The end of the half term brings us to an end of our computing topic which lots of us are particularly sad about. The children have really enjoy this learning and many have continued it at by creating their own Scratch accounts.
We’ve learnt lots of new vocabulary through this topic and many of us now feel confident with words which we’d never heard of at the beginning of the half term. Today, we shared our knowledge as a group by creating a concept map of what we understand about our computing vocabulary.
Is your child in Year 4?
The government is introducing a new assessment for Year 4 pupils. In June, each child in Year 4 is set to complete an online multiplication tables check (MTC). Read more about this new assessment.
There will be 25 questions covering the full range of facts children are expected to know, which means questions going up to 12 x 12. However, there’s slightly more weighting towards multiplication facts involving 6, 7, 8, 9 and 12 due to these being the most difficult to learn. For example, there will be between 2 and 4 questions involving multiplying by 6.
For each question, children are presented with a multiplication fact and an empty box. This may be written as __ x 6 or as 6 x __ .
If you’d like to practise at home, our own website has lots of spreadsheets you can download.
There are also lots of websites that you can use. This one is very similar to the MTC. It’s possible to alter the settings on this website to focus on particular times tables.
Another exciting way to practise times tables is through the ‘Times Tables Rockstars’ website. Every child has their own individual login details that enables them to access their account at school and at home. Feedback so far is that this is proving an enjoyable way to practise times tables facts at home!
New school dinner menu
The menu has been created in liaison with Catering Leeds to ensure it meets the School Food Standards. We have also incorporated feedback from our school cook, pupils and parents/carers. We will continue to offer a meat free day every week. This will be every Tuesday.
Pupils will continue to make their daily food choices at the start of the day to ensure they receive their first choice of main meal.
If you would like a paper copy of the menu, please ask at the office.
Remember, children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 continue to receive free school meals and we encourage pupils to take up this offer. For families in other year groups, please check if you are eligible to receive free school meals for your child/children.
We welcome feedback on the school dinner menu from pupils and parents/carers.
In our writing lessons, Year 4 have been working towards writing a non-chronological report about a fictional tree. We’ve got the tree of horrible hands, the pasta tree, the forgetful tree and the sail tree. Ask your child which tree they’ve chosen to write about.
On Friday, we worked with other people who had chosen the same tree as us to create expanded noun phrases to use in our paragraph describing the appearance of our tree.
We used thesauruses to expand our use of vocabulary and it was a great recap of the learning we did before Christmas on descriptive writing.
Using our science to make games!
Now that we know how to make a circuit and what makes a circuit complete and incomplete, Year 4 have been able to create their very own buzz maze game.
Lewis was able to explain how the game worked really well, using lots of our key words for this topic: components, circuit, conductor, insulator.
Look at these images together at home and see whether your child can explain how the game works.
Next, we’re going to combine this with our computing knowledge to program a machine to keep score of how many buzzes we make in a game.
Living and Learning: Children’s Mental Health Week
Young Minds is also a great source of information and support about young people’s mental health.
Mental health forms part of our Living and Learning long term plan and we encourage pupils to look after their mental health as well as their physical health. This maybe through the use of mindfulness and calming down techniques, recognising their own and others’ emotions and knowing how to seek help if needed. This guide shares some of the techniques we use.
In addition to Children’s Mental Health Week, Every Mind Matters is a national mental health campaign from Public Health England.
Dave from d:side visited us this morning to talk about staying safe online.
We talked about how we can’t believe everything we see online. We learnt that sometimes people might put something online which isn’t true to get likes, shares, money or to change people’s minds about something. This is called fake news.
We also talked about how we need to be really careful if we’re sharing things online as, once it’s online, it’s very hard to remove.
We also talked about different games and age-restrictions which tell us if a game is suitable for us to play or not. We also looked at some symbols we might see on games which tell us some of the content in the game which may not be suitable.
School Savings Club
The next School Savings Club paying in date is 03 February 2020 at 3.15-3.45pm.
The account is open to all children and it is free to set up. As there is not minimum deposit requirement, it is a great way for your child/children to begin to manage their own money and understand the importance of saving. We offer paying in sessions every half term where you can bring along any savings to be paid into your child’s account.
As an extra incentive, Year 3 pupils who open an account, or who currently have an account, will be credited with £10.
If you’re unable to attend in person, please hand in any money to be deposited to the office in a sealed envelope addressed to Mrs Tiffany.
Here are the remaining paying in dates for this year (the penultimate Monday of each half term).
- 23 March
- 11 May
- 06 July
To find out more about the accounts or if your child would like to open account, please enquire at the office.
Homework review: spelling
Each week, the children are expected to practise their spellings or complete a spelling activity. There will be a test on this week’s spellings and here are some examples of what we thought was effective practice.
As always, Year 4 shared their homework today. We enjoyed finding out what our friends had produced around the statement I can make things better. Some people thought about making the planet better, some thought about making friendships better and others thought about making the school environment better.
Here are some of our favourites: