Class 4 – Computing

Class 4 are beginning to look at the basics of coding through the use of an app called Swift Playgrounds. Playgrounds uses a text-based coding language (created by Apple – and widely used in the programming of many apps) called “Swift”. More info on Swift Playgrounds can be found here: https://www.apple.com/uk/swift/playgrounds/

 

So far, we have looked at using and sequencing simple commands to create simple algorithms (step-by-step instructions to resolve a given problem), debugging (finding and correcting errors) simple algorithms and creating functions (combining multiple commands) to improve the efficiency in which we are coding.

 

Here is a video showing some of Class 4’s coding in action:

 

 

Reflection Time and Prayer of the Day

Good Morning Brown Clee!

Throughout December we have our school’s Advent Calendar which we will be basing our daily assembly around.  Today’s window displays the following video, teaching us more about the season of Advent.  Enjoy!

Prayer of the Day

Dear God

Christ be in our eyes and in our looking,
Christ be in our ears and in our listening,
Christ be in our hands and in our making,
Christ be in our minds and in our understanding,
Christ be in hearts and in our loving.

Amen

Reflection Time and Prayer of the Day

Good Morning Brown Clee!

I hope you all had a good weekend – it is certainly getting colder and darker now that we are rapidly approaching winter. In fact today is the last day of November, so we are very close to being in December – when we can finally mention the ‘C word’!  Tomorrow morning many of you may well open the first window of a special calendar – an Advent calendar. However, if you do – you are technically 2 days late, as Advent begins on the 4th Sunday before the 25th December – which was yesterday!

Do you know what Advent actually means, and why we have the countdown to 25th December? Watch this video and see if you can find out what the word Advent means…

In this video we learn that Advent is the season when we prepare and get ready for the arrival of Jesus Christ.  Have a think about all the things that your families do to prepare to celebrate the arrival of Jesus on 25th December?

As we go through the month of December, and as we approach this special day, think about all the preparations that we are making and ask yourself why? Why are we writing and sending cards of good wishes? Why are we buying gifts for family and friends? Why are we decorating our homes?

Prayer of the Day

Dear God,
Thank you for this most special time of year, when we celebrate Jesus coming to earth.
As we decorate our homes, buy presents and write Christmas cards, help us to make ourselves ready to celebrate this very special time.
May our homes be filled with love and happiness this Christmas.
Amen.

Class 2 Topic work and writing

This term, Class 2 have been doing some great topic work on Castles and Knights. They have also been working hard on their writing. They have written letters to the character of the dragon based on the book, ‘The Paper-bag Princess’. They are currently planning their own version of the story,  ‘Into the Forest’ by Anthony Browne.


Reflection Time and Prayer of the Day

Good Morning Brown Clee!

This week we have been thinking about the importance of taking responsibility for our words and actions – and ensuring that we own up about our mistakes. So today I’d like to continue with this theme and share a story from the Bible – one of the first stories, from Genesis 2.15—3.14, about when the first people disobeyed God – do you know who the first people were?   They were Adam and Eve – in Hebrew (the language the story was written in) the names Adam and Eve mean ‘the first people ever’.

In the story God made a special garden for Adam and Eve to live in, and we know from the Bible that it was set in modern day Iran, next to Iraq in the Middle East.

Explain that Adam and Eve had been told that they could eat anything they wanted, except the tree that grew in the middle of the garden, which was called ‘the tree of the knowledge of good and evil’. What do the children think that name means?

In the story, Adam and Eve both disobey God – they make the wrong choice and listen to the snake’s lies.  How did they feel after they had eaten the fruit?  ….Why do you think they felt so bad?

We have all done things we shouldn’t have – think of a time when you did something wrong and how you felt.  Did you own up and apologise? What happened?

In the story God sent Adam and Eve away, out of the lovely garden, and they learned to be farmers, to grow their own food, and to work on the land.

But what might have happened if they’d been honest and owned up (’fessed up!); if they’d taken responsibility for their actions instead of blaming someone else? We don’t know. Perhaps we’d still all live in that garden, not having to work …

But this story is still told as an example of how, when we aren’t honest, it affects many more people than just us. We don’t know what might have happened in the story if Adam and Eve had been honest. But we can be honest about ourselves, and then we know that whatever we’ve done, it’s easier to make it right again if we take the blame, apologise and acknowledge our part.

Prayer of the Day

Dear God,

Help us to be honest when we do something wrong.

Help us not to blame other people, but acknowledge our mistakes,

and apologise so that we can learn and move on.

Amen.

Class 4 Spellings

Here is a list of all the spelling steps from 1A to 12E – along with where these spellings/patterns will have been taught, in terms of curriculum age group.

Spelling steps – overview

 

These steps form the spelling practice at home (all are available and set on Spelling Shed). The aim with this spelling practice is to initially recap and consolidate spellings from earlier year groups; therefore, all pupils have started on step 1A. If children are secure with these spellings, and are also completing games on Spelling Shed, they should be able to move on to the later lists much quicker (as a general rule, a child should move onto the next list once they have achieved “Royal Bee” status [icon below] – which can be achieved in as few as 4 games).

 

We do have time in class (on a Friday) where a small amount of time is spent on Spelling Shed on these lists, and if, for any particular reason, a child is “stuck” on a list, then they should let me know and I can check to see if they should move to the next list.

 

In most of our spelling lessons, however, we are focusing on the spelling patterns from the year 5/6 curriculum.

Reflection Time and Prayer of the Day

Good Morning Brown Clee!

Yesterday we had a think about how our words and actions can influence other people – even if we don’t intend them to!  We listened to the story of the Emperor’s New Clothes – and also learnt that we shouldn’t always believe everything we hear.  Sometimes people might be intentionally trying to trick us – and other times, we might misinterpret what we hear and accidentally get ourselves or other people into trouble.

Today I want us all to focus on taking responsibility for our actions and words – or as this video says, “Stop making excuses and own our actions”.  If we counted how many times we do or say things each day, this would be the number of times that we could influence how other people might feel or think – I wonder how many times this would be?  Our words and actions have power – they can cause great good – or harm – so it is really important that we “own them” and take responsibility for them.

Words have a lot of power. Once we say something about someone else it is very difficult to take it back, and sometimes we haven’t even said the words that someone else hears!  Have you ever played Chinese whispers – you could have a game now?

In this game, a message gets passed on, and during the game the message changes – people mishear. Sometimes, what is said and believed about things and people, can change very quickly and can spread very easily…this is called gossip or hearsay.

Today, I want us all to think carefully about the words that we say, and take responsibility for saying them – use your words wisely and kindly, and try and think before you speak!

Prayer of the Day

Dear God,
We often like to think of ourselves as being free to make our own decisions.
We thank you that you have given us free will, but we also acknowledge that we can be influenced by the behaviour and example of others.
Help us to use this power to influence others in a positive way.
We pray for the wisdom to make choices that help to show kindness, forgiveness, generosity, honesty, fairness and compassion to others in our world.

Amen.

Fact Families Game

In Maths, we have been using 3 related numbers to create a fact family. Please could the children have a go at the game below. Start with numbers up to 10 and if they are feeling confident they can move onto 20, 50 or 100.
Google – ‘Topmarks number fact families game’

Thank you

Reflection Time and Prayer of the Day

Good Morning Brown Clee!

I hope you all had a good weekend – this week I want us to continue to think about the word ‘potential’ – but from a different angle – I want us to think how we all have the potential to influence other people.  This means that sometimes, the words we say, or the actions we take, can influence what other people might say or do.

Here is a poem called “Don’t be fooled” – have a listen as your teacher reads it out, and see what message you can pick out from it…

Don’t be fooled
Sometimes when we look, do we really see?
People see you and people see me.
If someone says that black is white
Don’t just agree, but use your sight.
Don’t say what you think they want you to,
Because it feels like the thing to do.
Learn to say what’s in your mind
And by doing so the truth you’ll find.

Sometimes when we are asked for our opinions, do we say what we really think or are we influenced by other people? We might be afraid of losing our friends if we disagree, or being made to feel silly. There may also be times when we are asked to do something that we do not feel comfortable with. Deep down we know it is not right. We should try not to give in to temptation, and if something does not feel right, do not do it.

Enjoy the following story – which shows what happened to a man who did not think for himself.  It is written by Hans Christian Anderson and is called “The Emperor’s New Clothes”.

The Emperor’s New Clothes

There was once an emperor who liked to think he could please all his people all of the time. He was so powerful that no one dared to argue with him. He was very vain and loved to have lots of new clothes.

Knowing this, two tricksters came to his palace pretending to be tailors. They asked to see the emperor, and offered to make him a suit of fine new clothes for his birthday procession.

The emperor was delighted and asked to see the cloth from which the suit would be made. The tricksters pretended to roll out some cloth, saying that it was the finest in all the land. ‘Look at the colour’, they said. ‘See how it shimmers and shines in the light! It is so special that it can only be seen by those who are wise and clever.’

The emperor stared and stared, trying to see what they were talking about. He could see nothing, but not wishing to appear stupid he found he was agreeing with them and consented to let them make his suit.

After several days they returned to the palace pretending to carry a large parcel, from which they took out the ‘new suit’. ‘Try it on, your majesty,’ they said. The emperor undressed and the tricksters pretended to fit his new garment. ‘See how fine it looks,’ they said. Again the emperor felt he had to agree with them. He paid them a great deal of money for their services and the two men left the palace in great haste.

The day of the procession came and the emperor, with the help of his servants, who dared not say that they could not see his new clothes, put on his new suit. He asked them what they thought of it and everyone told him how wonderful he looked because they did not want to make him angry.

Proudly the emperor strode through the streets of the city. The people cheered and clapped as he went by. As he entered the marketplace he passed a small boy who was begging. The boy was overheard to say, ‘Why is the emperor wearing only his underclothes?’

There was a deadly hush as the people wondered what would happen. ‘Bring that boy to me!’ bellowed the emperor. The servants quickly grabbed the poor unfortunate boy and brought him before the emperor. Everyone gasped in horror. What would happen?

The emperor looked down at the poor trembling figure before him. ‘What did you say?’

‘Please, sir,’ said the frightened boy, ‘I wondered why you were only wearing your underclothes.’

The emperor looked down at himself and began to laugh. ‘You have dared to speak the truth and say what you can actually see. I must admit that I have been very foolish and it took a small boy like you to be brave enough to tell me. I have been tricked and only you spoke the truth. In future you will live in my palace. I shall ask for your honest opinions, knowing that I will always be able to trust you.’

Realizing his stupidity, the emperor ordered that the tricksters should be caught and thrown into prison. From then on he always thought for himself and was not influenced by what he thought others might think of him. And as that boy grew up, he became the emperor’s chief adviser and no one dared try to deceive the emperor again.

What important message have you picked up on from listening to this story?  …..Think for yourself – and do not let other’s influence your ability to make the right choices!

Prayer of the Day

We thank you, God, for giving us a mind of our own.

Teach us to use it wisely and help us to think for ourselves.

Teach us to know right from wrong and to speak the truth at all times.

Amen.

Class 4 Reading Books

The books available in Class 4 were mentioned several times in last week’s parent feedback sessions. Here is a selection of some of the books available in class.

Here is a pdf version, which will allow you to zoom in and see all the covers/titles more clearly: Class 4 Books PDF

Children are free to borrow any of the books from school – provided they are returned.

 

If any parents are looking for any more books, here’s a website with some great recommendations by year group: https://www.thereaderteacher.com/

Reading Cards

Good morning,

I hope you are all very well.

In your child’s reading record you will find a new reading card stapled into the cover. We have used these before in Class 2 and we find that they can motivate the children that are a little reluctant to read at home and reward those who do read at home.
If they have read at home and it’s been recorded in their record by an adult, when they put their book in the blue box they will get a number crossed off. For every ten reads they will receive a house point. When their reading card is full it will be saved and replaced.

It has worked well in the past and the children enjoy receiving house points for their efforts.

Reflection Time and Prayer of the Day

Good Morning Brown Clee!

We normally have our ‘live’ assemblies today, but as we are currently holding parent feedback appointments we have rearranged this week, and our ‘live’ assembly will be tomorrow.  We know how important these are as they are the only time we actually get to see everyone in the Brown Clee Team!

Being a part of a team means so much – and we are all part of many different teams as well as the Brown Clee School team – each class is it’s own team, your families are a team, and you might be a member of a sporting team or Brownies and Cubs.  Being part of a team means that we aren’t alone – that we are part of something more than just ourselves – and when a team works well together it can achieve amazing things!

Think about the NASA team who managed to send the first astronauts to the moon – everyone had a part to play – everyone’s role in the team was equally important, and equally, everyone needs to work hard as part of a team in order to succeed.  Often we can also achieve so much more by working together….as this team of ‘fishermen’ find out in a story called “Fishing with Sam”.  Watch the story of the polar bear, the seal lion and the penguins – and think about what the story teaches you about the importance of working together as a team.

Did you notice how many big fish they managed to catch at the end when they were working together?  How did you think they all felt about the successes of working together?  Before there were lots of squabbles and disagreements, sad faces and hungry tummies!

So as we come to the end of our daily assembly, think about what you could achieve if you work well together as a team – could you achieve more?  Be happier? What can you do today in your class team to bring about success for everyone?

Prayer of the Day

Dear Lord,
Thank you for the world that you have created, which we share with other people.
Please help us to appreciate and celebrate the gifts of others.
Please help us not to become jealous, but to be grateful for our own gifts and abilities.
Thank you for the people who help us every day.
Please help each of us to play our parts in the community and wider world.
Amen.