St Pauls CE Primary School

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Year 4

Great Barrier Reef Class Summer Term overview and parent information

Bounds Green Residential trip 12th-13th July 2017.

Please ensure you have filled in the permission slip and returned it to Mrs Lennard or the office along with the payment. 

If your child requires any medicines to be administered please ask the office for a medical consent form and return it ASAP.

All children will need a sleeping bag. If you do not have one, let Mrs Lennard know so we can lend you one.There will be a meeting closer to the time for you to ask any specific questions.

 

Literacy  

 

This half term our writing will be based on Ancient Greek Myths. This links to our history unit on life in Ancient Greece and enables us to write some exciting narrative based on our own 'Heroes Journey'.

Topic

In History we are travelling back in time to Ancient Greece. We will be comparing life in Ancient Greece to modern day as well as exploring how Ancient Greek culture has influenced our government, sport, theatre and philosophy. We will link to PE and research and design our own Olympic Event.

Science

We will continue our learning on Living things and will include learning about the human digestive system. As always, science learning is based around scientific discovery and questioning. Including classifying, observing over time, looking for patterns and designing fair tests.

Grammar is taught discreetly and also embedded in the teaching of creative writing. Handwriting is taught regularly, working towards a fluent and joined hand.

Spellings are given out and tested on a Friday. Please help your child to learn these by using them in context of a sentence rather than in isolation. Please feel free to ask me if you feel unsure how to do this. Spellings will be based upon patterns and rules, including phonetic and grammatical rules. Sometimes they will include topic vocabulary and high frequency rules.

Reading

All pupils are expected and encouraged to read at least five times a week at home. Please support them to do this, their reading logs need to be filled in regularly so they can be checked. Reading logs should be handed in on a Friday so (whilst we get into our routine) help your child remember to have put in their bag Thursday evening.

Mathematics

Mathematics is taught daily with a regular focus on investigation and applying in addition to securing calculation methods. Problem solving skills are developed with the aim of enabling all children to become confident at ‘having a go’. All children are given tasks with appropriate challenge and depending on their competency will be supported and/or encouraged to be independent learners accordingly. Checking, estimating and generalising are essential mathematical skills that are developed through the whole of KS2.

We also work on mental recall of facts and calculation methods frequently, with the intention of children achieving their bronze, silver, and gold times table awards. Please help your child secure their times table facts with regular times table practise at home. Again, please feel free to discuss with me ideas about how this can be done.

Art/DT

Linked to Ancient Greece, we will be making clay pots which we will decorate with scenes from our history learning. The skills involved will be handling clay, fine brush work and colour mixing. We will look at Ancient Greek sculpture and develop our sketching skills to produce pictures of figures including draping of fabric and proportion.

PE:

Generally speaking, if your child is well enough for school they should also be well enough to take part in PE.  However, if there are any exceptions to the rule, please speak to the office or the teacher and provide a note.

Outdoor PE is on a Wednesday. Please ensure your child has a PE kit with appropriate shoes. 

Swimming -  Tuesday Morning. All children must have a costume, towel and swimming cap.

 

Music

We will begin our ukulele lessons this term, which will be led by an external music teacher. All children will be given a school ukulele to take home a practise. All aspects of music will be covered in the lessons including learning standard notation, singing and percussive accompaniments.

French

Pupils will have a dedicated French lesson every week with a specialist teacher, building upon their previous learning.

R.E

The theme for RE this term is Religious Leaders. We will be visiting the Belsize Synagogue to meet with their Rabbi to learn about his role within the community and during worship. We will compare the roles of different leaders and explore the influence of various leaders through history. As always in RE, we relate our learning back to our own lives and how we can be good citizens.

 

General:

Weekly Reports:

You will be familiar with the weekly report sheets from last year.  Please remember that these will not give detailed accounts of progress, but just let you know that things are generally going well or let you know of any other messages.

The ticks relate to our chart in class and are linked to house-points and sticker/ certificate rewards.

Please remember to sign the sheet and return to school every Monday.

Homework:

Homework is given out on Thursday and needs to come back to school on Tuesday.   The expectation is that homework is done, and presented in line with how we expect pupils to present their class work – neatly in pencil or pen (not ballpoint please).   The work will be based upon what we have covered in class so pupils should be able to complete it independently, but please support your child by scanning over and encouraging best efforts.  

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to talk to me after school for a brief chat, or make an appointment for a longer meeting if necessary.

 

Spellings Summer Term 2:

15/6/18

8/6/18

 

Homework Summer Term 2:

15/6/18

8/6/18