We have really enjoyed the parents' evenings. Thank you for your time. We have the best job in the world and your children absolutely make it for us! Please feel free to continue to speak to us regularly and ask us any questions you may have in the future... Mrs Potts and Miss Trotter x
This half term there is a new Reading Challenge beginning in school that we are all really excited to begin. It is called, 'Where will the words take you?' and here is the link to the letter that tells you all. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Mrs Potts & Miss Trotter x
We are The Jellyfish
We are superstars and Mrs Potts and Miss Trotter are proud of each and every one of us!
Please find below some useful links for extra learning at home!
As always, any questions then please ask,
Mrs Potts & Miss Trotter x
What a lovely time we had at Weston Park Museum!
We had a super day at Weston Park Museum discovering all that it has to offer from mummies to polar bears, to butterflies to learning about the history of Sheffield. We particularly enjoyed the Egyptian Workshop where we were able to remove organs from 'Fred' just as the Egyptians would have.
The children were absolute Superstars and we couldn't be any more proud of the way they learned and behaved that day.
And a special thanks to Mrs Mitchell, Mrs Abbey and Mrs Dudley for coming along with us and making the trip possible - you are wonderful!
Take a look at the pictures from the trip below,
Mrs Potts & Miss Trotter x
Egyptian Day was a super opportunity for us to show parents some of the wonderful learning we completed during the half term all about Ancient Egypt. Thank you to all those who came and showed your support, it means so much. And thank you Year 4 Jellyfish, you made me so proud like you always do!
In Maths this half term, we have been learning lots about number and their Place Value. This will give us a solid foundation to build upon as we move forward with our learning. We have also been working together to 'coach' each other when learning new written methods; by explaining the learning to each other it realy does help to consolidate what the children have been taught themselves and the children love it!
Term 1 - Autumn 2
This half term's topic is:
'Eco - Explorers!'
We are so excited to be teaching this topic this half term, there is so much fun learning to be had as we kick off by looking at animals and humans in their different habitats... And what better place to start than in beautiful Ridgeway itself? We will use our Geography skills to observe our local environment and we will compare it to others.
We will be reading Michael Morpurgo's 'Homecoming' for our English and topic learning. It is set in a beautiful village and all is well in the scenic setting UNTIL PLANS FOR AN ATOMIC POWER STATION ARE PROPOSED! How will this impact on the local people? What about the local wildlife? The local industry? What are the pros and cons of such a development?
We will then consider how fracking might affect our lovely Ridgeway. We've seen the posters around the village, but what does it mean? And why is it such an emotive subject? What impact might it have not only on the village but on energy supplies and jobs for the area?
Global - issues will then be order of the day as we consider the impact of plastic pollution on our oceans, of deforestation and even global warming... Big but very relevant topics for us!
We are the Eco - Explorers and we will be learning all about the world around us and understanding the perspectives of different people in different situations! Inquisitive minds at the ready, Year 4...
We look forward to seeing our Superstars this week!
Mrs Potts & Miss Trotter x
What have been up to?(Autumn 2)
The classroom has been altered from Ancient Egypt to a space that has different habitats - we have a Rainforest in our book corner, a desert area, an under water area, an Antarctica area and even an urban backdrop, all of which fit in with our topic this half term.
In Art, the children created some amazing igloo pictures. We sketched and shaded the igloos with biro. Then using a wax - resist method (wax crayons and water colours), we created a 'Northern Lights' inspired sky. They look amazing in the classroom!
On Monday the children were incredibly respectful during their visit to the War Memorial in the village, well done Jellyfish! And we spent the beginning of this week learning all about World War 1 and why and how we remember those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom today. We have also discussed 'Peace' and we have written beautiful similes about what it means to us.
As a part of our learning, we created 'Black Out' poems about those that have given their lives during conflicts. We used an extract from Harry Potter and chose the words we wished to keep to create our poem. Then, we decorated our learning with a symbolic picture. I am SO proud of these pieces of writing - the children did amazingly well and their enthusiasm and attitude to learning blew me away once again!
Term 1 - Autumn 1
This term's topic is:
'I Want My Mummy!'
We began the year by stepping in to ACTUAL Ancient Egypt! Our classroom had been transformed with heiroglyphics on the walls, sand by the windows, a dessert oasis with sparkly lights for our Reading Corner, silhouettes of pyramids, a Pharaoh's throne (on which the 'Pharaoh of the Day' can sit) and even a Mummy! This really did ignite our want to learn all about Ancient Egypt!
From here, our learning began and what a journey (down the Nile) we have been on so far! The children have had a SUPERB start to Year 4 and we couldn't be more proud of them! Mrs Potts & Miss Trotter x
In English we have so far written a description of what you might find within a tomb, a 'Job Description' of what we would hope to find in our next Pharaoh, beautiful poems about The River Nile and we predicted what would happen next in our class book, 'The Scarab's Secret'.
The children are working so hard to achieve their targets in each piece of writing and are becoming more confident learners week by week, what superstars.
Also, to make our learning that extra bit more fun we have written not just in our books but fused it with our Art learning too. Take a look at the pictures below to see what you think!
All of our learning is cross curricular so we have been using drama to not only help us learn about the Ancient Egyptians but also to help us write. We have 'become' Pharaohs (having made our headresses) to describe our role, explain the Mummification process and even acted out, 'The Opening of the Mouth'ceremony! Super learning from everyone, well done Jellyfish!
We also incorporated our music learning with our drama learning too. I was so impressed with the way the children used rhythm and a variety of instruments to create the effect and atmosphere they wanted; what a mature learning attitude from every single member of our team - well done Jellyfish!
In Art we have so far learned how to use water colour, poster paint, biro and pencil to create different effects and we are beginning our next piece of Art which is going to be a collage (where we study the patterns of Ancient Egyptian fabrics and design our own Pharaoh head-dress!). We have also had great fun getting our hands dirty and creating Ushbati figurines out of clay. The children did really well to listen to and follow the instructions, it was a wonderful lesson.
We all LOVE Computing in Year 4 and we are using it more and more in our every day learning. Here we are using Word on netbooks in an English lesson, working in pairs to create a synonym bank for our next piece of writing. If you get chance, ask your child if they can show you the shortcut to find the thesaurus within Word itself! Team Jellyfish work so well together on such tasks and learned many new words that they then applied in their writing - well done you superstars!
We love P.E! And last week, before going outside, we learned about the sports that we believe the Ancient Egyptians used to play, based on the heiroglyphics found in tombs. We then applied this learning outside when we created our own 'warm ups' and games in the style of the Ancient Egyptians. We worked so well in groups and even had a go at trying out each other's games too! Well done Team Jellyfish, next stop - The Olympics!
Extra, fun learning!