I hope that you and your children have all enjoyed a lovely two-week break after a productive first term. Below is an overview of our learning for Term 2. If you have any further questions please feel free to come and speak to me.
Initially in Term 2 we will be finalising our focus upon column addition and subtraction with 4 and 5 digit numbers. The class’s learning before half-term in this area was really impressive so the additional challenges of estimating and using the inverse to check answers should give children a further chance to demonstrate their skills. After this we will be focusing upon calculating the perimeter of a shape before moving on to multiplication and division. We will be using our knowledge of place value and known number facts to multiply and divide mentally, including multiplying by 0 and 1, and multiplying 3 numbers together. Children will be taught to multiply and divide 2 and 3-digit numbers by one digits number using a formal written method, as well as working with factor pairs. The class will be given the chance to develop their skills before applying their knowledge and skills in different contexts through ‘Challenge Questions’ which will allow them to develop their mathematical understanding, problem solving and reasoning.
As one of our main topics this term is multiplication and division there will be a particular emphasis on learning of Times Tables. The Government has recently announced that all year 4 children should know all of their times tables by the end the year and we will spend class time practicing and reciting our tables. Children will continue to earn table bugs for mastering a particular set of tables. Any support helping your child learn their tables would be greatly appreciated, https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables and https://www.timestables.co.uk/ provide a useful range of games and resources to aid children in learning their tables, some of these games can be accessed in tablet form as well as online.
We will begin with a focus on Poems about a Theme. The theme of the poems we will be studying is resilience, this theme not only links to our school values but also the Premier League Stars Poetry Competition which everybody in the class will be entering. We will be submitting the poems written in class to this nationwide competition and if any child’s work is selected as a winning piece it will be published in a book, the school will receive a range of free poetry texts and current Premier League footballers may visit the school. As part of our focus upon poetry everyone in the class will also be taking their public speaking award, this involves them learning a poem and performing it in front of Mr Dexter. We will be practising this in class but any additional practice at home will help the children to achieve their awards, a copy of the poem your child will be learning will be sent home to help them practice. We will also be writing non-chronological reports about our Theme Topic of Viking Britain. We will also explore how to navigate non-fiction books in order to find relevant information. We will finish the term by writing fantasy novels based upon Phillip Pulman’s The Firework-Maker’s Daughter which we will be reading as a class in Guided Reading this term. Children will explore all the genres they write in through discussion and story-telling in order to deepen their understanding of structure and new vocabulary. We become expert writers in each genre, by spending time focusing on the specific aspects of a genre, before writing, editing, improving and re-drafting our written work and publishing it. We will also continue to focus on specific grammatical techniques and develop sentence structure through the use of subordinate clauses.
This term we will be focusing upon Electricity. As part of this topic children will have the chance to carry out a wide range of practical investigations and spend lots of time working with electrical equipment. We will be testing materials to see if they are conductors and insulators of electricity and building electrical circuits. Children will be expected to draw and label these circuits as well as predict whether electrical current will light a bulb in a range of circuits. Children will also learn about how electricity is generated, electrical safety and the difference between mains and battery power. We will continue to develop scientific skills such as analysis, prediction, evaluation and understand how to plan and carry out a fair test to answer a scientific question.
Our theme in Term 2 is Viking Britain. Children will be learning all about Viking involvement in Britain, as well understanding about Viking life. This will include studying who the Vikings were, where they came from, how they lived, how life was different for rich and poor Vikings and the lives of Viking children. The class will be developing skills in a variety of areas through studying this theme, these include researching, developing map skills, working with historical artefacts and presenting their findings to a group of fellow students.
PE will take place each week on Tuesday. The focus for Term 2 is ‘Ball Games’, with a particular focus on football and tag rugby. Pupils will need trainers and clothing suitable for outdoor and indoor PE as we will be outside some weeks weather permitting. As I am sure you are aware, it is really important that PE kits are in school for PE day each week and are clearly labelled. Long hair must be tied back and all earrings removed for safety during PE sessions. Thank you!
This term we will be particularly focusing on Christianity. Our learning will begin with a focus on pilgrimages, including what a pilgrimage is and why a person may decide to go on a pilgrimage. We will also focus upon the significance of the Christingle.
In French this term we will continue to focus upon developing spoken and written French. We will consolidate our learning on introducing ourselves and basic greetings as well as learning more simple French such as the days of the week and months of the year. Finally we will study some Christmas related French phrases and songs.
This term we will be focusing upon spreadsheets. We will be discussing the uses of spreadsheets and why they are useful. Pupils will work with Microsoft Excel to store, retrieve and present information as well as completing calculations using a range of formulae.
Everyone in the class will begin to learn to play the Ukulele this term in Music Lessons which I am sure will be a very popular and exciting opportunity.
Every Monday, children will be given a list of spelling words to practise in class each morning. These will, for the most part, consist of the National Curriculum list of words which are a mixture of words pupils frequently use in their writing and those which they often misspell. On Friday the children will bring their spellings home for you to test them and bring them back on Monday.
Mathematics and English Homework will be set and given to children on Friday, to be returned by the following Tuesday. The content will enable children to practise what they have learnt in class. Reading Reading plays a crucial role in your child’s learning. In class we have daily guided sessions of reading and actively seek out opportunities to read across the curriculum, but it is essential that children are able to practise this skill at home. Reading can include a range of text-types and media; not just the school reading book that comes home each day. Children should be reading for around fifteen minutes, five out of seven nights of the week. Asking your child questions when they are reading can allow them to further explore the story and practise their ability to interpret information.