Firstly, we would like to thank you for the beautiful flowers and vases you so kindly sent in for what was a very successful Open Day; your children have worked extremely well. We would also like to thank you for your generosity for our Comic Relief Times Tables.
This is going to be an exciting half term as we begin to prepare for the pupils' first residential trip to Flatford Mill, Suffolk at the end of May. There will be an information meeting, to which all parents and children are invited, where we will give you details of the trip and be able to answer any questions or concerns.
Would you please take the opportunity to top up your child’s pencil case. They should all have a long, rigid ruler, preferably clear and a short ruler, red pen, scissors and white glue stick as well as the usual pens and pencils, which should be taken to all lessons. We thank you in advance for your support.
Dates for your diary:
- Thurs 30 April - Flatford meeting 7 p.m. (parents and children)
- Tues 5th - Fri 8th May - Music Week
- Thur 7 May - Musicians’ Concert 7 p.m.
- Fri 8 May - 4A Class Assembly
- Fri 8 May - Singing Competition (children - during the school day)
- Mon 11th - Fri 15th May - exam week
- Tues 12 May - Singers’ Concert 7 p.m.
- Wed 20 - Fri 22 May - Flatford Mill trip
Mrs. Allery & Mrs. Thompson
We will begin our unit on improvisation. KS
We will be analysing and comprehending texts linked with our writing focus. RA/KS
This half term our focus will be on writing information and explanation texts. RA/KS
Mrs. Allery’s group
This half term we will focus on consolidating our place value skills, positive and negative integers, expanding work on multiplication, division using three digit numbers with remainders, decimals to hundredths and revision of percentages, collecting data, range and mode. RA
Mrs. Thompson’s group
This half term we will begin with mental strategies of multiplication and division; multiplying a two-digit number by a single digit; multiplying/dividing by 100/1000. We will work on area; revise finding area of shapes in square centimetres, using the formula for finding the area of a rectangle, finding approximate areas of squares and rectangles and introducing the square metre. We will also be extracting information from a database and introducing the range and mode of a set of data. KT/JT
This half term the topic is friction. The children will extend their knowledge of forces; they will focus on friction on different surfaces, reducing and increasing friction, water resistance and air resistance. We will carry out investigations using Newton meters. They will continue to develop investigation skills in data collection, fair testing, interpreting results and drawing conclusions to explain their findings. EG/KT
We will be continuing our exciting study into the Ancient Indus Civilisation where we will be investigating what was found, how this made them such a success and why they ultimately failed. To achieve this, we will be working both independently and, where appropriate, collaboratively, and using a range of sources including ICT. DT
The children will be concluding their work about India by comparing life in an Indian village to life in the UK. They will then have an opportunity to start to plan for their visit to an English village, East Bergholt, on our visit to Flatford Mill. We will locate the village on maps using Digimaps and the children will have the opportunity to annotate these maps to design a route from school to Flatford Mill. SAW
This half term we will be learning about War and Suffering, the work of different charities and how we can support them. JT/KS
This half term we will begin by learning the body parts and will sing various Spanish songs to reinforce the vocabulary. We will then learn the vocabulary for clothing and will combine this with our adjective and descriptions work to create written presentations. TW
In the autumn, the children programmed a maths quiz. They will extend their software development skills this term by designing an interactive toy and programming a simulation of the toy. They will learn about inputs and outputs. MHL
This half term we will be exploring the musical elements and singing songs from some well known musicals. In recorders, we will be working towards completing book 1. RA
We will taking a further brief look at the work of John Constable prior to our Flatford trip and will use our outdoor space, where possible, to draw from observation and to compare a variety of landscape art styles. JT
Some family workshops you may be interested in:
http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/search - then enter ‘families’ in the search bar
This half term in 4A we will be looking at the themes of injustice, honesty and kindness through the medium of Philosophy for Children. GRC
This half term in 4T we will be looking at relationships, how to make amends and wise choices. KT
PE & GAMES
Our summer games programme on Tuesdays will involve preparing the children for Sports Day at the athletics track in June. Many different running, jumping and throwing events will be introduced, practised and improved and the children’s personal best times and distances will be recorded to help with event selection and for them to gain a UK athletics award again this year. In PE lessons on Mondays the children will develop their bowling, batting and fielding skills in small games of kwik cricket. Please note that all children should wear their summer sports kits for both games and PE lessons next term: white polo shirt, black shorts with house ribbons sewn on, white ankle socks and predominantly white coloured trainers. Tracksuits will be worn as an extra layer only and sunhats and water bottles will be required too. SAW