Learning to Learn Week

Welcome back, parents and pupils of UCPS! We’ve started a new academic year together after several months of online learning, and our classrooms are full of wide smiles...

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Welcome back, parents and pupils of UCPS! We’ve started a new academic year together after several months of online learning, and our classrooms are full of wide smiles and lightbulb moments!

This week we focused on getting back into our routines and “learning how to learn” again. We did this through zooming in on one of our school values each day and practicing practical skills in the classroom, such as writing in our exercise books and discussing how to be more compassionate to each others learning journey. Remember, everyone’s best is different!

We started our week by discussing our value respect. We talked about what respect “looks like” and what we expect of our classroom environment.

We then moved on to courage and linked it to our learning, discussing having a “growth mindset” and different strategies we could use when we get stuck with our learning in class. In this picture you can see a visual demonstration that we did: using a cauliflower and coloured food-dye we learned about how new connections are made in our brain when we learn something.

Trust followed and we linked this to our use of technology, both in and out of school (which became prominent during our time of home-learning) as well as discussing what trustworthiness means and who we can trust in our day-to-day lives. More information on a range of online platforms and how to stay safe online can be found here.

After trust, we considered how we can show empathy to others and then gratitude, which is important for developing strong relationships with peers.

As well as reminding ourselves of our school values, we also touched upon our new topic – Ancient Greece – and looked a little at the art of Van Gogh, creating our own self-portraits in his style.

 

Next week:

  • English – Based around our first text, The Iliad by Homer, we’ll be active-storytelling the myths and immersing ourselves in the Trojan War through the tale of the Trojan Horse. Our writing focus will be description (adverbs, adjectives).
  • Maths – Recapping place value up to 100s, introducing place value up to 1000s.
  • Guided Reading – Starting our text, The Iliad by Homer, with a focus on vocabulary and contextual understanding of the story.
  • Topic – Investigating a core number of Greek Gods and Goddesses.
  • Science – What makes a scientist? Looking back at the ancient Greek philosophers and early scientists.
  • PSHE – Inspired by our text, The Iliad by Homer, we will be looking more into the theme of Jealousy.
  • Handwriting – Each week we will focus on specific joins to develop pupils handwriting, using spelling words to practise. Our spelling words each week will be taken from the year 3/4 spelling list or will be topic-based. This week our focus is introducing diagonal joins from p and b to the ascender: ph, pl, bl. Our spelling words are: alphabet, triumph, probably, possible, plot, compliment.

Key Information for Year 4:

  • P.E. for Amazon: Mondays and Wednesdays
  • P.E. for Nile: Tuesdays and Wednesdays
  • P.E. for Thames: Mondays and Thursdays
  • Reading books and reading records will be given out on a Tuesday (from next week). Please return them by Friday (not necessarily of that week if you are not finished).
  • Bug Club usernames, passwords and school code has not changed. Please see your class teacher if you do not have a login.
  • Purple Mash usernames and passwords have not changed. Please see your class teacher if you do not have a login.
  • Children in KS2 are able to bring their own snacks in for breaktime, we suggested fresh fruit or chopped vegetables (e.g. carrots). Packaged snacks (e.g. YoYo Bears) are not permitted, nor are items containing nuts. We have a no nut policy in school. Snacks are not provided for children in KS2.