Welcome back to Term 3.
This term we are Historians answering the question: “What if the river could talk?”.
Our homework in Year 4 continues to be reading, spellings and times tables. We use activities in Purple Mash to support these. Please encourage your child to keep practising their times tables to improve their recall speed. Your child has access to TT-Rockstars which is a safe site for them to use to improve their recall speed.
Even if your child is a Free Reader, reading at home is vital for a child’s development. Please try to hear your child read every day for 10 minutes and record this in their Reading Record. The awarding of book prizes for the number of times they have read to an adult (and had their Record signed) is continuing into this term.
Term 3 – Reach for the Stars
In class we will be focussing on four I cans:
- I can set simple goals for myself.
- I can give feedback on my learning.
- I can think of simple ways to improve something I have done.
- I can reflect on my learning.
Dates for the Diary
Monday 13 to Friday 18th January —Maths Enterprise Week. Children will be selling the items they have made at the end of the week.
Wednesday 20th January—Sea Mills walk with Local Heritage Education
Friday 24th January—Trip to M-Shed, Bristol.
Thursday 30th January – Family Disco
Monday 3rd February—Fair Trade Fortnight starts.
Tuesday 11th February—Safer Internet Day
Friday 14th February—Last day of term.
Termly Curriculum Letters
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Term 3 – Year 4 Trip to M-Shed
Last week, the children had a fun but exhausting trip into Bristol city centre to attend an Anglo-Saxon workshop at M-Shed. We started by walking to Sea Mills train station where we caught a train to Temple Meads. Then it was a rather quick walk across Bristol to M-Shed, where we were greeted by the lovely staff and taken to our room. There we learnt about where the Anglo-Saxons came from and tried to identify what various artefacts were and what they were used for. We also had a session on the different types of clothes worn by Anglo-Saxons and discovered how they divided England up amongst the different kings. After an Anglo-Saxon story we were able to look at some of the other items in M-Shed, particularly looking for references to Sea Mills. Then, after lunch, it was slightly slower walk back to the Temple Meads and the train back to Sea Mills. We took the opportunity to look at where the Romans build their port before walking back to school.
We had a great day out and would like to say thank you to the Heather Cullimore at Severnside Railway Community Partnership who arranged for us to travel on the train for free and to the parents who were able to help us on this trip.
The class have been very busy this term answering our Enquiry, “Why do we live here?”. Please ask your children what they have learned about the reasons why people settled in the places they did and why the Ancient Sumerians were so amazing.
They have also finished their swimming lessons and were presented with their award cards in our assembly. This also gave the class a change to share the work they have been doing this year and to give a recorder recital of Mary had a little lamb.
We have had a couple of visitors this term. The first was Helen from The Dogs Trust, who came to talk to us about why some dogs might be unkind and how, sometimes, it is because of something we may have done to cause upset. The class enjoyed discussing the different scenarios and acting them out. The second visitor was not so welcome. A Naughty Elf snuck into class and caused some disruption in the book corner. He was suitably dealt with!
Cinema Trip (12 November)
“It was amazing!”
” It was my first time going to a film. It was very good.”
“It was so funny I nearly lost my voice laughing!”
These are just a few of the reactions to our trip to see The Addams Family this week. The children had a wonderful time and were amazing ambassadors for Sea Mills School, both on the buses to and from the cinema and at the venue. Year 4 would like to say a big thank you to those parents who made additional contributions towards the trip.
It has been a very busy term and the whole class have worked hard. Here are a few highlights:
We were fortunate to have a class visit from Fizz-Pop Science. In the session Elsa learnt how to pick up a plate without touching it, William discovered how hard life would be if we had giant hands, Thomas and Lily tried to turn around without moving their exotic head-dress and Blake found out how to remove a table-cloth without clearing the table first. Finally, Ziggy was made to float (wearing suitable safety clothing!)
As part of the whole school Enquiry, Year 4 focussed on the two questions What makes Sea Mills Special? and What does a good learner look like? We recorded our findings into a video clip.
We have now started our first Year 4 Enquiry – What is the difference between sound and noise?
We have tried to ‘tune’ glasses of water to create a musical scale and have found out how different wind instruments make different sounds, thanks to a visit from Fiona, who teaches flute in school. Next we will investigate how other instruments make sound and then attempt to build our own.