THIS WEEK - HOMEWORK 17.1.20
GPS book - p 60 and 61 - punctuating speech
Please complete Week 2 session 1 and/or 3 TTRockstars booklet - 4 times tables.
Spellings - please see below
Blue Class are taught by Miss Taylor with the support of Mr Eaton. 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 'Amazing Africa'. This is going to allow us to find out more about the continent, as well as its geographical features. We are going to attempt to answer the question, 'Are zoos a positive thing?'. We have our trip coming up to The Wild Place Projec, on February 27th, which will hopefully help to answer this. The children have already expressed an interest in wildlife and conservation and so we would like to pursue this. We will be spending a lot of time enjoying Sir David Attenborough's wildlife footage, especially 'Seven Worlds, One Planet'.
There are lots of exciting opportunities for great writing this term. This will include non-chronological reports (about African wildlife), performance poetry and discussion writing. We will be reading 'Butterfly Lion' 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 continue to 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 Spring Term, we will be learning lots of new skills as well as consolidating the old. The children would benefit from regularly practising column addition adn subtraction. We will moving on and learning about multiplication and division as well as finding out about area of shapes and fractions and decimals.
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 continue to use TTRockstars a lot in class 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 Tuesday and Friday afternoon. As the weather remains cold and rainy, your child may want to bring their joggers to wear.
We are learning all about "Living things nad their habitats'' and "Sound" during this term. We will be using our topic of Africa to explore habitats and how living things can be classified. We will learn about the ear and how sound travels. We will improve our enquiry skills by taking part in a range of enquiry types across the term.
We will continue to learn about physical and human features of an area (Africa) and compare with Europe/England. The class will also be looking at issues such as water shortages in Africa and why this is a problem.
We will be finding out about what life is like as a Hindu living in Britain today, learning about traditions, symbols and beliefs. We will compare with other faiths and their values. We will also learn about the meaning of Easter and what this means to Christians.
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 addressing their health and wellbeing. 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 African inspired art using paints, pencils and other media, such as clay. We are very excited about showing our journey in our new sketchbooks - just like real artists!
Watch out! We will be looking for volunteers to support us with our sewing in DT when we create some African bunting and/or animals.
We are going to become budding film directors as we learn to film, edit and add special features, As well as this, we will be learning to code adn debug. Our esafety lessons will also continue throughout the year, focusing on safety on the Internet.
The class will be learning to play the recorder this term as well as learning to perform in our Y3/4 Production.
In Blue Class, children are expected 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 return the homework 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.
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 pop by or send me an email or note. I will always do my best to reply ASAP! Looking forward to another amazing term full of learning and fun.