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This term in year 4, we have introduced Golden Time as a reward for fantastic behaviour and hard work. Each Friday, the children spend 20 minutes taking part in an activity of their choice.

Last week, we set up ‘old fashioned’ games which required the children to work together or take turns. This was a lovely afternoon activity which they thoroughly enjoyed. In particular, the children were fond of jigsaws! We will be purchasing more of these in response.

During our latest English unit, we have begun to study Greek myths and the children have planned to use the mythical beast they created in our non-chronological reports. This character will be the ‘baddie’ whom their hero has to defeat. We are modelling our writing on the story of Theseus and the Minotaur, whose beast is half man, half bull! the children have already written some fantastic setting and character descriptions, we can’t wait to see what they come up with during our big write.

As we come to the last term of the year, the children are working super hard to learn their tables. By the end of year 4, they are expected to know all of them up to 12×12. Lots of children are already there and many more are close. At the beginning of the year, we provided the children with their own text book to practise spellings and tables in. We have looked at many different strategies of learning and the children have been independently applying them with fantastic results. In addition to this, we use Times Tables Rock Stars and Mathletics Multiverse. These are fun ways for the children to practise, without it seeming like a huge task.

This Wednesday, we are looking forward to our school trip to Enginuity in Ironbridge as part of our Science and DT topic.