Congratulations to all the girls in Ms Davey’s class who performed at the Laudate Festival 2019 on Tuesday, 29th of January at the Church of Our Lady of Victories. They sang and performed all 16 songs beautifully. Well done girls 🙂
We have been learning about Italy (and The Romans) over the last number of weeks.
The Italy project has already been discussed in class and the girls know what project group the belong to. They have already decided on which Italian city and which other Italian topic they are 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 and at home. 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;
Last week we began long multiplication in class. Before now we have only been multiplying by a one digit number. Now we can multiply by 2 digit numbers. The girls have been very quick at grasping this new maths skill! Well done girls
We want to keep the steps fresh in our minds, so we will have a long multiplication sum every night for homework in January.
Here are the steps the girls came up with;
(This may not make sense to those at home. These are the steps the girls came up with in class at the end of the week- ask them to explain the process when they are doing their sum for homework.)
In order to be long multiplication experts, it really helps to know your tables!! Keep revising! Below are some websites you can use to practice at home;
As discussed in class this project will be done in groups. It will mainly be completed in school but you may be asked to do some research at home.
Projects will be displayed in poster format.
The topics to be included are;
1. Family life and homes
2. Roman army
4. Entertainment (Colosseum, Circus Maximus, baths etc.)
5. A timeline (don’t start this bit until next week- we have a bit more learning to do first)
You may begin researching your project. Decide how you will divide the tasks? Will one person take a topic each? Will each person do their own research and then you can combine it all together?
Remember each girl in your group should be able to talk about and explain the information on the poster.
If you have room at the end of the project you can add in your own sections e.g. Clothes, Emperors, Pompeii or Interesting Facts
The project is due 8th of February.
Italian day will be Friday 15th of February.
To help get you started;
*Supervision when using the internet is advised.
The library is also a great resource to use when doing projects. See if you can find any books that we could use in your local library.
We have started to read the novel, Born to Run written by Michael Morpurgo.
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.
Before midterm we focused on narrative writing. With our novel we will be focusing on a new genre of writing- recount. Before writing we will discuss character feelings and work on summarising events in time order.
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.
Some sample questions you might ask when reading at home
Well done to all the girls in fourth class today who presented wonderful project on all 28 European Union countries. We had a great morning. We learnt many interesting facts about each country and we also got to taste traditional food from their countries. Here are a few pictures of some of the girls work;
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.
Kandinsky was our main focus in art this week. We became aware of the importance of colour – primary colours, secondary colours and warm and cold colours. We learnt to interpret imaginative themes using colour expressively.
We listened to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nZ_qkeffY4 and responded to the music using Kandinsky’s techniques. We finished by sharing our artwork with the class. Here are some of our pieces:
Interactive online games and activities to make learning tables fun!
Problem solving game involving time
Here are some activities to help you practise your spellings at home. All you do is click on the PDF link below and print out these activities. Have a spare spelling copy at home and choose one of these activity cards each evening.
This is also a great website to practise your spellings through online activities and games. You have to register first for a free account (ask an adult for help with this) and then add in your list of spellings each week as you go.
Following up on our information morning I wanted to give a list of suitable titles and authors for fourth class. Reading is very important!
Even in fourth class the girls should be reading aloud to an adult and also should be read to by an adult. A great way to do this is sharing the reading.
Discuss the book with your daughter by making predictions, inferring what will happen next or analysing characters.
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!