Our topic this term is Heroes and Monsters! Our topic work has been covering Geography, History, PSHE, ICT, Art and Design Technology. We have been thinking about what qualities it takes to be a hero and how we can be heroes. We are also learning about the Vikings and thinking about whether the Vikings were heroes or monsters.
Later in the term we will be looking at ways we can keep healthy, by having healthy bodies as well as minds. If you have any resources related to our topic, and are happy for them to be shown in class please let us know.
Children will be covering a range of text types in their English work, including Poetry, Fiction and Non-Fiction, some of this will be linked to our topic. We have looked at different versions of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and discussed whether we think the Beast is a hero or monster. We will also look at modern superheroes, writing persuasively to advertise superhero products such as invisibility capes!
As well as reading their independent reading books that they bring home, children will be participating in regular group reading sessions lead by a teacher.
The children are working on a range of mathematics this term, including work on time, decimal numbers, money, measurement and shape. Alongside this work we are continuing to practise our number skills in place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
You can continue to support your child by practising maths at home, using numbers in many situations, for example, telling the time, counting and money.
By the end of Year 4 children are expected to know all their times tables up to 12×12. Please help the children practise these at home, both in order and out of order including multiplications and divisions. There are plenty of times table games and activities on the internet too!
Sea School and Science
This term’s science work is based on plants and habitats in our local area linked into our Sea School sessions. Class 4’s Sea School sessions will continue to be on Friday afternoons. Please ensure that your child brings wellies and a waterproof coat to school each Friday, if you wish to leave wellies in school make sure they are in a named carrier bag.
In order to be able to make the most of these sessions Mr Hockley will be taking the class out of school to work in the local environment, however, if he does not have enough adult support he is unable to take the class out of school. If you can offer your support for these sessions please let Mr Hockley or Mrs Railston know.
P.E continues to take place every Thursday afternoon. The children are taking part in a range of PE activities. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit in school, including: a thin wind proof coat, well fitting trainers, black shorts, black or navy tracksuit trousers, a spare white T-shirt and a clean pair of socks. Please make sure that your child’s name is in all of their kit. A plastic bag kept inside the PE bag is always useful too, for muddy trainers to be stored in!
Reading is an essential life skill which underpins all of our work at school. It is a school expectation that all children read at home daily with parents and make a note of it in home school diaries. Even when children are already fluent readers we can still help them to develop their reading skills. The best way is to continue to share books with your child, regularly listening to them read, sometimes reading to or with them, but also discussing books read in increasing depth. Most importantly, we want all the children to develop a ‘love for reading’, we will be sharing a range of texts with them in class and hope they will also widen their reading choices out of school. We have been really impressed by the work that the children have produced in their blue ‘Love Reading’ books, please encourage them to continue using these books to show their enjoyment of reading and their wide range of reading outside school – this can include any of their responses to their reading, e.g. drawing a picture, writing a story, poem, report etc!
Each week the children will have a Reading Task to complete at home which will be linked to the work which we have done during their Guided Reading sessions. We have just finished reading ‘Bill’s New Frock’ by Anne Fine and are now beginning ‘Charlotte’s Web’ by E.B. White, if any of the children have their own copies it would be lovely if they brought them in. Please ensure that children bring their Home School diaries, Love Reading books and reading book into school everyday. Home School diaries will be checked every week, we hope to see your continued support with your child’s reading.
The children have really engaged with our book swap and so far have brought in a wide variety of books to swap with their classmates! The Book Swap is open for children to swap a book they’ve read for a new-to-them book. If they wish to, they may keep their chosen book forever, or they may bring it in for a new one when they have finished with it.
If your child would like to take part all they need to do is bring a book that they are willing to swap and put it in our Book Swap basket. We would like the children to complete a Book Review slip for each book which they bring in; these will be kept in the Book Swap basket in the classroom.
Donated books must be in reasonable condition (lightly used second hand books are ideal). Donated books should be appropriate for Year 4 children. They can be picture books, chapter books, fiction or non-fiction, books children may read on their own, or books to be read aloud by an adult. Swapped books may be kept forever so please make sure your child does not donate any book that they will want back!
As it is the Summer term and we hope for some lovely weather please remember to send children to school with hats and sun cream or apply all day sun cream before school. In warm weather it is even more important than usual to keep hydrated so please send children to school with a school water bottle which they may keep in the classroom. The weather can be changeable so we do ask that children continue to bring coats into school in case of rain!
End of the Day
Thank you for working with us to keep the Year 3 and 4 cloakroom area clear at the end of the day!
If you have any questions or would like to find out more about our work this term, please do come and see us, contact us through the home school diary, via Class Dojo or through email.