Class 4 – Notre Dame

Welcome back! I hope you’ve had lovely week off and enjoyed the wonderful warm weather. We are all very excited for this new term. Below is an overview of our Term 4 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 looking at poetry. We will be looking at the poem ‘The Magic Box’ by Kit Wright. We will be story telling the poem to help us understand and develop our knowledge of the genre. We will be investigating and exploring alliteration and descriptive language. 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 adverbs. 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 adding and subtracting amounts of money to give change, using both £ and p in practical contexts. We will then move onto learning about statistics. This will involve interpreting and presenting data using bar charts, pictograms and tables. We will then use these skills to solve one-step and two-step problems. Every Mathematics lesson will begin with starters which will allow the children to actively participate in practise of their mental calculations and extend their knowledge of their times tables. Each week the children have an opportunity to earn a ‘Table Bug’ – the children can receive one when a set of tables has been successfully learnt.

Science

We are continuing with our topic of 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 attract 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 ‘The Ancient Maya’. This is a history unit; we will be exploring the daily lives and beliefs of the Maya people.

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 Sermon on the Mount, Jesus’ new commandment and Jesus’ example today.

PE

PE, this term, will be focusing on cricket and hockey 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.