I'm sure you've heard all about our school trip to the zoo. It was a fantastic day where was squeezed so much in, seeing over 50 animals in the space of four hours!
The children have so many different highlights, but two of my favourite experiences there were seeing the children feed the elephants and walking through the Australian Rainbows room with lorikeets flying overhead, squawking as they went. The children were fascinated by the different facts and seemed to make a connection with the otters where they all came rushing over to us (probably expecting food!)
Since returning from the zoo, the children have written non-chronological reports about a different animal classes from Colchester Zoo. Many chose to write about the different mammals you can see at the zoo, whereas others wrote about reptiles, birds, insects or even amphibians. These have now been edited and written up. We will add our images from our Computing lesson on Tuesday, then this will be ready to be sent to the zoo to showcase the Giraffes' exceptional subject knowledge.
We have made good headway with our class text, Running Wild. The children are learning and practising lots of different reading skills and are building their stamina and fluency for reading. They are also gaining lots of knowledge about Indonesia, tsunamis and the rainforest. They really will be experts by the end of this topic.
We are now beginning a 2 week writing project on descriptions linked to Henri Rousseau paintings. The children will become artists and will learn how to use adjectives and similes effectively when writing descriptively.
In maths, we have spent the past 3 weeks focusing on place value activities including rounding, partitioning and numbers beyond 1000. We are looking at negative numbers this week and will continue to focus on times tables. It is essential that the children know all their times tables by the end of year 4 so we practise these daily at school and complete a Times Table Rockstars 3 minute quiz every Friday. The children have been allocated specific times tables on Rockstars. They should try to logon to this daily to improve knowledge and speed.
As ever, if you have any questions feel free to catch me at the door at the end of the day. Our PE days have changed (I hope for the final time!) We will now do PE on Wednesdays (indoors - gymnastics) and Fridays (outdoors - football)