We hope you all have a relaxing break and enjoy the seasonal festivities. Your children have worked extremely hard especially on their production of “Creepy Crawly Christmas”, which was a huge success, and I hope they have taken away many happy memories. Thank you so much for your time and patience supporting them with learning their words.
Outlined below are the topics that we will be covering and as always, expectations will be high. Please continue to encourage your child to be very well organised by remembering all their homework and necessary equipment.
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Mrs. Allery and Mrs Thompson
This term the children will create their own ‘Theatre in Education’ performance. KS
Our comprehension work will reflect the imagined worlds the children will be writing about and will cover sections of significant texts such as The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland and The Wind in the Willows. RA/KS
Our writing this half term will be based on Stories about Imagined Worlds. We will be discussing the features of fantasy stories, investigating their settings and writing our own stories. Examples from various sources will be analysed including: The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Abradizil and Harry Potter. RA/KS
Mrs. Allery’s Group: This half term we will be consolidating place value, number names and ordinal numbers; we will be revising mental strategies and looking at how x and ÷ are linked, involving tables facts and larger numbers; we will undertake further work on fractions – of a set/quantity – hundredths – how fractions are related to division and we will study 2D Shape, line, symmetry and 3D Shape.
Mrs. Thompson’s Group: This half term we will be developing written methods of addition and subtraction. We will apply these methods in problem solving. We will move on to written methods of multiplication and division. We will link multiplication and division and use these methods to solve problems. We will work on fraction,; sixths and eighths and equivalent fractions. We will complete work on ‘time’, finding durations in multiples of 5 minutes and finding times 5-115 minutes before/after a given time.
We will be learning about ‘solids, liquids and how they are separated’. The children will explore grouping materials according to their properties. Their investigations will include mixing materials and finding out methods of separation such as sieving, filtration and evaporation. They will deepen their understanding on reversible changes including processes such as dissolving and evaporation. The investigation focus is on grouping materials, making observations and conclusions. EG/ KT
This half term we will be continuing our study of ancient Greek civilisation. The children will be using a range of sources, including ICT, to explore what life was like for ancient Greek children, the language of the ancient Greeks, the creation and history of the Olympic games and the legacy the ancient Greeks left behind. DT
We will be concluding our work on the environmental impact of waste before moving on to our long unit of work focusing on the contrasting locality of India. We will be able to locate UK and India on a world map and identify other geographic markers of the region and appreciate the distance of India from the UK. We will locate the key physical and human features of India and investigate the climate of India and compare it to the UK’s climate. SAW
We will be looking at the Jewish faith, its beginnings and customs, the Synagogue, the Ten Commandments, the Sabbath and the Jewish New Year. JT
We will begin the term with revision of all the vocabulary and key phrases learned during the Autumn term, followed by a short assessment. Our new topic for the term is La santé (Health and well being) during which the children will learn the vocabulary associated with sporting activities. They will learn how to use vocabulary to compare activities and will work in pairs on a ‘Healthy living’ poster campaign which they will then present to the class. RP
The children will begin the term by looking at the names of different family members. They will then move on to personal descriptions and will combine both topics to give an oral presentation describing themselves and their family. They will look at countries, nationalities and languages and will finish the half term looking at the weather and creating mini weather reports. TW
The children will learn about the history of the internet and the web before going on to study HTML (hypertext markup language), the language in which web pages are written. They will learn how to edit and write HTML, and then use this knowledge to create a web page. MHL
This term we will be studying about two closely linked musical elements, Timbre and Texture through our topic Sound Colour; we will consider how music, like pictures, can describe images and moods. Pupils will have the opportunity to explore the use of a variety of instruments to create their own compositions. We will of course continue with recorder lessons which means back to some serious regular practice! RA
We will be completing our landscape work and will be using recycled materials during sustainability week. Please collect a selection of clean boxes, bottles, plastic and card containers for use during this week. Christmas may well generate some interesting shaped boxes! We will also be starting to use our geography topic of India as a theme for a variety of 2D and 3D techniques. The Victoria and Albert Museum has an interesting Indian gallery and also runs some holiday activities. http://www.vam.ac.uk/page/f/family-art-fun-calendar/
The Tate also has some activities
and a fun web site http://kids.tate.org.uk/
In 4T we will begin a secular course on Mindfulness, developed by the Mental Health organisation in response to the prevalence of depression in teenagers today. This teaches the children about different parts of the brain and its functions, which helps them to stand back and watch what the mind presents and not necessarily be taken in by a mood or stressful thoughts. They will also learn practices which will help to ground and calm them. GC
In 4A we will be looking at Going For Goals : how we can reach our goals, what might get in the way, perseverance and planning to meet a goal. RA
PE & GAMES
In PE sessions next term the children will be developing their skills in basketball, leading to playing small sided games. In games sessions the boys will be participating in hockey activities and the girls will be participating in tag rugby activities. Old trainers or football boots are recommended for tag rugby activities. All pupils will also take part in their annual first aid and Heartstart training next term. SAW