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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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