Welcome to Class 4.
We are the Positive Penguins!
A warm welcome to the Positive Penguins Class.
The Loyal Lemurs are taught by Mrs Brown. Mrs Ruff and Miss De Mooij are our Teaching Assistants.
Our class page is a celebration of our learning and it also has lots of important information too.
Important information for the week beginning 1st November:
Please send your child to school in their PE kit on Mondays as usual this half term.
Please send your child's Parents' Evening form in with them this week. Please make sure you write your child's name on the form.
The spellings for the week are: regular, irregular, responsible, irresponsible, rational, irrational, reversible, irreversible, resistible, irresistible.
We will have a spelling test on these words next Friday. In future weeks, I will ask the children to choose 5 of their spellings to write in 5 sentences in their homework book. We will begin this once the new homework books have arrived in school. There is no need to write spelling sentences this week.
We will be starting our new topic 'Road Trip USA' this week!
The Autumn Newsletter is attached at the bottom of this page.
Our Cornerstones topics 2021-2022
Autumn 1 – I Am Warrior
Autumn 2 – Road Trip USA
Spring 1 – Traders and Raiders
Spring 2 – Blue Abyss
Summer 1 – 1066
Summer 2 – Misty Mountain Sierra
I Am Warrior
I am Warrior! I am strong, brave and powerful. Meet me in battle. Draw your sword, wield your axe and challenge if you dare. Invade and attack. Romans versus Celts, the fight is on. Discover warring Britain: meet Claudius, Boudicca and Julius Caesar and find out what the Romans did for us. Get ready for Gladiator School and learn alongside Spartacus and Spiculus, brave fighters of the Roman Colosseum. When all that battling makes you hungry, relax, lie back and feast yourself on dormice and grapes, or perhaps a roasted swan?
Road Trip USA
Buckle up, sunglasses on. We’re going on a road trip across the good old US of A. Flying from London Gatwick, and landing at JFK airport New York, it’s time to explore the sights and sounds of the Big Apple. Use your map skills to navigate your way around some of its most famous landmarks and send a postcard home to ask the question ‘Do you wish you were here?’ Learn how to send an email to book a day trip or reserve a room. Make sure you ask the important questions ‘Does your hotel have a pool? Is there 24-hour room service?’ Meet the Iroquois tribe; Native Americans with amazing customs and traditions. Then plan a bespoke road trip for Mr Smith and his family of four. They want to spend three weeks in the sunshine. It’s going to be a long ride. Put the roof down and let the wind blow through your hair. We’re off.
Traders and Raiders
Big and strong, powerful and brave, the Saxons wave their battle axes and brandish their swords as they begin to invade Britain’s shores. Sail back to the Dark Ages, where battles were rife and fear reigned. Find out about the lives of the Saxons, including how they lived and where they came from. Meet the bloodthirsty Vikings from Scandinavia – never before had such terror swept the land. Make a Saxon sword or a Viking brooch and decorate it with intricate patterns. Choose to be a Saxon or Viking and trade your crafty goods, but let’s keep it cool. We don’t want a fight breaking out. Are you ready to shine a light on the dangerous and deadly Dark Ages?
Grab your wetsuit. We’re going deep into an underwater world of incredible coral and mysterious sea creatures. Head to your local aquarium and learn about life in the ocean. Can you pick a favourite fish, plant or animal? What do real divers get up to below the surface? Create a fishy story about exploring an amazing underwater world. Time to go a little deeper into our seas. Make a model deep sea submarine that can withstand great pressure and travel to the deepest, darkest places on Earth. Make sure you test it first. What are those bright lights in the distance? It’s a group of bioluminescent sea creatures. Look closely and create a colourful, 3-D art exhibition when you rise to the surface. Flippers on? Snorkel ready? Let’s head into the Blue Abyss.
We’re travelling back to 1066, probably the most famous date in English history. These are troubled times and there is danger afoot. A much-loved king is dead and a French Duke has staked a claim for our kingdom. Discover a changing England, shaped by shires, protected by castles and ruled by foreign knights. Use the famous Bayeux Tapestry to explore the significant events of 1066. What happened when, and how did William of Normandy come to be called the Conqueror? Design a castle with defences strong enough to hold back the enemy. What about a space for fine dining and revelry? Try and build a happy (but safe) home. You’re the architect. Are you ready for the Norman invasion? Then don your armour and watch your back.
Misty Mountain Sierra
Mighty mountains peak above the morning mists, imposing and eternal, rocky outcrops at their feet. Discover how these giants are formed, as a fold or a block, a dome or a plateau. Meet the exceptional tribes of the hostile Himalayas then plan a mountain expedition from the BMC that is eco friendly and as safe as can be. But look out. What’s that by that tree? Its footprints are huge. Have we found the Yeti?
We have our P.E. lessons on Monday afternoons. Please come to school in your PE kit on this day.
We glue our new spellings into our Homework (Penguin) books on Fridays for you to practise at home and at school for a spelling test the following Friday. Please also choose 5 of your spellings to write into 5 sentences in your homework book. Please hand this in by Thursday.
We have a times tables test every Friday. Mrs Brown will tell you which times tables you need to practise and you can write this down in your Homework (Penguin) book. We will begin the year by recapping the 2, 5 and 10 times tables.
It is really important to read for pleasure regularly at home. Please read the book that you take home from school as well as the books you have at home too. Try to read for a few minutes every day.
Education City, TTRockstars and Purple Mash
Mrs Brown sets English and Maths homework regularly on Education City. This is always linked to the current topics we are learning about in class. Times tables are also set each week on TTRockstars and there are also activities and tasks on Purple Mash, which we use for our Computing Curriculum.