20 Mar 2015

Year 4 Week 12 2015

Talk 4 Writing - In action!
This week in Literacy, the children have been tempted by the delights on offer in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Room! We have explored the setting of the chocolate room and used our senses to describe what could be seen, smelt, heard, touched and tasted. The children took part in some ‘Talk 4 Writing’ activities to find out about the setting and then worked with their Talk Partners to write descriptive sentences using powerful adjectives, verbs and vocabulary.

In Maths, we have been finding factor pairs of numbers. Factor pairs are pairs of numbers that multiply together to give another number. (12 has the factor pairs; 1 and 12, 2 and 6, 3 and 4) We have also continued to develop our mental maths skills, our understanding of mathematical vocabulary and what mathematical operation is needed to solve simple word problems.

Creating mosaic masks in Art
In topic this week, the children have found out about the Maya number system. This was complicated stuff! We found out that the number 1-19 were formed in a similar way to the Roman numeral system and that different numbers were made by stacking the lines and lining up the circles on top. The tricky part came after 19, when the numbers are written vertically with multiples of 20 being at the top, rather than 10s, and each multiple of 20 being represented by a dot!
       
The children have found out about the ancient Maya from the buildings they left behind. They completed their own research about the city of Chichen Itza and created an information poster.

Homework
Literacy – The children have brought home the ‘Talk 4 Writing’ text map and text version of the chocolate room setting to learn. This will help the children to understand the structure and features of setting writing and therefore support the children in their own writing next week. Please support your child when they are ‘reading’ from the text map. Parents can use the text version to act as a prompt for the children.
Maths – The children have been allocated a new game to play on www.activelearnprimary.co.uk (log-in& password details inside the journal) - The game is called ‘Balloon Pop’ and the children need to identify factor pairs for a given number. Well done to all of the children who have played the maths games allocated to them on previous occasions. I can monitor who’s been playing which games and who hasn't
played any!
Reading – Please continue to listen to your child read at least 5 times a week and record any reading that they do in their journals.
Spellings – Children will bring home a new list of spelling words to learn on Monday.

Thank you for your continued support.
Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Pond-Barrett
Mrs Whitaker and Mrs Porter.