Term 3 & 4 Newsletter – Class 4

Happy New Year and welcome to 2021! I hope everyone had a good and restful Christmas. This term again brings the challenge of home learning, a challenge that we are more than used to. Let’s use this experience in a positive way and make it a great term. Home learning will be up on the website each day and I look forward to seeing the work that the children produce at home. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me.

Miss Mayhew

damayhew@blackboys.e-sussex.sch.uk

Geography

Our theme for both of these terms will be rivers.  We will be looking at the different features of rivers and relating these to real life examples. Across both half terms, we will also be doing in-depth studies on different rivers such as the Thames, the Amazon and the Nile and looking a little closer to home by finding out about the river Uck and flooding.

Literacy

Before half term, we will be reading ‘The Explorer’ by Katherine Rundell. This is an adventure book set in the Amazon. We will be using extracts from this book to help us inspire our writing. It is also really important to continue working on handwriting, even at home.

Numeracy

We will start the year by learning about addition and subtraction before moving onto multiplication and division. After half term, we will be looking at measurements including length, area and perimeter. The children will also be practicing times tables regularly.

Science

This term we will be looking at forces. In term 3 we will be studying magnetism before moving onto gravity after half term.

Art & DT

Before half term, we will be looking at pointillism. We will be exploring Seurat’s "Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" and using these techniques in our own work. After half term we will be looking at food technology and nutrients.

French

This term we will be looking at directions and after half term we will be moving onto looking at animals.

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. At school, the children will be split into year groups during these spelling sessions. The year 4s will work with Mrs Vance whilst the year 5s work with me. During home learning, we will also be looking at commonly misspelt words and re-capping spelling rules.

RE

This term we will be considering the questions, ‘What does it mean to be a Hindu?’ and ‘What did Jesus do to save human beings?’

PSHE

In PSHE we will be following the Jigsaw scheme of work. In term 3 we will be looking at ‘Dreams and Gods’ and moving onto ‘Healthy Me’ in term 4.

Music

In term 3, we will be looking at music notation and working on creating our own rhythms. After half term, we will be exploring composition and creating our own piece of music based on rivers.

Computing

We will be starting off by exploring the basics of publisher and learning skills to create a piece of work then moving onto looking at cyber bullying. After half term, we will be using scratch and learning to solve errors in algorithms.

PE

This terms PE will be focusing on dance and gymnastics. Gymnastics will carry on throughout term 4 and dance will be replaced with net games. Once we are back at school, PE sessions will take place on Tuesdays and Fridays. Miss Zara Breeze will be coming in on Tuesday afternoons and Mrs Hall will be taking Friday mornings. Full PE kit is expected.

Homework

The year 4 and 5 statutory word spelling lists will be put on the school website for each term. Once we are back in school, these will be worked on each Friday in the form of 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.

Once we return to school, 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.