As we begin our second part of Spring term, I would like to thank all parents and carers for your continued support with home learning and your interest in our curriculum days (workshops).
As usual, we will be completing English and Maths lessons during the morning sessions of our school day. Our learning in English, will be based upon the book, The Wonder Garden, by Kristina Williams. Children will read about and explore different dazzling habitats - deserts, rainforests, coral reef, woodland and mountain range, looking at their unique ecosystems, terrains and climates.
Maths lessons will be begin with a short topic on measure - perimeter of shapes and distance; before moving to a bigger topic of fractions. Multiplication and division knowledge will be essential as we cover our fractions topic and get closer to the statutory multiplication check.
We have now covered ALL times tables (2-12) and pupils are expected to keep up their knowledge and build on fluency by practising regularly at home as well as completing 'Quick Maths' tests in school.
During the afternoons, pupils will enjoy a broad and balanced curriculum, covering: Science, Computing, History, Geography, Art, PE, Languages (Spanish), Music, Design Technology, PSHE and RE during the afternoons. Our current theme which links most of these lessons is 'All Around the World'. Please see a copy of our knowledge organiser which is displayed on Dojo, in the classroom window and also on this class page.
Our singing lessons which enhance our music curriculum will continue to be led by Mr Chesterman on Thursdays.
Half term Topic:
This half term, our topic is All Around the World. In this topic, children will be specifically looking at human geography including; types of settlements, economic activity, trade links and distribution of natural resources. We will also be building on our world map knowledge by locating countries and describing features. Alongside this study, we will understand some geographical similarities and differences of three regions; South West region of England (UK), the Algarve (Portugal) and the Interior region of Alaska (North America).
Children will continue to have tasks to complete each week on Century (online platform) as well as regular reading, TT Rockstar practise and spellings to learn. All homework tasks will be set on a Friday and due the following Friday- this includes Century task, reading and spellings. If your child is struggling with a piece of homework, please encourage them to ask us for support. Children should also be reading every night – this may be from their banded reading book or a library book. The completion of homework will be monitored.
I will be running a homework club during break time on a Friday morning for children to complete any homework they can't or haven't completed at home.
As you know from previous correspondence, children in Year 4 undergo a times table check. This is completed in June nationally, across all primary schools. By the summer term of Year 4, children are expected to have a secure knowledge and instant recall of multiplication facts up to 12 times tables.
It is so important to practice times tables with your child and encourage them to log in to Time Tables Rockstars. If your child cannot access TTRS at home please let one of us know. Passwords to access Century and TTRS are inside your child's reading record.
PE (Swimming and Sports):
This half term, both of our PE sessions will continue to take place on a Monday- Swimming in the morning and sports in the afternoon. Please ensure your child is equipped with the correct P.E. kit and that it is brought to school on the correct days. All uniform and PE kits, including pumps, should have names in them. If your child wears earrings, they need to be removed for these lessons. PE kits should be black shorts, plain white t-shirt and black pumps (trainers, black or grey joggers are only acceptable for outdoor sports). If we are indoors we are strictly only allowed to wear pumps. Please refer to our uniform policy for more information.
As last term, swimming will take place on Monday mornings. The children will be taken by coach to the pool and be taught to swim at their own pace. Children will need a towel, trunks/swimsuit. All children with long hair MUST wear a swim cap and boys MUST wear the tight fitted trunks/shorts. The instructors will enforce these rules and they will not allow children into the pool if they are not wearing the correct swimwear. We will assist the children in putting on swim caps but it would be great if they could practice doing this at home independently to speed up the process.
*Please note that Swimming and PE are both part of the school curriculum and children are expected to take part in every lesson unless medical evidence is provided*
We will continue to use Class Dojo as a way of celebrating the children’s successes, good behaviour choices and as a communication tool. If you would like to share any successes at home on here, please feel free to do so.
Here's to another term of success. Please don't hesitate to speak to myself or Miss Ryan if you have any concerns/issues.
Mrs Hulland and Miss Ryan
Year 4 Timetable
Monday- swimming kit AND PE kit required.
Friday- Homework needs to have been completed by today.