Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Natural History Museum - Year 3


Dear Parents/ Carers

We are delighted to inform you about an upcoming trip to The Natural History Museum in London on Wednesday 6th February. We will be leaving school promptly at 9am and aim to return to school by 4pm.

The children will be required to wear school uniform for the trip along with suitable footwear comfortable for walking. Furthermore, please ensure your child has a suitable coat.

Children will be accompanied on the day by teachers and support staff, but we will also need additional help from parents/carers. If you are interested and are likely to be available on the day, please indicate this when completing the permission form. If interest from parents/carers is high, then we will pull names out of a hat.

Please ensure all forms are completed by Friday 1st February so that packed lunches can be ordered.

Yours sincerely,

Miss Taylor
Year 3 Leader


Click on this link to complete the form

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Year 4 'Eggseptional Eggsperiment'

Year 4 have been truly impressing their teachers this term with their great scientific knowledge, inquiry and observation skills. Recently, we have been exploring forces further, observing and investigating how forces work in pairs and act upon an object. 

We used an egg and flask to demonstrate how air pressure acts upon the egg to push it into the flask. As air pressure inside the flask became less than the pressure outside (due to the matches) the higher pressure outside of the flask seeks to equalise - thus pushed the egg into the flask!

We were then able to get the egg out, unbroken, by placing water inside the flask and boiling it with a Bunsen burner. As the temperature rose, the air molecules inside the flask received lots of energy and started to move with greater speed which put more force onto the egg inside the flask compared to outside of the flask... and so, because the forces are imbalanced the egg was 'forced' out. 

After the demo, the children wrote up their findings and drew a diagram of the experiment. 








Self-led Scientists! 
In their self-led time, the children have also continued to develop and explore their previous learning from prior lessons. Ruben ,Harry and Zac were very keen to test their different questions regarding the water in cup demo they had seen.

I tested to see if the amount of in the class made a difference Ruben 

I tried shaking it to see if the gravity then pushed pass the air pressure  Harry

I just still think it's so weird that the air holds the water in even though its upside down! Zac







Year 4 - Division Division Division!

This week in Year 4 we having been talking all things division! 

We started the week with a big discussion about what it means to divide and when this might be needed in the real world. Here are some of the comments children made: 

If we had to buy something for lots of people you would need to divide.

If you had to work out how much something is if it was in a big pack, like working out one bag of crisps if it came in a pack with 20.

When you have spares left they are called remainders.

If you half something you are dividing by 2.

Once we were secure explaining what division means, we moved onto practising the skill of division... 

Concrete
First, we started with concrete objects. We went outside to share ourselves out into equal groups and observed how many were left over - if any. We stressed the importance of each group being equal and learnt that anyone that could not join an equal group were the remainders.



Pictorial
After, we applied what we learnt outside about groups and sharing to our pictorial representations. We ensured we still had concrete objects alongside our pictorial representations to make sure we understood how they linked to one another.



We then represented our division calculations in our own ways using pictures to tell the maths story behind the different calculations. 

I shared balloons out between people. 
I shared apples into baskets, there were 3 remainders.

Amandeep and Elliott's pictorial representations of division.

Abstract

Finally, we transferred all this knowledge into abstract mathematical calculations. In particular, we have been learning how to use the bus stop method.

I found it so hard and confusing on the first day, Miss had to help me. but the next day I got it. I'm really happy! Naz


Bus stop method 




After mastering fluency and reasoning, Ruben faced a chocolate, problem solving challenge. 
"It was so confusing!" said Ruben. 





Monday, 28 January 2019

Year 3 Spellings - 28.01.19



mechanism
mechanism
exercise
good
experience
wood
experiment
food
extreme
mood
famous
moon
favourite
make
February
them
fruit
do
forwards
me
fruit
down
weight
weight
prediction
prediction
newtons
newtons
movement
movement
surfaces
surfaces
resistance
resistance
between
between
materials
materials
attract
attract
repel
repel

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Year 4 Writing Stay & Learn

A huge thank you to everyone who came to our Stay & Learn on Thursday - the children had a great time and are always excited to have you in class learning together. We continue to be pleased with the amount of dedication and support you provide by attending these sessions. 

First, the children showed off their neatest handwriting to their adults. Then, after a talk about the Year 4 National curriculum expectations, the children were able to showcase their creative writing skills. They worked together to up-level a boring sentence into a detailed yet disgusting description of the 'bogey tree'. 


After, they showed their adults how they use show not tell in their writing to make their writing more imaginative. 

Key points to remember from the session

- Encourage children to say their sentence before writing it.

- Children shouldn't be embarrassed to use Fred! They should still be sounding out their words to spell successfully.

- Quality writing takes time.

- Children need to proof read their work.

- Grammatical errors in speech should be corrected as children get older - this will then transfer into their writing.

- Handwriting is important to ensure children meet age related expectations. 

- Editing and evaluation is key to becoming a successful writer.






Year 4 Spellings 28.1.19



A
B
C
1
tranquil
tranquil
tranquil
2
obey
able
shed
3
disobey
disable
shout
4
advantage
agree
sheep
5
disadvantage
disagree
shark
6
appoint
cover
ship
7
disappoint
discover
she
8
belief
trust
shoes
9
disbelief
distrust
shop
10
repair
appear
shade
11
disrepair
disappear
share
12
North
North
North
13
South
South
South
14
East
East
East
15
West
West
West
16
Capricorn
Capricorn
Capricorn
17
Orbit
Orbit
Orbit
18
Earth
Earth
Earth
19
Equator
Equator
Equator
20
Tropic
Tropic
Tropic
21
Hemisphere
Hemisphere
Hemisphere

Year 4 certificates 25.01.19

Resilience: Isabelle, Billy, Archie

Resourcefulness: Joshua, Amandeep

Reciprocity: Leanne

Reflective: John, Summer, Sabeer

Teacher Happy: George