F For home learning last week, 4R were asked to create their own times tables game to help us learn our 6 times table. The children produced some amazing and imaginative results and we had lots of fun playing the games in Morning Maths this week.
In Topic this week, 4R have been learning all about the marriage of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII.
In pairs, the children read through extracts of ‘My Royal Story – Anne Boleyn’ and highlighted evidence that proved her either guilty or not guilty. After making their decisions, the children created open questions to ask Anne at her trial.
We then put Anne (Megan) on trial for treason and she answered the questions of her Tudor peers! The class were divided about their opinions of Anne Boleyn, which contributed to a lively discussion!
On Tuesday 19th September, Year 4 spent the day as Tudors!
This included visiting the Apothecary and creating herbal remedies for the ailments, as well as making their own wax candles and soap. They also got to experience writing their names with a quill and creating bookmarks using leather and authentic Tudor tools!
In the afternoon, the children learnt how to prepare for a Tudor Banquet, including learning all about the types of entertainment that would have been performed for King Henry VIII.
Thank you to those parents that helped on the day. All of this fantastic learning will help the children plan and put on their own ‘Banquet for Henry‘ at the end of this term (Wednesday 6th December).
Last week, 2L planned, built, decorated and evaluated our very own ‘Great Fire Of London’ houses. Thank you for all the lovely boxes, we had a fantastic time completing our projects.
First, we studied houses from the period and familiarised ourselves with what shapes and colours we would need and what the houses would have been made from.
We then sketched and labelled a plan in our topic books, before working in groups to decide who’s plan would be the best to use, given the shapes and sizes of the boxes we had. We built our houses using boxes, tubes, glue and masking tape, before covering them in white sugar paper. Colour mixing was very important because we needed to create the colour of straw for the thatched roofs and dark brown for the wooden beams and even candle lit windows in some of the houses.
After we had finished, we took the time to reflect on our houses and wrote up an evaluation. The finished houses tended to look fairly different from our plan because we had used team work to change and adapt our designs. We are very proud of the finished products and look forward to showing you when we see you for Parent Drop in, next Thursday!
We made good use of all the boxes and various bits of cardboard that came into the classroom – we’ve started building our 1665 houses!
Look at how they’re developing in these photos……
We finished constructing our houses, but lots of us did get a bit carried away with the paint! As Leila said, “We’ve painted them orange or brown under the roof!” We are now in the process of improving them so they are the traditional white and black (or brown timber) of the period, like this one built by Blessing, Dexter, Alfie and Felipe:
Watch this space for the final products, or come and see them in the classroom at Parent Drop-in.
In English, we have been looking at traditional tales. For this week’s 100 word challenge, use this image as your stimulus and leave a comment with any form of writing which this picture inspires.
This week, children have been actively using ‘Star Counting’ to learn the 4 times table. Over the weekend, they are to create a new ‘Star Counting’ sequence, to share with the class, to help learn the 6 times table.
All the children have received their Guided Reading texts this week. To help introduce their texts, we want to gather pictures of the children reading this text in strange, unusual or interesting locations.
To help build our passion for reading, everyone is to write a review about their favourite book to display in class or on the class blog. This review should include a summary of the book, the reasoning why it is their favourite book and the types of readers who would also enjoy this book.
Please remember to support your children with their home reading by both listening to them read and discussing their books with them. Please share your comments with the class teachers by recording them in their Reading Records so we can work together to help your child make the best possible progress.
Also, Mathletics has been updated to include a range of addition activities which will help your child to consolidate their learning from the unit we have just been learning about.
You may have been wondering what we were going to be doing with all those boxes?
Well, today we started assembling our very own Stuart houses…
2MA worked really well, using scissors, glue, grit and teamwork to create some pretty impressive houses.
Check back over the next few days for pictures of the finished houses!