Monday, 3 February 2020

Trip to the farm tomorrow.

Hello all,

This blog is just for some clarification about our trip tomorrow.

Can all children come into school dressed in their uniform. Please bring in their evacuee costume as we will be getting changed into these at lunch time. Also, please ensure all children have a packed lunch tomorrow. It is meant to be sunny but cold, so children must be wearing clothes that will keep them warm. Wellies are a must!!

Sorry if there has been any confusion!

The Year Four Team

Sunday, 26 January 2020

Our trip to The Tank Museum and other bits and bobs.

Evening all,

I want to start this blog by saying a big thank you for all of your continued support in Year 4. The home learning that is coming back in weekly is to a great standard, children are progressing with their times tables (which is coming from the practice they are doing at home) and the spelling checks are also improving. Once again, thank you!

This week we had a trip to the tank museum which was a great success. Year 4 were really a credit to the school and showed great behaviour. We started the trip with two different workshops which were really practical and children showed great knowledge surrounding the topics of World War 2 and D-Day. We then finished the day with having the afternoon to look around the museum. Children showed great maturity and asked some really good questions.






This week we have also sent out the POW passports. If you have any questions regarding these please come and see a staff member in Year 4.

In regards to home learning the words to the songs that the children will be singing have come home. They are really getting to know the songs and it would be great if you could help them practice the words. I am adding the link to the songs we are singing into this blog.
https://oc.thomas-hardye.net/index.php/s/1WwK1rX9sZ4Z1P7
To get there from the DASP Music homepage go to Resources, resources for students, year 4 singing concert resources

We are also having an opening of our new play trail Tuesday at 3:45. Everyone is welcome to come!

Thank you!
The Year 4 Team

Friday, 10 January 2020

Spring term update!

Hello!

Welcome back to the second term of Year 4! This term poses to be an exciting, yet busy one. Children have all come back refreshed and ready to learn.

We have dived straight into our topic this term which is WW2! All children are fully engaged with this topic and are showing lot of willingness. This week we have focused on what it would be like to be an evacuee during these times. Diary entries have been written and pieces of drama were also created. The posters and facts that children brought in were FANTASTIC, thank you.

In Maths this week we have been looking at addition and subtraction and using the column method to solve different difficulties of calculations.

Art focused on making propaganda posters, which will be displayed around the classroom once finished. We are all very impressed with the results.

Jigsaw (PSHE) looked at our dreams and goals and how achievable these may be. Children asked if they could make motivational posters to put around the school which focussed around the motto of 'If you believe in yourself you can achieve'.

We have also started to rehearse songs for the Music Concert which will take place on 2nd March. Different schools around Dorchester will be taking part in this. It was a brilliant first rehearsal.

I have realised that I didn't write in the newsletter about Parent Information Morning which is coming up on 16th Jan at 9am in the staff room. Everyone is welcome so please come along.

Lastly, we are launching Times Table RockStars again on Monday. Practising times tables are very important in Year 4 as at the end of the year we have a check on these which has now become a compulsory part of the curriculum. More details on this check to follow.

Have a lovely weekend!
The Year 4 Team


Friday, 13 December 2019

CHRISTMAS TIME!

Wow, nearly at the end of the first term of Year Four, and it has been such an exciting and TIRING term.

As we approach the end, there's just a few housekeeping things to update on. Firstly I just want to say what a fantastic time we had during STEM week. Lots of different activities were happening across the school in our North Pole Research Centre. All children enjoyed this, and it was lovely to see the Year Four's take on a leadership role to support the younger years.

We are also well underway with the practices for our christmas play. The children have been super and the singing/acting has been fantastic! Please can you ensure that if your children have lines, they are learnt off by heart by Monday and also bring in their costumes. Monday is our tech rehearsal, Tuesday is the dress rehearsal, and Wednesday and Thursday are the real performances! I'm excited to show you all what we have produced!

This week we have also had Christmas Craft day where children took part in 3 different activities across the morning. This was such a fun morning and the crafts made were brilliant! We also had a christmas jumper day......



There is no home learning this week as we've had such a busy week and it's getting closer to the end of term! Next week home learning will be sent home to do over the christmas holidays!

There is also a sign up sheet outside of year 4 for our christmas party! Please sign up if you are able to bring anything in for us!

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!
The Year Four Team!

Thursday, 28 November 2019

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Hello!

Just a quick blog to update on a couple of things that have been happening in Year 4 this week and last week. I want to start by saying how impressed I am with the incredible writing that was produced for our Big Write last week. Each and every child blew me away with their fictional writing skills. Well done Year Four!!

As promised, I am adding my email address to this blog as well. Please contact me if there is anything you want to let me know or you have any questions. I do check my emails regularly throughout the day - a.white@princeofwales.dorset.sch.uk

This week in Maths we have started looking at negative numbers. We have looked at this in a variety of ways by relating this is so real life contexts such as hotel floors, car park levels and also thermometers. The home learning this week will be focused on this.

We have also been busy conducting science experiments which link to the water cycle. We did three today in class which looked at evaporation and precipitation. All children enjoyed thinking scientifically and conducting experiments.





In art we have started to look at the artist Claude Monet and children have started to create their own version of the famous 'Bridge over a pond of water lilies'. These will be completed next week! I'm looking forward to seeing the finished product. 

Rehearsals for the Christmas play have also started properly this week. Please can you read through any lines your child may have. Reading through the songs would also be beneficial.

Thank you!
The Year Four Team!

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

This week in Year Four!

Hello everyone!

Sorry we haven't posted a blog for a little while, we have all been so busy in Year 4 and it's only going to get busier as we approach CHRISTMAS.

I just want to start this blog but saying how impressed we all were with the imaginative eco-friendly inventions that were thought of. These ranged from a magnetic warehouse (to limit the electricity used) to a party bike that collected rubbish from parties and recycled this. We also wrote instructions on how to use these! We were all amazed by the children's abilities to explain how these work.

In Power Maths we have been looking at 4 digit numbers. We have been working on how to round 4 digit numbers to the nearest 1000, 100 and 10. All children have been engaged with this and are coming up with some really good explanations on how they got to their answers.

In Literacy this week we have been focusing on the book Flotsam by David Wiesner. This book has no words but pictures to tell the story. This has been the perfect book to develop imagination and ideas. On Friday we have planned in a Big Write, which will focus on what happened next in the Flotsam Story. We are really excited to see the results from this!

We have also given parts for the school musical which is Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Rehearsals have started this week for this by learning the songs. Next week we will be starting to act and place children on the stage.

Parent/Teacher consultations are also starting tonight and tomorrow. We look forward to seeing you all.

The Year Four Team.

Thursday, 7 November 2019

WOW AMAZING INCREDIBLE!!

Well, I don't even know where to start with this blog as I am still in complete awe of the Year 4s or should I say professional Shakespearean actors!!

We are all so incredibly proud of the children. They blew us all away last night with their show stopping performance of Romeo and Juliet. We have all been in agreement that the performance they put on last night was the best they have ever done it, and believe me the last few rehearsals were hard to top. They have become so professional as actors and have really made themselves and us proud. WELL DONE YEAR 4!! Also a big thank you must go to all of the parents/carers who have helped the children learn their lines as there was not a missed word/line last night. To thank the children for doing so well we had a little celebration party this afternoon in class where we watched Gnomeo and Juliet .


I also want to take the opportunity to say WELL DONE to the children who have brought in their mobile water cycles so far. They are all so unique and very imaginative. I look forward to seeing the rest of them!!


Today we started our new topin, Blue Planet - Water. We started by having a discussion about what we could do as individuals to save our oceans and seas. Lots of different ideas were discussed such as limiting the use of plastics, not hunting so many sea animals and being aware of how much water we are wasting (e.g. when brushing teeth and leaving the tap on). The children produced some really good posters and seemed very passionate about it. The topic will start to unfold over the coming weeks.



One last thing. I know you all received an email about a trip on Monday. These were meant to be sent out on Tuesday, but I'm sure you can understand that with Romeo and Juliet these were not given out on time. We are sorry about this!! Some of you have already signed these sheets this morning which was perfect thank you, the rest are coming home tonight! Sorry once again.

Thank you for your continued support!
The Year 4 Team.