Bushbucks

Welcome to the Bushbucks’ Class Page!

Welcome to Bushbucks. We are a Year 4 class. Our teacher is Miss Church and our teaching assistant is Mrs Thomas.

This week’s news:

In Maths this week, we are learning that angle is a measurement of turn (like how open or closed a door is from its frame). We will revise the terms Right Angle, Acute angle and Obtuse angle and find examples of these in a range of regular and irregular 2-D shapes. We will end the week by exploring what it means when a shape tessellates. We will investigate what the sum of the angles is around a point in a tessellating pattern and understand why this is the case. In English, we conclude our unit of work on newspaper articles. We will examine a piece of national news and use this to write our own reports as journalists, ensuring that we include all the necessary features e.g. witness quotes, exaggeration, paragraphs building the detail of the story – answering Who? What? Where? Why? When? and How?, catchy headline).

Our Gallery:

Our Science Learning

Mosaics in Progress

Learner of the Week:

Lacey – For writing fantastic sentences with fronted adverbials. “I was surprised to be Learner of the Week for my English because I didn’t know I had done good sentences!” 

This Term’s Certificates:

Edward and Owen – Bronze

Charlie and Elliot – Silver

Iga  – Gold

Fianna  – Super Gold

New Maths Passports:

Oli – Africa

Saifullah – Asia

New Pen Licences:

Sophie

This Term in Bushbucks:

English: We will research the life and works of Dick King-Smith, writing non-fiction biographical texts about the author himself and exploring one of his most well-loved stories, The Sheep Pig. We conclude the term by exploring the features of newspaper articles and writing our own reports about our Christmas Production!

Maths: We are developing our skills of rounding to the nearest multiple of 10, 100 and 1000; we will explore different methods for mental addition then subtraction and try to learn when it’s best to use which method; we will use arrays to scaffold our learning about multiplication and division; we plan to explore and work with a range of angles in 2-D shapes and finally we will consolidate our skills of telling the time and converting between the 12 and 24 hour clocks.

Science: Our topic for this term is Living Things. We will learn how to decide whether something is living or non-living using the mnemonic MRS GREN. We will explore the Eatwell Plate to learn about Nutrition and learn how animals get their fuel by making and interpreting food chains. (New Vocabulary: Producer, Consumer, Predator, Prey, Herbivore, Carnivore, Omnivore, Carbohydrates, Protein and Dairy)

RE: We are learning about different religious festivals and their importance for different faiths.

PSHE: Our Jigsaw topic this term is ‘Dreams and Goals’.

Geography: We will compare our country (the UK) with a contrasting country in Europe (Italy), exploring their physical and human geographical features.

Art: We will be making mosaics inspired by our previous History topic on the Romans. Thank you to Sophie for bringing in her mosaic tile to show us!

Music: We will be using our Music Scheme of Work, Charanga to develop our Glockenspiel playing skills. We will also dedicate lots of this term to practising songs from our forthcoming production of ‘Gimmie, Gimmie, Gimmie!’ Your child will have been given the song lyrics to practise at home.

PE: Our PE topics this term are Football and Street Dance. Our PE lessons are on Tuesdays and Thursdays, please ensure you have your kit on these days.

Computing: Our learning is based around using iMovie trailer to communicate with others. Your child may have suggested that they have props or simple costumes at home which can be brought into school on Tuesdays. Please can all items be clearly named.

Home Learning:

In Year 4, Home Learning is set every Monday and then must be handed in the following Monday for sharing and celebrating! Please see the link below for this term’s Home Learning choices:

Home Learning Spring

Reading Related Activities:

The next date to hand in any Reading Related Activities that your child may have completed is: Monday 18th December 2017.

Maths Passports:

We now have Maths Passport boxes in both Year 4 class rooms. It is our aim to check the box every day and look at one skill per pupil. Remember to put your passport in the box if there is something you feel you have achieved. Next to each skill, there are three columns to date (MM/YY). The first box is for the pupil to date when they think they have achieved the skill. The second box is for an adult at home to date when they have seen the child achieve this skill. The third box is for the teacher to use when they have verified that the skill has been achieved.

Below are some links that you might find useful to support your child at home:

Year 3 and 4 Spellings split into categories

Spelling section from the 2014 English National Curriculum

Grammar section from the 2014 English National Curriculum

Year 4 Maths 2014 National Curriculum

Link to Mathletics