Wow! Where did that first half term go? I hope you will agree that the children have had an exciting programme of activities and lessons and I am sure they are ready for a well-earned rest over half term.
The next half term will be a busy one with our production of 'Creepy Crawly Christmas' taking place on 4th December. Thank you in advance for supporting the children with learning their lines and providing costumes.
Below is an outline of the topics to be covered in subject areas. With seasonal activities occurring there may be some last minute changes made to these activities. A thank you once again to parents for being supportive of us - for signing diaries and reading records and keeping on top of homework – we really do appreciate the difference that your cooperation in these little things can make.
Dates to note:
Friday 14th November - Children in Need Tog Day
Saturday 29th November - PA Christmas Parties
Wednesday 3rd December Y3/4 Christmas Play rehearsal at Winston Churchill Hall
Thursday 4th December is the Y3/4 Christmas Play dress rehearsal a.m. and performance 7pm, at Winston Churchill Hall
Friday 5th December - Pantomime trip
Friday 12th December - Christmas Carol Service to which you are all welcome.
Mrs. Allery and Mrs. Thompson
Drama lessons this term will be dedicated to enhancing the Year 3/4 performance of ‘Creepy Crawly Christmas’. KS
Comprehension texts will be about play scripts and newspaper articles to reinforce pupils’ English writing work. They will be encouraged to write full answers giving reasons and explanations.
The children will write play scripts and move onto writing newspaper articles. Using the VCOP technique, they will be encouraged to use sophisticated vocabulary plus a variety of punctuation, connectives and openers in their writing. Please remember to use the same prompts when working at home on writing pieces with your child.
Mrs. Allery’s Group: This half term we will be covering the following topics: decimals to tenths, linking to fractions and mixed numbers and rounding up to whole numbers; using Data Handling processes – simple frequency, bar line charts and range and mode; revising properties of 2D shapes; length and area of regular and irregular shapes; mental calculation strategies and problem solving. Children should be encouraged to learn their tables for instant recall, as this will help them improve their mental agility and general maths work. RA
Mrs. Thompson’s Group: This half term we will be covering the following topics: multiplication beyond tables, finding approximate products; dividing by 8, 6, 9 and 7, linking multiplication and division; money - adding 2/3/4 items priced in multiples of 10p, adding 2 items priced in multiples of 1p, finding change from £20, using and applying involving all four operations; position, movement and angle - using grid references and co-ordinates, compass directions, clockwise and anti-clockwise turns. Children should be encouraged to learn their tables for instant recall, as this will help them improve their mental agility and general maths work. KT
In the next half term, the children will learn about ‘keeping warm’. The topic includes ideas about what temperature is and how it is measured. The children will investigate what happens at room temperature, and how insulation materials affect the transfer of heat. These experiments will help children develop their skills in making measurements and identifying patterns in their data, interpreting results and making conclusions. EG/KT
We will be continuing our study of Ancient Greece this half term. Our focus will be on everyday life for the Greeks and this will include a look at the famous gods and goddesses of Mount Olympus. There will be time spent looking at the siege of Troy, the Greek alphabet and how children were educated. The well-known Greek myths and heroes will also be studied.
After the break we will be investigating how we can improve our environment by focusing on the impact humans have on the local, national and global regions and settlement land use issues and we will discover what sustainability is and how it will influence our future. SAW
We will be discussing people who have led inspiring lives and the class will reflect on their own lives, thinking about how they can make a difference. Inspirational people discussed will include Anne Frank, Mahatma Gandhi, Oscar Romero and Mother Teresa.
The children will revise the vocabulary for the numbers to 31 and learn new vocabulary for a variety of gifts. They will then move on to practise the dialogue necessary for buying gifts in various shops. This unit will give the children the opportunity to begin to develop their listening skills in the language, with continuing practice of their oral skills.
This half term in Spanish we will begin by looking at classroom language and objects. The children will learn the names of each subject in Spanish and will focus on expressing their opinions. We will spend the last few weeks of the term learning about and celebrating Christmas in Spain. TW
This half term the children will develop skills that will be immediately applied in other subjects. They will be introduced to spreadsheets and will learn how to create a line graph. They will use these skills in science. They will extend their word processing skills so that they can edit and lay out newspaper articles developed in their English lessons. MHL
We will be learning and rehearsing the songs for the school play. There will be very little time for recorder playing in this busy half term; however children should be encouraged to bring their instruments just in case. RA
We will be working on landscape painting using a variety of techniques, with a focus on colour mixing and composition. We will be looking at the work of JMW Turner as there is a major exhibition of his work at Tate Britain, which you may like to visit. The Tate’s website for children has many activities and this link will give some information on Turner with a further link to an interactive presentation of his work. http://kids1.tate.org.uk/blog/who-is-j-m-w-turner/
There are also half term activities at the V&A, including some about John Constable. We saw some of his paintings during our visit and the children were excited to see some of the places we will visit during our trip to Flatford in his paintings.
We will be looking at ‘Getting on and falling out’ which is about friendship, dealing with anger and sorting out problems. We will also be covering bullying and how to deal with it. RA
PE & GAMES
Next half term girls will take part in netball activities and boys will take part in football activities on Tuesday games afternoons. Boys should wear their football tops, football socks, shorts, tracksuits and bring trainers and football boots in with them. Girls will wear their normal PE kits. In the Monday PE lessons the children will have the opportunity to take part in some handball activities to develop their skills shooting, goalkeeping, dribbling, sending and receiving balls. SAW