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Year 4

Rainbow Warrior Class Spring Term overview and parent information

Literacy  

This half term our literacy will be linked to our topic on the Ancient Greeks. The children will be immersed in the world of mythical monsters, heroes and quests before writing their own myth.

Topic

We will be learning about Ancient Greece throughout the Summer term. It is a really exciting topic that children always love. We will be using our research skills to find out about - everyday life in Ancient Greece, compare life in Athens and Sparta, Greek gods and the first Olympics. We will also discover the impact Ancient Greece has had on our lives today by looking at democracy (linked to PSHCE and British values), medicine, theatre, philosophy and much more.

Science

Science will be led by Miss Finch this half term. The children will be learning about electricity which will involve making their own circuits.

Grammar is taught discreetly and also embedded in the teaching of creative writing. Handwriting is taught regularly, working towards a fluent and joined hand.

Spellings are given out and tested on a Friday. Please help your child to learn these by using them in context of a sentence rather than in isolation. Please feel free to ask me if you feel unsure how to do this. Spellings will be based upon patterns and rules, including phonetic and grammatical rules. Sometimes they will include topic vocabulary and high frequency rules.

Reading

All pupils are expected and encouraged to read at least five times a week at home. Please support them to do this, their reading logs need to be filled in regularly so they can be checked. Reading logs should be handed in on a Friday so (whilst we get into our routine) help your child remember to have put in their bag Thursday evening.

Mathematics

Mathematics is taught daily with a regular focus on investigation and applying in addition to securing calculation methods. Problem solving skills are developed with the aim of enabling all children to become confident at ‘having a go’. All children are given tasks with appropriate challenge and depending on their competency will be supported and/or encouraged to be independent learners accordingly. Checking, estimating and generalising are essential mathematical skills that are developed through the whole of KS2.

We also work on mental recall of facts and calculation methods frequently, with the intention of children achieving their bronze, silver, and gold times table awards. Please help your child secure their times table facts with regular times table practise at home. Again, please feel free to discuss with me ideas about how this can be done.

Art/DT

The children will be using their knowledge of circuits to design and make their own torches.

PE:

Generally speaking, if your child is well enough for school they should also be well enough to take part in PE.  However, if there are any exceptions to the rule, please speak to the office or the teacher and provide a note.

Swimming – Thursday Morning

Outdoor PE – Wednesday. The children will need to have trainers or other suitable sports shoes. If it is a hot day the children may bring in suncream to apply themselves. 

Music

We will continue to learn the ukulele and expect the children to remember their ukulele every Friday for the lesson.  The class will be taught by a visiting teacher.  All aspects of music will be covered in the lessons including learning standard notation, singing and percussive accompaniments.

French

Pupils will have a dedicated French lesson every week with a specialist teacher, building upon their previous learning.

Computing: 

We will be using the ipads and laptops to explore coding using a variety of different child friendly programmes including Scratch and Espresso Discovery.

R.E

Religious education will be focusing on religious leaders. We will look at the characteristics of a good leader and explore the different roles involved. We will also learn about the life of Siddhartha and the birth of Buddhism.

PSHCE

We will be linking PSHCE with our History while we learn about the British values of democracy and rule of law.

General:

Weekly Reports:

You will be familiar with the weekly report sheets from last year.  Please remember that these will not give detailed accounts of progress, but just let you know that things are generally going well or let you know of any other messages.

The ticks relate to our chart in class and are linked to house-points and sticker/ certificate rewards.

Please remember to sign the sheet and return to school every Monday.

Homework:

Homework is given out on Thursday and needs to come back to school on Tuesday.   The expectation is that homework is done, and presented in line with how we expect pupils to present their class work – neatly in pencil or pen (not ballpoint please).   The work will be based upon what we have covered in class so pupils should be able to complete it independently, but please support your child by scanning over and encouraging best efforts.  

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to talk to me after school for a brief chat, or make an appointment for a longer meeting if necessary.

 

Trips:

After half term we will be visiting the National Gallery for a workshop on Ancient Greek stories through art. We also have an in school road safety workshop booked. Every year in year 4 the children get the opportunity for a one night residential. This year we will be going to the scout park in Bounds Green where we take part on lots of exciting activities. Date and more info to follow soon.

Spellings Summer 2017

June 22nd

June 16th

June 8th

May 19th

May 12th

May 5th

Homework Summer 2017

June 22nd

June 16th

June 8th

May 25th      homework explanation           planning sheet

May 17th:       text Bikes          text Rainforest            text Seadside

May 12th

May 5th