May already! Where is the time going? The weeks are flashing by and here we are well into the summer term. The weather seems to be a mixed bag but it's not stopping 4M from doing anything.
In our maths lessons we have been wrestling with decimals and fractions and even though these can be tricky the children are being resilient and keep trying even when the going gets tough. Everyone has made progress and we are all rightly proud of our efforts. All the children are expected to use the ladder method for multiplication now (if your not sure what it is get your child to explain it to you) and we use the grid method to check our answers.
The children's knowledge of their times tables up to 12 is coming along nicely and the competitive element of who has got what certificate or medal is really working to pull everyone along and without exception all the children in 4M are keen to achieve their own next step in regards to times tables.
In our English lessons we have just finished a poetry unit called 'Odes and Insults.' The children produced some excellent poetry of their own, we wrote our own odes to our favourite foods and insult poems to vegetables we don't like. It was great fun and that enjoyment is clearly reflected in the fantastic work the children produced.
Our next English unit is an extended one from the Power of Reading program and is based on the book The Iron Man by Ted Hughes. It includes lots of art work as well as English work which is sure to help increase the quality of the English work the children produce (the more imursed the children are in a book then the better the results).
Our Topic 'Ancient Egpytians' has started successfully and the children are like sponges soaking up knowledge. This Topic is always popular but has gone down an absolute storm this year. I'm sure that our now famous entry point 'Enter the Mummies Tomb' has something to do with this. The children (in groups of four) all entered the mummies tomb (pitch dark stationary cupboard) and had to use tiny red bulbed torches to search for tomb treasures. The screams could be heard all over the school when the mummy jumped out from behind a curtain. Everyone agreed that it was something never to be forgotten and I'm sure when the children reach adulthood many of them will remember this day.