesson because she ‘could not do it’. It showed how frustrated she became because of this. Her teacher helped her see the positive side of it and even though Vashti created a dot on her page (by stabbing her pen on it) in frustration she then came in next day to find that her dot had been framed and put on the wall. The rest of the story showed how she expanded on this by creating patterns and other pictures with dots and by the end was helping a child that had equal frustrations. Over the last few weeks the children looked at the writing focuses of adverbials, expanding vocabulary, writing dialogue and their spelling words around this story and then yesterday and today wrote their own story with a similar theme based around experiences in school. At typing, this I am looking forward to reading the results.
In geography and science respectively we have also recently started new topics, that of ‘India’ and ‘States of Matter’. India is a fascinating country filled with many types of mountain, long rivers, assorted rivers and a LOT of people! So far the children have enjoyed researching types of mountains, terrains, rivers and population areas. This week we looked at the rivers of India (such as The Ganges) and their importance in life for washing, tourism, food, livelihoods and religion. We looked at how much the river is under pressure due to the massive population and the overreliance due to lack of flowing water.
On to science, I do like to bring into the lessons the mention of items such as chocolate and cake (ask the children) usually as an example of a word problem in maths such as ‘child’ ate 360 doughnuts over a week how many did they eat a day?’ which the children find amusing, however when I actually bring real snacks into a lesson their little eyes light up!
In our art lesson last week, we created pavilions with sweeties (using them to join cocktail sticks to make a standing structure) it may seem like a form of torture and indeed laying out lots of various sweets such as haribo, jelly tots and dolly mixture in front of them with strict instructions not to eat did indeed cause quite a reaction. It was rather enjoyable to eat a few in front of them. Still, they got to eat them in the end, so I am not a complete monster! Next week in science we will have ice cream, chocolates and twiglets!
When it is assembly week it is hard to fit all our subjects in (in order to practice) and the children do enjoy the theatrical interludes, but it can equally be great to get back to some levels of normalcy. Speaking of assembly …
Our assembly was a great success, and I was very proud of your children who were all brilliant! They spoke so clearly and sang so beautifully, and their enthusiasm created a wonderful energy. A big pat-on-the-back to those with lots of lines to learn and to those who stepped out of their comfort zone. The costumes were excellent and thank you to all who provided them as well as our wonderful class saint – Miss Cummins. I can get a little carried away when writing the script and always add bits n bobs as I go and I hope you got all the in-jokes. Thank you for coming and I hope you enjoyed watching it as much as we enjoyed performing it.
As always, I have put homework to your right on the webpage. I have also set another task. I want you to create a poster as though you were advertising our class assembly. Think like the flyers or advertisements you might see around of famous musicals shows and see if you can create something similar.
Well, that is the lot I think for this week. I have decided it will be the new me. Less coffee, healthy walks (try the All-Trails app) healthy eating and only a little Netflix. I am all set up to go.
I will start next week!
Have a great weekend.
It has been another wet couple of days! Is it just me or has this Autumn’s weather been wetter than normal? I seem to be collecting wet and muddy trainers and walking shoes at my front door. My mop and bucket is also seeing more use than normal, but small problems I suppose. Saying that my Netflix shows or sports podcasts can somewhat distract me a little, but it is good to make you all think I am a domestic champion.
Anyway on with my next dazzling entry. Reminds me of the old James Herriot books (the show ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ are based on these) where each chapter is another incident in the life and times of a Yorkshire vet. So what would I call my memoirs? How about ‘All Children Great and Small’, Or The life and times of a Shepherds Bush Primary School Teacher? Hmm have to think about this one.
I have put above our blog webpage our Year group bible verse (and stuck it in the inside cover of their h/w book). I would like them to learn it off by heart please. We promote in our school each year group having a spiritual gift and identity. We in year 4 look at TRUST. Next week, In RE we are starting to look at our Christmas module. Ours is titled ‘Peace at Christmas’. This week the children wrote their own ‘Beatitudes’ and came up with some real pearls of wisdom.
In geography we have been looking at the country of ‘India’ and the makeup of the country’s population and terrain. Did you know there are 28 mountain ranges in India? Before teaching this last year for the first time, I did not. We usually just think of the Himalayas, when thinking of Indian mountains but there are so many more. We looked at types of mountains too including plateau, volcanic and folded mountains. Interesting!
I have been impressed with how hard they have been working on their class Collective Worship’ for this Thursday. We have been talking about keeping it ‘fresh’ (which can be hard after practising it many times) and keep working on putting character and power into their voices. I look forward to sharing our work with you all this Thursday. Thank you to all those who have provided costumes so far (do not worry if you have not been able to, we will try and work something out). Please can we have the last of any costumes due by this Tuesday at the latest?
I think that is my lot for today. As much as I would love to outline the amazing activity I have planned for the weekend to enrich and inspire my life…I won’t as it involves a walk, a T V show, a pie and probably a bit more mopping!
Homework is on the left.
Have a great weekend.
Friday 11th November 2022
Firstly thank you for all who came to the parents’ evenings. It was a pleasure talking to you and I would like to reiterate that I have really enjoyed the first term teaching your lovely children. They are a talented, bright and lively that is for sure! It is interesting hearing some of the impressions the children feed back to you after getting to know me. Great titbits have included my coffee habit, my enthusiasm for history (where I have deduced I may talk too much), my drawer that will have the odd kitkat lurking and my sense of humour – or lack of! It has been fun getting to know your children’s own unique characteristics too.
As well as parents evening we have been doing a little learning too. In our English lessons we have concluded our book ‘The Last Bear’. It has been a wonderful book with a great theme and message. Having our character get to know a polar bear really brings to life the real threat they – and countless other animal species- face due to human influence on the world. Their final writing piece was an excellent letter to Mr Schumm giving ideas around how our school could become more eco-friendly. There were some common themes arising, so it would be interesting to see these ideas brought to our school council.
In other subjects we have continued our topic of ‘How we feel’ in our relationships and health topic. Yesterday the children looked at the difference between being unkind, teasing and bullying. We played out some sketches about pressure situations and where the pressure may come from – not always from the people actually involved and how it may cause uncomfortable situations. We had great fun in our science lesson too as we looked at the differences between solids and liquids and how materials such as sand, salt and sugar may pour like liquid but are yet are solid. It is as been wonderful comparing religious texts in Christianity and Buddhism this term and we currently have a small module of work on Jesus teachings of ‘The Beatitudes’. The children have been looking at what each one means and next week will be writing their own set of beatitudes. Blessed are the children indeed.
We had a Collective Worship this week on Remembrance Day and have looked at a few moving videos about why we have such as day – whether we believe in war or not.
Our own class assembly is fast approaching, and children are encouraged to learn their lines and the expressions needed in their voices in how they say them. Please ask them regarding their costumes. We look forward to seeing you.
Finally, there was todays D & T lesson which involved …sweets! As I am sure you can imagine the children got stuck into this one with great gusto! I had to patrol like a prison guard to ensure they did not eat the equipment. We are looking at pavilions and structures and the children were equipped with cocktail sticks and sweeties and worked -innitially- independently to create a standing structure and then moved onto joining their structures with a partner and finally a whole table. There were some great examples and yes, they were allowed to eat the sweets at the end.
Homework as always is to the right of this screen.
Friday 4th November 2022
Welcome back to you all. I hope you had restful time and are ready for the madness that is the lead up to Christmas and the end of term.
After our break from our book for Black Voices Week before half-term, we carried on with our book ‘The Last Bear’, a text they have been really enjoying. They have been discussing the character April, her relationship to the polar bear all the while exploring the themes around climate control and how it affects such areas as the arctic and all the damage we do as a human race. They are leading toward their final written piece early next week and I am looking forward to the final results.
We have been working hard in maths looking at presentation, laying out questions according to place value and correcting mistakes, really important when looking at arithmetic. We have been working on long subtraction and long addition methods and how to break down word problems that require this knowledge to solve the problems set. My group have mathletics set around this subject.
Well life in St Stephens this half term has set off again at a fast pace with many events already in the pipeline and of course today we have already been on our trip to the museum today. I have to say, even though I am a massive history fan, I do think this is one of our best museums. The Oceans and Habitat workshop was fun and informative and the children really enjoyed the exhibits especially the dinosaurs and the mammals. I enjoyed them too, as well as the lovely cup of coffee with my lunch. We have another sports trip on Monday so again the children should bring a waterproof just in case and should wear their PE kits. Photos from the museum are above this entry.
It is that time of year again and if you have not done so already, please can you remember to book a slot for next week. If this is not possible then please get in contact so we can organise another time. I look forward to hearing from you next week.
Finally it is that time of year again…class assembly. We have a few weeks yet (after Year 5 classes) but the children have their scripts and they will talk to you I am sure about their costumes.
If you do go to a fireworks display this weekend (or host one) then I pray you enjoy yourself and that you all stay safe.
Homework as always is to the right of this screen.
Okay I am shattered and after being inspired today at the museum I think a brilliant BBC nature show such as Planet Earth, Blue Planet or Frozen Planet awaits …then again I may just go for a good Viking show on Netflix instead, so I will sign off. Have a wonderful weekend.
With the first half of the term now over, we can all stop and take a breath. What an eventful week it’s been: Red Card to Racism Day, Hispanic Day, Black voices Week, and our DT Day.
During Black Voices Week class Bloom have been looking at the life and work the poet, John Agard. He is a very powerful voice for change and for challenging out thinking. All this week we have looked at a number of his poems and the messages behind them. One which stood out was ‘The Flag’. This poem shows how a flag can represent a culture, a country and an ideal. We discussed how they can be symbols of hope (such as the Greenpeace flag representing a mission to protect our planet) or indeed like the Nazi flag which represents a racist and evil ideology. We looked at how flags can be used in the wrong way such as far right fascist groups or regimes taking on their national flag or how those same flags can show all that is good and positive about a country in sports events or to represent a positive person such as our recently deceased queen. The children designed their own flags this week to represent our class Bloom with some fantastic results. As homework this half term I have asked the children to research a black scientist or inventor who has invented a machine or item we use in our everyday life.
We have also been slowly wrapping up our half term topics and have completed work in our Science (electricity and circuits) and history (Anglo-Saxons) .The children have worked very hard this term and I have seen some fine efforts in their tasks. They have enjoyed practical elements including investigations around how to put together a working circuit, conductors, insulators and what happens when you add to or change components including batteries and bulbs. Then children have really honed their research skills in history and computing by using chrome books and ipads to find key facts about animals (computing) and about the Saxon way of life. They have understood the meaning (and beliefs) behind stories from our world faith- Buddhism- and have used very creative skills in retelling religious and historical tales (like Beowulf). All in all a very productive half term!
Red Card to Racism Day
Although I am so glad to live in such a multicultural society, it saddens me that racism and discrimination still abounds in our society. The children today all wore red in support of the ‘Red C Card to Racism’ movement and we had a lesson on what prejudism is and ways in which it can occur and manifest itself. The children looked at scenarios in everyday life and discussed how to deal with such situations.
Homework is on your right of the screen for half term. Please I would ask if you could support me in helping the children be organised in both completing homework as well as not losing it or not packing it into their school bags. We have been getting a few more cases of this lately than normal. Please can the children learn by heart the year group bible verse which is on the right of your screen.
May I finish by saying that I hope you have a great break and I look forward to seeing all the children refreshed after half-term.
Hard to believe we only have a week to go until half term and as is the way in St Stephens it has been a truly busy one. This week was relatively quiet in comparisons, but we have our Cultural Heritage Week next week and Red Card to Racism to look forward to.
In English we have been enjoying our two books this term ‘Varjak Paw’ and ‘The Last Bear’. It has been really enjoyable reading them to the class and then watching their rapt faces as they get into the stories being told. Their work has been very good as they explore the characters and experiences of the three characters (April, Dad and Bear) in ‘The Last Bear’ and we have been concentrating too on their individual grammar targets of punctuation, sentence structure and handwriting. We will have a break from the book next week in English as we look at6 some poets in relation to Black Voices Week, but I know the children will be keen to finish it after half term. It is a great book, and the character of April is a very engaging person full of morals and strength as she deals with all times of challenges and experiences. We look forward to continuing the journey.
In RE we have been looking at Buddhism and the importance of respecting other people’s religion. We recognise that we can learn from others and do not have to be a Buddhist, Muslim, Sikh etc to take elements of their stories and elements and apply to our own lives. For instance, in the story of ‘Prince Siddhartha and the wounded swan’ we can learn that unnecessary cruelty to animals is wrong and -like Siddhartha- we can always be kind and caring to animals.
It was wonderful to join all of KS2 in our cross country run at Wormwood Scrubs this week. Well, when I say join…I was there cheering them on! They really did well and that was after a long walk to the grounds to get there in the first place. As they passed me from my steward’s position, I was there with every beating hard and tired set of legs. I loved telling them my own story of cross country and how when as a child I was in the Boys Brigade and that even though I usually brought up the rear, my company getting through to further rounds of the competition due to my very fast friends coming in top of the group. I told them how I loved my medals and felt I earned them as we ran as a team and that is exactly what we did at Wormwood Scrubs. Well, they did anyway, and I was very proud of them. They all finished the run and were cheered home to the last child by the rest of KS2.
Homework is on your right of the screen for half term. Please I would ask if you could support me in helping the children be organised in both completing homework as well as not losing it or not packing it into their school bags. We have been getting a few more cases of this lately than normal.
I think sometimes I should cut and paste for every blog ‘it has been a busy week in St Stephens, but I must try and be more creative so in on with the blog…it has been a busy week in St Stephens!
We are well into the half-term now and it has been wonderful getting to know your children. They are getting to know me as much as I am getting to know them. Nowadays I am often greeted with comments such as, ‘How many coffee cups have you had today?’ The answer is usually followed by a stern frown. In a similar fashion if they win a small treat for a task such as the best presentation as a group in RHE or the winner of a times table game they really ensure I pay my debt!
I have been enjoying the teaching subjects this term and there has been some great work occurring through the class. In RE we have been looking at stories and tales told by The Buddha in order to put across a theme or a learning point. It struck us how we can learn so much from stories in all religions, even if we are not from that religion (or of no religion at all). For example last week we looked at the story of the sacrifice of the Monkey King to save his people from the King’s greed and Tuesday we looked at the story of ‘Prince Siddhartha and the Swan’ which highlighted how important it is to show kindness to others. We realised that Jesus used stories all the time to help put across his teachings as well. Our learning in Buddhism around not giving into greed or that we should show kindness to both animals as well as people around us is something we could all learn from no matter what our religious beliefs are.
Today was Hispanic day and our year group is focusing on Peru. We had a brief lesson on Peruvian geography and culture. The children used their knowledge and growing research skills to prepare a fact file advertising the merits of Peru, looking for key facts and explaining why it would be an excellent place to visit. We had a wonderful visitor in the form of one of the children’s mum who read a story to us in Spanish. We learnt how colourful the art and clothing of Peru was and had a number of artistic tasks based around this, including the decoration of some face masks. We rounded up the day by having a wonderful interactive workshop that looked at Mexican Folk dancing and it was wonderful watching the children get stuck in. I will try and upload some pictures in the next few days. What a wonderful day!
I know I am always talking about how ‘busy we are’ but these couple of weeks really do highlight that. Monday we have a science workshop, today was Hispanic Day and next week we have Red Card to Racism day and Black Voices Week, where as a school we all look at a leading figure in the science community. Then we have the little event of our class assembly…eek! Fear not, it is not until mid-November, but I will ensure they have their scripts before the end of the half term. I am also aware parents evening is fast approaching, which I am sure you have received correspondence about from the office.
Homework as always is to the right of this entry.
So I will say goodbye now and go get a fun size bag of maltesers to pay my growing debts!
It feels like deja vu but…we are all exhausted after another busy week! In English, the children have continued their work on our novel Varjak Paw, and they have been really getting into it. They have been learning how to use interesting vocabulary, correctly punctuating speech and included fronted adverbials. They finished the week planning and writing a ‘chapter’ of their own. We will round this work off on Monday with some learning around the skill of editing. From what I have read, there are great ideas, showing their passion for the book and their knowledge of the characters and I am very much looking forward to marking their final product!
In Maths, the children in my group have been consolidating their knowledge on place value looking at counting ahead in 1000s and 25s and spotting patterns within the numbers. The latter part of the week has included work breaking numbers down through partitioning and then learning how to order them through our understanding of the value of the digits. We have looked as well at maths language such as ‘ascending’ and ‘descending’, which also lends toward our spellings this week – SC words.
Other subjects have included continuing our topic of electricity in science, where the children have looked at the difference between objects that use mains electricity and those that have batteries. We have looked at the dangers and the absolute ‘no nos’ of behaviour around electrical power sources. I am sure many of you parents are of an age as me, and It was interesting recalling and explaining to the children the computer suites from school with the green screens (and no pictures), the first proper home PCs followed by briefcase sized laptops. Boy am I old! I always get worried when we start our computer lessons that they know more than me. I think they secretly think I was born in the same era as Oliver Twist. They may have a point!
Our Harvest Festival went well. It was wonderful to see us all together again in such a fashion. Thank you for so many of you coming and of course for all the Harvest donations that are quite simply stacked at the back off St Stephen’s church ready to go to those who need it through the ‘Upper Room’. I think the tears came to my eyes when we all sang ‘I Give Thanks’. Just watching all the teachers, children and parents getting stuck into the actions as well as singing their hearts out was simply heart-warming. One teacher said they felt the hairs rise up on the backs of their arms and I have to agree with them. It was special indeed.
Speaking of special …A massive thank you to all the parents who came to the family supper – one of my favourite St Stephen’s events. I think I got to say hello to most of you and if not …well hello! Delicious food – I could not pass without taking at least one more falafel or chicken wing! It was wonderful to celebrate all together and to have it on the same day as the Harvest Festival was a bonus! Just like the ‘old days’. Thank God for the harvest and then have a feast afterwards! With all the wonderful events that FOSS put on, I know this one is always one of the favourites. The children love it because –as one child stated- we can run around in the dark! I am just thankful we pass over all responsibility to you at 3.30pm. I mean what is not to love about children who have been stuffing their faces with doughnuts, cakes and other puddings (and of course a few savouries too) running around the playground on a sugar high! Seriously though it is a wonderful evening and I am always one of the first in line with my plate to sample the wonderful variety of food that is brought to the supper. It is a simple event – yet one that really shows our community spirit.
Thank you so much for all the wonderful food brought to the event! Your children MAY have been on a sugar high running around, but I was too busy stuffing my face to notice. A wonderful event all around thank you.
Have a wonderful weekend and kind regards.
As I have been away at PGL with Year 6 this week there is no blog but there is homework!
Have a wonderful weekend.
This week’s homework can be found at the link below:
Please note that there is no reading comprehension task this week.
The written homework for this is to be handed in no later than this coming Wednesday, 29th September 2022.
Did we have a summer holiday? When was it? It seems so far away…cue a bit of whinging and sobbing in a corner…followed by a large glass of wine!
This past week or so (and over the coming half term) I am getting to know the children’s learning habits through classroom activities and getting a handle on how we can work together.. Don’t be alarmed if your child moves onto different class working groups and there may be movement in the maths classes in the coming weeks as Miss Cummins and I get to know the children. They are a great bunch and I have really enjoyed teaching them , even those in Wesley House…In class joke there !
We have started our maths and English topics in earnest. In maths, my group have looked at face value, understanding the value of parts of four digit numbers and what happens to them when we add to or subtract from those numbers. We also joined history and maths together by having a lesson yesterday on Roman numerals, they really enjoyed it and it was fun trying to get the right sequences together accurately. Timetables are a massive push this year and the children know this also requires regular practice at home. We are working in my group on consolidating times tables up to 5. There will be an informal test next week. Our homework for maths this week reflects all these points.
We are so blessed tom have such generous parents in this school and we are lucky to have additional avenues of support for the children. Mrs Wordsworth, as our KS2 Specialist Catch-up teacher, will be working with a number of children from Year 4 to give some support in their Maths and English learning. These sessions will take place on a weekly basis as on-to-one sessions and in small groups. More details on this will follow later on in the term.
Homework – Please see opposite for the homework which will be spelling, comprehension and maths.
In RE we have begun our topic of Buddhism as well as begun looking at our class spiritual word –Trust. Next week the children will write prayers and created a poster with their bible verse in their RE books based on their idea of Trust in each other, close family and most importantly – God. We also have started our worldwide religious topic on understanding what Buddhism is and where it started , by looking at the story of Prince Siddhartha – who of course went on to later become The Buddha.
It has been wonderfully democratic in school this week with class elections for school council and the children voted for who would take on that role. Well done to all those who went for it, as well as the two children nominated as our prayer group representatives.
Speaking of elections we also saw the speeches and presentations prepared by the Year 6s and voted for the house captains. As a prior Year 6 teacher I know how important these elections are and told my class just how the confidence of many house captains have risen as a result of being elected, the amazing fund raising they have been a part of and the pivotal role they have in school daily life. The children took the responsibility of voting very seriously and I am sure they have made excellent choices.
So all in all it has been a very democratic week in class…although I still have my dictator moments J.
Thank you to all the parents who attended the meeting last night on Woodrow House, it is a fun trip and the children love it. It also helps them experience just a little of what they will experience in Year 6 at PGL. On that note good luck to the Year 6 going to PGL next week and I am sure they will have a fantastic time.
I will repeat this throughout the year to the children many times throughout the year, but I truly believe that they are blessed to have so many opportunities and experiences in this school, or have I said that already J
Just to round off I would like to say your children are certainly a group full of character and energy. I see myself having a long bath before sinking into my couch every Friday when the week ends with a glass of wine and a box set on Netflix as I try to recover J . Seriously they are wonderful children and I am having great fun teaching them. They are a credit to you!
Welcome to Year 4 Bloom!
Well it has been a strange week of mixed emotions that is for sure. Whether you are a royalist or not, yesterday was a historic day as Queen Elizabeth passed away after 70 years on the throne. She was a servant to the country and had a deep faith and she was admired by many. At writing this entry on Friday morning, we will be having a period of reflection in an assembly in the church led by Mr Schumm and Rev Denis as we remember the life of the Queen. Thoughts and prayers to the members of her family.
I hope you had a wonderful summer holiday and are ready to start the new school year. I always love teaching Year 4 (I taught Year 4s at the start of my career for five years before going to year 6) and they are at a lovely age in their development and also they begin to get my humour (or lack of) J as well. It is fantastic once again to meet new families, siblings of old students and to get ready to welcome our new addition who will be joining us on Monday. We are all in this together as we start our year 4. I look forward to getting to know your children (and you of course) in the coming weeks and months ahead.
Mrs Cummins has been wonderfully helpful over the last few days and we thank her. She has over twenty years’ experience as a TA and is a welcome member of the Year 4 team. As I am sure you are aware – your previous teacher, Mr Faith will be working next door with the ever wonderful Miss Amy. The Children have been letting me know all about themselves by creating a coat of arms that represent them and have included with them topics such as family, interests and talents. They have learnt a bit more about me and my interests, hobbies and expectations- history, reading and coffee figure quite prominently. I look forward to hearing more about their own summer and what they love to do in their play time. We look forward to getting to know each other well in the coming months through assemblies, playtimes and looking at being back on track with school trips and sports events. Then of course early next year we have our residential. Roll on Woodrow House! The children have been listening and following the rules sensibly.
Our timetable will look similar to previous Year 4 timetables and the new timetable will be published on this blog (see to your right). In Maths – Year 4 will be split into two groups. I will be teaching the more independent group (Miss Kelly’s last year) and Mr Faith will be teaching the supported group that will have additional adults – Miss Amy and Miss Cummins. Although the groups will start more or less the same there may be some adjustments to even out the class numbers and to support them better, there may be changes based on Mr Faith and I’s judgment. We will want to support your children as best as possible.
As per my parent mail Monday, PE kits will be needed for Tuesdays (gymnastics) and Wednesdays (PE – Kick London). The children should come into school in their PE clothes which they will keep on for the rest of the day, unless we have sports days- I would want the children to have full school uniforms on Monday, Thursday and Friday.
Reading books will not be issued this week, but will go out every Monday and should be returned by Friday when they will be changed, these books should be read with an adult and recorded in their reading log books. We will also have a school library slot on a Thursday where the children make a more personal choice. Children will visit the school library most weeks. Homework will be issued every Friday and should be returned by Tuesday. Mathletics tasks are part of the weekly homework and should be completed by Tuesday as well.
I am looking to meeting you all properly over the course of the coming weeks and know we will have a successful year ahead.
Please see to the right the homework for the week (spellings, mathletics and a small task related to our class poet Valerie Bloom. Please see our weekly timetable below. Being in St Stephens now for a few years I am sure you can appreciate this will need to be adapted from time to time.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
This has been highlighted both in my blog as well as on the spelling sheet. I also explained it in class on Thursday. I want a poster advertising out class assembly on A4 paper like you would see one advertising such West End plays such as Mathilda, Wicked or Lion King.
Remember to learn the words you must practice – at least 15 mins a day outside of the actual sentences you hand in.
Mathletics and Times tables
keep working on times tables as outlined on the spelling sheet and please ensure you are up to date with your mathletics as some children are again falling behind.
Class Collective Worship (Assembly)
Please ensure you are clear on what you are wearing. Start bringing your clothes in from Monday.
You have been learning your words well now you must learn to speak loudly, in character and clearly. Practice in your bedroom, practice in front of the bathroom mirror and practice when you have a spare moment.
Use the internet to practice and learn the word of our two songs
Count on me by Bruno Mars
You’ve got a friend in me – From Toy Story
Spellings are attached along with the statutory Year3/4 spellings. Please learn for next week. Please ensure that you are also following your writing targets as you complete your sentences.
As always, please complete your questions carefully and write neatly.
I have uploaded four tasks based on our learning in class the last couple of weeks. Two tasks are continuing our learning on adding and subtracting and the second two are on our learning this week on the perimeter of rectangular shapes. Mr Faith will set tasks for his class.
Times tables see spelling sheets.
Class Collective Worship
As you know we have our Class Assembly in a few weeks. Please continue to learn the lines and the songs we are singing. We are going to start to move away from using scripts next week. Think about HOW the lines are spoken – what emotions will be used- and how we have practised in class.
Please find attached this week’s spellings.
As always, your teacher will set some tasks on mathletics. Keep working on your times tables as outlined in the spelling sheet.
All children have their script now. Please can you learn your lines over the next few weeks. As I said in class, we may have chances to practice the lines at times so all scripts should be readily available.
I was a little disappointed about how few children had learnt our bible verse. I am expecting you all to know this by next week please.
As a school we are introducing a new spelling scheme and although you will have less spellings now there are also some added tasks you may be set. There will be two new words that we will ask you during the spelling test to see how well you have picked up on the spelling rules and patterns.
Please read the spelling sheet carefully.
Please read the comprehension sheet carefully and complete the tasks.
Please complete the tasks set.
Each group to learn the times tables as outlined on your homework sheet.
Remember all of you. I only give homework to you because I care.
I know I know, what a wonderful chap I am!
Learn our bible verse for year 4 Trust
Please learn off by heart our Year 4 Bible verse over the Half Term.
Please follow the instructions on the sheet. These words can be tricky (Cian words) so you must practice them to get the patterns and letter sequences.
Your tasks will be set by your class teacher based on your class learning this week. My tasks (Mr Perry) will be all on long addition and long subtraction and there will be a problem-solving task as well. Please ensure if you are behind that all mathletics tasks are completed by the time we return from half term.
Times tables – Mr Perry up to 7 times able
Mr Faith’s 3 & 4 and Yellow group are learning 7 times tables.
Black Voices Week
This week we have been focusing on poets such as John Agade, but for half term I would like you to research an invention by a black scientist/inventor and do a poster on it illustrating it and any facts related to how he/she invented it.
This week we have been looking at similes. Can you include at least two in your spelling sentences? Blue group try and include at least one metaphor.
It is reading comprehension week. Please complete the attached sheet.
Please complete the attached activities.
Mr Perry’s group 6 times tables
Mr Faiths 3 and 4 times tables
These words have the prefixes of auto, anti and others. Please write sentences that show you can also use possessive apostrophes with singular and plural nouns. Can you make your sentences have either a ‘Varjack Paw’ or ‘The Last Bear’ theme?
As always, our tasks will be based on our class learning. So my group will have rounding to nearest 10,100 and 1000 tasks. Please focus on the times tables your teacher has set.
Instead of a comprehension task this week, please can you design a safety poster around how to be safe around electricity. This can be done either in your homework book or on a separate sheet of paper.
Spelling SC words
As always, there will be some guidance on the sheet below. Please can you focus on your handwriting and on ensuring that you include some fronted adverbials in the sentences.
We have included some poetry with some questions. Remember all your answers must come from the text. There are some lovely descriptions in this poem, so please focus on the vocabulary to help with the questions.
Mathletics and Times Tables.
Please continue to practice your times tables.
Mr Perry’s Group – Practice your six times tables.
Mr Faiths Group – Practice your three times tables.
Mathletics tasks will be based upon our class learning.
We are again looking at homophones this week. Please can you write FIVE sentences and can you make them ‘Varjak Paw’ themed. Our grammar focus has been using inverted commas and apostrophes, so please try and include a couple of examples of each.
We are studying Anglo Saxons this term in history so our comprehension is based on our learning this week – the discovery of the Anglo Saxon burial ship at Sutton Hoo.
Our homework is based on our class learning and focus and will look at place value, Roman numerals and times tables.
Please ensure homework is completed by and handed in by Tuesday.
This week we will start with homophones that we often get a little mixed up. As well as learning the spellings, please write clear and neat sentences that show the correct meaning of the sentences.
Please read the poem ‘The River’ by our class poet Valerie Bloom (see download below) and see if you can write two more verses that follow the same pattern of the poem. Write them both in your homework book.
We will be really pushing learning our timetables this year and our homework will reflect that. You can log onto the Mathletics with the same passwords as last year and there have been three tasks assigned. Enjoy!