May I firstly wish you all a very Happy New Year and hope that you have all had a relaxing winter break. Your children worked extremely hard last term, especially on their production of “Santa’s on Strike” 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.
Our class assembly this term will be on Friday 25th January and follows coffee morning in the library at 8:20. I look forward to catching up with those of you who are able to come along.
Should you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to pop in before or after school or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
This half-term the children will learn the art of improvisation. KS
Due to our play rehearsals last half term, our class reader was put on hold. We will therefore be continuing with the exciting adventures of “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White. Work in comprehension will be closely linked to our writing work, paying careful attention to sentence structure. RJA
Our writing this half term will be about Stories in the Imagined Worlds. We will be looking at Fantasy settings making use of expressive and descriptive language. I look forward to reading some very exciting and accurate writing where the children can show off all the different techniques and grammar points learnt to date. Children will continue with their spelling tests every Friday. RJA
Mrs. Allery’s and Ms Turner’s Group: This half term we will be consolidating place value, number names and ordinal numbers; revising mental strategies and looking at how x and ÷ are linked, involving tables facts and larger numbers; further work on fractions – of a set/quantity – hundredths – how fractions are related to division; 2D Shape line symmetry and 3D Shape. RJA/JT
The first half term’s topic is about ‘solids, liquids and how they are separated’. Children will learn about the differences between solids and liquids and recognise that the same material can exist as both solid and liquid. They will identify changes that occur when solids and liquids are mixed and how to separate undissolved solids from a liquid. They will learn that melting and dissolving are different and recognise that when a solid dissolves it is still there. Investigations skills to develop are: deciding what apparatus to use, making and recording observations and measurements and drawing conclusions. The unit also offers opportunities for children to explain everyday observations about processes such as dissolving and filtering using scientific ideas. EG
We will be continuing our study of Greek myths and stories and looking at some famous Greeks from different walks of life. There will also be the opportunity to study The Siege of Troy. We will touch on the story of Alexander the Great and examine what still remains of the Ancient Greek civilization in our lives today. SS
We will be finishing our work on improving the environment before moving on to our long unit of work focusing on the contrasting locality of India. We will be able to locate the 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, investigate the climate of India and compare it to the UK’s climate. SAW
This half term we will learn about Judaism, particularly through the lives and characters of Abraham and Moses. Will will look at their key teachings and the impact on Judaism today. KS
We will continue with the unit on hobbies and leisure activities and then move on to basic weather expressions linking with months and seasons. TMS
This half term the children will extend their word processing skills by completing their newspapers. They will then learn about different types of graphs and which type of graph they should use in different situations. They will learn how to create and interpret pie charts, bar charts and line graphs. MHL
This term we will be studying two closely linked musical elements, Timbre and Texture, through our topic Sound Colour: 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! RJA
We will be continuing with our work on Ancient Greek designs to complement our history topic and will begin to explore designs from Asia as we start our contrasting environments topic in geography. Please ensure your child has a well fitting art apron to bring to lessons. JT
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. RJA
PE & GAMES
In MIxed PE lessons we will developing skills in mini basketball including throwing, catching, passing and shooting. In Games Year 4 boys will be participating in Uni-Hockey activities, learning to control the ball using a stick whilst travelling and sending and receiving the ball. They will not need football boots; instead they should have trainers with them this half term. They should still wear their house football shirts and socks. Year 4 girls will be participating in netball activities, developing a sound understanding of passing the ball efficiently down the court, how to defend and simple positions of play. There will be an opportunity to ‘try out’ for the cross country team this half term. SAW