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Are you fed up with asking the question 'How was school today?' and getting the response 'fine'?

Our new weekly blogs will give you more information about what your child is doing in school.  This will mean that you can ask meaningful questions to find out about their learning.

Week commencing 24th June 2019

This week in literacy the children in year 4 will explore either Macbeth or A Midsummer's Night Dream play-scripts and begin to act them out.  In numeracy they will be using formal methods for both multiplication and division calculations as well as working on word problems.  During the afternoon topic sessions, we will play rounders in PE as well as continuing with our recorder lessons on a Tuesday.  In history the children will look at portraits of Elizabeth I and  investigate tone and line within them.  In geography  the children will investigate different rivers and mountains.

Week commencing 17th June 2019

This week in literacy the children in year 4 will begin to write their own play script in the style of William Shakespeare.  In numeracy the children will either be learning about decimal numbers or using formal operations for addition and subtraction.  In addition to this, the year 4 children will complete their Times Tables test.  In our topic afternoons the children will start to learn about geographical structures.  As well as this, they will continue with music and PE on Tuesday afternoon.

Week commencing 10th June 2019

This week in literacy year 4 are looking at fact files in preparation for creating their own about William Shakespeare.  In numeracy, the children are either looking at decimals or fractions.  Children will have the opportunity to audition for the upcoming Brompton's got Talent show.  In addition, they will continue to learn about Sikhism in RE and prepare for sports day on Friday.

Week commencing 3rd June 2019

This week in literacy year 4 will begin to learn about William Shakespeare which will be used at the end of term to write their own play scripts.  In numeracy the children will continue their learning on decimals, with a focus on problem solving.  During topic afternoons the phase will begin to learn about Sikhism during their RE lessons, as well as understanding how mountains are formed in geography.  Tuesday afternoons will continue with PE and music for the year 4 children

Week commencing 20th May 2019

This week in literacy year 4  will continue to write their Henry VIII biographies.  Following this, they will write some different styles of poetry.  In numeracy decimals will be the focus.  During the afternoon sessions they will complete Rights Respecting Schools activities in history,  On Wednesday parents are invited into school at 2pm to look at and complete some art activities including sharing ideas about peer critiquing.  In PE children will participate in races and games in preparation for sports day.

Week commencing 13th May 2019

Year 4 will be continuing to learn about time this week in numeracy with a focus on timetabling.  In literacy the children will start to write their biography about Henry VIII.  During the afternoons children will be learning about  Tudor clothes in history and continuing with their PE and music lessons.

Week commencing 6th May 2019 

Year 4 are learning time in numeracy and in literacy they are continuing with learning about Henry VIII and will be starting their biography lessons.  Children will be learning about Tudor food in history lessons and will be continuing to learn about the surface of the earth's surface and locating mountain ranges.  In PE we will be continuing to learn how to run accurately and learning notation in music.

Week commencing 29th April 2019

In year 4, Children will be continuing with their Tudor literacy lesson and will be making a fact file about Henry VIII. Children will be continuing with their metric unit conversion lessons and will be beginning their lessons on time. Children will be making a fact file about Henry’s six wives and will be writing a letter to Henry VIII about his behaviour. In Geography children will be learning about the layers of the earth and the structure. In SEAL lessons, children will be looking at how to manage emotions and will be beginning music lessons.

Week commencing 1st April 2019

Children will be continuing with their Stig of the Dump literacy lessons. Year 4 will be continuing with data handling lessons. Children will be rehearsing their showcase on Monday and Tuesday afternoon. On Wednesday, children will be performing their showcase of work all day. Children will also be having their reward time on Thursday.

Week commencing 25th March 2019

This week in 3/4 children will be continuing their learning about ‘Stig of the Dump’ in literacy.  In numeracy, year 4 are starting to work on statistics.  During afternoon sessions the children will begin to put together their ‘show of work’ assembly.

Week commencing 18th March 2019

Children will be doing their reading and SPaG tests this week in their literacy lessons. In numeracy children will be having revision sessions and will be doing arithmetic and reasoning tests. 3/4P will be visiting the Historic Dockyard on Monday and 3/4M and 3/4B will be visiting Rochester as part of their topic research. Children will be continuing with their great lines drawings ensuring they are drawing what they are looking at and will also continue to use view finders. Year 4 will be also be continue with music and P.E lessons.

Week commencing 11th March 2019

Children will be taking part in science week this week and will have the opportunity to engineer. Children will be undertaking various science practical activities and will be designing their very own inventions and will have the opportunity to present them. Children will be continuing with their drawings on the lines ensuring they are using a viewfinder and focusing on what they are actually drawing. In numeracy year 4 are working on data handling. 

Week commencing 4th March 2019

Children will be continuing to research their local research areas and will be beginning to identify focus areas and will be continuing with their geography lessons . The children will also be exploring the lines again and making sketches of the area this time using view finders and ensuring they are drawing what they are looking at. The children will then be critiquing each other’s art work. Year 3/4 will continue to work on the story Stig of the Dump.  We are looking deeper into the use of language and inference. In numeracy year 4 are working on position and direction.

Next term

Next term, 3/4’s theme will be ‘ My Marvellous Medway’ and the children will be exploring the local area and will be researching their local focus areas. 3 / 4 M will be researching famous people in Medway, 3/4P will be researching the Chatham Dockyard, 3/4 F will be researching about the local Royal Engineers and 3 / 4B will be researching the history of Rochester. The children will also be exploring the Great Lines and making sketches of the area using view finders and various  art materials.

Week commencing 11th February 2019

3/4's multi-cultural week theme this year is Christianity. During literacy, children will be reading the story ‘Dali and the path of dreams’ and will be writing a diary entry about a dream they have had closely linking their stories to surrealism. Children will also be looking at the Christianity religion and looking at quotes from the bible related to dreams. Children may also have the opportunity to make their own surrealist collage based on their dream. In numeracy, children will be learning symmetry and will be making their own stain glass windows in afternoon sessions. Children will also be making their own tapas dish within their groups. Year 4 will be continuing with their recorder lessons and will have Spanish language lessons. 

Week commencing 4th February 2019

In Literacy sessions next week, children will be finalising their Spanish cultural stories. In Numeracy, year 4 will be recapping on fractions. In topic, children will continue to will researching their Spanish regions and will be presenting at the end of the week. Children will be also finalising their Picasso inspired portraits. Year 4 will be continuing with their dancing and recorder sessions.  

Week commencing 28th January 2019

This week in 3 / 4 the children will change their Tuesday afternoon activities.  Year 3 will begin computing, whilst year 4 learn how to play the recorder in music.  In DT on Thursday all children will be food tasting before designing their recipe for Spanish Tapas.  All classes will continue their work in art learning about Picasso.  During literacy we will be writing our stories from another culture, changing character profiles and settings. In numeracy, children will continue to learn the properties of 2d shapes. 

Week commencing 21st January 2019

This week Year 4 will be working on shape in numeracy where they will be focusing on angles. In literacy, all of children in Year 3 and 4 will begin to plan and write their own story from another culture based on the Spanish story of Ferdinand.

 In topic work, children will be extending their knowledge of Picasso as well as consolidating their understanding of geographical skills. As well as this, children will continue to have their weekly PE, music and computing lessons which will soon change in coming weeks.

Week commencing 14th January 2019

In year 4 this week, children will be continuing to explore ‘The story of Ferdinand’ and will start to plan their Spanish cultural stories. In Maths, children will be continuing to learn fractions. They will be learning how to add and subtract fractions as well as finding decimal equivalents. In topic, children will be learning to understand how Spain is organised into regions and will be learning about different teeth and their functions. Children will also be learning about Picasso’s paintings from the Spanish civil war and will be continuing with computing and dancing lessons.

Week commencing 7th January 2019

In 3 / 4 this week, we will be starting our new topic of ‘Food Glorious Food’ where the children will study food eaten in Spain.  Children will look at where Spain in located in geography and place on a map.  Computing and music lessons will continue on a Tuesday pm.  Within SEAL all children will be setting themselves goals that they would like to achieve, both in the short and long term, as well as talking about how they will achieve them.

Week commencing 3rd December 2018

In Year 4 numeracy, children will be continuing to develop their written methods for division and multiplication and applying these skills to answering one and multi-step word problems. During Read Write Inc, Year 4 children will be writing a recount based on Egyptian experiences.

 In topic sessions, children will be continuing to explore Judaism and will be looking at why Passover is an important part of Jewish life.  They will also be looking at magnets and what they are used for in science. This will all be alongside the normal sessions of PE, music, computing and French that takes place on Tuesday afternoons.

Week commencing 26th November 2018

In Year 4 this week, children will be completing their reading, SPAG and spelling tests during Read Write Inc time. They will also be having their first French lessons on Tuesday afternoon. In numeracy, In numeracy, they will be using multiplication and division formal methods as well as accessing mastery questions 

In topic work, we are going to begin to create our Christmas decorations as well as taking part in RE and art lessons.

 Week commencing 19th November 2018

In Year 4 literacy this week, we will continue with poetry and begin to compose our own poems. In numeracy we will be focusing on dividing by 100/1 as well multiplying by 1 and 0, we will be answering mastery questions to deepen understanding. In topic this week we will continue our science work on forces and learn more about Judaism in R.E.

 Week commencing 12th November 2018

In topic, children will continuing to learn about the ancient Egyptians and will be writing a recount about their visit to Kent life and will be reflecting on what they have learned. Children will also be continuing with their Music and Rugby lessons. Children will also be learning about friction in their science lessons.

Week commencing 5th November 2018

In RWI lessons, Year 4 will be continuing to learn about different forms of Poetry particularly looking at key features. In Maths, year 4 will be continuing with their Perimeter lessons and will then be learning how to work out the area of shapes. Year  4 will be continuing with their Computing and Rugby lessons and will also watch ‘The Prince of Egypt’ this week. Year 4 will also be going to the Museum of Kent Life for their Egyptian themed school trip.

Week commencing 29th October 2018

Year 4 children will be exploring different types of poetry in Read, write inc. In Numeracy, Year 4 children will be exploring measurement looking at kilometres and perimeter on a grid,rectangle and rectilinear shapes. In Topic, Year 4 children will be starting their gymnastic lessons and will be continuing with their computing lessons. In addition to this, Year 3 children will be taking part in a nature walk and starting their science lessons about forces.

Week commencing 15th October 2018

Year 4 will be writing their adventure stories in RWI. In Maths, year 4 will be learning about estimating and checking strategies for addition and subtraction. In topic, Year 4 will be learning about mummification and the importance of the ancient ways of recording. Year 4 will also be starting to paint their  finished drawings in Art and will also be continuing with P.E and Computing lessons.

Week commencing 8th October 2018

In numeracy children are adding and subtracting 4 digit numbers and introducing bridging whilst in literacy they will be beginning to plan their adventure stories, using all of the information, description and ideas from their learning last week.

Children will be learning about the Egyptian gods and goddesses this week as well as investigating the geographical features of the River Nile. In PSHE lessons, children will be learning about the rule of Law and in Art lessons, children will be making their very own Papyrus paper using brown paper. Children will also be continuing with their computing, music and P.E lessons.

Week commencing 1st October 2018

In Read Write Inc, children will be exploring the way that adventure stories are written following the reading of ‘Shrinking Violet’. They will also be starting their story plan. Within this, Year 4 will be focusing on using fronted adverbials and determiners within their writing. In numeracy, children will continue with their learning focusing on rounding and beginning to use negative numbers.

Also this week the children will be continuing with their learning about Ancient Civilisations with a particular focus on comparing Egypt and the Indus Valley in geography. In history, we are going to explore the different regions of Egypt and learning about Pharaohs. Rugby and gymnastics will continue as well as computing and music lessons.

Week commencing 24th September 2018.

We will be continuing to learn about the Egyptians through, literacy, art, history and geography. 

In numeracy the children will be learning place value and applying this to mastery questions.  In literacy we are reading Shrinking Violet.  The children will continue to read the story and answer questions, make predictions and use their knowledge of the story so far to role play scenes.

Year 3 will learn ocarinas in music whilst year 4 are working on their coding skills in computing.  In addition to this, all children will be taking part in either gymnastics or rugby for PE.