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AUTUMN TERM NEWSLETTER
I hope you have all had a lovely summer holiday and are feeling refreshed ready for a new school year.
For your information, Mrs Webb will be teaching the children throughout the week. Miss Sharples is the Year 4 teaching assistant on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and the Year 4 class will also be supported by Mrs Creed on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and by Mrs Collier on a Thursday and Friday. We hope you find this newsletter helpful in informing you of what your children will be learning about this term.
In our English sessions this term we will start by learning about and writing our own Myths linked to our History unit of Ancient Greece. The children will be exploring descriptive vocabulary whilst developing their ability to plan and compose longer pieces of writing. We will then investigate non-fiction texts, using them to research and write a non-chronological report linked to an area of interest within our Ancient Greek studies. We will also create some poetry and write newspaper reports.
This term in Maths, the children will:
- Read, write and order numbers to 10,000 and determine the value of each digit
- Explore number patterns using these numbers
- Round numbers
- Develop their ability to add/subtract larger numbers using written methods
- Develop their ability to multiply and divide up to and including 3 and 4 digit numbers
- Work on Maths investigations applying their learning
- Be tested on their times tables every Friday
Our first topic this term is ‘Ancient Greece’. The children will be finding out things such as:
- How Ancient Greece has influenced the modern world
- The food, lifestyle and culture of the Greeks
- The history of the Olympic Games
- The architecture and modern ruins of Greek buildings
- The temples and beliefs of Ancient Greece
- The Gods and Goddesses of Greek Mythology
In Science, the children will be learning about materials and their properties, building on previous learning from last year. They will be considering how one phase of matter changes into another, planning and carrying out fair tests and developing their scientific understanding through enquiry-based investigations.
This term your child will be having PE on a Tuesday (with Sport 4 All) and on a Thursday (with Mrs Webb). They will need the correct PE kit, which is a red t-shirt, black shorts and a black tracksuit for colder days. Please note that leggings are not part of the PE uniform. Trainers are essential. Initially, both PE lessons will be outside until the weather changes. Please could your child’s PE kit be in school at all times.
During this Autumn term, Year 4 will initially be studying the topic ‘Do Murtis help Hindus understand God?’ and will then move on to investigate the question ‘Does the Christmas narrative need Mary?’ PSHCE will be taught by Mrs Draper on a Tuesday afternoon.
We will start by looking at E-safety; helping the children to protect themselves and their friends by knowing what can be seen on-line and by whom. The children will also create a multimedia comic linked to their Ancient Greek topic and learn about unreliable information on the Web.
The children will be investigating the songs of ABBA followed by learning to play tuned percussion.
Autumn – Christmas cinema trip
Spring – Hazard Alley
The children will have a weekly English homework which will be set on a Friday and due in on the following Wednesday. They will also have Mathletics homework online which will also be set on a Friday and should be completed by the following Wednesday. Children will have one day’s grace to bring late homework in, after that, they will be asked to complete it during their lunchtime. It is expected that the children spend about 30mins on each homework task.
Your child will be given 10 words to practise weekly. These will be tested on a Friday and will be based on the different spelling rules learnt in class each week.
The children will be expected to continue working on their times tables throughout the year. This may for some weeks form part of the Maths homework. We will establish which times tables children need to work on early in the term and then set them targets to achieve a certain set of times tables half-termly. The school website offers many games to help consolidate tables and we can give sheets to support rehearsal of tables if useful.
The children are expected to continue reading and we would ask that they write in their reading records when they have done so. If they read 3 times weekly or more, they will be given house points and invited to Mrs Webb’s Friday Fun session! The reading records will be checked on a Friday morning.
Remember to read the school’s half-termly newsletter and check the school’s website regularly to find out what is happening in school.
We are available in the morning for short messages such as if somebody else will be collecting your child.
If there is anything else you would like to discuss we are around after school.
Please email/ call the office if there are any messages throughout the day. 01280 813066
Behaviour & Rewards
In Year 4, we will continue to have rewards for the children to earn through good behaviour. These are: House Points, Monthly Marvels and the Golden Book. In addition, each week there will also be a twenty-minute fun session on a Friday afternoon if the students have met all of the expectations of homework, reading, spellings and good behaviour.
We are always looking for parents to come in and listen to readers each week, practise times tables or support the learning of individuals. Also, please let us know if you have any hidden talents that you can share with us, such as: cooking, art or maths.
Please send your child in each day with a named water bottle. Please also encourage children to bring in bags that are a suitable size for our lockers. Please make sure all items of clothing are named. It would also be beneficial if pencil cases could be small enough to fit in children’s trays!