Brompton Westbrook Primary School

Kings Bastion, Brompton, Gillingham, Kent. ME7 5DQ

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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.

Term 1 & 2 overview

The theme for terms 1 and 2 is ‘Farming through the Ages’. This will mainly focus on prehistoric Britain looking at the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age and the changes that occurred during this period. It looks at how people living in Ancient Britain moved from hunters to gatherers. We hope to have a school visit to Kent Life where we can experience what life was like as an early Briton. In our science lessons, children will look at different rocks and soils in order to identify and classify uses of them through the ages. In Rights Respecting Schools lessons, the children will learn about their human rights, as well as identifying differences from children from previous ages. All of the phase will enjoy learning new skills in PE including tag rugby, gym and fitness training.

Term 3 Overview

The theme for term 3 is Italy.  This is a Design and Technology term with an emphasis on learning about the Italian culture with an outcome of creating and making their won Italian based dish. During this term there will be a lot of cross-curricular links through literacy, history and geography that will enable the children to have a firm understanding of what they are learning.  In addition, PSHE and science lessons will provide children with skills to keep themselves healthy.

Term 4 & 5 Overview

The theme for terms 4 & 5 is The Romans.  This will all lead to a showcase of learning at the end of term 4, where children will present different elements of their learning to the school and parents/carers.  Within these terms, children will learn about famous artists from the Renaissance period, consider the Roman army and how they formed, as well as understanding about the 'Battle of Medway'.  Further to all of this, we are hoping to invite Jeremy from the Guidhall Museum Rochester into school to show children some Roman artefacts and discuss with them how they would have been used.

 

Week Commencing 24th February 2020

As always at the start of a new topic, the children will be immersed in all things Roman!  There will be a focus on 'Leonardo Davinci' in our literacy lessons, where the children will begin to explore work from the Renaissance period.  During numeracy year 4 will start to look at symmetry in 2D shapes.  We will begin our history lessons looking at timelines and finding out what the children would like to learn using a KWL grid.  In addition to this, Year 4 will begin their recorder lessons with a specialist music teacher every Tuesday.

 

Week commencing 10th February 2020

During literacy the children in year 4 will either be completing their diary entries or creating an advertising leaflet for pizza.  In numeracy the focus will be translation and the four number operations.  During the afternoons the children will complete their geography project on a region of Italy as well as having reward time on Thursday afternoon. 

This week the children who have been chosen for celebration assembly from year 4 are:

4M Lillie - for her diary writing

4M Anna - for her diary writing

4K Ahmed Isaac & Ananthu - for working well as a team during the pizzeria day

 

 

 

 

Week commencing 3rd February 2020

During literacy this week year 4 will complete and edit their diary writing based on the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.  As part of the topic this week, they will be immersed in a Pizzeria day, where the focus will be making their own pizzas.  This will include, measuring out flour to make their base and creating their own toppings using the ingredients that they decided upon within their groups last week.  In addition, this week will also see the introduction of RE and continue as well as continuing to develop their skills in athletics in PE.

 

Week commencing 27th January 2020

This week in literacy the children in year 4 will be starting to write a diary entry related to the story 'Survivor'.  In numeracy the children will start to look at the properties of shape.  As part of our topic afternoons, the children will be tasting authentic Italian ingredients, in order to plan their pizza.  Some of the children in year 4 will participate in an athletics event on Thursday afternoon at Medway Park.  In addition, children will have opportunities to take quizzes based on the reading book that they have read. 

This week the children who have been chosen for celebration assembly from year 4 are:

4M Olivia & Zahir - for their excellent contributions in a meeting about their learning

4K Somto - for her awareness of the authors intention

4K Beau - for his work in guided reading

 

 

Week commencing 20th January 2020

In year 4 this week the children will have  a focus on descriptive writing in literacy.  In numeracy the children will finish working with money, before moving on to statistics.  During the topic afternoons children will be starting to research a region of Italy in groups, in preparation to present their findings.  In addition, they will be continuing with athletics in PE and will have their computing lesson..

 

Week commencing 13th January 2020

This week in year 4 the children will continue to read the 'Survivor' story and learning about Pompeii.  In numeracy they will be learning about equivalent fractions and moving on to answering reasoning questions.  During our topic sessions their will be a focus on history, where children will be investigating why Pompeii is so important to historians.  Music and PE will continue as well as, introducing geography.

This week the children who have been chosen for celebration assembly from year 4 are:

4M Kyle & Olivia - for their perseverance and hard work in numeracy this week

All of 4K for their perseverance and hard work in numeracy

 

Week commencing 6th January 2020

During the first week of term 3 the children will begin their literacy learning based on the book 'Survivor'.  There will be an emphasis on retrieval and understanding of the initial story in this week.  This will link closely to the history lesson on Wednesday, where children in year 4 will start to consider Italian culture. In numeracy the children will begin learning about fractions and using their skills to answer reasoning style questions.  There will be an indoor and outdoor PE session as well as computing continuing on Tuesday afternoon.

 

Week commencing 16th December 2019

An exciting week awaits the children in year 4 as we prepare for Christmas and near the end of term 2.  Children will complete their letters in literacy writing to Scrooge, whilst in numeracy they will help Santa deliver his presents using coordinates and grid references.    During the afternoons there will be a focus on art, in order to complete wreaths to sell at the Christmas Fayre.  As well as all of this, the children will enjoy the FS2 Nativity, carol concert and will end the week by watching 'A Muppets Christmas Carol'. 

 

 

Week commencing 9th December 2019

During the build up to Christmas children in year 4 will be continuing to read and understand the story of 'A Christmas Carol',  They will bill using the language and vocabulary to write letters, thinking about the thoughts and feelings of Scrooge at the start and end of the story.  In numeracy there will be a cross-curricular focus with geography, where children will be learning about compass points and direction.  As part of our science, the children will reflect on their recent experiments and write about what has happened to either their cress or broad beans over the past few weeks.  As well as this, we will all begin to design and create a decorative Christmas wreath ready to sell at the upcoming Christmas Fayre. 

This week the children who have been chosen for celebration assembly from year 4 are:

4M Anayah & Ameerah - for their excellent understanding and investigating of the function of a flower

4K Taylor & Ananthu - for using formulas in numeracy to find the perimeter of shapes

 

 

Week commencing 2nd December 2019

This week the children in year 4 will start to be immersed in the story of a Christmas Carol.  During this time they will be exploring different texts and language used to develop their own skills in preparation for writing letters at the end of term 2. In numeracy they will be learning how to find the perimeter and area of shapes.  During our topic afternoons we will focus on plants in science, where the children will look at different types of flowers to gain an understanding of its function.  In addition, they will complete their Stone Age art work ready to display in their class gallery.  The PE sessions will continue on both Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning, as well as computing sessions on Tuesday.

 

Week commencing 25th November 2019

This week year 4 children will begin to write up their information text based on our visit to Kent Life Museum last week. In numeracy, the children will continue with division. During topic afternoons, we will observe our scientific experiments and record our findings, as well as continuing with our cave paintings in art.

This week the children who have been chosen for celebration assembly from year 3 are: 

4K James - helping friends with their learning

4K Aiysha - for her scientific explanation of a fair test

4M Arusna - for helping peers with their division work in numeracy

4M Luke - for helping peers with their division work in numeracy

Week commencing 18th November 2019

In literacy this week year 4 will begin to learn about Kent Life Museum, this is in preparation for our school trip on Thursday.  During numeracy the children will start their division work, using their knowledge from the multiplication work they completed last week to help them with the bus stop method.  As part of our topic afternoons, the science focus will be looking at experiments with different plants and the conditions they need to grow.  In addition to this, children will begin their art work creating Stone Age drawings.

 

 

 

Week commencing 11th November 2019

This week in literacy year 4 children will continue to learn about Stonehenge. In numeracy, they will learn how to use formal methods for multiplication calculations, before moving onto word problems. During the topic sessions, children will continue to look at plants in science as well as beginning to think about anti-bullying week, considering how to form stronger friendships.

This week the children who have been chosen for celebration assembly from year 3 are: 

4M - Natasha for her hard work in numeracy this week

4K - Lacie - for being an excellent role model and working hard in everything she does

4K - Connor - for a huge improvement in his mental maths and spelling scores since the start of the year

 

Week commencing 4th November 2019

This week in literacy year 4 children will begin to learn about Stonehenge. In numeracy, they will learn how to use formal methods for multiplication calculations. During the topic sessions, During the topic sessions, the children will be taught SEAL thinking about Getting on and Falling out. This will link closely to our anti-bullying week activities. In Science, the children will begin to investigate plants and the conditions that they need to grow.

 

Week commencing 21st October 2019

This week year 4 children will complete writing their Stone Age poems in literacy. In numeracy, there will be a focus on Roman Numerals and the number system.  During history the children will be taking part in a Stone Age morning, where they can experience making shelters and being hunter gatherers.  Computing will continue, as well as, playing games in tag rugby.

 

Week commencing 14th October 2019

This week in literacy year 4 children will be learning the features of a poem and beginning to consider their own poems based on the Stone Age period. In numeracy, they will begin to learn about using the inverse operation to check answers to calculations. During the history sessions, the children will focus on life as a Stone Age child, thinking about the differences between then and now. In PSHE they will be finding out about the communities that children belong to outside of school.

 

Week commencing 7th October 2019

This week in literacy year 4 children will be editing their own version of an extract from ‘The Stone Age Boy’ story, before writing up in neat to be displayed in the classroom. In numeracy, they will begin their week on subtraction calculations, with a focus on formal methods and word problems. During the history sessions, the children will focus on life as a Stone Age child, thinking about the differences between then and now. On Monday, we have a visit from Family Trust to talk to the children and discuss questions in Religious Education. Following this, in the afternoon there will an opportunity for them to create their own Christmas card and purchase their designs.

This week the children that have been chosen for celebration assembly from year 4 are:

4M - Lillie for her use of adventurous vocabulary in her story writing

4M - James for his 'Stone Age Boy' story writing, using all of the given features

 

Week commencing 30th September 2019

This week in literacy year 4 children will be writing their own version of an extract from ‘The Stone Age Boy’ story. In numeracy, they will begin their week on addition calculations, with a focus on formal methods and word problems. During the history sessions, the children will focus on life as a Stone Age child, thinking about the differences between then and now. Computing will continue with children learning how to code.

 

Week commencing 23rd September 2019

This week in literacy the children in year 4 will be working on increasing their stamina by completing 10 minute challenges at the start of each lesson, as well as using more descriptive vocabulary in their writing.  The children will continue to work on place value in numeracy, thinking about 4 digit numbers. During topic the focus will be learning about Skara Brae as well as continuing to develop their understanding about 'The Stone Age'.  In PE the focus will be on creating routines in gymnastics and using their skills in tag rugby.

This week the children that have been chosen for celebration assembly from year 4 are:

4M David E for starting to join his handwriting.

4M Rogan for his excellent attitude to his maths learning.

4K Katriel - for her good stamina in literacy and putting herself into the characters' shoes to create thought bubbles.

4K Jeffrey - for using carefully selected language choices to improve his writing in literacy.

 

Week commencing 15th September 2019

This week in literacy year 4 children will be enhancing their vocabulary by thinking about character's thoughts and feelings within the text.  In numeracy they will continue to learn about rounding and move on to place value. The children will begin their immersion into 'The Stone Age' during history and will develop their understanding of the time period.  In addition to this, PE lessons will continue to develop their skills in tag rugby and gymnastics.

 

Week commencing 9th September 2019

This week in year 4 the children will be continuing with the induction timetable, to enable them to familiarise themselves with new classes and routines.  In literacy the children will remain in classes to learn reading and writing skills to immerse them in our Stone Age topic.  In addition, they will now participate in two PE lessons per week which will focus on Tag rugby and gymnastics.  In numeracy children will begin to learn about place value and numbers.