Reading about Ecosystems

http://eschooltoday.com/ecosystems/what-is-an-ecosystem.html

http://www.ducksters.com/science/ecosystems/world_biomes.php

The above two links are website addresses. If you click on them, they will connect to websites on the internet that have information about ecosystems. This type of link is also called a hyperlink.

We are going to read the information and see what we can find out. Let’s get to it!

Cooking in the Kitchen

Friday’s fun in the kitchen saw 4A cooking fresh and healthy smoothies. We were the first class to cook as part of our school’s Year 4 Kitchen Garden program. It was so much fun! I loved seeing so many happy faces learning new skills, trying new tastes and working in teams.

Thank you so much to our wonderful parent and grandparent helpers: Vivienne, Jodie, Susan, Heidi, Jane and Tanya. Without our wonderful volunteer helpers we would not be able to have our cooking sessions. Thank you!

Welcome to 4A

We have had a busy and wonderful start to the new school year! We’ve been so busy that this is my very first post for 2017.

The Year began with our ‘Positive Start Program’, setting up our routines, exploring new goals, developing our learning behaviours, investigating our anti-bullying policies and more.

A big part of our year in 4A will be using our iPads and creating a responsible and positive digital footprint.

We are proud of our classroom and thinks it will make a great learning space for us for the year ahead. Take a look through the photos below and you will some of the work we have on display already.

The conferencing corner.

Our Classroom Library.

Our happy fish.

Values balloons.

Our very handy world map and maths posters.

Our paper digital footprints and Writer’s Notebooks.

Anchor charts and thirsty plant.

Kitchen.

Authors We Admire

I have been thinking about adding to our ‘ Authors We Admire’ wall.

At the moment it features:

  • Roald Dahl
  • Enid Blyton
  • Andy Griffiths
  • Emily Rodda

Should they all stay on the wall? In a comment, let me know what you think. Remember to justify your opinion with a reason.

Who deserves to be added to the wall? Again, remember to justify your opinion with a reason. More than one reason would make your comment even stronger.

(Also remember to reply using our quality commenting guidelines.)

PS: Of course, Steve Backshall should be added to the wall!

Maths and Movement

For the last couple of weeks we have been experimenting with running, skipping and side galloping whilst we add, subtract, divide and multiply AT THE SAME TIME!

We have “played” games inside and outside with the aim to practise and improve our maths skills.

Students of 4A,

Which games have you enjoyed? Can you remember what it is was called? What equipment did it use? How has it helped to practise/improve your maths skills?

It makes sense that ‘maths and movement’ isn’t for everybody. If you haven’t enjoyed the games, what other parts of maths have you enjoyed lately?

I look forward to reading your comments. Remember to reply using our quality comment structure. 

 

Sharing and Dividing

In Maths we have been learning to share equal amounts. This is otherwise known as dividing.

We have used counters and pretended we were sharing beans, apples and chocolates.

Today we pretended to share sticks we found in an imaginary forest. We used paddle pop sticks.

As usual, we also spent time reflecting on our learning. We had some great discussion and the following students have let me record their reflections here:

Sarah likes using multiplication to check her answers.

Fintan said that he didn’t even know he was learning but when he thought back, he was. He was learning to divide 2 digit numbers.

Lily likes planning and using diagrams to help work out the maths problems.

The photos below are evidence of our Maths learning today.

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Roald Dahl’s 100th Birthday

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Today is Roald Dahl’s birthday. If he was still alive he would be 100 years old! The day of his birth has become known as ‘Roald Dahl Day’.

This term we listened to and read along with the audiobook of “The BFG”. We enjoyed Dahl’s descriptive writing, interesting vocabulary and his action packed storylines.

Do you have a favourite Roald Dahl story?

Which character/s do you like?

Do the quiz on the Roald Dahl website and let me know which character you are most like.  Good luck!

The students of 4A are also creating their own tribute to Roald Dahl. They will be publishing their digital creations on their blogs. Be sure to visit their blogs to find out more about why Roald Dahl is such a celebrated author.

Squared Numbers

Today in Maths we learnt about squared numbers.

It was such a sunny day that we went outside and got creative with the chalk. We were just like the chalk artists you see busking in the city – except we were mathematical!

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4A students, have you logged onto Maths Online to apply today’s learning to the task questions?

If so, how did you go?

If not, why not? Log in now and see how you go! (Search squared numbers).