4BM 2018 - 2019
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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 geography, art and design, English, maths, history and science is: How can you prove that a stranger who lived thousands of years ago on a different continent has shaped your life? How has the Mayan past built our present? Our question covers History of an early civilisation; geography, human and natural features (South America); in art they will be designing and creating Mayan masks; and in English the children will be writing information and persuasive texts related to Mayan culture and deforestation; Maths we will be looking at the Mayan number system and calendar and finally in cooking, how chocolate is made and what it is used for. 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 equivalent fractions, simplifying and adding fractions; decimals, tenths and hundreths; problem solving and money. We will be focussing on the children’s number fluency, reasoning and application of taught skills.
PE will now be on a Tuesday with Mrs Clarkson, where possible PE will be outdoors so please ensure the children have their outdoor PE kit in school. The children will be beginning a gymnastics and dance unit finishing off this half term with Basketball.
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 13.07.2018:
Only one week left of Year 4! This week we have been building our minibeast hotels. A big thank you for your donations, if you have anything else that may be suitable the children can still bring these in next week. Below I have attached some pictures of our building afternoons. They had a really lovely afternoon and we are hoping to have lots of guests visiting when we come back in September!
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 the children have been planning their persuassive letters to Mrs Robertson. They are writing to her to ask permission to build the minibeast hotels on school grounds. We have been researching the importance of minibeasts in our environment and have been finding out lots of facts to put in our letters. Next week, we will write up the letters and deliver them to Mrs Robertson.
This week in maths, we have been looking at interpreting data and reading graphs. We have particularly focused on line graphs building on from our work last week on bar graphs. The children have been learning how to read the graphs and also organise the information into them. Next week we will be working on describing position. The children will be using directional commands to move and rotate objects and shapes.
This week we have been looking at mini beats in our Guided Reading lessons. This weeks text was all about the ladybird and their introduction into Australia from California.The children were amazed to find out about how important ladybirds are to the survival of plants including orange trees. We then focused on analysing the word choices of the writer. Our class story is 'Buried Alive' this is the follow on story from 'Cliff Hanger' the children are really enjoying this story so far and love Tim and Biscuits two of the main characters. In our reading area I have selected a number of age appropriate books for the children to read. Some of Jacqueline Wilsons can have sensitive subjects and the texts are for teenage readers therefore are not appropriate for the children currently. If your children enjoy reading Jacqueline Wilson I will be happy to point you in the direction of some of her texts which are appropriate reads.
Next week I will be sending the children's Mayan masks home in with their circuits which they have made. The children are very excited and are looking forward to bringing them home.
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