Welcome to Lilac Class. We are the Year 4 Class at Hillmead School and our teacher is Mrs Suttle. We are also supported in class by Mrs Loader.
This week in science , as part of our work on everyday materials, we carried out a science investigation to find out which type of paper would be the best to use for drawing on with felt tip pens. To make it fair we used the same sized piece of paper, the same pen and we tried to draw the same picture.
Today we went on a school trip to Wimpole Hall Farm. It was extremely cold and wet but we still had a good time.
Today we took part in a Fab Science workshop. We performed simple tests and had to observe the different potions carefully.
This week in geography we were learning about aerial photographs and we made plans of our classroom. We had to think about what the classroom would look like if we were birds looking down from above.
On Tuesday and Wednesday this week we performed our Christmas carols and nativity.
This week in maths we have been making the numbers 10 to 20 using tens rods and ones. We then matched numbers between 11 and 20 to mathematical images and language showing the same value.
This week we started our new topic 'A Day in the Life; Things People Do' and we dressed up in the clothes we thought people might wear to work.
This week in Maths we have been solving subtractions using tens frames and recording our answers on whole part models.
Today, as part of our Brainwaves topic, we completed the obstacle course set for us by Professor Sparks. After completing the obstacle course we wrote instructions to tell other people how to do it.
In English this week we have been reading the story 'Plenty Of Love To Go Round'. One of the main characters in the story is a cat called Binky. We have been learning about labels by labelling a picture of a cats.
In maths this week we have been arranging sets of objects in different ways and trying to subitise (see how many there are without counting). Here you can see we have been using tens frames.
This week we have been exploring capacity. We have been broadening our vocabulary when describing how full or empty a container is.
We have also been considering our own goals and what we would like to achieve over the coming weeks and months, whilst thinking about how much we have already changed since we were babies.
We have begun having some lessons with Miss Hardwidge, who is with us until late March, and are enjoying showing her how clever we are.
We are moving on to learning the harder vowel sounds in phonics, and are looking forward to practising these at home.
This week we have been learning to retell the Three Little Pigs and drawing our own story maps.
We have been enjoying comparing heights of objects, as well as a first look at reading off of a scale for measuring.
We have been solving lots of problems this week: Who can make the tallest tower from spaghetti and marshmallows? With your eyes closed: pick out only the sequins from the pot of mixed sequins, buttons and beads. As a class, we worked hard to sequence the numbers 1-26 in order, whilst working as a team. Our first time was 8 minutes... on our third attempt we completed the challenge in 1 minute 37 seconds!
We have been designing junk modelling creatures and models this week. Mrs Suttle was really pleased to see how we worked with others and the decisions we made when deciding on resources to use.
We had a fantastic time playing in the snow at the beginning of the week. We worked together to build a snowman, learning that when we work together we can achieve bigger and better things. We also spent time exploring the properties of salt-dough, creating memories for our families to keep.
We have been busy with our wonderful Christmas performance, and creating lots of wonderful Christmas surprises. We are continuing to learn our phonics sounds, and have moved onto consonant digraphs.
This has been our final week of rehearsals for our performance. We have been developing our physical skills whilst practising putting on our costumes.
We have used our cutting skills and pencil control, drawing around our hands and cutting them out to make our Christmas tree and advent wreath.
We have been developing our musical skills this week, identifying pulse and rhythm in different pieces of music and identifying the rhythms in different words.
We have been identifying shapes in the environment around us and using shapes to create designs with carpet shapes.
This week we have been exploring rhyme through the book "Where's my Teddy?" We have also thought about how we could help Teddy feel less sad.
We used our phonics knowledge to match the captions and words to the correct teddy.
We used the spots on Pudsey's head scarf to compete different maths challenges.
We have been exploring money, role-playing shops to buy or snacks and resources to play with.
We are continuing to develop recognition of the numbers 1-20 and have enjoyed learning the "Count to 100" movement songs.
We have loved reading "Room on the Broom" this week. We have used our scissor skills to make stick puppets so that we can retell the story.
We are really enjoying telling stories for our teachers to scribe (some of us are also having a go at writing our own words). We love acting them out at the end of the day.
What a busy first half term this has been. We are so proud of how far we have come already. This week we have been showing Mrs Suttle all the excellent things we can do in recognising our numbers, reading our tricky words and using our phonic skills to make labels for things in the classroom.
This week we have been exploring addition by combining two groups of objects.
Lilac class have been busy settling in to their new routines and making new friends. They have been busy exploring different ways of writing their names and taking on new challenges on the new climbing frame.
We learned how to cross the road safely. We remembered to Stop, Look, Listen and Think!
We practised crossing the road with an adult.