Class 4 – Notre Dame

Welcome back! I hope you’ve had a lovely holiday and are ready for the excitement of the new term! Below is an overview of our learning in Term 2. If there is anything you would like to discuss or any questions you have then please feel free to speak to me.


In Class 4 this term we will initially be writing a non-chronological report on France. To begin with, we will be developing our research skills and finding out facts about France. We will then use this information to plan and create our report. We will story-tell sections of a non-chronological report in order to deepen our understanding of the structure of a report and new vocabulary. Alongside this, the children will improve their use of vocabulary and knowledge of sentence structures. We will continue to develop our use of adverbial words and phrases, and generalisers. We will aim to improve the accuracy of our writing this term, with a further focus on editing our work.


We will continue to develop formal, written methods for adding and subtracting and will be applying this to reasoning and problem-solving tasks.  We will continue to explore different mental maths skills relating to addition and subtraction. The children will then work on their ability to calculate and write mathematical statements for multiplication and division using their ‘times tables’ knowledge. We will also apply these skills within the context of a range of reasoning challenges and problems. Every Mathematics lesson will begin with a warm-up which will allow the children to practise calculating mentally and extend their knowledge of their times tables. Each week the children have an opportunity to earn a ‘Table Bug’ – the children receive one when a set of tables have been successfully learnt.


The focus for this term is ‘Rocks’. Notre Dame Class will compare and group together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties. Children will be able to name the different types of rocks and explained how they are formed. We will investigate how fossils are formed; the children will learn fossils are formed when a plant or animal dies in a watery environment and is buried in mud and silt. We will be using the terms, sedimentary, metaphoric, igneous, permeable and impermeable.


Our theme this term is ‘Prehistoric Britain’. This is a geography and history topic. We will be developing our geographical language to describe places while continuing to develop our atlas skills. We will also introduce and use some ordnance survey map symbols. We will be investigating events from the past and using our mathematical knowledge to work out how long ago these evens happened. We will then use this knowledge to place the events and time periods on a timeline.


This term the children will be learning about Christianity. It is important that children gain an understanding of a variety of religions that they may encounter in their lives. We will be learning about Blind Bartimaeus, Jairus’ Daughter and Zacchaeus. We will also be finding out about ‘The Calling of Levi’.


PE, this term, will be focusing on gymnastic skills. PE will take place on a Thursday 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. 


Homework will be set every Friday, I would appreciate the homework to be completed and returned to school on Monday. The homework will consist of spellings, Mathematics and English tasks. The spellings are a selection of words the children have been practicing all week and there is a small section for a spelling test. The purpose of mathematics and English tasks is to give pupils an opportunity to practise what they have learnt in class. Some activities will also introduce them to an future topic.