Welcome to St. Teresa’s Class Page. Mrs Millward and Mrs Mason are the class teachers and Mrs Grady is the Teaching Assistant.
Mrs Mason teaches Monday and Tuesday.
Mrs Millward teaches Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Mrs Grady is in class Monday – Thursday.
PE is on a Monday and Tuesday.
Don’t forget to complete the Times Table Challenge and to log in to Times Table Rockstars https://ttrockstars.com/
Children can practise their tables and this will help prepare the Year 4 children for the Multiplication Check in June. The Multiplication Check is a National test set by the Department for Education.
Reading books: Children are heard within guided reading sessions in class and this day does vary. Please read regularly with your child and sign the reading record too. Please send in reading book bags daily so that we can sign your child’s reading diary. Thank you
This year all Year 4 will be using a pen for their work, they have been very excited about this!
Happy New Year and welcome 2020! We hope that you had a wonderful Christmas break.
Spring 1-The Victorians
Spring 1 Week 2
This week the children have continued to work on their topic ‘The Victorians’.
In English, the children have been learning a diary extract from Oliver Twist’s diary. They have been learning the extract as part of the Talk 4 Write sequence and will be writing it next week.
In Maths, the children have been solving problems involving multiplication and will continue this next week.
In History, the children have been doing their own research into Queen Victoria. They have been learning to how to retrieve from non-fiction books. The children have found out lots of key information, ready to write a biography about Queen Victoria next week.
In Science, the children have been learning about Electricity and how to stay safe around it.
On Friday we learnt all about Chinese New Year and how it is celebrated. They heard the story about why each year is named after an animal and found out which animal they were too. The children really enjoyed the day and the opportunity to develop their art and craft skills.
Spring 1 Week 1
This half term our topic is Victorians. The children have been looking at the non-fiction books this week and have also heard the story of Oliver Twist (the Ladybird version). We are using Oliver Twist with our diary writing in English this half term.
In English, we have started looking at different types of diaries and their features. Next week we will be looking at a diary extract from the point of view of Oliver Twist.
In Guided Reading, we have been doing some dictionary work and have been learning how to use a dictionary correctly.
In Science, we have started our Electricity unit and looked at toys which are battery operated.
It has also been our RSE week. We have discussed healthy eating, what makes a good friend, how we take care of ourselves and how we are changing. The children did these session within their year group.
Thanks to everyone who has been sending in fruit and vegetables for snack time. It’s lovely to see so many children eating healthily. A great start to the new year.
For PE we will be doing some sessions outside so please send your children with a navy tracksuit and trainers if you can. Thank you.
Click the link below to see our topic plan for this term.
Autumn 2-Week 7
We have had a very busy week this week and again we have had mixed attendance due the nasty bug doing the rounds. I hope that everyone makes a full recovery so that they can celebrate Christmas Day.
We have completed our RE work during our English time and have been looking at the Christmas Story. We focused on the shepherds and how they felt when the angels appeared and told them about the arrival of Jesus, our Lord.
We completed our calendars and have taken them home this week. The children worked extremely hard on them.
We had a class party and had fun showing off our dance moves and playing party games. We ended the week wearing our Christmas clothes and a beautiful Carol Service. Well done to all of Key Stage Two for a wonderful performance of ‘O Holy Night’.
It’s been a great term and all the children have worked extremely hard and have been a pleasure to work with. Thank you for all your cards, gifts and kind words. We hope that you have wonderful Christmas and we look forward to seeing you all in 2020!
Autumn 2-Week 6
We have had an eventful week in St Teresa’s and unfortunately our class has been hit by a ‘bug’ and we have had a lot of absence. We hope those that have been suffering are fit and well soon.
We have continued our work on multiplication in Maths. Year 3 have focused on learning the multiplication and division facts for the 8 times table and Year 4 have focused on the multiplication and division facts for th 7 times table.
In English, we have completed our own natural disaster stories. We planned them independently and followed our plan to write an independent piece.
In RE, we completed our Advent unit and heard the story of The Visitation, about Mary visiting her cousin Elizabeth.
In Geography, we have been learning about Volcanoes. The children have learnt that volcanoes are physical features of the earth. During, Friday’s lesson we looked at Ordnance Survey maps and physical features in the local area. The children had to identify physical features and the grid reference for them.
In Art, we completed our water colour work and our finished pieces will be sent home before Christmas. The children have really enjoyed this unit and have completed this work to a high standard.
Autumn 2-Week 5
The children have worked extremely hard again this week. In Maths we have been focusing on the multiplication and division facts. For Year 3 we have focused on the 3 and 4 times table and for Year 4 we have focused on 6 and 9 times table. We have also been solving problems involving this tables. Well done to everyone accessing Times Table Rockstars! So many children are less than 6 seconds now and love the fact that they have a better time than me!
In English we have started our research in preparation for writing our own story ending to a natural disaster story this week.
In RE we continued our Advent unit and made decorations for our class Jesse Tree. A Jesse Tree is a decorative tree used during Advent to retell the stories of the Bible that lead to Jesus’s birth.
We have continued our work on Volcanoes in Geography and looked at advantages and disadvantages to living by a volcano.
In art we continued our unit on watercolours and the children created a ‘mock-up’ of their calendar and they produced some excellent work. They spent Friday afternoon perfecting different techniques and their design. The children have absolutely loved this unit and have produced some good work. Well done St Teresa’s!
Autumn 2-Week 4
We have had another busy week in Year 3/4. In English we have been looking at adding suffixes and concentrated on adding ing, ed, er and est to root words. For example hope becomes hoping, skip becomes skipping. We also have written our class innovation about a tsunami. The children did some excellent writing.
In Maths, we have been concentrating on multiplying and dividing by 3 and 6 and solving problems involving the 3 and 6 times tables.
In Geography, we compared different types of volcanoes and their features. We now know the difference between shield and composite volcanoes.
In Art, we continued working with water colours and have practising different techniques in preparation for creating our calendars.
In RE we continued looking at the different parts of the mass. Next week we begin our Advent unit, in preparation for Christmas.
Autumn 2-Week 3
In English this week we looked at the homophones; there, they’re and their and identifying which one to use in given sentences. We also started our innovation and used the ending of Escape From Pompeii to write an ending involving the natural disaster of a Tsunami.
In Maths we have revisited doubling and have focused on knowing doubles 1-20, so please practise these at home. We completed the addition and subtraction unit and next week will start multiplication and division.
In Science we are continuing to look at different types of rocks and their properties.
In Geography this week we looked at how volcanoes are formed and the different parts of a volcano.
In Art we have started our unit on water colours and we discovered how different it is to use water colour pint compared to ‘normal’ paint. We worked as a whole class to practise our paint brush skills.
In RE we continued to look at different parts of the Mass and we focused on the Gospel readings this week. We worked in groups to role play the Baptism of Jesus.
Well done to everyone who has had time to go on Times Table Rockstars this week. The names on the display are changing everyday!
We have had such a busy and successful week. Well done everyone!
Autumn 2-Week 2
Thank you to all parents who attended parents evening this week. We had a really good turn out and it was lovely to share your children’s work and achievements with you. If you have any questions or concerns please do come an see myself or Mrs Mason.
In English this week, the children learnt the ending to our class story ‘Escape From Pompeii’. We created a class story map and were able to write our imitation from this.
In Maths, the children were subtracting two 3-digit numbers (Year 3 focus) and two 4-digit numbers (Year 4 focus), using the column method. This was a little tricky and children needed time to understand how to exchange (borrow). Next week we will continue to focus on subtraction methods.
In RE, we continued to learn about Mass and focused on The Second Reading and where in the Bible we find the reading used in The Second Reading.
In Science, we began to look at rocks and the different types of rocks that can be found. In Geography, we used an atlas to find different volcanoes around the world and learnt that the earth is covered in different plates.
Autumn 2-Week 1
Welcome back! we hope that you had a wonderful week off.
We have started our new topic this week. In English we are using ‘Escape from Pompeii’ as our text to model our story writing on. We are learning about Volcanoes on Geography and Rocks in Science. In Maths we have started subtraction and are learning how to exchange. We also finally painted our sarcophagi-they look amazing!
Some of the year four children had the opportunity to take part in a Bike Ability session on Friday, they thoroughly enjoyed it, even though it was very cold!
Next Monday it is St Teresa’s class mass. The children have planned a lovely mass and have practised their hymn daily. Please join us at 9am if you can.
It is children in need on Friday 15th November, don’t forget to wear something spotty!
Our final week of half term was another busy week. In Maths we have practised column addition with an exchange and we will be moving onto column subtraction after half term. In English we have written our innovated stories based on Egyptian Cinderella.
We have finished our topic on Ancient Egypt and next term our topic is called ‘Disasters’ and we will be looking at Volcanoes and where they occur. In Science we will be learning about Rocks and Soils.
Have a restful half term and we will see you in one week!
This week we have written the story Egyptian Cinderella. We have included direct speech, fronted adverbials and expanded noun phrases in our written work. Next week we will be innovating our work and making changes to the characters and key events.
In Maths we have concentrated on addition of 3-digit and 4-digit numbers. We have done it concretely with the place value counters and then applied this to the formal written method of column addition. We have also learnt to exchange ones for a ten. Next week we will be applying this knowledge to subtraction.
THANK YOU to those children you have been completing the tables challenge at home. Please bring it in on a Wednesday so that we can see how you’re getting on.
We have finished creating our sarcophaguses and hopefully will be able to paint them this week if they dry in time.
Year 4 children went to cross country on Friday. Unfortunately, it was cancelled and they took part in sports activities in St Bede’s Sports Hall.
Next week is a 4 day week for children as there is an INSET for staff on Friday.
Our class mass is after half term, I will confirm the date next week.
Have a good weekend!
This week, we continued our Novena to Newman, we shared his prayers and said a decade of the rosary every day.
On Wednesday, the whole school joined in with a live broadcast from St Chad’s Cathedral. The service was led by Bishop Longley and we joined in with the rosary.
In English, the children have created a class story map for Egyptian Cinderella and next week they will be writing it, in English. In Maths we have started the Addition and Subtraction unit. They have been adding and subtracting a 1-digit number, multiples of 10, 100 and 1000 from a 3-digit and 4-digit number. We have been using the place value counters to help us figure out the answer. Below is an example of this. We place the counters in the correct columns to figure out the answer.
We also completed Science investigation into the length of shadows and how and why they change throughout the day. We were lucky to have some sun on Thursday so that we could carry out the investigation.
This week in English, we have written our invented character descriptions. The children have worked extremely hard on their planning and have produced some excellent pieces of writing.
In Maths, we have been comparing the value of 3 and 4-digit numbers. We have also been learning how to round to the nearest 10, 100 & 1000. Miss Moriani’s Timestable Challenge has launched this week, so please try and practise the different tables with your children at home.
Today, we began the ‘Novena with Newman’, which is 9 days of prayer to prepare for the canonisation of Blessed John Henry Newman, which takes place on Sunday 13th October.
Today we also had a speaker in from Severn Trent. Justin spoke to all the children in Years 1-4 about how we get water to our taps and how to help our planet by ‘Saving Water’ The eco-council then had chance to speak to Justin about what we could do in school. Please ask your children what they learnt in the assembly today as it was very informative (did you know that for every minute you are in the shower you use 9 litres of water!) Also fill in the Promise Postcard with your child and order your free shower timer from http://www.stwater.co.uk/savewater
Have a peaceful weekend
We have had another busy week St Teresa Class. We have voted in class for two children to be on the School Council, Eco-Council and Digital leaders. So please ask your children if they were lucky to be voted in by their peers.
In Maths we have been looking at 100 more and less (year 3) and 1000 more and less (year 4). In year 3 we concentrate on 3-digit numbers and in Year 4 we concentrate on 4-digit numbers.
In English we have written another character description and have focused on the Ancient Egyptian God Horus. We also used the purple editing pens for the first time to edit our work.
In RE we looked at the sacrament of Baptism and what happens and we learnt about all the the different symbols.
Next week is a busy week with CAFOD which the year 4 children have organised. Don’t forget to wear something bright on Tuesday!
We have had such a busy week in St Teresa’s Class.
We have been continuing to learn about Ancient Egypt and the Gods the Ancient Egyptians believed in. We have focused on learning facts about Horus and have used this to plan a character description in English. We will be writing it next week.
In Maths we have been looking at 3-digit and 4-digit numbers and placing them accurately on a blank number line. This has been a big challenge for the class, as they have had to think very carefully about the value of each number sonthat they can place in accurately on the number line.
In RE we have heard the Story ‘The Call of the Disciples’ and have written about and worked in groups to role-play what happened.
On Wednesday all of Key Stage Two went to The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. The behaviour of all the children was excellent, a credit to the school and you all. The children explored the art gallery, which was extremely beautiful and full of different types of art and sculptures. The Ancient Egyptian room was fantastic and our group led activity was great. The children had to investigate the different artefacts and discovered a lot about Egyptian life. If you are ever in Birmingham do pop in as it is a great Museum!
We have had a lovely first full week at school. We started off with Mass led by all of Key Stage Two. In English this week we heard the story Egyptian Cinderella and we learnt a character description based on The Pharaoh, ready for our class write. In Maths we have be counting in 25s, 50s, 10s and 1000s and recognising patterns in these sequences.
We have also continued our Egyptian topic and can now identify Egypt on a world map and the continent it is in.
Don’t forget it is individual photos on Monday 16th September.
Everyone in class now has a Times Tables Rockstar log in, so don’t forget to log in and practise!
We have started our Egyptian topic this week and the children are very enthusiastic and enjoyed designing their sarcophagus, they can’t wait to make it!
In Science we started the topic Light. We worked in groups to sort sources of light.
We also created a timeline of events in History and placed Ancient Egypt in the correct place. We even created a timeline of Mrs Millward.
We have also been very lucky to celebrate our class saints feast day. St Teresa’s Feast Day is on the 5th September and we had a little party in class to celebrate.
Next week we will be starting Place Value in Maths and looking at character descriptions in English.