Dear Parents and Carers,
Class 4 have settled quickly to being back at school and are already working very hard. We have an exciting half term ahead with lots of stimulating and interesting activities planned.
This half term’s topic is ‘One Hundred Years Ago’ which will look at life in the local area and explore effects of World War 1 on this area and the country as a whole. The topic ties in with the 100 year remembrance of the end of World War 1 and gives us the opportunity to teach in a cross curricular way and to develop the children's skills in art, history and geography. We will be making ceramic poppies and writing our own war poetry which will be part of a school display in St Thomas’s Church.
Our writing will be linked to the topic and to our class story, ‘War Horse’ by Michael Morpurgo which will enable the children to develop story writing, poetry, recounts in the form of newspaper reports in a meaningful way.
In Science, we will be learning about earth in space. The children will develop their knowledge and understanding as well as their skills in working scientifically and will be encouraged to develop. In RE we will be doing a unit of work based around the question: ‘What do Christians believe about the Prince of Peace’. The children will continue to be involved in preparing for collective worship.
We will continue to follow the ‘No Nonsense Spelling’ programme which is linked to National curriculum requirements and provides a structured programme to develop children’s strategies for learning to spell. The children will have weekly spelling linked to the area of study for the week or to their personal spelling lists which will be given out on Tuesdays; they will have a spelling test on Mondays.
Maths will be taught in line with the age related national curriculum which has high expectations with regard to arithmetic and mathematical reasoning - activities will be planned and differentiated to ensure your child’ mathematical needs are met and a significant focus will be on developing an ‘I can do .. ‘attitude and maths mastery skills. Multiplication and division facts and the related vocabulary are a big focus for all the children including multiplying decimal numbers for those proficient in their tables. Multiplication tables have a big significance in the new curriculum and it is a requirement that the children have learnt their tables by the end of Year 4!
Homework will continue in a similar format to last year and will be given out on Mondays, and Wednesdays or Thursdays. Homework will consist of a piece of work linked to the topic or to the science for the half term and a piece of maths homework which will consolidate areas of learning specific to your child. I will set some maths homework on ‘My Maths’ but will let you know when I do this. It would be really helpful to me if all homework is returned by Friday to Mrs Fletcher and by Tuesday to Mrs Carr, each week so we can get worked marked before giving new homework out.
The children must have a full PE kit in school each week. If it needs washing/drying it will be sent home on a Thursday.
We know the children will embrace the challenges of being in Year 5 and 6. Many thanks for your continued support. Please contact us if there are any problems or worries that your child may have.