New year and new journeys

Firstly, I’d like to say happy new year to you all. It was lovely returning to school yesterday to see smily, well-rested children eager to learn and to hear all about their Christmas gifts and how they spent time with loved ones. It seems the midnight fireworks were a highlight for many.

I’d also like to say an enormous thank you for all your Christmas wishes and generous gifts. I have been truly spoilt! THANK YOU!

Last term, saw us complete our literacy unit on Mouse Bird Snake Wolf and some examples of the children’s work are now on display. The children wrote across many genres including diaries, descriptive pieces, persuasive letters and short stories, developing their use of dialogue to show charaterisation. We have now added to our repetoire of sentence openers, using ed-ing-ly phrases and are beginning to “drop-in subordinate clauses” to add detail creating increasingly complex sentences.

Yesterday, we began exploring our new text, Varjak Paw (always a favourite) which provides many rich writing opportunities that we look forward to sharing with you during the term. Please try to avoid reading this text at home as we like to explore the text together in class.

We begin our new maths learning journey about division, developing both mental and written methods. Please continue to practise times tables as this knowledge plays a key role in enabling pupils to solve division problems.  I wonder how many children will reach their goal in achieving 100% in our weekly times table challenge?

In science, we begin yet another journey, travelling through the digestive system. The children have already generated their own questions they wish to explore answers to, for example:

“What happens to the food we eat?”

“Why are some people allergic to certain foods?”

“What happens to someone who is gluten intolerant if they eat gluten?”

“How long does food take to digest and does the body use all of the food?”

Reminder: Please bring in musical instruments on Monday and Tuesday is our 3rd swimming lesson so please ensure the children have their swimming kits in school.

We have lots to learning and exploration planned for this term and, as ever, we will be busy.  Thank you for your continued support at home. Keep up the hard work Year 4!








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