Miss Fowler's Autumn Term 2 Newsletter
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Newsletter Miss Fowlers Class (Autumn 2)

Welcome back! I hope that you all had a lovely break. I am very excited for this new term and all of the learning and growing that is going to take place. Our theme for this term is ‘The Anglo-Saxons. In history, we are going to be looking at how the Anglo-Saxons invaded Britain, as well as their daily life and beliefs. Our theme also links with art. The children will design their own shields and brooches as well as having a go at making their own AngloSaxon pots. In science, we will be studying the digestive system, teeth and food chains. We will understand how the digestive system works through a variety of theoretical and practical activities. In RE, we will be answering the question, “What is the trinity?” The children will explore the idea of God as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit through a number of different activities. This will then feed in to “Incarnation Day” which will happen in the last week of term. In music we will be learning how to read stave notation as well as practicing for our performance at the Christmas Carol concert. In PSHE we will look at how we use statistics to understand the world around us, as well as looking at e-safety and SRE. In our first unit in English we will be writing our own legends based on Beowulf, an Anglo-Saxon epic story. In the second unit we will be creating an information leaflet about Anglo-Saxon gods and goddesses. A list of spellings will be sent home on Monday for the children to learn for a test on Friday. Please help your child to learn these as they are all words or rules that the children are expected to know/be able to apply for their particular year group. In maths this term we will be focusing on the four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. It is very important that the children are confident in using these operations in order for them to achieve all of the objectives on the maths curriculum. The things that we have covered in class each week will be part of the weekly maths homework. Please help your child to complete this in order to consolidate their knowledge and develop their skills. It is the expectation that by the end of Year 4, children should be able to recall times tables facts up to 12 x 12. Please help your child to learn their times tables, there are lots of different ways of doing this such as flashcards, 12 x 12 grids, multiplication games etc. In PE we will be doing gymnastics and focusing on general fitness levels through different activities and games. PE is on Tuesday and Wednesday, please ensure that your child has PE kit in school on these days otherwise they will not be able to participate. Earrings must be removed for PE, if your child is unable to do this themselves, please check they are not wearing earrings on PE days. English and maths homework is set on Sumdog on a Friday and is due the following Wednesday. This is not a lengthy task and it is important that it is completed in order to help the children practise the skills and consolidate the knowledge that they have gained throughout the week. Please try to read with your child and discuss the text on a daily basis, this is so important for developing their reading and comprehension skills. As I said, I am really looking forward to the upcoming term and all of the exciting things that we are going to be doing. If you ever have any concerns about any aspect of your child’s life at school, please come and see me. I look forward to helping your child progress on their learning journey this term.

Miss Fowler

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