I hope that you and your children have all enjoyed a lovely Christmas. If you have any further questions please feel free to come and speak to me.
Initially in Term 3 we will be finalising our focus upon the formal multiplication method and the formal division method. Children will be multiplying 3 digit numbers by 1 and 2 digit numbers as well as dividing 2 and 3 digit numbers by 1 digit numbers. We will focus upon solving problems involving these methods. Children will then focus upon calculating the area of a shape, after which we will begin to focus upon fractions. As has been the case throughout the year children will choose whether to answer A, B or C level questions (according to their confidence) before completing challenge questions focusing on their reasoning and problem solving skills.
As one of our main topics this term is multiplication and division there will be a particular emphasis on learning of Times Tables. The Government has recently announced that all year 4 children should know all of their times tables by the end the year and we will spend class time practicing and reciting our tables. Children will continue to earn table bugs for mastering a particular set of tables. Any support helping your child learn their tables would be greatly appreciated, https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables and https://www.timestables.co.uk/ provide a useful range of games and resources to aid children in learning their tables, some of these games can be accessed in tablet form as well as online.
We will begin the term by writing fantasy novels about The Firework Maker’s Daughter by Phillip Pullman. The children really enjoyed reading this (as part of our Guided Reading sessions) before Christmas so I am hoping that their writing will be impressive. We will study key elements of the genre such as descriptive writing (in relation to character and setting) and the use of grammatical techniques such as fronted adverbials and noun phrases and will recap prior learning in relation to punctuating direct speech. As a part of this writing pupils will publish writing into their publishing book. For every piece of writing we produce, children have an audience they are writing for. In this instance I would ask you to be their audience. This will involve pupils bringing copies of their story home, you reading them and offering comments on their narratives. We will conclude the term with a focus on poems belonging to a particular style. In Guided Reading we will start reading our new class novel, The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo. Children will explore all the genres they write in through discussion and story-telling in order to deepen their understanding of structure and new vocabulary. We become expert writers in each genre, by spending time focusing on the specific aspects of a genre, before writing, editing, improving and re-drafting our written work and publishing it. We will also continue to focus on specific grammatical techniques and develop sentence structure through the use of subordinate clauses, brackets and noun-phrases.
This term we will be focusing upon Sound. As part of this topic children will have the chance to carry out a wide range of practical investigations and spend time investigating the nature of different sounds. Children will have the chance to work with Dataloggers to record the level of different sounds in Decibels. We will investigate the link between sounds and vibrations, explore how sounds travel, investigate the pitch and loudness of sounds and how we can alter them and test materials based on how effective they are at soundproofing. There will be a continued focus upon working scientifically, recording results and concluding and evaluating experiments.
Our theme in Term 3 is Program it! Children will be familiarising themselves with the computer programme Scratch through a range of activities before programming and producing their own computer quiz shows.
PE will take place each week on Tuesday. The focus for Term 3 continues to be ‘Ball Games’, with although with a different focus on netball and basketball. Pupils will need trainers and clothing suitable for outdoor and indoor PE as we will be outside some weeks weather permitting. As I am sure you are aware, it is really important that PE kits are in school for PE day each week and are clearly labelled. Long hair must be tied back and all earrings removed for safety during PE sessions. Thank you!
This term we will be particularly focusing on Christianity. Our learning will focus on comparing different denominations of Christianity. We will also focus upon the role the church plays in communities and how we can improve the communities in which we are involved.
In French this term we will continue to focus upon developing spoken and written French. We will consolidate our learning focus upon the days of the week and months of the year. We will then focus on learning French terms for different household pets and parts of our body.
This term we will continue our focus upon spreadsheets. We will be discussing the uses of spreadsheets and why they are useful. Pupils will work with Microsoft Excel to store, retrieve and present information as well as completing calculations using a range of formulae.
Everyone in the class will continue to learn to play the Ukulele this term, this is one of the class’s favourite activities and we will continue to develop this skill.
Every Monday, children will be given a list of spelling words to practise in class each morning. These will, for the most part, consist of the National Curriculum list of words which are a mixture of words pupils frequently use in their writing and those which they often misspell. On Friday the children will bring their spellings home for you to test them and bring them back on Monday.
Mathematics and English
Homework will be set and given to children on Friday, to be returned by the following Tuesday. The content will enable children to practise what they have learnt in class. Reading Reading plays a crucial role in your child’s learning. In class we have daily guided sessions of reading and actively seek out opportunities to read across the curriculum, but it is essential that children are able to practise this skill at home. Reading can include a range of text-types and media; not just the school reading book that comes home each day. Children should be reading for around fifteen minutes, five out of seven nights of the week. Asking your child questions when they are reading can allow them to further explore the story and practise their ability to interpret information.