Spring Term 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I can't believe it is Spring term already! They year has flown by so far. The children have settled in really well to Year 4 life and are making super progress already. long may it continue!
Spring Term Curriculum:
During the Spring Term, our topic is Expedition Everest. We will learn lots of new vocabulary to all about all types of mountains and how they are formed, improve our map skills to locate mountain ranges and complete of projects to do with famous mountains in the world. We are very excited to be creating some lovely rock and marble art and analysing and creating a range of Mountain art. In DT, we will design and make our own shelters to keep us safe during our mountain adventure. Our Science will also be taught through this topic; we will learn about Living Things and their habitats. In our 'Changing States' unit, when we investigate the water cycle, chocolate rocks and melting ice. In addition, we will discover rivers and learn about Mountain animals and habitats.
We will be using a range of books to inspire our topic. As well as the variety of non-fiction texts and atlases we will be using the following fiction books:
All of our writing in English will also be related to exploration and mountains, allowing us to fully immerse ourselves into the topic and apply what we have been learning in our Geography and Science lessons. We will be using figurative to write Mountain poetry as well as working on a narrative skills by producing a search and rescue story and a diary of a mountain explorer. To help develop our non-fiction writing, we will write a newspaper article about a Mountain disaster and produce a non-fiction report on endangered animals and their habitats.
Our Spring focuses for PE are fitness and endurance (to help us with our mountain adventures!). We will focus on circuit training and fitness activities, as well as gymnastics.
A strong home-school partnership is extremely important. We both play an integral part in your child’s journey and I would love for us to communicate openly. If you ever have any worries, questions, concerns or problems however big or small, please do let me know to ensure that anything is dealt with quickly and efficiently.
Class DoJo is the most effective means of communication between us and I urge you, if you have not already, to connect to this as soon as possible. Messaging me on Class Dojo is often the quickest way to contact me and I endeavour to reply and get back to you as quickly as I can. I will update the class page with updates and photos of what we have been learning i school, as well as messages and key information about upcoming events, homework etc.
I am also of course happy to meet face to face if and when required. I will be on the door two mornings a week and will be available to take any quick questions or messages at the end of the day once all children have gone with their adults. I am sure you can appreciate that my schedule after school is very busy however, therefore I ask that any longer discussions or meetings to please be prearranged via Dojo Messenger to ensure enough time is allowed.
Tuesday 4th February – Mountain Explorer Workshops (In school)
Wednesday 26th February – Sports Hall Athletics at Stanground Academy (During school hours)
Thursday 5th March – World Book Day
Wednesday 25th March – Friday 27th March – Horstead Residential
Tuesday 31st March – Easter Service at the Church (Children only – during school time)
Thursday 1st April + Friday 2nd April - PD DAYS (children not in school)
Our class will have a scheduled weekly slot for PE on Tuesdays, however this can sometimes change and there may be other exciting opportunities that may arise throughout the week. Therefore we kindly ask that the children consistently bring in their PE kit on Monday morning and leave it in school until Friday when it can be taken home to be cleaned, this will ensure your child does not miss out on any activities. They will require both an indoor and outdoor kit throughout the year.
In Year 4, the children will continue to receive weekly spellings and times table homework. These will be given out and tested on a Friday each week. In addition, they will be expected to read daily (preferably with an adult who can record this in their reading logs) and write in their diary about what they have learnt that day.
This is monitored closely and the children will have to complete these in their break times, if they do not do so at home on a regular basis. We do understand that things occur, busy days and special events happen and books may forgotten and left at home occasionally. Of course in these rare instances allowances will be made, but for the majority for the time it is really important that the children complete these every evening.
Topic based homework will also be given and due on a Friday, however the children will usually have 2 weeks to complete it. This will take the form of our Topic Menus – so that the children can choose activities that interest them and that they will enjoy.
We also strongly encourage your child to make the most of the online resources that are available to them. These include: ActiveLearn, Timestable Rockstars, Bug Club and iXL.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this information. If there is anything else you would like to know please do contact me and I will do my best to help you.