English

In Class 4 this term we will initially be looking at suspense stories. We will look at examples of suspense stories and will then have a go at writing our own. We will continue to develop our vocabulary and grammar, through story-telling and story-writing. We will examine techniques used by the author to create atmosphere and tension within the story. Later in the term, we will be looking at explanation texts and will write explanations linked to our science and theme work. Alongside this, we will be looking to improve our knowledge of sentence structures. We will continue to develop our use of connectives and punctuation, including commas, apostrophes and speech marks. We will aim to improve the accuracy of our writing this term, with a further focus on proof-reading our work for errors.

Mathematics

In maths, we will be revisiting and building on our previous work on measures. This will include comparing and measuring mass, length and capacity. It will also include converting between units and adding and subtracting. We will reason and solve problems relating to measures. Later in the term, we will be exploring graphs and tables. We will read and interpret graphs and tables and will draw and label our own graphs.

Science

This term we will be learning about animals and humans. This topic includes looking at habitats and food chains. It also includes finding our more about the human skeleton and muscle system and how this aids movement. The topic also includes nutrition and how to achieve a healthy and balanced diet.

Theme

Our theme this term is ‘Dover since 1900.’ We will look initially at the Edwardian period and how this signalled changes in Britain from the Victorian era. We will examine how this affected the people of Dover. We will then look in more detail at the World Wars, with a particular focus on World War 2 and the role of Dover Castle during this time. We will look carefully at old photos and explore how important photos are to Historians and how they can tell us so much about the past.

RE

This term we will be continuing with our work on Islam for a few weeks. This includes looking at the importance of Muhammad and Allah to Muslims; the Quran and exploring Islamic calligraphy and patterns. We will then move onto a Christianity unit for the last part of the term. This unit will focus on Christian values, with a particular focus on human kindness, friendship and performing good deeds.

PE

PE, this term, will be athletics and swimming. Athletics will take place on a Tuesday afternoon but I would be grateful if you would ensure that children have their kit in school every day. This term children will be provided with the opportunity to acquire, develop and refine skills and will be practising these skills in preparation for Sports Day. As I am sure you are aware, PE kits need to be labelled, long hair tied back and all earrings removed for PE sessions.  Swimming will take place on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, depending on your child’s group, so swimming kits will need to be in school on these days please.

Computing

In computing, we will be looking at databases. This will look at practical uses of databases like flight databases and library systems. The children will then set up simple databases in the context of Top Trumps and Mr Men.