Welcome to the first half of the autumn term! The children have all made a very positive start to the new school year and are quickly becoming used to the new routines and expectations.
Our curriculum focus this half term will be:
Maths: using the Maths- No Problem! scheme of work, we will be looking at numbers to 10 000 (which will include counting in steps of ones, tens, twenty fives, hundreds and thousands; using place value; comparing and ordering numbers; making number patterns; rounding numbers; and counting in sixes, sevens and nines) and also practising addition and subtraction within 10 000 (which will include using mental and written strategies plus applying these to problem solving).
English: using the Power of Reading scheme, we will be enjoying a book called The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo which will also provide opportunities to write diaries, letters, familiar stories and an auto biography.
Science: our first topic is electricity and will involve investigating: what circuits need to work and the symbols used to draw circuit diagrams; which materials are conductors and insulators of electricity; how bulbs can be made to shine more brightly in a circuit; and also how to use electricity safely.
Topic: we are starting Year 4 with a brilliant topic: The Romans! We will begin by researching the legend of Romulus and Remus then look at the spread of The Roman Empire over time before investigating why the Roman Army was so successful. We will also endeavour to answer the following questions: How and why did the Romans build roads in Britain? Why did Queen Boudicca lead a revolt against the Romans and what happened? Who was Emperor Hadrian and what was he famous for? We are hoping to take the children on a trip to the Dewa Centre in Chester shortly after half term; further information will be sent soon!
PSE: New Beginnings.
Music - Mrs Geelan will be focusing on songs linking to our Topic.
Our PE sessions will take place on Wednesday afternoons (with a professional coach) and also on Friday mornings (with the Larch teaching team). 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. 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 2- ea letter string
Week 3- words containing the letter strings ask, ass and ast
Week 4- words containing the letter strings ur and ure
Week 5- words which contain double consonants
Week 6- words containing silent letters o, h and c
Week 7- words with prefixes dis, mis, in, il, ir and un
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.
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 Renshaw, Ms Claypool and Miss Wray