This week has been everything about Christmas! On Wednesday we have a fantastic evening, performing in the upper phase nativity. We all had such a brilliant time, particularly Mr Owens and Miss Jobbins, who were seen dancing at the back of the church! We were also rehearsing for the carol concert, which took place on Thursday. At the carol concert, Mr Owens and some members of his brass band played along with some of our orchestra and brass players. It was amazing to see and hear. Again, we all had a lovely time and a massive thanks to Miss Coles and Mr Owens for all their hard work for both the Nativity and the carol concert.

In maths this week, we conducted a two day investigation on the 12 days of Christmas. We estimated, rounded, added, subtracted and divided all the presents, in order to work out how many there really are! We found out that there are 364 presents given to the true love over the 12 days. This is because each day you have to carry over the number of presents given the day before and add another total to that number. For example, day 1- partridge in a pear tree, day 2 – two turtle doves and 2 partridges (adding 1 partridge for a new day). We then added all this data to a ‘Pascal’s triangle’ – this is tricky as it is a number triangle, but it has different digit numbers. We then created and completed our own addition and subtraction mosaics.

In English this week we have linked our Christmas and 12 days of Christmas theme from maths. We each re-wrote the 12 days of Christmas, thinking of our own presents to give to somebody. We then practiced them and performed them to each other. We then came together to write a class ‘12 days of Christmas’. To finish off, we then performed ours to Mr Owens class, and he to ours. It was great to listen to the different performances and the VERY interesting gifts everyone gave.

In topic, we have started our new science topic of electricity. Continuing from our introduction last week, we looked at light bulbs and got to make our own light bulb work on a circuit. We then tested our different barriers and conductors. This was interesting, as we noticed that materials such as paper don’t let electricity through that easily and objects such as pencils don’t at all. We then drew the different circuits we created in our books and labelled a basic circuit.

I hope everybody has a lovely Christmas and New Year. And thank you to all in 4J, these last two terms have been an absolute pleasure, can’t wait for it to continue in 2017! See you all in the New Year!

Class 4J and Miss Jobbins.

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