Class 4 – Notre Dame
Welcome back! I hope you’ve had a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year. We are all very excited for this new term.
Below is an overview of our Term 3 learning. If there is anything you would like to discuss or any questions you have then please feel free to speak to me.
English
In Class 4 this term we will initially be writing a narrative based on the story of Alice in Wonderland. We will begin by story-telling sections of the narrative in order to deepen our understanding of the structure of the story and new vocabulary. We will also look at how dialogue is used and the use of fronted adverbials. We will then use these in our own story writing.
Alongside this, the children will improve their use of vocabulary and knowledge of sentence structures. We will continue to develop our use of adjectives and conjunctions. We will aim to improve the accuracy of our writing this term, with a further focus on editing our work.
Mathematics
The children will continue to exploring writing and calculating mathematical statements for multiplication and division using their timetables. We will use our ‘tables’ knowledge and apply this to reasoning and problem solving questions. We will then move onto looking at measurement in the form of money. Children will add and subtract amounts of money to give change, using both £ and p in practical contexts.
Every Mathematics lesson will begin with starters which will allow the children to actively participate in practising their mental calculations and extending their knowledge of times tables. Each week the children have an opportunity to earn a ‘Table Bug’ – the children will receive one when a set of tables has been successfully learnt.
Science
The focus for this term is Forces and Magnets. We will compare how objects move on different surfaces. We will observe how magnets attract or repel each other and we will investigate how magnets attracts some materials and not others. Then we will compare and group the variety of materials based on whether they are attracted to the magnet or not. We will be using vocabulary such as forces, friction, magnets, poles, north and south.
Theme
Our theme this term is ‘Make It’. This is a DT unit.  Children will be designing, making and evaluating their products. They are going to designing and making sandwiches. The children will be exploring a variety of textures, tastes, smells and appearances. They will look and taste a variety of shop brought sandwiches to evaluate their appearances and tastes. Finally they will evaluate their sandwiches. Did they remember all their ingredients? Did it turn out the way they expected and what would they do differently if they made their sandwich again?
RE
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 the Unforgiving Servant, Parables of the Kingdom, Workers in the Vineyard, The Parable of the Sower and The Prodigal Son.
PE
PE, this term, will be focusing on netball, basketball and handball 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
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. 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 Mathematics and English will be targeted at giving pupils a chance to practice what they have learnt in class or introducing them to an upcoming topic.