Welcome to Rio Grande!
Miss Savvides (Rio Grande) and Mr Sheffield (Hudson Class) are welcome contributors to our Class Pages and regularly update them. These pages are great way to find out more about the fun times had by all while learning.
Miss Savvides and Mr Sheffield don't just join forces as Year 4 teachers, they also share their expertise in the kitchen by cooking up a storm, when they run Lyndhurst's much-loved Cookery Club, which recently returned.
If you've got some of your own favourite tasty treats, please send us some of your favourite recipes, which we will add to the collection, on our Recipe Pages.
Please click on the Curriculum Map for Year 4, below, to find out what your child will be learning this school year, 2016/2017.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.
We've got a great new approach to Homework this year called Dip 'n' Do, whereby your child can choose from a selection of EIGHT homework subjects to do each half term. It is a really fun approach to working from home and will give the children some real choice. We have already found that the children want to engage with each other about it and with their parents and carers. It's exciting for us all. Here's how it works:
The children MUST complete the topics featured in the three coloured-in boxes but can choose which one, or all, of the other boxes they would also like to dip into and do.
The tasks do not have to be completed on a weekly basis but they must all be handed in by the first day back after Half Term, and we still recommend that they dip into their homework and do a bit each week, so that they're not suddenly cramming everything into the break.
If you've mislaid your Dip 'n' Do sheet, please ask your Teacher, NOW!.
Happy Dipping and Doing!
After Half Term we celebrated Science Week followed by our LYNDSTOCK Summer Fair, we ran to our hearts delight during Sports Day, enjoyed our Class Assembly and sang to our heart's content during the Playground Proms! Revisit some of these exciting events by heading to our Gallery. Click here.
Hudson and Rio Grande have had a very exciting week with new topics and practical lessons!
In numeracy, we have been learning about column multiplication, which gives us the ability to multiply large numbers by single digits very quickly. One thing we have noticed is that the children really need to practice their times tables, as the slow retrieval of things like 7x4 or 8x6 are slowing them down when they work. We will be sending home some times tables for the children to practice and will begin testing next week!
The children have been absolutely incredible with their enthusiasm for the new literacy topic for the next three weeks, Hayao Miyazaki’s “Spirited Away”, a Japanese animated movie from Studio Ghibli. We first began with learning about how questions deepen our understanding of what’s going on and hidden meanings, looking at similes and metaphors and how they increase the power of our description and put it together to create a diary entry from the perspective of Chihiro, the main character.
In topic this week, we had a deeper look at the discovery of Tutankhamun by Howard Carter in 1922, the excavation of the tomb and the treasures inside. We also had a very lively session learning about mummification – why and how they preserved the bodies of the pharaohs – as well as attempting to mummify the children in the class!
For homework: We are sending some copies of the times tables home for the children to practice. Next Friday, we will test on the 8x table – please practice with and test your children! The main homework activity is to choose something from the film to describe using similes and metaphors.
The trip to the British Museum is on TUESDAY, 2ND FEBRUARY – please ensure your child is here on time, as we have a set leaving time and need to leave as soon as we can to get a full day’s worth of learning done!
Whilst attendance is generally good, as you may have seen in the newsletter the lateness of children is becoming an increasing problem in Year 4. Children must be in school no later than 8.55am – this makes sure they don’t miss out on important information about the day or any learning that is taking place.
We hope you all had a lovely weekend!
Miss Savvides and Mr Sheffield
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