Well, I can’t believe the first four weeks of term have passed already! Where does the time go? The children have settled really well into life in Year 4 and have already shown to me what independent learners they are capable of becoming.
We kicked off this week with our new literacy topic, all about fantasy literature. We felt sad to leave Coraline behind as we had produced such fantastic writing from it but we are really digging our teeth into our new topic and finding out it’s really quite exciting! We have spent the week really immersing ourselves into different fantasy texts; reading extracts from Northern Lights, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and my favourite childhood book, Where the Wild Things are. After looking at all of these different texts (Coraline included) we decided there was a definite checklist of things that helped us to know whether or not a story was a fantasy text.
This week in maths we have been concentrating on polishing up our skills of addition; looking at written methods such as the column method. I have been blown away by how hard- working and focused everyone is; we even managed adding sets of 4 digit numbers including carrying! Wow!
On Wednesday it was our class assembly and we felt quite nervous being the first class of the year! We worked really hard as a team to pick the favourite bits of our writing about Coraline to perform to the rest of the school and showcase our writing talents. Harneeka and Sairah squirrelled away in the Key Stage 2 pod interviewing class members for our film and everyone worked together to make a trailer which we were really proud of. The end result was great and I was really proud of the children. It takes a lot of courage to stand in front of a large crowd and read with fluency and expression!
Next week we are continuing our fantasy literature topic and we will be working towards creating and writing about our own setting; leading into us planning and writing our own fantasy story in the weeks to follow. In maths we will be moving onto geometry and looking at shape. Our times table focus next week will be the 6 times tables and spelling have gone home tonight.
Our star of the week this week is Adeel. He read with such fluency during the class assembly and has been trying hard this week in maths. Well done Adeel and keep up your hard work!
Have a fantastic weekend,