Class Teacher: Mrs Nichols / Mrs Lazell
Class Teacher: Mrs Jones
Welcome to Faraway Tree
Class Teacher: Mrs Nichols (Monday – Wednesday) and Mrs Lazell (Thursday and Friday)
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Jennings
Homework: We have split the year group into two different Maths groups so the children will either be in Mrs Nichols’ group or Mrs Jones’ group.
Homework consists of weekly spellings and times tables in addition to Maths and English. Spellings, Maths and times tables are all set on a Friday. English is set on a Wednesday.
Reading: this should be done three times a week and the reading diary should be signed at least three separate times. If it is signed 5 times in one week then the children receive raffle tickets for a chance to win a book at the end of each term.
Homework Diaries and Reading Diaries need to be signed by parents or guardians at the end of each week and this will be countersigned by the adults in the class every Monday morning.
Swimming is due to start in Term 4 for Faraway Tree.
Welcome to Paddington Station
Class teacher: Mrs Jones
TA: Mrs Applegate
PE day: Tuesdays and Thursdays - please ensure that your child's PE kit is named and in school. Earrings must be removed for PE, and long hair needs to be tied up.
Homework: Reading 20 minutes at least 3 times a week. Diaries are checked on a Tuesday.
Spellings and Times Tables set weekly and tested Wednesdays.
Written homework (English and Maths) Given out most weeks and due in by the following Thursday.
Please check and sign your child's homework diary each weekend ready for being checked and signed by an adult on Tuesdays.
As part of their English work, Faraway Tree has been looking at the Roman myth of Romulus and Remus. We have been learning about the importance of this story to the Ancient Romans. We acted out the important parts of the story and created freeze frames for the rest of the class to guess which events we were showing. Here are some photos.
Great British Wildlife
As part of our Great British Wildlife topic, we learnt about a variety of British wildlife. We read about the importance of caring for birds especially in adverse weather conditions!
During our WOW day, we created fat ball bird feeders using lard, bird seed and twine. We then went around the school to hang these in areas where we knew birds visited. We checked these regularly and within a few days they were all gone!
We also used paper mache to create our very own globes. We used atlases to find out more about the 7 continents of the world; which countries are included in them, where they are located and where the borders are. After this we then labelled and colour coded the continents on our globes. These were then hung up in our classroom. They made a lovely display.
We enjoyed dressing up for World Book Day.
This term our topic is The Ancient Egyptians. We are merging our topic with our English and in the process of creating explanation texts for mummification.
We are looking into the effect of natron (salt) as a preservative by mummifying large tomatoes.
As part of this topic, we are also designing and creating canopic jars which the Ancient Egyptians used to store internal organs.
In computing, year 4 are creating maths games in Scratch; developing our computer programming skills.
Faraway Tree have their class assembly on the 22nd February and will be starting swimming at the beginning of term 4.
We have become experts at using thermometers in our Changing State topic in science.
Our current Year 4 Topic is ‘Out of Africa’. We had a fantastic WOW day which consisted of learning to play Djembe drums, creating African sunset art and learning to cook African doughnuts called Mandazi.
Year 4 parents will also be invited to this year’s Harvest Festival and a
letter will follow shortly.
Wow Day - Africa
We have been looking at the Maasai tribe of Kenya, Africa.
We found out that they were beautiful bead necklaces. In art, we designed and made our own Maasai inspired necklaces using card, paints, pasta and different coloured string.
Please take a look at the photos of these. They’re great.