Homework will always be set each week on your child's Seesaw page. Please mark their work and take a picture to add to their journal.
Spellings will also be set on Seesaw with a test, in school, on the following Friday.
Blue Class are taught by Miss Taylor with the support of Mrs Gardner. We are incredibly lucky and have a class of 30 amazing children who we have the pleasure of teaching each day.
Our theme for the autumn term is 'Teeth to Toilet'. This is going to allow us to explore the digestive system in science as well as making links to the Mayan who discovered our very favourite thing, chocolate!
There are lots of exciting opportunities for great writing this term. We are looking forward to getting to know our budding authors and helping them to improve their work. We will be reading 'Maria Molino and the Days of the Dead', ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ as well as many others books, and looking at features of writing by using our Year 4 checklist.
The children will improve their independent work, using the strategies of editing to improve their work to the best of their abilities. We will create some instructional writing, a non-chronological report and many descriptive pieces of writing.
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 SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) skills and use them across the curriculum with confidence.
During the Autumn Term, we will continue to consolidate all of our previous skills from Year 3 as well as becoming more confident with written methods of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will also learning to measure accurately and understand perimeter and area.
It is expected that the children know all of their times tables by the end of Year 4. Practising as much as you can at home, is going to be truly beneficial. It is not just about doing well in the test, but knowing the times tables facts is going to be crucial to access the Year 5 curriculum. 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 support from the very start of the year as then it really is so much easier for the children to get to where they need to be.
Please ensure your child's kit is fully labelled (including trainers) 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 Monday and a Thursday. Your child is welcome to bring joggers and a jumper for colder days. We will also use Baggard's Field wherever possible to keep fit and healthy too. Alongside this, we will regularly find time to look after our minds and our mental wellbeing.
We are learning all about "Animals including humans'' during this term. We will be finding out about how our bodies digest food. We will also be learning about ‘States of Matter’ which means understanding liquids, solids and gases. We will improve our enquiry skills by taking part in a range of enquiry types across the term.
We will learn about Europe and what countries are included within Europe. The children should start to know some of the main capital cities and recognise similar environmental regions in the world. The skill of using coordinates and to read an 8 point compass will also be taught.
We will be exploring the religions of Hinduism and Christianity. We will learn about how Hindus view God and then leading up to Christmas, we will learn about the Trinity and why it is important to Christians.
We will continue to focus on a Value each month and will also address British Values within our learning.
Our Tuesday 'Jigsaw' sessions will support our learning, as well as circle times with the children when necessary.
We will create collage and learn different drawing techniques in Art as we explore Mayan/ Aztec art. We are very excited about showing our journey in our sketchbooks - just like real artists!
In DT, we will measure accurately to create special storage boxes ready for Christmas OR our chocolates that we hope to make!
We are going to be learning about the Internet and then learn to edit audio using our computers. Our esafety lessons will also continue, focusing on safety on the Internet.
We will be using ‘Mamma Mia’ to sing and learn about pitch and beat. We will compose using instruments to accompany a rhythm.
In Blue Class, children are challenged to read at least 3 times per week - please record this in the reading record books as the children will move up a leaf if they do. (GOLD for 3 times, PLATINUM for more) This is also the only evidence that we have to see that the children are reading at home.
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.
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 getting to know all your little people better over the year.