Welcome to Class 4.
Our teacher is Mrs Cresswell.
Welcome back to school. I hope you had a fantastic break.
In English, the children will be focusing on character descriptions whilst reading the story Beowulf. They shall be looking at their sentence construction and how they can extend and improve their sentences. Children will complete a weekly comprehension. These will be based on their topic, relate to calendar events or weekly news. On a daily basis, children will complete short comprehensions, these will be based on posters, film, pictures, poems and short texts.
After looking at characters, they shall be writing a newspaper report on the discovery of the Anglo-Saxon treasure at Sutton Hoo. They will also have to write a persuasive argument to persuade McDonalds to stop using plastic straws.
Children will continue to work on their handwriting so that they can earn their pen licenses.
Every week, the children will have a spelling test. The half-term spellings will be sent out at the start of the term but children will bring home a sheet for their weekly spellings. This needs to be completed and handed in on a Friday. Occasionally, they will also be bringing home a piece of grammar homework, which will help them improve on their writing.
The children have an opportunity to read every day in class. They also need to be listened to at home. At home, if you listen to your child read and sign in their reading record four times a week they are entered into a weekly prize draw to win a book. Reading is so important to help your child develop their imagination and improve their vocabulary.
Throughout this term, we will be looking at multiplication and fractions. The two work well together, to gain a clear understanding of fractions children need to be confident in multiplication and division.
Please encourage your child to use the website ttrockstars.com. This website is a fun, interactive way of learning times tables. By the end of year 4, children need to know all of their times tables.
In Science, we will be investigating sound and how it travels. Children will identify the sounds around them and also conduct an experiment to find out how to insulate sounds.
After half-term, the children will learn about animals and their habitats. They shall be classifying animals and comparing their habitats. They will go on a hunt to look for habitats within the local environment. Also, they will visit the bird boxes that they made during the Autumn Term and hopefully they will discover that some birds have moved in.
This term the children will be learning about Anglo Saxons. They shall learn where they came from, how they lived, their beliefs and the kings that ruled. Children will also draw on their knowledge of the Vikings and look at the invasions and battles that occurred.
We shall be looking at what the Trinity is and why it is important to Christians. Children will be given the opportunity to reflect upon how they live and how religion can guide them throughout their day.
For the first half of the term, the class will be swimming on Monday. Their second PE session will be on a Wednesday and children will be learning to work with a partner within gymnastics.
We are also playing Jumpstart Johnny, which is a short burst of exercise that is put together with some catchy tunes.
How can I help my child?
To support your child, please ensure that homework is returned on a Friday and that you read with them at least four times a week. If children are reading a book, comic or newspaper at home, this can also be recorded in their reading diary. Reading books should be in school every day so that the children can read them during the day and also we can listen to them read too.
If you need to contact me, either talk to me at school or email me firstname.lastname@example.org.
Homework due in on Friday.
Swimming Monday, PE Wednesday.
Reading at least 4 times.
Timetables practise using ttrockstars.