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Oyster Shell Class Weekly News
This week Oyster Class have enjoyed learning more about greek myths in our English lessons. We are looking forward to writing our own versions next week! In Maths we have focussed on division using partitioning. Our current topic in Science is ‘states of matter’. We completed an investigation into what happened when different materials were heated. We have also been enjoying our gymnastics lessons, focussing on rolling and juumping! Its been a very busy week.
Friday 7th January 2022
During our 'Learn to Learn' day, Year 4 brought in objects for a special 'Show & Tell' session all about the children's achievements. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed hearing about the many great things the children have achieved over the last year. Brilliant examples, included certificates and medals from various sports, martial arts and achievements from the world of music. Here is Georgia who shared a haul of medals for dance and gymnastics. Well done to everyone who contributed to our excellent discussions and remember, everyone is good at something!
We had a festive lunchtime this week! Lots of us enjoyed a delicious Christmas dinner along with festive music and crackers. Thank you to the wonderful kitchen staff who cooked and served so many of us!
As part of our topic on Earthquakes, we were thrilled to have a special visit from the ISAR (International Search and Rescue) along with three furry friends: Bailey, Fizz and Jarvis! Terry Jewell, the Essex Team coordinator, along with Graham Currie talked to Year 4 about some of their rescue work including the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2011 which we have been learning about in class. A fantastic afternoon was had by all and we enjoyed meeting the three wonderful rescue dogs and their important work during rescue missions.
We had great fun making string telephones in science this week! We learned about how sound waves travel through the string and cups to reach our ears.
This week in science, we used musical instruments as well as bottles of water, elastic bands and straws to learn about pitch. We have also completed some maths assessments which have highlighted how hard we have been working and the fabulous progress we have all made in arithmetic and reasoning. In English, we have been writing a variety of different sentence types in preparation for a piece of writing next week based on earthquakes.
In Maths this week, we have been learning about negative numbers and consolidating our work on place value. We have also enjoyed using Super Movers to help us remember our times tables.
As part of Remembrance Sunday, we made poppies from clay. We learnt to make a slip to join pieces of clay together. They will be fired in the kiln and then we will glaze them.
For Science, we used the laptops to complete some research about Thomas Edison and Joseph Swann. We had great fun combining our computer skills with science!
As part of our reading comprehension lesson, we used our inference skills and a dictionary to find the meaning of unknown words. We have also been learning to use a variety of sentence starters to make our writing more interesting.
Friday 8th October 2021
In R.E., we have been learning about how different religions can help us understand what is right and wrong. We enjoyed working together to show some of the Beatitudes and the Ten Commandments using drama.
Friday 1st October 2021
This week in Maths, we have been applying our addition and subtraction skills to problem-solving problems. In English we have read some more of our class text The Iron Man where we thought about the feelings of Hogarth in preparation for some diary writing next week. We also enjoyed our art lesson using ripped paper to produce a scene from The Iron Man.
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.