Our class teacher is Miss Cook, our teaching assistant is Ms Jones and our learning support assistant is Ms Bell.
This week in Year 4…16.10.20
Miss Cook’s Friday's Mantra is:
‘I am important’.
“You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – A.A. Milne/Christopher Robin
We have had a lovely week in Year 4 and I am so impressed with the progress in all aspects of learning this week. In maths, the children have been exploring their 7 times tables and have been finding and applying mental strategies to solve addition number calculations. In English, we have been performing our lines for our class assembly and we have been planning our own Norse Myths; we finished the week by beginning to write our Myths. I am excited to read them already. In art we have been looking at digital artwork and we also completed a Norse Mythology inspired piece of pop art – it was very cool and innovative.
Show Racism the Red Card!
Today was show racism the red card day and the children wore something read with their uniform to show their solidarity for the cause. In class we discussed and watched a documentary about racism in Britain. We then discussed how someone might feel in they are being treated unfairly, we discussed the difference between nationalities, race, culture and religion and we finished the session by looking and listening to scenarios, reflecting on how we would feel in that situation.
Next Thursday, is our class assembly, and I look forward to sharing it with you all. The children have worked extremely hard and are most definitely stepping up to the challenge of being the first virtual performance.
Have a wonderful weekend, keep you spirits high,
This week Year 4…09.10.20
Miss Cook’s Friday mantra:
I am Confident and believe in myself.
“We all can dance when we find music we love.” – Giles Andreae
We have had a jam packed week this week. I have been so impressed with Year 4’s dedication and perseverance; we have been completing a range of English and maths assessments papers. We then finished the week by starting our class assembly, based on Norse Myths. We read through the scripts and began to include acting and stage directions. We certainly have some budding actors and actresses in Year 4.
In science, we completed a very fun and engaging science experiment – the children loved it. We used metal coat hangers and string which we linked together and twisted around our fingers. The children put their fingers to their ears and then knocked the coat hanger against the table; the sounds which were made were so astounding to the children. In computing we have been making mathematical games. This week we have focused on including a visual scoreboard, repeated random questions and an end screen. In Spanish this week we have been retelling a short story in Spanish. Finally, in art we have been continued to be inspired by the work of Warhol and use tracing paper to copy and replicate our self-portraits so we have numerous on one page – we then decorated them in bright, vibrant colours – I love the blue lips.
During the final week of school, before half term (week commencing 19th October 2020), within our PE lessons, we will be running sporting House Competitions. The competitions will be house athletics competitions which will take place within each year group.
Each class will be divided into their house groups where they will compete against their opposing house groups to win the House Competition Trophy. Each year group will have a winning house but the trophy will be given to the house with the most wins across the school; the trophy will be presented in one of our virtual assemblies and each member of the winning house will receive a certificate.
I wonder who will be the winning house this half term.
Happy competition and good luck,
Please ensure you are reading for 20-30 minutes an evening and logging this in your reading logs.
Have a wonderful, safe weekend,
This week in year 4...02.10.20
Miss Cook's Friday Mantra:
I am ambitious.‘If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.’ Maya Angelou
What another full on week in year 4 – we have been getting through lots of wonderful work this week.
This week the children have been describing Norse characters and settings. They have also been reading and discussing ‘Odd and the Frost Giants’ by Neil Gaiman. The children read and answered questions about the text and then finished the week by writing a conversation with Odd, the Viking boy, and the bear, who got his paw stuck in a rotten tree. The children explored and learnt rules of how to use inverted commas correctly within text and how to punctuate direct speech.
In maths we have been adding numbers with up to 4 digits, using column addition. We have also been adding numbers with decimals; we enjoyed calculating the prices of items off a restaurant menu. In science, we took part in an investigation with a range of equipment, to make lots of sound. The children observed what happens when we strike a cymbal, listen to the sound a ruler makes when it is struck at the end of a table and pluck an elastic band over an open box . In computing we created our first game prototypes so that our sprite asks a mathematical question. We then challenged ourselves to input data so that the sprite would ask range of randomised questions.
WALK WITH US
ON W/C 5 OCTOBER!
Get your happy feet on, it’s time to celebrate.
Living Streets, have created the greatest national Walk to School celebration, where pupils and grown-ups around the UK unite for one week of walking to school.
The five-day walking challenge aimed at primary schools is a fun and engaging week-long activity, raising awareness and celebrating walking for all. Not only will it set them up for a positive day in the classroom, it will also help create healthy habits for life.
Walk to School Week is now scheduled to take place on w/c 5 October 2020, during International Walk to School Month.
The class with the most amount of children and staff walking to school will receive a lovely, sparkly certificate.
Miss Cook - happy walking!
Have a wonderful, happy and safe weekend,
Year 4 and Miss Cook
This week in year 4...25.09.20
Miss Cook’s Friday Mantra (affirmation):
I am a writer.
“You can make anything by writing” – C.S. Lewis
I have been very proud of the children this week, their behaviour and attitude has been great – I am so pleased with the progress and focus they have made. I can already see the progression since the first week of term – bravo Year 4, keep it!
Check out some of our wonderful writing this week:
In Year 4 we aspire to learn to read as much as possible and read stories and poems from different cultures:
In English, we finished our topic on Fantastic Mr. Fox and we are venturing back in time to analyse, write and discuss Norse Myths. The children started the unit by reading three Norse Myths and describing their features; How Thor Regained Mjolnir, The Mead of Poetry and the Building of Asgard’s Wall. The children and I have enjoyed discussing the Gods, Goddesses, evil villains, powerful weapons and supernatural entities. In maths we have been exploring positive and negative numbers and Roman Numerals. In art we have been drawing self-portraits ready to create our first piece of Andy Warhol inspired Pop art; in computing, the children designed their educational games; in Spanish we have been naming animals, including farm animals; and in PSHE we have been discussing ‘good’ and ‘not so good’ feelings, and how these can affect our bodies and mind.
Enjoy our weekly roundup of Year 4 photos…
Have a wonderful weekend, stay safe, be mindful and see you Monday.
Miss Cook and Year 4
This week in Year 4...18.09.20
Miss Cook’s Friday Mantra:
I am compassionate.
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”
Our second full week is complete, and what a wonderful week we have had. The children are making brilliant progress and are getting back into the routine of school life.
This week I have been very proud of the children in English, they have been adapting scenes for Fantastic Mr. Fox: writing play scripts. We have focused on including exciting adverbs, verbs and onomatopoeias (bang, crash, haha, etc.). We finished the week by editing and publishing our scripts so we can put some up on display in the classroom and near the school’s library.
In maths, we have been rounding 3 and 4-digit numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. As the week progressed, we started to confidently grasp this concept. The children are going to be ‘Software Developers’ in Computing, and they have been analysing a range of educational games. In History, the children started their Viking and Anglo-Saxon topic; in Science, they started explore sound; and in RE, they have been discussing the different concepts you can find in the Bible.
Twitter - do not forget, St Peter’s has joined the hip and trendy trend of being on Twitter. The school’s Twitter account will share exciting news and on goings in school - let’s share the love and follow out account (perhaps we will be trending in no time). @St_Peters_CE
Please ensure that the children are reading for 20-30 minutes each evening; this must be logged in their diaries.
Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the last of the summer weather,
Miss Cook and Year 4
This week in Year 4…11.09.20
Miss Cook’s Friday Mantra – each week I will start our blog with a mantra (a quote/positive affirmation) which will encourage the children to believe in their abilities and to help promote a positive mental attitude.
This week’s mantra is:
"I am beyond capable."
I am so proud of the children for returning to school with such enthusiasm, confidence and eagerness to learn, after a long time away from learning.
What a lovely week we have had, and I am so impressed with the improvements I have seen already. It is my absolute pleasure to be teaching the children again this year; it is lovely to see the growth they have made since I last had them in my class, and I am happy to see their personalities still shining bright.
This week we started the week by ‘Celebrating What Makes us Different’, and the children created beautiful artwork containing all the things which make them unique and special. Similarly, we created a second piece of artwork, ‘The Tree of Life’. Within this tree, we included our strengths, aspirations, dreams, and the people who support us, including what they do to help us grow. Both these activities resulted in great artwork but also cultivated interesting and thought provoking conversations.
In English, we have started reading and analysing Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox: the play script version and the chapter book. We enjoyed getting into character this week and acting out some of the scenes from the book.
In maths, the children have been exploring place value of four-digit numbers, comparing the value of four-digit numbers, and placing numbers up to 10,000 on a number line.
This term’s Christian value is ‘Compassion’ and we have been writing prayers about how we can be compassionate, sympathetic and empathetic. I loved reading the prayers, they were written with sensitivity and maturity. Well done, Year 4!
Have a wonderful weekend,
Miss Cook and Year 4