Year 4 Newsletter

Friday 8 May 2015

What have we been busy doing over the past week?

Topic: The children really enjoyed our topic studying what effect war had on children in the 1940s. They made gas masks, ration books, wrote letters home to parents and newspaper articles about the effects of war. We've now moved on and started our unit of work on Rainforests. This week we have done map work, looking at continents, the equator and countries which have rainforests. We will focus on rainforest plants first, followed by animals, people and finally environmental implications. Please see me if there are any experts at home that would like to speak to the children about an aspect of the rainforest!

Literacy: We are continuing our focus on writing newspaper articles and the children have begun to design and write the front page of a newspaper based on endangered rainforests.

Maths: We have been using column addition to add money in both euros and pounds and this week have been rounding numbers to the nearest ten, hundred, thousand and beyond.

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Making shelters

Thank you to Maddie and Violeta's mothers for accompanying us to the Haagse Bos last Friday. It was a wonderful afternoon with the children working in groups to design and make a shelter. It was a fitting way to say farewell to Mrs Mac. I hope you enjoy the photos I attach with this newsletter, showing how well the children worked.

Next week...

Just a reminder that Miss Karlis will finish work on 11 May and Mrs Conallin will replace her. There will be no school on Thursday 14 and Friday 15 May, so enjoy an extra long weekend!

Year 4 Residential

Thank you to the parents who were able to join us for the meeting regarding the Year 4 Residential. If you were unable to attend, please do check the Gateway for notes and updates. You will need to fill in the consent form and medical/dietary information form. Should you have any concerns about your child leading up to the Residential Trip, then please do speak to me. Kate Levido.
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Inventions Day

Last Thursday was an inspirational day! We were so impressed with the quality of the projects that the children made and the creativity they displayed. Thank you for all the encouragement and support you've given to your child. I hope you enjoy some of the photos from our Inventions Fair in the Atrium, where the children had to explain why they should make their inventions to peers from Years 6, 3 and 1.