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WB 27th June

This week in Literacy the children continued their investigation work on whether or not Tutankhamun was killed. They wrote a letter to the British museum to talk about the artefacts the had learnt about and looked into the possible theories behind Tutankhamuns death. 

In Math they continued their work on our time topic. The children began looking at how many days in the months there are as well as how many seconds in a minute, how many minutes in an hour and so on. They then completed lots of work based on these facts. 

In Science they carried out their egg drop experiment which they had planned last week. The children selected the materials they had planned to use and worked as a group to wrap their eggs up. We recapped how we were going to make this a fair test between the groups and then went outside to find out which groups egg would survive the drop. One person from each group dropped the egg from the same height and in the same way as the other groups and then each group opened up their wrappings to find out if their egg survived. 

During Topic this week the children watched a video on the River Nile and then researched, using books and websites, why the River Nile was so important back in Ancient Egyptian times. They discovered some fantastic facts.

In PE this week the children took part in an Olympic sports morning. They worked in their school team colours and completed activities such as fencing, sprint races and javelin throwing. The children had a lot of fun. 

On Thursday afternoon the children enjoyed the opportunity to visit the Gunnislake site and take part in some sporting games.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.   
 

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WB 20th June

In Literacy this week we continued work on our new class book "Was Tutankhamun killed?" which connects to our topic learning on Ancient Egypt. This is an interactive non-fiction e-book which allows the children to take on a detective type role and encourages them to gather facts and research to help them answer the question 'Was Tutankhamun killed?' This week we also looked at the newspaper report from last week that had been written about Tutankhamun's potential murder. The children worked in groups to recap and freeze frame given parts of the article and the rest of the class guessed which parts they had been given. They then summarised the article into different boxes to help plan for next week when they will re-write the article in their own words. 

In Maths we continued our work on multiplication and the children completed lots of different activities to help them practice their recall speed. We also started our time topic with lots of practical work which saw the children using clocks to find and show given times. 

In Topic the children began looking at different artefacts from Ancient Egypt and filled in a fact sheet about a given artefact. They used information books and researched on websites after thinking about what the artefact may have been and what it may have been used for along with who may have owned it.

In Art the children created their sunset silhouette paintings. They first painted their sunsets and then used black paper to draw and cut out silhouettes of significant Egyptian monuments. Once their paintings were dry they arranged and stuck the silhouettes on.      

On Tuesday afternoon the children took part in the Bridge School Games. They completed several different activities such as the 'bean bag boogie', 'long jump' and the 'seated bean bag throw'. All of their results were then sent to the Bridge Trust and the school with the highest scores will be announced soon!

They had a fantastic afternoon. I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and I look forward to seeing the children on Monday morning.

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WB 13th June

Another busy week in Year 4, in Literacy this week we began looking at our new class book "Was Tutankhamun killed?" which connects to our topic learning on Ancient Egypt. This is an interactive non-fiction e-book which allows the children to take on a detective type role and encourages them to gather facts and research to help them answer the question 'Was Tutankhamun killed?' This week we also looked at a newspaper report that had been written about Tutankhamun's potential murder. The children worked in groups to bring this news report off the paper and to life. They were given some basic prompts to start them off but the groups did an amazing job at working together to narrate and act out what had been written in the newspaper report. 

In Maths we continued our work on multiplication and the children completed lots of different activities to help them practice their recall speed. We also finished off our money topic with lots of practical work which saw the children working out money totals, using coins to pay for items and giving change. 

In Topic the children carried out some research on Ancient Egypt and filled in a fact sheet. They then cracked the code by reading hieroglyphics and finally wrote their own names in hieroglyphics.

In Art the children created their own stain glass art work featuring their initials in hieroglyphics. They used laminated pouches, acrylic paints and sharpies to help them create their art. 

On Friday afternoon the children had their treat after earning all of their gems in the class jar. They choose to spend the afternoon doing sports and to play in the forest area. They had a fantastic afternoon.

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and I look forward to seeing the children on Monday morning.

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WB 6th June 

Welcome back, I hope you and your children all had a lovely week off. It was lovely to see all the children back in class on Monday morning. 
This week the children were introduced to our new Topic question; 'Was Tutankhamun killed?' We watched a video to introduce Ancient Egypt and the children used atlases to locate Egypt and answer some questions on the country. They then looked into the key moments in the Ancient Egyptian timeline and we discussed where this period of time came in our history timeline.   

In Literacy the children carried out some recount work to mind map, plan and write up their half term and Jubilee celebrations. We looked at paragraphs and editing our recount work in particular. 

In Maths the children have continued their times table practice alongside our money topic. They have been practicing  increasing the speed of recalling their multiplication facts and refining the helpful tricks such as using the finger trick for the 9 times table. In our money topic they have been converting pounds and pence and adding and subtracting money.  

In Science this half term we will be carrying out lots of experiments and investigations. This week we linked our Science to our Topic focus by completing a pyramid STEM group activity whereby the children had to work in groups to plan and make a stable pyramid using 20 pieces of dried spaghetti and a bag of large marsh mellows.  They children all really enjoyed this and it was a great opportunity for them to work as groups.

All of our Art this half term will be linked to our Egyptian Topic focus. This week the children were introduced to Pharaohs and using a picture of themselves stuck to sugar paper they created clothing and head dresses using different textures and materials. They used these to created collages and different patterns. 

I hope you all have a lovely weekend! 

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WB 16th May 

This week the children began writing their own stories around the theme of a storm in Literacy. On Monday they used story mountains to help them plan their own stories and after editing and adding to these plans they then spent Tuesday and Wednesday completing activities based around direct speech and paragraphs to better prepare them for writing up their stories next week. 

In Maths the children continued with their work on decimals and place value grids. Some of the children completed lots of practical work using counters and place value grids and others carried out more problem solving and reasoning based extensions. During the week the children also carried on practicing their times tables. 

In Science we investigated human teeth. The children watched a video on the different teeth and their functions and then they used mirrors to look at their own teeth and fill in the worksheet. We also looked at what makes up the teeth.

In Art the children continued to develop their sketching skills by sketching a different photograph. They began the lesson by looking back at the sketching work they had completed in previous lessons and discussing what went well and what they could work on improving this time around. 

For Topic this week the children completed work on volcanoes. They watched a video on how volcanoes are formed and the different features of volcanoes. They then used iPads to research and locate some of the worlds most famous volcanoes and plotted them on their own maps. Following on from this the children selected one of the volcanoes they'd like to find out more about and then completed a fact file and survival guide for it.

I hope you have a lovely weekend. 
 

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WB 9th May 2022

We have been hard at work again this week in Year 4. In Topic the children have been researching mountains. They used iPads to research the features of mountains after watching a video on how they are formed. The children then used maps and atlases to locate some of the most famous mountain ranges in the world. Finally they chose a mountain to carry out further research and create a survival fact sheet for. 

In Literacy this week we completed the reading of our class book titled 'Storm'. The children used the Fab Four to summarise, clarify and question the story. They spent time writing descriptive sentences based on what we had read and on Thursday the children wrote a news paper report on a storm that had just happened. 

In maths the children continued with their times table work, practicing different methods to help them recall their times tables. They also continued their work on decimals.

In science they continued to look at the human digestive system. The children created posters on the main parts of the digestive system; they labelled a diagram and then used iPads to write some facts about each of the parts. 

Due to the weather being too wet to sit outside and sketch, the children used a photograph this week in Art to continue practicing their sketching skills. 

On Friday the children were lucky enough to have a Cornish themed assembly. The children were told some Corish folk stories and listened to some fantastic music.  

I hope you all have a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing the children on Monday morning.

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WB 2nd May

Just a four day week this week, but busy none the less. For Literacy this week we continued our work around the story 'Storm'. The children spent time putting themselves in the place of the characters from the story during a hot seat lesson and used the Fab Four characters to draw inference for the story and make predictions as to what might happen next. They also spent time writing descriptive sentences about a storm.

In maths we have continued our work on fractions and decimals as well as our work on mastering the times tables. The children are enjoying having staff around the school ask them multiplication questions and earning them selves hole punches in their cards. A bit of healthy competition! 

Wednesday, during Topic the children researched and investigated rivers. They labelled the features of a river and then began looking at some of the most famous rivers around the world and used maps and atlases to mark where they were located on their own maps. Finally, they looked in more detail at the Amazon river and completed fact files on it as well as noting down what they'd need to be able to survive a night there. 

During our Art lesson this week the children used their previous knowledge of sketching to sketch their surroundings whilst sat out on the school field. 

On Friday we took part in an alternative sports day whereby the children learnt some of the skills to play Lacrosse and Tri-Golf. They also played a few games of Catch the Flag. All of the children thoroughly enjoyed this and it was a great way for them to practice team work.

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and I look forward to seeing the children back in school on Monday! 

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WB 25th April

Welcome back! It has been lovely to have the children back in class after what I hope was a lovely Easter break. Please see below for a copy of this terms newsletter. 

This week we started work our new topic question 'Are you a survivor?' The children looked into the basic survival needs of humans and enjoyed watching some videos of Bear Grylls giving helpful tips and information on how to survive in different environments. They then created a front cover for their Survival handbooks which they will be adding to at the end of every topic lesson.

In literacy we began working on our new narrative unit which is all based around a book titled 'Storm'. During the course of the week we read the first four chapters of the book and completed work on direct speech, descriptive sentence writing and used our Fab Four characters to retrieve information for the story so far. As well as all of this the children also wrote letters to a friend whereby they were telling them all about a cyclone that had happened where they live. The focus for this was for the children to practice using a wider range of conjunctions and connectives. 

In maths we have started our work on decimals as well as completing lots of daily work on times tables practice. It would be fantastic if all of the children could spend a little time at home practicing their times tables as well. They are enjoying having staff randomly ask them multiplication questions and have found playing with the flash cards really beneficial.

Science this term is Animals including Humans. We will be looking at the digestive system and teeth to start with and then we will move on to food chains. This week the children watched a video titled 'A journey inside your body' and then worked in pairs to label the digestive system. 

In art this week we began our work on the artist Turner. During this unit the children will develop their skills in sketching and experiment with water colours. This week the children carried out some research into who Turner was and the art work he was most famous for. They then followed a sketching tutorial and produced some amazing sketched of apples and other everyday objects. They were taught how to hold their art pencil for sketching and how to shade. 

I hope you all have a lovely long weekend and I look forward to seeing the children back in class on Tuesday.  

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WB 4th April

Just like that, it is the end of term. This week we have been working as hard as ever in Year 4. In Literacy we have planned and written our very own time travelling story. This concluded our work around the book The Time Travelling Cat. The children produced some fantastic stories, all of which incorporated aspects of their learning from the topic work we have completed on the Tudors. 

We finished our Tudor topic work off this week with a geography lesson. The children investigated and researched Sir Francis Drakes voyages and explorations and then plotted them on their own maps. They then did some more work on the Spanish Armada and plotted those events on another map. 

In maths we have continued and finished off our work on fractions. We ended the week looking at fractions of objects and amounts. This helped the children apply their knowledge of fractions to real life examples of where we could use fractions in the real wold. 

In DT we made our smoothies that we had planned last lesson. The children picked out the ingredients they would need and checked they had all the necessary equipment and then made and drank their smoothies. Finally they evaluated their final product.  They had great fun doing this. 

In science we finished off our learning on changing states by carrying out some investigations. One of which involved us using hand sanitizer to explore the effects of evaporation. 

Thank you to you and your children for fantastic Spring term. I hope you all have an amazing Easter break and I look forward to see all of the children back at school after the holidays.  
 

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WB 28th March

We have had a very exciting week in Year 4. On Wednesday, as part of our topic work we had a visit from our local firemen who helped us re-enact The Great Fire of London. The children used their Tudor houses which they created in previous DT lessons and set up their own Tudor street. These were then set alight by the firemen and the children watched how quickly the fire spread through the houses. Once the fire was put out by the firemen the children were able to have a go on the fire hoses and had a tour of the fire engine and the equipment. This was a fantastic afternoon. Once back in the classroom the children spent some time reflecting on the experience and recorded their ideas on it.

On Friday the children spent some of the morning in our school forest area as a reward for filling up the class gem jar. They spent time building dens, climbing trees and playing football. This was a great opportunity for some team building. 

In science this week we continued to look into changing states. The children spent time learning about the effects of heating and cooling different materials and discovering whether the changes to the materials were reversible or irreversible. We talked about freezing and boiling points and began looking into evaporation and condensation.

In literacy this week the children completed lots of work on William Shakespeare. They learnt who he was and what he was most famous for by carrying out research and creating there own fact files.  They also completed a guided reading activity to help gather more information on Shakespeare. On Wednesday the children listened to A Midsummer Camp's Dream which was based on A Midsummer Nights Dream. As the children listened to this they made notes on what they heard and then summarised the story in their own words in the style of Sid the Squirrel (One of our Fab Four characters).   

In DT we have moved on to our cookery project. We talked about healthy eating and food/kitchen safety before looking through different smoothie recipes and then creating our own recipes. The children had to think about the ingredients they would need and use some of their maths skills to reduce the quantities on the original recipes they looked at. They also recorded the equipment they would need and the method they would use to make their smoothie.     

I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

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