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Oyster Shell Class Weekly News
Friday 24th September 2021
In Oyster Class this week, we have been encouraged to learn our spellings carefully for weekly tests and go on TTRockstars to improve our speed and recall of times tables. We have used dictionaries to look up the definitions of some of the statutory year 3 and 4 spellings and learnt strategies to help us remember spellings of some trickier words.
What a very busy week we have had in Oyster Class! In English, we wrote some fabulous descriptions of the Iron Man and had fun doing a conscience alley where we tried to think of arguments for and against trapping him. In P.E., we practised our tennis skills and started an Electricity-themed dance with Mrs Lawrence. In Maths, we have been working hard on subtraction using exchanges.
This week, we started our class text The Iron Man. We have read the opening and discussed the many literary devices that the author, Ted Hughes, uses. We wrote our own descriptions of the Iron Man trying to include powerful verbs, adverbs and similes. Also this week, we enjoyed Super Movers to help us learn the 6 times table and in English, we worked collaboratively during our spelling lesson on suffixes.
Following on from our twisted fairytale writing, we worked in a group to rehearse and perform our fairytale-themed playscipts.
We were lucky to have a live online event with Rob Biddulph, star of ‘Draw with Rob’ this week! It was great to take part in a live draw and Oyster Class even got a mention!
Learning and having fun in the sunshine!
We used our maths skills during our geography lesson this week in Year 4. We compared the climate in Miami (Florida) with that of London.
Looking at bar charts and line graphs, we were able to see differences in temperature and precipitation.
We used classification keys to help us identify invertebrates in our school grounds.
Oyster class enjoying their music lesson with Mrs Brown.
In our geography lesson this week, we looked at the main geographical features of USA in an atlas which we then transferred onto a map. It was tricky and required a lot of concentration and perseverance.
This week, we finished our unit of maths work about money. We also learnt about how we can record our results using a systematic approach.
Children in Year 4 had great fun making their own simple solar oven out of a pizza box! This linked with our work about sustainability where we learnt about how solar cookers have transformed the lives of families in Nepal. We are hoping to try out our ovens soon on a sunny day!
We are really pleased with our Rainforest art work this week in Oyster Class! We tried hard to use the oil pastels to blend and match the colours.
Children in Oyster class took part in Bikeability Level 1 training this week. They were able to develop their skills and learn about bicycle safety whilst learning about the health and environmental benefits of cycling.
In art this week, we started looking at some of the animals found in the rainforest and focussed on an area to draw. We are looking forward to developing our artistic skills using brightly coloured oil pastels - watch this space!
Monday 12th April 2021 to Friday 16th April 2021
This week we have been introduced to the theme of rainforests. We went on a virtual rainforest tour and listened to the story 'The Great Kapok Tree'. We acted out parts of the story by playing the various animals, trying our best to learn the words off by heart.
What a busy and festive week we have had this week in Year 4!
We finished our electrical games in design technology and enjoyed a lovely church assembly via Zoom where we learnt how to make a Christingle orange. We made our own in the afternoon.
We had our Year 4 Christmas Art Day this week and had great fun making a decoration, card and calendar whilst listening to Christmas music. Lots of us also enjoyed a delicious Christmas lunch.
It was so good to all be back in the classroom after a spell of home learning! The children should be congratulated on completing so much work at home.
This week Oyster Class have continued their work on shapes and their properties. In particular, they focused on symmetry inside and outside of shapes.
Oyster class joined Joe Wicks for his 24 hour fundraising for Children in Need!
Thank you to everyone who dressed up in their p.j.s and brought in donations!
This week, we have been learning about Sound. In Science, we were able to explain how sources of sound vibrate. Using a tuning fork and a bowl of water, we were able to make the water ripple enough from the vibrations causing some of the water to splash out of the jug!
In English we have been reading the poem The Sound Collector which inspired us to write our own poems about sounds around our school.
In Maths we have been classifying and comparing triangles and quadrilaterals.
We took part in a Poppy Day Poster Competition run by c2c. Despite not winning, the judges were “very taken by our poppy designs”. Our lovely pictures have been displayed around the school brightening up the corridors.
May I take this opportunity to wish you all a well-deserved and restful half term break!
In English this week we have enjoyed editing and sharing our own Iron Man chapter endings. We tried hard to include apostrophes and fronted adverbials in our writing. In Maths we started our next unit about addition and subtraction.
On Thursday, it was Global Handwashing Day when we watched a virtual assembly by Dr Ranj. We conducted our own experimental demonstration about the importance of hand hygiene and how bacteria spreads and the role soap plays in helping to keep germs at bay.
We have had another busy week in Oyster Class this week. In Maths we have been practising our rounding skills and counting in 25s, in English we have been learning about fronted adverbials and apostrophes and in Science we made circuits including a switch. For Art, we have produced some Poppy pictures as part of a competition for C2C - watch this space!
We watched the Big Anti-Bullying Assembly 2020 and learnt about how important it is for us to know that we are not alone if we’re experiencing bullying behaviour. We drew around our hand and created our support networks - five people, we can turn to if we need to talk about bullying.
As part of our work based on The Iron Man, we enjoyed using pastels to draw our own Iron Man.
We have continued with our class text The Iron Man this week. We discussed whether Hogarth should trap the Iron Man or not and we used ‘Conscience Alley’ to share our opinions.
In Science, we discussed the different types of electricity we use for appliances and completed a sorting
Thursday 3rd September 2020 – Friday 4th September 2020
What a fabulous start to term we have had in Oyster Class! It has been so lovely to see the children return to school. In Year 4 we have been reminding ourselves about the core values of ASPIRE and about having a positive mindset when we made origami penguins!
We have also enjoyed using the Now Press Play headsets to start our science topic of Electricity. We have enjoyed some team building activities too!
We also had our first assembly via Zoom!
An introduction to our Science topic of Electricity using Now Press Play.
This week in Science, we started our new topic Electricity.
In Dance, we created our own group routines to show how electrical circuits work.
We then used an energy stick to connect with each other; simply by making a chain, we made the stick glow and sound!