The Year 4 Update

We were really pleased to welcome Father Francis into school today to celebrate Mass for our class. The Mass reminded us that we were all part of God’s family and it was great to see everyone working together and looking so smart – whether in school uniform, special clothes or their first Holy Communion outfits. There is no doubt that we all face many challenges at the moment, but it is lovely that we can come together as a class family to share in the celebration of the Eucharist.

We are busy practising the carols for our Christmas Carol Service. I would like you to practise at home and try to learn the songs ‘by heart’. This is your homework for this week. You should be able to view the slides and hear the music using the embedded PowerPoint.

Have a happy and safe weekend.

News from Year 4

Wow! What a busy week!

The children have been so busy this week as we have enjoyed our ‘Other Faiths’ week, learning about the Guru Granth Sahib and Sikhism, exploring ways to be kind to each other and ourselves as part of anti-bullying week, and creating, co-operating and negotiating as we have worked to make our sculpture of a firefighter, as part of our art week.

Thanks to you all for sending in the recycled materials. Some have made it as far as our sculpture, some have been worn around the class all week, and some may yet make it back to you as an essential piece of firefighting equipment. The children have loved it!

We are looking forward to welcoming Fr Francis on Friday to celebrate our class mass. We continue to protect our bubble and so Fr Francis will join us remotely. Sadly, this means that no-one will receive the Eucharist, it will not be distributed. However, all children are invited to dress up and celebrate the mass. For those who have already taken their first Holy Communion, we invite them to wear their outfits. For those who’s parishes were unable to hold the first Holy Communion, we invite them to wear any suitable outfit to celebrate the mass. Children should wear their uniforms to school and they will have the chance to change ahead of the mass.

News from Year 4

The children have have looked great today dressed in spotty clothes in support of Children in Need. Thank you to you all for your donations. Thanks also to those who have sent in recycled materials which we will transform into sculpture in the coming days as part of our art week.

I have been really impressed with the children’s home learning. It is great to see the care with which they complete the challenges and the pride they have taken in doing their best. Thank you to all of you for the support and encouragement that you have given your children with this work.

We are looking forward to Fr Francis joining our class via the internet to celebrate Mass for us on Friday, 27th November. This will be our first class mass celebrated in school since many of the children have made their first Holy Communion. We would like to invite the children to bring in their Communion clothes into school on this day, which they may change into and wear for the Mass.

I hope that you all have a great weekend. Stay safe.

Year Four triumphs!

Over the past week, children in Year 4 have been competing with students across the county in the SumDog maths competition. After taking an early lead, a coordinated effort on the part of the class secured the ‘Daily Winner’ certificate on Tuesday. Each day, we eagerly tracked our progress on the leaderboard, but were dismayed to see the chance of victory ebbing away. By home time on Thursday, it seemed that everything was lost and that there was no way of closing the gap with the leaders: we would have to settle to for a still respectable fifth place. This made the news that greeted us on Friday morning all the more sweeter: it became clear that the phenomenal effort put in by some children on Thursday evening had not only swept us to back in to the lead, but that we had finished the competition 38 points clear of our nearest rival. Year Four were the SumDog World Champions*, with nine children placing in the top fifty and Eva achieving an amazing third place. It was only the need for social distancing that stopped her classmates from carrying her should-high on a celebratory lap of the playground. Well done, Year 4. You have done yourself proud!

You can download your winners’ certificate from the links below:

*Hertfordshire division

Y4 Learning in RE

In the second of the RE themes for the Summer term, Building Bridges, we learn how our network of friendships and relationships enable us to live together as human beings.  When our power to reach out, trust and make friends is diminished, we may suffer the effects for a lifetime.  Both children and adults have to discover their ability to reach out and repair what has been damaged.

If human beings are to live together in relationships, there is always need for reconciliation.

Christians believe that, in Jesus Christ, the world has been reconciled to God.  Through and in Christ, every human being is offered the power to reach out in forgiveness and peace, to receive and to offer reconciliation.

We are reminded of this by St. Paul in his letter to the Ephesians,

“But now in Christ Jesus, you that used to be so far apart from us have been brought very close, by the blood of Christ.  For he is the peace between us, and has made the two into one and broken down the barrier which used to keep them apart, actually destroying in his own person the hostility caused by the rules and decrees of the Law.” Ephesians 2:14-15

We also find in the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

“It is called the Sacrament of Reconciliation, because it imparts to the sinner the love of God who reconciles: ‘Be reconciled to God’.  He who lives by God’s merciful love is ready to respond to the Lord’s call: ‘Go; first be reconciled to your brother’…

Indeed the Sacrament of Reconciliation with God brings about a true ‘spiritual resurrection’, restoration of the dignity and blessings of the life of the children of God, of which the most precious is friendship with God.”  CCC1424, 1468

Home learning

Design a ‘map’ for a Christian on their life’s journey who may be ‘lost’ and wants to be found – include on it ‘signposts’ of advice and ways to live their lives.

Prayer and Reflection

I have chosen the way of faithfulness;
I set your ordinances before me.
I cling to your decrees,
O Lord; let me not be put to shame.
I run the way of your commandments,
for you enlarge my understanding.
Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes,
and I will observe it to the end.
Give me understanding that I may keep your law
and observe it with my whole heart.
Amen.
(Psalm 119: 30-34)

News from Year 4

Our clay has dried and we have decorated our ancient Greek vases!

They look great! Well done, everyone.

We have also extended our knowledge of the ancient Greeks and learnt about the Battle of Marathon. In science, we have investigated materials that are electrical conductors and insulators within simple circuits.

I know that many of the children are excited to be making their first Holy Communion over the weekend. I would ask that you keep all of them and their families in our prayers at this special time.

Lost and found

A number of children have reported that they have misplaced items of uniform. You would be surprised how twenty-nine children will deny ownership of something unless it has their name in it.

Please help by checking that all of your child’s uniform is clearly named. If you come across any school clothes at home that are not yours, please send them back in to school where we will endeavour to reunite lost clothes with their owners.

Thank you.

Welcome to Year 4

It is lovely to have all of the children back and they have been brilliant! There are so many new routines for everyone to get used to as we work hard to maintain our protective bubbles but the children are rising to every challenge.

Individual reading

Over the past week, I have read with all of the children and have given each child a school reading book. I know many children are also enjoying their own books and this is something that I really encourage. It is helpful to me if they could record these titles in their home/ school reading logs.

All of the children have an opportunity at the start of each day to change their school reading book for a new title. I ask them to record these in their reading record. We are currently operating a quarantine system for returned books, whereby they are left for a minimum of 72 hours before being placed back into the general library stock.

Our guided reading programme ensures that every child reads and discusses their reading with a teacher twice each week.

Home learning

We will continue to use the Google Classroom to support home learning this year. Your child’s existing log-in will provide access to the Year Four Google Classroom. Click on this link to access the Google Classroom: https://classroom.google.com/c/MTYzNDcyNTM0NTIx?cjc=5kikesg

This link will only work if logged in to your child’s own school Google account. You will not be able to access the classroom if logged in to Google with a parent’s account or that of another family member.

Home learning continues to be set at 2pm on Friday, to be completed by 8:30am on the following Wednesday.

As always, supporting your child’s learning is best achieved through an effective partnership between home and school. If there is anything that you would like to discuss with me, I am available most days at the end of the school day.

Year 4’s Virtual Class Assembly

Last term, the children in Year 4 were busy preparing a class assembly to share with their families and friends.

The closure of St Adrian’s, along with all schools in the UK as part of measures to tackle the corona virus pandemic, dashed our hopes of sharing our hard work… until now.

We hope you enjoy our virtual assembly!

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

Dear All,

Today is the first day of Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 (18th-24th May) and the theme this year is Kindness. Take a look at the video below to learn more about the importance of kindness!

Kindness matters most!

We would like all of St Adrian’s to get involved, so we have attached some activity ideas at the bottom of this post to help you to celebrate this week – if you would like to.  

There is a Kindness Calendar which challenges you to be kind twice each day – once to yourself and once to someone else (that is only two acts of kindness a day, we’re sure all of us St Adrian’s are kinder than that!!)

And for our competitive pupils there is a Kindness Cup trophy to design. If everyone in your home takes part in in the Kindness Calendar Challenge you can award your Kindness Cup to the winner! 

Finally, if you want to learn a little more about the science behind why kindness matters try the following link: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week/kindness-matters-guide


Take care to be happy and healthy.

The Wellbeing Team

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Seven days of Kindness: https://mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/media/2036/seven-days-of-kindness-calendar.pdf

Also, we’re already in May but this Meaningful May Calendar has daily actions for May 2020 which you may want to try beyond this week: https://www.actionforhappiness.org/media/875760/may_2020.jpg