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Year 4

Teachers : Mrs Driver (4D), Mr Bennett (4B)

our topic is: From out of the Shadows

We will be exploring how light travels, the difference between light sources and reflectors, materials and even making our own torches! Also, we will be exploring how electricity travels, which materials conduct electricity and making a range of circuits.

ENGLISH

Our curriculum provides many opportunities for cross curricular links which allows various subjects to be taught through the same topic. In English we will be reading and reviewing the fantastic book ‘The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark’ linking to our topic ‘From out of the Shadows’.

maths

We will be cementing our knowledge of the 4 operations as well as looking at measure. From Area and perimeter to the world of angles, position and direction.

MUSIC: Class 4D

4D Trumpet lessons will continue every Thursday, so please make sure you are looking after your instrument, practising at home and bringing it in each week. Don’t forget to fill out your practice diary!

MUSIC: Class 4B

4B Clarinet lessons will continue every Wednesday, so please make sure you are looking after your instrument, practising at home and bringing it in each week. Don’t forget to fill out your practice diary.

PE: Class 4D

4D will be doing PE on Tuesday and Thursday. Please could you ensure that you child has their PE kit with them on these days. It would be extremely useful if children could bring in a pair of gym pumps and a pair of trainers. During the cold weather, please provide warm clothing for lessons outside.

PE: Class 4B

4B will be doing PE on Monday and Wednesday. Please could you ensure that you child has their PE kit with them on these days. It would be extremely useful if children could bring in a pair of gym pumps and a pair of trainers. During the cold weather, please provide warm clothing for lessons outside.

Learning Diaries and Keeping in Touch

Your child will be expected to still record their homework, spellings and reading in their diary. This is a fantastic resource for the children to use, but also key for parent and teacher communication. Please continue to read with your child, at least 3 times per week and record this in their diary with further comments.

homework

We will be continuing with our homework system throughout the spring term. The homework is based around the current topic and there are a number of different activities that the children can chose to do. They can chose activities depending on their interest and what they enjoy doing. Please ensure your child completes one piece of homework from the grid, every week. Children should also complete challenges on ‘Times Table Rock Stars’ at home too.

Supporting your child at home

*Listen to them read regularly
*Go on Times Table Rock Stars
*Download educational apps

*Visit the library
*Visit the Think Tank
*Create a shadow puppet show
*Look for rainbows
*Make a periscop
 *Research questions you want answering
*Investigate the position and length of your shadow over time    

Attendance and Punctuality

Good attendance and punctuality is essential to help your child achieve the best they possibly can.
Every week the attendance cup is awarded to the class with the best attendance – hopefully our class can win the cup lots of times this coming term!
We will also be awarded points in the Punctuality League. Let’s see if we can beat last year’s score.   

Stamps

Children can achieve reward stamps for trying hard with their work! Every time they collect 50 stamps, they are awarded with a certificate.

Snack

We aim to teach the children about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. With this in mind, our fantastic chef provides a range of healthy snacks. Please pay £2.00 per week to the class teacher if you would like your child to receive a snack and drink.

Uniform and Jewellery:

Please ensure children wear the correct school uniform, including black shoes and plain socks. Jewellery must not be worn. Please label all items so that they can be easily reacquainted with children if they are mislaid.

Dates for your diary

Tuesday 24th April Fun learning at home workshop.

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