A warm welcome to all of our new year 4 pupils! We are very excited to be starting another year with a brand new class. One thing to look forward to this half term is our visit to Robin Wood! Parents will be invited in to discuss the trip in detail with myself and the other teachers going, however if you want to pop into class to ask any questions, you're more than welcome to do so. Our curriculum focus this half term will be;
Maths: using the Singapore maths approach to look at number and place value in detail.
English; we will be looking at the dilemma text Akimbo and the Elephants. We will also complete lots of writing linked to our Robin Wood visit.
Science; we will be looking at teeth and the digestive system.
Topic; we will looking at 'What makes the Earth angry?' This will involve looking at volcanoes in detail. Our Home Learning Challenge will be set based on this and will be sent home during the first 2 weeks of term.
RE; we will look at stories in the Bible, with a focus on David and Goliath.
PSE; new beginnings.
Music - Mrs Geelan will be focusing on songs linking to our Topic.
Our PE sessions will take place on Tuesday afternoons (with Coach) and Friday mornings. Please make sure you have a full PE kit in school and tracksuit bottoms for chillier days if we are outside. It's usually easier to leave your kit here and take it 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. Instead, we will have a weekly 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- ous ending
Week 2- ch for sh sound
Week 3- dis prefix
Week 4- ation ending
Week 5- mis prefix
Week 6- anti and sub prefix
Maths - My Maths homework will no longer be set. Instead, children will be asked to complete Bug Club activities at home. Each week children will be asked to complete a specific task linking to our grammar focus of that week. There is no set deadline day for the children to complete the task, however we do ask that children complete the task before the end of the week.
Reading - Children will be able to select a Home Reading book every Friday from a selection of books at one level below that which they read for Guided Reading sessions. This is so children may consolidate their skills and enjoy reading with confidence. Books may be kept for an extra week if needed.
Home learning challenges- Children will be set home learning challenges on a termly basis. This terms home learning challenge will be focused on volcanoes and will be set in the first 2 weeks of term.
We look forward to an enjoyable and successful year!
Mr Cox and Mrs Renshaw