Below is an outline of learning and development for Class 4 (Les Ananas) this term. As always, please speak to me if you have any further questions.
Children in Class 4 will begin the new term with a new Topic, Information Texts. My key focus throughout the year, which will be improved on this term, will be to further develop, improve language and structure in writing and the children’s use and range of connectives and conjunctions to link ideas and events. Children will continue to use ‘Boxing Up’ planning frames to organise writing into events which are sequenced logically. On-going sentence-level work will continue to focus on writing accurate and full sentences, clarity of handwriting and the spelling of common words. Children will continue to develop reading and spelling skills through daily sessions of guided reading and phonics.
In English this term Year 4 will be learning about traditional tales. We are starting with the popular tale of the Snow Queen. Our learning will involve creating our own version of the story after we have studied the features within the text.
We will be looking at character description, lengthening sentences and using powerful vocabulary to show a mature style of writing. We will be learning how to develop the character throughout the story and use the plot features of the original story to create a new and exciting story. We will be taking part in daily spelling and grammar sessions to develop the children’s knowledge of common spelling patterns and types of sentence. This may involve looking at a common spelling, practising spellings we know or learning a new spelling pattern. The children will also take part in a weekly guided reading session where the children will be reading, analysing and answering questions about different books. This will involve a lot of collaboration and the children will gain independence in understanding texts.
In Les Ananas we will begin a new term with a continued focus around number, we will do this by practicing times tables and developing mental strategies. Children will consolidate and extend their skills in calculation using all four operations. Children will continue to work on strengthening their ability to recall and apply number facts and to count in steps of 2-12 and use the sequences to make links between multiplication and division facts. There will be a daily focus at the start of each lesson on the understanding of mathematical vocabulary and applying this to solve worded problems.
In Maths this term we will begin by recapping place value of numbers and rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. We will be using place value and partitioning in our calculation work later in the term. We will then move onto calculating, involving addition and subtraction using formal written methods to show our working out. We will focus on 3 and 4 digit numbers initially. We will then move onto working with decimals and using numbers with up to 2 decimal places. We will be recapping and learning multiplication tables regularly and learning new ways of working them out without starting from “multiplied by 1.” Finally, we will be looking at analogue and digital clocks to convert time from one to the other.
The focus for this term is ‘Light’. The children will build on their understanding of ‘Light and Dark’ and explore different ways of viewing objects in a range of lights. For example, the children will be exploring in the classroom how easy it is to see objects with and without light. They will continue to develop skills in planning, obtaining, presenting and evaluating evidence though weekly investigations.
Our theme this term is learning about ‘Brazil’, as always teaching and learning in class will be shaped by the children’s ideas. Here are some examples of future learning experiences that have been planned based on areas of interest that your children discussed just before the end of the last term. Children will have the opportunity to learn about Carnival, The Amazon Rainforest, Brazilian sport, Climates and comparisons with the UK.
This term the children will be learning about the Christian faith with a particular focus on Christian Values. Children will be encouraged to reflect on their own experiences and discuss how the school values have impacted their learning.
This term will be Invasion Games, it will take place outside alternating Wednesdays and Thursdays. There is always a possibility that the day may change due to unforeseen circumstances. I should therefore 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 taught alongside an external coach. As I am sure you are aware, PE kits need to be labelled, long hair tied back and all earrings removed for PE sessions. Thank you.
Every Monday, children will be given a list of spelling words to practise in class each morning. These will form a mix between high and medium frequency words, and words that reinforce various spelling patterns. On Friday the children will bring their spellings home for you to test them. They will bring them back to show the class teacher on Monday. Maths homework will be set and given to children each Friday for them to complete over the weekend. Children should bring their completed task back to school on Monday morning so that we can mark the work together at the start of the maths lesson. English homework will also be set and given to children each Friday for them to complete over the weekend. Children are encouraged to bring their homework back to school on Monday morning so that we can mark the work together at the start of the lesson.
Children in Years 3 and 4 should be reading for a minimum of 20-25 minutes, at least four nights per week. Any additional reading they do on their own is wonderful! If your child is a confident, fluent reader, they will still need to read aloud to help develop expression and use punctuation correctly. Your child will benefit from talking about the book – predicting, clarifying unfamiliar vocabulary, ‘reading between the lines’ for deeper understanding, forming opinions and summarising. Please help take an active role in your child's reading experience by reading with them regularly. Each child should have a named book bag in which to keep their reading book and reading record. This book bag should be brought into school every day. We are also promoting our love for reading at school, with our reading leaves. Every time your child has read at home, you can sign their reading record and they will be able to help continue the ever growing canopy of leaves.
Here are some suggestions that you may find helpful during reading sessions:
What are your child’s predictions?
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?
Mr M Cobb
Les Ananas (Class 4)