In Class 4 this term we will initially be looking at the story of the BFG. We will explore the characters in the book and will invent our own strange and unusual characters. We will also look at the vocabulary and description used, focusing particularly on adjectives and similes. We will then use these in our own story writing. Later in the term, we will be looking at reports and will write reports about Snowdonia in Wales, to link in with our theme work for this term. Alongside this, we will be looking to improve our use of vocabulary and knowledge of sentence structures. We will continue to develop our use of connectives and punctuation, including commas 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.
In maths, we will be looking to improve our work with place value. This includes looking at the value of digits and what they represent within a number. We will also look at counting on and back in steps of 50 and 100 and will be finding 100 more and 100 less than a given number. Later in the term, we will be further developing our formal, written methods for adding and subtraction and will be applying this to reasoning and problem-solving activities. We will continue to explore different mental maths skills, relating to addition and subtraction.
The focus for this term is ‘Light.’ The children will learn about light sources, reflectors and reflections. We will then explore shadows and will consider how we can change the size of shadows or how dark shadows are. We will also be using the terms transparent, translucent and opaque and will investigate what these terms mean, with various objects and resources to help us.
Our theme this term is ‘Wales.’ This is a geography topic and will look at the varied landscape in Wales, including the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia. We will look at maps and use symbols and keys. We will also explore some Welsh traditions and will find out what it is like to live in the Welsh countryside and in a Welsh city.
This term the children will be learning about Judaism. We will be learning about Moses and the ten plagues of Egypt. We will also be finding out about the Torah and the Ten Commandments.
PE, this term, will be multi-sports. 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. As I am sure you are aware, PE kits need to be labelled, long hair tied back and all earrings removed for PE sessions.
In computing, we will be looking at simulations. We will find out what simulations are and look at examples and discuss why and where we might use them. For example, flight simulators, computer games that simulate real life and allow you to make choices. We will also review and evaluate simulations.
Every Friday Maths and English homework will be given out to the children. The homework will be targeted at giving pupils a chance to reinforce their learning or introducing them to an upcoming topic. There will also be a selection of spellings, which the children have practised during the week, which can be used as a short spelling test. We ask that the children could return their homework on Monday morning so that we can collectively mark and review the work. Within the classroom we have also got our class ‘Learning Tree’. An adult or child may record any home learning that has taken place onto one of our paper apples (placed inside the homework folders) and proudly display it on our tree. The home learning can range from writing a story at home to regularly reading to their siblings. At the end of each term the apples will be counted and the child with the most apples will receive a small prize!
Guided reading will happen every day and enable pupils to regularly read with an adult. Pupils will also be able to individually read with an adult at least once a week. Reading books will go home with the children every day and it would be really good if they could read regularly at home as well. Short, daily 10-15 minutes reading sessions can make a huge difference to a child’s reading progression and it can give them a chance to discuss the story with you. Book bags should be brought to school every day so that we can change books when necessary and listen to readers, ensuring we are supporting the children as much as possible. Asking your child questions when they are reading can allow them to further explore the story and practise their ability to interpret information. Below are some suggested questions that you may find helpful during reading sessions: Who is(are) the main character(s)?
What is the main idea?
What is the problem?
How was it solved?
Describe the setting using evidence from the text. Where does the story take place?
Did you think the story had a good ending? If not, how could you have changed the ending?
Are there any words you didn't understand? How can you find out their meaning?
Ask your child why certain characters are feeling like they are (happy, sad, angry, jealous, etc.), and ask if they know any other words that mean the same.
Did they like the story? Why or why not?