At the beginning of the summer term we re-launched our 4R home reading system.
It is incredibly important that your child reads at home to benefit all areas of their Literacy and develop a positive attitude towards and love of reading.
Each child has been provided with a reading record in which to keep a log of all their home reading and write short book reviews etc. They have chosen a book from our class library and should aim to change the book once a week (more frequently if they require and if your child is challenging themselves with longer texts then it is understandable that these will take longer to read). Children can also include reading of other books/magazines /blogs etc in their reading record.
I've been very impressed with the amount of children who have met their target of showing me their reading record and book once a week and it's fantastic to see their renewed enthusiasm for reading and hear about all the new texts and stories they are enjoying!
Let me know in the comments what you're currently reading, I'm listening to 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' (again!)- as narrated by Stephen Fry and reading 'Wonder' by RJ Palacio.
Miss Rigby xx
We have been learning about the life and works of Pablo Picasso. The children have been studying 'Cubism', a style of art developed by Picasso himself. We looked at a number of Cubist portraits by Picasso and other artists then practiced drawing our own by following step by step instructions, using a grid.
We tested the different ways to colour with oil pastels to achieve different effects, then did a second draft of our portraits , this time adding 2D shapes to make them more abstract and interesting.
Here are some examples of our work:
As part of Science week we carried out the STEM 'Penny Boat' investigation. This is an investigation into buoyancy which involves designing and making a boat of tin foil, which will float on water. You then add 1penny coins to the boat to see how many it can hold until it sinks!
We split into groups of 4 or 5 and first discussed what we already know about materials which float and sink and how we could make the investigation a fair test.
Next, we designed the boats on paper and gave them a name, then made them out of tin foil. The designs yielded a variety of results; all of our boats floated unaided and managed to hold some coins and the winning boat was so sturdy that it held 139 pennies without taking on water or sinking, before we ran out of pennies and had to stop!!
We are going to repeat the investigation in the future to put our newly acquired knowledge about buoyancy to the test and use different materials.
Here is a link to the investigation if you would like to try it at home, let us know how you get on in the comments :)
We are really enjoying our History and Literacy topic 'The Vikings', this Spring Term.
We have learnt about the Viking attack on Lindisfarne monastery in AD793 and designed our own shields which we then drew and painted large scale . The shields look absolutely fantastic and they are now displayed on the KS2 corridor for all to see! :)
Ask your child to tell you what they know about Viking shields!
The school council have been busy thinking about how we can become more active and have challenged each class to complete a 'Mile a Day' , beginning on 15th January.
4R , along with 4S and 4B went out this afternoon to practise the route (6 laps of the main school building) and had great fun running, power walking and jogging together.
We in 4R talked about the benefits of exercise, both mental and physical and aim to incorporate the 'Mile a Day' challenge into our daily routine!
Check out this 'Movement is Life' video by Dr William Bird to learn above the positive impact that physical activity has on maintaining healthy cells.
Here we are, enjoying Day 1 of mile a day;
I hope you are enjoying the start of autumn! To get into the seasonal spirit we went on an autumn forage and collected all kinds of interesting leaves, flowers, acorns and conkers to make some tactile art . The children worked well in groups and got their creative juices flowing to create some beautiful pieces, including a wonderful Autumn Fairy and a 3D symmetrical butterfly carefully made by Soma ,which had an inspiring attention to detail.
In Maths we have moved onto Addition and Subtraction , practicing the formal column method which we will be applying to problem solving.
The children have really got stuck into Science this term, our topic being the 'Human Body' and so far we've covered the parts and functions of the digestive system and naming the different types of teeth which we had great fun modelling from Plasticine.
On Wednesday mornings 4R are taking part in outdoor sports lessons, led by a trained coach from Manchester City who has been especially impressed with Archeet's hard work and resilience, as the children practise fundamental movement skills and build their fitness. These sessions will continue for the duration of the year so please ensure that your child has an outdoor PE kit and appropriate footwear (pumps or trainers).
Miss Rigby xx