Who was Shakespeare?

After Christmas, we have a whole school topic based around a famous play called ‘The Tempest’. This play was one of many written by William Shakespeare.  Shakespeare lived about 500 years ago but I am not going to tell you anything more about him.  Part of your Christmas key skills is to find out about William Shakespeare- who he was, where he lived, which people made up his family, what life was like for William, his friends and his countrymen.  Can you find any facts about this famous man that nobody else in our class has found?

You can present your work in any way you choose: a power point, a sway, a poster, a booklet, a comic strip, a newspaper article… the choices are endless and entirely up to you.

The home learning needs to be brought back to school on January 5th and it will be shared with the rest of our class.

 

Remember to also:

  • Read three times a week over the holidays.  Maybe Father Christmas has put a book or two in your stocking- why not give those a try?
  • Practise your times tables.  Use tables master, hit the button, sing songs, make up fun facts or impress your relatives by answering their questions at top speed!
  • Learn 10 more of the year 3 and 4 spelling words.

Terrific Times Tables!

Well done to everyone who worked so hard last week to learn their times tables facts.  Some people managed to get their time down to 28 seconds- an amazing feat!  All that persistence really paid off and many of you who had starting times of over 200 seconds ended the week with times of about 40 seconds.  It shows what you can achieve when you practise and don’t give up!

You have so much to be proud of and we are very proud of you too.

Keep those times tables facts going now. Use them, don’t lose them!

Key skills update – 11th November

Hello Year 4

We forgot to post two things about key skills:

  1. If you are feeling really confident about homophones, please produce a ‘homophone guide’ for a year 2 child who is just starting to learn about them.  This could include helpful tips and illustrations.
  2. Don’t forget to keep up your reading, spelling and times tables facts as well.

You are working hard, Year 4- keep it up!

 

Key Skills for 11th November, 2016

LO: To develop understanding and rehearse spelling of homophones.

The Year 4 team have noticed that lots of children are struggling to use the correct homophone in their writing or that if they are using the correct word are spelling it wrong. With things like this practise makes perfect!

This week’s task is to design a poster which explains the difference between the meaning of homophones but which also gives some clever ways of remembering how to spell the words. Be as creative as you can be with your posters as we may be able to use some of them in our classrooms to help the rest of the class too! If you are struggling for ideas, there are lots of ideas and examples on the internet.

The most common homophones we have been noticing that are causing an issue are:

There, their, they’re

Which, witch

To, two, too

Were, Where, we’re

Key skills: 4th November, 2016.

L.O: to develop a quick recall of the times tables facts

This week’s key skills involves a little bit of maths learning every day.  All across the country, the expectation is that by the end of year 4, children will know all their times tables facts up to 12×12.  We have some work to do!

You have been given a target times table to learn.  You need to know the facts like you know your name… you don’t have to sit and work out your name when asked.  You need to be able to answer a times table question with less than 3 seconds thinking time.

To do this:

  1. Use tables master (Google’ tables master’ or use this link: http://www.transum.org/software/tablesmaster/) to work on your target times table.
  2. Choose your target times table and answer the questions.
  3. Keep a record of your progress in the grid we have given you. Write down your time and your slowest fact.
  4. Repeat the same times table 5 times every day. Aim to beat your time on each occasion.
  5. At the end of your tables master workout, look carefully to find ut which of your facts you need to work hard to learn. Repeat it to yourself over and over. Say it to your self while you jump or clean your teeth. Can you think of a quick silly sentence to help you remember it?
  6. If you can answer 20 questions accurately in about 40 seconds, you are ready to move on to the next times table.

10 x table can move to 5 x table                      3 x table can move to 4 x table

4 x table can move to 8 x table                        5 x table can move to 2 x table

Starting a new term in Mozart Class

Hello Mozart Class

I can’t wait to welcome you back to school tomorrow and hear all about your half term adventures.  I thought I would remind you that we start the term off with swimming first thing tomorrow morning. Don’t forget to bring your swimming kit including a hat (if you have one) and a towel.  You will need a coat to walk to the pool and back again.

See you tomorrow!

 

Saree Instructions

This week we have been watching tutorial videos about how to wear a saree. We had a set of instructions to read and follow to dress Lara in a saree. Our next challenge was to write our own version. We had to think about imperative verbs we might use – hold, pass, tuck, fold, drape. We also talked about using time connectives – first, next, after that, finally.

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