Class 4P

Welcome to class 4P!
Wow, what an amazing year we have had so far! 
Have a look at some of the exciting lessons and experiences that we have had this year. Keep looking at our website for exciting pictures of what we are up to in the Summer term! 
Class Teacher - Miss Parry.
Classroom Assistant - Miss Mills.
 
Some important things to remember in year 4:
- Our P.E day is Tuesday.
-Our dance day is Friday. 
Children will need their P.E kits on these days. P.E kits should remain in school all week.  
Homework will be given out on a Monday night and should be returned on a Friday.
Children should read at home every night and always practise their spellings and times tables.
 
This term we are trying really hard to improve our spelling and handwriting. Children receive spellings every week as part of their homework and should be practising their handwriting at home as much as possible! If you have any spare time at home, ask your child to practise their neatest cursive handwriting! Below is a list of words that children in year 4 should be trying to spell.
To celebrate Global Week class 4P have made their own Lampedusa Crosses. We learned all about the story of Lampedusa and said prayers for the refugees who have lost their lives. 
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Our RE drama pieces show the parable of 'The Lost Sheep.' Our new RE topic is all about building bridges and reconciliation. 
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Class 4P were treated to a performance of the Pied Piper on Thursday morning. The play was very funny and we enjoyed learning the classic novel! 
We have started reciprocal reading in school and we are perfecting our reading by learning the skills of predicting, summarising, questioning and clarifying texts. 
Anchor Creative Education visited St Matthew's school and taught us lots of songs to help us remember our SPaG rules. We learned all about relative clauses and nouns through lots of different fun songs. 
We have been learning all about the digestive system in Science. Today we used house hold objects to represent the different parts of the digestive system. We know all the names of the different parts of the digestive system and how they work to digest our food. We had a lot of fun, have a look at our pictures below.
(We made Poo!) 
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Another fun DT day learning all about Seasonal Food and making Fruit Flans! 
Holy Communion Mass 
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Today, children had a special mass to celebrate their first Holy Communion. Year 4 were joined in church by their parents, Year 5 and 6 and lots of teachers and staff from school. After the lovely service Year 4 children had a party in the hall! 
Some fantastic homework projects all about London created by the children in Class 4P. 
Year 4 had a fantastic week during Arts Week. We celebrated our School of Sanctuary and made welcome banners out of recycled materials
Wow! Class 4P can't believe that we have reached the summer term already. What a fantastic year we have had so far and there are still lots more exciting things to come this term, including: 
  • Arts Week 
  • School of Sanctuary 
  • DT Day 
  • History Week
  • Big Culture Week 
  • Industry Week 
  • Science Week 
  • School Performance 
Keep up to date with our class page to see pictures of Class 4P taking part in all of these wonderful activities! 
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An amazing day at Liverpool Museum looking at Anglo Saxon artifacts and exploring history! 
Today it has been DT Day and class 4P have made torches!
We learnt all about circuits and thought about our target audience. We decided to make torches for children visiting Colomendy. We looked at lots of different types of torches at the beginning of the week and evaluated them before we made our own. 
What a fantastic morning KS2 had at the St John Bosco Dance Competition!
Class 4P performed a brilliant warrior dance inspired by the Haka from New Zealand
Thank you to all of the parents who attended the Year 4 Messy Morning. The children had a fantastic time creating Willy Wonka themed crafts and the creativity was really flowing! 
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As part of World Book Day and Creative Writing Week at St Matthew's, children in 4P were given the Roald Dahl book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We produced some fantastic writing this week all about Charlie and Mr Wonka, we also had great fun on Friday dressing up as our favourite book character! 
Congratulations to Callum M, Jack M, Oliver C, Kaiden W, Emmy C, Grace W, Jack B and Ruby H for all winning prizes this week in class for their fantastic work! 
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It's Science week and one of the teachers in St Matthew's has stolen £1200 and a laptop! We are using our Scientific skills to get to the bottom of the mystery and solve the case! Have a look below at some of the pictures showing the fantastic activities we have taken part in this week! 
We learnt all about chemical reactions in Science week and discovered how to blow up a balloon without using our mouths! Look at how excited we are in the pictures and video below! 
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We made slime today as part of Science Week. We used cornflour, water and PVA glue.
 
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Miss Parry challenged us to create a model of a river from source to mouth. We rose to the challenge and created some fantastic models! Have a look below.
Wow what a great day out we had in Chester! As part of our Geography topic on Rivers, year 4 visited Chester Boat museum and went on a tour of the River Dee. We learnt all about how Chester has changed because of the river. Children had some very interesting questions for our wonderful tour guide and became expert clue finders in the museum quiz! We learnt lots about the Victorians, Celts and Tudors too and how they survived with the help of the River Dee. Have a look below at some of our amazing pictures. 
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We had a go at Chinese Calligraphy as part of our Chinese New Year celebrations! 
Today we predicted the ending of the Chinese New Year story and performed our predictions in a drama lesson. This will help us with our writing tomorrow! 
Class 4P learning how to make Stir Fry as one of our amazing activities this week for Chinese New Year! We really enjoyed eating all of the lovely vegetables in the Stir Fry when we got back to class! Some of us even had a go at using chop sticks!
Making and testing string telephones as part of our 'Sound' Science topic!
The first week of our home reading reward scheme has been a massive success! Well done to all the children below in Class 4P who managed to read all week and received their first certificate! Class 4P asked if the song below could be our reading wall song as it is planet themed! 
Collective Worship
In class we have been looking at community and how our community thrives with different groups, including the parish. Today, in Collective Worship we thought about our individual skills and how we could use them to help the community. Jack suggested that we could give to a local food bank and Emmy decided that she was going to do one nice thing for someone else today to make them smile and spread joy in our school community.
This term, we have introduced our new home reading initiative. Children in class 4P have turned into reading superheroes!
Every child has to read at home every night and have their reading record signed by an adult. We will check every morning to see who has read at home the night before. Children who read every night will receive class prizes and dojos. If children read every night for a week, they get a certificate. If they read every night for 2 weeks they will move to the next planet on our reading display (and what an achievement that is!) Our goal is to have everyone past past Jupiter by the end of Spring.
This term Year 4 are starting special Life Skills training from Barnardos. We have had our first session and enjoyed it very much! Follow the link below to find out more about Life Skills training.
http://www.barnardos.org.uk/lifeskills
SPaG week is helping us to become homophone experts!
We have started our new Music topic and we are loving learning how to play the Glockenspiel!
It's our second SPaG week and we've been looking at punctuating direct speech. We have used Iphone text messages to learn how to punctuate speech with a reporting clause. We were concentrating on remembering that every time there is a new speaker, it needs to be on a new line.
In Maths we have been looking at lots of Subtraction methods. Today we moved onto completing two step problems that involved addition and subtraction. Callum created his own two step word problem! 
It's SPaG week in St Matthew's and children in class 4P have been learning all about prefixes today! We checked our prefix words using a dictionary and learnt all about how to use a dictionary properly.
Perfecting our mixing and painting skills in Art. We are studying Rivers and looking at Monet and impressionism. 
As part of DT week, children in Year 4 completed a pop up story book that included levers and linkages. The story book was all about the night before Christmas. Children went down to Mrs Collins' and Miss McNally's class to read their book to Reception. The children in Reception loved the books and gave class 4P lots of good feedback on their favourite parts and how we could improve our creations. This meant that children in Year 4 could evaluate their design and completed product successfully.
The children in class 4P who were in the choir and won the competition were rewarded a McFlurry! Well done St Matthew's choir!
It's DT week and we making our very own pop up mechanical books. To make our mechanical book we are going to use the story 'Twas the night before Christmas. Here, we are researching other products that already exist and thinking about how we could include any of the ideas in our own book. 
Children visited Quarry Bank Mill to learn all about a Victorian Cotton Mill. They spent an hour in the Apprentice House learning about what life was like for a Victorian child. Class 4P were very excited and are keen to learn lots more about the Victorians in our History week next week!

Class 4P won the competition ran by Father Conor and St Matthew's Church.
We had to make something in class to celebrate the life of Matthew Honan.
We won £100 gift voucher for Amazon and we decided to buy lots of books for our classroom. We had a class vote about which books we wanted to buy and managed to buy 40 books for our class library!
Thank you Father Conor and St Matthew's Church, we can't wait for our books to arrive!