Welcome to the Base 10 family!
We are a creative Year 4 class with an adventurous spirit. We work hard, celebrate our achievements and have oodles of fun on the way.
Before you scroll down and have a look at what we've been up to, please take a minute to cast your eye over these important bits:
If you would like to have an idea of what the children will be up to this year, the following link will give you access to the National Curriculum for Year 4. Take a deep breath and dive in!
This is the bedrock of a good education, and I can not stress how important it is. Children should read everyday. In Base 10 I expect to see at least five reading diary entries each week which are rewarded with an entry into a raffle. Two of these entries should be by an adult. All of the children in Base 10 love reading to an adult, and it would help them if you let them read to you too. I have sent home a guide to the questions you can ask the children as they read, if you haven't received one I've got a pile of them here looking for a good home.
P.E is every Tuesday and Friday. Weather permitting it is usually outdoors. It is a good idea if P.E kits are in school from Monday to Friday as we sometimes have last minute opportunities to stretch those legs and ramp up the fitness levels. The school P.E uniform consists of a white t-shirt, black or blue jumper/sweatshirt, black or blue shorts/joggers and trainers/plimsolls.
Contrary to what the children tell you, this is not a form of punishment. Homework helps the children consolidate their learning or prepare for new subjects. It is set on a Friday and must be returned the following Thursday to be assessed and marked. Maths homework is set online via MyMaths. If your child has any problems logging in, please let me know.
In addition, the children are given spellings each Friday which they should practise in preparation for a test held the following Monday - these are spellings they have been learning in the classroom during the week. Top tip: a good strategy for the children to learn their spellings is to read, cover, write, check. Below is a statutory list of the spellings the children must learn by the end of year 4. These are not the only words we will teach the children to spell accurately.
What have we been up to?
In Lower Key Stage 2 we strive to immerse the children in a creative and engaging curriculum where the key word is 'discovery'. Below are some examples of what we've been up to recently.
You either love it or you hate it. in Base 10 we love it. It was a good excuse to have some fun in the snow and conduct a simple science experiment. It all started with a simple question during registration, "How much water is there in snow?"
Our theme this term has been water. In preparation for our class assembly, we investigated how hydropower is used to create electricity. We decided to create our own waterwheels capable of lifting a weight. It was a great success....... if not very messy!
Researching hydroelectricity got us thinking about how electricity can be used. First stop has been to design and build circuits. The children did a great job and showed a good understanding of conductors and insulators.
In Base 10 we are strong believers in teamwork and collaboration. No matter what the lesson, we work together and share our knowledge with each other.