Welcome to the spring 2 half term! I hope that everyone has had a fantastic break and is ready for another busy and exciting half term.
Some Important Dates For Your Diary
Thursday 28th February - Larch Class Assembly at 9:00 in the school Hall. Apologies for having to postpone this event and we hope that you will be able to join us.
Thursday 7th March - World Book Day. Please come to school dressed as your favourite book character.
Friday 15th March - Comic Relief Red Nose Day. More details to follow shortly.
Monday 25th and Wednesday 27th March - Parents' Evenings in the Hall. I am looking forward to discussing your child's progress with you.
Tuesday 26th March - the children's second set of Home Learning Challenges are due to be returned to school.
Friday 5th April - last day in school before spring half term break.
Some Important Information About Spring 2 In Larch Class
I have uploaded this half term's Newsletter below for your reference and have also updated information about the curriculum under the appropriate headings.
As the children's spelling books stay in school, I have uploaded the weekly spelling lists to give you the opportunity to support your child as they prepare for the weekly spelling test each Friday.
Our curriculum focus this half term will be:
Maths: using the Maths- No Problem! scheme of work, we will begin this half term by looking at Time (including changing 12 hour into 24 hour clock times and vice versa; converting units of time for example: hours into minutes; and solving Time related word problems) before moving on to focus on Decimals (including writing tenths and hundredths; ordering and rounding decimals; and continuing and making number patterns).
Although these maths topics do not specifically use times tables, the more familiar and fluent the children are with their times tables knowledge, the easier they will find many aspects of maths in Year 4 and beyond. This year, the Government has introduced a new times tables test for children at the end of Year 4; further information will be provided about dates and format when I have it. Please encourage your child to regularly practise their times tables, for example by playing Times Tables Rock Stars.
English: using the Power of Reading scheme, we will be studying a non-fiction book called One Plastic Bag by Miranda Paul which explores the inspirational work of Isatou Ceesay and the recycling women of The Gambia. The book will provide opportunities to explore an important current environmental issue and will be the inspiration for us to write powerful persuasive texts.
Science: our new topic is Sound and How We Hear and our studies will include: examining how sound is made; discovering the difference between pitch and volume; a comparison of the materials through which sound travels; and also investigating which materials have the best sound proofing qualities.
After our postponed class assembly, our new Topic will involve studying the Stone, Iron and Bronze Ages. We will explore the beliefs, food and weapons of each period and examine the similarities and differences between them. We will also investigate Stonehenge and Skara Brae to discover what clues they provide about the period and the children will produce cave paintings and models of Stonehenge.
Very unusually, both of our weekly PE lessons will be with professional coaches this half term and our PE days have changed. Our PE sessions will take place on Wednesday mornings (cricket) and also on Thursday afternoons (dance).
Please make sure your child has a full PE kit in school and tracksuit bottoms for chillier days if we are outside. It's usually easier to leave kits at school and take them home for a well-deserved wash at the end of each half term. Please could girls remember to have a bobble to tie back their hair and we will provide tape to cover any earrings worn. It's also a good idea to include a pair of socks in the kit if girls like to wear tights for school.
Spelling - Spelling lists will no longer be sent home, but are available on this web page. Instead, we will have a class focus spelling pattern each week. It would be extremely helpful if you could practice words relating to this spelling pattern with your child at home.
Week 1- words which contain igh letter string
Week 2- words beginning with a, al and ad
Week 3 - words which begin with aff and words which end in f in their singular and plural forms
Week 4- words which end in ff and fe in their singular and plural forms
Week 5 - words which end in en
Week 6 - words which end in on
Maths - it would be hugely beneficial if you could encourage your child to practise their times tables all of the way up to 12 x 12 at home. Not only will this help them with the new end of Year 4 times tables test but will also really help with the Years 5 and 6 maths curriculum.
Home Learning Challenges - the second set of HLC are due back into school by Tuesday 26th March. I am really looking forward to seeing what the children have been learning, cooking and creating at home.
A copy of the Challenges has been uploaded below.
Reading - Children will be able to select a Home Reading book from the school library every Monday. We have invested in lots of brand new reading books to help children develop a love of reading at home! As some of these books may be quite thick in size, it will be acceptable if your child requires their home reader for an extra week.
In addition, the children can choose a book to read in school from our well stocked library corner and there are also Guided Reading sessions twice a week.
We look forward to an enjoyable and successful half term!
Mrs Newby, Mrs Trundle, Ms Claypool, Miss Wray and Mrs Mallen