We have a busy term ahead and I will try to outline the areas I intend to study with your children:
We will study the novel ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ by Michael Morpurgo. We will focus on the dilemmas faced by the characters, drawing evidence from the book and using it to inform our weekly ‘Big Writing’ sessions. We will look at the use of adjectives and adverbials and move onto writing information texts linked to our topic work on Maya history.
We will begin the year by revising and extending our place value knowledge, ordering and comparing numbers up to five digits and looking at number patterns. Getting the children secure in their knowledge of basic number facts is essential to allow us to move onto the work we will cover over the course of the year, so please do practice number bonds to 10, 20, 50 and 100 with your child whenever possible. Time tables will also be a big focus – the curriculum states that by the end of Year Four children should be secure in every times table up to 12×12. We will have a times tables test every Friday so please practice as often as you can. During the first term we will also work with 2D shape, measure length, capacity and weight and use tally charts.
During the first half term our topic work will take a geographical focus, specifically based on Central America. We will initially look at using globes and atlases to find key information region before looking more specifically at the geography of Guatemala. We we will learn about the festival of Dia de los Muertos and hopefully stage our own event towards the end of the term.
We will look at animals in habitats, firstly in our local area and then in the rainforests of Central and South America. We will classify animals and construct food chains and will also learn about the role of teeth and the digestive system in humans.
We will cover eSafety this term, learning to create safe passwords, how to deal with the different types of malware found online, identifying safe and trustworthy websites when researching online and how to spot spam email in an inbox.
We will learn how to look after ourselves, exploring choices, considering the groups we belong to, and making decisions.
We will learn about central American foods, taste different ingredients and make our own baleadas.
Our indoor P.E. will see us study gymnastics, with a focus on travelling and balancing. The children will work towards creating a simple routine, while constantly evaluating their own and others’ work. During outdoor sessions we will study hockey, looking at dribbling and passing skills. We will be continue our swimming lessons every Wednesday morning for the first half term.
Mrs Sophoclides will teach RE and look at the Bible, its structure and its significance to Christians. The children will learn about some of the ways the Bible is used and the structure of the Old and New Testaments. The class will also be working with Stephen from St Thomas’ church on a project in partnership with a new school in Mozambique.
PE kits should be clearly labelled and remain in school until the half term break. If your child attends an after school club I would it would be a huge help if they could have an additional kit. I know this is not always possible, but it does help to ensure the children always have a kit in school for P.E. lessons and we can maximise the time we have allocated in the hall or pitch each week. As outlined above, swimming will be every Wednesday morning at Highbury Grove school for the first half term. In a slight change this year Highbury Grove have requested all children wear a swimming cap. Please ensure that your child has a swimming kit with them every Wednesday. If you have any difficulty finding kit for any of our lessons please do let one of us know – I’m sure we will be able to help you out.
Home learning will be set each Friday to be handed in the following Wednesday. Weekly spellings will also be sent home and tested in class every Tuesday, as will times tables every Friday. Reading record books will be checked over each week, so please encourage your child to read each day, both to themselves and with you, and record their progress.
If at any stage you have any questions please catch me in the playground. If you feel a meeting would be more appropriate let me know and we can arrange a time that suits. Please do just grab me to say hello too, there are many of you I am yet to meet and I would love to get chance to say hi to everyone as soon as possible.
Welcome once again to Year 4. Michelle, Judy and I can’t wait to get to work with your children and look forward to a happy and productive year.