WELCOME TO CLASS 4E.
Autumn Term 2018
Our First Week - and What We're Looking Forward to.
We've had a great first few days together, working hard and enjoying getting to know each other - we have welcomed four new children to our class and we already feel like good friends! There are lots of new routines to get used to though, so we're taking everything steadily so that we all feel comfortable and confident as we learn together. Here is just a little 'snapshot' of what we've been learning and will be thinking about during the rest of the term.
In English, we have started to read 'Tom's Midnight Garden' by Phillipa Pearce and have been writing about our own imaginary gardens. We will be working on our pieces of writing to develop them and use them as the basis for writing short adventure stories set in our gardens. Our Art work will link into this as we look at the garden paintings of a famous artist - this week we are looking at flowers and having a go at drawing them in detail, using paint or pastels to bring our drawings to life. Later in the term we will also study the work of one of our most famous local artists - L.S. Lowry.
In Maths, we have been practicing our number bonds to multiples of 10 and 100, getting our rusty brains working again after the long holidays! We will look at place value and mental addition and subtraction next.
In Science, it has been interesting to investigate what different sorts of animals eat. We will now be thinking about what makes a healthy diet for humans, learning about the different food groups and planning healthy, balanced meals for a range of people and occasions.
We are thinking about our local area and its history in our Research work and will be visiting Ryecroft Hall, the Moravian Square at Fairfield and also Clayton Hall in the next few weeks - we are lucky to have such exciting old buildings in our local area. This week, we've been looking at where we live and our route to school on Google Maps and we will be creating maps of our own to show how we can get from home to school. We will learn about the different faith communities in our locality in our RE work too.
We all worked so hard this week that we enjoyed some golden time on Friday afternoon - it was lots of fun!
Some information about when we usually do do PE, change reading books, go to the school library and have Computing each week:
Reading afternoons: Mrs Abram, our reading TA (she’s our dinner lady and helps in some maths lessons too) is in on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. She hears the children read and changes home reading books. Please make sure that your child brings their book and reading record to school each day and encourage the children to read at home at least three times a week – feel free to record the date and any comment about their reading in the record book.
Library Books: Our library day is Thursday. We will be encouraging the children to choose a range of books to bring home and read from both fiction and non-fiction sections of the library.
P.E. Days: From November 5th, your child will usually do PE on Tuesday mornings for the half term. They will also take part in our ‘Smile Mile’ activity during the week too. Your child MUST have their P.E. kit in school every day as the timetable can change - we keep P.E. bags in the cupboard in the classroom.
Our lessons in the computer suite are usually on Thursdays.
Our Class Representatives.
Pupil Voice Representatives:
Milo and Layla
We know that they will do a fantastic job representing our class.
A Visit to Fairfield Moravian Settlement.
As part of our research work, we visited the beautiful Moravian settlement in Fairfield Square recently. We learned about how the settlement was built when settlers arrived from the Czech republic in Eastern Europe. We visited the church and museum and looked at the houses too, learning about how the community was self-sufficient, growing most of the food they needed themselves . We had lots of fun dressing up in clothes similar to the ones the bretheren and sisters would have worn and looking at the artefacts. We have been making visitor brochures in school, incorporating the report writing skills we have been learning in English lessons.
4E Class Library
Thank you to all our families that have sent in their loved but now not needed books for us to include in our class library. All the boys and girls are enjoying choosing new books to read and choosing authors that that they've not read before. If there are any books cluttering up your bookshelves that are too good to throw away or send to the charity shop, please send them in for us all to enjoy.
What a Busy Half Term it's Been !
What a busy half term it’s been in Year Four! Everyone in 4E has been working really hard and has had fun learning new things.
Like the boys and girls in Year 3, we’ve been studying our local area and have enjoyed our visits to look around the Moravian Settlement in Droylsden and Ryecroft Hall, just near to school. We have learnt about how they were first built, about the people who first lived there, and also about how people live in, worship at or use these beautiful buildings nowadays. Did you know that both places have appeared on television? We have been writing non-chronological reports about the Moravian Settlement in our English work as we have studied this type of non-fiction text.
We’ve also been learning about where and how people in our local area worship and have been drawing maps to show routes and places around our school.
In English, we have written stories or story openings, concentrating on describing where they were set and the characters that our writing was about. These were inspired by the classic story ‘Tom’s Midnight Garden’ written by Phillipa Pierce. If you've not had the chance to look at our lovely big book of story openings, why not ask your child to bring it home for you to see?
In Maths, we have done a lot of work on number and place value. We’re becoming experts at addition and subtraction and can now multiply using the grid method. We’ve also looked at equivalent fractions and how to simplify fractions this half term too.
We're all ready for a break, but have celebrated our hard work with some golden time and a little treat of a drink and cake on the last day. Happy holidays, everyone! We'll look forward to seeing each other again next month (that sounds a long way off doesn't it) - don't forget to put your clocks back at the weekend!
Learning About Lowry.
We are learning about the Manchester artist, L. S. Lowry this half term. We've been looking at some of his most famous watercolour pictures which he painted of the people of Salford, set against a backdrop of mills and factories. We've enjoyed having a go at painting some similar scenes ourselves. We're also learning the song 'Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs' which tells the story of Lowry's life. Now that they are completed, we've added some examples of our wonderful watercolour paintings:
CHRISTMAS IS COMING!
Don't tell anyone, but it is, and there's so much to do! Little by little, we've started to get ready - making a start on our decorations and our calendars to take home. Come back to our class page each week to see how the work of the elves in 4E is progressing!
CHILDREN IN NEED
Friday 16th November was a non-uniform day in school - and we could wear our Pudsey and Blush accessories too - to raise money for the BBC's 'Children in Need' Appeal. The theme of the day was 'Do Your Thing', and some members of the class chose to tell or show everyone all about their 'thing' or interest.
Thank you to all of our class members who shared their 'thing' with us - it was very brave of them to do that in front of the whole class!
Learning About Healthy Eating.
In Science we have been learning about the different food groups that we need to eat to stay healthy and what these different nutrients do for our bodies. We have designed some tasty , healthy meals - including foods from all the different food groups - based on the idea of an 'Eatwell' plate. Our wall display looks very colourful!
Winter Surprise Soup!
In English, we've been learning to write instructions. We decided to make what we hoped would be a really delicious soup as the basis for our instructions because we've been learning about healthy eating and all the nutrients that our growing bodies need in our science work this term.
Everyone was asked to bring a vegetable to contribute to the stockpot. We had a great, colourful collection including: sugar snap peas, broccoli, tomatoes,carrots, potatoes, parsnips, celery, peppers and a huge turnip! We made sure that we washed our hands carefully and that everything was very clean before we began. A lot of hard work went into peeling and chopping the vegetables and we learned how to use very sharp knives safely. To make our soup extra-tasty, we added some chopped tomatoes, vegetable stock cubes, mixed herbs and salt & pepper.
We cooked half the soup in the slow cooker for a few hours - this was our 'chunky' soup. The rest we cooked in a soup maker - this was smooth and creamy and only took 20 minutes to make.
We enjoyed tasting both our smooth and chunky soups with some crusty french bread. Most of us loved it and wanted more!
Our Visit to Clayton Hall.
We spent the day at Clayton Hall recently, experiencing life in the beautiful Victorian house. We dressed up as children and grown-ups would have dressed about 150 years ago and explored all the rooms, learning about how the y would have lived - and enjoyed Christmas. We spent time in the wash house, learning about how the laundry was done without all the modern appliances that we use today; in the cold store where the food was stored and prepared; in the kitchen - mincing the meat, chopping the vegetables and cleaning the shoes; in the dining room, all set out for Christmas dinner; in the drawing room where we played the games and enjoyed role playing afternoon tea and also in the nursery where we played with all the children's toys. It was so much fun as everyone was encouraged to touch and play with all the things in each room. Our guides were wonderful as they shared their love and knowledge of the Hall with us. We also went outside to look at the Manchester bee which has a permanent home in the gardens and made some Christmas decorations as Victorian children would have done. The man in red popped in for a visit too, which was a lovely surprise - parents and carers, please check your child's bag on the last day of term for a little momento of the occasion!
It's Party Time!
We had lots of fun at the Year 3/4 Christmas Party! There was something for everyone - party games, small games, disco dancing and craft activities, not to mention lots and lots of delicious party food! Thanks to everyone who provided the food - we had enough for the party, a picnic the following day and a drink and snack the day after too!
The two Year 4 classes performed three songs that they'd written and learnt with Mr. Partington (our music teacher who works with the classes in Year 3 and 4 on Wednesdays). They were all about the life and work of the artist, L.S. Lowry, who we have studied this term. The children sounded great and played both tuned and percussion instruments to enhance their performance. Mrs. Evans'and Miss. Sutton's classes also performed for the school in assembly. They sang 'Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs' (about Lowry); 'This is Me' from 'The Greatest Showman' and three songs in french - a carol and two songs about animals. They learnt these songs in their Friday afternoon singing session. Year Four do love to sing!
Look Out, Look Out, There's an Elf About!
We are very lucky that Noel, an elf from Lapland, has visited our classroom every day during Advent. He's been a very good elf, only getting into mischief a couple of times. Unfortunately, he did have a bit of an accident the night he got stuck climbing the Christmas tree, but luckily the monkey who lives on the top of the cupboard has a first aid certificate and could patch him up!
Noel has left us a challenge to do most days. A little door has now appeared and Noel has been talking about going homes, so we think he'll be leaving our classroom soon.
Christmas in Our Class.
We had lots of fun, learnt new skills and had opportunities to practice old ones as we made lots of things for Christmas. We also had a Christmas jumper day and a 'Silly for Santa' day which were fund-raising days and a chance to wear our own clothes and silly Christmas outfits and hats.
We are really pleased with the finished display of our paintings.
As we couldn't go on a school trip to visit stone age man, stone age man (or woman) came to visit us!
Our visitor taught us how the first people on Earth lived - they lived in caves, ate what they could find in the fields and forests and used stones as weapons against the fierce creatures they encountered each day.
She then helped us to discover how they evolved;first learning to make weapons to kill animals for their meat, and then making tools so that they could cut up the meat and use the skins to make clothes. When they discovered fire, Stone Age people learned how to keep warm and that cooked meat was much tastier and easier to eat than the raw variety!
We learnt how they adapted to their surroundings, made homes for themselves to live in, became skilled craftsmen and farmers and that they were even amazing artists, leaving clues for us to learn about their lives in their cave paintings.
Handling the many artefacts that our visitor brought with her helped us to understand that Stone Age people were very clever indeed!
Fun in the Snow!
The grown-ups weren't too keen, but we absolutely loved a chance to play out in the snow! Some of us built snowmen, enjoyed a good old snowball fight, some looked at it and were glad they had their coats, hats and scarves - and some rolled about in it. It was great fun!
Tameside's Young Sports Ambassadors came to work with Year Four in February. We undertook a personal challenge in which we did a range of physical activities and then tried to beat our own scores with each set of repetitions we made. We could tell that everyone worked really hard because of all the rosy cheeks by the end of the session! The Young Sports Ambassadors commented on what a great group of pleasant, friendly, enthusiastic and hardworking young people we have in Year Four at Aldwyn. Well done, everyone!
Recently, Years 4, 5 and 6 took part in Tameside's Pedometer Challenge - The children in each of the five classes took it in turns to wear a pedometer for the day and our challenge was to do a million steps in the week. We almost did it, but frustratingly some of the pedometers kept re-setting themselves during the day. We are pleased to say that our class did the most steps on our day of wearing the pedometers! It helped that we did our weekly 'Smile Mile' on that day. Most of the class are able to walk, run or jog between one and two miles in each 'Smile Mile' session. We enjoy doing these and they help to keep our hearts healthy.
This half term, we are learning rugby skills in PE with Mr. Rose, one of the Sports teachers from Audenshaw High School. These lessons are lots of fun, we work together really well as a team and Mr. Rose complemented us on how well we had remembered the skills we had learnt in Year 3. Watch this space for some photographs coming soon!
We have worked hard to build up the fabulous selection of books in our reading corner - with some help from our families, Mrs. Abram (our Reading TA and Class Dinner Lady), Santa and a few visits to the charity shops by Mrs. Evans!
This year, we are having a focus on 'Reading for Enjoyment', building our reading stamina and are also working to become experts at reading comprehension.
We can borrow books from our book corner as well as the school library, the easy (home) reader selections in school and are also encouraged to read books from home too. We share our ideas for 'good reads' through the display in the classroom and also in the newsletter.
The Book Fair is on in school the week beginning 4th March and we are all looking forward to celebrating World Book Day on Thursday 7th March by dressing up as a book character and doing lots of activities centred around our whole-school book choice.
What are we reading at Story time?
In RE we are learning about the Christian Celebration of Easter. We have begun by looking at the symbols we associate with this time of year and what they mean to people in our community.
World Book Day.
We celebrated World Book Day on 7th March in our usual Aldwyn style, with lots of dressing up and book related activities. All the classes from Reception to Year 6 read and discussed the book 'Giraffes Can't Dance' which is a lovely story, written in verse, of Gerald, the giraffe who dreads the annual jungle party because he thinks he can't dance. The story delivers an important message to us all - that we are capable of doing anything we really want to, if only we could stop listening to all those voices in our heads that tell us, 'You can't, As a response to the book, we have written our own stories along a similar theme, with titles which include 'Llamas can't Limbo' and 'The Hippo Who Couldn't Hop'. It was extremely difficult to write in verse, but several boys and girls managed to do this - we were very impressed! We are hoping to go and share our stories with the boys and girls in Year one and two very soon.
It's Cool to be Kind.
At Aldwyn, we understand that everyone is unique and different and celebrate the wonderful diversity of our school. The new display in the central library area of the school reminds everyone that we do not tolerate bullying of any kind at our school and helps everyone to remember what they need to do if they should see or hear anything that they know is unacceptable.