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Thirsty Learners in Year 4

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Motivation levels are high 

At the end of another full on week we can report lots of learning.  We have had a very healthy week with all 31 pupils in for the whole week.  This is fantastic; well done everyone.

In maths we have been grasping the art of partitioning through lots of concrete modelling.  Most children are comfortable with partitioning 4-digit numbers in several ways and others are working on their 3-digit numbers. Place value work will continue  next week.

In English, we have been looking at sections of text from 'The Wild Robot' by Peter Brown. We have been giving our responses to contrasting scenes and looking for powerful verbs used by the author to describe the storm. 

Mr Young came into one of our lessons this week.  He was impressed by how many children were showing a high level of engagement.  We are developing a positive learning environment where having a try is encouraged. It's lovely to see the growing confidence in the pupils.  

In science we have been looking at evaporation and condensation and linking this to the water cycle. Next week we are going to plan our own experiment linked to drying clothes. 

You will notice a parent signature section has been added to the Spelling homework sheet.  It would be good if you could sign it to show that you have checked over the work with your child before returning it on Monday. 

Thank you to those of you who have been looking through the daily 10 in 10 maths with your child. I send the sheet home every day for that purpose.  Please try and reassure your child that it is not a test but an excellent daily opportunity to sharpen their mental arithmetic. We embrace mistakes at Homefield and take each one as a learning opportunity.  This daily 20 mins is so valuable and the improvements over time will be huge.  Our skill level builds on previous questions and is another tool to make our children competent mathematicians.  We focus on getting the children to build up what they already know.  If they face a questions such as 5x60, they should first see it as 5x6=30.  Then they can scale it up to see that 60 is ten times 6 therefore their answer needs to be ten times 30 which is 300. We do a lot of this and the results for the children are amazing. They have to persevere though.  

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.  The secret word is 'contrast'. 

From Miss Studley and Miss T.