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FRIDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER 2020

 

We hope you all had a wonderful Rosh Hashanah and that the children weren't too tired this week. They have certainly worked hard this week.

 

In Maths we have been learning about negative numbers and discussed when we use them, for example, to talk about the temperature in Winter. We also looked at Roman numerals and had fun making different numbers using them. 

 

In English, we read the next chapter of Kaspar and some children wrote newspaper articles about the Countess' accident. They also learned about how to use speech marks - this is something we will revise throughout the year.

 

In Geography we looked at the climate in the Rainforest and compared it with the climate in London. The children learned the word precipitation and realised that much as we complain about the rain here, there is much more in the Rainforest! Look at the pictures below to see if you can find your child hidden in the rainforest.

 

In Science, we began to learn about our teeth and how to keep them healthy. Watch this space for news about the teeth experiment we will be doing.

 

HOMEWORK

We are very grateful for your support with homework but ask that you do not push your child to do a level that is beyond their comfort zone. Homework is to consolidate what they have done in class and the children should be able to do it (for the most part) independently. We always put up the Powerpoints we have used to remind them of the rules we have learned in school. In Maths particularly, please let your child do the level for their group first - if they find it easy then they can extend themselves with the harder work. Equally, if they find it hard, they can try the easier level. This is why we provide 5 levels. Many thanks for your support.

 

If your child has any issues, please email us. We ask that you do not write comments on the google classroom. This is the place we chat with them, make comments about their work and give them tips for improving. Please remember that your child can see all the comments that are made.

 

We want to tell you that we are so impressed with the behaviour of Year 4. In particular, during a wet break this week, they all played board games together beautifully. It was a delight to see.

 

We wish you all a 'G'mar Chatimah Tova'

Regards

Mrs Sharman & Ms Vinokur

FRIDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER 2020

 

We are pleased that we have managed to touch base with so many of you this week to discuss how your child has settled into Year 4. If you have not yet heard from us, please do not worry, we will be in touch next week.

 

In Maths this week we have continued with place value, learning how to add and subtract 10, 100 and 1000 from a given number and how to apply this knowledge to word problems. We have also looked at rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000.

 

In English we read the second chapter of our books and answered written questions on the story. We also looked at some idioms that were used in the book and learned what an idiom was. As the book features a trip to the Royal Opera House to hear Madame Butterfly, we showed the children a video about the Royal Opera House and played an excerpt from the opera. 

 

In Geography we looked at the rainforest and listened to the sounds they could hear. They then wrote some beautiful poetry.

 

In Art, the children created their own rainforest collages having seen the work of Matisse.

 

In Science, we discussed why our body needs food and how it is broken down in our body to provide the necessary nutrients needed to be healthy.

 

Can we please remind you not to send any nut or sesame products to school. This includes items containing almonds or almond butter.

 

We have uploaded some photos below of your children hard at work!

 

Shana Tova

 

The Year 4 Team

 

 

  FRIDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER 2020

 

It was lovely to 'see' you all on Wednesday evening and hope that you are as now as excited about the year ahead as we are. 

 

In English this week we read the first chapter of Kaspar and we were impressed with the children's written comprehension. We also learned about metaphors and similes and were able to spot examples in the chapter we had read.

In Creative Writing, the children were asked to describe a storm, revising techniques taught in Year 3.

In Maths we have been looking at place value and using a variety of concrete resources to represent large numbers.

In Geography began our topic on the Rainforest and learned about the Equator and which countries lie on or near it.

Our Science topic this term is the human body and we began by learning the names, position and function of our organs. We linked this to our Jewish life by discussing why we make certain brachot such as after we have been to the toilet.

In Art, we began our collage topic by looking at the artist Matisse. We will continue this next week.

 

As well as this, the children have been doing assessments in Maths, English, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning. As mentioned on Wednesday, we will be in touch with all of you within the next two weeks to discuss your child's results.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICES

1. Please remember not to send in any items of food containing sesame seeds in your child's lunch box. We have a child in the class who is severely allergic.

 

2. Please ensure that your child is wearing black school shoes and not trainers. We understand that it has been difficult to book appointments for shoe fittings and that there has been a delay in receiving new footwear. If this is the case, please drop us an email.

 

2. Please return any Hebrew reading book you have from last year. If you cannot find it then the cost of a replacement will be added to your school bill.

 

Shabbat Shalom

 

The Year 4 team

 

 

Friday 4th September 2020

 

Welcome back! It is hard to believe that the children have not been together in school since March. They have settled back beautifully and we hope that they have enjoyed their first couple of days. We have certainly enjoyed teaching them.

 

This week we have started assessing the children. They have completed a Maths and English paper and been assessed on their Times Tables. We will carry out more assessments next week including listening to children read. We do not want the children to worry about these tests; they are simply to show us where the gaps are and where individual children need extra support or extension. Once we have marked and analysed the assessments, we will be in touch with each of you to discuss your child's results and needs.

 

We would like to remind you that PE is on Monday and Tuesday and that the children should come into school in their PE kit on those days.

 

Following our last email, please do not worry if you cannot find the 'silver' homework books. We will replace any that are missing.

 

Homework will begin next week- we will tell you more about it at our Meet the Teacher meeting on Wednesday

 

We look forward to seeing you, albeit virtually next week and to telling you more about the exciting year ahead.

 

Shabbat Shalom

The Year 4 Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

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