REQM Silver Award

Welcome back and a Happy New Year!

The spring term begins with our topic of ‘Mountains’. In this geography-led subject, the children will be studying mountain ranges across the globe, the highest peaks, how they are formed and life on the mountains. We will also be researching the spectacular achievements of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

After the half term, we will move on to learn about ‘Rivers’. We will learn about river sources, features and names of some of the world’s rivers.

In science, we will begin the term with ‘Electricity’. Children will be given the chance to use their knowledge of circuits to make a torch in DT, linking it to survival on the mountains – can I please ask, in advance, for each child to bring in an empty crisp tube with lid for this project as soon as possible (named).

We will carry on with our times tables revision, where your child will continue to be given weekly tables for a test on the following Friday. This is to help with the statutory expectation of them knowing their tables up to 12 x 12. Please help your child by getting them to daily recite the tables they have been set and continuing to use TTRockstars.

Homework will also continue to include spelling sheets and reading, as before.

For the first half term of the year, your child will have PE on a Friday afternoon with Mrs Corbyn. (Please ensure that your child has their full PE kit in school as usual.)

If you have any further queries regarding this term, please do not hesitate to contact me.

This half term, your child will be immersed in prehistory where they will be finding out about the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. They will become archaeologists and historians, improving their questioning, reasoning and research skills in these areas. In English, we will be reading ‘Stig of the Dump’, a classic novel which will enthral and delight the class and help develop their reading and writing skills. We will be learning about the digestive system in science and looking at the artwork of 20th century artist and designer, Sonia Delaunay. After the half term break, we will be learning about the history of the British Empire and studying aspects of Indian art. States of matter will be investigated in science and we will be hoping to impress you with a Christmas performance towards the end of the term.

Other information that might be useful:

Reading:   Children will read daily in one way or another in school and will also be expected to continue to be supported at home at least five times a week. Please feel free to read books other than their reading book and to encourage reading for pleasure.

Times Tables: During year 4, your child should be competent in knowing their times tables up to 12 x 12. Therefore, I will set weekly tasks in class throughout the year, levelled at their ability and progress. It would be helpful if they are supported with learning their tables at home. TT Rock Stars is encouraged to be used as a homework tool as it prepares the children for the statutory times tables test at the end of the year.

Homework: Children will be expected to read as part of their homework and parents are requested to record this in their diaries. If it is recorded that a child has read five times or more in a week, a merit will be awarded – this will be checked every Monday. Class 4 will also be expected to learn set times tables at home, which will be supported through TT Rock Stars, and spelling lists will be sent home to reinforce the learning in class.

P.E. Kit:  P.E. lessons will usually take place on a Tuesday afternoon for this term, so please ensure your child has named PE kit in school at all times. As the weather gets colder, they may need to bring in green/black jogging bottoms and a plastic bag for wet shoes. Please note that if your child has their ears pierced they can only take part in PE if they remove their earrings themselves. We cannot remove the jewellery for them or tape plasters over the piercing. If your child is unable to remove their earrings, they will need to be taken out before school on PE days.

Mrs Pickles is the teacher in Year 4.  She is supported in class by Mrs Turton.

Respect

Respecting yourself as well as others

Forgiveness

Show forgiveness to all, including yourself

Trust

Trusting in God and in each other

Faith

Faith and hope in God, yourself and each other

Friendship

Being generous, caring and loyal friends