Spring Term One Newsletter (Year 4/5)
Welcome back! I hope that you all had a lovely and peaceful Christmas. In this newsletter you will find information about what we will be doing this term.
In our first unit in English, we will be writing story settings based on the trailer for the BBC documentary Blue Planet. To follow on from this, we will be focusing on ocean pollution and writing persuasive letters to encourage people to clean up the oceans.
I am very excited about this term as we will be using Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling as our guided reading text. All children are given reading books in school. Please ensure that you are reading with your child as much as possible and asking them questions about the book that they are reading.
In maths we will be focusing on fractions. We are also doing lots of practise for the new statutory Multiplication Tables Check that Year 4 children will complete in June. Here are some useful links to help with times tables practice at home: https://ttrockstars.com/ https://www.timestables.co.uk/multiplication-tables-check/ (times tables questions with six second timer). http://www.timestables.me.uk/ (you can select which times tables, how many questions, multiplication or division but there is not a time limit). https://www.ecosia.org/images?q=multiplication+grid+12+x+12#id=E5738E00D074792278F2AD6837DB00BED7351332 (multiplication grid).
In science we will be continuing our topic of states of matter. We will be carrying out lots of fun investigations and experiments including something yummy at the end of the term!
History and Geography
In history and geography we will be finding out what life was like in the Indus Valley civilisation, a fascinating ancient civilisation! We will consider what it means to be a civilisation, find out more about the cities which were discovered in the Indus Valley, and compare the Indus Valley with other civilisations.
In RE we will be finding out about Humanism.
In PSHE we will be covering a range of topics such as online safety, children’s rights, protective behaviours and RSE.
We will be learning about the history of Western music from Early Music right up to music of the Twentieth Century.
This term we will be creating self-portraits, focusing particularly on sketching from observations, shading and choosing colours to reflect mood.
We are very lucky to have a dance coach who is coming to teach our PE lessons this term.
PE will be on Mondays and Thursdays. Please ensure that PE kits are in school and earrings have been taken out if your child is unable to take their earrings out themselves.
Spellings are sent out on a Monday and the test will be on Friday. There will be 20 spellings each week. These will consist of words following a Year 4 or 5 spelling rule and some words that from Year 4 and 5 spelling lists. It is expected that children will practise their spellings at home as well as at school and will score at least 17/20.
Homework is set on a Friday and is due in the following Wednesday. All children have homework folders and homework will consist of a page of maths questions and a comprehension. Children may also bring home extra spellings and times tables exercises depending on their scores in tests.
Please do find me at the end of the day or contact her through the school office if you ever have any questions or concerns.
St Mary's Church of England VA Primary Academy
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