ENGLISH: Class Four will be finding out what happens to Kay in the classic fairy tale The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson. This will be the main focus for our English work, supporting our winter descriptive writing, widening our vocabulary and use of different sentence structures for effect. Alongside narrative writing, we will have targeted National Curriculum grammar lessons.
MATHS: We will be extending our knowledge of decimals, fractions and percentages, using our learning in different contexts and to solve problems. Also, we will be refreshing our understanding of length, specifically area and perimeter, converting measures. We will be completing a class fitness test that will help us to understand data and statistics through 2018. This will be used later in the year to compare and contrast the data collected. Our work on times tables will continue, which has been supported greatly at home (Thank you). I would like to congratulate Connie and Tilly who have completed the initial challenge and will be looking forward to practising and cementing their prize winning knowledge, whilst hoping to be joined by others in the class in the coming weeks.
HUMANITIES: We will be building on our knowledge of oceans and rivers globally which will support our scientific investigations into the water cycle through various experiments and demonstrations. In order to continue to make the good choices (that will lead us to success) we will focus on harnessing a positive mindset through our PSHE lessons, utilising discussion and meditation to promote a positive new year for all. Our Tuesday PE will be dance for this half term and Friday’s lessons will be either karate/netball.
This half term, Class Four will be completing our epic journey through The Arrival by Shaun Tan, and finding out if Jessie is reunited with her father… After this we will be using Robert Swindell’s book ‘Ice Palace’ to inspire our adventure writing as well as extend our descriptive vocabulary. We will also be continuing our in class spelling activities and targeted grammar lessons to help support our Progress to Success.
Maths: In Maths we will be focussing on multiplication and division methods, which will be supported by our work on the times tables which is being supported at home. We will then be investigating shapes and their properties and finally to finish 2017 off coordinates will be the focus.
Humanities: We will be visiting Walsingham to learn about pilgrimages which will be closely linked to our Tudors Topic.
Science: Our scientific brains will be experimenting around the states of matter, drawing on previous knowledge and expanding it through varied experiments and demonstrations.
PSHE: To ensure we are focussed and continue to make the good choices that will lead us to success, we will continue to focus on Positive Mindset. Our PSHE lessons will utilise discussion and meditation to continue our positive year for all.
English: Using ‘The Arrival’ by Shaun Tan, we will be interpreting this visual book through drama, letter and diary writing and group discussion. The book will be the focus for our artwork in the later part of term after we have created our own Picasso portraits which will be displayed in the learning street. Will you be able to name all thirty when they are up? Group reading will include weekly supported home reading as well as other book related tasks. Children will receive weekly spellings to be completed for Tuesday tests and occasional maths homework to support their learning.
Maths: This term will be focussing on number. We will look to Progress to Success with our knowledge of number bonds, 10, 100, and 1000 more than a given number. We will also be revising the written methods used for the four operations (crib sheets for the methods we look to use can be provided to help you support at home if required). We will also be using a fitness circuit and the results produced to P2S with our knowledge of data and statistics.
Science: We are investigating forces and I’m looking forward to some exciting experiments around gravity, buoyancy and air resistance.
PE: Gymnastics is on Tuesday mornings and then on Friday afternoons the year 5’s will be practising Football with Mr Barnard while the year 4’s will be learning hockey with Mr Care. Please ensure your child has the required kit.
Humanities: Our topic is the Tudors and I look forward to sharing learning around how the Tudors came to power (Battle of Bosworth) and then all about Henry VIII and his interesting life.
PSHE: We look to discuss topical issues and practise Mindfulness, an area of great interest.
Music: We will be studying The Firebird Suite by Igor Stravinsky. We will explore how composers use rhythm, tempo and dynamics to create variations on a theme and use these ideas to compose our own fanfare.
I look forward to meeting all my parents throughout the school year and hope your child enjoys their educational journey in Class 4.