4BM 2017 - 2018
Welcome to 4BM
Welcome to 4BM's class page. Here you can access our weekly update, class spellings and homework.
My name is Miss Moulton and I am new to Offley this year. Last year, I completed my teacher training in another primary school within Cheshire East. In my spare time I enjoy walking, singing and drama. I love musical theatre and have seen over 20 different shows by both professional and amateur theatre groups.
Over the next half term, we will be answering our new Project based learning question which is the basis for our curriculum work. Our main question which will encompass science, geography, art and English is: What would happen if all the ice in the north melted? Our question covers food chains in science; geography is human and natural features (North America); in art they will be creating natural landscapes in the style of Vincent van Gogh; and in English the children will be writing information and persuasive texts. I have attached a curriculum map to give you a broader insight into the curriculum this year.
In Maths the children will be learning about Multiplication and Division; equal groups of numbers; problem solving and area/perimeter. We will be focussing on fluency, reasoning and applying skills.
PE will now be on a Thursday afternoon with myself, where possible PE will be outdoors so please ensure the children have their outdoor PE kit in school. For the first half-term we will be focusing on cricket. The children will also be going swimming with myself, Mrs Walters and Mrs Robson on Mondays.
Every week I will post an update and add spellings and homework when applicable. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me through the school office or on the playground before and after school.
Weekly update 12.01.2018:
What a busy week in 4BM! The children, as always, have been fantastic and we have had a very enjoyable week. Today the children have received their homework for this half term and also a new set of spellings. If you have any questions or concerns about any of the tasks they are required to complete please feel free to contact me. Next week we again have swimming on Monday and on Thursday the children will need there outdoor PE kit.
Accelerated Reader: In recent weeks I have parents ask about our accelerated reader programme. As you may know, the children are expected to read a book at home and complete a quiz in school as part of Guided Reading. You will have already received all of the information regarding this programme and will be fully aware of its benefits. At school, we have a number of accelerated reader books which the children can choose from. If your child is struggling to find a book they enjoy you may want to visit a library or buy a book from a recommended author or an author which your child already enjoys reading. Your children can then quiz on these books in school providing it is within their ZPD range. If you visit http://www.arbookfind.co.uk/ and search for a book or author it will tell you the book level (BL) and providing it is in your child's ZPD they can use this as part of our Guided Reading sessions.
This week in English, we have continued our new unit of work. This unit of work is focused on the children writing their own myths and legends. Today, we have complete story mapping our class text which is the Inuit legend 'The crow brings daylight'. Next week, we will begin to analyse and 'box up' the key features of the text. We will also be learning about the use of appropriate pronouns and correctly punctuating speech.
In Guided Reading this week we have begun by reading Snow Tales by Michael Morpurgo. The children have really enjoyed the story of Snow Bear and his quest for the rainbow. We have made predictions about what will happen to Snow Bear next. We all just hope he has a very happy ending!
In Maths, this week we have continued with our block of learning which focuses on multiplication and division. We have been learning how to multiply a 2 digit number by a single digit number using the 'ladder method' (see the pictures above). The children have been chanting a phrase to remember how to multiply using this strategy. 'First, you need to multiply the ones by the multiplier. Next, you need to multiply the tens by the multiplier.' Next week we will be learning the short method of multiplication.
Project Based Learning
This the children have completed their reserach based on places within North America. They have created a postcode sent from the place they have been researching, telling a family member all about all of the amazing things they have seen or know. Next week we will look more closely at some of the 'human' geography of North America with a particular focus on Alaska.
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