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Year 4

 

Mrs Brown

 

Welcome to the Spring Term. We have an action-packed curriculum which I am sure the children will enjoy and fully immerse themselves

 

I will try and cover as much as possible here, but if you still have any questions at all please do get in touch.

 

Spring Term Curriculum:

RE 

RE units for the Spring term will include Christmas; Jesus Light of the World; Old Testament: Moses – King David; Lent – Living as the Followers of Jesus Today and Holy Week

We will also be taking part in liturgies and attending Mass in church when scheduled.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MATHS The spring term will continue our work on Multiplication and Division recognising different written methods to solve calculations. We will then look at fractions, decimals and calculating the perimeter.

We will continue to use different equipment and different representstions to strengthen and really deepen our understanding. 

We will also be having a focus on fluency and instant recall of our times tables and number bonds.  Throughout all of this we will be doing lots of talking about maths, learning and using mathematical vocabulary.

Please keep encouraging your child to practise times tables at home – if the children know their times tables securely it helps them with their wider maths learning.  Year 4 need to revise and secure all of their multiplication facts. The aim is for instant recall!  (Realistically, ‘instant’ means 6 seconds or less!!!)

Your child’s Times Table Rockstar login details have not changed.  The same login details can be used with the NumBots app too.   If you would like the tables available to your child adjusting, please just let me know. They can also access times tables on Purple Mash.

 

ENGLISH We will be continuing with our Historical non-chronological reports. We will then move onto writing a narrative with a focus on the characters within the story and we will be looking at using inverted commas to characterise speech.

As part of our non-fiction writing, we will be learning to write Explanation texts and diaries to recount.

READING RWI and one to one reading sessions will continue for those children who normally follow this programme.  The children have all made excellent progress with their reading skills but we will continue to develop our reading skills in Guided Reading sessions, increasing our fluency and developing our inference, prediction and summarising skills

 

SCIENCE will include two units of work this term.  An exciting unit of work - States of Matter and Living things and their habitats. Our Science will be taught by the specialist Science teacher, Miss Swinson, on Tuesdays.

In COMPUTING we will be exploring branching databases. We will be inputting and calculating data and also developing our word processing skills.

We have been so impressed with the progress the class have made in FRENCH since September.  Our focus this term will be Vive le sport & Healthy foods and drinks.

 

Our GEOGRAPHY for this term will be all about North America. The children will develop their knowledge of biomes and natural resources.

 

In HISTORY we are going to travel back in time to the Ancient Egyptian period. We will develop our questioning skills as we find out what life was like as an Egyptian; look at the mummification process and how the Egyptians built their pyramids. We will also study the river Nile and have fun with hieroglyphs.

 

In ART we will be researching the fantastic skills of Stephen Wiltshire. We will experiment with some of his techniques, look at some of the influences on his work and create our own cityscape drawing.

In DT we will be Mechanical Systems, using our skills to make a slingshot Car. We will then create and learn about Structures, designing and making Pavilions.

 

PE – We will continue swimming every Thursday until February half Term. Children will be walking to Cheadle leisure centre for their swimming slot. After that, we will be taking part in Orienteering, and badminton. Our PE Slots will be on a Tuesday and a Friday.

 

PE kits must stay in school during term time, but will be sent home at half term to be washed. Please ensure girls have a pair of socks in their PE bags as they will not be allowed to wear tights during a PE lesson. For swimming, please ensure that children have a swimming costume, or trunks (not shorts) and a swim cap. All earrings must be taken out in this day.

 

RHE  Relationship, health education work for this term will start with a unit of work on ‘Created to Love Others’. We will explore the individual’s relationship with others. Building on the understanding that we have been created out of love and for love, our module explores how we take this calling into our family, friendships and relationships, and teaches strategies for developing healthy relationships and keeping safe.

                                                                      

During our Music lessons, we will be developing our pulse and groove through improvisation and will be creating simple melodies together. We will also be learning how to play the ukulele.

Reminders:

  • The school day starts at 8:40 a.m. and finishes at 3:30p.m.
  • Reading should be logged in diaries each day when your child reads (30 minutes daily).  If it is a new book, please include the title of the book.  On each occasion, the pages read should be noted and signed by an adult.
  • PE Kit

Indoor PE uniform: burgundy t-shirt with school badge, black shorts, b;ack socks and black pumps.  Children must have black pumps for indoor PE as trainers may only be worn for outdoor PE.  If your child is wearing tights to school, please make sure they have socks to change into for PE.

Outdoor PE uniform: burgundy t-shirt with school badge, black shorts, black socks and trainers.  The burgundy hoodie and jogging bottoms are optional.

  • Please ensure your child has the full, correct PE kit in school, even on days when we would not usually do PE, as occasionally timetables change.
  • PE kits will stay in school during term time and will be sent home for washing at half term.
  • ALL CLOTHING SHOULD BE CLEARLY LABELLED WITH YOUR CHILD’S NAME.
  • Children should bring water bottles each day; these should also be clearly labelled with your child’s name.  They will be sent home regularly to allow them to be washed.
  • Please do not bring school bags in to school unless necessary.

Please do let us know if there is anything going on at home that will affect your child’s learning, or if you have any questions.  If you have any messages to pass on either catch us on the yard or pop a message onto Class Dojo.  Alternatively, you can telephone the school office who will pass a message on to us for you. 

Thank you for your continuing support. 

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