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On this page we will tell you what we are learning at school and give links to resources that will support learning at home.  

 

On 10.10.16, we had a fantastic trip to Conkers. We learnt alot about Habitats and mini-beasts (we even got to hold some creepy crawlies), we got to ride on a train and play on an adventure playground.

Making your own habitats at home!

At Conkers, the ranger discussed us making our own habitats in our garden... so here are some ideas to get your started. smiley

 

 

- Create a leaf pile.

If you have a quiet corner where the wind doesn’t reach, then an undisturbed pile of leaves can become a home for harvestmen, beetles, mites and other creatures. Ideally, you will eventually have layers that mimic a woodland floor.

 

- Create a rock or stone pile

Rock or stone piles can be created in different places to attract a wide diversity of creatures. If possible, dig a shallow pit and put some large slabs over it so that shelter is available for amphibians such as toads. A range of sizes of rocks can be helpful. Bear in mind, children’s curiosity will mean that they will want to lift up stones and have a look. So place bigger ones in the centre of the pile out of children’s reach. Leave smaller ones around the outside that children can lift and explore. Minibeasts such as some types of spiders like drier home so seek stones higher up and cracks in walls.

 

- Experiment with branches

Small branches, cones and other fallen offerings from native trees will also provide useful homes and habitats for creatures as they rot down.

 

- Lay out carpet tiles

One or two carpet tile laid over damp soil can be very attractive for some soil dwellers who like the dark and damp. It is also easy for children to lift up and look.

 

- Let a patch of your garden grow long grass

Long grass provides a safer home for insects and invertebrates. Wildflowers are given a chance to grow. Before long, quite a few creatures will move in.  


Our 'Alice falling down the rabbit hole' pieces of music

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As a year group, we created pieces of music that we thought would fit with Alice falling down the rabbit hole. We used percussion instruments and worked in groups. After we had created our pieces of music, we performed them to the class. We were then evaluated by another group, focusing on: speed, tempo, pace and group work.

It is so important that the children learn their times-tables in year 4. They should know up to 12x by the end of this year.

Here is some resources to support learning at home (as discussed in the parent workshop).

 

http://www.mathsisfun.com/tables.html

 

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?f=SpeedChallenge

 

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button    (this game is tablet friendly)

 

 

 

We will be sending a times-table poster home this week. It would be great if this poster could be put up somewhere at home so the children can practice everyday.

Today we had a parent workshop - thank you for all that attended! If you weren't able to attend, here is the powerpoint that we looked at during the workshop.

Here is a fun times-table poster to help you learn your times-tables at home!

Here is a fun times-table poster to help you learn your times-tables at home! 1

Autumn newsletter - year 4. So you know what we are learning at school this term.

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