Writing enthusiasm spreads throughout Year 4!
Hello everyone. With the countdown to Christmas well and truly underway excitement is mounting in our class.
It was lovely to see the children enjoy their Christmas lunch on Wednesday. Even those who had a packed lunch were part of the experience as we all had lunch together in our class bubble in the hall. See this week's featured photo. The children took great delight in teasing me with their yummy chocolate dessert (I think they'd call that revenge for all the times they catch me sneaking a Bourbon or a Jaffa Cake).
We have also been proud to make a contribution to brightening the lives of some elderly residents at Britten Court nursing home in Lowestoft. We all made a Christmas card and hand wrote a personal message to each resident. Some of the children wrote messages that were very touching and I am sure they will put a big smile on the faces of the recipients.
In maths, we have come to the end of our addition and subtraction unit. We finished by looking at ways we can use rounding numbers to allow us to make an estimate of what we expect the answer to look like. This skill will develop the childrens' ability to give sensible answers to calculations and question whether the answer 'looks right'. This will develop their number sense and awareness. Talk to them about it. It always helps if you get them to show you an example and explain to you what they did so they consolidate their own learning in a reflective way. We will spending a week on perimeter and length next week.
In English, we are pages away from the conclusion of the 'Castle Ghosts' story. It has had us on the edges of our seats and the writing the children have produced as a result, has been exceptional. I have spent ages marking it and can't remember a time I have enjoyed marking more than this. But don't worry children....as one exciting story finishes another begins. I'm super excited to say we will be using The Snowman film and book as the basis of our English learning for the last two weeks of term. I have bought a copy of the Snowman written by the excellent childrens' author Michael Morpurgo. Exciting times ahead.
We will be starting our RE unit which is called 'What kind of world did Jesus want?' Please share the knowledge organiser that went home today.
Our current collective worship theme is all about being generous. On that note, our Reverend Steve told us about an exciting initiative we could be part of. This Saturday our church will be open between 10 and 12 to receive toys and games that are brand new and unwrapped. This is to support the local branch of the Salvation Army who work in our community to distribute the proceeds to children in need. If this is short notice for you then Rev Steve said he would welcome donations after that time at the rectory where he lives. The rectory is next to the church. Thank you in advance if you are able to support this worthy cause and make a positive difference in our community.
The secret word is 'generous' to reflect a quality that all of us are capable of showing. Have a peaceful weekend. See you all on Monday,
Love from Miss Studley and Miss T.