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Goldfinches WB 27.09.21, by Mrs Evans

Date: 23rd Sep 2021 @ 9:03pm

Welcome to Goldfinches’ Weekly Blog

We have had a hardworking week with lots of great focus and concentration in lessons.

  Star of the week goes to: James

 Top Table award goes to: Esmae

Worship: This week in worship we have continue to focus on our Christian Value of Friendship and have enjoyed discussion, practical and reflective activities based around this theme. We loved reading the No Outsiders book ‘Red’ which linked beautifully with the theme of friendship. It was wonderful to be back in the hall for Mrs Powell’s Monday worship as well as Open the Book.

Tuesday 28th I look forward to our parent-teacher appointment phone calls. Thank you to all who have booked phone calls. If you haven’t yet done so, please book a slot via the school office.

Next Week:

Reading and Writing: We will take on the role of Hannah, the main character in our Gorilla story, and write a diary entry.

Reading homework- I’m so impressed by how many children are reading regularly at home. Please continue to support your child to read for 10-20 minutes daily and to sign their diary.

Spellings: This week’s words are taken from the Y3/4 Statutory spelling list (first column)

accident, accidental, accidentally, address, answer, appear, arrive, believe, bicycle, breath

Maths: Maths with Mrs Evans will focus on reading and placing numbers on a  number line to 10,000 and learning Roman Numerals. We will continue to work on arithmetic activities on some afternoons and will work on our times tables daily.

Times Tables Homework: We have made 6x table flick flack fortune tellers this week which you can use at home to help practise.

If you like a sing song try this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7rYbk9PNuM

The children have also all got their TTRockstars logins stuck in the front of their diaries. https://ttrockstars.com/

Computing: We will begin our new computing unit ‘My Very Own Game’ where we will be designing a prototype of a new game.

Science: This week we will be predicting which instrument makes the loudest sound and recording the results using a data-logger.

History: We will learn about the sources of evidence of story-telling and legend to find out about Ancient Greek and listen to the story of The Trojan Horse.

Geography: We will begin to work in groups to research the geographical features of modern Greece.

PE: We will enjoy cricket on Wednesdays (until half term) and Gymnastics and team building games with Mr Ault on Fridays.

PSHCE: Our focus to begin the year is ‘Get Heart Smart’ and we will also be reading and exploring a range of No Outsiders books.

Music: We loved our music lesson this week and had a great sing along to Abba. More to come next week.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us via the office if you would like to discuss anything about your child.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone

Mrs Evans, Mrs Judge and Mrs Shimmin. 

Goldfinches WB 20.09.21, by Mrs Evans

Date: 16th Sep 2021 @ 9:02pm

Welcome to Goldfinches’ Weekly Blog

Another busy week for our new Year 4s! The children are settling beautifully and have continued to make us so proud of their calmness, kindness and enthusiasm to get back into learning. We look forward to another week of learning next week.

 Star of the week goes to: Alexa

 Top Table award goes to: Kyan

This week in worship we have focused on our Christian Value of Friendship and have enjoyed discussion, practical and reflective activities based around this theme. There have been some lovely moments of kindness between the children throughout the week with children from the nest making flapjack for us to share and making friendship bracelets for each other.

Next Week:

Reading and Writing: We will continue to explore more of our writing text ‘Gorilla’ by Anthony Browne and find out about real Gorillas. Our reading text ‘A world full of animal stories’ will help us to explore asking questions in order to find out more and delve deeper.

Reading homework- I’m so impressed by how many children are reading regularly at home. Please continue to support your child to read for 10-20 minutes daily. Across the week this can be a mixture of your child reading to themselves and talking about the book with you, your child reading aloud to you and you reading aloud to your child. Please sign in your child’s diary when s/he has read. The children will be supported to choose from a range of books available in the classroom. Reading can include articles from Children’s First News Papers and science or animal magazines (like National Geographic, Chester Zoo magazines) as well as Fact and research books on linked science and history topics.

Spellings: our spelling focus this week is: words containing 'sure' measure, pleasure, treasure, leisure, enclosure, measuring, measurement, measured, treasured, leisurely 

Maths: Monday Maths will focus on angles and arithmetic.

Maths with Mrs Evans will focus on representing 4 digit numbers in different ways including on a number line. We will continue to work on arithmetic activities on some afternoons and will work on our times tables daily.

Times Tables Homework: Times tables are a big focus for Year 4 so each week I will be linking an online times table game or sending a paper game home with the children to support them to practise in a fun way.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/times-tables/coconut-multiples - try coconut multiples for the 6x table or…

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

Use Hit the Button to recap the times tables for last year (3X, 4X, 8X) and have a go at the 6X. If you are a tables whizz, have a go at the mixed game.

The children have also all got their TTRockstars logins stuck in the front of their diaries. https://ttrockstars.com/

Science: Our science focus for this half term is Sound so we will enjoy exploring how sounds are heard this week.

History: Next week we will order the events we have learned about in history in chronological order and identify where the Ancient Greek civilisation fits in on the time line.

PE: We will enjoy cricket on Wednesdays (until half term) and Gymnastics and team building games with Mr Ault on Fridays

PSHCE: Our focus to begin the year is ‘Get Heart Smart’ and we will also be reading and exploring a range of No Outsiders books. This week we enjoyed getting Happy Snappy to reflect on the things we are grateful for.

Music: We loved our music lesson this week and being introduced to the song ‘Dancing Queen’ by ABBA. Lots of our Goldfinches recognised this famous song.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us via the office if you would like to discuss anything about your child.

Mrs Evans, Mrs Judge and Mrs Shimmin.

Goldfinches WB 13.9.21, by Mrs Evans

Date: 9th Sep 2021 @ 6:19pm

Welcome to Goldfinches’ Weekly Blog

The first blog for our wonderful new flock of Goldfinches

Well what a wonderful start back to term as grown up Year 4s! The children have made us so proud of their calmness, kindness and enthusiasm to get back into learning and it has been lovely to start getting to know each other.

 Star of the week goes to: Esmae and Yara

 Top Table award goes to: Amy

This week:

We have been so good at getting to know the routines within school and the classroom. Our new Goldfinches are already showing us how Ready, Respectful and Safe they are in school and how much they value our 3 school rules.

This week in worship we have introduced our focus Christian Value: Friendship and have enjoyed discussion, practical and reflective activities based around this theme. There have been some lovely moments of kindness between the children throughout the week.

We have enjoyed starting our new writing and reading focus texts, begun our maths focus on place value and have created some beautiful Goldfinch birds in art to sit in the tree in our classroom. Our Goldfinch birds represent the way we are all unique whilst being together in one ‘flock’.

Next Week:

Reading and Writing: We will explore more of our writing text ‘Gorilla’ by Anthony Browne and find out about real Gorillas. Our reading text ‘A world full of animal stories’ will help us to explore asking questions in order to find out more and delve deeper.

Reading homework: Please support your child to read for 10-20 minutes daily. Across the week this can be a mixture of your child reading to themselves and talking about the book with you, your child reading aloud to you and you reading aloud to your child. Please sign in your child’s diary when s/he has read. The children will be supported to choose from a range of books available in the classroom. Reading can include articles from Children’s First News Papers and science or animal magazines (like National Geographic, Chester Zoo magazines) as well as Fact and research books on linked science and history topics.

Spelling Homework:

Our focus spelling pattern is adding the prefixes un, in, im, mis, dis, to a word to give it the opposite meaning.

Spellings will be stuck into diaries on Fridays and the children will be tested the following Friday. Please support your child to learn the following spellings:

disagree, diasble, mistreat, misunderstood, unfair, unlikely, inhuman, inactive, misspell, mistrust

Maths: Monday Maths with Mrs Judge will focus on angles and arithmetic.

Maths with Mrs Evans will focus on representing 4 digit numbers in different ways including on a number line. We will continue to work on arithmetic activities on some afternoons and will work on our times tables daily.

Times Tables Homework: Times tables are a big focus for Year 4 so each week I will be linking an online times table game or sending a paper game home with the children to support them to practise in a fun way.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

Use Hit the Button to recap the times tables for last year (3X, 4X, 8X) and have a go at the 6X. If you are a tables whizz, have a go at the mixed game.

The children have also all got their TTRockstars logins stuck in the front of their diaries. https://ttrockstars.com/

Science: Our science focus for this half term is Sound so we will enjoy exploring how sounds are made and heard and learning some of the key vocabulary.

RE: On Mondays Goldfinches will be learning about the Holy Spirit with Mrs Judge.

German: The children loved their first ‘live lesson’ with Mrs Judge this week and showed superb listening and participation skills.

History: The theme in Year 4 for our topic focus is LEGACY. Fridays will be our Topic themed days. Next week we will explore the legacy left behind by the Ancient Shang dynasty.

PE: We will enjoy cricket on Wednesdays (until half term) and Gymnastics and team building games with Mr Ault on Fridays

PSHCE: Our focus to begin the year is ‘Get Heart Smart’ and we will also be reading and exploring a range of No Outsiders books. We loved reading ‘The Fogettery this week’ which was about treasured memories.

Music: While Mrs Evans is teaching the Year 5 class swimming, Miss Beattie will be enjoying a music lesson with Goldfinches each week following our Charanga programme and Abba theme this term.

We look forward to getting to know you over the coming weeks. Please don’t hesitate to contact us via the office if you would like to discuss anything about your child. Have a lovely weekend and see you next week.

Mrs Evans, Mrs Judge and Mrs Shimmin.

Goldfinches 2020-2021 final blog. WB 19th July, by Mrs Evans

Date: 16th Jul 2021 @ 5:46pm

Welcome to Goldfinches’ Weekly Blog

My final blog for my wonderful class of 20-21

Goldfinches you have made me so proud. You have persevered, worked hard, shown endless enthusiasm and had fun throughout yet another strange and testing year and I couldn’t be any prouder of you all than I am now. I just hope you keep your promise to keep chatting to me next year even though you will be big, grown-up Skylarks!

Parents thank you for all of your kindness, support, patience and understanding during the year. I have enjoyed our phone calls and it has been lovely getting to know you all. I just hope that soon, we will be able to have an actual person to person conversation in the playground!

 Star of the week goes to: William and Isabelle

 Top Table award goes to: Georgia and Grace I

What another busy and productive week we have had!

This week in worship we thought about the Christian Value of courage and planned our own class worship around this theme. It took courage to perform and we were all very proud of our performance when we watched the video back.

DT- we showed enormous patience and perseverance during our torch making day and learned a lot from our successes, mistakes and failures. Mrs Evans was extremely proud of our teamwork and cooperation as we worked together and supported each other.

We then became super chefs on our Greek salad making day. We taste tested a range of ingredients and lots of us even tried olives, tzatziki and taramasalata! We learned to cut and slice safely using the bridge method and then finished the day enjoying our delicious and healthy salads. We should be able to help make them with an adult during the summer holidays now!

Geography- We wowed Mrs Evans with our ability to use a range of mapping skills using atlases and google maps to locate some of the countries in Europe the Romans would have travelled through, some capital cities and the rivers running through them and even some of the mountain ranges.

Geography /Science-We had fun learning about the water cycle with Mrs Evans’ propagator and created some beautiful water coloured pencil diagrams to explain it.

Maths- We have continued our work on Fractions and learned how to add and subtract fractions with the same denominator. We were able to use improper fractions and mixed numbers to help us do this along a number line.

Spellings- your child will be bringing home a summary sheet of the words they have been working on this year. The highlighted/crossed out words are words they have spelt accurately this week and the un-highlighted/not crossed out words are words they still need more practice on so you may wish to work on with your child over the summer holidays. This information has been passed up to Miss Beattie for next year.

Friday Funday- What a fantastic day! We had fun games in PE with Mr Ault, followed by extra-long playtime and then bouncy castle time with our friends. After cooling off with an ice pop we had a picnic lunch outside under the shade of the trees, more playtime outside then a fun game of heads down thumbs up before our movie afternoon. Moana with cake and popcorn! Fabulous fun making memories together.

Next week please remember we finish at 1pm on Tuesday and I’m sure we will have time to squeeze in a few more fun activities before then.

Finally, I would like to wish you all a happy and fun-filled (hopefully sunny) summer holiday. Time to relax now and looking forward to seeing you all back in September. You have been amazing!

Best wishes

Mrs Evans  xxx

Goldfinches week beginning 12th July, by Mrs Evans

Date: 12th Jul 2021 @ 8:38am

Welcome to Goldfinches’ Weekly Blog

Well here we are in our penultimate week...

 Star of the week goes to: Gia and Grace D

 Top Table award goes to: Abi and Toby

This week in worship we will look at the Christian Value of courage and plan a worship around this theme.

Friday fun day is coming up! We are looking forward to a day of fun on the 16th.

Friday 16th is also Mrs Shimmin’s last day with us so we will be wishing her well as she moves into her teaching career.

DT- Please send any final plastic bottles, tubs, pots into school by Tuesday when we will be making our torches during DT. We will also be making our own versions of Greek salads as a delicious way to finish our Greek learning.

Spellings- there is no list of spellings to learn, I have asked the children to look back through the spelling lists in their diaries to practise any words they got wrong or found tricky. This week we will go over the Y3/4 words in class.

Maths and Science- we will be creating our own charts and graphs to represent the data we collected in our ice melting experiment.

Geography and Science -We will learn all about the water cycle and consider the question ‘How old is the water in our taps?’

RE-  we will complete our topic learning about Judaism.

History – we worked together to research and find out what life was like in Britain when the Romans had invaded. We will go on to compare this with the life of the Celts before the Roman invasion and the changes and inventions they brought to ‘Britannia’

Geography – we will track the route the Romans took across Europe on their way to Britain, labelling the countries and some capital cities and locating some of the key landscapes (mountains and rivers) on the way.

German- We will learn different body parts this week.

 PE- More great teamwork in our PE lessons this week, with inter team competitions. Goldfinches have also been playing some wonderful team games during their break times.

I am always happy to talk to you if you have any questions about your child at school.

Have a lovely week,

Mrs Evans.

Week Beginning 5th July, by Mrs Evans

Date: 1st Jul 2021 @ 7:59pm

Welcome to Goldfinches’ Weekly Blog

Once again, we have been so busy and worked so hard. Well done all of my lovely Goldfinches.

 Star of the week goes to: Brooke and Savannah

 Top Table award goes to: Finley

In worship this week we have been discussing Global Goal 14- life below water where we learned about a fisherman, his job and the problems of over fishing. We finished our sustainability project of turning old t-shirts into bags for life and we also had the pleasure of watching a worship with Mr Campion as he told us all about his journey in becoming an author.

In preparation for our DT project in the week beginning 12th July, please send in a clean, empty plastic milk or pop bottle, clear yoghurt pot or small tin-foil tray or any small thin cardboard boxes (e.g. cereal bar boxes) with your child so we can re-use and recycle into a (hopefully) working torch!

 

English- On Tuesday we had a totally tropical start to our new text ‘When the Giant Stirred’ when the classroom took on the theme of a Pacific island with decorations, music, fishing clues and our island display. We enjoyed using our sense of taste to try out the tropical fruits and have created expanded noun phrases and varied our uses of nouns and pronouns as well as being immersed in a wealth of tropical vocabulary. More to come next week

Spellings- words containing the k sound spelt que.

Our words this week are: unique, antique, cheque, grotesque, boutique, picturesque, plaque, arabesque, mosque, opaque

Please work with your child to ensure he or she understands the meanings of the words and can use them in a sentence as well as being able to spell them. There are different suggestions of activities to do each week to support practising the spellings.

Reading- We will continue to use our skills of retrieval and inference within our new shared reading story.

Maths- we have learned about equivalent fractions and have begun to solve problems with fractions and decimals. Next week we will look at addition and subtraction of fractions with the same denominator.

Please keep going with TTRockStars, Coconut Multiples and Hit the Button.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/times-tables/coconut-multiples

 

Science- we have enjoyed making observations of ice hands in our new ‘Changing State’ topic and will have a go at making our own fair tests next week to investigate the conditions that affect ice and make it melt quickest.

RE- We enjoyed working together to act out the story of The Parting of the Red Sea.

History – we worked together to research and find out what life was like in Britain when the Romans had invaded. We will go on to compare this with the life of the Celts before the Roman invasion and the changes and inventions they brought to ‘Britannia’

Geography – We spent an enjoyable morning learning about the 8 compass points and using them to locate human and physical geographical features in the school grounds. We will apply our compass skills to the world map to be able to locate the direction of different places from Britain.

Next week we will combine History and Geography to map the route the Roman army took as its empire spread through Europe.

 German- Last week we learned how to ask each other our age and give and answer.

‘Wie alt bist du?’

 ‘Ich bin acht jahre alt.’  or  ‘ Ich bin nein jahre alt.’

 PE- More great teamwork in our PE lessons this week. Goldfinches have also been playing some wonderful team games during their break times.

Forest School- This week we used a forest school morning to investigate a question ‘Which shape makes the strongest structure?’ We enjoyed using the forest area to forage for sticks and twigs to make shelters for Lego people based on Ancient Round Houses, Egyptian Pyramids and our more modern square and rectangular houses.

Looking forward to another action-packed week! 

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you wish to discuss your child.

Mrs Evans

 

Goldfinches WB 28.6.21, by Mrs Evans

Date: 23rd Jun 2021 @ 10:19pm

Welcome to Goldfinches’ Weekly Blog

What another wonderful week of learning.

Star of the week goes to: Lola and Anthony

Top Table award goes to: Isabella

The Makers of History company gave us full day of fun-packed learning on Wednesday where Goldfinches had chance to act in role, investigate, play games, become musicians, try out weapons, juggle with peacock feathers and armour, learn how and why the Roman Army was so successful with their organisation, marches and battle formations and make Roman or Celt art out of clay.

I am so proud of how respectful, polite and enthusiastic our lovely Goldfinches were to our Historians and I can’t quite believe just how much learning we packed into one day! I tried to tweet as much as I could!

I am also proud of how hard our Goldfinches have worked in their assessments this week.

 

In worship this week we have been discussing Rosie’s Dolls through the theme of No Outsiders.

 

English- We will begin our new story this week. It’s a lovely one!

 

Spellings- we will be focusing on words with double consonants.

Our words this week are: shattered, giggly, collector, wettest, fitter, travelled,  , fizzing, stopped, planning, terrify

Please work with your child to ensure he or she understands the meanings of the words and can use them in a sentence as well as being able to spell them. There are different suggestions of activities to do each week to support practising the spellings.

 

Reading- We will begin our new reading text for shared reading as we begin our new writing text.

 

Maths- we have learned about equivalent fractions and have begun to simplify fractions. We will continue to work on fractions with addition and subtraction.

We completed our trial of the Multiplication Tables Check App this week but will continue to work on our times tables in preparation for moving into Year 5. Please keep going with TTRockStars, Coconut Multiples and Hit the Button.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/times-tables/coconut-multiples

 

Science- we have begun to compare the properties of solids, liquids and gases in our new ‘Changing State’ topic.

 

RE- We enjoyed working together to act out the story of The Parting of the Red Sea.

   

History - we began investigating the chronology of the Roman Empire and the arrival of the Romans in Britain to create our own Roman timelines.

 

German- This week we learned how to ask each other our age and give and answer.

‘Wie alt bist du?’

 ‘Ich bin acht jahre alt.’  or  ‘ Ich bin nein jahre alt.’

 

PE- We are looking forward to our Sport’s Day. We know this will be quite different to our usual events, however we are determined to make it the best we can, act as fantastic sports people and be wonderful spectators for each other.

 

You are always welcome to contact me with any questions you have about your child.

Mrs Evans

 

 

Goldfinches WB21.6.21, by Mrs Evans

Date: 17th Jun 2021 @ 9:43pm

Welcome to Goldfinches’ Weekly Blog

What another hardworking week we have had whilst enjoying the fact that summer really is here! Once again, your Goldfinches have all made me so proud of their passion for learning.

 Star of the week goes to: Mason M

 Top Table award goes to: Francesca

Trip (in school) we are looking forward to having The Makers of History company on Wednesday for our experience going back in time to the Roman Empire.

In worship this week we have been discussing Global Goal 13- Climate Action. We have loved listening to Jack Johnson’s 3 Rs song to help us think about the actions we can take to recycle, reuse and reduce our waste. We watched the video which explains how to turn our old t-shirts into re-useable bags and look forward to doing this on Friday.

It was lovely to zoom call with our lovely Miss Randles for her last day of work before starting her maternity leave last week.

And.. what a lovely surprise visit we had from Rocky the parrot! A super start to our Thursday! Thank you Ryan and  Ryan's mum!

 

English- I cannot be more proud of the enthusiasm, care and effort all of our lovely Goldfinches have put into their ‘best piece of writing yet’ in Y4. Our stories of ‘Escape to Pompeii’ are wonderful.

Spellings- we will be focusing on words from the 4th column of the Y3/4 words.

Our words this week are: minute, natural, naughty, notice, occasion, occasionally, often, opposite, ordinary, signature

Please work with your child to ensure he or she understands the meanings of the words and can use them in a sentence as well as being able to spell them. There are different suggestions of activities to do each week to support practising the spellings.

Reading- We have continued with our ‘Volcanoes’ book and have enjoyed using questioning strategies to form our own questions for each other to answer.

 

Maths- we have begun learning about decimal numbers and equivalent fractions and have really impressed Mrs Evans with our quick learning.

The Multiplication Tables Check App is coming up soon- we will be ready to have a go at the trial version by the 25th June.

The official Y4 multiplication check has been postponed until next year, however, as a school we have made the decision to trial it for ourselves this year. The game below is almost the same as the format for the multiplication check we will do in June. Please support your child to practise using this at home regularly alongside TTRock Stars

https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check

This week we will have a go at the official practise site to become familiar with how it works and what we have to do.

Science- we used our knowledge of classification keys to classify leaves and creating our own questions. We had a lovely walk in track time on Thursday to identify some of the trees in our school grounds

 

RE- Our RE topic is Judaism where we worked very hard to write about the Israelites on Monday.

 

History and Geography- we completed our inquiry about our big question: What Legacy was left by the Ancient Greek civilisation? by studying and researching different themes and sub-questions about Ancient Greece.

 

German- this week we will have enjoyed learning to ask ‘Wo wohnst du? (where do you live?).

 

PE- this half term will focus on Athletics and Striking and Batting games (rounders and cricket). It will continue to be on Monday and Friday afternoons. Please ensure your child wears the Lostock Gralam PE uniform and has long hair tied back and earrings removed or covered please.

Cricket club was very well attended. Please ensure that if your child is attending they wear their PE uniform, not their own clothes during the day and follow the same safety rules of bringing a hair band for long hair and taking earrings out/covering them with tape.

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me via the school office if you want to discuss anything regarding your child.

Mrs Evans

 

Goldfinches WB 14th June, by Mrs Evans

Date: 10th Jun 2021 @ 5:11pm

Welcome to Goldfinches’ Weekly Blog

What another hardworking week we have had whilst enjoying the fact that summer really is here!

 Star of the week goes to: Sophie

 Top Table award goes to: Ryan

In worship this week we have been discussing the Christian Value of Courage. We listened to the story of Moses in the burning bush and the courage he showed. We have written a shared acrostic poem for courage and have considered an up and coming challenge which might require us to show courage.

On Friday we will hopefully have a zoom call with our lovely Miss Randles for her last day of work before starting her maternity leave. We send her and her new baby all our love and best wishes. I will be popping round to her in the next couple of weeks and would be happy to pass on any gifts you may have as I know some of you had asked about this. Thank you all again for sending in such gorgeous photos of your child for the card.

Next week we welcome Mrs Shimmin back for a couple of weeks to complete the final part of her teacher training.

Trip (in school) During this time of covid regulations, it has been so difficult to find a safe trip out of school which is relevant and meaningful to the work we are focusing on at the moment in class. This is why I decided to book The Makers of History company (which I have used numerous times in both this school and my last school) By not travelling out anywhere, will have the entire day from 9am-3pm and will have a truly fun and meaningful learning experience going back in time to the Roman Empire.

 

 English- We have got very good at using the present perfect tense in our writing this week (have + past tense verb e.g. I have worked very hard this week) through writing a reflective memory of life after the eruption of Vesuvius. We have planned and begun to write our own historical story based on the events.

 Spellings- we will be focusing on words with the prefixes il, im,  un, in, im, dis which all have the meaning ‘not’

Our words this week are: illogical, illegal, illiterate, unkind, unclear, incomplete, incorrect, impolite, disagree, dislike

Please work with your child to ensure he or she understands the meanings of the words and can use them in a sentence as well as being able to spell them. There are different suggestions of activities to do each week to support practising the spellings.

 Reading- We have continued with our ‘Volcanoes’ book and have enjoyed learning more technical language as well as understanding how the layout and features of non-fiction texts support our understanding. Ask your child about pumice, mud flows or pyroclastic currents!!

 

 Maths- we have moved onto finding the area of shapes (using multiplication and division to support us) we will continue this into next week before beginning to look at decimal numbers.

We have had another practise with the Multiplication Tables Check App this week in preparation to have a go at the trial version by the 25th June.

The official Y4 multiplication check has been postponed until next year, however, as a school we have made the decision to trial it for ourselves this year. The game below is almost the same as the format for the multiplication check we will do in June. Please support your child to practise using this at home regularly alongside TTRock Stars

https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check

This week we will have a go at the official practise site to become familiar with how it works and what we have to do.

 

Science- we recorded the next results of our eggs in different drinks to find out the effects on our teeth. Coke, energy drinks and orange juice were the most damaging and water and milk were the best for keeping our teeth healthy.

We used classification keys to sort out sweets and then mini-beasts into different categories using questions.

 

 RE- Our new RE topic is Judaism.

 

History and Geography- we worked very hard on Tuesday to inquire about the big question: What Legacy was left by the Ancient Greek civilisation? We thought about sub- questions to ask to support our research and used the I-Pads and library books to research Democracy, Olympic Games, Alphabet, Architecture and an area of our own choice.  Did you know the Greeks invented the catapult and the vending machine?!

 

 German- this week we will learn months of the year.

 

 PE- this half term will focus on Athletics and Striking and Batting games (rounders and cricket). It will continue to be on Monday and Friday afternoons. Please ensure your child wears the Lostock Gralam PE uniform and has long hair tied back and earrings removed or covered please.

Our first Cricket club was very well attended. Please ensure that if your child is attending they wear their PE uniform, not their own clothes during the day and follow the same safety rules of bringing a hair band for long hair and taking earrings out/covering them with tape.

 

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me via the school office if you want to discuss anything regarding your child.

Mrs Evans

Week beginning 7th June, by Mrs Evans

Date: 28th May 2021 @ 6:48am

 

Welcome to Goldfinches’ Weekly Blog

What another hardworking week we have had and I wish you all a happy, sunny half term holiday!

  Star of the week goes to: Zach

 Top Table award goes to: Mason J

In worship this week we have been learning about the Golden Rules mosaic which is displayed in the UN Headquarters and how it encourages everyone to live out their lives following the rules. ‘Do unto others as you would have then do unto you’.

We have also shared more of Mr Cliff’s answers to our ‘Big Questions’ we asked as part of our Ethos work before Easter.

This week we have discussed another P4C (Philosophy for children) sticker. Your child will wear a sticker home every now and again to prompt a family discussion!

We celebrated all getting on the Recognition Board for 'Getting straight on' with our work by going out and playing in the sunshine.

 English- We have used the present perfect tense in our writing this week (have + past tense verb e.g. I have worked very hard this week). We have written letters imagining we were Tranio or Livia’s parents giving them advice about how to stay safe and we have continued to work on writing and punctuating direct speech. After the holiday we will complete our work on Escape from Pompeii with further historical writing.

 Spellings- we will be focusing on words from the 4th column of the Y3/4 statutory word list

Words to learn this week:  interest, island, knowledge, learn, length, library, material, medicine, mention.

Please work with your child to ensure he or she understands the meanings of the words and can use them in a sentence as well as being able to spell them. There are different suggestions of activities to do each week to support practising the spellings.

 

 Reading- We loved starting our new ‘Volcanoes’ book and being immersed in some of the very technical vocabulary! We now know what a volcanologist! We have been learning more technical language as well as understanding how the layout and features of non-fiction texts support our understanding.

 

 Maths- we have been solving division problems this week using the part whole method of partitioning to support us. After half term we will move onto finding the area of shapes (using multiplication and division to support us)

We have been enjoying practising with the Multiplication Tables Check App this week.

The official Y4 multiplication check has been postponed until next year, however, as a school we have made the decision to trial it for ourselves this year. The game below is almost the same as the format for the multiplication check we will do in June. Please support your child to practise using this at home regularly alongside TTRock Stars

https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check

This week we will have a go at the official practise site to become familiar with how it works and what we have to do.

 Science- we recorded the results so far of our eggs in different drinks to find out the effects on our teeth. We were surprised that some of the shells were starting to dissolve and some were changing colour! We began researching ideas for a presentation on keeping teeth healthy.

 RE- Our new RE topic after half term is Judaism.

 History and Geography- we have found out where Ancient Greece fits in on the timeline and in the world using timelines and maps. We worked beautifully together in groups to research the question ‘How great was Alexander the Great?’

 Music- we did so well and enjoyed our final Ukulele lesson.

 German- this week we will learn months of the year.

 PE- this half term will focus on Athletics and Striking and Batting games (rounders and cricket). It will continue to be on Monday and Friday afternoons. Please ensure your child wears the Lostock Gralam PE uniform and has long hair tied back and earrings removed or covered please.

As always please e-mail or phone the office if you would like to speak to me about anything.

Mrs Evans

 

Week beginning 24th May 2021, by Mrs Evans

Date: 19th May 2021 @ 10:09pm

Welcome to Goldfinches’ Weekly Blog

What another hardworking week we have had!

 Star of the week goes to: Isabel C

 Top Table award goes to: Riley

 

This week in worship:

We had a lovely class visit to Church and to meet Vicar Andrew.

We have played a board game to highlight the importance of water and to have an opportunity to enjoy playing with our friends. Our school councillors launched a competition to make a poster about saving water. These can be done at home and are due in on the first Tuesday back after half term.

We have shared some of Mr Cliff’s answers to our ‘Big Questions’ we asked as part of our Ethos work before Easter.

We enjoyed using our first P4C (Philosophy for children) stickers to prompt our discussions. Your child will wear a sticker home every now and again to prompt a family discussion!

Our No Outsiders focus was on including everybody and the special facemasks for people who are deaf.

 

English- We have looked at different tenses, completed a zone of relevance with key vocabulary from the book and recapped using speech punctuation.

 

Spellings- we will be focusing on words with the sion suffix

Words to learn this week:  explosion, television, collision, division, invasion, decision, erosion, confusion, decision, revision.

Please work with your child to ensure he or she understands the meanings of the words and can use them in a sentence as well as being able to spell them. There are different suggestions of activities to do each week to support practising the spellings.

 

Reading- We have explored the layout and organisation of non-fiction books and how they can support our understanding of a topic and this has helped us expand our technical vocabulary. We will continue to use the book to investigate how a volcano is formed, erupts and becomes extinct.

 

Maths- we have been brilliant at use partitioning to support the division of 2-digits by 1-digit and moved on to 3-digit numbers, understanding how a remainder is created. Next week we will link our understanding of multiplication and division to finding the area.

The official Y4 multiplication check has been postponed until next year, however, as a school we have made the decision to trial it for ourselves this year. The game below is almost the same as the format for the multiplication check we will do in June. Please support your child to practise using this at home regularly alongside TTRock Stars

https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check

This week we will have another go at the official practise site to become familiar with how it works and what we have to do.

 

 Science: this week we have continued about the importance of making healthy snack and drink choices and about how to look for the sugar content on food labels as part of our Change 4 Life focus. We have set off another investigation into the effects of different drinks on eggshells (which are very similar to the enamel of our teeth) and made predictions as to what will happen to the eggs after a week. Next week we will find out what has happened, record our results and learn about tooth care.

 

 RE- we have continued to explore the theme of Discipleship.

 

History and Geography- we have compared and contrasted the similarities and differences of the ancient civilisations to find out what made them some of the world’s greatest civilisations. This week we will begin to discover where Ancient Greece fits in on the timeline and in the world.

 

Art- We have all used the techniques of collage to make a unique sunflower petal to form part of a whole school display. We have also all contributed to a beautiful piece of shared art for the Northwich Arts festival on the theme of ‘Belonging’.

 

Music- we are really working hard in our final few Ukulele lessons.

 

German- this week we learn and practise colours names of the week.

 

PE- this half term will focus on Athletics and Striking and Batting games (rounders and cricket). It will continue to be on Monday and Friday afternoons. Please ensure your child wears the Lostock Gralam PE uniform and has long hair tied back and earrings removed or covered please.

 

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me via the school admin email if you wish to discuss anything.

Mrs Evans

Week beginning 26th April 2021, by Mrs Evans

Date: 22nd Apr 2021 @ 10:38pm

Welcome to Goldfinches’ Weekly Blog

What a fantastic start back to school. You have made Mrs Evans, Miss Randles and Mrs Whittingham so proud of how hard you have worked. 

  Star of the week goes to: Finley

 Top Table award goes to: Zach

This week we have… and next week we will…

 English- We have continued to explore Leon and the Place Between and have a go at writing from a different point of view. Next week we will be planning and writing a diary entry in parts over a few days.

 Spellings- we will be focusing on words with the suffix ‘ous’

Words to learn this week:  famous, joyous, fabulous, tremendous, jealous, enormous, glamorous, disastrous, adventurous, nervous

 Reading- we will continue to read the Train to Impossible Places and investigate the strange world Susie has entered.

 Maths- we will continue to focus on multiplication methods. Multiplying 3-digit numbers by 1-digit and use our knowledge to solve multiplication problems.

 Science- we will set up an investigation on the conditions plants need to survive and use classification keys to identify different trees.

 RE- our focus this half term is Discipleship. 

 History and Geography- we will investigate and explore the ancient civilisations, add them to a timeline and map where they were in the world.

 Music- we will continue to have Ukulele lessons with Dan every Thursday for the next few weeks. 

 German- this week we will learn the numbers 1-10.

 PE- this half term will focus on Athletics and Striking and Batting games (rounders and cricket). It will continue to be on Monday and Friday afternoons. Please ensure your child wears the Lostock Gralam PE uniform and has long hair tied back and earrings removed or covered please.

Week Beginning 19th April, by Jenny Evans

Date: 18th Apr 2021 @ 8:21pm

Welcome to Goldfinches’ Weekly Blog

Goldfinches I hope you and your families have had a wonderful Easter holiday and a well-deserved rest. I am sure you are all looking forward to a summer term filled with learning and fun- I know I am!

  Star of the week goes to: Jai

 Top Table award goes to: William

 

This week we have… and next week we will…

…continued to enjoy the opportunities to be back together again and working in teams in lots of different subjects. 

Parents Evening- is on Tuesday where I am looking forward to sharing your child’s learning with you via a phone call.

 English- we had a wonderful day finishing the term in our pyjamas for our very own World Book Day when we created our own version of Counting On Katherine. 

This week we will continue to explore Leon and the Place Between and have a go at writing from a different point of view.

 

 Spellings- we will be focusing on words from the Y3/4 statutory word list column 3 and identifying the tricky bits. 

 

 Reading- we will continue to read the Train to Impossible Places and investigate the strange world Susie has entered.

 Maths- we will continue to focus on multiplication methods. Multiplying 3-digit numbers by 1-digit.

 Science- This week we will be having a walk around the grounds and examining the trees and plants. We will explore using classification grids to identify trees.

  Music- we will continue to have Ukulele lessons with Dan every Thursday for the next few weeks. 

 German- this week we will focus on feelings.

 PE- this half term will focus on Athletics and Striking and Batting games (rounders and cricket). It will continue to be on Monday and Friday afternoons. Please ensure your child wears the Lostock Gralam PE uniform and has long hair tied back and earrings removed or covered please.

Week beginning 29th March 2021, by Mrs Evans

Date: 26th Mar 2021 @ 8:35am

Welcome to Goldfinches’ Weekly Blog

Goldfinches have continued to work hard this week and make us so proud.

  Star of the week goes to: Abi

 Top Table award goes to: Grace D

 

This week we have… and next week we will…

…continued to enjoy the opportunities to be back together again and working in teams in lots of different subjects.

 English- We have really got into the story of Leon and The Place Between and have met more of the characters. We have recapped our use of subordinate clauses within some beautiful descriptive writing. Next week we will continue to explore more of the story and of course, we are looking forward to finishing the term in our pyjamas for our very own World Book Day on Thursday.

 

 Spellings- continuing with words with the spelling pattern ‘ey’ ‘ei’ ‘eigh

 

 Maths- In maths we have enjoyed exploring how to record multiplication methods in different ways in order to solve multiplication problems. We have started our times tables challenges again.

   History- we investigated a range of pictures and artefacts to help investigate more about what life was like in Ancient Greece.

 Music- Ukulele is going well and we are learning to play in time together which is a really tricky skill but lots of fun!

 German- We enjoyed learning to greet each other and recapped asking each other’s names.

 

 

 PE- We have enjoyed playing team games and solving problems together outside.

   Art- We have found out about the artist Lynne Pugh who shares her Christian faith through art. Her painting has inspired us to create our own mixed media collage and we have begun by recapping tint in colour by adding white.

 No Outsiders- Our story this week was ‘Crayon’ and through it we enjoyed giving advice about being the best people we can be and being proud to be ourselves.

As always, if you want to speak to me, please don't hesitate to contact the school office by phone or e-mail.

Mrs Evans

Week beginning 22nd March 2021, by Mrs Evans

Date: 19th Mar 2021 @ 7:58am

Welcome to Goldfinches’ Weekly Blog

It has been absolutely fantastic to welcome each and every one of our wonderful Goldfinches back into school. They have continued to make us so proud with their passion for learning and happy faces.

  Star of the week goes to: Willow.

 Top Table award goes to: Savannah

 

This week we have… and next week we will…

…enjoyed the opportunities to be back together again and working in teams in lots of different subjects.

 English- We have enjoyed predicting and exploring our new English book ‘Leon and the place between’. Our sentence descriptions have been wonderful as we are developing a rich and varied vocabulary. We have started to read ‘The train to impossible places’ and are finding out about the characters and unusual setting. This week our focus is on using our rich and varied vocabulary to write a diary entry and to recap using a wider range of subordinating conjunctions.