Grange Valley Primary School & Nursery

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Heyes Avenue, Haydock, St Helens, Merseyside WA11 0XQ

grangevalley@sthelens.org.uk

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welcome to MRs Sharrock's Year 4 blog

 

 

Week beginning 4/12/17

 

What a very festive week Year 4 has had!

 

We had a great time watching KS1 performance this week 'A King is Born'. We think that they did a fantastic job.  Key Stage 2’s performance ‘The Grinch’ is on Wednesday, please remember to get your tickets.

 

On Thursday, our Key Stage 2 Dancers and Pop Choir attended Christ Church for a festive Carol Service. The children performed for their families and friends, revealing what they have been learning over the past few weeks. The children were truly amazing.  A wonderful time was had by all.

 

On Thursday evening, children from KS2 Pop Choir took part in Parish Church Christmas Sing in St Helens.  It was an amazing event and a great opportunity for our children to learn a different body of work and perform it with other local schools. We were accompanied by a brass band and led by Dr. Kerem Sleith.

 

On Friday afternoon, we all had our school Christmas dinner! It was lovely to spend some time with the children celebrating the festive season together.

 

On Friday, our school celebrated Around the World at Christmas. We had lots of fun learning all about how Christmas is celebrated in different countries. Each class chose a different country, Year 4 learnt about Christmas traditions in Italy, this linked nicely with our International Partner School in Rome.  We then had some very special visitors to exchange our information with.  Year 1 came to share what they had discovered about Christmas celebrations in Spain.  The children were so excited; it was wonderful to see them eagerly discuss what they had learnt.  Year 1 even taught us how to sing a Christmas song in Spanish.  What a fabulous morning!

 

 

Attendance: Year 4 achieved 98.28%

 

Dates for your diary

 

13.12.2017 - KS2 Performance - The Grinch Who Stole Christmas AM and 6pm Performance

15.12.2017 - Year 4 trip to Christ Church Haydock

15.12.2017 - Christmas Jumper/Hat Day (bring in £1)

15.12.2017 - Puppet Show in School

18.12.2017 - KS2 Christmas Party (pm)

20.12.2017 - Break up for Christmas

 

Week beginning 27/11/17

 

What an extremely busy week!

 

In English this week, Year 4 continued with our author and letter unit.  We used the book Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett as a stimulus to help identify the features of a postcard.  We compared postcards and letters and discussed what was similar and different about them.  The children then wrote some fantastic postcards of their own remembering that it was a recount, in past tense with lots of descriptive language.  On Thursday, the children had a lot of fun exploring the layout of letters. They used different coloured shapes to help with the structure and content of their own letter to the author David Walliams. This helped them to identify what information was needed in each section. I am looking forward to putting our computer skills to the text next week when we type them up.

 

In History we learnt about Queen Anne and why she was important in creating the United Kingdom of Great Britain. The children had a great time showing what they had discovered by working together, taking part in a quiz. It was great to see what they knew about her coronation and her influence on Great Britain.

 

This week the children have worked really hard on this year’s Christmas Performance ‘The Grinch’. Rehearsals are going well and I am sure it is going to be a huge success. Don’t forget to get your ticket!

 

Thank you to all who managed to attend our PGL Residential meeting this week. I hope you found it informative and useful. Please don’t worry if you couldn’t make it, all the information has been sent home with your child. If you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of the Year 4 team.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Attendance – 95.21%

 

Dates for your diary   

6.12.2017 - Christmas Bingo and Enterprise Sale 5-6pm

7.12.2017 - Pop Choir Christmas Sing at Parish Church (children to arrive at 5:30pm, The concert is 6.30pm – 7.45pm. Tickets can be ordered through school).

8.12.2017 - All around the world at Christmas - Y4 will be learning about how they celebrate Christmas in Italy

13.12.2017 - KS2 Performance - The Grinch Who Stole Christmas / am and 6pm Performance

15.12.2017 - Christmas Jumper/Hat Day (bring in £1)

15.12.2017 - Puppet Show in School (am)

15.12.2017 - Y4 Christ Church Visit (pm)

18.12.2017 - KS2 Christmas Party

20.12.2017 - Break up for Christmas  

 

Week beginning 20/11/17

 

In Year 4 this week the children started our new unit Authors and Letters. We had a lovely morning exploring and discussing a variety of books by the author Roald Dahl.  The children learnt more about a blurb and what sort of information it provides the reader.  The children then wrote their own blurb for the fantastic story Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Year 4 used fantastic persuasive phrases to encourage the reader to step inside and be part of the wonderful adventure.

 

On Wednesday, we had a great time writing letters to our international partner school in Italy. Each child in Year 4 introduced themselves to their pen-pal, telling them all about their hobbies, favourite food, favourite bands and lots more.  We then designed some lovely Christmas Cards to go with the letters.  The children were very excited to be sending our package and hopefully we will receive some mail of our own very soon.

 

Raffle tickets are being sold in school (£1 per strip) The winner receives a Kevin and Katie’s Christmas Adventure book, and two plush toy carrots to go with it. 

 

Have a great weekend!

Attendance – 95.67%

 

Dates for your diary  

 

30.11.2017 - Robin Hood Pantomime in school

30.11.2017 - Year 4 PGL Meeting 3.30pm Y4 Classroom

6.12.2017 - Christmas Bingo and Enterprise Sale 5-6pm

7.12.2017 - Pop Choir Christmas Sing at Parish Church (children to arrive at 5:30pm, The concert is 6.30pm – 7.45pm. Tickets can be ordered through school).

8.12.2017 - Y4 Christ Church Visit (pm) - Due to availability of the Mini-bus, this has changed to 15th December pm

8.12.2017 - All around the world at Christmas - Y4 will be learning about how they celebrate Christmas in Italy

13.12.2017 - KS2 Performance - The Grinch Who Stole Christmas / am and 6pm Performance

15.12.2017 - Christmas Jumper/Hat Day (bring in £1)

15.12.2017 - Puppet Show in School

18.12.2017 - KS2 Christmas Party

20.12.2017 - Break up for Christmas  

 

 

 

 

Week Beginning 13/11/17

 

What a very busy week!

 

Thank you to everyone who attended parents evening this week.  I hope you are as proud as I am with how well the children have settled and progressed so far!

 

This week the children have worked really hard on their writing.  On Tuesday, we wrote our own disaster story using the book 'Flood' as a stimulus.  The children really showed off their writing skills by using lots of effective sentences in their own stories. It was fantastic to see lovely similes, metaphors and weather imagery in their writing, as well as detailed and short sentences to create suspense.  It is obvious that the children have thoroughly enjoyed this unit.  Well done everyone!

 

We had a great afternoon on Thursday when we continued with our DT unit ' The Great Bread Bake Off'.  This week we discussed 'market research' and what would need to be considered before developing a new product.  The children thought that it was important to research products that are already on the market to make sure that you aren't repeating them and to see where the gaps in the market are.  I think the children's favourite part of the afternoon was the bread analysis.  We had great fun investigating and analysing the texture, appearance, taste and smell  of a range of existing products made by Warburtons.  At the end of the session we summarised our findings with the view of developing a new product.

 

Great work Year 4!

 

Attendance – 97.00%

 

Dates for your diary

  

 

20/11/17 – Road Safety Week

 

30/11/17 – Robin Hood Pantomime in school

 

 

Week Beginning 6/11/17

 

In mathematics this week the children have continued to explore multiplication. We have been learning our 6, 7, 8 and 9 times table. The children have used arrays, number lines and number sentences to help them recall and represent these times tables.  Some children have been using commutative law and inverse operations to help solve or check their answers to  word problems.

 

This week we have also been learning more out about Remembrance Day. On Thursday, the children wrote some lovely poppy poems with Mrs Fowler.

 

In DT, we started our new topic ‘The Great Bread Bake Off’. We learnt about events from the past that have shaped the way bread is made and sold today and discovered that Warburtons were and still are pioneers of the bread industry. The children enjoyed discussing key events that led to the success of the Warburtons brand and successfully placed key events in chronological order on a time-line.  I know the children are excited for our next lesson on bread analysis! Please make sure you return your permission slip by Wednesday.

 

We had a great end to the week. Year 6 performed a lovely Remembrance Service for the whole school, family and friends.  Some Year 4 children went to Haydock High School to read poems, readings and lay a wreath at their Remembrance Service.  Year 4 were praised on their wonderful reading skills and excellent manners.  Well done everyone!

 

Have a lovely weekend.

 

Attendance – 98% Joint WINNERS this week with Y1! Well done!

 

Dates for your diary

 

10/11/17 – Remembrance Assembly – 9:15am Family and friends are welcome to join us.

 

13/11/17 – Parents Evening Week (Looking forward to seeing you all)

 

20/11/17 – Road Safety Week

 

30/11/17 – Robin Hood Pantomime in school

 

 

Week Beginning 30/11/17

 

Welcome back!  We hope you had a great half term break. It has been wonderful to see so many of the children’s home learning projects for our ‘Riotous Royalty’ history topic.  I’m sure you will agree that they are absolutely brilliant.  Thank you all for the hard work you have clearly put in to this.

 

In English this week the children continued with our ‘Write Stuff’ unit. On Tuesday, we had an experience day; the children had great fun imagining that they had to urgently leave their home, taking with them six objects, due to a monstrous storm that was quickly approaching.  The children thought about how they would feel, what inner thoughts they would have and which items they would take with them.  It was lovely to hear about some really sentimental objects the children cherish. We used this experience to help create some fantastic complex sentences, similes and repetition sentences for effect. 

 

The children had a great end to their week at our Ugly Bug disco.

 

Keep up the hard work Year 4!

 

Well done!

Attendance – 95% Hopefully we will achieve 100% soon

 

Dates for your diary

 

10/11/17 – Remembrance Assembly – 9:15am Family and friends are welcome to join us.

 

13/11/17 – Parents Evening Week

 

20/11/17 – Road Safety Week

 

30/11/17 – Robin Hood Pantomime in school

 

 

Week Beginning 16/10/17

 

As part of our Science unit 'Animals and Their Habitats' and our Geography unit 'The Water Cycle', Year 4 went to Sankey Valley Visitors Centre.

Here we discovered more about the water cycle in our local area. We identified the local water course on a map and learnt about the cause and effect of water pollution.

Children discovered a lot during our trip and created a poster back at school to warn people about this global problem and what we can do to help.

The children had a great time comparing habitats on a global scale and discussed how animals adapt to their surroundings.

 

Have a wonderful half term.  See you when we return on Monday 30th October.

 

Attendance – 98% Hopefully we will achieve 100% next term 

 

3/11/17 - Deadline for orders for school photographs

3/11/17 – Ugly Bug Disco during school day - £2 per child for disco ticket, refreshments including hotdogs, sweets and drinks will be on sale at the disco.

7/11/17 – Deadline for Christmas shoebox donations. Please bring in either a toy, toiletry item or stationary item along with 50p.

13/11/17 – Parents Evening week

 

 

Week beginning 9/10/17

 

In Maths this week we started our new unit adding and subtracting within 10 000.  The children have worked hard on ‘finding the sum’ adding without renaming, adding with renaming and adding using mental strategies.

 

Some children found it useful to use concrete objects such as base ten, number discs and place value grids to help them understand the concept of renaming.  This helped the children understand why we needed to rename at each step. Year 4 did a great job of explaining the process of renaming by matching each stage of the expanded notation with its appropriate visual.

 

By the end of the week, the children were confidently adding numbers with up to 4 digits using the formal written method of column addition. Some children were able to estimate and use inverse operations to check answers to a calculation.

 

Excellent work Year 4. Well done!

Attendance – 97.84%

 

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Week Beginning 2/10/17

 

What a fun week!

In Geography this week, Year 4 discussed the question ‘Where Does Our Water Come From?’ We learnt that the water cycle is a closed cycle and there is no more or less water in now than there ever was; the same water goes around and around.

We also discussed possible problems with such a system. The children suggested that there may be a demand for water in areas where supply is low or unreliable, or waste water needs to be cleaned before it is suitable for drinking.

The children enjoyed watching a video clip explaining how water is treated and cleaned ready for drinking. Following this, Year 4 explored different ways in which they could set up their own filtration system by choosing different materials to help clean muddy water ‘sewage’. 

Finally we compared the children’s filtered water to a glass of freshly poured tap water and agreed that our filtered water still wasn’t safe to drink as the last step on the video clip added chlorine to kill off the bacteria that we could not see.

I think we will stick to the lovely fresh water we are lucky to get from our taps!

Great work Year 4!

Week Beginning 25/9/17

 

We have had a very busy week in Year 4!

On Wednesday, Grange Valley had a very special visitor. Each class spent some time with Jacqui Gray, the author of My Magical Garden.  Following her visit, Year 4 created some fantastic mindfulness poems, using emotive language to create an effect.  We continued with our English unit of persuasive writing and had lots of fun making persuasive posters.  Our aim was to persuade Year 3 to help save the rainforest and provide them with facts as to why the rainforest is so important.

We also had our first brass lesson with Mr McIntyre, he complimented Year 4 on their excellent behaviour and attitude to learning.  The children enjoyed getting to know their instrument, the sound it made and how to hold their instrument ready to perform.

Well done Year 4!

Attendance - Year 4 achieved 98.33%