16 Jan 2015

Year 4 Week 03 2015

It’s only the second week back and what a busy week it’s been!  We’ve already got our teeth stuck into our topic for the term, ‘The Americas’ as well as our focus text for our Literacy work, ‘Charlie and The Chocolate Factory’.  The children are really enjoying the story and can’t wait for our themed day in a few weeks’ time!


Sorting word definitions, in Literacy 
In Literacy this week, the children have been revising the definitions and uses of verbs, adjectives, nouns, pronouns, conjunctions, connectives, ad verbs and prepositions.  They enjoyed going on a scavenger hunt in books hunting examples of these words.  We have also been recapping on the correct use of punctuation when writing sentences and even participated in a spot of ‘Kung Fu Punctuation’… Ask your children for a demonstration!

In Maths this week, we have focussed on developing our mental maths and problem solving skills, as well as revising the different meaning of mathematical terms and vocabulary.  The children had to listen carefully to the question asked and decide which number operation was needed in order to solve the problem.

Our Topic session has focussed on the different beliefs about why people came to be in North America and that Native Americans have their own traditional stories about how they came to be there.  We then focussed on the different state names of North America and how many of them have Native American origins and meaning behind their names.  We have also found out about who discovered North America and the routes that they took to get there.

In Art, the children were exploring perspective and learning how to create depth in their drawings.  They then used these skills to draw a 3D room from Willy Wonka’s factory. 

The children have had their second session with the guitar this week in Music and have been learning how to play the ’12 bar blues’.  It’s been great watching the concentration on the children’s faces and how quickly they seem to be picking it up.

Homework
  • Topic – The children need to complete some research about a given Native American tribe.  They need to find out at least 5 pieces of information about their tribe, including the different areas of North America that they lived in.
  • Reading – Please listen to your child read at least 5 times a week and record any reading that they do in their journals.
Thank you for your continued support. Have a great weekend!

Mrs Pond-Barrett and Mrs Scannell