Eliot

Year 4

Welcome to the class page for Year 4 Eliot. Here you can find out everything we’ve been up to during the week, as well as what the homework tasks are.

Our teacher is Miss Marchant and our TA is Miss Tracey.

Class Updates

Friday 14th February

We had an absolutely fantastic time at Woodrow House. The children were well behaved and were a joy to spend 3 days with. We took part in several activities including archery, low-ropes, nightline, parachute games as well as lots of other enjoyable activities. All of these were run by a member of the Woodrow House team and they really helped the children work on their team building skills. We finished off our trip with a disco and it was lovely to see everyone dressed in their best clothes, coming together as two classes. Pictures to follow when I have had a chance to go through them.

I hope you all have a lovely break and that the children aren’t too tired this weekend!

Please remember that homework was set last Friday and isn’t due back until the first Friday back. I have also asked the children to type up their 500 Word Story over half term and e-mail this to me so I can then submit it. If there is a problem with doing this, please email me. I have photocopied their work and this has been taken home.

Have a lovely and restful half term!

Miss Marchant

Friday 7th February

Our final full week of this term has ended; I am shocked at how quickly this term has passed. It feels like we have only just come back from the Christmas break. We had another week packed full with our usual lessons, as well as a trip to the Science Museum on Wednesday and Coding Day today.

At the Science Museum, the children were encouraged to be ‘hands-on’ with as many different activities as possible. We participated in a range of activities, many linked to our recent Science topics, including electricity, light, sound, matter and maths. There were electrical circuits to be completed, a demonstration on how lighting can be created indoors, indoor play slides to demonstrate friction, coloured tiles plus much much more. There was a lot to see and do and the children had a wonderful time.

 

In English this week we have been creating our 500 Word stories for the BBC competition. The children have come up with some very imaginative story lines and I can’t wait to read the final pieces next week. We will be typing these up in School and then I will submit them to be judged – how exciting!

In Maths we have continued with fractions, this week focussing on equivalent fractions. The children did really well using diagrams to understand how fractions that look different can in fact have the same value. For example 1/2 = 2/4. We have no Maths next week as we will be preparing for Woodrow House but we will be back all guns blazing after half term. However, please continue to keep up the times table practice while we are off!

Next Wednesday we are off to Woodrow House! Please make sure that all children pack the correct outdoor clothing as sent out on the clothing list a few weeks back. Wellies or walking boots are necessary and trainers alone will not survive the amount mud we will encounter I’m afraid. Gloves, hats and scarves will also be useful along with spare clothes in case we are caught in the rain during our activities. With regards to the rooms, Mrs Jeffrey and I have asked each child which three friends they would like to be with and we have arranged for them to be with at least one of those friends. As I am sure you can imagine, this has been a slightly complicated process but all children have now been assigned rooms with their selected peer(s) and we have to stress that no rooms will be rearranged after we tell the children on Tuesday. Thank you so much for your support and understanding.

Admin

Please could all children take their PE kits home on Tuesday ready for them to be washed over half term.

Please keep an eye on your phone next Friday, as we will send out a text giving you a rough idea of our ETA. Children will be available for pick up before 3:30pm on this afternoon.

Homework

The homework being set tonight is not due until the first Friday after half term (28.02.20) as we appreciate going away next week gives the children a limited amount of time to get the work done.

Comprehension

Spellings and grammar

Times Tables

Mathletics – I have set a lot of Mathletics to keep everyone occupied over the break!

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Marchant

Friday 31st January

Another good week here in 4 Eliot with our trip to Tate Britain to see the Steve McQueen Year 3 exhibition. The children were very excited to see their picture on display and enjoyed exploring some more of the gallery. We even came away with some inspiration for our next art project – a painting by Jeremy Moon.

 

This year St Stephen’s is taking part in the BBC 500 Word Competition (https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/50pnqLfDywb9CFxjNvth5l0/about-500-words) and therefore will be planning, writing and editing stories in class, ready to enter them. This is an exciting opportunity for us and the children are all more than capable of doing well. However, I understand that some children are doing it outside of School as well which unfortunately is not allowed as they cannot enter twice. It is really great that the children are so keen to partake in a story competition so can I suggest that those done outside of school are entered into the Daunt Books competition instead? This is also a 500 word story so nothing will need to be changed. I hope this makes sense and if you have any further questions then please contact Mrs Pereira or me.

 

In English, we have started planning our story entries for the competition and have chosen to base ours around a book called ‘The Sage of Erik the Viking’ by Terry Jones. The children are keen to get writing, so I am looking forward to seeing what they produce next week!

 

Miss Marchant’s Maths:

In Maths, we have continued with our fraction unit, this week focussing on adding and subtracting fractions. The children have taken to fractions really well and are enjoying doing our daily challenges. We started the week by looking at when a fraction becomes a whole, which led on nicely to counting fractions. Using this knowledge, the children were able to say that 2/4 + ¾ = 5/4 but also 1 whole and ¼. Next week, we will be moving on to the slightly harder sub-topic: equivalent fractions. As well as fractions, we have been continuing with our times table practice and have been having battles against each other to keep it fun.

 

Admin

This week you were sent a letter regarding Woodrow House. Thank you to those of you who have already completed and returned the form. Just a reminder if you want your child to have some pocket money for the trip, please bring £5 (in change if possible) to me or the office.

 

We also have another trip next week, please can pupils all bring a warm coat and a nut free packed lunch.

 

Please make sure that all children have appropriate outdoor shoes such as walking boots or wellies not just trainers for our residential trip.

 

Homework

Spellings and grammar sentences

Mathletics

Multiplication Facts

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Marchant

Friday 24th January

Now that assembly practice is over, we are back to our usual routine. The children have loved getting started with our Science and History topics, where we have been making circuits for electricity and researching the Mayans using the laptops. This not only helped us to understand more about Mayan life, but also reminded us how to look up certain information online.

In English, we started planning our own stories based on our class text St. George and the Dragon. We broke the story down into four sections: the setting, the build-up, the action and the resolution/ending. This really helped the class focus their ideas and make sure it was all relevant. We planned these over two days making sure they were as detailed as possible as this would help us when we came to writing the real thing. The children had some great alternatives to George, the dragon, the captive and the setting. As well as changing parts of the story, we also had to think about what spelling words we wanted to use, where we would include speech and what adjectives would help bring the text to life. We then moved on to writing our first draft. I was so pleased with their work. They are full of lovely description, all their spelling words as well as joined up writing.

Miss Marchant’s Maths

This week we started a new topic on fractions. For our first lesson we focussed the on question ‘what is a fraction?’ using cubes and drawings of pizza (always a good way to get the children interested!) and then moved on to counting in fractions and working out when a fraction becomes a whole. This can be a tricky concept but we will continue to practice next week.

Admin

We have our trip next week so please remember to bring a nut free packed lunch.

We have a trip the following week as well, more details will be on ParentMail – if anyone would like to help, we still need one more parent helper!

Homework:

Spellings and grammar

Comprehension

Times tables

Comprehension

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Marchant

 

 

 

Friday 17th January

Wow, what a great performance by Eliot Class yesterday. I was so pleased with how hard they worked, they knew all their lines perfectly and it all came together on the day! Thank you for all your help with the line learning and song singing, it definitely would have made my job a lot harder without you. A huge thanks also goes out to Miss Tracey and Miss Rachel for all their help with the acting and singing.

On more mundane matters, in English, we have been continuing with our class book St. George and the Dragon. We worked on our comprehension skills, practiced our expanded noun phrases and continued to learn about how and when to use inverted commas. The children are becoming really confident with knowing when someone is speaking in a text as well as being able to tell when a new speaker has come in. This can be tough but has been helped by our rhyme ’66 and 99, new speaker, new line’. Next week we will plan our own versions of the story and I look forward to seeing all their fantastic descriptive writing being put into practice.

Miss Marchant’s Maths
This week, we have been moving forward with our multiplication unit. We started the week learning about correspondence and scaling questions. Correspondence questions are when you are asked to work out a question such as ‘if there are 10 windows on a train and 5 windows on a bus. If there are 135 windows in total, how many trains and buses could there be?’ These can be tricky for children to get their heads around but the class’s strong multiplication knowledge has really helped. We worked on scaling problems yesterday which the children found more straightforward as they were able to apply it to real life. They were given recipes that served 12 for example and needed to edit the ingredients list to make cakes for 24, 36, 48 etc. Today we then started our multiplication and division end of topic test which we will finish next week. The children found this quite hard so please keep practicing times tables over the weekend.

This week we started our History topic where this half term we are looking at the Mayans. So far, we have discussed what we know already and come up with some questions on what we would like to find out by the end of the topic.  Next week we will focus on Mayan artefacts.

Homework
Spellings and grammar sentences
Mathletics
Times Table practise
No comprehension

Have a lovely weekend!
Miss Marchant

Friday 10th January 2020

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. Our first week back has school has flown by and everyone has come back feeling refreshed and ready to learn (me included!).

In English this week we have started our new text ‘George and the Dragon’ by Geraldine McCaughrean. It is a book full of exiting vocabulary and a gripping story, which so far the children are enjoying. We started the week by talking about predicting and inferring. The children were given pictures and quotes from the book and had to predict what was going to happen based on what they could see on their sheets. We then looked through the first part of the story and searched for any exciting or unusual vocabulary for which we could then look up the definitions. This was a useful task, as not only will it help for when we come to write our own version in the coming weeks, but it also allowed us to practice our dictionary skills. We finished off the week acting out parts of the story.

In Maths this week we have carried on with our topic of multiplication. We have focused on the column method of multiplication and have successfully managed to multiply a 3 digit number by a 1 digit number. It can take a lot of practice understanding this more ‘compact’ method (the method you or I would use) but the children have taken to it well and some are all moving on to the challenges. Remember to keep up the times table practice to help make this method even easier. Because we were feeling fairly confident, we were able to move onto word problems, which allowed us to put our mathematical knowledge into practice. Next week we move onto multiplying 3 numbers together and scaling problems.

It is full steam ahead with our assembly, so we won’t be starting our Humanities or Science until it is over. I have attached the script and song lyrics in case anyone loses their script – remember to keep practicing!

Thank you to the parents who have offered to help with our upcoming trip, we always appreciate the support. We have another on the 5th of February so keep an eye out for the letter which will be coming soon.

Admin

Just a reminder that school starts at 8:55 am but we still have a lot pupils just getting into school (not the classroom) at 9:00am. Unfortunately this will make mean that those pupils will receive a late mark which will show up on their attendance record.

Next week we have gymnastics on Tuesday so please bring in PE kits.

Coats are a must for this term as well as jumpers – please make sure your child is equipped with both everyday

It is the Spanish meeting next Wednesday at 6.30pm

Homework

Comprehension – please complete as many sections as you can.

Spellings and grammar sentences

Times Tables

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Marchant

Friday 20th December

We made it! We have had a busy week filled with festivities, including Christmas games, watching Christmas films, singing Christmas carols and finished off with a fantastic Christmas quiz. Whilst it has been a great term, it is definitely time for the children to have a well-earned break.

Thank you for such a great autumn term, I have loved teaching the whole class and am looking forward to everything that is to come in the New Year.

Please note there is no other homework over the holidays – everyone has worked hard and deserves a break.

I must also say thank you so much for your gifts, they were all so lovely. I am incredibly grateful and touched by your generosity.

I hope you all have a lovely Christmas and New Year. See you in 2020!

Friday 13th December

Another busy week in 4 Eliot with practicing for the carol concert and nativity viewings, rounded off nicely with DT day. Yesterday for our DT day, we were making Nativity scenes in shoe boxes to be taken home next week as Christmas decorations. The children worked really hard and produced some very creative versions of the Nativity.

I must also thank everyone for a wonderful birthday on Tuesday. Thank you to the pupils for their singing, all their cards and gifts. It made it a really lovely day and I was touched by it all.

In English, we have continued our work on explanation texts, which has been gearing us up to write our own next week. On Monday, we looked through our exemplar text on dishwashers and created our own dictionary based on the vocabulary we did not know. This is a good way to get children using dictionaries and starting to think about using a range of vocabulary. This set us in good stead to start planning our own explanation report. We broke our ideas down into small paragraphs and really began to think precisely about how our own item was going to work. We have had some great invention ideas, from kettles boiling water by using fire breathing dragons, to cows eating the grass as the lawnmower goes along and to elephants powering leaf blowers. What an imaginative class! Of course, whilst planning this we couldn’t forget our spelling words and literary features we have been thinking about, so we came up with some sentences where we could include these in our own text. Next week we will write our first draft, edit it and then write our final version of our explanation texts.

Miss Marchant’s Maths

This week, we have been continuing with our multiplication and division unit and have moved on to the formal written method. To start with we looked at the distributive law and how it linked to the grid method. This is a useful method when first thinking about multiplying larger numbers as it partitions the numbers into their tens and ones to make the calculation more manageable. We then moved onto multiplying numbers using the column method as this will eventually be much quicker and easier for them to use. We will continue to do more of this next week. As always, I can tell the children are practicing their times tables as they are getting quicker at producing the answers – please keep it up!

Admin

Please remind all children to bring all items of clothing/bags/lunch boxes home throughout the week.

 

Homework

Spelling and grammar sentences

Multiplication facts

Mathletics

Comprehension

Carol Service song

 

Book competition

Last year, many of the children at St Stephen’s entered the Daunt Books Children’s Short Story Competition. Indeed we even had some winners from our school over the past few years. What an honour to have three published authors in our own school. This year, I would like to encourage any other keen writers from St Stephens to enter, as it is a wonderful opportunity to write a story for pleasure and potentially see it in print!

 

The competition is open to all children aged four to fifteen. The story must be all your child’s own work and must be between 300 and 1500 words.

How do I submit?
You should email your story as an attachment to l.pereira@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk by Friday 20th February. Please put your child’s name, age and class as the email title and on the story attached.

Eg: Sally- class Y4 Elliot (Age 9)

Please make sure that the stories are typed, double-spaced and single sided. We will then forward all St Stephen’s entries to Daunt bookshop by the closing date. A copy of the children’s stories will be kept in a special folder in the Library for all to read.

Results will be announced in April 2020 and winning stories will be published in during summer term.

Good luck and I look forward to reading your children’s stories!

Lia Pereira.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Marchant

Friday 6th December

It’s finally December and we can start talking about Christmas! This week we have decorated the classroom in preparation for the festivities, as well as started linking our art topic to Christmas. The children have been focussing on creating their own Nativity scene that they will then be able to take home as a decoration. For this we will need shoe boxes, so if anyone has any spares that we could use we would greatly appreciate it!

In English we started our new unit of non-fiction writing based on explanation texts. We started the week off by reading through a range of explanation texts and seeing if we could come up with a list of common features that we will then be including in our own explanation texts. We came up with: diagrams, title, sub-title, topic specific vocabulary, time connectives and an introduction as well as our spelling words and our literary features such as fronted adverbials, expanded noun phrases and alliteration. We then introduced our new class text called ‘How does a dishwasher work?’ As we read through the text, the class soon realised all was not as it originally seemed and this particular dishwasher is operated by cats sneaking up a ramp behind the dishwasher and cleaning all the dirty, disgusting plates with their tongues. This of course caught the children’s attention and they are very keen to be writing their own version of how everyday appliances work with a small twist.

Miss Marchant’s maths:

This week we have started thinking about our multiplication and division unit. We have focussed on the commutative law (where AxB is the same as BxA), factor pairs and division facts. All of this consolidation of our times tables will stand us in good stead for moving onto the formal written method for multiplication next week. We have been continuing with our times table challenge at the start of every lesson. The children have two minutes to answer as many multiplication questions on the sheet as possible. Doing this regularly has really improved how many they can do, with most children answering 30+ questions. It’s so great to see all the practice they are doing at home.

In RE we have looked at the Beatitudes of Jesus. These are a list of blessings that Jesus preached at the Sermon on the Mount which offer a moral code which is still relevant today. The children were given a sheet with the eight Beatitudes and had to order them from what they thought were the most to the least important. Next week, we will move on to our topic based on Christmas.

Homework:

Times tables

Spelling and grammar

Mathletics

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Marchant

Homework

Homework due back by 28.02.20 Week 5 07.02.20 ation words

Please type up your 500 word story if possible and this can be emailed to me – more details about this in the blog. Due back by Tues 25th February.

Comprehension 3rd comp 07.02.20

Hit the Button is a great game for practicing times tables!

Reading books need to be brought in at least once a week to be changed!