Class 4 Newsletter Spring 2018

 

Dear Parents, Carers and Children

 

Happy New Year and welcome to 2018. I hope that everyone has eaten too much and spent a great deal of time creating new fantastic family memories together over the festive break.

During this term, we will be splitting the learning into two areas.

The first half term will be the ‘Rise of the Robots’, looking at how robots have been created to help humans to carry out numerous tasks that are either inefficient for humans or too dangerous that might risk lives. The book that we will be using to help capture the children’s interest and imagination is ‘The Iron Woman’ by Ted Hughes.

The Iron Woman is a science fiction novel by British writer Ted Hughes, published in 1993. It is a sequel to The Iron Man. “The Iron Woman has come to take revenge on mankind for its thoughtless polluting of the seas, lakes and rivers” (Wikipedia.org)

In Literacy, we will write a story based around the theme of the core text.

In Maths, we will be starting the term looking at number sense, place value. This will be followed by the usual progression of learning Additive, Multiplicative, Geometric and Statistical Reasoning.

In Science, the children will be working scientifically to create simple circuits that achieve specific outcomes.

In ICT, using the computer programming software ‘Scratch’ the children will write a set of code for a character to follow. We will also use Lego Mindstorm to create a robot that will carry out a particular task.

P.E. and Swimming. Year 4 will be swimming for the first half term every Thursday from the 11th. Please ensure your child comes to school with their swimming kit.  Year 5 will continue with their PE on Thursday afternoons. We have also got an extra session of PE on a Monday afternoon for 40 minutes for the whole class.

R.E. We will be focusing the R.E. learning around the Islamic faith this half term.

The second half of the term, our topic will be, ‘The Final Frontier – Space’. The children will be learning about our solar system, how we have explored certain areas of it through both manned and mechanical missions.

In English, the children will be writing a poem about being in space and a Non-Chronological Report about the planets and other cosmological features of our Solar System.

In Maths, we will be starting the term looking at number sense, place value. This will be followed by the usual progression of learning Additive, Multiplicative, Geometric and Statistical Reasoning.

Science and Sea School. The children will be investigating how the local environment is affected by processes that originate in space.

In Geography, History and Art, we will briefly look at the space race, and then focus on the geography of both our planet as seen from space, and that of the solar system itself. We will create art work that evokes the feeling of movement through outer space.

In R.E. we will be looking at the Easter Story.

We will be having our second parents evening towards the Easter Holiday.

Thank you once again for all your support.                                                                                    Mr  Hockley (Class Teacher)