Term 3 & 4 Newsletter – Class 4

Happy New Year and welcome to 2023! I hope everyone had a good and restful Christmas. We have had a great start to the term already and the children are excited to be back. I can’t wait for what looks to be a great two terms with lots of exciting opportunities.

Let’s make this a great term!

Miss Mayhew

damayhew@blackboys.e-sussex.sch.uk

Geography

Our theme for both of these terms will be Natural Disasters. We will be starting off by looking at disasters caused by tectonic plates, such as earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis. After half term, we will be looking at flooding, drought, wildfires, hurricanes, tornados and avalanches.

Reading

During whole class reading this term we will be reading ‘Clockwork’ and ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’ by Philip Pullman

Numeracy

In maths this term, we will begin continuing to work on multiplication and division before moving onto fractions. There will be continued focus on times tables, an essential part of maths, particularly for year 4s as they are approaching their multiplication check in the summer term. It’s really important that all children are working on their times tables at home, in short sharp bursts.

RE

In RE we use the big question approach to organise our learning. This term we will be considering the questions, ‘What is the trinity?’ and ‘Why do Christians call the day Jesus died Good Friday?’

Art

This term we will be working painting by looking at Hokusai’s ‘Great Wave’. This will give us a chance to explore a great Japanese artist and create some of our own work inspired by his.

DT

This term we will be making a CAM mechanism in DT as we are looking at mechanisms, before moving onto food technology in term 4.

Literacy

Before half term, we will be reading the books ‘The Mousehole Cat’ by Antonia Barber and ‘Storm’ by Kevin Crossley Holland. In term 4, we will be reading ‘Running Wild’ by Michael Morpurgo. We will be using these books to inspire both narrative and non-fiction writing. In addition to this, we will also be having a weekly reading lesson where we focus on one of the main reading skills (vocabulary, retrieval, inference, prediction, explore, summarise).

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. It is also important that children have learnt and can self-correct the non-negotiable words for our class.

Science

We will begin by studying famous scientists before moving onto living things, animals, plants and habitats after half term.

PSHE

In the first term we will be looking at the topic ‘Dreams and Goals. After half term our topic will be ‘Healthy Me.’ These lessons will be taught using the Jigsaw scheme of work.

PE

We will be having our regular PE lessons with Miss Zara Breeze, working on gymnastics. In our other PE lessons, we will be working dance in term 3 and having some exciting opportunities with ‘Project Touchline’ in term 4. PE sessions will take place on Mondays and Tuesdays in term 3 and Tuesdays and Wednesdays in term 4.

Computing

In Computing this term, we will be looking closely at online safety and using more of the programme, Scratch, to create algorithms.

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 Wednesdays, 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 Monday. This homework will be completed in their home learning books.

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

Key Diary Dates

6th February & 8th February – Parent Consultations

10th February – End of term 3

20th February – Start of term 4

20th March – Class 4 and 5 trip to Natural History Museum.

28th March – Easter Service

30th March – Cup assembly & end of term

31st March – Inset Day