Is it really only 11 days until Christmas? How time flies when you are having fun. What a week it has been here in Team CB.
In Maths, we have rounded off our topic of multiplication and spent time looking closely at square numbers. The class have shown great understanding of square root and square numbers. Bravo! We have even challenged our thinking around square numbers to complete some open-ended learning to push our understanding further.
As part of our Literacy this week, we have been working really hard to meet our Speaking and Listening objectives. The class have been assigned parts for the Christmas Assembly and have been learning their playscript to perform to parents next week. We have thought carefully about the way our voice can be used for different intents and purposes and the children have really rose to the occasion. We are most certainly a talented bunch! I can't wait for you all to see the incredible event next week!
Our Science has continued this week, where the children have investigated constructing electrical circuits with different components, and for different purposes. As we are now drawing to the end of this exciting unit, we are excited to showcase all our learning next week. To do this, Team CB are going to work with a partner to produce a fully functioning torch complete with a switch.
Be sure to check back to see how our Science, DT and Art skills combined together to create this, in what will be our final week of Autumn term.
What a busy week it has been! As we step into the festive season it has been all GO GO GO in Team CB. This week our learning has continued to flourish.
In Maths we have been busy continuing to explore the concept of multiplication and work on our fluency skills to support us in answering problems. The class have shown great resilience in working through the procedure of the formal written method to ensure they achieve accurate answers. Their recall of times tables has also improved as a result. Well done Persevering Pioneers! We will be drawing to a close our unit on multiplication as of next week so check back to see how we do.
Elsewhere in Literacy the class have taken on a new challenge. As the Christmas season is fast upon us, the class have used their skills to create a playscript for our up and coming Christmas Assembly. We firstly explored what a good playscript looks like and identified the key features. From this, we used the Muppets Christmas Carol as our stimulus for learning and began to consider character profiles and how we can portray characters through words. Finally, as a class we storyboarded our ideas before transferring this to a playscript.
We have been busy in our Science, exploring all about electricity this week. The children have worked hard to understand the different types of electricity, how it reaches our homes, the dangers involved in it and much more. Next week we will be using the equipment in class to create our own circuits.
In what will be another busy week, we hope you will continue to track our learning journey.
Amongst many other things, this week has been Enterprise Week across Park Street. Each class has been given a class budget of £20 and has had to create items to sell. The whole school have worked incredibly hard but I am especially proud of Team CB who made the most beautifully decorated wooden baubles for the Christmas tree. Bravo!
Meanwhile in Maths we have been working hard revising key skills and in our Literacy we have completed our recount and published a best version.
When our afternoons have not been taking up with exploring our enterprising minds, we have been busy finishing off our 2019 calendars as well as preparing for our enterprise sale. As always, Ukelele was in full swing on Wednesday afternoon and the class sounded delightful.
Be sure to check in with us next week, when we will be creating our own playscript in Literacy ahead of our Christmas Assembly performance.
The next two weeks will have an assessment focus for Team CB, in order to assess and reflect on the progress the class has made so far. As part of this, this week the theme for our writing assessment has been set. The children are writing a Christmas diary, with the intention of capturing their thoughts and feelings of what Christmas was like as a child. The class will then create a class diary, of which they will look back on over the coming years. We have had many wonderful discussions around what Christmas looks like for different children, and the class are eager to put pen to paper and write their own account.
Elsewhere, in Maths this week we have been focusing on multiplication. We have began exploring the column method for multiplication and how this can support us in solving more complex problems.
Our art focus this week has been creating our calendars for the upcoming year. We worked really hard to consider different seasons and how we could represent this, to form the background for our scene. We will be collaging next week.
Check back for a brief update next week!
As always the children have shown a great attitude towards learning this week. In our Maths this week we have been busy beginning a new topic based around multiplication. The class have been hard at work trying to ensure that they understand how to multiply and divide by 10, 100, 1000 as well as getting to grips with some new vocabulary linked to multiplication. We have enjoyed completing many practical activities to help us understand what exactly we mean!
In Literacy, the class took on a challenge and had to write a series of instructions for how to make an authentic Italian pizza, linking with our topic of Europe. The class were fantastic at exploring WAGOLLS and identifying features and functions of instructional writing. Next, the class responded to verbal instructions for how to make a pizza and create their own slices, before using this session as the basis for their writing. If you are in search of a tasty treat, our recipes are the perfect idea for creating a quick and easy meal.
Elsewhere this week, we have begun creating our Christmas calendars in art, looking at seasonal colours to show the changing times of the year. We have also been busy learning about the features of river systems and using this to support our understanding of the water cycle.
To mark the end of the week, the children in true Park Street form gave their best efforts to help raise money for Children In Need. What a fantastic week!
What a week it has been! Our class came back raring to go and have made a great dent in learning so far. This week we have been focusing on solidifying our understanding of subtraction through worded problems and open ended tasks. The children have really got to grips with this and have shown great progress over the last few weeks, in applying their skills to problem solve.
In Literacy, we have been busy working to develop our understanding of the apostrophe and how this can be used for both omission and possession. The class have completed tasks to a high standard and it is now becoming more evident in their writing.
Check back next week for an update on all we have been up to!
Already our first half term of the year is drawing to a close, and what a half term it has been! The children have showed a relentless hunger for learning and it has certainly been a delight to be a part of. In true Team CB style, the class have jumped at the chance to learn this week and once again they continue to astound me with what they can achieve.
In Maths this week we have been busy working on developing our understanding of subtraction. The class have all worked on using the formal written method for subtraction and are now able to successfully solve problems with multiple exchanges. If you need a help calculating your change at the shops this half term I'm sure our Persevering Pioneers would be up to the challenge!
In our Literacy, this week we were set a challenge to write our own poems based on Paris. We considered a range of poetic devices that we could include within our poems and the class were fantastic at generating some incredible ideas for personification. The reason behind our learning this week is that this afternoon we will be taking part in a poetry battle with Team LG. Team CB are hoping to do everything in their power to steal the crown from the reigning Year 5's. I most definitely believe we are capable after reading the class' work.
So, as I reflect upon our first half term I will be looking back with pride at how far our young learners have already come. I hope you all have a safe half term and look forward to posting more updates in the next few weeks!
This week the children have been consolidating their learning around addition before moving on to start exploring the concept of subtraction. We started our investigations using lots of practical resources to help us understand the concept of exchange. The class were really quick to pick up that we needed to take from our neighbor if we did not have enough to complete the subtraction. I can only imagine what wonderful learning the class will demonstrate next week!
During Literacy we have worked really hard to edit our work and create a final published version. To draw our learning on Spain to a close, today we held a Spanish celebration where the children explored some of the topics we had been learning about first hand. We all took part in an orienteering challenge where we had to use our knowledge of school to locate famous Spanish landmarks. Following this, we began to explore Picasso and some of his famous artwork before attempting to create our own. To finish, we all had a chance to try out Flamenco dancing for ourselves. The children were all so engaged and thoroughly enjoyed the session.
Elsewhere, we have continued our exploration of European mountains and produced wonderful Keynotes to share amazing facts. We have also been busy exploring the process of changing states in our Science!
Well done Year 4!
This week the children have really proven why we are called the Persevering Pioneers. We have been busy writing our independent pieces for our travel brochures to Spain, and I must say the children have really shown their full potential! The writing is incredibly high quality and uses a range of different persuasive devices. It should be said that this is BEFORE the class have had chance to edit and uplevel their own writing. What superstars!
In Maths, we have also shown a great degree of perseverance as we have worked to solve more complex addition problems using our formal written method. The class have started exploring reasoning and problem solving and their growing confidence has been clear to see. I can't wait for the class to show off all they have learned next week!
As part of topic, this week we have been researching famous European mountains and creating our own Keynotes to share with each other. The class have found out some incredible information as part of their research, including just how long ago some of these mountains were formed! Elsewhere in Science, we have been exploring how heating and cooling change a materials state. through our chocolate investigation!
In the blink of an eye it is once again Friday and our children are reflecting on all the wonderful learning they have achieved so far this week. In our Maths this week, we have started to explore a new unit of addition. The children have worked practically with counters to explore what addition looks like in physical form and are beginning to make links to the formal written method. The class have been working specifically on adding up to 4 digit numbers without breaking the boundary this week and have been highly successful in doing this. Next week, we will extend this learning further, as the children consider what happens when digits break the boundary of 10.
Literacy has also seen the children begin their new unit of writing focusing on the skills of persuasion. In case you were wondering, Mrs Clarke has recently been to Spain and noticed that tourism needed a boost. With this in mind, Team CB suggested we could write a travel brochure to promote Spain and encourage tourism. This week the class have worked incredibly hard researching Spain and all it has to offer. They have then identified the features and functions of a travel brochure to inform their own Success Criteria for writing. To help embed persuasive techniques the children have used shared and guided practice to then generate ambitious language they may wish to include in their writing next week. Be sure to find out how we are getting on.
As part of our Science this week, the class have been investigating the weight of gas through a fizzy pop experiment. They have thought carefully about dependent and independent variables and how the amount of bubbles relates to the amount of gas present. As week 6 grows closer I am going to consider all the wonderful learning opportunities that we can explore next week!
Ciao for now