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Friday 13th January 2017

Happy New Year (can we still say that?) Welcome back to Year 4W's first blog following the Christmas break.

 All the children have worked hard and settled back into school life very quickly this week but our first class certificate of the term has been awarded to Rihards. He is the newest member of 4W and has already made every effort to make friends. Welcome, Rihards and congratulations on a successful first week at Westfield.


This week in English, we have been exploring newspapers and their features. Did you know there are ten features just on the front cover!! How many can you name? We have enjoyed looking at various editions of the children's newspaper 'First News'  reading the newspaper reports and trying out the puzzles too.  

We have also been looking at the poem 'The Owl and The Pussy Cat' by Edward Lear. We won't spoil it for you but if you haven't read it you are missing a treat. Take a look below at the animation version and see for yourself. 

Our first topic in Maths is Fractions.  We have been ordering and sequencing fractions, building a fraction wall and learning new vocab. Do you know the difference between a numerator and a denominator? 4W do - just ask!

We have been working on equivalent fractions in particular and have found lots of fractions that are equal to a half so they are in the same family. Here are a few: 1/2 = 2/4 = 3/6 = 4/8 = 5/10...  How many more do you know?

Quick fraction tip: The smaller the denominator the bigger the fraction (or piece of cake - good to know!)


In Science, our new topic is Teeth and Digestion. We have been researching the different types of teeth we have in our mouth and their different shapes. Our practical investigation today involved an apple and a smile. Oh and fractions! We each had a piece of apple which we bit into to leave an imprint of our teeth. Then we had to match the imprint to the smile. But first we had to work out that if we had 28 children but only 4 apples how many pieces of apple we would need. Luckily, we are already getting good at fractions so we were able to work out that we would need to cut each apple into 7 pieces so each person would get 1/7 of the apple - phew!


Take a look below and also have a go...



The Owl and the Pussy Cat.mp4

Still image for this video