Thank you everyone for making Term 1 brilliant. The children seem to have settled well and are used to their new teachers, despite being in the same classroom. They seemed to particularly enjoy the Ancient Greece topic, through which explored history and sparked imaginations through art and mythology. Thank you for providing superb costumes for the Ancient Greek Day, which was very successful and great fun for all.
So - welcome back Purple Class - it is Term 2 already! Miss Graham and I are looking forward to capitalising on our Term 1 learning. We are sure that learning in Year 4 will be engaging, varied and above all fantastic! Even more fantastic is that Christmas is at the end of it.
Please remember that it is possible to link your telephone diaries to that of the school, which should help you keep up with festive and other key dates.
In English, we will be reading PG Bell's 'The Train to Impossible Places' to extend and inspire our writing. It is an exciting adventure story that begins when a girl wakes up in the middle of the night to find a railway being built in her hallway. The subsequent journey leaves plenty of scope for our descriptive, persuasive and letter writing.
Please note that this term we will be trialling 'block teaching' of the subjects below (with the exception of French, Music and PE). They will be taught during three consecutive afternoon sessions instead of once a week over 6 weeks.
Our topic this term in Science is 'Electricity'. This topic will involve us looking at how we use and generate electricity, simple circuits, conductors, insulators and switches. The lessons are largely practical and will allow the children to explore and experiment with these concepts. Teaching will start next week (commencing 4 November) and span 2 weeks.
Our History topic is Railways: an important turning point in our country's history. We will look at a range of issues, including the history of rail travel and its impact, different engine types and changes through time.
This term in Computing, we will be considering and exploring online safety, in particular with reference to key rules that help protect us online.
Art / D.T
We will be making trains as well as considering Railway related art. Please start saving small boxes to help with the former, such as toothpaste and soap boxes, single serve juice cartons or drinks bottles. Inserts to kitchen rolls will also be useful as well as small pieces of polystyrene of the type that protects flat-packed furniture.
PE is taught twice a week. This term, it falls on Wednesdays with Miss Roots and on Tuesday mornings with Miss Graham and myself (gym). It is very important that your child please has their full PE kit in school at all times (t-shirt, shorts and plimsolls as a minimum), fully labelled with their names. On PE days, girls should not wear earrings please, unless they are able to take them out themselves or if piercing is recent.
We will learning about Christianity this term with a particular focus on the symbols associated with the Nativity.
The much loved French and Music will continue as usual, taught each week. In Music, the children will continue to learn to play the ukulele.
Each Friday, your child will be given weekly spellings, with tests starting in Week 2. These will include statutory words as well as words from a number of prescribed spelling patterns. The words will be in children's spelling books and are available above. Your support in helping your children learn these words is greatly appreciated. Helping your child to use the words in sentences may assist their learning.
The children will complete times table challenges every week, on paper and using the computers whenever possible.
Times tables are extremely important for children's numeracy, linking to many topics in the Maths curriculum (e.g. division, fractions) and have particular prominence in Year 4. Timestable Rockstars has launched this term and your child's Log In will be in their Reading Record (unless this hasn't been in school). This means that they will be able to practice tailored times tables at home. If possible, please ensure your child practices typing question answers on a keyboard.
I also run a times table club on a Monday lunchtime, where computers are available to practice the necessary skills.
Please note that by the end of Year 3, your child should have mastered the following times tables: 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10. These are the tables I have concentrated upon in Term 1 (I am of course aware that some children are already secure in others).
As you will see from our Maths curriculum this term, the next stage to concentrate upon is 6, 7 and 9 times tables (followed by 11 and 12).
Your child should have brought home completed times table challenges for Term 1, which should assist you in supporting their learning at home, as necessary, and in line with the order mentioned above.
Children will be given given 10 different activities to choose from. Further information is available via the icon above.
Each week, children must choose one activity to complete for their homework. They are expected to choose a mixture of different subjects (not to complete a Maths task every week). Homework will still be set every Friday and it is to be handed back in on Wednesday. For those that do not complete homework, a lunchtime club is available on a Tuesday.
Please try and read with your child as often as you are able. Your support in this is hugely appreciated and is likely to influence your child's writing as well as reading progress. House points are awarded to children who read at least 4 times a week, so it is also important that Reading Records are please updated. In Term 2, we will be directing some of our free readers to carefully selected texts to ensure that they are exposed to a range of genres and writing styles.
Thank you for your support as ever. Please let me know if you have any queries or concerns.
Miss Killick and Miss Graham