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Term 6 - Home Sweet Home

 

It is hard to believe that we are almost at the end of Year 4! We do have plenty of learning fun to cram into the last term however. Our linked learning topic this term is Home Sweet Home and in Science we will be studying animals and their habitats; how they adapt to their habitats and the ways in which environmental change impacts on them. In Geography we will be completing a study of Australia, looking at its key geographical features and the habitats that it provides.

 

Picture 1 A wombat - a creature native to Australia

This term the children will be writing and filming their own stop motion animations in DT (Aardman watch out; 4DW are going to give you a run for your money!) based on The Wind in the Willows, which is one of our key texts in Literacy this term.

 

In PE we will be concentrating on athletics, in the run up to sports day. Please ensure that the children have appropriate PE kit at all times in school as our PE days are likely to vary throughout this term.

 

Our ICT work this term introduces the children to blogging and they will have their own opportunity to create and respond to blog posts in and out of school.

 

Children will be given the Term 6 homework grid early in the term, again with a selection of activities to choose from. We continue to ask that these books are handed in on a Monday and we will then hand them back, marked, on a Tuesday so that the children can then begin work on their next activity. Numeracy home learning activities will continue to go home on a Friday, to be returned by the following Friday.

 

Well done to those children who have been collecting certificates, stickers and stamps for their home reading. Please keep up the good work with home reading.

 

Times tables will be a focus this term so any practise that the children can do at home will make a big difference. The children now all have an Education City log on, sent home last term, and there are many interesting times tables games on there that they might want to check out.


 

Term 5 - King of the Castle

We are looking forward to another busy term. Our linked learning topic this term is King of the Castle, and we will be exploring the Tudor period, most particularly the reign of Henry VIII, in both our literacy and history. Our work on the Tudors will lead up to Tudor Day at the end of term, where we will be encouraging the children to dress in Tudor costume, and we will sample some Tudor dancing and cooking, amongst other things.

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In their Science work the children will be learning about how nutrients are carried through our bodies; we will be looking at the design and function of different teeth, exploring the digestive system (with the help of a pair of tights), as well as looking at food chains.
 

The children will be using water colour pencils to draw their own portraits of Henry VIII this term, which will be presented in frames decorated with the Tudor Rose printed by the children.

 

In PE this term the children will be play tennis. These sessions will take place on Wednesday or Thursday afternoons, so could you please make sure children have outdoor PE kit on those days.

 

Children will be given the Term 5 homework grid in the first week of term, again with a selection of activities to choose from. We continue to ask that these books are handed in on a Monday and we will then hand them back, marked, on a Tuesday so that the children can then begin work on their next activity. Numeracy home learning activities will continue to go home on a Friday, to be returned by the following Friday.

 

Well done to those children who have been collecting certificates, stickers and stamps for their home reading. Please keep up the good work with home reading and times table practise.

 

Here's to another fantastic term!

Term 4

 

We have another fantastic term ahead of us. Our linked learning topic this term is Illumination. In their Science work the children will be learning about electricity and constructing their own circuits, as well as constructing working lighthouses in Design and Technology. For these lighthouses could we please ask for donations of any empty tubes from Pringles-type snacks, and clear dessert pots that you might have.

Picture 1 Portland Bill Lighthouse

Our literacy work this term begins with creative writing inspired by a short animation about a lighthouse. In RE we will be learning about why Christians consider Jesus an inspiration and the Easter story.

 

This term we have swimming lessons on Tuesday mornings. Could parents please ensure that children bring a drink and a snack (no chocolate please), in addition to their swimming kit, for these sessions.

 

As we mentioned during most of the parent consultations, we will be adjusting the Home Learning this term. We are reintroducing dedicated Numeracy homework sheets which will come home on a Friday and are due back by the following Friday. These will often take the form of a Chilli Challenge with your child choosing their own level of challenge.

 

In addition to numeracy sheets, your children will have received an updated Homework Wheel. We ask them to choose 5 activities from the choices over the term. These are due in each Monday and the books will be returned the next day. We have very much enjoyed sharing the fantastic home learning that the children have been producing over the last few terms.

 

Additionally, please keep up all the good work with times table practise and daily reading – well done to those children who are earning their reading stars stamps and certificates.

Term 3

 

Welcome back everyone and Happy New Year!

 

We kick off 2018 with another exciting term. Our linked learning topic this term is the Vikings. We are all very excited about our Viking Day on Friday 19th January and look forward to seeing the children’s costumes.

 

In our history work we will explore artefacts, consider historical sources and make detailed sketches of Viking long-ships. A good website to explore at home is the BBC Bitesize site, which has games, video clips and information that your child may find interesting - http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/ztyr9j6

 

In Literacy, we begin the term by reading The Last Viking by Terry Deary, with the children writing their own narratives based on the story. We will then look at Instructions, culminating in writing our own Viking themed instruction texts.

 

Our Science work this term focuses on forces and magnets. Ukulele lessons continue to take place on Tuesdays.

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Last term several children forgot to bring in PE kits, so could you please ensure kits are in school for PE session, along with suitable outdoor footwear. Now that the weather is turning colder, please ensure that tracksuits or suitable warm sports clothes are included in your child’s PE kit.

 

PE sessions are Wednesday and Thursday and will focus on gymnastics and handball this term.

 

This term 4DW will be presenting their class assembly on Thursday 25th January and we look forward to seeing you at the performance. Children will be given their parts, lines and instructions regarding costumes during the first week back.

 

Children received a new homework grid at the end of term 2 focussing on the Vikings and Forces. Homework books should be handed in every Monday, and will be returned on Tuesdays.

 

Please keep up all the good work with times tables and daily reading. Details of the new school-wide reading reward system will be sent out early in the term.

 

We look forward to catching up with you all at parent consultations in Week 5.
 

Here's to an exciting Term 3!

Term 2

 

Welcome back everyone. We hope you all had a lovely half term break.

We have another great term ahead of us.
 

Our linked learning topic this term is Rule Britannia and we will be learning about the lives of the Anglo-Saxons. We will explore artefacts, consider historical sources and sew our own Anglo-Saxon purses. A good website to explore at home is the BBC Bitesize site which has games, video clips and information that your child may find interesting - http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zxsbcdm

 

Of course, this is the Christmas term and we will be working hard on our Christmas performance. This year we are looking forward to entertaining you with ‘Baubles’ Auditions for speaking parts take place in the first week of term, but everybody will have the chance to be involved with what promises to be a great production.

 

In Literacy, we begin the term by exploring the Anglo-Saxon tale of Beowulf, with the children writing their own endings to this tale.  At the end of the term we will be using the Christmas story as a basis for our narrative writing. In RE we will explore the Christian traditions surrounding advent and Christmas, whilst looking in detail at the figure of Herod.

 

Ukulele lessons continue to take place on Tuesday and this term our outdoor PE slot returns to its usual Thursday afternoon slot. Last term several children forgot to bring in PE kits, so could you please ensure kits are in school for PE session, along with suitable outdoor footwear. Now that the weather is turning colder, please ensure that tracksuits or suitable warm sports clothes are included in your child’s PE kit.

 

PE sessions are Wednesday and Thursday and will focus on dance and hockey this term.

 

Homework continues to follow the following pattern:

Homework books - due in each Monday with a new piece of work from the grid.

These will be marked and return on Tuesday, leaving the children with the rest of the week to work on their next piece.

 

Please also keep up the fantastic work with home reading, times table and spelling practice as these things have a considerable impact on classwork.

 

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Term 1

 

Welcome to 4DW!

 

Welcome back everyone. We hope you all had wonderful summer holidays.

 

We have an exciting first term in Year 4 ahead of us. Our linked learning topic this term is Eco Warriors and we will be exploring recycling and environmental issues. This will include making our own sculptures from recycled materials inspired by the work of Barbara Franc.

 

In Literacy we continue the Eco Warriors theme, writing narratives based on Michael Recycle and The Tin Forest and non-fiction writing focussing on water. In our Science and Geography work we will be looking at states of matter, and the water cycle. In ICT we will be creating PowerPoint presentations, whilst in RE we will be learning about key beliefs of Islam.

 

Ukele lessons begin every Tuesday (instruments will be provided) and this term we have Football on a Friday afternoon.

 

Please make sure your child has a full PE Kit in school (days to be confirmed). Friday they will need trainers in order to take part in the football session.

 

Homework will be sent home in the form of a homework book containing a different grid each term. This has activities from across the curriculum for children to complete in whichever order they choose. In addition children need to be learning their spellings (given out and tested on a weekly basis), and their times tables.

 

Homework books are due in each Monday and will be returned to the children on Tuesday.

 

The children will be receiving home reading journals for them to record their reading at home each week. The target is to read 5 times each week. We will record the reads and give out small prizes for those children regularly hitting this target.

 

There will be a meet and greet session early in the term with the Year 4 teachers to run through the year ahead and to go through any queries. We look forward to seeing you then.

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