GPS books p4 and 5
Blue Class are taught by Miss Taylor with the support of Mrs Da Silva. We are incredibly lucky and have a class of 30 amazing children who we have the pleasure of teaching each day.
Our Learning Journey theme for the spring term is 'Teeth to Toilet'. This is going to allow us to explore our teeth and how (and why) they vary. We will then follow the journey of food as it travels through our digestive system. We will also think about chocolate and its origins as we research Mexico and the Maya civilisation. We are very much hoping that we can go on a trip to support this learning.
There are lots of exciting opportunities for great writing this term. Our main focus will be finding ways to improve our writing and to make it exciting. We will be reading 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' together and looking at features of writing by using our Year 4 checklist.
The children will continue to work independently, using the strategies of editing to improve their work to the best of their abilities.
The children will participate in whole class reading each day, as well as having opportunities for individual reading time.
As a class, we will continue to consolidate our GPS skills (Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling) and use them across the curriculum with confidence.
During the Autumn Term, we will be working a lot on place value - learning about numbers up to the thousands.
At the end of the year, there will be a compulsory Multiplication Tables Check. It is expected that the children know all of their tables by the end of Year 4. This term, we will use TTRockstars online to become more fluent but your support at home is crucial. The children love TTRockstars - I will set the tables accordingly so all of them can access and achieve. Squeebles is also another great app to support times tables learning.
Please ensure your child's kit is fully labelled and in school every day as we like to make use of our fantastic all weather pitch (MUGA) whenever we can. As a general rule, PE will take place on a Wednesday. As the weather remains cold and rainy, your child may want to bring their joggers to wear.
We are learning all about "Animals including humans'' and "States of matter" during this term. We will be using our topic of to explore the digestive system and will conduct many investigations. We will improve our enquiry skills by taking part in a range of enquiry types across the term.
We will learn about the continents around the world and focus on the area of Mexico where we explore physical and human features of the area.
We will be finding out about how Jesus inspires others as we look at Christianity. We will compare with other faiths and their values. We will also learn about the meaning of Christmas.
We will continue to focus on a Value each month and will also address British Values within our learning. Alongside this, the children will be celebrating who they are and understanding that we are all different in many ways. We will learn about keeping a healthy body as we as a healthy mind. Our Tuesday 'Jigsaw' sessions will support this, as well as circle times with the children when necessary.
We are looking forward to creating some beautiful pieces of Mayan/Aztec inspired art using paints, pencils and other media, such as pastels. We are very excited about showing our journey in our sketchbooks - just like real artists!
We are going to attempt to measure, cut and assemble a model of a Mexican temple later in the term.
We are going to become bloggers this term and learn how to type and add features to our writing. As well as this, we will be learning to code and debug. Our esafety lessons will also continue, focusing on safety on the Internet.
The class will be exploring the elements of music and learn how to record their ideas in a musical manner!
In Blue Class, children are challenged to read 5 times per week - please record this in the reading record books as the children will move up a leaf if they do.
Maths and English work will be given on alternate weeks and spellings will come home every Friday to be tested on the following Friday. Please submit the homework on Seesaw by the following Wednesday so that it can be marked.
It is also expected that children practise their times tables at home - the children love using TT Rockstars.
You will find, at the bottom of this page, some knowledge organisers which the children will be using to support their learning as well as some other resources.
There is a presentation and handout that I would usually go through with you, in person.
There is a bookmark that may be of use to you when listening to your child read as well as some ideas of books that are ideal for this year group.
We are always open to offers of help in Blue Class (especially to hear readers) so please do get in touch if you have some time that you would like to offer! It doesn't have to be anything regular.
As always, if there is anything that you are unsure of, then please feel free to send me an email or note. I will always do my best to reply ASAP! I'm looking forward to the start of a great year and an amazing term full of learning and fun.