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Term 1 Week 2

What another busy week!  The children tried really hard during their first swimming lesson.  At the end of the term they will be tested to see if they have achieved the National Curriculum Award - swim a length (25m), use strokes e.g. front crawl, backstroke and perform simple life saving techniques (float, keep hair dry).  If your child is not yet swimming, it may be beneficial to take private lessons (ask at our local swimming pools for details).  In literacy, we have started work on Wreck of the Zanzibar - our book this term.  We are spending the first few weeks revising VCOP (Vocabulary, Conjunctions (because, although), Openers and Punctuation) to improve our writing. In maths we continue to work on place value and are now working with numbers to a million. Please encourage your child to read 6 digit numbers e.g. 523, 190, and say what each digit is worth. On Friday the pupils enjoyed their first cooking lesson and started to look at snacks - sorting healthy and not healthy.  Our focus this term will be preparing a range of healthy snacks (and the skills involved in preparing and making these).


Well done to Ann-Marie for being our Star Learner this week.  Alfie was awarded Citizen of the Week for doing such a great job of looking after Jack. Also Sam was awarded Sports Person of the Week for an amazing game of 'throw tennis' in PE.

Term 1 Week 1

What a brilliant start to the year.  I am very proud of all the children who settled into school very quickly.  Everyone has come back to school ready to learn and so smart! This week we have completed our RE block of learning about Judaism and found out lots of new, interesting things about this religion. We wrote Bible stories, found out about festivals and watched clips (using the BBC educational clips) about life as a Jewish child. In the afternoon we compared Judaism and Islam (which Year 4 pupils have been learning about) - we shared our learning!

This week in maths, we have started our place value unit of work and are looking at numbers up to 1,000,000! We are reading, writing, ordering and comparing numbers up to this amount.  Do encourage your child to have a go at reading large numbers e.g. 143, 078 - this number has 100,000 40,000 3,000 zero hundreds 70 and 8 ones.   We have also looked at rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100, 1000 e.g.

Number Round to nearest 10 Round to nearest 100 Round to nearest 1000
13, 459 13, 460 13, 500 13,000
25, 012 25, 010 25, 000 25,000
67, 872 67, 880 67,900 68,000

 Remember 5, 50 or 500 always rounds up.

In addition, we have also started to learn about Roman Numerals - what can you remember?  Can you teach your parents?

We will continue learning about Roman Numerals after Christmas when our theme is all about the Romans!


Well done to Seamus - our very first Star Learner of the Week!  Keep up the great effort and hard work.