Daily run

Most days we’ll try to do a ten-minute run at some point in the afternoon to build up fitness and for a break.  The children run at their own pace. It’s not a competition or a race. We’re using the Kids Run Free website to track the total distance the children run in the course of the year (the distances the children have run so far are below) and we’ll mark personal milestones (for example, running the equivalent of a marathon) as the children achieve them in the course of the year.  

Rafi AZIZ 3.6 km
Kenza BEN AJJAN 1.4 km
Niccolo CHOUDHURY 3.3 km
Oscar DE CRUZ 3.1 km
Hollie DEVLIN – BARRY 2.6 km
Alamine DRAME 4.5 km
Thanh DUONG 3.3 km
Lilah FERLANCE BARNES 1.9 km
Melisa GREGORY 3.1 km
Tom HAMILTON 2.8 km
Hetty HODGE 1.4 km
Harry HOUGHTON 1.7 km
Kingsley IMOISILI 3.6 km
Elwood JACOBSON 2.8 km
Sam KIRKWOOD 3.3 km
Rufus LEWIS 2.8 km
Azeeza LUTAIVONO 3.6 km
Annie MACARTHUR 3.6 km
Adam MITCHELL 2.6 km
Abdirahmaan MUHIDIN 2.4 km
Juliette REED 3.1 km
Jake REYNOLDS 3.8 km
Chyanne RODNEY 2.6 km
Lynden SIMPE-ASANTE 0.9 km
Macie SPENCE 2.6 km
Kia SURGEON 1.7 km
Nyah THOMAS ASHIAGBOR 2.8 km
Reuben WALUSIMBI 3.6 km
Nate WATERS 2.4 km
Ezra YEBOAH 0.5 km

Rio de Janeiro

In geography today we found out about two different areas of Rio:  the Rochinha favela and Barra da Tijuca. The children then wrote reflections on how Rio is a ‘city of two halves’.  For those interested in exploring Rio further, it would be great if they were to use GoogleEarth to look at other parts of the city and tell the class in next week’s lesson about what they find.

RochinhaBarra-da-Tijuca

Year 4 curriculum letter

It was great to see so many parents this morning ahead of formal parent teacher meetings later in the term.  Here’s a copy of the Year 4 curriculum letter that was handed out:  Year 4 curriculum letter 2019

The two key messages from this morning:  

  • Please make sure that your son or daugher is bringing the book they are reading to and from school each day.
  • Please follow the class blog and look at it with your children.  It’s intended to be a starting point for them to tell you about what they are doing and learning at school.

Have a good weekend

Year 4 times tables check

Every Thursday afternoon, the children spend some time learning times tables up to 12 x 12.  We’ll focus on different times tables each week. At the moment, we’re learning the nine times table. 

Knowing times tables fluently helps enormously in years 5 and 6 maths.  It allows children to focus their energies on problem solving and more complex arithmetic, without having to worry about the underlying number calculations.

The goal is that everyone in the class should know their times tables by the end of the year.  It’s an area where rote learning and practice at home can help (writing, saying, repeating, playing times tables games etc.).  

The children will complete a statutory five-minute, on-line times tables test in June next year.  It has been designed by the government’s Standards and Testing Agency. Here’s a video explaining its purpose and how it works: Year 4 times tables check