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Instruction Writing

As Robins showed great behaviours for learning during their spellings, Mr Lo decided to do a paired reading activity. Robins first discussed what are the organisational features of instruction writing.

Pupils first discussed the features of instruction writing and then had a go at paired reading and identifying those features.

Below is an example of the reading.

Extension:
1.At home why not have a go at writing some instructions on how to play your favourite sport or computer game?!
2. Visit https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zgqxwnb/articles/zfrcmfr and watch this Halloween themed video on how to write instructions!
3. At home think about where you might find instructions! The picture below may help you.

Spellings

This morning we looked at words beginning with “in”.

The whole class worked quietly and concentrated hard on their handwriting as well as spellings.

Can you spot your own work?

Extension: Take a look at https://www.spellzone.com/word_lists/list-5435.htm for more words beginning with “in”

P.S At home don’t forget to continue reviewing the statutory spellings.

Expressing Joy and Thankfulness

Today Year 4 learnt about joy and how we express it through our lives and in faiths.

The class were great at recalling all the different situations in which joy is expressed.

The children even noted that people express their joy through celebrations and those celebrations can be related to your faith.

The class then learnt about Diwali, which is a Hindu festival of light. In different parts of India it is celebrated with different reasons but essentially marks the start of the new year.

Diwali is a very important holiday in India.

The word Diwali means ‘row of lighted lamps’.

Houses will be lit up with lights and Diva lamps which will welcome the Goddess Lakshmi (the Goddess of wealth). The lights will guide her to their home and to help her in, the leave a door or window open.

Hindus will also decorate their home with “Rangoli” patterns. These are bright, beautiful, colourful patterns that are left on the floor and decorated with lights.

The children had a go at making some patterns too.

The class then went on to look at being thankful. The class agreed that there was a lot to be thankful for and made a great list of things.

Everyone agreed that being thankful for those that care for us is important and they set about writing a letter of thanks to them! Islam, as well as all other religions, teaches Muslims to be grateful, thankful and good to those that care for them.

There were some lovely letters to parents and carers in Year 4. A testament to the loving way they have be brought up.

Talking Tuesdays

Every Tuesday Robins have the chance to talk about what’s happening in the news.

This week Robins have talked about the latest on the new lockdown rules affecting Wales, a space probe hoping to ‘high five’ an asteroid, and some spooooky ideas for celebrating Halloween at home this year whilst using the time conjunctions they have learn this week. (e.g First, second, third, at the beginning , in the middle, at the end.)

Here is a summary of our discussions.

1. Wales announces national lockdown for two weeks
Wales has announced a two-week national lockdown to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

The First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, said that from 6pm on Friday October 23 until Tuesday November 9, people should stay at home.

Under the new rules people cannot mix with others they do not live with – that’s both indoors and outdoors.

The lockdown in Wales is being called a ‘firebreak’.

2. Nasa to build the internet on the Moon!
Ever dreamed of going into space but been put off because you can’t stream films, watch YouTube or play a video game up there?

Well that dream is one step closer to becoming reality…

Nasa has teamed up with a mobile phone company, to build the first 4G mobile phone network on the Moon!

The space agency’s Artemis programme aims to establish a sustainable human presence on the moon within the next decade.

And let’s face it – you need to be able to check your phone when you’re there!

Read more about the story here – https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/54611342

3. FA has a new plan to boost diversity and equality in girls’ football
The Football Association (FA) has launched a new plan for women and girls’ football.

It’s a four-year project called Inspiring Positive Change, and it aims to “create a sustainable future” for women’s and girls’ football in England.

The new strategy means football will be part of the PE curriculum in schools and has created a target for 90% of schools in England to be part of The FA Girls’ Football School Partnerships network.

Finally, at home, why not keep up to date with the daily news at CBBC Newsround – https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/news/watch_newsround

Conversation Writing

For Lower KS2 students, it is imperative that they learn about the ways dialogue can impact an oral or written piece can impact a character’s development. This is because they will be tasked with, as part of their curriculum, being able to ‘draft and write by composing and rehearsing sentences orally (including dialogue)’.

Robins have recently been enjoying the thrills of conversation writing. First, they reviewed how to write in the first person followed by a planning activity of what would the characters say in the story and finally they finished their conversation writing.

Keep up the good work Robins. (We’re still working on our fluency in writing but we’re all confident we can make progress! )

Sharing is Caring

Robins have had great joy in sharing the learning they have been doing at home. This has included

Paige –> I have been reviewing my scanning techniques with my family.
Pippa –> I’ve had a go at learning some Chinese characters.
Leah –> I’ve had a go at moulding cakes.

Furthermore, Dylan and Kenzie decided at lunch time to have another go at making a Greek style clay pot.

Moreover, in one of our ERIC sessions we have continued to read our class book and shared ideas. Pupils used their knowledge of time conjunctions to re-tell the story.

Finally, I’d like to say a big thank you to Jessica for bringing in such a valuable selection of donations for the harvest festival.

Our value word Tolerance & Black History Month

Robins highly value the importance of tolerance.

As a class we have been sharing all about ourselves. Many of us have family that come from different countries. This has enriched our learning and increased our understanding of the importance of tolerance and respecting all cultures. During circle time we have been able to enjoy a range of languages including Chinese, Kurdish, Arabic, Punjabi, Urdu, Italian, Spanish and Maori.

Mr Lo has also purchased a book to share with the class. Don’t forget to take a look during our ERIC sessions.

As part of our values and black history month display board we have decided we would like to decorate it with photos of our diverse class. Some of us have already brought in photos. Thanks for sharing!

Furthermore, we have discussed the importance of recognising Black Figures. This week we have recapped on important Black Figures. Can you recognise them?

and finally, we also looked at some local black celebrities.

A big shout out to Jessica for making a table comparing Roman numerals, English and Chinese.

Ryan for taking pride in his football. Well done!

Groovy Greek Entertainment!

It’s been a while since we last updated our blog on the Greeks; that doesn’t mean we stopped learning about them!
Recently Robins have been researching all about democracy in Greece,

The Olympic Games.

and Greek Theatre.

It was very fascinating learning about the different types of plays, including:
Tragedies: The first type they invented was the tragedy. In tragedies, one or more major characters always suffered a disastrous end.

Comedies: In comedies, plays always had a happy end.

Satires: Satires were plays that made fun of mortal legends and of real people. In ancient Greece, you did not poke fun at the gods – not in a play, not in real life, not ever. But you could poke fun at your leaders. And that was uniquely Greek. Satires in ancient Greece were often political in nature, and could indeed affect people’s opinions about current events.

Robins used bullet points to record their findings. Below is an example.

After that, they had fun designing their own masks. Can you tell which are comedies and which are tragedies?

Extension: At home
Visit https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z87tn39/articles/z36j7ty to read more about “How did the Olympic Games begin?”
and https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zx67xnb to watch a video about Greek Theatre.

Video: Cricket in PE

Every Thursday in our PE lessons we have been working on the different skills we need for ball games.

Recently Robins have been improving their cricket skills and learning the rules of cricket. The game they have been playing follows the normal rules except scoring runs only occurs when the ball hits the boundaries ( walls), 2pts for end wall and 1pt for side wall. Children have 5 bowls each, if they are out during the 5 bowls, they still complete their 5 attempts to hit the ball. However, each time they are out the score is reduced by 5 points.

Stay tuned for future P.E updates and… don’t forget our home learning site now includes multiple at home exercise activities. Click here to jump there now https://home.bellsfarm.org/pe/

Beautiful handwriting

Did you know that handwriting activates the brain more than just clicking on your mobile phone?

Good handwriting contributes to reading fluency because it activates visual perception of letters.
In Year 4 Robins have been continually improving their joined handwriting.

Here are a few examples of our beautiful writing.