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Skylarks Year 4

Welcome to Skylark's Class Page! 


We are the year 4 class at Motcombe Primary School; we like to work hard, be kind to everyone and have fun. :)

Our teachers are Miss Purdue, Mrs Eslick and Mrs Burfitt. 

Keep an eye on this page for information about our learning, fun, activities and adventures this year. 

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But first...some facts!



 We are Skylarks...these little birds may look ordinary but they are quite cool...


The Skylark has a crest of feathers on its head that it raises when it is excited or shocked...so sort of like a feathery mohawk!


The skylark is a super flyer...it carries out "display flights" where it flies vertically into the air. Very impressive!




The Skylark is on the RSPB "Red List", meaning that the charity is concerned that its population is falling. Farmers are working with the RSPB to make better habitats available to help the Skylark numbers grow.

Ancient Egyptian Sarcophagus

We have begun work on group projects to draw large pictures of these burial coffins. We looked at the patterns and meaning of hieroglyphics and worked in small groups to create artwork to be displayed in the classroom. 

We work well together in teams :)

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Written calculation methods- column addition.


This week we have begun our work on column addition. This is a super method and is supported by a good understanding of place value and how numbers are written and presented in columns. 

We used place value grids and dienes blocks to help us understand what happens to amounts when they are added and when there is more than 9 in any column. 

We will use this knowledge to apply our addition skills to worded problems, missing number problems and rounding amounts to estimate and then check answers with written methods. 

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Miu the Egyptian Cat. 

Our focus text is all about a little cat in Egypt who longs to live with the Pharaoh. We have been writing about his journey to the palace and the setting he walks through. We thought carefully about how to use 'a' and 'an' and how prepositions and our sense can help us to write interesting paragraphs. 

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Willy the Dreamer.


We had a fantastic first week as the new Skylark Class. From place value, rounding and adding and subtraction 10. 100 and 1000 in maths to learning how to use articles correctly and poetry writing in literacy; we have worked so hard! 


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Picture 2 Exploring the focus text and its illustrations.
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We wrote our own version of the story to include our own dreams. We performed this poem in the whole-school assembly. We accompanied this poetry reading with actions. 

Autumn Term 

Below is information on what we will be up to in the run-up to Christmas.