Welcome back to school and the start of a brilliant year. The children have already shown great enthusiasm about their learning this term and have settled back in well. Hopefully this year we will see more normality and the return of some of the exciting aspects of school that were lost last year. Our class TA Mrs Vance is currently phasing her return to work following illness, so we are very happy to have her back with us. I’m really excited for what is already looking to be a fantastic year!
Let’s make this a great term!
Our theme for both of these terms will be The Americas. Beginning with North America and moving onto South America after half term. This will involve looking at the different countries, cities and regions and exploring climates, time zones, biomes and human and physical geographical features.
Before half term, we will be reading the book ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar. We will be using this book to develop our reading skills and also to inspire us to produce some amazing pieces of writing. After half term, we will be looking at an abridged version of ‘Last of the Mohicans’. A story that is set in New York State in 1757 during the French and Indian War. We will also be doing regular handwriting practice to help children that are working to achieve their pen licences. Those who have their licences will be keen to keep their skills sharp.
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 continue practicing at home. They will be inspired to use TT Rockstars by our upcoming theme day.
We will begin by studying materials this term. We will start by investigating properties of materials, before moving onto mixing solutions and separating after half term.
Before half term we will be working on our observational drawing skills. After half term, we will be working with digital art.
This term we will be looking at textiles which will involve researching, designing and making a Native American medicine bag.
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.
This term we will be considering the questions, ‘What would Jesus do?’ and ‘How can following God bring freedom and justice?’ In RE we use the big question approach to organise our learning.
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.
During whole class reading this term we will be reading the ‘Empire’s End: A Roman Story’ by Leila Rasheed. These sessions give the class an opportunity to read a book together, practice reading aloud with expression and answer comprehension style questions. Year 4 pupils I’m sure will be keen to apply their knowledge of Romans which they acquired in history last year.
We will be starting off by learning how to save and locate files on the system and looking at Microsoft Word before moving onto using the software Scratch to explore variables.
We will be having our regular PE lessons with All Star Soccer, learning about invasion games, such as football. We will also be working on striking and fielding in our other PE lessons. PE sessions will take place on Tuesdays and Fridays. Full PE kit is expected.
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.