I hope you all enjoyed the festive holidays and would like to thank you for the generous gifts I received. Here is what we are looking forward to learning in the Spring term and the ways you can support your child.
|Subject Area||Learning||How you can help at home|
|English||Over the term, most of our writing will be completed through our topics ‘Darwin’s Delights’ and ‘A Child’s War’.
The children will have opportunities to use their words to persuade, argue and inform as well as enthral readers with exciting stories full of adventure and daring.
To help them with these tasks, they will use art, hot-seating and role-play.
In addition, our class reader this term (Skellig by David Almond) has a rich vocabulary and is an excellent example of suspense literature to support the children’s creative writing.
|Make sure that anything they write at home is in joined up handwriting (except for capitals), the spelling is correct and sentences make sense. Practise makes permanent.
Your child should be reading every day for a minimum of 30 minutes – confident readers make better writers! Encourage your child to get cosy and comfortable when reading. Do you set a good example? Could you set aside 30 mins of family reading time where the house is nice and quiet? Read the books they are reading so you can engage in exciting dialogue, discussing character, setting and storyline as well as making predictions and inferring why certain events may occur or why characters behave in the recorded manner. How does the author take you on this exciting journey?
|Phonics/Spelling||There will also be daily Spelling or Grammar lessons to develop technical skills that they can apply to their writing.||Talk about any new, interesting or difficult vocabulary that they meet. Do they need to use a dictionary to gain a better understanding?
Practice the words from the Year 3&4 list to increase accuracy and fluency in spelling.
|Creative Curriculum||In this term, the children will research the life of Charles Darwin, creating a comic strip biography, and discover how he proved his theory of Evolution. They will also explore (and paint) the flora and fauna of The Galapagos Islands – the tropical archipelago made famous by Darwin on his voyage aboard HMS Beagle.
They will be archaeologists unearthing the truth about Mary Anning’s link to a famous tongue twister and life on the Jurassic coast.
As the term progresses, the children will need to use their powers of persuasion in different ways: First they will need to rally the country against the might of Germany and then, they will be taking ‘Evacuation’ to court. Putting arguments for and against the placing of children with complete strangers during World War II.
Finally, they will design and build a model Anderson Shelter from recycled and new materials.
|Encourage your child to read more widely to gain more information about the topics. Ask questions about the country or significant historical figure as they research in school and at home – they often find fun and fascinating facts.|
|Maths||The children will start by focusing on algebra – equations and expressions, nth terms and simple formulae.
Revision and practice of long division and multiplication as well as reasoning skills will continue throughout the term.
On Wednesdays and Thursdays we will focus on Geometry and Statistics.
|This term please continue to focus on times tables. The children will need to know their times tables inside out and back to front. For example:
7 x 8 = 56
8 x 7 = 56
56 ÷ 8 = 7
56 ÷ 7 = 8
0.7 x 8 = 5.6
0.8 x 7 = 5.6
5.6 ÷ 8 = 0.7
5.6 ÷ 7 = 0.8
The children can use www.mymaths.co.uk to practise something we have learnt or test to make sure they that they can remember.
|RE||The focus for this term is New Beginnings||Talk about the things we are learning.
By being respectful about all religions when discussion around religion occurs. This may be through reading/watching the news or programmes.
If you share a religion in your home make your child aware of any particularly important/significant places.
If you would like to come in and share your knowledge it would much appreciated J Children learn best from those in a place of personal knowledge.
|PE||Volleyball (Thursday)||PE kit MUST be in school at all times and CLEARLY LABELLED with your child’s name. Please make sure long hair is tied back for all sport activities. Earring will be required to be removed during physical exercise – if ears are newly pierced then they must be taped for safety reasons.
Children well enough to be in school will be expected to participate in the activities.
|KS2 – Spanish/Music||The children will receive a 6-week block of music each half term.
Your child will continue to broaden their Spanish experience weekly.
|Encourage your children to listen to a wide range of different music styles.
Ask your child what their learning has been. Can they recite the days of the week and months of the year? Are their counting skills up to scratch? Can they encourage you to hold a simple conversation about how you are?
Boxes of tissues would be greatly appreciated! We would also benefit from used newspapers, as we use these frequently during art lessons.
Your child will be taught reading and how to comprehend complex texts as part of whole class reading sessions. In addition to this, they are expected to read a book of their choice during the course of a half term which they should have in school every day.
This will be set on a Friday and should be handed in on Wednesday. It will consist of spellings to practice, maths and grammar as well as something related to our topic.
Encourage your child to look at the local paper or even invest in First News – a newspaper specifically for children. Discuss articles with them, taking time to look at the organisation of both the paper itself and the individual articles.
If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to write a note or make an appointment via the office to see me during the drop in time. This is still Wednesday between 3:40 and 4:10.
I’m looking forward to a busy but rewarding term and would like to thank you in advance for your support.