Week 3 (19/06/17)

In English this week we have written our own endings to ‘The Wolves in the Walls’.  We worked carefully to edit and improve our work. Towards the end of the week we finished reading the book and found out what really happened when the people came out of the walls. Next week we will be reading ‘Wolves’ by Emily Gravett and we will be planning and writing a comparison of the two texts.

In Maths we have been working on written methods for division. We have been using the grid method to multiply 2 and 3 digit numbers by a one digit number.

In history this week we learnt about Roman roads. We found out that the Romans built straight roads so that they could get to places quickly and could easily see the Celts approaching in battle. We learnt that the Romans used a Groma in order to mark out the straight road. Then we went out in the sunshine and had a go at creating our own Roman road!

 

Homework & Reading

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ktwo1968@crowmarsh-gifford.oxon.sch.uk

Well done to everyone who continues to read regularly!

Week 2 (12/06/17)

In English this week, we have been continuing with ‘The Wolves in the Walls’. We thought about the way that the author describes the noises that the wolves make in the walls and we then wrote free verse poems which incorporated the sounds and the events in the story. At the end of the week we started to plan our own version of the ending of the story thinking about what might happen after the people have been in the walls.

In Maths we have been working on mental division. We have been using our knowledge of multiplication facts in order to solve problems such as 45 divided by 9 =  ? and 32 divided by ? = 8.

In history this week we learnt about foods that the Romans ate and we designed Roman menus for a day.

Some of Class 4 played in a rounder’s match at Cranford House on Monday afternoon and all of the children had a great time! The rest of the class had a go at programing games on Hour of Code.

Homework & Reading

Please email any PowerPoint homework to –

ktwo1968@crowmarsh-gifford.oxon.sch.uk

Well done to everyone who continues to read regularly!

Week 1 (05/06/17)

We hope that you all had an enjoyable half term.

In English this week, we started our new text ‘The Wolves in the Walls’ by Neil Gaiman (Illustrated by Dave McKean). So far we have thought about the style of the book and the way that the illustrations help to create atmosphere within the story. We have also been looking at the use of patterned and repeating language. We will be continuing to explore this book over the next few weeks.

In Maths we have been continuing with multiplication. We have learnt how to write multiplication equality calculations using the = sign e.g. 5 x 4 = ? x ?  We have also been thinking about multiplying 3 numbers together e.g. 3 x 4 x 5 = ?

On Monday, we started our new Computing unit of work based on silent movies. We listened to the music of a silent movie and thought about what could be happening. We then watched ‘Rescued by Rover’ and we learnt about what silent movies are. Over the next few weeks we will be planning, filming and editing our own silent movies.

Homework & Reading

All of Class 4 should have a new takeaway homework sheet for this term, this is also on our class page of the Website.

Please email any PowerPoint homework to –

ktwo1968@crowmarsh-gifford.oxon.sch.uk

Well done to everyone who continues to read regularly!

Week 5 (22/05/17)

In English this week, we finished off our descriptive recounts of an adventure along a beach in Myst V. We have also been learning about speech punctuation, we know when to use inverted commas and other speech punctuation within sentences. On Wednesday, we looked at an icy/ snowy image from Myst V and we have planned, written and edited our own imaginative stories based on the picture.

In Maths, we have been learning about factor pairs. We initially used cubes to help to see how factor pairs can be found. We thought carefully about working logically to ensure nothing is missed and we applied commutative law to our work. Ask us to find all of the factor pairs of 42. Later in the week we started looking at multiplying 3 numbers mentally.

On Monday, we completed our Maze games in Scratch. Having already designed the maze, we programmed a sprite to move around. We extended our programming so that the game stopped when the sprite went off track or reached the end and we added some sound effects.

We hope that you all have a lovely half term.

Homework & Reading

Half term homework – Please use half term to catch up on any homework from this term. A new takeaway homework grid will be given out after half term.

Please email any PowerPoint homework to –

ktwo1968@crowmarsh-gifford.oxon.sch.uk

Well done to everyone who continues to read regularly!

Week 4 (15/05/17)

This week has been our Purple Learning week. We have thought about our goals for the rest of our time in Year 4 and we know our steps to success. We have also been reflecting on the year and we all made a reflection tetrahedron!

In English this week, we finished off our non-chronological reports about the bubbles on Myst. We had some great ideas about what the bubbles could have been used for and where they might be found. This week we have also been looking at recounts. We imagined that we had walked around the beach and the caves on Myst, and we have been writing descriptive recounts of the adventure.

In Maths, we have been working on multiplication. We have learnt that multiplication is commutative so 5 x 9 is the same as 9 x 5. We have also been looking at how we can use doubling to help us learn our times tables. So if we know that 3 x 4  = 12, we can work out that 3 x 8  = 24. Later in the week we started to look at division and how this can be represented pictorially.

On Wednesday we had a great afternoon cooking with seasonal foods.

Homework & Reading

As always, some great homework has been completed, PowerPoint presentations about an animal has been a popular choice this week!

Please email any PowerPoint homework to –

ktwo1968@crowmarsh-gifford.oxon.sch.uk

Well done to everyone who continues to read regularly!

Week 3 (08/05/17)

On Wednesday, Class 4 visited The Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock. While we were there we completed lots of different activities learning more about the Romans. First of all, we learnt about what Romans would wear and we were all given a tunic to wear. Some of us got to dress up even more while we looked at the differences between the clothes of rich and poor people.

Then we rotated around –

Looking around the Roman Gallery

Here we had to find the answers to questions within the gallery. We learnt that when Romans died they often had their head cut off and then their head was placed next to their feet. This was to help their soul pass to the next life. We also looked at a large map and identified nearby Roman towns. We loved that so many of the artefact s were found near to where we live

Dressing up in Roman clothes

We all had the chance to dress up in the clothes that we had looked at during the first part of the workshop.

Hunting for artefacts

Here we imagined that we were archaeologists, we used brushes to look for items buried in sand. We then had to identify which artefacts were Roman and which weren’t.

Handling objects

We also had the opportunity to look closely at and handle a variety of Roman artefacts.

Then later, we learnt all about a Roman soldier. We looked carefully at what a soldier would have worn and how this would have helped him in battle. Finally, we imagined we were all soldiers, we took part in a Roman drill and we learnt about how discipline was maintained through the use of decimation.

We all had a great day!

Homework & Reading

Some great homework has come in this week.

Please email any PowerPoint homework to –

ktwo1968@crowmarsh-gifford.oxon.sch.uk

Well done to everyone who continues to read regularly!

Week 2 (01/05/17)

In English this week, we have been continuing our work based around Myst V. We have been thinking about the features of non-chronological reports and use of the present tense. We have started to plan a non-chronological report that we could write about the linking bubbles in the Myst V game. We will be continuing with this next week.

In Maths, we have been working on addition and subtraction word problems. We have been thinking carefully about the important information and how this can be represented in a bar model. We have then been using different written methods to solve the 1 and 2 step problems.

In History this week we started to think about the Romans and how the Roman Empire spread across Europe. We are all really looking forward to our visit to the Oxfordshire Museum next week. Please make sure that permission slips have been returned to school.

Homework & Reading

Some great homework has started to come in this week.

Please email any PowerPoint homework to –

ktwo1968@crowmarsh-gifford.oxon.sch.uk

Well done to everyone who continues to read regularly!

Week 1 (24/04/17)

Welcome back! We hope that you all had an enjoyable Easter break.

We have had a busy start to the summer term. On Wednesday we had a great time in the Explorer Dome learning about different environments. We found out about different animals that live in the Amazon rainforest and we created a food web linking the animals. We learnt about how to find out if wooden furniture has come from a sustainable source in order to make sure that rainforests are not being destroyed. We also found out about the North Pole and how animals have adapted in order to survive in this environment. We learnt that animal species that are protected from the extreme weather and are able to escape from predators are most likely to survive. In the dome the icy winds of the North Pole were recreated using dry ice and we even saw the Northern Lights! The show finished with a look a rubbish dump and we were reminded about the importance of recycling.

In English this week, we have started our work based on Myst V. We will be using the moving images from this computer game for all of our writing this term. We looked at images of a bridge with a portal in the distance and we thought about imaginative description, similes and metaphors. Later in the week we started to write a piece of descriptive writing based on a descent in an elevator.

We started our Roman topic in History by looking at pictures of artefacts and thinking about questions that we could ask that would help us to understand more about the object.

Homework & Reading

Everyone should have brought home a new takeaway homework sheet this week. It will also be available on the Class 4 page of the website.

Please email any PowerPoint homework to –

ktwo1968@crowmarsh-gifford.oxon.sch.uk

Well done to everyone who continues to read regularly!

Week 7 (03/04/17)

This week in English we read the speech that Lou makes to the tribe in Stig of the Dump. We thought carefully about how her speech was put together and then we had a go at writing our own entertaining speeches. We then did some peer assessment in order to evaluate what was good and what needed to be improved in our writing. We have now finished reading Stig of the Dump, we all really enjoyed the book.

In Maths, we have been continuing to rehearse using inverse operations to check calculations and we have been checking answers using estimating.

On Tuesday, we enjoyed a violin concert, well done to all of the children in class 4 who performed.

In DT, we learnt about proteins and we tasted salmon, prawns and lentils. Well done to everyone who was brave and tried food that they haven’t had before!

Thank you to all parents who came to parents evening.

The class 4 staff would like to wish you all a happy Easter, we hope you have an enjoyable break!

Homework & Reading

We have shared some fantastic homework this week.

Please email any PowerPoint homework to –

ktwo1968@crowmarsh-gifford.oxon.sch.uk

Well done to everyone who continues to read regularly!

Week 6 (27/03/17)

This week in English we have been reading the part of Stig of the Dump where Lou and Barney go to the fancy dress party at Mrs Fawkham-Greene’s house. We have been busy planning and writing a letter as Barney home to his Mum and Dad. In the letter, we thought carefully about what Barney would want to say as well as remembering our grammar and writing targets.

In Maths, we started the week looking at solving subtraction money problems using a number line e.g. a book costs £6.37, how much change would I get from £10. We then moved on to learning about inverse operations and how these can be used to check addition and subtraction calculations.

In Geography, we thought about European mountain ranges. We located the mountains on a map and then researched the highest peaks.

We have continued to learn how to play the recorder and we are increasing our knowledge of reading music. We are now playing the notes b, a, g and e.

On Thursday afternoon we had a science workshop which we all really enjoyed!

Please make sure that you have booked a parent-teacher consultation appointment for next week.

Homework & Reading

We have shared some fantastic homework this week.

Please email any PowerPoint homework to –

ktwo1968@crowmarsh-gifford.oxon.sch.uk

Well done to everyone who continues to read regularly!