Welcome to Group 4! We have now started the Autumn Term and the children have got straight back into their learning. I'm very excited to be teaching this split class of year 4s and 5s and looking forward to a productive year.
This will be a very busy term for class 4 as we build upon their learning from last year and start to move it forward. Our topic for the Autumn term is Space which offers fantastic opportunities to learn through a range of subjects and cross curricular activities. Children will learn about our solar system and the causes of day and night. They will research the legacy of Galileo and Newton and create presentations about planets. They will work with robots and investigate the effects of gravity as well as creating pieces of visual-art and music. The class will investigate different materials and build a prototype satellite and ponder questions of the universe such as 'does alien life exist?'
Our novel this term is The Terrible Thing That Happened To Barnaby Brocket by John Boyne - an entertaining story about a gravity defying school-boy and his adventures whilst learning what it is to be 'different'. 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 Tuesday 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! 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 as the weather becomes more inclement we would appreciate children bringing appropriate indoor shoes/slippers to wear in school.