Roald Dahl Day

On Friday 11th of September we celebrated Roald Dahl Day. We all dressed up as characters from the well-known books. Ms. McCarthy read ‘Esio Trot’ to the class. We wrote Roald Dahl acrostic poems inspired by the writing of our favourite author. We then designed our own chocolate factories inspired by Willie Wonka and the Oompa Loompas.

Autumn Art

Check out our lovely autumnal art. We experimented with water colour and worked with new techniques to create our masterpieces.

Nature Walk

As part of our homework on Seesaw we had to compare leaves and fruits to identify trees. Some girls brought in their samples to school. We have them displayed on a class nature table.

Growth Mindset

We have been talking about Growth Mindset a lot in class this month. We have discovered that growth mindset is very important because, if you say something over and over to yourself, you start to believe it is true. We have been looking at fixed mindsets and using affirmations to help us develop a growth mindset. One of our favourite examples is;

Fixed mindset: Plan A didn’t work

Growth Mindset: Plan A didn’t work, but there are 25 more letters in the alphabet

Did you know, J.K Rowling was rejected by 12 publishers before publishing Harry Potter. She certainly has a growth mindset!

Weaving Well Being

We have been using the Weaving Well Being programme in class too. In 4th class the programme focuses  on building resilience. We have discussed that resilience is the ability to bounce back. We acknowledge our feelings. We know it is not possible to be happy all of the time. But how do we deal with the worries and upsets that we sometimes face? We have been building a bank of resources to help us;

  • Jigsaw of perspective – we use perspective to see the big picture, not just the problems in our lives.
  • Lucky Dip of Distraction- we use a healthy distraction to help take our minds off problems or worries which we can’t do anything about
  • Planning pen- we ask three questions 1. Who can I talk to about this problem? 2. What should I do first? 3. What will I do if my plan doesn’t work?

Lesson 4 asks us to think about 5 people we can talk to about our problems and worries. Chat at home about who those 5 people might be.

Mental Maths

At the start of every maths lesson we warm up with some mental maths. We have been answering questions based on numbers on a target board. We have been skip counting. We have been playing Queen of the Tables. Our newest game is Tables Snap. Tables are so important! Knowing them will help us later in the year when the problems get trickier. Emily gave us a great website to practice our tables at home https://www.timestables.com/