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Friday 24th September 2021
We have been having so much fun celebrating Succot in school, with special tefillah every morning to include Hallel and eating lunch in the Max Weinbaum Succah together with other classes in the upper school. On Monday we will have the opportunity to eat in the outdoor Succah.
In English, we began making notes on an inspirational individual who has had to fight against adversity to achieve their dreams. Together, we looked at David Attenborough, making a mind map to gather information about him. We then shared what we had found out, giving each of us the opportunity to add any information we might have missed to our mind maps. I then modelled how to use the information to fill in a special biography template, which helped us with the structure of the writing. Some children chose to complete their biography without the aid of the template, focussing on paragraphs and subheadings to organise the information.
In Maths we continued our work on the number line to 10,000. The children worked on a range of activities involving estimating where numbers should be on the numberline and working out unmarked values by looking at the marked values and working out the intervals. We also recapped the work on partitioning from the remote learning day, with everyone feeling more confident after this lesson. We used counters, bead strings and other manipulatives to partition various numbers in different ways.
In guided reading, we revisited the lyrics to Under the Sea from Disney’s The Little Mermaid, this time writing a response to Sebastian the crab’s assertions that life on land was not a good choice for Ariel.
In science this week the children continued to learn about the digestive system. They used a non-fiction text to combine their science and one of their guided reading lessons. During this work, they are focusing on the role of the mouth, oesophagus, stomach, small intestine and the large intestine. Great progress was made in the lesson and the children were able to hear the word poo without giggling!
Our spelling rule for the next week is words with the ending ‘sure’ and the words we looked at were treasure, measure, pleasure, closure, exposure, enclosure, leisure, pressure and composure.
At Forest School, the children played a game that helped to remind them about the importance of respecting the environment that we are in and foraging for resources eg branches that are on the ground rather than taking them off trees. They then learned a new knot ready to use to make dens next week.
Like last week, school finishes at 2pm on Monday, therefore the children do not need to come to school in their PE uniform as PE takes place later in the afternoon, but should come in their regular school uniform.
‘Moadim Lesimcha’ and Shabbat Shalom,
The Year 4 team
A huge well done to Shachar who was chosen to go to the tea party for demonstrating good middot at Forest School
Jewish Studies 24th September ~ 18th Tishrei 5782
I hope you are all enjoying this wonderfully warm Sukkot!
This week, Year 4 have been learning about the different parts of the body that are represented by the Arba'ah Minim (Etrog = heart, Lulav = spine, Hadasim = eyes, Aravot = lips) as well as the different types of Jew that they represent.
We have shaken the Lulav in the Sukkah and learnt the Bracha (brachot on the first occasion) that we say when shaking it, as well as learning the Brachah for eating in the Sukkah - which did, of course need to be accompanied by the eating of biscuits whilst in the Sukkah!
Today, we were joined by Sarah Silkin, our Seed educator, who ran a Sukkot-themed activity with us (pics below), and we linked working together to the Arbah Minim being held together to show that we are one people.
I wish you all Shabbat Shalom and Chag Same'ah!
Our work on Yonah
Jewish Studies 17th September - 11th Tishrei 5782
I hope you all had a meaningful Yom Kippur and an easy fast.
It's been quite a week this week, with preparing for Yom Kippur, remote teaching and starting to learn about Sukkot!
We looked at the 5 things that we can't do on Yom Kippur and learnt the story of Yonah and the Big Fish, highlighting the fact that Yonah did Teshuvah when inside the fish and the people of Nineveh also did Teshuvah so were forgiven by HaShem. The children are finishing off their comic strips of the story and I look forward to reading them all next week.
Today we began discussing Sukkot - the children remembered very little about Sukkot, though we weren't in school for it last year, so it is not surprising! We reviewed the basics - ie what is a Sukkah and the names of the Arbah Minim. Next week we will learn lots more about this beautiful, happy chag!
Shabbat Shalom to you all.
Friday 17th September
We can’t believe that it’s Friday again already (it feels like Monday), we hope that all our families had a meaningful Yom Kippur and fasted well for those who did.
In guided reading this week we had great fun looking at the lyrics to Under the Sea from The Little Mermaid.We identified examples of non-standard English, found the names of different fish and discussed the message behind the song and especially the phrase ‘the seaweed is always greener, in somebody else’s lake…’
In English we continued to make our way through the story of What We’ll Build. We focussed on the page with the text ‘We’ll build a house, to be our home’ and spent time considering the difference between ‘house’ and ‘home’. We brainstormed ideas about places we feel at home, and why, and then the children wrote a detailed description of their chosen place, using expanded noun phrases such as ‘my warm, cozy room with the pink, heart-shaped rug’. Later in the week we learned about what a biography is, and began researching information about well-known figures in recent history who have had to overcome adversity in order to achieve their dreams. We will spend the next few lessons writing short biographies about them.
In Maths the children developed their understanding of rounding to the nearest ten, and extended this to rounding to the nearest hundred. We then continued to explore thousands and the value of this column compared with hundreds, tens and ones.
As things are so disrupted with Yom Tov, English and maths homework will begin after Succot. In the meantime, children can complete work from the remote learning days, practise reading aloud in English and Hebrew to an adult, and the children can also use Doodle Maths and Doodle Tables.
The Year 4 team
Friday 10th September 2021
We hope you all had a meaningful Rosh Hashanah and that you enjoyed the glorious weather. Shana Tova to you all.
We hope that the children managed with their remote learning on Monday, we will be going over some of the concepts in class in case anyone found the concepts challenging.
In science this week we started our topic on the digestive system. The children began by eating a biscuit and were then asked if they knew what happened to that biscuit. They then looked at the main organs that support our digestion and found out what their role was. They will continue to look at this next week.
The children were very excited to be returning to Forest School. During the session, they re-familiarised themselves with the area that we use for Forest School and the plants and wildlife in the area. The children then were able to choose activities. Some chose to make a swing, others a den, others did some willow weaving.
In spelling, the children started the new spelling program that they are going to be working on this year. From Thursday until the next spelling lesson they will be focusing on the spelling rule of adding the suffix ‘ous’ at the end of a word. The words they looked at were serious, famous, obvious, curious, dangerous, enormous, jealous, poisonous, various, and nervous.
Guided reading this week focused on the text Paddington.
We began our Verbal Reasoning sessions on Friday, which the children enjoyed learning about and exploring these new skills. We also continued our work on the story What We’ll Build by Oliver Jeffers, going over and refining or adding detail to the work set for remote learning. The discussion moved on to how things are physically built in the world and the importance of design and planning stages before any tools are touched. The children were very surprised to learn about how James Dyson spent 5 years making over 5000 prototypes of the bagless vacuum cleaner he created. We used this to understand the concepts of resilience and persistence in a deeper way, showing how much can be achieved if we keep trying.
The Year 4 Team
Jewish Studies 10th September - 4th Tishrei 5782
Shanah Tovah to you all 🍎🍯!
Year 4 have made an excellent start to the new year in Jewish Studies, displaying so much enthusiasm and excitement for JS. Our focus this week has been on Tashlich and the power of Teshuvah. We each wrote down one or two things that we regret having done this past year, and witnessed the effects of Teshuvah as we dropped our papers into a jug of water and watched them simply dissolve away. We also went out to the stream that runs down the side of the playground and together we recited the Tashlich prayer (see pics below). We took time to consider how we can become even better people in the year ahead.
Wishing you all a peaceful and relaxing Shabbat!
Friday 3rd September 2021
Welcome back to the new year at Kerem and welcome to Year 4! It has been marvelous seeing the children this week and helping them get used to our new classroom and new routines. On this note, our morning break is now a little later, so please try to make sure that the children eat a good breakfast before school to help them manage.
On Thursday we had an amazing whole-school assembly for the first time in such a long time! It was fantastic doing tefillah all together, and Ms Simon read the story ‘What We’ll Build’ by Oliver Jeffers, which we will be doing some work on over the next few weeks. We also discussed and created our new class rules, written in the form of a charter, where we agreed on our responsibilities to our class and the things that we will do to help ourselves and one another succeed, rather than what we must not do. We also spent some time catching up about our holidays.
On Friday we learned about rounding 2 and 3 digit numbers to the nearest 10 in maths. The children were very lucky to have an extra JS lesson, where they played games to get them in the mood for Rosh Hashanah. We reread the story What We'll Build and considered the meaning behind some of the illustrations and parts of the text.
The iPads will be brought home by the children today so that they can use them for the remote learning day on Monday. Please as always encourage the children to work independently and try their best, rather than feel that you need to be by their side or ‘teach’ them for the day, we understand that it is Erev Rosh Hashanah and families have other pressures. Instructions for tasks, a timetable for the day, and links for ‘live’ sessions can be found on the new Year 4 Google Classroom.
This term the children should come to school in their PE kits on Mondays and Thursdays. Forest School begins on 9th September and we will have 6 sessions, ending at half term.
Details about homework will follow in due course.
Shabbat Shalom and Shana Tova!
The Year 4 Team
We've had a really lovely first couple of days back at school in Jewish Studies. We have been learning all about Rosh HaShanah, with an emphasis on the Shofar and what it represents. We looked at different videos of royalty and how they are greeted with trumpet fanfares, and compared this to the Shofar sounding to announce HaShem's presence and in fact the New Year itself.
I wish you all a relaxing and restful Shabbat and a healthy, happy and sweet new year ahead!