Sycamore Class - Year 4/5
Teacher: Mrs V Doganozu
Google Classroom Code: ozhejto
How to support your Year 4 child with reading at home.
Ways to support your Year 5 child with reading at home.
Every child in the school has been given a home login for google classroom (it will be their own personal school email).
Their password is generic --> Password1 (captial P)
Recommended Reads for Year 5
Recommended Reads for Year 4
Special Mentions and CHAS
Every Friday, we celebrate the children's hard work; we do this by awarding one child per class a Special Mention and one child CHaS recognition. A badge will be awarded for each, and if given CHaS, our CHaS dragon will be able to come home for the weekend. As well as CHaS, a bag containing a wide range of books will be sent home for you and your child to enjoy. Please do return the books in good time ready for the next lucky recipient.
Week 6 Mia for trying really hard with her work and learning her times tables which have really helped her with our fraction work this week.
Week 5: Caleab for really improving his sentences and using subordinating conjunctions to uplevel them. Poppy for learning her 4 times tables and being able to recite them.
Week 4: Will for reading nearly every day this week, which is fantastic to see.
Week 3: Jess for showing great determination and resilience in her work this week and producing some lovely writing
Week 1: Erin for always responding to feedback and showing great resilience in her work.
Week 6: Erin for supporting another child with editing their work, Erin was brilliant and asked lots of supportive questions to allow classmate to improve their work.
Week 5: Joseph for being positive about everyone's artwork in History.
Week 4: Olivia for being very supportive to a new student.
Week 3: Emilia for always being a caring, helpful and positive member of the class.
Week 1: Dominic for collecting all the pieces of a broken bracelet and handing them to a member of staff.
Half Term Information Sheet
All children in year 4 will be required to take the new multiplication check in the summer term so we are having a huge push on learning times tables over the year. We have new times table practise books which are kept in school as well as different apps we subscribe to, as a school, where the children can practise their times tables in a fun way.
Times table Rock stars
We have a subscription to TT Rock stars which the children absolutely love! They can play on 'garage', 'studio' and complete 'soundchecks' which follow the layout of the multiplication check in Summer.
We have regular "battles" within school between different classes and the winning class are rewarded with different activities.
From here children can access a variety of different resources including the multiplication check which we do carr out weekly with the children.
These apps help the children to learn and consolidate their tables and they can compete with their classmates and other schools.
Recommended Reading List
Please see the below recommended reading lists for your children.
As part of our Shang Dynasty topic we have looked at chinese dragons and their symbolism. The children have used clay to recreate a dragon eye and then painted it using poster pain. They then picked out certain features to highlight using acryclic paint.
In Mission we have been looking at the Shang Dynasty and as part of our Art we have replicated two of The Four Gentleman, which are famouns chinese paintings. The children needed to use one stroke of the paintbrush to achieve the differences in thickness of the stems, as well as lift the brush slightly off the paper. The paintings are amazing and to finish them off they wrote their name in Chinese underneath.
We took part in a poetry workshop with Mark Grist who challenged us to write poetry about an emotion coming to visit. The children wrote stunning poems about this and we have displayed them in our corridor. It really helped to have the poem broken down into lines so that we could really concentrate on personifying the emotion. The children are so proud of their work.
We had an exciting visit from a scientist from Sublime Science and were amazed at the different things we saw: a wooden skewer being inserted into a balloon without bursting the balloon, elephant's toothpaste and oxygen relighting an extinguished stick. We also made slime using 3 simple ingredients, it was a fantastic experience.
We had a visit from the Birdman who brought in a variety of different birds for the children to learn about. We wrote Haiku poems about one of the owls we saw and then drew a picture of the owl. The children worked really hard and the work they have produced is fantastic. It really helped seeing the birds and then putting this into words using the Haiku structure of 3 lines of 5, 7 and 5 syllables. It's definitely harder than it sounds.
We have been investigating pop-up books in DT this half term and have made our own version of Dear Zoo but in french. The children learned all about the different levers that are used in pop-up books and practiced making them, they then decided which would be the most suitable for their page. We also recorded the book in french so that Key Stage 1 could enjoy listening to and reading the book.
These are our finished drawings of Henri Rousseau's Tiger in the Jungle.
In Art we are learning about Henri Rousseau. We have taken one of his paintings and recreated it. We have drawn our animal in a jungle setting using art pencils and next week we will use crayons to add colour and depth to our drawings, before putting a watercolour wash over the whole painting. We will post our finished pictures.
Sycamore took part in the Lollies online meet the author event. We met the author and illustrator of Kay's Anatomy and learnt more about how long the author took to write the book and what he did before writing it. The illustrator gave us a short (4 minute) crash course in drawing a cartoon heart who was riding through New York City - as requested by the majority of children attending the online workshop. The children created some amazing sketches and learnt some fascinating (and disgusting) facts about the human body.
The Year 4 children were introduced to negative numbers and drew numbers lines on the playground to support them with their learning.
For Roald Dahl Day we made Frobscottle. The children had to work out the ingredients they needed for each table and then measure them out. We combined the ingredients and made a grueseome green concoction from The BFG called Frobscottle. The children were extremely brave and nearly everyone tried some. It was a mixed result as to whether it tasted good or gross!
Oliver plays for a local rugby team and in her latest match she was awared both parents' player and the top tackler of the match. Massive well done Olivia.
In Science we have been dissecting flowers to look at the different parts inside them and how they use these parts to reproduce. The children carefully dissected the flower and then labelled each part.