Blue Class News
In numeracy next week, our focus will be telling the time. This area of maths is often quite challenging for children. By the end of Year 4, the children are expected to be able to tell the time on analogue and digital clocks to five minute intervals (including 24 hour format), find later and earlier times and time intervals and solve problems involving time. Regular practise at telling the time makes a significant impact on the children's time telling skills and we try and do it as often as we can throughout the school day. It is really helpful if the children are encouraged to do this at home too and if your child does find telling the time tricky any extra help that you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
Many thanks and happy time telling!
from Miss Townsend
Where has that half term gone? It certainly has flown by and what a lot of super learning we have achieved. We have now come to the end of our fascinating Ancient Egypt topic where you showed great curiosity throughout, posing interesting historical questions and investigating these well yourselves using lots of different historical sources. All of your work, pictures and music are ready to be buried in the time capsule ready to inform the future about this exciting period of history.
Thank you and well done once again for the great time we had in London at the British Museum. It was so nice that you all seemed to have different favourite parts of the day from the gruesome mummies, to the Rosetta Stone and the highly decorated sarcophagi or even just chatting to your friends and spotting some London landmarks on the journey. I'm sure we'll remember this experience for a long time.
When we return to school after the half term break, our new topic is 'Adventures'. We are going to be exploring adventures that have taken place a long way away from Blackwell and indeed the United Kingdom. It's right at the bottom of the southern hemisphere... The South Pole. There have certainly been some very brave explorers who have been on some exciting adventures down there. See if you can find out about any of them and you can share it with us all on the first Monday back.
Have a lovely rest this half term - you certainly deserve it after all of your hard work. I only need you to do a couple of things so we are ready to kick off the new half term where we left off... keep reading and practising those times tables. If you know your 6 times tables and corresponding division facts by heart, start learning your 8s.
Have fun, keep safe and I'll look forward to seeing you on Monday 27th February.
Love from Miss Townsend xxx
P.S. Remember to bring a purse or wallet to school after the half term break as those of you who chose to have a job have now been trained so you are ready to start earning your Blackwell pounds!!! They'll be lots of exciting things for you to spend it on. :)
We've come to the end of our Roald Dahl topic and what a lovely day we've had dressed up as Roald Dahl characters. You all looked brilliant in your costumes. You have worked with great motivation during this topic and have made good progress in many areas of your learning. I really enjoyed reading your stories based on The Enormous Crocodile this week where your word choices really captured my interest and imagination and lots of you are trying very hard to structure your sentences in different ways. See if you can show your grown ups at home how you can do this.
We also enjoyed story night on Wednesday. I could tell you were very proud to be able to show your grown ups your excellent Art and D.T. work which was displayed in the hall. Click here to see our lovely artwork.
Even though this exciting topic is now over, we have yet another exciting topic starting next week... Ancient Egypt! This is a fascinating topic and I know you will learn lots about this period of history both in school but also when we go on our adventure to London to see some real ancient Egyptian artefacts.
Have a lovely weekend. Remember to have plenty of rest, enjoy a good book and practise your 6 times table so that you know it by heart.
See you on Monday,
Love from Miss Townsend x
What a lovely first week back we've had together. We immersed ourselves in the wonderful world of Roald Dahl on Wednesday where we found out fascinating facts about Roald Dahl's life, enjoyed the first episode of Revolting Rhymes, performed his humorous version of Cinderella and then drew some excellent pictures of your favourite Roald Dahl characters. They will look great on display in the classroom. We have got a lot more to learn about Roald Dahl and his masterpieces over the next few weeks and I look forward to our project day where we can dress up as a Roald Dahl character and then come back to school in the evening for a story night.
You have all worked very hard in Numeracy this week too, investigating 2D and 3D shapes. We have learned some tricky new shapes and concepts. I wonder if you can explain to your grown ups at home what you have learned. They certainly will be impressed if you can explain what parallel and perpendicular lines are, if you can show them what a trapezium, parallelogram, quadrilateral or a rhombus is or if you can spot any acute, obtuse or 90 degree angles anywhere. Oh and don't forget those triangle brothers! Remember there are three of them and they all have special properties. Well done all of you and to think we've only been back for three days!
You have a new Roald Dahl homework sheet in your books for this weekend and remember to give your grown ups your new spelling and reading card. Keep practising these words at home as it really helps your literacy learning.
Have a good weekend and I'll see you on Monday.
Love from Miss Townsend xxx
P.S. We are going to a cross country event on Wednesday so remember to bring your slips back on Monday and check you have trainers, jogging bottoms, a jumper and a plastic carrier bag in your P.E. kit.
Well done children for a great end of term. Your performance of Letters from Father Christmas was brilliant and I know your parents really enjoyed watching you. I was very proud seeing you perform with confidence and leading by example.
I hope you enjoy the Christmas break, spending time with your family, playing and getting plenty of rest. However, it is really important that you spend some time doing the following:
- Check that you know your 3 and 4 times tables and corresponding division facts by heart (the aim is to recall the answer to a question within a couple of seconds). If you're fluent already, then make a start learning your 6 times table.
- Practise reading and spelling the list of words shared with your parents during parent consultations
When we come back to school in January we have a really exciting topic... Roald Dahl! On the first day back, you will be doing some art and descriptive writing about your favourite Roald Dahl character. Over the holiday, have a think about who your favourite character is. See if you can find some pictures of them, extracts from the book which describes your character and anything else to do with them. Bring it all in on the first day to share with us and you will use it to help with your learning.
Finally, thank you to you and your grown ups for all your kind Christmas messages and gifts.
Mrs Thompson, Miss Turner and I wish you a Merry Christmas and a very happy 2017!
Lots of love
Miss Townsend xxx
P.S. The story we read together last week, The Christmas Miracle of Jonathon Toomey, is on Channel 5 today at 4pm. I'm going to enjoy watching it and you may do too.
Over the next two weeks, your homework is to practise your 3 and 4 times tables (so that you know them by heart in any order and the corresponding division facts) and to enjoy lots of reading.
Love from Miss Townsend :)
Well done children for some super learning since the half term break. We are really enjoying our new topic, India, investigating what it's like there and comparing it to England. See if you can share some of your learning with your grown ups and tell them how Blackwell is similar to Chembakolli, a village in southern India.
It has been lovely to speak to all of your parents this week, telling them lots of good things about your learning and sharing some useful targets to help your learning even more. They were all delighted with how you are getting on in Blue Class. We are all proud of how you are maturing and setting a good example to others now that you are the oldest in school. Have a chat with your grown ups (if you haven't already) about what we talked about.
Have a good weekend and I'll see you bright and breezy on Monday.
From Miss Townsend xxx
P.S. Remember to keep practising your 3 times table and corresponding division facts until you know them by heart.
The last seven weeks have certainly flown by and what a lot we have achieved. You have all worked hard, developed your perseverence when work has been tricky and expectations have increased and have produced some wonderful pieces of work from Roman reports to beautiful silver birch art work. We've even enjoyed a trip and a family assembly too in our first half term. Well done everyone.
Have a good rest over the next week and a half but remember it is really important to continue to read and practise your times tables. Next half term we will be moving on to our 3 and 4 times tables and related division facts. If you still need to practise your 2 and 5 times table so that you know them by heart and not need to use your fingers, keep practising. You will get there if you practise.
When we come back to school on Monday 31st October, we have a new exciting topic where we will be learning all about India. If you would like to, why not research about this fascinating country. You might want to produce some art work or make a poster about things that you discover. The choice is yours. You can bring it in to share with the class on the first day back. I'll pop a couple of activities on the School Wall too.
So, have a good half term, keep safe and I will look forward to seeing you all and hearing about any exciting things you got up to.
Love from Miss Townsend :)
What super stars you were yesterday in our family assembly! You all spoke with great confidence, clarity and expression and performed the poem and songs really well. I know your parents had a lovely time watching you and I was very proud of you all. It's warmed us up nicely for our Christmas play!
Sending you all another big well done.
Love from Miss Townsend xxx
What a busy week we've had! Competitive 'end ball' games in P.E., learning how to use fronted adverbials to help us start our sentences in interesting ways, discovering what vertebrates, invertebrates, amphibians, molluscs and more are and so many 5 times table bingo champions! Well done. You are my super stars.
Alongside all of this super learning, we've also made good progress with our family assembly rehearsals. I know your parents are in for a treat next week. Your task this weekend is to learn your individual lines off by heart for Monday ready for our final rehearsals.
Have a good weekend.
from Miss Townsend :)
Well done for another super week... tricky adding, using wow words in our writing and learning about the different layers in woodlands.
Our class assembly will soon be here (Wednesday 19th October) so you have extra homework this weekend - to continue to learn the words to our two songs. I have put them on the School Wall along with the backing tracks so you can sing along too! Work really hard to learn them and then we can start working on all of your other ideas next week too.
Have a good weekend and I'll look forward to seeing you on Monday.
Love from Miss Townsend xxx
Everybody loves a good book! Reading allows you to let your imagination run wild and takes you to some amazing places. We've just finished our first class book - The Iron Man by Ted Hughes. I wonder whether your grown ups have read it? Why not tell them all about it. We certainly did enjoy the drama of the battle between the Iron Man and the Space-Bat-Angel-Dragon!
Not only is reading an enjoyable thing to do but daily reading is so important not only to develop your reading skills but also to help you in all areas of learning. I have been so impressed with the amount of reading you are doing at home and it is making such a difference to your learning.
So it's a big well done from me to you.
I hope you are enjoying your weekend. It certainly feels like Autumn with yesterday's rain and this morning's sunshine! I wonder if you can explain to your parents why the weather is changing (think about our Geography learning last week). I'm sure they'll be very impressed if you use those new words we learned like hemisphere, tropics, orbit etc.
We will continue learning all about nature this week and we will also make a start to learn the things that you planned to include in our family assembly. We all enjoyed rapping to the song which helped us learn about the things plants need to grow. I will attach the words onto the School Wall for you to learn and hopefully we can entertain your grown ups with this song too.
We have P.E. tomorrow and some of you need to remember to bring your trainers and jogging bottoms into school so that you are warm and have better grip on the playground than your indoor pumps.
Enjoy the rest of your day and I will see you bright and breezy in the morning.
Love from Miss Townsend xxx
Well done children for a lovely day at Chedworth Roman Villa. I really enjoyed exploring the ruins with you including seeing the shrine, the bath house, the latrina and the incredible mosaic floorings in the dining room. We even spotted the mosaic on our jigsaw that we are doing at the moment in class.
Well done to all of you for being excellent slaves and making potions of Roman medicine and a special well done to Fin for doing a great job being chief slave and sorting us all out.
The leaders from Chedworth were very impressed with the knowledge you already knew about the Romans and the Celts. I have put an activity on the School Wall where you can let me know some new knowledge about Roman life you learned from today.
Finally, thank you for showing excellent manners and attitudes to learning once again. It was noticed by our leaders. They described your behaviour as incredible! It's great to be able to take you on such lovely trips and enjoy it all with you.
See you in the morning.
Love from Miss Townsend :)
Well done for another good week in Blue Class. Your learning has been excellent and I really enjoyed reading all of your Roman reports. I have just mounted all of your beautiful paintings of the Cotswolds and you'll be able to see them displayed in the classroom and corridor when you come to school tomorrow.
What a busy and exciting week we have coming up! Tomorrow we will tackle our D.T project, learning all about cams and learning how to use saws. On Wednesday evening I am looking forward to chatting to your grown ups and letting them know what a super start you have had to Year 4 whilst at the same time enjoying our 'Grand Opening' where all of your learning will be on display. On Thursday we then take a trip back in time to the Roman times with our visit to Chedworth Roman Villa. If you haven't done so already, remember to bring your slip to school tomorrow. I know we are going to have a great time.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I'll see you bright and breezy in the morning. I'm looking forward to seeing your homework as last week's was brilliant.
Love from Miss Townsend xx
Well done children for a super first week back. You have all settled into the new routines quickly and have shown me what keen and hardworking children you are. I think we're going to have a brilliant year together!
You have done some great learning already including:
- History where you investigated what Celtic Britain was like before the Romans invaded and wrote detailed descriptions of the invasion itself;
- Art where you developed your mark making skills and painted landscape pictures of the Cotswolds (home of some wealthy Romans) in the style of the artist John Brunsdon; and
- Literacy where you have started learning how to write reports.
What busy bees you've been. I think you all deserve a good rest this weekend.
I'll see you on Monday when we will have our first P.E. lesson so remember to bring your P.E. kit into school if you haven't done so already and I am looking forward to seeing what Roman homework you have chosen to do too.
Have a lovely weekend,
from Miss Townsend x