Welcome to the spring 1 half term! Thank you so much for the kind and thoughtful Christmas gifts, cards and good wishes. I hope that everyone has had a fantastic festive break and is ready for another busy and exciting half term.
Some Important Dates For Your Diary
Monday 7th January - Spring 1 term begins
Friday 11th January - Adrian Bowden's Science Show in school (Materials And Their Properties)
14th-18th January - Science week in school
Thursday 7th February - Larch Class Assembly at 9:00 in the Hall
11th-15th February - China Friendship Week when we welcome visitors from Datong into our school
Thursday 14th February - School Disco
Friday 15th February - last day in school before spring half term break
Some Important Information About Spring 1 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 be practising dividing 2 and 3 digit numbers before moving on to read and also draw pictograms, bar charts and line graphs. Just before our half term holiday, we will investigate fractions and practise adding and subtracting fractions, finding equivalent fractions and simplifying both mixed numbers and improper fractions.
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. 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 enjoying a new book called Fizzlebert Stump: The Boy Who Ran Away From The Circus (And Joined The Library) by AF Harrold which - as the title suggests - is very humorous and entertaining! The novel will provide opportunities to write diaries, letters and character descriptions.
Science: our new topic is Materials And Their Properties and will involve investigating: the particular features of solids, liquids and gases and also some key reversible changes including melting, dissolving, freezing and evaporation.
We are really fortunate that Aiden Bowden will visit school on 11th January and his travelling science show will help to launch our new topic in a practical, entertaining and memorable fashion!
Topic: Our Topic until the half term break is What Makes Manchester Great? We will research the geography and history of Manchester and focus upon the jobs undertaken by young children during the Victorian era. We will also examine Manchester's coat of arms before designing our own and we will use the Manchester bee as the inspiration for some art work in the style of a variety of artists. In their Music lessons with Mrs Geelan, the children will learn songs by Manchester bands.
Our class assembly is on Thursday 7th February and we hope you will be able to join us as we share our learning with you.
Our PE sessions will take place on Tuesday 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, 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- word beginning with bi, tele, super and sub
Week 2- words beginning with trans plus revision of familiar words
Week 3 - revision of familiar words
Week 4- consolidation of familiar spelling rules
Week 5 - words which end in ship or hood
Week 6 - words from the French language with the letter strings ch, que and gue
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 will be sent home by Friday 11th January and 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