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Monkshouse Primary School

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Miss Tawn Year 4 - Doves

Welcome to Dove Class

 

The class teacher is Miss Tawn and the class assistants are Mrs Young, Mrs Amess and Miss Evans.

 

 

Term 3- Plastic Fantastic?

This term, we will explore climate change and marine biomes. We will begin to learn about the impact humans have on the world’s reefs in addition to exploring the plastic use of different countries. We will also look at the water cycle.

 

 English

This term, we will begin by exploring haiku poems and creating our own linked to the planet.  We will begin reading the story A Place Called Perfect and use this to create our own suspenseful narratives.

 

Maths

This term, we will be continuing our focus on multiplication and division. This will include the written method for multiplication.  We will then move onto solving length and perimeter problems including missing lengths.

 

 

Useful links

 

DoodleMaths

We use DoodleMaths as our online homework for Maths. It's a great tool for children to learn a range of new skills, and this AI software changes difficulty levels depending on how they find the questions. A 10 minute, short, sharp approach works perfectly for this!

 

Spelling Shed

 

Children are given their weekly spellings on Spelling Shed.  They practise these at home using online games 5 times a week gradually increasing the difficulty of the game each time.   

 

TTRockstars

Children are able to test themselves on their times table knowledge using this website.  The 'Soundcheck' option will allow children to test themselves on a random selection of questions with a time limit of six seconds per question which mimics the Year 4 test later in the year.

This week, we have been creating our own haiku poems.  We gathered inspiration from a rainy nature area and used our senses to compose our own poems.  We then moved on to writing poems based on the book Our Planet and painted illustrations in a similar style to the Japanese Sumi-e paintings. 

DT - Food taste testing

 

We are going to create our own healthy pasta sauces in DT.  Today, we tasted different products and evaluated their taste.

Ash Randall visit

Viking and Anglo-Saxon Workshop

 

We had a fantastic day with Erik Eriksson learning all about the Viking and Anglo-Saxon way of life.  We found out about the roles of girls and boys, laws and punishments and how to make coins.  We were able to see and handle animal skins including boar, stoat, wolf and bear!  We could try on shoes, clothes, chainmail, helmets and jewellery.  We saw a wide variety of tools, games, horns and many other things.  We even practiced our battle chants!

 

 

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Performance poetry

 

We have really enjoyed learning the poem 'History of Vikings' by Paul Perro and we also learnt lots of facts about them too!  We created text maps to help us remember and then had a go at performing it with some of our own actions.

Thursday 6th October

Music

 

The children have really enjoyed listening and evaluating songs from different genres of music!  They even had a go at improvising on the glockenspiels!

Tuesday 27th September

 

Cressida Cowell

 

Today, the children were lucky enough to have a zoom call with the author Cressida Cowell.  She has written books such as How to Train your Dragon and The Wizards of Once.  The children found out all about how she writes her books and creates her illustrations.

Friday 9th September

 

Outdoor Learning!

 

This term Doves are taking part in outdoor learning.  They really enjoyed working as teams in their first session and building structures.  

Thursday 8th September

 

Poet Visit!

 

Today, the children had a workshop with the poet Joshua Seigal.  They really enjoyed joining in with some of his poetry and they even had the chance to create their own poem too!

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