Class Teacher - Mrs L. Clark
- Mrs B. Reilly
- Mrs J. Savill
I am looking forward to the Spring Term with Year 4 where our first theme is ‘Diggin it’ linked to history. Our topic focus is going to start with Somewhere to Settlement and then the Anglo Saxons and then this will lead into learning about the Vikings raiders and invaders later in the term. In English we will be writing newspaper reports, story settings and poetry.
In Maths we are continuing to work on multiplication and division facts building on times table facts up to 12, written methods, area, fraction and decimals.
In Science we are going to be learning about grouping living things and the dangers to living things. Our topic focus is going to start with Geography and Somewhere to Settlements and then this will lead into learning about the Vikings raiders and invaders later in the term.
Could I remind you that the children should be provided with water bottles which they will have access to throughout the day, should they need refreshment. However, I would like to request that only plain water is provided. Sports type lids are preferable, as there is less potential for spillage.
Our PE sessions this term will take place on Friday morning each week with Coach and we will be looking at Gymnastics and Dance. The children will be indoors for the session so please provide your child with both an indoor and outdoor kit as listed below:
- Indoor kit containing blue shorts and a white t-shirt.
- Outdoor kit containing joggers, a long-sleeved top and trainers (plenty of layers in the cold weather).
Plimsolls may be worn outside; however I would recommend trainers as they usually have a better grip on the soles for the playground. Please provide your child with a spare hair band with their PE kit. Due to cooler weather conditions during the winter months, I would advise that all girls wearing tights to school are provided with an additional pair of PE socks. For health and safety reasons, long hair must be tied back and earrings cannot be worn during PE lessons and children MUST be able to remove their earrings for PE.
Homework activities this term will involve spellings to reinforce the week’s learning using the online spelling program Spellingframe and additional activities linked to ‘Diggin it’. Homework folders will be handed out on the Friday and completed homework is due in the following Wednesday.
In addition to the Homework tasks, I would encourage you to listen to your child reading regularly at home for 10 - 15 minutes each evening if possible and by discussing their books with them. It cannot be emphasised enough how important this regular daily reading is in developing fluency and understanding of texts, as well as promoting an enjoyment of books and reading in general.
Some examples of questions you might ask when reading with your child or after they have read a section of their book independently include:
- What do you think will happen next?
- Who is your favourite character? Why?
- What is happening in this picture?
- Did you enjoy this book? Why?
- What does this word mean?
- Can you show me where the author has used a comma/question mark/exclamation mark?
Please also encourage your child to use their knowledge of phonics to help them if they are stuck on a word to help them to decode unfamiliar words. There is opportunity for children to change their Reading books daily but your child’s reading record must be signed and they must be able to discuss the book in order to show their understanding of the text.