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Term 5 & 6 Newsletter – Class 4

Welcome to the summer term! It’s great to see the children back in school for what will hopefully be a more ‘normal’ final term. Let’s continue with the hard work and perseverance we have shown this year and make this term a great one. 

Miss Mayhew

damayhew@blackboys.e-sussex.sch.uk

History & Geography

Our theme for this term is Ancient Greece. We will be starting off at looking at the geography of modern Greece by finding out where it is in the world and what it is like as a country. We will then move onto looking at Ancient Greece and focusing on Athens and Sparta, Mount Olympus and Greek Gods and finding out what life was like.

Literacy

In the first half term we will be reading the Greek myth, The Odyssey and using this to inspire our narrative writing. On Friday’s with Mrs Hall, we will also be working on persuasive writing techniques. In the second half term we will be reading ‘Who let the Gods out’ by Maz Evans. We will also be continuing to focus on handwriting and encouraging the children to produce work that they are proud of.

Numeracy

We will start this term off by looking at geometry with a focus on shape and angles before moving onto re-capping multiplication and division calculations. After half term, we will be looking at measurements and revising fractions and decimals. This term we will also be having a big focus on times tables as the year 4s will be taking a national multiplication check.

Science

Across term 5 and 6 we will be working on earth and space. We will be looking at the solar system, moon phases, night and day and the seasons.

Art & DT

In term 5 we will be working on art and looking at sculpture with an artist’s focus on Myron of Eleutherae. We will be designing and making our own sculptures inspired by his work. In term 6, we will be moving on to DT and looking at electrical systems, using switches lights and buzzers.

French

In French this term we will be looking at shopping and money before moving onto travel vehicles in term 6.

Spelling

During these terms we will be continuing to use the No-Nonsense Spelling programme which covers the grammar and spelling objectives for year 4 and 5. The children will be split into year groups during these spelling sessions. The year 4s will work with Mrs Vance when she returns, whilst the year 5s work with me.

RE

This term we will be considering the questions, ‘What are some different ways Hindu’s worship?’ and ‘How can a Mosque help us understand the Muslim faith?’.

PSHE

In PSHE we will be following the Jigsaw scheme of work. In term 5 we will be looking at ‘Relationships’ and moving onto ‘Changing me’ in term 6.

Music

Our music sessions across both terms will be looking at listening, appreciating and responding to music with a focus on mythological creatures.

Computing

This term in computing we will be looking at variables and applying this knowledge to create our own computer game with a score and a timer. We will move onto looking at developing our PowerPoint presentation skills in term 6.

PE

This terms PE will be focusing on athletics and tennis. PE sessions will take place on Tuesdays and Fridays. All Star Soccer Academy will be coming in on Tuesday afternoons to do athletics and Mrs Hall will be taking Friday mornings. Full PE kit is expected and as it is the summer term, tracksuit bottoms are no longer needed.

Homework

The year 4 and 5 statutory word spelling lists will be put on the school website for each term. These will be worked on each Friday in the form of dictation sentences. Please practice these at home.

Reading is required every night which is to be shown in their reading records. We are also encouraging the children to read a variety of books that will challenge them; these can be from school or from home. Reading records will be checked on a Thursday to ensure that the children are taking the responsibility to read and write in them. Reading certificates will be presented in Friday assembly to celebrate filled up reading records.

Homework will be sent home on Thursdays and due back on Tuesday. Children will select one item from a homework menu to complete in their home learning books each week.

Mathletics work will also be set every week on the same days as stated above.

Don’t forget to keep practicing times tables at home whenever you can. If you need your Mathletics, TT Rockstars or Purple Mash logins just send me an email.

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