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White Waltham CofE Academy

Ashley Hill MAT

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Ashley Hill

Multi Academy Trust

Year 4

Welcome to Year 4!


Our learning this week:

STEM week: This week, we had our STEM days where we looked at Computing and Design and Technology. On the computing day, we explored Microbits to make a code which would appear on the Microbit. Check out the photos in the photo album to see what we got up to! For our D&T day, we were sent a Dyson fan which inspired us to make a fan. The design specification was to make a fan from recyclable materials and a motor circuit. We have some excellent engineers in this class so we had so much fun!


Maths: This week in Maths, we have started learning about fractions and mixed numbers.




Atom Prime Learning Homework:

Mathematics, Guided Reading and SPAG Homework has been set from Tuesday 20th February and is due on Tuesday 5th  February. (2 weeks). Your child should have their login. If they do not, please put a message into your child's reading record and I will give them their log in.


Well done Year 4 on your amazing poems! Successful children will perform in front of a panel of judges on Friday 9th February 2024. During this afternoon, a winner from each class will be decided.


The final will take place on Wednesday 6th March 2023 at 6pm at Cox Green School. The winners will perform their poem once again and this year there will be a winner from each year group. We hope that all parents/carers will be welcome to attend the final.


The Guidelines

This year, we have decided that the children may choose a poem of their choice to perform or choose from a small selection which will be available on the class pages of the website. We ask that you refrain from choosing Christmas themed poems as the final is in March, when these won’t seem so topical!

This has been a fantastic event in the past and we hope that you will support your child with learning and practising their poem. Please note that we expect all children to learn a poem and perform in the class round, as it forms part of our speaking and listening assessment.


The Judging Criteria


When judging the children’s performances, we look at the following five criteria:

· How well the poem has been learnt

· How clear the child’s diction is

· How much expression is used

· The use of gestures to enhance performance

· The overall impact


Please see attached some suggested poems.