Welcome back, we hope you've had a great half term and feeling rested for the final half term of the year!
You will find information about the curriculum and important dates below.
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We hope you will find the information on this page useful, although you are more than welcome to pop in for a chat if you need more specific information.
Mr Jackson, Mrs Saxon and Mrs Nuttall
This half term our class novel is 'Gorilla' by Anthony Browne. The children are extremely excited to begin this book and we are really looking forward to creating many quality pieces of work based on the text! We will also be focusing on poetry for a section of the half term using poems from the book 'werewolf club rules' by Joseph Coelho.
National Curriculum objectives covered in this teaching sequence:
Writing: (Transcription /Composition)
We regularly teach handwriting in order to encourage the children to write in a neat, joined style. We will be focusing on ensuring ascenders and descenders are formed correctly and we have provided the children with a special handwriting book to practise in.
Spelling- We will be looking at a range of spelling patterns and exploring a range of prefixes and suffixes.
Week 1: words containing the letter string ei (vein, reign)
Week 2: words containing the letter string wa (water, towards)
Week 3: contractions (can’t, won’t, doesn’t)
Week 4: Adding the prefix im and in (impossible, incapable)
Week 5: words containing the letter string able (stable, fable)
Week 6: Homophones
We operate a carousel reading lesson twice a week. In these lessons, your child will have 2 guided sessions per week where aspects of reading are explored in detail. In addition activities are provided to facilitate independent learning. These activities often include mathematical games, applying known computing skills, spellings, handwriting and comprehensions. Bug Club is also used during guided reading and you can access this with your child at home if you wish.
Using the Singapore Maths approach to learning we will be continuing our topic on fractions, we will be looking at finding equivalent fractions, finding fractions in their simplest forms, comparing fractions and finding fractions of a set. We will then be moving on to angles in which we will be making angles, comparing angles and finding right angles. In addition, we will also be looking at lines and shapes before finding the perimeter of shapes.
This half term our science topic is 'Plants'. The children will be able to name the different parts of a plant and their functions. The children will also understand what plants need to survive and conduct a number of experiments, investigating this. We will then be looking at the water transportation around a plant and investigating whether temperature has an effect on this. We will also be looking at the different parts of a flower in which children will be able to dissect their own.
Our topic this term is ‘Where on the map are we?’. We will be focusing on our local area of Bury and Walshaw. Children will have the opportunity to develop their map reading skills by looking at a range of maps of the local area. Children will also be learning of the history of the school and the church in Walshaw. In addition, we will be looking at famous people from the area such as The Nevilles, Victoria Wood and Robert Peel and the influence he has had on the area..
RE: Our topic this half term is 'called by God' and we will be exploring a range of stories in which people have been called by God in both the bible i.e. Jonah and the whale and other more recent experiences.
SEAL: Going for Goals. Children will be taught to recognise their worth as individuals, by identifying positive things about themselves and their achievements, seeing their mistakes, making amends and setting personal goals. They will also recognise the risk in different situations and then decide how to behave responsibly.
Please keep books and records in book bags every day to allow for reading opportunities in school. We would be very grateful if you could aim to write a short comment on your child's reading at home. Please note that any lost books will result in a fee for replacement.
Thank you very much for your continued support over the completion of the home learning challenges. It is a delight to see the children enjoy completing these challenges. The next due date for the home learning challenges is on the 24th June and is based around the Stone Age.
It would also be very beneficial if you could continue to support the children with their reading, their spellings (see spelling patterns above) and their times tables as it supports a range of topics in Maths and to ensure they are as best prepared as possible for the times tables check in year 4.