Thursday, 20 September 2018

Year 4 Egyptian Day

Year 4 Egyptian Day

On Tuesday 18th September we had a brilliant day investigating what the Ancient Egyptians believed happened after they died. We explorered what they believed happened to their souls when they had died, the mummification process and some of their art found on the walls of tombs and on sarcophagi.
Below are some of the shabti dolls the Ancient Egyptians made to help them in the afterlife.
More photos will follow soon!



Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Welcome to Year 4 Newsletter

Welcome to Year 4

First of all, may we both thank you for your support and patience as we have settled into the school, taking time to answer your questions and organise new systems. It has been much appreciated.

Here is some information about curriculum and arrangements for this term, to keep you informed.

Our main topic this term will be The Enigmatic Egyptians. Our Science, Art, Music and Geography will all be taught by links through this topic. Whilst we were unfortunately unable to go on our planned trip to Dorchester, we will be thinking ahead to visits for the Spring and Summer terms; so please look out for details about these in due course.

This term in English, we have begun with recount writing, to enable the children to develop their personal experiences and learn the techniques of using detail within past tense. Over the next few weeks, we plan to read and write non-fiction texts focussing on explanation writing about our topic of Ancient Egypt. The children will be encouraged to use a range of sentence types and to ensure that their writing contains detail, adventurous vocabulary and shows good effort in presentation. Our main focus for reading will be comprehension skills, especially reading for inference (reading between the lines) and deduction (finding the answers within the text). There will also be a daily spelling lesson from the Read, Write Inc Spelling scheme.
Our spellings will be given out on Mondays, then tested the following Monday.

In Maths, we will be developing the children’s understanding of place value up to 4 digits. We will be working on formal written methods for addition, multiplication, subtraction and division. There will be a strong focus on problem solving in maths, enabling the children to develop their learning in real life situations through word problems and investigating.





Home Learning
All children have been given a new planner. Please ensure you sign your child’s planner every weekend. The children are now expected to write a few sentences about what they have read each day at home in order to improve their comprehension skills. This will be monitored weekly and will be rewarded through their INSPIRE page. The children have all been allocated a book from the Accelerated Reader system, which allows them to access comprehension quizzes to complete, when they have finished a book. This can be done at home (with internet access) or at school.
Our homework tasks this year will take various forms:
  • Weekly tasks to consolidate learning or to prepare for the following week’s learning
  • Projects (taking several weeks to complete)
  • Times table practice through Times Table Rockstars
  • Weekly spellings

School Uniform

At Shaftesbury Primary, we believe it is important for the children to take pride in their appearance. We would be grateful if you could ensure that your child is wearing the correct uniform, including black school shoes. Long hair should be tied back neatly, for health and safety reasons - especially during PE - Games. For further details of our uniform policy, please see the school website.

PE
PE/Games in Year 4 will be on Thursdays (Tag Rugby) and Fridays (Dance). PE kits should generally be kept in school. Your child will need a named:-
  • red t-shirt
  • black shorts
  • a pair of trainers
  • tracksuit bottoms and a sweatshirt for colder months

Snacks
As we are a healthy school, please ensure your child has a healthy snack at break time. This could be fruit, vegetables or a healthy snack bar.

A last reminder: If you are happy for your child to walk home alone, please write us a letter so we know you have given consent.

Don’t forget, check out our class blog to find out about the work we have been doing and any future projects we might be undertaking.

If you have any queries, please feel free to come and speak to us.

Thank you for your continued support.

Sarah Ware Tom Barnett

Miss Wells     Miss Lewis       Mrs Pike      Mrs Luffman

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Welcome to Year 4!


Hello and welcome to year 4. We are your new teachers, Mr Barnett (Oak) and Mrs Ware (Willow), our teaching assistants are, in Oak class, Mrs Luffman and Mrs Pike and in Willow class, Mrs Wells and Mrs Lewis. We all hope you had a lovely summer holiday and are excited to be back, we certainly are to be starting at Shaftesbury. You will soon be receiving a welcome letter to let you know important information about the term. Please feel free to come to see us if you have questions.

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Year 5 share their writing

We enjoyed listening to year 5reading their books they had written to us. They all wrote The Forest of Doom and it was very exciting to listen to. 







Slime treat!

What a great morning to make slime . . . Well done all Year 4earning your treat with good behaviour and team work. Thank you to Mrs Maskell for helping out in Oak class. 








Rounders tournament

To round off our learning of team sports this term we had Oak vs Willow rounders tournament. It was very exciting with some very good fielding and batting on both sides. It was a draw of 221/2 rounders each. Well played everyone. 



Eurostar quiz

O5 teams fought it out to see who was the expert on all things European. It was very exciting and some great use atlases. 




Wonderful watercolour lilies and Munch Scream drawing

Fantastic artwork continues right to the end if Year 4





Eurofood day

Fantastic tasting of food from all our Eurostar countries we have visited and learnt about this term.