We hope you all had a wonderful Easter and are looking forward to the Summer term ahead as much as we are! Mrs Rothery will continue to teach the class on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Mrs Evans on Thursday and Friday. Our whole Federation theme is ‘Our Wider World’ and our learning in class will reflect this. Within RSE (relationships and sex education) we will discuss how people impact and influence the world around them and our PSHE (personal, social, health education) will focus on events happening around the world. Our main topics this term are ‘Extreme Earth’ which is a geography topic where we will learn about volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunami’s and mountain ranges and ‘Rocks’ and ‘States of Matter’ which are Science topics. We will be developing our drawing skills in Art and sewing in D.T. For Computing the children will be looking at various ways of communicating with others and the importance of internet safety. We will enjoy building on our glockenspiel skills from last term within Music and explore how and why people mark significant events in their lives through Religion World View. We start the term off with WildTribe on Tuesday afternoons and swimming on Thursday mornings, followed by Games and Athletics later in the Summer term. Please see the weekly newsletters for information and dates for swimming.
In Maths, we will start with ‘Fractions and Decimals’ and continue learning about ‘Measure’. Later in the term we will learn about ‘Statistics’, ‘Time’ and ‘Shape and Space’. Times tables continues to be a major focus in class 3 and the National Year 4 multiplication check will take place between 6th June to the 24th June. Please support your children by regularly practising their times tables so they are confident to recall any calculation up to 12 x 12 within 6 seconds. They have A Times Tables Rock Stars login recorded in their reading records and the ‘Sound check’ game is very similar to the real check. The order we learn the times tables in is 10, 5, 2, (year 2) 3, 4, 8, (year 3) 6, 7, 9, 12 (year 4)
In English, we will begin with creating stories based on random words inspired by the book ’13 Words’ by Lemony Snicket. After half term we will link our learning to our Geography work and write non-fiction texts using the book ‘Everest’ by Sangma Francis and Lisk Feng for inspiration. There will be weekly extended writing opportunities (usually cross curricular) to encourage pupils to apply the grammar features learned in sequences. For whole class reading we will enjoy reading ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’ by Onjali Q. Rauf. Pupils will have daily opportunities to read and develop the skills within the reading curriculum, including extended comprehension activities. To extend their vocabulary further, we will also have a ‘Word of the Day’. Please support your children’s learning by hearing them read, reading to them or discussing what they have read five times a week.
Homework – This will be set and marked by Mrs Evans and given out through Class Dojo on a Thursday this term, to be completed by the following Thursday. This will be a piece of Maths (usually times tables), English, reading and occasionally a topic related piece. It is important for the regularly practise their chosen times tables. We encourage the children to focus on one multiplication table at a time to become really fluent. A great way for the children to practise their times tables is by using Times Tables Rock Stars, Hit The Button or other online games. Children have their own login which they can use at home as well as in school (these are written in the front of their reading records). Year 4 will be taking the Multiplication Tables Check in the Summer term which requires them to answer each question within 6 seconds so no time for counting up on their fingers! The Soundcheck section on TT Rock Stars is very similar to the format of the tables check. Our school aim is for children to read five times a week at home. This can be their school or home book, hearing a story being read or shared reading. If you are looking for some inspiration, The Book Trust website is an excellent place to start.
We are in the process of organising a class trip and details of this will be shared as soon as possible. There is also our class assembly where parents are invited (Monday 9th May) and Sports Day to look forward to.
The children’s well being is of the utmost importance and we aim to create a happy, healthy environment for all. If you have any worries or questions, please do not hesitate in coming to see us.
Mrs A Rothery (Class Teacher), Mrs V Evans (Class Teacher) and Mrs S Matthews (Teaching Assistant)