Navenby C of E Primary School - Class 4 - September 2020
A Very Warm Welcome Back....
I am absolutely delighted to be teaching this class and have been excitedly preparing the classroom and lessons ready for a great year together! Although I have worked at the school for many years, I might not have met all of you yet so please feel free to introduce yourselves so that I can put a face to a name. We just wish to reiterate to parents that it is essential that your child feels happy and settled back in school so that they can enjoy all the exciting learning opportunities. In the first few days back at school we have been focusing on well-being within class and new routines within class to help the children deal with the mixed emotions they maybe feeling. If you have any worries or concerns over the course of the year, please do not hesitate to come and talk to us at the gate, as we will be escorting the children out at the end of each day, or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Similar to last year, I will be working full-time in Year 4 and we are very lucky to have the support of Mrs. O’Brien as our teaching assistant four mornings a week and two afternoons.
Meet us and our families!
Left (Mrs. Harrison with her son Dan and godson) and Right (Mrs. O'Brien with her sons)
Our classroom for returning
Due to the support by sports specialists and swimming throughout the year, the days that we do PE will vary from term to term. Also the weather or other events can alter our set days therefore please ensure that every Monday morning your child brings in their fully labelledindoor and outdoor PE kit it place in their lockers, especially as Autumn is approaching. PE kit will come home on a Friday to be washed. This term we will be doing PE on Tuesday and Fridays but it is also my intention to complete a mile a day on Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays afternoon as well.
Lost Property & Cloakroom Space
We have a lost property box in our class cupboard, but let’s hope that we keep our belongings safe! All children have their own lockers in the corridor where they can store all personal items.
As last year, the children will be given plenty of opportunities to read within school. We are placing a strong emphasis on group guided reading activities, which will take place 3 or 4 times a week. This will ensure that all children in the class will be listened to by the Teacher and also another adult throughout the week. Here, the focus is on exploring a variety of texts at a deeper level in order to develop inference and deduction skills for reading comprehension. Also there is daily reading of text within Active English sessions as well as engagement with Class Books.
Parents/carers still have a huge part to play in their children’s reading development, so all the help you can continue to give is greatly appreciated. Children will have a chance to renew 'Home' books every Monday and it is requested that any returns be made on Fridays in order for books to be reissued after the weekend. If you need to keep a book for a few weeks that is absolutely fine. We have given each child a book already but will be reviewing reading challenge over the next couple of weeks.
Homework - Posted each week on this website
Homework has to be set by the class teacher each week in accordance with whole school homework policy. In Year 4, and throughout Key stage 2, we have a strong focus on learning times tables as there is a new government test on these in Term 5 and so we ask that children practise these at home as well. Each week I will post an online multiplication link or a worksheet to complete. Last year, all children in the school became used to our system of spaced learning for spellings. Their personalised spelling list shows you the spellings that they will focus on each week until the end of week 5 when when they will be tested again. Lastly, the children will have a short ‘topic’ based task that should not take more than 20-30 minutes. The only exception to this homework routine in when the children are asked to do ‘Homework Projects’ which is part of school policy for KS2 children too. These occur later in the Autumn term and in the Summer. Plenty of time and explanation will be given in advance. With any of the homework given, if there is any confusion or concerns please pop in to see me.
This is regularly updated and contains termly overviews of learning, homework and weekly updates on our learning and progress. It also contains useful links which will support your child’s learning.
Pick someone in the picture and say “can you find the man? Oh I’m sorry I’m not being specific enough, can you find the smiling, strong man? Still too hard? Okay, can you find the tall, strong, smiling man with a blue hat and an axe? Oh wonderful, you can!”
Take it in turns..
Our Reading Area (Please email me with more pictures)
Our Art Gallery (please send in any more masterpieces to add)
Our Reflection Area - Thankfulness (we all drew a hand to represent our uniqueness to make this masterpiece)
Maths - Place Value
Orienteering (PE and Geography)
I am just aware that as we continue with home schooling and as we adjust to people return to work, it might be getting to be a progressively harder task to complete the activities. There continues to be no pressure to complete any of the work but I intend to add a few catch up Fridays to help. If anyone would like any extra work over the next couple of weeks please email me directly and I will forward it to you. Please look after yourselves and take care. Mrs. Harrison
Many of you were able to meet Mr. Swain this week in person when you came into school. It was absolutely lovely to see you in person. This week's learning is mainly based around Mr. Swain getting to know you better. If you email me the work, I will respond but will also forward the work onto Mr. Swain for when he starts with us. :)
NEW!!!! A PowerPoint created by Mr. Swain so that you can learn a little more about him too!
Write a descriptive paragraph introducing yourself, your family and your hobbies/interest. Remember to extend sentences with more information and make it interesting!
Wednesday - Day 3 of Letter Writing
In your next paragraphs talk about some of your highlights from the Lockdown period. Anything that you have particularly enjoyed doing or any positives.
Thursday - Day 4 of Letter Writing
End your letter with a paragraph about what you most enjoy doing at school, how you learn best and what you are looking forward to/what you hope to do? You may even want to ask your new teacher some questions!!!
Tuesday - Art (Favourite piece of art recreation and why you have chosen it)
Van Gogh's Sunflowers is one of my favourites for many reasons. It always makes me think of sunshine and happiness. I also have fond memories of waking up to the view of the sunflower fields when visiting a friend who had moved to France. Dan and I also chose this picture as part of one of his homework projects in Reception when he had to use plants etc from the garden to make natural paints/pigments.
Wednesday Reading Task - Choose your favourite author and then take a picture (with you in it) that reflects the author, one of their books or one of their characters.
Thursday PSHE - Superheroes (Complete this to help Mr. Swain get to know your superhero strengths etc.)
Wednesday Viking Art: Visit the website below for how to create a scratch card on which to draw Viking art and look at the document below for inspiration for designs. If you need black paint, bring a small yogurt pot on Tuesday and I can give you some.
Tuesday Maths - Order money (decimals) and round the nearest whole number
On Tuesday, find 8 items from your cupboard. Look up the cost of these items and write them as decimals ie £0.45. Then order the cost from the lowest to the highest. Underneath round the cost to the nearest whole pound.
Create an animal picture inspired by the environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy. Here are some examples that the keyworker group completed with me this week and also there are some other ideas on the document attached.
Thursday RE - Read the 2 PowerPoints below. Complete the first oral task on the Worksheet ONLY!!!! It is to recount the start of the Christian Church when the disciples start the teaching about Christ after the Pentecost by retelling the story of what happened at this time. Next week we will complete the second part of the worksheet which is other shared beliefs.
Firstly, have a fabulous half-term and enjoy this beautiful sunshine while it lasts.
Shortly, I will be posting Home Learning for the W/C 1st June and W/C 8th June. Remember this is a guide and there is no pressure to complete the work. Well-being is the priority for the children during these unprecedented times.
Wednesday Literacy - Read these three Anglo-Saxon Myth about their Gods. They have been laid out like this for an upgrading activity next week. They read from the top, left to right. Decide which is your favourite and orally explain why.
Look through the Powerpoint provided above and then see if you can complete the worksheet attached.
Think about legends and myths you know. Read a few if you can.
Tuesday Literacy - Read through the Anglo-Saxon Creation Myth to familiarise yourself with it. Then cut the strips out and shuffle. Can you now sequence the story? Retell the story to a friend trying to use synonyms to avoid the words threw, created and then. BEWARE!! The story is gruesome!!!
Thursday Science - How changes within habitats can effect food chains and webs
Look at these websites below. Consider how changes such as deforestation, pollution, disease or the introduction of predators might effect a food chain/web. Briefly record you findings in whatever manner you wish. You might want to focus on one change and how it effects one species or just looks at an number of different changes. An example has been included below for you.
You might have noticed that the Anglo-Saxons were fairly self-sufficient and people in the villages took on different job roles such as being; farmers, blacksmiths, weavers, carpenters, potters and bread bakers etc. There was much textile production and work with leather too. Could you research one of these skills carried out by the Anglo-Saxons. Children in the past have also enjoyed having a go at one of these activities.
Growing plants/Looking after animals
Working with metal, leather and wood.
Weaving, dyeing, felting, sewing etc
Last year this was set as a mini topic over half-term. You could spend an hour or several looking into one of these areas if it interests you...or not at all. There is no pressure to complete any of the work. Look after yourselves and have a great half-term.
4) To be able to explain the terms prey and predator
Grace's food chains
Thomas's food chain
Evelyn's food chain/web
PSHE - Recycle one product and make a new one
Some of you have already completed this task. Think of a recycled product that you could sell as part of an enterprise sale. How much would your product cost to make? What would you sell it for? What would your profit be?
What have we been up to this week?
Ruby Ready for VE Day
Matthew's VE Big Talk
Izzy's VE Day Prep
Grace's family walk
Matthew's Family History
Layne's fabulous recycled desk tidy
Jacob's impressive 3D puzzle
Harry's Dinosaur Puzzle
Amy and Tia preparing for VE Day
Jessie Baking for VE Day
Nell playing a spelling game
Eve's Math Calculations
W/C Monday 4th May - 4 Day week
Dear Parents and Carers
I am delighted to announce a Lincolnshire School Games Virtual Event: ‘Primary Athletics – Home Pentathlon’ This is available, free of charge, for all children in all Primary Schools.
For this competition the children will need to complete the 5 athletics events, keeping a record of their best scores on their score sheet (this is also in the attached document). To enter the event they will need to click on the entry form link in the document; click here to see the form or use this link https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=4I_ewOP1L06Lz_HFSzjyi-eZLGK4191Mryh5rjGLpLNUNENTVEFSWUVYV1NLSzJUVUhGVDlNNkM2MSQlQCN0PWcu. From here you will need to input some information then attach a link to their score sheet. Our school games organiser is MATT EVANS - LINCS CENTRAL. The information will go to the school games organisers who will keep track of entries and scores. Your child's entries do not need to be published on social media, but if you choose to please ensure a parent posts on their behalf. There is more safeguarding advice in the attachment
They have until the end of next week to submit their content before moving on to the next event in the series. A selection of the best entries in my area will go up against those selected by the other 7 School Games Organisers towards a county final event.
I really hope you can get behind this and keep our young people in some sort of sporting competition during this unprecedented time.
Tuesday Topic - VE Day Work out the cost to buy all the ingredients to make your dish/meal/cake from yesterday. Online shopping websites will allow you to find the prices of food items. An example of a cottage pie is below
PSHE - Lesson 2 - RECYCLING. A Year 4 Competition to design a poster showing what should go into our recycle bins that will be judged by the Lincolnshire Waste Partnership Manager. Send them to Mrs. Harrison to forward by Sunday 3rd May if you wish to enter.
In our class you will see fun learning happening at all levels. Our cross-curricular approach ensures that skills in core subjects like Maths and English might be applied in other subject areas. Topics build on previous knowledge the children have experienced in year groups lower down the school and teach the skills of deeper research in a broad range of subject areas. Our curriculum overview and coverage, along with welcome letter, are attached as documents below. Also included is one of our first knowledge organisers for history which includes all key information for our Victorian study.
Our Autumn term topic is entitled ‘Victoriana.’ Here we share the life of children in our country 150 years ago and look into how the changes came about in order to appreciate what is provided for us all today. It includes a class visit to a coal mine to experience working life for families during the era. A case study of Queen Victoria is undertaken and children question, investigate and formulate opinions, based on research, about this monarch that led the British country and empire towards significant changes. We also consider our current rights and responsibilities at school and at home. Linked also with the great inventions of the 19th century, Class 4 will carry out investigations into changing sounds, particularly in relation to wind and string instruments. There will also be much philosophical thought underpinning our work and many more exciting threads to our challenge question!!!
Thursday 26th September - Macmillan Coffee Day
Tuesday, 15th October - Harvest Festival
Thursday, 10th October - Trip to the National Coal Mining Museum
FIRST WEEK BACK - SEPTEMBER 2019
Investigating Our Rights and Responsibilities
A VICTORIAN TRANSFORMATION FOR THE MOBILE
Our Reflection Area - Thankfulness
RE - Expressing faith through the arts
Unit on Victorian Street Scene Music Using Percussion Instruments
Music Using Body Percusssion
Victorian Street Scene - Composing and Performing
Our Introduction to Orienteering - Treasure Island!!!
Did you know that Alexander Graham Bell, renown for inventing the forerunner to the modern telephone, was actually a sound expert?
We have been developing our knowledge about sound too.
Our starting point knowledge
Investigating how sounds are made- seeing is believing!!!
Exploring through which mediums sound travels best and why?
How to sounds travel?
How can volume by altered?
How can we make the most successful telephone?
Testing the material connecting the phone cups
The wire allowed for the best transfer of sound
STREET CHILD - In literacy we have interrogated the text and used a variety of drama techniques to help us understand the action and the thoughts/feelings of characters as well as their motivations. This has really helped us when we have written recounts, playscripts and list poems.
Drama techniques to help with recounts in character
Our first Reciprocal Reading Session - Street Child
Our Reading Corner
Playscripts, list poems and P4C to deepen understanding of life for children in workhouses
Playscripts about a School Day in the Workhouse
P4C Is a Workhouse a Home?
P4C 'Is a Workhouse a home?'
Deepening our understand of life for poor children
Hotseating to enhance recount through the eyes of the character, Rosie.
A Recount as Rosie, the cook from the Big House
Work on character descriptions
Marking character description,habits & personality
William Morris Inspired Stain Glass Windows
Numeracy - Place Value
Group investigations into perimeter
Applying our maths to an Enterprise Project to raise money for Macmillan Cancer
Studying the evidence avaiable to use for the Victorian Period
Finding out about how children found jobs within domestic service
Our Spring Term has certainly seen our classroom transformed once more with vibrant burst of colour as we compare and contrast life in Navenby to a village in India, Chembakoli. Whilst tackling location and climate, we will also be unpicking the processes at work in the water cycle, creating explanatory text to show our understanding. This learning will be enhance be further investigation into the nature of solids, liquids and gases! Our India topic is also centred round respecting and celebrating differences as we investigate the beliefs and practises of the Hindu Faith, decorating our own classroom shrine with images of Hindu Gods and artefacts. The walls will also be adorned with the steps towards successfully designing Indian Block Print Cushions and the creation of Indian Music Samples as we explore Rag, Tala and Drone!! We looked forward to visit from a range of people in our community to support our learning such as a local gardener explaining how to grow our own herbs, Sunita Patel returning with the Indian Experience, a Dental Practitioner advising us on tooth care and a number of local authors discussing the writing process during World Book Week. Plenty to look forward to!
Indian Costume and Traditions
Dancing and Festivals
Indian Chalk Art - Rangoli Designs
Learning the Hindu Religion and Challenging Stereotypes
Meditation and Well-being
Thank you Sunita for a great day supporting a Great British Value
Creating our own Indian Music
Investigating, creating and performing
Starting to investigate Hindu Beliefs and Practices
Our class Hindu Shrine
Our Hindu Beliefs and Lifestyle Learning Journey
Showing Racism the Red Card
Celebrating Differences - Indian Kite Day
Indian Kite Day - 13th January
Seeing out the Winter & welcome to warmer weather
First we researched why it happened
The Race ..and the Champions
Indian Block Printing Design
Exploring explanatory text and creating our own for the water cycle
We also tested to see which was the most successful material and size for the listening cups as well as what length was best for the connecting lines. Our conclusion was that the best phone would have large, metal cups with short connecting wires!!!
Starting Point - Locating India and Chembakoli leading towards non-chronological text about this village.
Non-chronological report on Chembakolli
Digestion and Teeth - What we have covered so far!!
Information Text about Teeth
Explanatory Text about Tooth Decay
Design and Technology - Making Naan Bread (Research and Tasting)
Tasting Sample Breads
PE - Unit on Cheerleading and Indian Dance
INDIAN PLAYSCRIPT WRITING
Reciprocal Reading - The Picky Princess
Numeracy - Fractions and Decimals
Multiplication and Division (A build up to written methods)
Our Reflection Area - The Christian Value of Faith
Respect (Courage and Encouragement)
World Book Day - Dressing up and enjoying authors (David Walliams)
Recounting the story of Dribbling Drew by David Walliams
Use of Apostrophes - Grubby Gertrude (David Walliams)
Writing like an author - Our own stories
World Book Day
CONSERVE AND PRESERVE
Creative Writing Day
It's a Mystery
The Crime Scene
Clue 1 - Blue Eyes
Clue 2 - Size 7 feet
Clue 3 - A fair hair in the empty box
Clue 4 - Left-handed
Changes to the Environment - A Grammar Focus
How fossil fuels were created.
How coal is made? Fronted adverbials
Arguments For and Against Wind Farms P4C
How changes to the environment can impact nature
First we looked at habitats and food chains
Food chains and flow of energy
PERSUASIVE LETTER WRITING - ALTERNATIVE ENERGIES
PSHE- How to be Responsible Citizens and Guardians to Our Planet?
Reduce, Recycle, Reuse
Recycling Bottles - Explanatory Text
Graffiti Art Day - Paid for by our enterprise
Numeracy - Space
DT - Replica Anglo-Saxon Houses
Anglo-Saxon Beliefs - The Creation Story
Recounting Anglo-Saxon Myths (cartoons)
Planning and creating our own Anglo- Saxon Myths
A Visit from Hrothgar - Viking weaponry and tactics
Viking Myths and Saga
Viking Burial Practise
Hope - Our Christian Value
We helped other classes to create their own Pentecost Art