Y4 GPS books p94 and 95
Y3 GPS books p92 and 93
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 'Amazing Africa'. This is going to allow us to explore Africa as a continent and compare it with Europe, which we have studied last term. As part of our topic, we will learn about culture, wildlife and debate whether zoos are a good idea. We are truly hoping that we can go on a trip to study conservation.
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 'The 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. We will even be taking part in some drama and creating our own playscripts, especially as we will probably be miss out on our Y3/4 performance.
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 Spring Term, we will continue to consolidate all of our previous skills as well as becoming more confident with written methods of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will also be finding out more about 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 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 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 "Living things and their habitats'' and "Sound" during this term. We will be using our topic of to explore animals groups and adaptation 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 Africa where we will explore physical and human features of the area. We will use maps and ask geographical questions.
We will be finding out what it is like to be Hindu living in Britain today and we will then find out why Christians talk about the day Jesus died as 'Good Friday'.
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 discussing their dreams and goals and linking this to the values of perseverance and resilience. We will learn about keeping a healthy body as we as a healthy mind as we discuss smoking, alcohol etc. Please refer to the family learning questions that are on our PSHE overview on our website. Our Tuesday 'Jigsaw' sessions will support our learning, as well as circle times with the children when necessary.
We are looking forward to creating some beautiful pieces of art inspired by Tracy Keller's animal paintings. We are very excited about showing our journey in our sketchbooks - just like real artists! We will also do some tie dye printing and use this to feed into our DT lessons where we will be sewing. We are going to create a padded animal cushion following a success criteria.
We are going to attempt to measure, cut and assemble a model of a Mexican temple later in the term.
We are going to focus on coding this term and debugging programs. We will then learn to make movies and link this unit to our playscript writing in our English lessons. 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. 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 (and if we are allowed!) 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 another wonderful term with your children.