There have been a few signs of tiredness in 4MM this week. Thankfully most children have had the energy to show impressive levels of resilience by avoiding distractions, and by persevering when obstacles have been put in the way of progress and learning.
We have enjoyed finding out what it must have been like to be a Roman legionary in northern Britain. New words such as ‘tense’, ‘eerie’ and ‘sinister’ were absorbed into the Y4 vocabulary through watching and responding to questions about edited video clips. The children produced some outstanding answers verbally, and also by creating movies from screenshots to which they added written commentaries. The skills that the children have already acquired this term would qualify them for Apple Teacher accreditation if they weren’t so young!
More amazing skills in collecting and communicating information were displayed in the main writing tasks this week. The children researched the lives of rich and poor Ancient Romans and then recorded what they had discovered. They showed that knowledge had been completely assimilated when they wrote poems to express how disenchanted so many citizens in the Roman Empire must have felt.
Davina once again proved that she is a great learner by taking on board some advice about how to deal with some tricky aspects of maths. It can be difficult to decipher maths questions when numbers are surrounded by so many words. Davina used her reading skills very effectively to solve some calculation conundrums hidden in layers of language.
Gledia and Edward are our Lexia Legends for this week. Between them, they earned 117 units. That’s supposed to be impossible. Unbelievable but true news continues with the fact that Faheem answered 7770 questions on Sumdog this week and Zain answered 7700. Wow is not enough!
Choosing a Learner of the Week is always a difficult task but it has become even harder for the right reasons. So many children have done more than enough to earn the title but Zain has stood above everyone. His attitude and behaviour is perfect and his commitment to making progress makes us incredibly proud.
Thank you so much to all the parents and carers who were able to attend the consultation meetings on Wednesday and Thursday. We were delighted to have had so many positive conversations and to have received such a great level of support.
We also need to express our appreciation for the generosity that parents of children in Y4MM have shown by donating so many gifts for the Harvest Service on Tuesday. Well done to Aaron for encouraging everyone to sing up and to celebrate our blessings.
Homework is attached as a PDF.
Please let us know if your child needs any help in completing the tasks.
We have one more week before the half term break. Let’s make it better than ever.
Have a great weekend
Miss Mason Mr Moore