Welcome to class 4!
Well, here we are already in the Spring Term, time is certainly moving at a pace. I’m excited to be back in school and raring to begin a new topic which offers an abundance of cross curricular and engaging learning opportunities for our children.
This will be a very busy term for class 4 as we build upon the learning of last term and push it forward. The pace of our learning has already increased, and the children have responded really well.
Our topic for Spring Term is: The Tudors, in which the children have already shown a great interest and produced some fantastic homework projects over their Christmas holidays. Topic based homework projects, which the children can work on with adults at home, will become a regular feature this term as we aim to harness and develop their interest in a period of British history which is as fascinating as it was influential. Children will learn about the key people and events of the Tudor period and ponder and explore questions such as: What is heraldry? Who were the Tudors? What was life like for people living in Tudor times? Was Henry VIII a good king? Who was Anne Bolyen and was she innocent or guilty of the crimes which led to her demise? They will use IT to create surveys and display data and learn to plot Anne’s final journey using landmarks on maps.
Class 4 will also take their learning offsite with visits to Bishop’s house, a beautiful Tudor house-museum in Sheffield where they will see up close what life was like for local people growing up in this time. We will also visit Rawmarsh City Learning Centre where the children will create a Documentary about Tudor times and create an app-based game for IPADS.
The outcomes of all this learning- and much more from our core curriculum- will be celebrated in public as class 4 host their exhibition in March.
Our novel this term is: Treason, by Berlie Doherty an enthralling story about a young boy who enters court with King Henry VIII and soon learns that to be close to absolute power presents as many problems as it does perks. The children will explore many themes and writing processes through the study of this novel.
In Class 4 we have our spelling and times tables test on a Friday. This will be based on spellings given out each Monday and times tables up to 12 X 12 (also given out each Monday). Children should practise their times tables at multiple opportunities each day and also their spelling daily. A solid grasp of times tables will support and accelerate their learning in many areas of maths and will build their confidence in working with numbers.
Our P.E. day is every Monday and Thursday so please bring appropriate indoor and outdoor P.E. kit. Kit consists of a white T shirt, black shorts/jogging bottoms and suitable footwear. It would be useful if PE kit was left in school all week in case we have to change our PE lessons for any reason or add extra lessons in! (Y4s will use the Thursday session for swimming lessons so should bring their swimming kit for then).
We are very lucky at the minute to have Active Fusion leading one of our PE sessions each week and sharing their expertise. We aim to get outside for PE where possible so please make sure children have appropriate kit and footwear. If your child is unable to partake in PE for any reason, please ensure a written note is provided or you have spoken to myself or the office directly- otherwise all children will be required to take part in the lesson, as is the national requirement.
Each child has been given an appropriate banded book for them to read at home as well as in school. A reading record has been provided to each child so that they can track their progress. I have asked that children take this home each night and bring it in to school each morning so it can be updated by parents/carers and also teachers and teaching assistants. Books will be changed each Friday.
Children in Class 4 should:
- Read every night for at least 15 minutes
- Practise their times tables every day for 5 minutes
- Practise their spellings for 5 minutes each day (Monday- Thursday).
In addition to this, Class 4 children will receive two pieces of homework on a Wednesday to be completed and brought back in for the following Tuesday- this will usually be a maths and SPaG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) worksheet.
Please be reminded that due to inclement weather, we would appreciate children bringing appropriate indoor shoes/slippers to wear in school.