Our class is called Cardinals. Cardinals are taught by Miss Islam (class teacher) and supported by Miss Ellis and Mrs Gimmi (teaching assistants).
Monday 8th January- Monday 26th March- SWIMMING LESSONS - Please ensure your child has their swimming kit with them every Monday.
PE kits will continue to be needed every Tuesday
Library day- every Friday.
Week commencing: 29th January 2018
In literacy, we have used drama to help us write our own play scripts based on the story of Little Red Riding Hood. The children showed off their best freeze frames - and as you can see, they acted out their roles brilliantly!
Week commencing: 8th January 2018
Welcome back to Spring Term!
The children have had a busy, but brilliant, first week back to school. We started the week off very positively by being told that Cardinals were the most improved class in the whole school Spelling Bee! I know that everyone has been working extremely hard to learn their spellings- thank you so much to all the parents and carers for your support with this at home- it has definitely paid off. Cardinals Class loved bouncing around on the bouncy castle as their reward :). Well done!
In Maths, we have been having lots of fun learning about fractions. We learnt that fractions are an equal part of a whole and have been focusing on reading and writing fractions this week. We also created fraction walls to help us to understand equivalent fractions and we used the bar model to aid us in working out fractions of amounts.
Literacy this week has involved the class reading the brilliant, and highly entertaining, George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl. We have loved writing character descriptions of George's grandma. She is no ordinary grandma but in fact, a grizzly, old grunion who treats George like her slave! We decided we wanted to teach this vile lady a lesson so spent our literacy lessons creating grotesque medicines and writing a set of instructions on how to make them! That'll teach her! You can scroll through the pictures below to find examples of these yucky medicines... :)
Science lessons have been very noisy this week as we are learning all about SOUND! Cardinals took part in a carousel of activities to find out how sound is made... This involved tuning forks and bowls of water, balloons, rice, drums and xylophones!
Browse through the photos below to see all the great learning that has taken place this week.
Week commencing: 4th December 2017
This week in school, it has been Assessment Week. The class have worked incredibly hard and every single person has highlighted how resilient and determined they are to succeed. In literacy, the children watched a fantastic animation, then planned and wrote a short narrative based on this with many achieving excellent written outcomes. Maths has involved lots of fun problem solving and maths investigations based on number and place value.
Week commencing: 27th November 2017
This week has been very busy in Cardinals Class. We have enjoyed working scientifically in our science lessons and have had lots of fun creating simple circuits. We used wires with crocodile clips, a bulb and bulb holder and a battery and worked in pairs to get the bulbs to light up. Some of the bulbs in our circuits were dimmer than others and kept flashing. Can you explain why this happened? We also got the opportunity to investigate conductors and insulators of electricity. We made predictions about which materials would and would not allow electricity to pass through them and then tested them out using our circuits. It was very exciting!
Week commencing: 20th November 2017
Here at Margaret Wix, tolerance and respect for different faiths and beliefs is an important British value we promote. This week, we travelled all the way to London to visit the beautiful Neasden Temple in order to explore Hinduism further. The children had a fantastic time and were able to watch a very special prayer ceremony. We explored the mesmerising building without our shoes on and were all fascinated and stunned by the beautiful stone and marble carvings throughout the sacred temple. We learnt a huge amount about Hinduism and the children are all very eager to visit it again at some point!
We have had another very busy week in school! Thank you to all of the parents and carers who attended our Year 4 Maths Parent Workshop. It was great to have you all learning in the classroom with us. We have enjoyed learning about Europe and using atlases in our geography lessons. In literacy, we have read and analysed a range of newspaper reports to help us to write our own in a few weeks time. If you would like to see what else we have been up to, please have a look through the slideshow above.
Week commencing: 6th November 2017
This week in school we have been very busy! The children wrote up their wonderful poetry in literacy and took a great amount of care in presenting them beautifully with neat handwriting and presentation.
In maths, we continued to explore multiplication and division and used a number of resources to help us learn our times tables facts. We enjoyed learning about fact families and using the inverse operations to work out the answers to various sums. Don't forget to use these fantastic websites to test your children's times tables knowledge through interactive games: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button .
A reminder that Year 4's Parent Workshop is next week on Wednesday 15th November at 9am- we look forward to having you in the classroom with us!
Week commencing: 30th October 2017
Our first week back has been very busy but more great learning has taken place! We started off the week by exploring a Hindu shrine and identifying all of the main parts of one- a murti (a picture of a Hindu god), a bell, flowers, a scripture, incense, a bowl of fruit and red powder. We handled each object with care and watched videos to help us to understand the importance of each item. We then wrote some fantastic descriptive paragraphs showing our understanding.
In maths, we have been exploring multiplication. So far, we have learnt what a multiple is and been able to use number lines and partitioning to help us to solve sums.
In literacy, we have written absolutely brilliant poems based on 'The Magic Box' by Kit Wright. The children have tried hard to include each poetic feature and have also edited and improved them using their success criteria checklists.
In science, we started to learn about our new topic- electricity. We identified electrical appliances and then sorted them into groups using a Venn diagram. The electrical items were grouped based on whether they were mains or battery powered.
Browse through the pictures below to see this week's learning in action!
Week commencing: 16th October 2017
In science this week, we listened to a story called The Great Kapok Tree (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gw0arFtHeVw) to help us to understand the way that humans can sometimes impact the environment negatively. In particular, we looked at the impact of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest on the animals, plants and local tribes and then wrote letters to 'Senhor', the main character in the story. Our aim was to persuade him to not chop down the beautiful tree and in our letters, we explained our reasons why and linked them back to our knowledge of food chains and habitats. Finally, we had great fun acting out the story in small groups. I was very impressed with the children's drama skills!
As an end of term treat for behaving brilliantly, the class LOVED going bananas on the bouncy castle!
Have a lovely half term- I look forward to seeing everybody again on Monday 30th October!
Week commencing: 9th October 2017
Thank you to all of the parents and carers who attended our class sharing assembly. I am incredibly proud of Cardinals Class as they delivered the whole assembly BRILLIANTLY!
This week we launched into our new literacy unit- poetry. We analysed a range of poems and text marked them by identifying the literary devices used in each one. We managed to identify onomatopoeia, similes, metaphors, powerful verbs and adjectives, alliteration, rhyme and personification.
In art we have been focusing on the fantastic artist Georgia O' Keeffe. The children have created amazing artwork based on her bold flower paintings.
Week commencing: 2nd October 2017
This week we have been very busy practising our sharing assembly- please remember to come and watch us on Tuesday 10th October at 3pm!
In Science, we have enjoyed researching minibeasts using the iPads and laptops as well as creating our own 3d food chains.
In History and D&T we finished creating our very detailed Anglo-Saxon houses.
We have also worked extremely hard and managed to complete our Greek myths in Literacy and have loved using formal written methods for addition and subtraction in Maths.
Enjoy browsing through the pictures which show this week's learning in action!
Week commencing: 25th September 2017
This week in Maths, we explored negative numbers and Roman numerals. We developed our problem solving skills by cracking a code written entirely in Roman numerals!
In Literacy, we have been looking at how to make our writing more descriptive and worked in small groups to analyse a range of settings. We have also been very busy planning our own Greek myths based on Perseus and the Gorgon's Head.
We had a fantastic time baking scones for MacMillan and absolutely loved our coffee morning! Thank you to all the parents and adults who came along- it was lovely to have you in the classroom with us.
Week commencing: 18th September 2017
We are midway through Autumn Term and this week has been filled with more great learning. In Literacy, as part of our Greek myths unit, we have enjoyed creating wanted posters to capture the gruesome and deadly beast Medusa! To make our posters as informative as possible, we included powerful adjectives, verbs, adverbs, similes and interesting sentence starters. Have a read of the terrifying descriptions of Medusa below!
In Science, we ventured around the school grounds as part of our exciting minibeast hunt! We worked in small groups to observe the nature around us and recorded our observations carefully onto grids. In our next lesson, we will be creating fact files about these organisms and be thinking about the various way these minbeasts can be grouped.
Cardinals loved visiting the school's amazing library this week and had fun choosing fiction and non-fiction books to take home to read. Our library day is always on a Friday so please ensure your child has their library book in their bag on this day!
The class worked extremely hard to develop their painting skills in their first art lesson with Mrs Harvey this week too. They sketched their faces first and then rose to the challenge of using watercolours to add extra detail.
Week commencing: 11th September 2017
The second week of school has flown by and the children have thoroughly enjoyed developing their coding skills in computing. Cardinals are working hard to produce a fun, educational maths or literacy game using the program Scratch and their knowledge of algorithms.
The children have also loved using the laptops this week to reinforce their rounding skills in maths.
In topic, we have continued to learn all about the Anglo-Saxons and focused in particular on Saxon housing. We wrote descriptive diary entries imagining that we had travelled back in time and tried hard to describe what the fierce warrior farmers lived in. Next week, we will go onto designing our own Anglo-Saxon village. Look out for more pictures soon!
Week commencing: 4th September 2017
Cardinals have made an absolutely brilliant start to Year 4! In literacy, we have been focusing on a Greek myth called Pandora's Box and the class had great fun acting out the story to show their understanding of it.
In maths, we have explored place value and number and have spent the week ordering, partitioning and comparing numbers up to and beyond 1000.
Our first science lesson included learning about the characteristics of living things and we launched into our new history topic by creating our own Anglo- Saxon passports. The children have worked extremely hard and have had a great first week!
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