Class 4

Dear parents and carers,

 Welcome back to Year 4 and 5! We hope everyone had a brilliant summer holiday and are now ready to work hard and learn lots of new things. We have lots of wonderful activities to look forward to which we hope you will find exciting. Mrs Morris and Mrs Gorman can’t wait to get started!

Mrs Gorman will be teaching all day from Mon-Wed. Mrs Morris will then take over on Thursdays and Fridays, although she will be in school all week working with other classes too. Mrs Bradbury will be supporting two groups towards the end of each week.

Our morning sessions will mainly focus on English, Maths and reading skills. The afternoons will be spent investigating a wide range of other subjects, the main focus of which will be our school topic of ‘Food Glorious Food!’

We are really excited about our topic work as we will be tasting and making our own bread, considering where our food comes from, and carrying out some messy investigations to discover exactly what happens to our food when we eat it. We are also looking forward to a visit from Warburtons Bakery later in the term to help us with creating our own sandwiches.

Children will have PE on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. The session on a Tuesday will be led by the Manchester United coaches. Please could you make sure that you child has their PE kit in school so that they can get the most from these lessons.

Homework in Class 4 will be given out on a weekly basis. Children will receive spellings on a Monday for a test each Friday. They will also receive regular English and Maths work to support our class learning. In addition, we expect the children to read each day at home and discuss what they have read with you. Please could you sign their reading records regularly and send them in each day so that we can see the exciting books they have chosen – we may even ask to borrow a few ourselves!

Thank you for your enthusiasm and support at the start of this new school year. We are both really looking forward to the adventures we will have with our new class this year.

We look forward to continuing a strong parent partnership. If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to come and speak to either Mrs. Gorman or Mrs. Morris.

The end of the day is usually the best time, when we can afford you more time.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Gorman and Mrs Morris

Delicious Doughnuts with Mrs Morris
In support of our whole school topic 'Food Glorious Food' the children in class 4 explored the work of two American Pop artist's; Wayne Thiebaud and Claes Oldenberg.
the children spent time observing and discussing the drawing and painting of food as depicted in Wayne Thiebaud's art.  they experimented with shade, tone, pattern, colour and texture using both chalk and oil pastels, to create 2D drawings of doughnuts. Once happy with their techniques,  they then selected  four favourite doughnut designs  to represent as a final piece of art work.
We then moved on to exploring the amazing giant food sculptures of Claes Oldenberg. Our 2 d doughnut art then inspired our larger than life doughnut sculptures.
The children realised that skills of perseverance and stamina were required to achieve the necessary 3D doughnut result. The children then painted, glazed and added final finishing touches of sugar sprinkles and 'puffy' paint, to achieve a realistic  frosting effect. Both myself and the children were really pleased with the final results!
The doughnuts look good enough to eat!
BBC Supermovers
Not only have Class 4 been keeping their brains active,they have been keeping their bodies active at the same time. They thoroughly enjoyed joining in with multiplication dancing with BBC Sport and Super movers.
Food Glorious Food
Class 4 have been finding out all about bananas for our topic Food glorious Food. They have been finding out all about Fair Trade and getting a good deal for banana growers. they also got to taste bananas as well.
During their RE lessons, class 4 have been discussing harvest. They discussed the importance of this Christian festival. they wrote and decorated beautiful prayers to thank God for the harvest.
Manchester United
Once again, this term, Class 4 are benefiting from the expertise of coaches from Manchester United Foundation. Every Tuesday afternoon specialist coaches come in to work with the children. they have been working on improving balance and co-ordination, team work and ball skills. The children thoroughly enjoy these sessions and look forward to a Tuesday afternoon.
A Very Exciting Package
Class 4 recently received a very exciting package. They opened a fabulous parcel from author Simon Cherry. he sent a wonderful letter, postcard and more importantly a copy of a couple of his books. Class 4 were very impressed with their package and can't wait to start reading his books.