Welcome back, we hope you've had a lovely half term and are feeling rested for our second half of the Autumn term and the lead up to Christmas!
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 and Mrs Trundle
28th October - First day of term.
13th November - Class trip to the DEWA centre.
29th November - Pantomime trip.
18th December - Break up for Christmas.
We will be studying a brilliant book called The Pugs of the Frozen North. I know that Christ Church parents are always incredibly supportive of school but can I respectfully ask that you don’t share a copy of the book with your child until the Christmas holidays as one of the skills we will be developing is making predictions, which is hard to do objectively if you have already read the book! The book will be the inspiration for us to write diaries, persuasive and informal letters, narratives and adverts as well as take part in role plays, debates and interviews.
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.
We will be focusing upon the following aspects of Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar which are part of our daily lessons:
Spelling- We will be looking at a range of spelling patterns and exploring a range patterns, prefixes and suffixes.
Week 1: Adding the suffix ed and ing - jogged, jogging
Week 2: Homophones - to, two, too, blue, blew
Week 3: Words that contain the letter string al or all - fall, almost, hospital
Week 4: Words containing silent letters b and k - lamb, comb, knife, knock
Week 5: Adding the prefix dis - disapprove, disconnect, disorder
Week 6: Plurals - Ducks, foxes, monkeys, flies, wolves
Week 7: Adding the suffix ous - dangerous, famous, curious, hideous
Apostrophes for possession.
Similes and personification.
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.
We will spending the first week continuing our work on subtraction focusing on being able to move from concrete materials to more formal abstract methods. Our main aim will be to subtract two 3-digit numbers whilst renaming. We will then be using all the methods learnt within the addition and subtraction topic to solve word problems. We will then be moving on to multiplication and division.
Pupils will also be completing a weekly times tables speed test, we will be beginning consolidating their 3 times tables and introducing their fours. The children would really benefit from any extra practise at home.
Our science focus this half term is Light and Shadow and our studies will include:
Identifying light sources and understanding the difference between an object that supplies light and reflects light.
Understanding how shadows are made.
Investigating which materials absorb and reflect light.
Investigating correlations between size of shadows and distance from light source to object.
Understanding the dangers of the sun.
We will be continuing our topic of Romans over the next half term. The children have been very intrigued in the topic so far and produced lots of high quality work. They are extremely excited to continue this topic and further their knowledge.
Our topic this half term is 'God with us'. Children will learn that Christmas is a celebration of God's prescence with us, make links between their own experiences and the experiences of others and ask good questions about religious beliefs.
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.
Monday and Wednesday. Children must have a full PE kit in school and remember to tie long hair back. Children with earrings must either take them out or use tape to cover them for health and safety reasons. Our Monday PE sessions will be developing our football skills. In addition, the children will be taught hockey on Wednesdays with the PE coach.
Home Reading Books :
Changed on Mondays!
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.
It is always an absolute delight to see the amount of effort the children put in to their home learning challenges and to hear them talking about how much fun they have had completing them at home with their family and friends. Our first home learning challenge is based around the Romans and is due in 10th December.
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.