Term 1 & 2 Newsletter – Class 4

Welcome back to school and the start of another great term. I hope everyone had a restful summer and is looking forward to the next academic year. It has been fantastic to see the children so quickly settled back in and already showing a great enthusiasm about their learning. I’m really looking forward to what is already looking to be a brilliant and busy year! 

History

Our theme for both terms will be The Stone Age.  We will start off term 1 by answering the question ‘What was life like in the Stone Age?’ which will involve learning all about how life worked so long ago. In term 2, we will be focusing on the question ‘Did life improve in the Iron Age?’ Our history learning will also help to inform our literacy work. 

Reading

During whole class reading this term we will be reading an abridged version of Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Just So Stories’. These sessions give the class an opportunity to read a book together, practice reading aloud with expression and answer comprehension style questions.  

Numeracy

We will start the year by learning about place value and number which are the building blocks of maths. After half term we will be looking at calculating with the four operations. We will also be having a big focus on times tables, which children should be practicing at home regularly.  

RE

In RE we use the big question approach to organise our learning. This term we will be considering the questions, ‘What is new about the Jewish New Year?’ and ‘What might Jesus think about Christmas?’ 

Art

Before half term we will be working on our observational drawing skills. After half term, we will be linking our art topic to history by looking at Stone Age cave paintings.  

DT

This term we will be looking at mechanisms and gears in DT.  

Literacy

Before half term, we will be reading the book ‘Stone Age Boy’ by Satoshi Kitamura. We will be using this book to inspire our writing and aim to produce some lovely work including an instruction text and a narrative. After half term, we will be moving onto the great book ‘Stig of the Dump’ by Clive King. Throughout the terms we will be re-capping sentence structure, grammar and punctuation to ensure we have a good foundation for writing. We will also be regularly practicing handwriting and children that are yet to earn their pen licence will be keen to earn them soon! 

Spelling

During these terms we will be using the No-Nonsense Spelling programme which covers the grammar and spelling objectives for year 4 and 5. The children will also have statutory spelling words that they will work on at home. 

Science

We will begin by studying electricity before moving onto light after half term. 

PSHE

In the first term we will be looking at the topic ‘Being me in the world’. After half term our topic will be ‘Celebrating differences’. These lessons will be taught using the Jigsaw scheme of work.  

PE

We will be having our regular PE lessons with All Star Soccer, learning about invasion games, such as football. In our other PE lessons, we will be working on striking and fielding in term 1, and dance in term 2 PE sessions will take place on Monday and Tuesdays. Full PE kit is expected.  

Computing

We will be starting off by learning how to save and locate files on the system and looking at Microsoft Word before moving onto thinking about algorithms and using purple mash software to help us create and understand them.  

Homework

Each term a spelling list made up of the statutory words for year 4 and 5 will be sent home. As well as spending time on the list at home, these will be worked on in school every Friday using dictation sentences. 

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. A completed reading record is to be returned to me and in return a reading certificate will be received in assembly. We expect children to be independent in choosing their reading books and taking it home, but if you feel your child needs extra support with this, please let me know.

On Thursdays, the children will be sent home with a homework menu for the term. Each week the children will select one task to complete. This is to be handed back in on a Tuesday. This homework will be completed in their home learning books. 

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

Let’s make this a great term!  

Miss Mayhew 

If you need to contact me at any time, please email: 

damayhew@blackboys.e-sussex.sch.uk  

Key dates

Tuesday 27th September – Harvest festival

Wednesday 5th October – Maths parent meeting

Monday 17th October & Wednesday 19th October – Parent Consultations

Thursday 20th October – Class 4 and 5 trip to Ashdown Forest

Friday 21st October – End of term 1

Monday 31st October – Start of term 2 & School photos

Tuesday 13th December – KS2 Carol concert

Friday 16th December – End of term 2 & Cup assembly