Here is where you will find out what we have been learning in class!
Over the Ground and Under the Sea
Questions that we hope to answer ....
Who was Jacques Cousteau?
What did he do?
Why is he considered to be an important part of oceanic history?
Can I detect and correct errors in algorithms?
Can I compare and comment on a number of artworks on a similar theme?
Can I build a model and incorporate a motor?
How do I use a range of poetic techniques?
Where is the Great Barrier Reef and what lives there?
What are electrical and non-electrical appliances?
How does a circuit work?
What are electrical conductors and insulators?
Can I make a simple series circuit both with and without a switch?
Where is the equator, northern hemisphere, southern hemisphere and the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn to a range of countries of the world?
Can I predict what might be happening from details, both stated and implied, and from my growing experience of books?
We have PE every Monday and Friday so please ensure your child has their PE kit in school. We ask that all pieces of kit are clearly labelled. PE kit inspections will take place once every half term.
Spellings are tested every Tuesday morning. Every child has an individual spelling list which is tailored to their needs; on top of this each child will have 3 additional spelling which are taken from their writing during school time. As well as this we work on a different spelling group each week as a whole class.
Each Wednesday a group of children will take their learning outdoors with Mrs Damiano. Children will write in their homework books when they will need to bring in their wellies, please ensure they are in school in the week they are needed.
Children experience many opportunities to read throughout the school day. In year 4 children may be heard to read on an individual basis once a week to monitor progress and suitability of the ‘home reading book’. Fluent readers may be monitored less often. However, reading books may be changed on completion provided the reading card has been signed with an accompanying comment on how the reading went. Children may read independently once on library reading.
Please try to set aside 10 - 15 quiet minutes at home on a daily basis to enable your child to practise his/her reading. This may be any reading including comics, the newspaper or a home reading book. We expect the children to read something 5 times a week; please sign their diaries to confirm this.
Children who are still developing their reading skills, or who have special needs will be heard more frequently and will have a structured phonics programme to follow.
Home Work Books:
Each child has their own home work book; these are a vital part of the communication between myself and the parents. Each week pupils in class 4 will receive a piece of work to complete at home, it alternates between maths and a literacy based piece of work. Homework is handed out on a Friday and will be collected in on a Monday. We ask that everyday you write a short comment to what your child has done at home e.g. reading and or/practised spellings/times tables with a small signature. We then ask you sign off the week on the bottom right hand page ready for the Monday. Children will receive bricks for all of this being completed.
Although this may sound strict we are preparing your child for their transition to secondary school where homework books play a vital role during the school day.