Class 4 with Mr Wheeler and Mrs Plummer
Welcome back to our spring term! I hope everyone had time to relax and recharge their batteries over the festive period, ready for our second term!
Our topic this term is Stargazers, which will see us learning about the planets, gravity, space travel, important figures in space exploration and much much more.
In Geography, we will use a variety of aerial pictures to examine the landscape of different areas of Earth.
In our History learning we will consider the impact of Galileo on our modern day understanding of the solar system and examine the role that Isaac Newton had on our understanding of gravity.
Alongside this we will be exploring different space related themes in our Art learning.
This term our class novel is Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce, which will link closely with our Literacy learning and also our reciprocal reading sessions.
Our Science learning will include examining the force of gravity, developing our understanding of the moon and explaining why day and night occur on Earth.
In Maths we will be covering place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, measures and fractions.
Times tables are incredibly important and I would encourage you to help your child with these at home. From year 4 onwards, children are expected to know all of their timetables up to 12x12 and this will be checked at the end of Year 4 with a nationwide statutory test.
Please continue to use TTRockstars and Hit The Button in frequent short bursts to continue increasing the speed of your child’s recall.
There will be a times tables test every Friday to support your child's understanding.
There will be a spelling test every Friday. It is important that your children practice and prepare for this each week.
Children should be listened to read every night at home for around 5-10 minutes. When your child has finished their book please feel free to swap this in the library during wake up work time (before the register at 8:50 am). Reading record books should be filled in regularly and brought to school each Friday so that we can get your child signed off to earn their reading reward badges.
This term we have Active Learn every Monday afternoon to deliver gymnastics. In addition to this, Class 4 have our Friday afternoon P.E. session where we will be doing a variety of athletics disciplines. Please bring appropriate outdoor P.E kit for Monday and Friday sessions as this term we aim to get outside for P.E where possible.
Their P.E Kit should consist of a white T shirt, black shorts/jogging bottoms and suitable outdoor footwear. Earrings must be removed for P.E. Adults will not take earrings out.
Below is an outline of the homework that will be sent home with your child each week.
Reading unlocks the doors to so many areas of life and therefore it is vital that your child is encouraged to read 3-5 times a week.
Each week your child will be set homework which is linked to the learning in class.
Each week your child will receive a task to support the learning we have been doing that week in class.
Your child will be given spellings with a spelling rule. They may also be required to research other words with the same rule.
To keep our school looking nice and tidy, can we please remind you to make sure that children have suitable indoor slippers or pumps.
If you have any questions about how you can support your child’s learning in Class 4 please come in and ask.