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The children have made a great start to the spring term. We have an exciting time planned, including a trip to the National Gallery linked to our Creative Writing Project and a Roman day happening later in the term.
We have a couple of changes to our support staff and we would like to welcome Ms Goodey and Mrs Pryce is joining us on a Monday too. We would also like to welcome Benji and his family to the school.
In English we will be working on our descriptive language as we describe a painting we saw at the National Gallery for our Pen Pals, using expanded noun phrases and figurative language. They will then attempt to draw the picture from our words. We are making the most of the trip by then doing a cross curricular unit based on the Take 1 Picture scheme. We have chosen a painting by Turner from his ‘Sunrise Through Vapour’ series. In this unit we have been looking at Diary Writing as a genre, including a cross-curricular piece linked to Volcanoes and the eruption of Vesuvius destroying much of Pompeii.
Later this we will look at Traditional Tales and Playscripts, including some children’s Shakespeare where we will have a go at reading and writing monologues. We will start to look at lyric writing in poetry- linked to music.
We will have two Reciprocal Reading sessions each week – small groups of children are guided by an adult to unpick texts by summarising and predicting plots and clarifying vocabulary. In spelling lessons this term focus will be on ,- ight, ough and some statutory spellings for their year group.
The areas we will be covering this term include: division, place value and rounding, decimals and fractions- equivalence, decimals and measurement, area, perimeter, time and statistics/data-handling and investigation and reasoning.
Cracking Times tables will continue weekly, to try to get the children to Level 10 by the end of the year. We run a Hit the button session at lunchtimes for anyone that is stuck on a level or below Level 6 to give them some support in reaching this goal. A times table test is being introduced by the government in April, so this will help.
In Science are looking at States of Matter. We define states of matter and then investigate melting, boiling, freezing, evaporation and condensation and link it to the Water Cycle.
Our second topic this term is Sound. We investigate sources of sound, how it travels, passes through materials, culminating in designing and making a musical instrument.
In Computing we will be looking at programming using Scratch programming alongside developing presentation skills using slides.
In History we are continuing to study Romans, looking at daily life and aim to finish with a Roman Day later this half term. Our next topic will be Anglo Saxons, looking at how they lived and how they influenced life in Britain.
This term in Geography we are focussing on Scandinavia, looking at physical and human geographical features and climate of this area.
In RE we are focussing on special places of worship and religious traditions, including Easter.
We will be learning to play the Djembe later in the term in Music.
For Art, in addition to our unit on Take 1 Picture, we will be looking at the work of European Artists, including looking at buildings and using a variety of media. In Design Technology – textiles we will be using buttons to create a picture picture whilst also learning a life skill. Any donations of old buttons would be much appreciated. We will also be creating books for younger children using flaps, sliders and pop up techniques.
PSHE focuses on how to create and maintain healthy and positive relationships.
French will be centered on vocabulary for shapes and prepositions of place linked to describing a piece of art, and later in the term- parts of the body linked to describing French art.
This term in PE we will be doing gymnastics/ circuits- building on personal fitness and stamina and Badminton. PE is taken by Mr Green on Wednesdays with class teachers taking a second PE lesson on Thursdays. We also have a Year 4 Tag Rugby festival after half term. Please ensure the children have their PE kit available each day as occasionally we have to change the timetable.
Homework continues the in the same way, with Maths or English set on alternate weeks, given out on Thursdays and is due in on the Tuesday after. Spellings will be sent home roughly every fortnight – once we have taught and practised the spelling pattern and rule in school. Spelling tests will be given on a Tuesday.
As always, Reading regularly is vital for the children’s success across the curriculum. We expect the children to read a wide variety of genres and authors during the year. Four records of reading a week in the Home School Book is our minimum expectation – we would love to see more, along with written thoughts and comments about the book. Each week we will choose a Reader of the Week.
Home-School Books are checked every Monday so please ensure these are in school and completed. If there is a need to communicate with us, please ensure the Home School Book is handed into your teacher.
As you can see it is going to be a busy and exciting term. We value the partnership between school and parents. Please help your child by discussing new topics, or going and finding out about them together. As teachers we love to hear when children’s imagination has been sparked by a topic and they look at it out of school and then come and share their findings, whether by reading or visiting a local place of interest.Thank you for your ongoing support and interest in the children’s learning.
Mrs Wendes, Mrs Pilgrim and Ms Pater