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Jewish Studies 21st January – 19th Shevat

At the start of the week, we celebrated Tu B’Shevat with a fruit party (thank you for sending in the fruit!) and we made our Grass Heads – I really hope they grow! We continued to learn about caring for HaShem’s world and made our ‘protect planet earth’ globes.

 

In Parashah we learnt that the Ten Commandments appear twice in the Torah, with a couple of differences between the two versions, one which says ‘keep’ Shabbat and the other says ‘remember’ Shabbat.  We discussed what each of these Mitzvot might entail. Levi came up with an excellent idea that each of the Ten Commandments teach us to be the complete opposite from Pharaoh – he murdered – we must not murder; he was jealous (of HaShem) – we must not be jealous; he lied (that he would let the Israelites leave Egypt) – we must not lie, etc.   Wow – what profound and hugely impressive ideas!

 

We reviewed the Hebrew reading rule of the week – the new rule is now on Google Classroom along with this week’s Parashah Choice Board.  Please ensure the children are practising their Hebrew reading on an almost-daily basis.

 

Shabbat Shalom and have a lovely weekend.

Friday 21st January 2022

 

This week's theme in Robotics was theme parks. The class learned about inertia and momentum and had to design their own theme park filled with rides based on a theme, and they were encouraged to make the connection with our Jewish faith and customs. Together with their partner, the children built a ferris wheel.

 

In maths lessons we continued to use our understanding of perimeter, and learned about area too. This is the measurement of the surface of a 2 dimensional shape, or the amount of space that it takes up. We compared the area of shapes to their perimeter, and explored concepts such as ‘if the area is larger, will the perimeter always, sometimes or never be larger?’ We also compared and ordered the areas of different shapes.

 

In English this week we learned about free verse poetry- poems written with no set rules or structure, usually without rhyme. However, other features of poetry are usually included, such as rhythm and language patterns, similes, alliteration, some stanzas (or just one) and repetition. We focussed on figurative language and wrote a glossary at the back of the English exercise books for alliteration, similes, personification and onomatopoeia, so that the children can refer back to this if they forget what each term means. We wrote a class poem about the rainforest, using this learning and ideas from our descriptive work last week, and then the children began to write their own. We also had a formal comprehension lesson.

 

In geography we completed our rainforest plants fact files, and then learned about the tribes that live in the rainforests.

 

In science we started our unit of work on habitats. The children began by grouping living things according to criteria that they decided. It was quite amazing to see how many different ways of grouping they found. 

 

In guided reading we read a section of Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren. The children enjoyed listening to the text and it is a book that some might choose to read the rest of. In our other sessions we read an extract from The Great Chocoplot by Chris Callaghan. The children enjoyed delving a little deeper into this amusing and humorous story. 

 

Please continue to send in magazines for our art lessons, in which we are beginning to design how the children will make a rainforest diorama and part of this will be listing the materials they will need. 

 

Please ensure that any water bottles brought to school on Wednesdays are named and non-leaking ones, so that the children can carry them in their swimming bags and not risk them making their towel wet or getting lost. Many thanks.

 

Homework reminder:

English homework is set on Wednesdays and due in on Mondays

Maths homework is set on Fridays and due in on Wednesdays

Please make sure that your child reads all the instructions for their homework carefully.

 

Shabbat Shalom,

 

Mrs Collins, Ms Simon and the Year 4 team

 

Jewish Studies 14th January – 12th Shevat

 

Our focus this week has been Tu B’Shevat and our responsibility to look after HaShem’s world.  We examined Bereishit, chapter 2, verse 15 of the Torah in which HaShem instructs man to ‘work and guard the land’.  Imagine that – He had only just finished creating the world and already was telling Adam to take good care of it – if only we had all listened!

 

We discussed all the many different things that trees provide for us within the world, creating a word cloud from all our ideas.  We also thought about all the times that trees make an appearance in the Torah and the vital role they play in our Mitzvot.

 

Please complete your leaf pledges over the weekend and send them back to school on Monday.  Parashah homework is on Google Classroom as usual.

Thank you in advance for sending in a piece of fruit for Monday’s fruit party.

 

Have a lovely weekend and Shabbat Shalom,

Mrs Hill

Friday 14th January 2022

 

The children enjoyed their first robotics session on Tuesday. They were introduced to their facilitator Mr Dixit, and he and the class had a discussion about what robots are, how they are useful and different types of robots. The children then explored the lego-like (but not really) pieces and followed visual instructions to help them build their first model- a scorpion or a lizard. 

 

The children did exceptionally well at our first swimming lesson on Wednesday. Outside of the lesson itself, there is a lot to contend with: timetable changes, a coach ride, being in a new environment, changing into swimwear and back again, dealing with wet clothes and organising themselves, and the children were fantastic and maintained good manners throughout. Next week we will end the JS lesson early so that there is time for a break and snack before we leave school. Some reminders for next week: Please use a proper bag for their swimming things, not a plastic carrier bag, please ensure that the children bring as few belongings as possible to the pool, keep a spare hair tie or two in the swimming bag, all items named, please provide a water bottle that will not leak and can be put into swimming bags, ensuring that nothing gets lost. 

 

In English this week we began reading the text The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry. This is a beautifully illustrated book about a tree in the rainforest, in which hundreds of different species live. A man comes and wants to chop down the tree, and after some swipes of his axe, he is lulled to sleep by the sounds of the rainforest. While he sleeps, different animals come and whisper in his ear, pleading with him not to cut down the tree and explaining why the tree is so important. In groups we brainstormed the sensory experience of being in the rainforest, and then used our ideas to write a detailed description of what it would be like. 

 

In maths we recapped converting units of measure, millimetres and centimetres, centimetres and metres, then metres and kilometres. This tied in with our prior place value learning about decimals and the relationship between the place value columns. We began exploring the perimeter of rectangles and rectilinear shapes (insert picture of examples). On Thursday we continued to work on time. It is wonderful to see that every pupil has made progress from where they were when we first assessed them. Please continue to ask them lots of time-related questions at home. 

 

In science, we finished the investigation and made our conclusions about the impact of sugar on our teeth. As well as focusing on the element of the sugar, we focused on how to write up an investigation. In Guided Reading on Thursday, we made a tenuous link with sugar and all of our questions were based around the lyrics of the song “Just a Spoonful of Sugar”. For children who were familiar with the song, it was hard not to sing along with the clip of Mary Poppins. Next week we will be starting a new topic on Habitats.

 

In spelling we focused on the prefix ‘super’ with a particular focus on the words superficial, superfine, superhero, superhuman, supervise, supersede, superpower, superimpose, supernova.

 

What with all the excitement about swimming our Art lesson was a little squeezed this week, however, we had time to introduce our next art project, which the children were very excited about- we will be designing and making rainforest dioramas. A diorama is a 3-dimensional model. We now have lots of shoeboxes but not enough for each child in the class, so please keep sending these. The children were getting very excited about sending in materials to use, but we have asked them to wait until we have designed and planned the dioramas and we have had a look at the materials we have at school.

 

In geography, we learned about the plants that can be found in the rainforest and researched the unique features of the rainforest that create the perfect conditions for so many species of plants to grow. The children used their iPads and books to find information and made decisions about how to present their work and what they found out.

 

Looking forward to next week, have a lovely weekend.

 

Shabbat Shalom,

 

Mrs Collins, Ms Simon and the Year 4 team

 

Jewish Studies – 7th January 2022 – 5th Shevat 5782

Welcome back to the Spring Term – before we know it, Pesach will be upon us!

This week, we have taken the opportunity to catch up on the story of the Parashah from the past couple of weeks, as we have missed many major storylines.  We have also learned about this week’s Parashah, being Parashat Bo. 

 

We learnt that Pharaoh’s daughter, Batya, risked her own life by saving Moshe from the river.  We show our gratitude to her by referring to Moshe by the name that she gave to him (ie, Moshe), rather than the name given to him by his mother, being Yekutiel.

We further looked at the concept of gratitude, as learnt through the first three of the ten plagues - blood, frogs and lice.  Each of these plagues were brought by Aharon rather than Moshe, as Moshe’s life had been saved by the river  - when he was a baby - and by the sand - when he buried the Egyptian taskmaster.  Even though the river and sand are both inanimate objects, Moshe still showed them gratitude.  How much more so should we show gratitude to those who we care about!

Friday 7th January 2022

 

A very warm welcome back to all our families, Happy new year, we hope you all had a wonderful, restful break. We are thrilled to welcome Josie to our class and her family to Kerem School.

 

We were very pleased to see all the children on Thursday and Friday. They began learning about time with Ms Simon in 5 different groups, giving each child the opportunity to work on the areas of time that they do not yet know and not waste any time on concepts that they are secure in. You should have received an email giving more details about this, please look out for it.

 

In Science the class set up an investigation to find out the impact of sugar on teeth. Ask your child what it is we did and how we are going to reach a conclusion.

 

On Friday we had a very productive morning finishing off our newspaper articles about Charlie finding the golden ticket and redrafting them to put up on display. We also finished our information ‘double-page spread’ about the animals that can be found in the different layers of the rainforest.

 

We have some exciting art projects coming up that we will need some resources for. Please send in any shoe boxes or magazines you have at home and no longer need. 

Here is a copy of our timetable for the spring term. Please note this does often change, and will change again after half term but I hope it's useful for you to have. 

Swimming lessons begin on Wednesday, PE uniform days are Monday and Wednesday.

 

Shabbat Shalom,

 

Mrs Collins, Ms Simon and the Year 4 team

Tuesday 14th December 2021

 

Here are some photos from our outing and our last day of term. Other than the traffic on the way home, the day went without a hitch, we were able to go to all the different parts of the museum and had an amazing time. The children loved everything that related to what we learned about the rainforest and advertising, and also learned a lot of new things about chocolate and Mayan civilisation. 
 

this morning we had a great time in whole school tefillah, our end of term party and finishing our Henri Rousseau artwork.

Jewish Studies 6th Tevet – 10th December

 

In Year 4 this week we completed our learning of Chanukah (sadly) and have been reviewing our Jewish general knowledge – months, aleph bet, tribes, parshiot etc.

 

We have also been practising to find our way around our Chumash, exploring a page to find the name of the Sefer, Parashah, Perek and Passuk.  We also used JITap to reinforce our learning.  We are really looking forward to start learning Parashat Toledot in detail after the holidays.  Today, having learnt the story of this week’s Parashah, we wrote a post card to Yaakov, as one of his sons, telling him that we had found Yoseph.  Parashah homework is on Google Classroom, and is due for Tuesday, please.

 

Enjoy the winter holidays, and keep safe and healthy!

Shabbat Shalom

 

Mrs Hill

Friday 10th December 2021

 

We have had a very busy final full week of the term, and we are all looking forward to our outing on Monday. A quick reminder that children should wear their school uniform, rather than PE uniform, many thanks!

 

In science the children learned how to maintain healthy teeth. Next term they will conduct an investigation about whether teeth will remain healthy when left in milk, Coca Cola, water and apple juice.

 

In maths we recapped the names of common 2d shapes, moving from pentagon (5 sides) and hexagons (6 sides), to trapezium and rhombus. We discussed that a ‘regular’ shape is where all (interior) angles and sides measure the same. We reminded ourselves about horizontal and vertical lines, and then looked at lines of symmetry in shapes and made symmetric patterns.

 

In English we planned and wrote newspaper articles about when Charlie found the last Golden Ticket. Our focus was on including the features of newspaper reports that we spotted last week, how the style of language is different to other text types and why, and changing paragraphs each time a setting, event, topic or time changed when recounting what had happened. All the children did a great job!

 

On Friday we were so pleased to welcome Josie, who will be starting at Kerem in January, for a few hours in class. We made some artwork in the style of Henri Rousseau, tying in with our learning about rainforests. 

 

As a school, we had an official opening of our new school library, which the Kerem Cares Kehillah members were invited to attend. A special dedication took place in memory of Hannah’s grandma, and we thank Hannah’s mum and family for their support in making the library an incredible space to read and enjoy books. 

 

Looking ahead to next week, of course we have our trip on Monday. Please be aware that responding to emails will not be possible on that day, for anything urgent please contact the office. A mezonot lunch means that we will not have to wash and say Bircat Hamazon, and please send enough water and snacks for the day in a bag that the children will find easy to carry around. 

 

On Tuesday we will be having an end of term party to celebrate the children’s achievements in the maths morning. We will have snacks carefully budgeted for by Years 2 and 3, decorations made by Year 1, and party games prepared and facilitated by Year 5. We can’t wait!

 

This week we also looked through books in all subjects and spent some time reflecting on work the children feel proud of. As parent consultations were once again held online and means that parents were not able to have a look at the children’s books, the children took photos of their work and have put these on Google Classroom. Please ask them to show you.

 

No homework was set this week, so enjoy your ‘free’ weekend! I would like to encourage the children to keep up with Doodle Maths, English and Tables over the holidays. If possible, a little a day would really help. In addition, after the winter break the children will be learning about time. Please spend the holidays incorporating the concept and relevance of time day to day, looking at analogue clocks and asking questions such as what is the time now? If we leave in 45 minutes, what time will it be then? If the show finishes at 3.30, how long is it? If you do not have analogue clocks or watches at home, these can be found online.

 

A quick reminder that the term begins on Thursday 6th January, and our first swimming lesson will take place on Wednesday 12th January.

 

Shabbat Shalom!

 

Mrs Collins, Ms Simon and the year 4 team

 

Jewish Studies 29th Kislev – 3rd December

 

It’s finally Chanukah!!  We’ve had a really busy Chanukah week here, with each day beginning with full-school Tefillah and Hallel, and each day ending with Chanukah candle lighting and a sing-a-long.  The main sing-a-long on Tuesday afternoon was really excellent – a huge well done to all of Year 4 for their amazing contribution, and a massive thank you to Mr Fingerhut and the Ivrit team for preparing the children so incredibly well!  You will be receiving the video of the event really soon.

 

We have been learning about the different laws connected with candle lighting, as well as the brachot we say and the tunes we sing when kindling the Chanukah lights.  Chanukah would not have been complete without a game of Sevivon, which we did with a difference, with thanks to Seed’s amazing Sevivon Game (see pics below).  Hopefully the children have brought this home and you can play over Shabbat!

 

I wish you all Shabbat Shalom, Chanukah Same’ah and Chodesh Tov!

Mrs Hill

Friday 3rd December 2021

 

Chanukah Sameach!

We would like to wish all our pupils and their parents a bright Chanukah, we hope that you are having a wonderful time celebrating with family and friends. Thank you so much for the gorgeous cards that you gave us. We are touched by the time the children and you took creating them and the messages are lovely - particularly the one with the instruction to spend the holiday eating sweets!

 

We have had so many exciting activities this week, including our Maths Morning, Chanukah singalong in the hall with the rest of the school, and our e-safety session. The Maths Morning was centred around everyday maths, and the theme was making a Chanukah party. Our class explored making biscuits, which was a lot of (messy) fun. We first looked at scaling the recipe - if this recipe makes 26 biscuits but we only need 13, what do we need to do with the recipe? How about if we want 52 biscuits or around 40 biscuits? How much flour, margarine and sugar would we need then? The children then got busy weighing out all the ingredients and mixing them up to make the dough. They were then challenged to make a chanukah- themed biscuit, which hopefully made it home and into the oven.

 

That afternoon, we joined the rest of the school in the hall for a special Chanukah singalong. Each class had prepared between 1 and 3 songs, and after their performance, Mr Fingerhut played the song again, and everyone else joined in. It truly was a very special Kerem experience. In addition to this, we have had whole-school tefillah in the mornings and candle lighting in the afternoons every day, so the Chanukah spirit is certainly in the air.

 

This week in English we looked at an example of a newspaper report and identified all the features of this text type, including the headline, introductory paragraph, paragraphs outlining the main events, quotes, key quotes, pictures and captions. We started a plan for our own newspaper report based on Chapter 11: The Miracle. We will continue these next week.

 

In maths, we continued embedding our understanding of tenths as decimals. We recapped what happens on a place value grid, when numbers are multiplied or divided by 10, each digit moves one column to the left (x) or right (÷). We then applied this to dividing 1 and 2 digit numbers by 10, seeing that, for example, 4 ÷ 10 = 0.4, or 25 ÷ 10 = 2.5. Below you can find some examples of the tricky maths we tried, involving balancing equations.

 

 

In geography, we learned about the animals that live in the rainforest, what they eat and which layer they live in. In guided reading, we read about Mary, Queen of Scots, her life and her death.

 

In science, the children researched the structure of the tooth and the functions of the different parts of it. It is quite amazing how much happens in these little white teeth! We also talked about how to look after teeth and the importance of keeping them healthy.

 

This week we also had our E-safety session with Heather. It was lovely to see so many of you there to join in with the session. The children discussed keeping their personal information safe online, being kind towards others and talked about whether or not we really know who is behind the avatar. The answer of course being, “we just don’t know!”

 

Homework- Please help us to nurture the children’s independence when it comes to homework. All the instructions are on the Google Classroom assignment/ material post, and these need to be read carefully by the children, who should be at least making a start on their own and seeking help if they need it, rather than being helped from the start. All homework should be completed in the maths or English homework books provided, and we have the same expectations for presentation for homework as we do for classwork. English homework and Reading Journals should be at school on Mondays, and Maths on Tuesdays. It is still really beneficial for children to read aloud, so please listen to them read at least once a week, and the children can then add this to their reading journals, which are checked every Monday. As always, many thanks for your support.

 

We are looking forward to another fabulous week next week!

 

Shabbat Shalom and chanukah Sameach,

 

Mrs Collins, Ms Simon and the Year 4 team

 

Jewish Studies 29th Kislev – 3rd December

 

It’s finally Chanukah!!  We’ve had a really busy Chanukah week here, with each day beginning with full-school Tefillah and Hallel, and each day ending with Chanukah candle lighting and a sing-a-long.  The main sing-a-long on Tuesday afternoon was really excellent – a huge well done to all of Year 4 for their amazing contribution, and a massive thank you to Mr Fingerhut and the Ivrit team for preparing the children so incredibly well!  You will be receiving the video of the event really soon.

 

We have been learning about the different laws connected with candle lighting, as well as the brachot we say and the tunes we sing when kindling the Chanukah lights.  Chanukah would not have been complete without a game of Sevivon, which we did with a difference, with thanks to Seed’s amazing Sevivon Game (see pics below).  Hopefully the children have brought this home and you can play over Shabbat!

 

I wish you all Shabbat Shalom, Chanukah Same’ah and Chodesh Tov!

Mrs Hill

Jewish Studies 22nd Kislev - 26th November

 

Chanukah is now just 2 days away!  This week we have looked in more detail at the Maccabees (and the Maccabeats!).  We learnt that the name Maccabee comes from the Hebrew word for a hammer, and can also be used as an acronym for the Maccabee's battle-cry - Mi Kamocha ba-Eilim HaShem (who is like you, HaShem), and also an acronym for Matityahu (head of the Maccabees) - Matityahu Kohen ben Yochanan.  

 

We have also continued to work through accurate pronunciation of Birkat HaMazon, have had our second wordlist test - next week will be the first 9 words of column 1, have learnt about Yoseph and his not-so-multi-coloured coat (Andrew Lloyd Webber has much to answer for!) and lots more too.

 

Parashah homework and reading homework can be found on Google Classroom - thank you for your support!

 

I wish you all Shabbat Shalom, and a Chag Chanukah Same'ach!

 

Mrs Hill

Friday 26th November 2021

 

In English, we started the week with a creative writing lesson based on story beginnings. We discussed why the beginning of a story is important, and the children were reminded that, as writers, they should always be thinking about the reader while they are writing, as it is the questions that they have in their heads as they read that will make them want to keep reading. 

We moved on to make adverts for the new chocolate bars we designed in class. The children had to develop their ideas and collaborate closely with their group.

 

In Maths, we learned about decimals, first recapping our knowledge of tenths and then introducing tenths as a ‘new’ column on a place value grid, with a decimal point after the ones. We learned that all the columns we are already familiar with on the left-hand side of the decimal point, the ones, tens, hundreds and thousands, represent whole numbers, the column/s on the right-hand side of the decimal point represent parts of numbers, e.g 2.5 represents 2 wholes and 5 tenths, which is the same as one half (we know this from our work on equivalent fractions). This is a very important first step to having a thorough understanding of decimals, and how these relate to fractions.

 

In Geography, we learned about the layers of the rainforest, and the different animals and plants found in each layer. Each layer is different because of the amount of light and water it gets. The emergent layer is the top/ highest layer, the canopy layer forms a roof over the plants below, the understory layer is next, and then the forest floor, where there is almost no sunlight, and very few plants grow.

 

In Art, we continued our project based on the work of the artist Henri Rousseau. We looked at examples of his artwork in more depth, identifying shapes and patterns, and noticed that the settings for his paintings were often in the ‘jungle’ or rainforest. We learned that Rousseau made his paintings in 3 sections- the foreground, the middle ground, and the background, which relates to our learning about rainforest layers.

 

In guided reading, we read Pocahontas’s biography and discussed aspects of her life and how her family might have felt when she decided to marry John Rolfe and move to England. We were fascinated to learn about Pocahontas’s Native American tribe and childhood in her tribe, the Powhatan. We made connections between what we read about the English settlers who came and established the settlement of Jamestown on an island at the edge of the Powhatan lands, and what we learned last year about the Celts in Britain when the Romans came.

 

In science, the children continued to learn about teeth - we even got to see some human and crocodile teeth that children had brought into school. The children learnt about the structure of the tooth using their iPads as a research tool. They were quite amazed at how much is hidden under the white that they can see. 

 

On Tuesday we are very excited to be having a Maths Morning. Each class will work on an aspect of planning for a party, and in Year 4 we will be using a recipe to focus on scaling (when you need to halve, double or make three times a recipe), weighing and measuring. There will be photos of our activities on the blog next week. 

 

On Wednesday we have our very important e-safety day. An email was sent last week about our session, for which parents have been invited to come into school and sit alongside the children and learn about how to stay safe online. Please notify the school as soon as possible if you are able to attend.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

 

Mrs Collins, Ms Simon and the Year 4 team

 

Friday 19th November 2021

 

This week was Anti-Bullying Week and we launched the week with our ‘odd socks day’ and an assembly after the whole-school tefillah on Monday. Mrs Sharman introduced the mantra ‘One Kind Word’ as a way to live our lives, not just for this week, as the words of others can really affect how people feel about themselves. We also talked about how being different makes us special, and we should be proud of ourselves and those around us for being who they are, rather than making people feel bad for being different. Throughout the week we had daily short activities and discussions.

 

In English, we wrote a story based on a time a character was persuaded to do something but then regretted it. The focusses were to write consistently in the first person and use time adverbials to sequence events. We also worked on story structure, discussing what each paragraph would be about, reinforcing the change of paragraph each time there is a new character, event, change in place or time in the story.

 

In maths, we started our fractions unit, which we will revisit later in the year. We recapped important vocabulary, including whole, fraction, numerator, denominator, unit fraction and non-unit fraction. We investigated equivalent fractions using visuals such as a fractions wall, and concrete resources such as Cuisenaire rods.

 

The children had an art lesson with Miss Weiner on Wednesday and started an exciting new project on Henri Rousseau. Ask your child if they can tell you facts about his life and what his artwork is like.

 

In geography, we learned about rainforest climates and the difference between ‘climate’ and ‘weather’. There are no seasons in the rainforests and the weather is the same all year round. There is a lot of rainfall, in fact, it usually rains every day, temperatures are hot all year round and it is very humid.

 

In science, we began our topic on teeth. The children had a look inside their mouths to identify the different shaped teeth they have. After that, they matched definitions to actual pictures of the teeth and learnt the names of the different teeth humans have. In Guided Reading we read the book Tooth by Tooth, comparing chompers, Tusks and Fangs by Sara Levine. The children enjoyed this lighthearted text about what humans would look like with the teeth of different mammals. The book has been uploaded to Google Classroom in case they wish to read it again. 

 

In spelling, we looked at words that need to double the consonant before adding the suffix ed, er or ing. These included forgetting, forgotten, beginning, beginner, preferred, preferring, occurred, occurring, forbidden and committed.

 

Thank you to Louis for the brilliant birthday books donation to our class library. Lots of members of the class are very excited to read the rest of the stories, as we have read extracts of them in guided reading.

 

We are extremely excited to be welcoming some additional members to our class- some plants! The children are very enthusiastic about looking after them and we are very pleased to have some of the outdoors inside with us while we learn. We are in need of some plant pots for them without holes in the bottom, so if any families have one or two going spare at home we would make good use of them.

 

Shabbat shalom!

 

Mrs Collins, Ms Simon and the Year 4 team

Jewish Studies 15th Kislev/19th November

 

Chanukah is most definitely in the air in Year 4 - you can almost smell the latkes frying (assuming you still have a sense of smell, that is!).  

 

We launched into Chanukah by watching a video that helped jog our memories about all things Chanukah, but especially the reason why we celebrate Chanukah.  We went online and created our own Chanukah headline and mini report and then set to work writing and filming our own 'eye-witness' reports about the Chanukah battle and the discovery of the oil.  

 

The Year 4 Parashah homework (Choice board) is on Google classroom, and is due in, as always, for Tuesday.

Our wordlist words for next week are the next three words in column one.  There are also links to lots of games to help learn the words.

 

Wishing you all Shabbat Shalom and a lovely weekend,

Mrs Hill

 

Jewish Studies - week ending 12th Nov - 8th Kislev

Following on from our learning about Sigd last week, we spent much of the week learning the history of the Beta Israel community.  We learnt the details of Operation Moses and the Arous diving school and hotel that was set up by the Mossad as a front for smuggling Ethiopian Jews out of the Sudan and into Israel.  The children created excellent posters, half which featured an advert for the hotel, and half of which showed what was happening there under the cover of darkness.

 

We have practised our Hebrew reading - please remember, the children should be practising their reading at home for around 5 mins per day, 5 days per week, and we looked in detail at the story of this week's Parashah.  We wrote an account of the parashah and figured out for ourselves what lessons we could learn from Yaakov and Lavan.  Some of us played 'angels and ladders' - our version of snakes and ladders, which represented Yaakov's dream of angels on a ladder from this week's Parashah.  Parashah homework (Choice-board) is on the JS Google Classroom and is due in for Tuesday.

 

Shavuah tov - have a lovely week ahead!

Friday 12th November 2021

 

 

On Monday we were so excited to have all of year 4 as well as year 5 back at school. It was also an exciting morning because we began our first weekly whole school tefillah and assembly in the Max Weinbaum hall. It was so nice to be together as a school again and share a meaningful tefillah. In addition, we watched a presentation by the Tikkun Olam committee, who told us a bit about climate change and the COP26 conference. They told us about what it means that the climate is changing and its effects on our planet and its inhabitants, including humans. They gave us some suggestions about how we can help, for example, walking more and taking the car less, using a reusable water bottle and less single-use plastics, and protecting our green spaces. It was such a brilliant start to our week.

 

In English we conducted a ‘long write’, the children had to independently write a story with the opening sentence ‘This afternoon, the most interesting thing happened’. This is a writing task that the children will do every year, allowing us to see their progression on an annual basis.

 

We then worked on making an advertising campaign for the chocolate bars we designed last week, focussing on descriptive and persuasive language. We looked at examples of poster adverts featuring chocolate bars as well as other products, and the children worked in small groups to produce one of their own, featuring a catchy slogan. See some of their work in the photographs section.

 

In maths we continued to extend our learning on multiplication and division. Early in the week, we explored what happens when a number is multiplied by 0 or 1, and what happens when a number is divided by 1 or by itself, eg. 5 divided by 5. The children then wrote rules to describe what they noticed, for example, ‘A number divided by itself will always be equal to 1.’ This might sound like a simple concept, but it is often one that children become confused by. We moved on to working on the 6 and 9 times tables, and used this opportunity to work on skills such as using the 3 times tables to help, and using what you know to help with what you don't know, for example, how can the number fact 9 x 5 help you calculate 9 x 6? Which number facts could help you to calculate 30 x 6?

 

On Thursday the children attended another whole school tefillah in the hall, followed by a short assembly about Remembrance Day. A big thank you to all of those who brought in £1 on Friday, allowing us to support AJEX in the important work that they do. 

 

In science, we finished our work on the digestive system with the children having the opportunity to ask any final questions they had about digestion. As well as providing lots of conversation about digestion and of course, poo, it also gave us an opportunity to talk about how to use the internet to search for information. Many children were not looking beyond the answers that come up on the search engine, not even opening the web pages that they were suggesting. I showed them how it was important to open the page or even pages suggested and read the information given before selecting what information they could take from it. It would be great if you could reinforce this at home when they are doing web searches. Next week we will be moving onto learning about teeth. If any of you have any of your children’s teeth at home (that the tooth fairy forgot to take) that you don’t want, we will be doing an investigation into the impact of drinks on teeth and it would be wonderful to have some real ones to use. If you don’t want your child to know that you have their teeth then feel free to send them in an envelope addressed to us. 

 

In spelling we focused on adding the suffixes  ed, er and ing when you do not need to change anything in the root word eg. gardner, gardening, gardened.

 

In Guided Reading we looked at a text about Armistice Day. The discussion part of the lesson ended with a discussion about whether it should be compulsory to wear a poppy. 

 

Please see the poster below for details about ‘odd socks day as part of Anti-Bullying Week Next Week!

 

Please remind your child to bring in their Reading Journal on Monday for us to look at and sign, even if there are limited entries so far. We will continue to collect these every Monday.

 

Shabbat Shalom,

 

Mrs Collins and Ms Simon and the year 4 team

 

  Welcome to the Year 4 Class Blog  

Friday 5th November 2021 

 

This first week back wasn’t quite what we were hoping for, with the children learning remotely. We know that this presented many challenges and we are really pleased that all of our class will be well and out of their quarantine in time for the start of next week. We can’t wait to have them back at school with us.

 

The children did a wonderful job in their English and art lessons this week, describing their favourite chocolate bar and then designing their own new chocolate product. In maths they made great progress in using their knowledge of place value to multiply and divide by 10 and 100, and their science experiment about digestion was a real highlight! Thank you for helping the children to prepare the resources and for enabling this work to happen in your homes. 

 

We have had our last session of forest school for now but don’t worry, there will be more in the spring term. On Thursdays the children will have their second weekly PE lesson so should still come to school in their PE kit.

 

Homework will be set next week, English on Wednesday and Maths on Friday.

 

Please encourage your child to keep reading both to themselves and to an adult at home and write in their reading journal. We will be collecting these every Monday to monitor how much reading they are doing and award house points. Please send these in on this Monday coming.

 

Shabbat Shalom,

 

The Year 4 team

 

22nd October - 17th Cheshvan 5782

This week in Jewish Studies was a fair bit calmer than last week, for some reason!  Seriously, though, the children really were absolutely fantastic on the Shabbaton.  They took their boundless energy and channeled it into creating the most incredible ruach to ensure that they had a Shabbaton to remember.

 

This week, besides reflecting upon the Shabbaton, we have practised our Hebrew reading and our script writing.  We have also started to focus on our Chumash learning for this term by exploring the importance of Torah learning as well as reviewing the Avot and Imahot.

 

In our Parashah lesson we considered the huge amount of Emunah that Avraham shows in HaShem, as well as the other lessons that the children figured out we can learn from this parashah of Vayeira.

 

I wish you all a beautiful Shabbat and a healthy and enjoyable half term week.

 

Mrs Hill

Friday 22nd October 2021

 

A whole week has passed since we embarked on the adventure that was our Shabbaton. It was the most lovely Shabbat, the children were amazing, so enthusiastic about everything we did and they had a fantastic time. And we all had at least a few hours of sleep!

 

When we got to the start of the week it was back to work. 

 

We looked at diary entries in English, the children looked at a ‘WAGOLL’ (What A Good One Looks Like) and used different colours to highlight the features they found, such as past tense, chatty informal language, written in first person, adverbials of time (such as afterwards, a little while later, yesterday, when), and the author’s thoughts and feelings.

 

In maths we continued working on adding and subtracting numbers with up to 4 digits, including lots of decision making about which strategies were best to use for different calculations, and why.

 

In Art we continued to work on our chocolate project. The children each received a photo of half their chosen chocolate bar and drew the rest of it, using the sketches made in our previous lesson. They are looking really good and we will continue in our next art lesson, after half term. 

 

In Science the children finished their digestive system aprons which they have now brought home. 

 

It was our last session at Forest School this week and the teachers commented on the improvement that they have seen in the children’s listening skills over the 6 weeks. The children have really enjoyed the experiences that they have had and it is always so lovely watching them enjoy the outdoors. The children will get to go again in February. 

 

On Friday we finished our fact files about the life and achievements of Yona Bogale and made speech bubbles for a whole school display about what we learned.

 

A message from Mrs Sharman:

As part of anti-bullying week, the BBC are asking children to design an anti-bullying poster. The theme this year is 'ONE KIND WORD'. Please can your child use the sheet below for their design. Posters should be handed in to Mrs Sharman directly after half term (closing date Tuesday 2nd November).

 

All entries will be displayed in school and be sent to the BBC. The BBC will select some posters to be shown on their website.

 

Anti-bullying week this year is 15th-19th November 2021- more information to follow.

 

Wishing you all a wonderful half term.

 

Shabbat Shalom,

 

The Year 4 team

 

Year 4 wish their parents and families Shabbat Shalom.

Friday 15th October 2021

 

Thank you to those who have covered the homework books in order to protect them. Others are beginning to get damaged in the children’s bags, so please consider protecting them in some way. I noticed some children have more environmentally friendly reusable plastic covers, which are also a good option.

 

In English the children wrote a description of either Charlie or Grandpa Joe from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. They then acted out Chapter 7, Charlie’s birthday, in groups, to help the children understand and remember the sequence of events of the chapter, ready for our writing next week.

 

In maths we continued with our work on adding 4 digit numbers with no exchanges between place value columns, with one exchange and with more than one exchange. We did quite a lot of work on this last year, though many of the children seem to have forgotten both the process and the understanding behind it. Please see the example below which shows how to use place value counters alongside the column method to add numbers with up to four digits.

 

As the children will not be receiving maths homework this week due to the Shabbaton over the weekend, please encourage your child to have a go at these calculations, using the above methods. Please feel free to check your child’s work and support them if they need it, but let them have a go independently first. 

  1. 3,364 + 1,655
  2. 3,535 + 2,634
  3. 5,356 + 2,473
  4. 3,275 + 6156

 

In art we began working on a cross curricular project on chocolate. As well as our work in art and English on this topic we will also be learning about rainforests in geography after half term. In this week’s art lesson, the children chose a well-known chocolate bar and made a sketch of its wrapper, writing notes about the colours and shapes used in their art sketchbooks. See the photos below of them working or proudly sharing their work.

 

In science the children began to create their own digestive system apron. As well as thinking about the layout of the different organs, the children developed the skills of drawing around templates as persistence when something is challenging. 

 

In Forest School the children created some natural coding which they turned into musical codes. These can be seen below. After that they were able to choose the activities that they did. Some chose tree climbing, others den making and others crafting using conkers and drills. They all had a great time. Unfortunately, next week is our last week for our current block. Yesterday, lots of the children did not have a change of shoes and the grass was quite wet. Please make sure that they have spare trainers or boots next week. Please may we also ask that forest school clothes are sent in a small rucksack or drawstring bag. The reason for this is twofold, one being that plastic bags are breaking on the walk to the site and single use plastic bags don’t support our aim to be more environmentally friendly. Thank you for your support with this.

 

On Friday we continued learning about Yona Bogale’s work in encouraging Ethiopian Jews to make aliyah, where they could live their lives and practise their Judaism safely. This week we made fact files about his work and his life, using our skills from making biographies. We also made Shabbat posters for the Shabbaton! Be sure to check the blog next week as we will try to take photos in the non-shabbat hours.

 

Shabbat Shalom!

 

Mrs Collins, Ms Simon and the Year 4 team

 

Jewish Studies 8th October – 2nd Cheshvan

What a full and busy week we’ve had in Jewish Studies, especially with preparing for the Shabbaton.  The children have all been given their topics for their Dvar Torah, which should please be emailed to me by Tuesday.

We have reviewed our Chumash prefixes with help from Jewish Interactive and have spent time reading through and understanding parts of Birkat HaMazon which we commonly get wrong. 

 

In our Parashah lesson, Shachar, Adele, Sam and Yonat modelled for us how difficult it must have been for the people at the time of the Tower of Bavel to understand each other!  We also discussed how they received a lighter punishment for their wrongdoings against HaShem than the people in the time of the flood, as they were at least working together and displaying unity.

Next Friday, the girls should come to school wearing skirts, though they can wear tracksuits etc on Motzei Shabbat (Saturday night).  Regarding ‘treats’, the children can bring a couple of small (parev/nut free/kosher) items for themselves for Shabbat afternoon, but please send them in a named bag/container to make it easier for us to hand them out.

 

Wishing you all Shabbat Shalom and a relaxing weekend – and looking forward already to next Shabbat!

 

Mrs Hill

Friday 8th October 2021

 

What a busy week we have had in Year 4, it has been amazing to finally have a full week and we have done so many exciting things.

 

In English we finished our biographies and then started doing some work on Charlie and the Chocolate factory. We spent some time recapping what similes are and how they enhance descriptions, as well as nouns and noun phrases. We also discussed homework and continued Guided Reading on Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink. We talked about whether it is ever ok to tell lies and what happens when best intentions go wrong.

 

In maths we enjoyed starting our new unit on addition and subtraction. We looked at what happens when you add or subtract thousands, hundreds, tens and ones using our knowledge of place value. We looked at different calculations and considered whether they were tricky or not and why, and which strategies and maths knowledge would be best used to solve them, such as rounding, number bonds, number line, place value counters, estimating, adding 10/100/1000 and adjusting, and why. We also practised our times tables, below are some online games that can be used as well as Doodle Tables for consistent practice at home. 

 

October is Black History Month, and although we try to include this area into our learning throughout the year, as a school we will be having a special session every week this month where we will study the life and achievements of a suggested key person. We therefore spent a fascinating lesson learning about Yona Bogale, an Ethiopian Jewish educator and activist who campaigned around the world to enable thousands of Ethiopian members of the Beta Israel community to emigrate to Israel in order to escape persecution, drought and war. We will continue our learning on this next week.

 

On Wednesday we also had our first library session, and although the software we need to check out books isn’t up and running yet, the children loved spending time in the library and looking at the incredible array of books they can choose from.

 

Last year a new initiative was started where the children would have art progression folders. In addition to their regular art lessons, the children are completing two pieces of art over the year which are added to these folders. This week they completed their first piece. An observational drawing of themselves, based on a photo of half of their face. Photos of these can be seen below. 

 

Thank you to those who attended Meet the Teacher on Monday evening, it was great to have you all in our classroom. The slides used were sent in an email earlier in the week. Parents I know who weren't at the meeting have received the video of the session, please let me know if you weren’t able to attend and would like the video emailed to you.

 

Homework has now been set on Google Classroom. We spent some lesson time going through the instructions and expectations in the hope that many of the children will be able to work fairly independently, though please do support them if they need it. Here is a summary of when the homework is set and due in.

 

Subject

Day Set

Day Due 

English

Wednesday

Monday

Maths

Friday

Tuesday

 

Please wrap the homework books in sticky back plastic to keep them looking neat. Books should be brought to school on Mondays (English) or Fridays (Maths) for marking.

 

We are so excited for the Year 4 Shabbaton next weekend! Please complete and return the consent form at your earliest convenience. Many thanks!

 

Shabbat Shalom,

Mrs Collins and Ms Simon

 

Friday 1st October - 25th Tishrei 5782

Apparently we are already in the month of October, though I have no idea what happened to September!

 

This week we have turned our attention to learning about Parashat Bereishit, examining the seven days of creation and making a mini flip-book of the seven days.

 

We discussed the personalities of Adam and Chava and explored the first sin ever committed.  We also asked ourselves what would Adam and Chava think of our world if they were to return today.

 

Shabbat Shalom and have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Hill

Friday 1st October 2021

 

We can’t believe that it is already October! We are so looking forward to a full week at school next week, as well as seeing you at the ‘Meet the Teacher’ evening on Monday.

 

In English this week we began writing up our own biographies. The children took notes about their chosen individual and put them into a mind map, so that when they begin writing up the biography, the information can be organised and added to with key dates.

 

In science the children finished the reading comprehension that they had started last week about digestion. Going over this each week is really helping the children to consolidate their knowledge. 

 

In Forest School the children learnt another knot in order to make dens. We talked about which of the Kerem Characteristics they would need to successfully build a den. We decided that collaboration, initiative, curiosity and persistence were definitely on the list. They then started building them. Listening to the conversation was interesting and one of the things that came up was about comparison. Some of the groups were happy with their progress until they saw the work of other groups. This led to us discussing the phrases “comparison is the thief of joy” and “don’t wait until you reach your goal to be proud of yourself. Be proud of every step you take.” Taking in one last characteristic, the children reflected on how they did and what they might do differently next time. Next week the children are going to have the opportunity to try again and see how they get on. 

 

In spelling this week we looked over the two sets of words that we have already learnt. This was in order to give time to consolidate them as they have missed some of the mid-week spelling sessions. 

 

In Guided Reading we looked at an extract from The Demon HeadMaster by Gillian Cross, and also Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink by Jennifer Killick. One of the huge benefits to our Guided Reading lessons is that the children are given a taste of a huge range of books and genres, and they have been showing particular enthusiasm for some of these and mentioned that they would like to read them. We will continue to include the names and authors of these in the class blog so that you can ask your child about them and find a copy if they would like to continue reading the book.

 

Because of the way that Chaggim have fallen this year, we haven’t had any art lessons yet, so on Friday we spent the day working on a piece of artwork on our whole-school focus story, What We’ll Build. We looked at the page with the sentence ‘we’ll build a tunnel to anywhere’ and discussed the shapes, media and techniques used to create the illustration. We made our own copy of this and then, on the other half of the page, drew where we would like our tunnel might lead. We enjoyed being creative with our ideas!

 

Shabbat Shalom!

 

Mrs Collins, Ms Simon and the Year 4 team

 

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!

Mrs Hill

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.

Mrs Hill

 

 

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. 

 

Shabbat Shalom,

 

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.

 

Shabbat Shalom!

 

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!

 

Mrs Hill

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!

 

Mrs Hill

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