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Term 6

 

It does not seem possible that we are almost at the end of Year 4!
 

Our linked learning topic for our final term is Home Sweet Home and in our science work we will be looking at the habitats of different animals, whilst also exploring the ways in which animals adapt to their environment. In Geography, we will be learning about Australia, and our RE learning focusses on Islamic festivals.
 

We are very excited about the prospect of creating our own stop-frame animation films in DT – we may discover the next Nick Park!

 

PE this term will be rounders and athletics, in the lead up to Sports Day. Please ensure your child has full PE kits, including outdoor shoes, for Mondays and Thursdays.

 

Our literacy learning will include work on The Wind in the Willows, where the children will be writing their own narratives.

 

The children have been working hard during their guitar lessons all year, and this term will have the chance to show off some of this learning with a performance during an assembly.

 

With the warm weather hopefully here to stay, please ensure that your child has a sun hat and sun cream. We will remind them to make use of these but if you could reinforce that, it will hopefully become a habit in the summer term.

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Term 5

 

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 literary 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.

 

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.

 

In RE we will be looking at life’s journey in both Christianity and Islam.

 

In PE this term the children will be learning golf. These sessions will take place on Thursday afternoons and some Fridays over the term, so could you please make sure children have outdoor PE kit on those days. Monday continues to be our additional PE slot.

 

Children will be given the Term 5 wheel 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. As well as online activities on Matific, we have allocated some Literacy based games on bug club.

 

This term, Mrs Watts will be running a lunchtime homework club every Thursday for Year 4; this is for those children who prefer to do their homework activities at school, or are finding it tricky to get homework in each week.

 

Additionally, please keep up all the good work with daily reading, times tables and spelling practise (children will begin to bring home individualised weekly spellings this term).

 

We look forward to seeing the children after the Easter break and to another fantastic term.

Term 4

We have another exciting 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.

 

Our literacy work this term begins with creative writing inspired by a short animation about a lighthouse. In RE we will be learning about the Easter story.

 

This term we begin swimming lessons on Thursday mornings. Could parents please ensure that children bring a drink and a snack, in addition to their swimming kit, for these sessions.

 

We were pleased to receive positive feedback from yourselves and the children in response to the Term 3 homework wheels. Children will be given the Term 4 wheel in the first week of term, again with a selection of activities to choose from. Taking on board some of your suggestions we 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.

 

As well as online activities on Matific, we have allocated some Literacy based games on Bug Club. Additionally, please keep up all the good work with daily reading, times tables and spelling practise.

 

I look forward to seeing you in person at parents’ consultations and am looking forward to another exciting term.

Term 3

 

Welcome back everyone and Happy New Year!

 

We kick off 2017 with another exciting term. Our linked learning topic this term is Around the World in 80 Days, and as part of this we will be learning about the Vikings. We are all very excited about our Viking Day on Thursday 5th January and look forward to seeing the children’s costumes.

 

In our history work we will explore artefacts, consider historical sources and make models 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 exploring non-chronological reports on the Vikings, then reading Around the World in 80 Days, culminating in the children writing a newspaper article based on the events of the novel. At the term goes on, we will also be exploring fables and writing our own.

 

Our Science work this term focuses on forces and magnets and in RE our learning will focus on inspiration Muslim, exploring the figures of Muhammad (pboh) and Malala Yousafzai.

 

Guitar lessons continue to take place on Tuesday.

 

 

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

Last term several children forgot to bring in PE kits, so could you please ensure kits are in school for PE sessions, 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.

 

This term 4W will be presenting their class assembly on Thursday 2nd February 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.

 

As you know we are trialling a different format for home learning so please encourage your children to complete an activity from their home learning wheel, and return their book recording this to school on a Monday. Additionally, please keep up all the good work with daily reading, times tables and spelling practise.

 

Here's to an exciting Term 3!

 

Term 2

Welcome back everyone.  I 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.

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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 ‘Lights, Camel, Action!’  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 winter poetry, culminating in a recital of selected poems.  At the term goes on, we will also be writing instructions and 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.

 

Guitar 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 Monday and Thursday and will focus on dance and hockey this term.

Homework will be sent home as follows:

Literacy – given out each Monday, due back the following Monday

Numeracy – given out each Friday, due back the following Friday

 

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

Term 1

Welcome to 4W!

 

Welcome back everyone.  I 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.

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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 about the southern counties of England, whilst in RE we will be focussing on the key beliefs of Islam.

 

Guitar lessons begin every Tuesday and this term we have Football on a Friday afternoon.

 

For this term you will need your PE kits on Monday and Friday.  Friday you will need trainers in order to take part in the football session.

 

Homework will be sent home as follows:

  • Literacy – given out each Monday, due back the following Monday
  • Numeracy – given out each Friday, due back the following Friday
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