Another one bites the dust and the festive season draws ever closer! I simply can't believe it's got around to that time of the year again; I'll have to get my humbugs out soon! Last week was another good week in class. We have been learning all about statistics in maths and finished on Friday by looking at some of the diseases people in the 1660's died of... some quite unusual ones there I think! We drew bar charts to show a selected few. In English we have been ferreting out examples of journalistic language so that we can use them in our own news reports on the plague that we'll begin this week and finish off next week. In topic, the plague doctor was the focus of our learning this week - not a job I'd have liked to do although the uniform did prove to be quite effective in giving some protection from the dreaded lurgy! This week is assessment week; the children will be completing some half termly progress tests in English, Maths and Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation - my top tip would be: "Get visiting those websites and brushing up on your facts!" Well, I think that's all for now so as ever... onwards and sideways as my friend the crab used to say! Tata for now.
STOP PRESS! I have added a direct link to the Times Tables Rockstars student login page. ALL pupils have a user name and password for this web site which school has subscribed to to help the children learn their tables. If your child has lost theirs just bob in and see Miss Hamilton or Miss Heartfield - we kept a copy of all the user names and passwords in case any got lost in the perilous journey from school to home!! I have now given out the user names and passwords to those children who said theirs had gone walkabout... so, no excuse - get times tables rockin' on the rockstars website!
Don't forget to check out the games on the website links. I have also added some grammar songs so the children can learn the different terms for grammar in sing-song fashion! Check them out!
I have also added the Year 4 spelling list to the spellings page. Children in Year 4 are expected to be able to read AND spell the words on these lists! Although some words do appear in the weekly spellings to learn at home, many are spellings whcih the children should know "in addition" to those they are learning at home. Again, please help your child to practise these spellings also... No rest for the wicked eh!
Home reading, as always, continues to be a high priority within school. Please help to improve your child's reading by listening to them read each night and questioning them about the books they are reading.
Spellings for this half term are on our class spelling page and a weekly test is usually done on Friday. Again please help your child by helping them to learn their spellings. Also check out the "Topmarks" website on our website links page. There are lots of super spelling games to help your child with their spellings.
Well, I think that's all for now. I shall try and put more helpful website links on that your child can use to help them with their learning in school so keep checking out the website links page. Should you need to speak with either myself or Miss Heartfield, please do not hesitate to come in and see us after school or make an appointment.