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Mrs Joyce
Mr Ibison - Schools Direct trainee teacher
Mrs Turner and Mrs Clegg


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2016-2017 The Year of Reading

Our current class reader is: My brother is a super hero by David Solomons
Our current Read Aloud at home book is: Carrie's War by Nina Bawden
We hope you enjoy exploring the learning that takes place each week in our classroom. Should you wish to contact me and cannot get into school please feel free to send me an email to: lucy.joyce@pudseyprimrosehill.co.uk. 
Please see below for our featured authors
 
Featured authors by term
Roald Dahl Autumn 1.1 (September - October half term)
David Walliams Autumn 1.2 (October half term - Christmas)
 
Anne Fine Spring 2.1 (January - February half term)
Michael Morpurgo Spring 2.2 (February half term - Easter)
 
Lauren Child Summer 3.1 (Easter - May half term)
Michael Rosen 3.2 (May half term - July)

 
Dates for your diary - Spring term 2.2

Wednesday 20th February- School opens and Skipping Schools in for Year 4
Wednesday 22nd February- Curriculum meeting for parents beginning at 6:00
Thursday 2nd March - first day back to swimming

Thursday 2nd March- World Book Day- Dress Up as your favourite book character - visit http://www.worldbookday.com/ for ideas.
Wednesday 15th March and Wednesday 22nd March- Parents Evenings

Friday 24th March- Cominc Relief (more information to follow) 
W/c 27th March- On the Move Focus Week including a trip for Year 4s to the National Railway Museum
Friday 31st March- School Closes for Easter
Save the polar bear

So far this week the children have learnt all about the polar bear - their physical characteristics, their diet, their habitat and the threats they face. To try and prevent these endangered animals from becoming extinct, the children have produced short movies highlighting the threats they face and trying to get people to stop what is happening before it's too late. Take a look at a few examples of the children's excellent learning and ICT skills.

Polar bear art

This week is 'All Creatures Great and Small' Focus Week. Each year group is finding out about a different endangered animal and what we can do to save them. Our animal is the polar bear and we found out a lot of information about them this morning. This afternoon, we sketched some polar bears and placed them in front of the beautiful Northern Lights. As a class, we also made a wonderful, textured collage of a polar bear with the aurora borealis behind made from smudging colourful chalk. Take a look.

Polar bear art
Chocolate

Thank you to all who brought in chocolate for the Summer Fair. You will have the chance to win it back next Saturday 1st July.

Chocolate
Achievement Award winner

Well done Jacob, a super couple of weeks! He has been an example to follow with his use of cumulative re-read and his attitude has improved beyond measure in all areas. No wonder he broke the class record with a stonking 63 house points last week! Let's see if anyone can beat his score in the final few weeks of term.

Achievement Award winner
Super heroes and super villains

As promised, here is some of the fantastic art work Y4J produced of the super heroes and villains they wrote about. They used an outline of their choice and then created these colourful and exciting characters.

Super heroes and super villains

Date set: 21st June 2017               Due back: Monday 26th June

We have been blessed with some glorious, sunny weather this week but too much sun can be dangerous.

Learning Challenge

To create a poster promoting sun safety.

Things to consider

· What are the dangers of too much sun?

· What can people do to stay sun safe?

· How will you present this information so that it grabs people’s attention?

Remember to present your learning in an interesting, colourful and imaginative way.
Swimming this week: This Thursday (22nd June) is Water Safety Week at swimming. The children will be learning how to stay safe around water and how to help others who may have gotten themselves into difficulty. As part of this, they will need to bring with them a long sleeved top and either shorts or trousers to wear over their usual swimming costume. Please note that they will be swimming in these clothes and will need a carrier bag or somtheing similar to put all their additional wet clothes into for the journey back to school. 
Super heroes and super villains

Inspired by our new class reader - 'My brother is a super hero' by David Solomons - we have been creating our own super heroes and super villains. The children started by using templates to create some fantastic drawings of their characters (pictures coming soon). They then used their art work to write about their characters in their Literacy learning, focusing on their physical appearance, their powers and their personality. Everyone has produced some fantastically descriptive pieces of writing, using lots of expanded noun phrases and even some fronted adverbials (part of their targets for Y4). The very best will be posted on Pobble next week! The week ended with the children using the 'Puppet Pals' app on iPads to create a battle scene between their super hero and their nemesis. The children took photographs of their drawings to use as characters and animated and voiced their scene all by themselves. More movie premiers will follow this one as children finish their movies off next week. However, I couldn't resist sharing this already completed masterpiece from a very talented and exciting new director. Hollywood look out! Ladies and gentlemen, take your seats for the UK Premier of 'Exterminator 2'!

Charity collection for the British Heart Foundation

Our amazing School Council had the fantastic idea to collect unwanted items from people's homes that the British Heart Foundation could use to raise much needed funds. The response across school was overwhelming and our class contributed an unbelievable 15 bags to the school total. Here are some picture of our donors. Myself and Mrs Joyce were very proud of them all (and their grown ups) for their generosity and support for such a great cause. Well done all!

Charity collection for the British Heart Foundation
Thinking differently about Maths

This half term, we have begun to test our place value skills with tricky reasoning and problem solving tasks. The children have show great persistence in tackling these problems. This Wednesday, the children used their place value knowledge from previous lessons to solve problems practically, using place value coins and a place value grid. Working in pairs, they set each other 4-digit numbers to work out. At times, they were given stipulations, such as requiring a particular digit to be in a particular column, the value of the digits adding up to a particular number or there needing to be a particular difference between digits in certain columns. They had great fun exploring maths in a more practical way!

Thinking differently about Maths
Achievement Award winner

Congratulations to Emily for winning this award. She receives it for her fantastic attitude to learning and for being an example for others to follow in all things in school. Very well deserved, well done! Let's see who impresses Mrs Joyce and I next week.

Achievement Award winner

Learning Log

Date set: 14th June 2017
               Due back: Monday 19th June

Last week was Treat Week at school, with children enjoying various fun activities put on by the Friends of Primrose Hill.

Learning Challenge

To plan a day of activities for your year group for next year’s Treat Week.

Things to consider

· What activities would you get up to – think sensibly about what you suggest

· When and where would the activities take place (timetable)

· What will it all look like – use pictures/drawings

· How will you help the Friend of Primrose Hill raise the money to pay for your planned activities

Remember to present your learning in an interesting, colourful and imaginative way.

Friday 19th May 2017

Well done Y4J - attendance champions with an excellent 99.6%! Let's hope we can make it two weeks in a row.

Date Given: 3rd May 2017                                                           Due Back: Monday 8th May 2017

L.C. to write a review to David Walliams explaining what you think of his stories – making sure you include examples of what we have read. This could be from Awful Auntie, Billionaire Boy or Rat burger.

S.C.

- describe what you think of the stories explaining which sections you like/dislike and why.

- tell him about the characters and how they could be improved or which is your favourite and why

 

We will be sending these and a sample of our terms learning to David himself so make sure your work is interesting, unique and creative

Date Set: 26th April 2017 Due Back: 2nd May 2017. The 1st May is known as May Day and is a Bank Holiday.
Learning Challenge:
To research and share your understanding of what May Day is and where it is celebrated.
Things to include:
  • An explanation of why May Day is celebrated
  • A list of some of the countries which celebrate May Day around the world.
  • Some examples of activities or traditions which might take place as part of the celebration.
Remember to present your learning in a colourful and imaginative way.
Honey's Charity 5km

Really proud of Honey who ran her 5km charity race for the National Brain Appeal. She did so well and should be very proud of herself and her achievement. We hope you have raised lots of money for this very worthwhile cause.

Honey's Charity 5km
Amazing writing

This week the children have begun their class reader - Billionaire Boy by David Walliams. Their first task was to describe the magnificent Bumfresh Towers. I am sure you will agree they are all marvelous.

Amazing writing
Standard division

Sometimes things are tricky however these two boys really impressed me today by using Numicon to assist int heir tricky division! Keep it up boys and you'll achieve your target in next to no time.

Standard division
Learning Log: Date set 19th April                                                                                Date due back:24th April
The 21st April 1926 is the day the Queen was born.
Learning Challenge: To plan an afternoon tea party which could be held to celebrate the Queen's birthday.
Things to include:
  • A guest list
  • A menu of available food
  • Reasons why you've chosen to include certain food and drinks
  • Any games or activities which might be played.
Remember to present your learning in a colourful and imaginative way
National Railway Museum

A fantastic day had by all - Myself Mr I, Mrs Clegg and Mrs Johnson are so proud of all of the children for their wonderful behaviour. Well done.

National Railway Museum
Chariot makingChariot making
Monday 27th March - a fantastic start to our On the Move Focus Week and some excellent designs for futuristic chariots. We began our stories today about racing at the Circus Maximus. I was impressed by many pieces especially Brooklyn. Keep up the good work - I can see you really shining.

As I slowly approached the stadium, I felt determined to win. With my first step on the cart, I felt a shock of terror go through my veins. I could see 1 million people watching me and then I noticed out of the corner of my eye, people holding signs in the air. I could hear people shouting my name as loud as they could. Surly I had a chance to win here at Circus Maximus?

I am sure you'll agree this is a fabulous story opener!
How to train your dragon

Fantastic writing linked to our class reader - 10 have been chosen for Pobble but I could of used everyones!

How to train your dragon
Science blast - Making Poo

To finish our Science learning on digestion, the children had a go at making the digestive system and poo! They all gave fantastic explanations to all our visitors and thoroughly enjoyed the science experiment and were very mature considering the subject matter!

Science blast - Making Poo
Science SLD

What a fantastic day we had completing experiments and testing out theories - well done to all. Let's see what tomorrow brings for our coins submerged in their solutions.

Science SLD
Star Swimmers - 9th March 2017

This week in swimming, we have 3 star swimmers! 2 from Shirley's group and one from Jo's. Up first from Jo's is Sarah who has mastered jumping in - something that has been her nemesis for many weeks! We are very proud of her - keep it up Sarah the sky is the limit. Shirley's two swimmers are Evan and Honey who both tried really hard and kept going even when they had to repeat sections of their learner. Their progression has been marvellous - well done.

Magic Mathematicians!

Well done to Alex, Lillie and Katie for excellent learning this morning on time. You all excelled and competed some tricky mastery learning. Really looking forward to seeing where you take your learning later in the week.

Magic Mathematicians!
Learning Log: 
To encourage people top ahve fun with maths your challenge is:
L.C: to design a game that could be used in Maths Olympics to help people imporve thier maths skills.
S.C: You should consider the maths skills that your game will encourage (number bonds, doubling and halving, times tables etc) and the equipment you need to use to play it. You may need to design a 'board' to play it on or you could adapt something else such as a pack of play cards. Remember to present your work in an interesting way - you could design a poster, an information page, make a short film or design a compelted game that could be used next week. 

 
Seagulls - Mosaic

Tuesday 7th March 2017 - Mosaic art work. A couple of weeks ago, all children in Y4J were asked to design a potential piece of art for a project. I am thrilled to say that today we had a go at creating the mosaics that will eventually be housed down the tunnel and walk way to Marks and Spencers - the children and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and we cannot wait for the final piece of art work to be unveiled!

Seagulls - Mosaic
Newspape reports - Running Wild

2nd March 207 After finishing our class reader, we decided that we wanted our World Book Day focus to be about our previous class reader - Running Wild. I was so pleased with them! Well done everyone.

Newspape reports - Running Wild
World Book Day 2017

Thank you to all children who dressed up today in their outfits for the World Book Day's 20th anniversary - they all look fab!

World Book Day 2017
Thursday 23rd February 2017 Exciting news - all work for yesterday's Pobble day is now live on Pobble! We hope you enjoy reading it.. Please follow the link below.

https://www.pobble.com/lessons/pobble-day-at-pudsey-primrose-hill-with-year-4 
Reading journals - How to train your dragon

Our first lesson on our new class reader - How to train your dragon.

Reading journals - How to train your dragon
Pobble Day

Wednesday 22nd February 2017 - Well, what a day we have had! The children have been fortunate enough to have a Pobble Day linked to developing writing. All children were fantastic. work from the morning has been published however here are a sneak preview of some. The others can be found on the www.pobble.com

Pobble Day
Date given: Wednesday 22nd February 2017                     Date due back: Monday 27th February 2017
Our featured Author for this half term is Micahel Morpurgo.
Learning log: To re-design a front cover from one of his novels
S.C.

You need to identify one of his books and then think about how you could design a suitable alternative front cover for it (don't just copy the existing cover). Remember the front cover of the book is important to ttract potential readers. Think about what attracts you to a book, the use of colours, the images that you can see, the ize and position of the title. 

Maths - all children have brought home their yellow maths folders with learning linked to 2d shape which is our current topics. 
Skipping School

Monday 20th February 2017 - Today Jodi from skipping schools came into school to work with the Year 4s - it was a great chance for the children to practice previously learnt skills as well as a chance to develop new techniques including the pretzel! Everyone worked really hard. A skipping club will be starting soon so please make sure you watch out for the letter should you wish to join.

Skipping School
Michael Morpurgo

Our featured author of the half term - Michael Morpurgo. If you enjoyed our class reader Running Wild, why not read one of his other titles available in the school library.

Michael Morpurgo
Monday 20th February 2017
The children made some exciting discoveries when they found some Roman artefacts in the KS2 playground. They realised these things were Roman using clues from the objects. Included in their finds were, Roman coins, a Roman oil lamp, a piece of wood with some Roman numerals on and a Roman Empire map. The children were not sure what the oil lamp was. Some guessed it was a compass while others guessed it was for carrying water. 

If anyone has any replica items linked to the Roman's, please send in and we will add onto our working wall. Thank you
Sea Creatures

To help us with our adventure stories based on Tiddler by Julia Donaldson and Finding Nemo we designed, drew, made and described our characters - they are great!

Sea Creatures
Science - i Movies on digestion
Poems inspired by The Dark

The children wrote poems inspired by the story - The Dark by Lemony Snicket - they have also been recorded so watch this space!

Poems inspired by The Dark
Stories written inspired by Laszlo and The DarkStories written inspired by Laszlo and The Dark
Art work inspired by The DarkArt work inspired by The Dark
Oral hygiene homework

Another super piece of homework full of fun facts and helpful tips!

Reading journals

Here are some examples of our reading journals - these are activities linked to our class reader - Running Wild.

Reading journals
Our marvelous mouth

This week the children have been learning facts about our marvelous mouth and the teeth inside it! Once they had learnt everything, they had the chance to make their own iMovies! I think they are amazing!!

Date set: Wednesday 25th January 2017 2016 Date due: 30th January 2017
In Science and Literacy this week we have been learning all about our marvellous mouth - making wonderful iMovies, writing fantastic descriptions about the jobs of each tooth as well as being experts in the dental field!

L.C. to create an advert or a poster to remind children about keeping their teeth healthy.
S.C.
- Using either film or paper explain all the important facts about keeping a healthy mouth from the work you have done this week including your iMovie (on class page should you need it)
- Remember to make your advert as unique as possible.

Wednesday 18th January

Maths homework - all children have been set tasks on mathletics this should take no longer than 30 minutes.
Learning log - linked to our seal topic of 'Going for Goals'.
Going for goals homework - James

Excellent homework sent in last week - let's hope all the children achieve their goals!

Autumn term Bronze award winners

For coming to school everyday in the Autumn term, the children received a lovely certificate - well done to all 9 children let's see if we can get all our bronze awards to silver!

Autumn term Bronze award winners
Friday 6th January 2017 - well done to everyone this week. Your first week back has been a successful one! Lots of great learning, targets met, smiles and a fantastic new class reader to sink our teeth into. Well done to all the childrne who received their Bronze attendance award - I wil publish photos on Monday and certificates will be sent home. A fantastic extra special well done - we won the attendance award on the last week before Christmas with a super 100%! Let's see how many awards we can win in 2017. 

All children should have brought home their home reader and planner - please make sure that their planner and reading books are in school so we can hear the children every day and comments be made in their planner. When you or someone else listens to your child read, feel free to comment in their planners. For those planners that aren't currently up to date with dates, next week (w/c 9th January) will be the 16th blank week page.

PLEASE NOTE THERE WAS NO MATHS HOMEWORK SENT HOME - LEARNING THIS WEEK HAS BEEN ON DIVISION AND MANY CHILDREN HAVE WORKED REALLY HARD ON ACHIEVING THEIR TARGETS. ALL CHILDREN HAVE THEIR MATHLETICS PASSWORDS SO IF THEY HAVE ACCESS TO THE INTERNET 20-30 MINUTES ON THIS WOULD BE FANTASTIC.
4th January 2016 Welcome back - all children have brought home their new reading book. These books have all been altered and moved in line wiht our new colour banding system. Can I please ask that any other home readers you have at home are sent in so they can be rebranded. 

Read Aloud at home: The latest in our series of read aloud at home books was sent home this evening - Rat Burger by David Walliams. Please can all those with outstanding copies of Strom Breaker send them in ASAP. 
Learning Log - Spring term week 1 
Date set: 04.01.17               Due back Monday 9th January
This Friday is an important day in the Christian calendar - the Feast of the Epiphany.
LC: To find out about the Feast of the Epiphany
SC: You could find out what happened, why it is an important day and what is done to celebrate it.
Remember to present your learning in an interesting way. You could create a poster, an information page, make a short film or a labelled piece of artwork.

PLEASE REMEMBER ALL HOMEWORK NEEDS TO BE COMPLETED AND SENT INTO SCHOOL BY MONDAY THE 9TH - HOMEWORK CLUB RUNS ON A THURSDAY LUNCHTIME IN THE ICT SUITE FOR 30 MINUTES SHOULD YOU WISH TO COMPLETE IT AT SCHOOL. 
Welcome to 2017 - our first topic is based around the fantastic country of Italy - we began this morning by taking a flight from Leed to Rome. If you or a member of your family have any artifacts from Italy - please feel to send them in to add to our display


Benvenuti al 2017 - il nostro primo argomento si basa tutto il fantastico paese di Italia - abbiamo iniziato questa mattina con un volo da Leeds a Roma. Se voi o un membro della vostra famiglia hanno artefatti da Italia - non esitate a inviare loro per aggiungere al nostro display! 
Christmas party

A fantastic day had by all.

Christmas party
Tuesday 13th December 2016
Well done to all involved in the Lights, Camel, Action shows yesterday! You were all fantastic and should be very proud of your achievements. 
Art work inspired by Buddy Bing - the class elf.

To help us with our writing, the children asked if they could produce some images of Buddy and also the setting he arrives in. I for one cannot wait to hear all about the elftastic journey he goes on!

Art work inspired by Buddy Bing - the class elf.
Monday 5th December

Polite notice - please make sure that all costumes for 'Lights, Camel, Action' are in school by Friday 9th December ready for our dress rehearsal. All ticket requests should be sent into school either via the classroom so they can go with the register or straight to the main office. Tickets will be sent out in due course.
2nd December 2016 

Day 2: Buddy was located this morning on top of the Christmas tree - he has also managed to break Mrs Joyce's fairy lights! We aren't sure how he has managed this. He had a special message for someone in our class ..... Reuben Meekings is Elftastic!! What an amazing achievement Reuben to be recognised by our scout elf buddy - Let's hope he's told the big man in red. 
1st December 2016 New Flash 

Buddy Bing, Santa's scout elf has arrived and is already causing havoc! Let's hope is better behaved than last year where Mrs Joyce found him having a date with no other than Barbie!
Honey's homework

This week the children have been set the task of planning a menu for Leeds Catering Agency who have asked the children to design a Tour de Yorkshire inspired menu - this is the first piece I have received in and I think you'll agree that this is superb!

Our videos to support our learning
Day 3 insulators and conductors

Today we had a fantastic morning testing what items in the classroom worked as conductors e.g. those that allowed electrical current to pass through and those that were insulators e.g. those that stop electrical current flowing through the circuit freely.

Day 3 insulators and conductors
We tried to email Professor Gloom and Dr Doom about the light and how we really needed them to reconsider - this was there response!

Today, 09:28
Y4J,
You have been working hard....very hard indeed. I can see why light is important...THAT'S WHY I WANT TO TAKE IT!!!
You have three more days to convince me.
MWAH HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!


Dr Doom
 
Sparks Specialist and world dominator.
Wednesday 23rd November 2016
Date set: 23.11.16            Due back
Monday 28th November
Leeds Catering Agency is currently running a Tour-de-Yorkshire themed menu competition and are asking classes to design a delicious and fun cycle themed menu. The Winning Class, in addition to seeing their menu served across the city, will receive £250 worth of YPO vouchers where they can choose from 1000’s of products including sports equipment and accessories.
LC: To design a Tour-de-Yorkshire themed dish which could be included in a class menu
SC: You could design a main meat or fish dish; a main vegetarian dish; a vegetable or salad dish; a carbohydrate side eg. potato, pasta rice; a dessert


Maths Homework: Linked to ur focus week and data handling. Please see children's yellow homework folder. If there are any problems, please do not hesistate to get in touch via email. 
Static electricity

Monday 21st - after looking through the children's homework and discussing static electricity, Honey and I completed a task she had set in her homework. A great way to end the first day of Focus Week!

Bright Sparks Focus Week 21st November 2016

This morning began with a launch assembly where the children were introducted to Professor Gloom and Doctor Doom! Their mission for the week is to help prove why we need the light otherwise Doctor Doom will take each and every piece on Friday!

Once back in class, the children were able to think about the history of electricity, share what they already know and together learn how electricty is made, transported and used! The writing produced was amazing! Well done everyone. 
Wednesday 2nd November 2016
BBC’s #LovetoRead Campaign

Reading is one of life's greatest joys and can awaken our imagination, inspire and challenge us - not just as children but throughout our lives. That's why the BBC has launched #LovetoRead, a campaign to celebrate reading. After hearing about this event which culminates with the #LovetoRead weekend (November 5th-7th) we are asking all children to take part and tell us about what book is their favourite. ​We would love to display our #LovetoRead choices. All staff will be joining in so get your thinking caps on about your favourite books. A display will also be made from the photos and this week children have taken home a #LovetoRead sheet with their learning log to use in their selfies! ​. To help us with the display please bring in a 5’ x 7’ size photo or email a copy to me  (lucy.joyce@pudseyprimrosehill.co.uk). ​ ​
 
Learning log Wednesday 2nd November 2016

Date set: 2.11.16                Due back Monday 7th November
Our featured author this half term is David Walliams.
LC: To find out about David Walliams
SC: You could find out about when and where he was born; which school he went to; what he does apart from being an author; if he has won any awards etc.
Remember to present your learning in an interesting way. You could create a poster, an information page, a short film or a labelled piece of artwork.

Maths homework 
This weeks homework is based on this weeks maths unit on money. The children have been looking at money for this week and the week before the holiday - some of the challenges set are tricky but don't panic just read and you'll be fine!

Mathletics - don't forget mathletics - all new programmes ahve been set - check back on Monday 7th November to see who is at the top of our mathletics leader board!

 
Science - The Water Cycle

Wednesday 2nd November - today the children have been learning about the Water Cycle and how it affects life on planet earth. Thy began the session with simple experiment looking at how water can change its state!

Science - The Water Cycle
Magic mathematicians

A special shout out to Brooklyn and Alex - super money maths today - keep up the good work!

Magic mathematicians
Writing after our senses lesson

After tasting, smelling, feeling, listening and looking, the children wrote some excellent pieces of writing. Well done to Alex, Emily, Joshua, Honey, Jack, Lillie and Evan - you really impressed myslf and Mr Ibison!

Writing after our senses lesson
Bonfire writing

This week we are writing narrative based on being lost at a bonfire - to get us in the mood, we tasted, smelt and watched all things bonfire!

Bonfire writing
Monday 31st October - welcome back.

Welcome back to our second term of 2016. Today we would like to offer a wonderfully warm welcome to our newest class member April - we hope you enjoyed your first day at school and we are all looking forward to leanring more about you as the term goes on. 

This half term is a jam packed half term and is kicking off with a trip to Pudsey Library tomorrow (Tuesday 1st November 2016) . Please remember we are walking so come to school in suitable shoes and a hooded coat. 

Finally, can the two outstanding copies of BOY IN A DRESS be returned ASAP. 

 
Thursday 20th October - Half term homework

Reading: All children should have a current stage book and a library book that they have been asked to bring home over the half term holidays - We read for at least 10 minutes a day so why not see how many minutes they can clock up over the half term break. Be sure to record the information in your planners or jotter so we can see.

If you child has forgotten and not brought their books home please remind them in the morning and we will do the same as they leave tomorrow. Failing that the library offers free book loans for up to 20 books for all children - it is quick and easy to sign up and there are many events going on at Pudsey Library over the half term.


Learning Log:

Date sent: Wednesday 19th October Learning Log: to review Art Super Learning Day
Due back: Monday 31st October 2016


Maths: the children will have either received learning linked to our current maths topic, Money or a Maths Olympics targets. Please make sure that where possible children are allowed to access Matheletics as this will support their key instant recall facts that we work on in Maths Olympics. Any problems with passwords please see their log in cards stuck in their planners or email me direct as I have them all. 

 
Thursday 20th October: Frozen in Time - well what a day we have finsihed our first class reader of the half term and WHAT an ending! Freddy and Polly along with their great-niece and nephew heard the truth to the 53 year old story! Up next half term is: David Walliams - Awful Auntie!
Thursday 20th October: Just wanted to let everyone know that both myslef, Mr Ibison and Mrs Clegg were thrilled with the children today during our last swimming session of the half term. EVERYONE did a superb job and some children managed to face thier fears and jump into the water! If you have time over the half term, don't forget to practice ready for our first session back on Thursday 3rd November 2016.
Teachers Award Autumn 1 week 7

Well done to Reuben who has been awarded the teacher award certificate in assembly for his excellent contributions to Art Super Learning Day - be sure to check out his excellent art work featured on our Art Super Learning Day folder.

Teachers Award Autumn 1 week 7
READ ALOUD AT HOME BOOKS Please return all copies of 'The boy in the Dress' by THURSDAY 20TH OCTOBER. Many thanks.
Art Super Learning day Winners

Throughout the day, I was really impressed with all children as was Mr Ibison. Together we have chosen, Lillie and Reuben. You did amazing and we hope you'll agree their art work is fabulous.

Art Super Learning day Winners
Monday 17th October

Art Super Learning Day - an amazing day had by all. 8 of our class went to 4 workshops run by Year 9 pupils from the local high school whilst the remaining children worked really well and completed a variety of art activities based on our STEAM theme provided by the Big Draw. The day began with the children making their own sketch books and then sketched a variety of sea creatures and Autumnal objects. They tried to improve their sketches each time and gave each other advice about how to do so. In the afternoon the children used water colour pencils to create a leaf and a class piece of Art.

Monday 17th October
Guided Reading

After reading our texts to ourselves and then either each other or a grown up, we had to first answer questions on our own before trying to agree the best answer! Lots of negotiation skills were used in the process.

Guided Reading
Breaking news - Viking Invade

The children had to imagine that television had been around in 793 AD so they could give us a factual news report about one of the first invasions at Lindisfarne.

Teachers award

Well doen to Dylan and Eleanor our last two winners.

Teachers award
Friday 30th September 2016

Urgent message - please note that due to a technical issue with 'Parent Mail' we have been unable to send today's newsletter out. As soon as the issue is rectified, it will be sent out. Apologies for any inconvenience that this has caused. 

 
Thursday 29th September
A huge well done to all the children today they have been fantastic and tried super hard in all areas of thier learning - keep up the hard work Y4J!
Date Given: Wednesday 28th September   Due Back: Monday 3rd October 2016
L.C. to find out about the celebration of the ‘Harvest Festival’.
S.C.
- Tell us:  Who celebrates it?
Why they celebrate it?
How is it celebrated?
When it is celebrated?
- You could produce a labelled piece of art work, a short informative video or even a harvest booklet.
- Remember to present your work using images and colours to make it imaginative and unique.

 
Monday 26th September 2016 - Today we have been to the 7 wonders of the world don't worry we didn't leave the classroom! Through the use of Google Expedition, the children took a virtual tour around the Taj Mahal and then straight over to the Great wall of China. It really was something special to see adn the children and I were amazed!

Honey, " I thought the experience was good becuase it gave me a chance to see things I might not get to see in real life - it did make me feel a little sick though!"

Harry, " It was amazing! I got to see things like Christ the Redeemer in Rio"

Jacob, "It would cost thousands of piounds to go visit the 7 wonders of the world but I got to see it for free this morning!"

Dylan,  " It was really quite great to get to see the worlds monuments through glasses!"
Sharing our learning

23rd September 2016 This afternoon we split in half and shared our learning with Y3F - it was great to hear all about Stockholm from them and the children got to share their learning on Copenhagen and Denmark.

Sharing our learning
Travel Guides - Around the world

To bring our focus week to a close, the children created their very own travel guides all about Denmark and it's capital city Copenhagen. The travel guides are fantastic and the children really thought about using all the thing we had been learning about both in this focus week and in Literacy since we have come back to school - I for one am very proud of their work! Keep it up Y4J!

Travel Guides - Around the world
Urgent message: Maths homework will be going out tomorrow Thursday 22nd September 2016. 
Learning log 
Date Given: Wednesday 21st September 2016
             Due Back: Monday 26th September 2016
L.C. to review our ‘Cities around the world’ Focus Week
S.C.
- What were your best bits, what did you find most challenging and what would you change and why?
- Present your work using images and colour
- Make it as unique as possible; maybe you could write a news report or create a short movie.

 
Around the world focus week

After looking at, smelling and tasting food that originates in Scandinavia, the children wrote fantastic persuasive pieces of writing to try and convince us to buy their chosen item. After that, we recorded their work and I think you'll agree, they did a great job - we have some budding advertisers in Y4J!

Read aloud at Home - 20th September 2016

Tonight our first class reader 'Boy in a dress', by David Walliams has gone out. A copy has gone home with each child. The books are brand new so please take great care of them. The expectation is that the children have a chance to listen to these stories being read to them as some of the language in this and other read aloud books is challenging. We estimate that the reading of David Walliams, 'Boy in a dress' will take the half term - as soon as you have finished with it please send staright back to school. Any books that have been damaged or are lost will be charged for as we will need to replace the books. 
Around the world focus week - Openings for our leaflets on Scandinavia

The children worked really hard to produce some excellent opening paragraphs for our writing - I am really looking forward to the rest of their work!

Around the world focus week - Openings for our leaflets on Scandinavia
Around the World Focus Week - Day 1

what a great start to our first focus week of the academic year - Around the World. The children began their focus week with a launch assembly before heading back to class to see if they could work out what area of the globe we were focusing on after looking though the items that appeared in the mystery box. Once the area of Scandinavia was revealed the children completed a fantastic reading session gathering facts and notes before working with Mrs Joyce to create amazing openings for lour leaflets on Scandinavia. This afternoon the children tried to match capital cities with their countries using the atlas' to help before they tasted food from the region and had fun thinking about how best to persuade people to eat the foods they tasted! A wonderful and focused start by all - Keep up the hard work Y4J!

Around the World Focus Week - Day 1
Voting for school council

Wednesday 14th September 2016 Today we voted for our student council representatives - all the children were given the chance to nominate themselves and each child was able to cast a single vote one for the boy who impressed them most and one from the girl whos pitch impressed them the most. Check back on Friday for the announcement.

Voting for school council
Learning log homework
Year of Reading 2016-2017

Date set: Wednesday 14th September 2016 Date due: 19th September 2016
L.C. to design, create and describe a new character in the style of Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake.
S.C. 
- Draw the character (use examples of Quentin Blake's work from a Roald Dahl or David Walliams book such as: Fantastic Mr Fox, Matilda, Gangster Granny, Mr Stink etc)
- Describe the character e.g. what they look like, sound like, act like and which one of Roald Dahl's stories they may fit into.

- Explain what inspired you to design your character.
- Remember to make your character as unique as possible.



Maths home - this weeks homework is linked to our current place value topic and looking at rounding. HOMEWORK CLUB will be on this week as it is everyweek from 12:30-1:00 in the ICT. If you would like your child to attend please either email me or remind your child to ask for a lunch club pass. 
13th September 2016 - Happy 100 years Roald Dahl!

This week in Literacy we have been looking at characters and how we can describe them - we decided to use the characters from one of Roald Dahl's fantatsic stories - Charlie and the Chocolate factory. We are very pleased with the children's work and cannot wait to see what they do next. Make sure you check out our class page so you can see more examples of excellent writing.
12th September 2016

Everyone is working extremely hard on improving their hand writing - a HUGE well done to Emily and Joshua! Keep it up and who knows you maybe able to knock our hand writing heros off the top spot ....

12th September 2016
Literacy - Character description Roald Dahl

Happy 100 years Roald Dahl! Today we looked at some of the main characters from Charlie and the chocolate factory. We compared the 1971 film with the latest version and from that thought about the things we know about Willy Wonka - the children did a superb job! We hope you like reading what they have written.

Literacy - Character description Roald Dahl
Portraits of Roald Dahl Characters

12th September 2016 To celebrate 100 years of Roald Dahl the children have been looking at characters from the famous Charlie and the chocolate factory - their task today was to complete a half portrait of Violet Beauregarde first with half the face and then a full portrait - we think you'll agree they have done a great job!

Portraits of Roald Dahl Characters
Handwriting Heros - Week One

Every week Y4J will be holding our 'Handwriting Heros' challenge with a prize for the neatest and most improved in all their writing throughout the week. This week the awards have gone to Jacob and Jack - check back next week to see if these superheros have been knocked off the top spot!

Handwriting Heros - Week One
Setting description

9th September 2016 Friday saw our first Write On challenge where the children had to write a setting description about an unique planet. I was thrilled with every single piece - although it was a hard decision, here are some of my favourites.

Setting description
Literacy 7th September

Today the children have been learning all about noun-phrases and trying to add some into writing about an imaginary world - we think you'll agree they have done a fantastic job. Before we began, we did our daily hand writing and the children are trying very hard - keep it up!

Literacy 7th September
Learning log - 7th September 2016

Date Given:
7th September 2016               Due Back: Monday 12th September 2016
Year of Reading 2016-2017
L.C. to tell us who your favourite author is and why.
S.C.
- Tell us about the type of books he or she writes
- describe the genres they write about e.g. are they joke books, fairy tales, quests etc
- explain why the author inspires or encourages you to read their books
- Remember to present your work using images and colours to make it imaginative and unique.


Maths

All children have brought home homework lined to place value. Like their learning log, it is due on Monday.
 

 
Welcome back to school - Tuesday 6th September 2016.

Today all children have settled into their new class and have been trying hard. Our first unit of work in Maths is on Place Value and everyone worked well impressing myself, Mrs Turner and Mr Ibison. This afternoon we looked at a new book called 'My Brilliant Book' which we will be using for the next two weeks to inspire our learning. We ended our day with our D.E.A.R (drop everything and read!) where we began our first class reader - Frozen in Time. 

Please remember it is PE on a Wednesday so school PE kits (White t-shirt/polo shirt, dark shorts, black pumps or change of footwear) should be in school. 

Finally, don't forget to email in your 'Extreme Read' photographs over the summer.
PE - team building in silence

We can organise ourselves into height order when we can talk but what happens when this is taken from us - our first group task was to just that in silence. We then moved onto them completing a series of physical challenges in our three random teams. The children had to work together to complete the challenges as quickly as possible. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves.

PE - team building in silence