Year 4 Class - 4C - Autumn - 2019 - 2020

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Welcome to our class page!

Our Teacher is Mr Chalmers
Our Teaching Assistant is Mrs O'Neill

This page will be updated each week to show everybody all of the exciting things we've been up to in class.

Some very important things to remember.....

Our PE takes place on Monday and our dance is on Fridays. This means that PE kit should remain in school all week.

Homework books will be handed out on Monday evenings and are expected to return on Friday morning. Please help children to prepare for their spelling and tables test each week by using the 'Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check method' and completing a speed and accuracy test. 

Pupils will also have a reading book to take home. Please read this with your child each night and sign their reading record. 5 Minutes a day will make an enormous difference.
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This week, our school is celebrating Anti-Bullying Week. Class 4C have been taking part in all sorts of activities to get us thinking about how we can change the world in our own small way. To begin with, we have made kindness pledges in our own booklets. We will write 5 things we want to achieve this month, and tick them off as we go!

We also looked at Martin Luther King and how he changed the world with his words. We had a go at writing our own 'I have a dream speeches' and they were very powerful.
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We have election fever in Class 4C! In our Literacy lessons, we have been learning to write persuasively and next week, we will write our hot task - a letter to the newly elected PM to persuade them to take action on something. To practise our skills, we created our own manifesto speeches and performed them to the class. They were fantastic!
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Our class paid our respects to all those who have died in conflict by writing a letter to a fallen soldier, thanking him or her for their sacrifice. We also beautifully observed our own 2 minute silence on the yard.
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We are learning how to play recorders in our Music lessons with Rosie. Every week, we are improving our control and rhythm.
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History Week - The Victorians

We have started Autumn 2 with our brand new topic on the Victorians. To start us off, we made a human timeline of important events and inventions from the period. Back in class, we made our own timelines and chose the events we felt were the most vital. Our topic will end with a trip to the Playhouse Theatre to have a look behind the scenes of a famous Victorian theatre.
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Today in PSHE, we looked at the story 'The Heart in a Bottle' and discussed the themes behind it. We looked at 'loss' and how it affected the character in the story. We annotated images from the text to see how she adapted throughout the book.
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We have started our dance lessons on a Friday afternoon. Today, as a pre-half term treat, we created our own group dances with some of our favourite moves. Have a look!
Poppy Centre
4C visited the Poppy Centre on Townsend Avenue today to sing our songs for a very excited audience. We sang the songs from our Music Hall topic, including 'Any Old Iron?' and 'My Old Man'. The children sang beautifully and spent lots of time mingling and sharing their stories with the residents. They were a credit to St Matthew's!
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In our PE lessons, we have been focusing on athletics. This week, we practiced our skipping skills.
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Robinwood 2019
Year 4 had a wonderful time at Robinwood in Wrexham this week. The children took part in over 14 activities in under 3 days, including canoeing, climbing, trapeze, caving and we even crossed the 'Pirahna Pool'. Every single child pushed themselves to their limits and the centre at the staff were SO impressed with their attitude. A fantastic trip! Please see our school twitter feed for more pictures.
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Have a listen to our singing in our latest music topic. We are learning about 'Music Hall' and the history and tradition behind it. We've been learning 'Any Old Iron', 'Daisey' and 'Daddy wouldn't buy me a bow-wow'. We will even be heading over to the Poppy Centre next week to show off our hard work.
Image result for p4c We have really enjoyed taking part in our P4C (Philosophy for Children) sessions in Year 4. At the start of each topic, the children take part in a group enquiry related to the subject. The children formulate their questions and engage in a discussion where every contribution is valued. We uncovered a few big ideas in our recent enquiry 'Do we need electricity to live?' 
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It is Science Week here in Year 4 and we have been getting stuck into our electricity topic. We have been making circuits and testing a range of different insulators and conductors. We love working practically in our groups.
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Today, we have been working hard in our guided reading lessons. Each week, we look at a different text to practice our reading skills. We focus on retrieval, inference, summarising, prediction and vocab-building. 
Times Tables

Have a look at us as we take on our weekly times table test. It is so important this year that we are fluent with multiplication. Look at the concentration!
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We are now well underway in our maths lessons this year. To begin with, we are focusing on numbers up to 1000. We've been partitioning, ordering and rounding numbers with lots of resources to help us on our way.
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Times Table Rockstars is an incredibly addictive way to learn your times tables. This is particularly important in Year 4 due to the screening test that our children will be sitting in 2020. Please encourage your child to log on as much as possible - the more they play, the higher up the leader board they will fly and the more coins they will win. 
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It's SPaG week at St Matthew's and Year 4C have been getting to grips with all of the tricky punctuation we'll need this year. We like to get off our seats and talk it before we write it!
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Each week, we take part in a series of collective worships. This week, we have been thinking about the difference between right and wrong.

First Day Back

We had a fantastic first day in Year 4. We spent the afternoon drawing self portraits, we will look back at them on the last day of Year 4 to reflect on how we have grown.


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