Check out some of our fabulous Roman mosaics. We had fun creating these while singing along to some Disney tunes 🙂
Morpurgo is a fantastic author! We will be exploring the book in different ways. Some of the roles we will be taking on while reading the novel are;
Word Wizard– find interesting or new words in the text
Artful Artist– visually depict anything about the story that engaged you.
Clever Connector– connect the text to your own lives, books, movies etc.
Discussion Director– write some good questions for your group, think of what you would like to talk about.
Summariser– write and share a short overview of what you have read.
We are also focusing on narrative writing. Before writing we are looking at narrative features, paragraphs, using synonyms for boring words, story openers and story endings etc.
We will be reading this novel for homework over the next few weeks. The girls have been advised to read with an adult. The reading can be shared, with both student and adult taking turns reading. Discuss what you have read and ask your daughter questions.
Use new vocabulary you come across. I have given your daughter a vocabulary sheet to use with the novel, feel free to add new and interesting words to the list at home.
The girls will also have comprehension questions to answer on each chapter for homework once a week. I have attached the questions below. They must answer the questions to go with that chapter using full sentences, neatly in their HW copies.
We will be learning about Italy (and The Romans) over the next number of weeks. Please keep an eye on the class blog for information and access to online resources to go with these topics.
The Italy project has already been discussed in class and the girls know what project group the belong to. The have already decided on which Italian city and which other Italian topic they will each be researching in school/at home. The Italian project (unlike the Roman project) will be presented in a booklet format which will be put together in class. Therefore the topics must be presented on A4 paper.
Make sure the information you put in your projects is in your own words, which you actually understand.
Pictures/diagrams/maps/photos may be included. Use the internet, books from library, travel magazines etc. as sources for your information. Adult supervision when online is very important.
Useful websites for Italy research/project;
Facts on some Italian cities;
This week is Maths Week! We will be playing lots of fun games and solving problems in class. We start each day with our ‘problem of the day’ which we solve on our mini whiteboards. Then we delve into the maths topic for the week. We are learning about fractions in school at the moment. We each have a sheet in our homework folder with a fraction wall on one side. On the other side are some activities we can try at home. We have been using fraction sets in school to explore fractions. Check out the maths blog to play some fun fraction games at home.
Every Friday we do maths stations with Mrs. O’Toole where we spend 3 weeks on each station. The stations are based on the maths strand measurement;
Maths is all around us! Keep Maths Week going at home by asking your daughter maths related questions in daily routines. Use the clock and calendar, count up how much the shopping list will cost, weigh ingredients or observe shapes around you. Make sure to check out the maths blog to play some maths related activities online (with adult supervision).
We have been working hard in room 7 for the past month exploring many different topics in geography, science and history; from the lungs in science to weather and trees in geography and Amelia Earhart in history. We have also been learning about the European Union and are busy designing our front covers for our projects which we are very excited to present.
Check out some of the pictures from our nature trail and lung experiments.
During October we will be learning about the European Union and countries within the E.U.
As part of geography the girls will be presenting their first project. Each girl has been given an E.U. member country to research.
The project will be bound in school and should be presented on a4 sized pages. We have started our research in school. We have started a fact file which should be used as a guide when completing the projects. We will create the front page of our project during art.
When continuing the project at home, please be advised that this should be a simple project in your daughters own words. It should be no more than 5 pages (including the fact file completed in school). It is due Friday the 19th of October 2018.
Choose 3/4 of these example topics; Food & drink, climate, landscape (lakes, mountains etc), famous people, landmarks, animals, culture & traditions, clothes, European Union and your country
– Include pictures and maps etc. which can be drawn or printed.
Below are a number of websites you may find useful when researching at home. The public library is another great source of information.
http://www.ducksters.com/geography/europe.php (scroll down to find your country)
http://www.oddizzi.com/teachers/explore-the-world/places/europe/ (countries along the side)
*Please note: adult supervision is advised when children research projects online as external links may not be suitable.
Ps. If bringing in food for EU day, please ensure it contains no peanuts.
Keep an eye on my maths blog as I will be adding maths websites as the year continues. Please also ensure there is adult supervision when online as although the websites have been tried & tested, unsuitable advertisements could still pop-up.
https://www.khanacademy.org/ Khan Academy is a free online (American) maths resource. Can be used to revise topics or challenge oneself. 3rd grade would be mainly revision. 4th/5th grade to revise and challenge.
https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/category/22/most-popular (lots of free & tablet friendly games, careful with pop-up ads)
Interactive online games and activities to make learning tables fun!
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables (lots of tablet-friendly games)
Problem solving game involving time;
Games to explore fractions;
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/fractions-and-decimals (tablet friendly games)
https://www.mathplayground.com/index_fractions.html (some tablet friendly activities)
Games/activities for decimals;
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/place-value/place-value-charts (tablet friendly)
Maths challenging puzzle activities (including sudukos & magic squares)
https://www.transum.org/Software/Puzzles/ (tablet friendly puzzles)
https://www.mathwarehouse.com/riddles/math-riddles.php (challenging riddles)
Activities for division practice;
http://www.hoodamath.com/games/demolitiondivision.html (some tablet friendly activities)
http://www.novelgames.com/en/quickmath/ (tablet friendly but watch for pop-up ads)
Here are some reading questions you can ask your child before, during and after reading their library book. It is important to take the time to read with your child on a daily basis and discuss the book. Your child should read aloud to you every day. This helps with their fluency, comprehension, articulation and vocabulary skills. Please click the link to view the list of general comprehension questions.
Roald Dahl J.K. Rowling Michael Murpurgo David Walliams
Marita Conlon-McKenna Enid Blyton
(Jacqueline Wilson has some fantastic books for this age group, but do be aware that she also writes for teens and some of her books are inappropriate for primary school).
Here are some excellent books that 4th class girls have recommended;
Be aware of your own daughter’s ability when helping her choose books. Read the blurb together and discuss the choice.
Summer stars have some great tips on how to choose a book with your child, engaging reluctant readers, reading development etc.
When children come across new words in different contexts they develop a stronger understanding and a more detailed vocabulary. Try using new vocabulary from the reading in daily conversations.
Every day we will uncover a new word. Our ‘Word of the Day’ will be given as homework where the girls will use it in their own sentence. Over time we will develop our word bank together.
Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí!