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Friday 7th February 2020

This week in our English lessons we planned our own story involving the Dish and the Spoon. We designed a picture story map to show each part of the story (beginning, middle (dilemma/resolution) and end). Then we retold our story to our friends using our plans, ensuring that we were confident with what we wanted to write about. After planning, we wrote our own story. We hope you enjoy reading these stories when you come into school next week (12th or 13th) for parents' evening. 

In maths, we looked at fractions. At the start of the week we focused on looking at intervals on a number line and decided what fractions the number line had been divided into. Later on in the week, we moved on to counting up and down in hundredths, we looked at the pattern of the numerator and denominator to help us. We then spent a few days on using our division and multiplication skills to find given fractions of a certain number. At first we worked with given sums but then we moved on to reading word problems and picking out what each problem was asking us to do. Click here to find out more. 

Next week we will be focusing on adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator. Click here to find out more. 

In History, we had a special visit from Mrs Lansdown. The children asked her questions, they had generated in the previous week, to find out more about what life was like in Dagenham a long time ago. 

During our science lesson we made a prediction and set up another investigation. This time we are investigating materials as they change shape. We will do this by finding the temperature that melts the chocolate the fastest. 

4 Oak and 4 Elm were also very lucky to have a visit from Chris Davy, from the Bike It project, this week. Chris ran an air quality workshop with the year 4 children. The children were discussing what they thought active travel means as well has learning to identify what air pollution is and what it looks like. The children in both classes were given the opportunity to set up two test tubes, each in different parts of the school, these test tubes will test the air quality around Grafton Primary school and the findings will be sent to a laboratory. We will hopefully get the results in around a months time. Exciting! 

Don't worry, the children in 4 Ash and 4 Hazel will also have an opportunity to work with Chris next week to learn more about air quality and active travel. 

Reminder: next week is parents evening, please check your time. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. We look forward to seeing you then. 

Have a good weekend.