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St. Patrick

AUTUMN TERM 2020

Miss Bickerton 

 A huge welcome back to school and into year 4! It is lovely to have you all back and I hope you are excited and ready for the year ahead! On this page, you will find all the necessary information you will need for the Autumn term which will finish at Christmas.
 

PE

The days we will be having PE on are a Tuesday and a Friday.

Both PE sessions will be taking place outside (weather permitting) as due to the current climate we are unable to use the hall for PE sessions. As both sessions will be taking place outside children will be required to come into school on these days already dressed in their outdoor PE kits which includes white t-shirt, blue shorts and trainers. As the weather gets colder, the children should be keeping warm by wearing long pants and jumpers.

 

Curriculum:

 

Religion:

During this term we will begin by exploring our family trees and looking at how Jesus had a human family like our own. We will also be learning about the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation and think about what it means to be called on by God. Finally, we will explore the season of Advent and particularly focus on the visit from the Wise Men to Jesus when he was born. 


  

 

English:

This term we will be focusing on develop our reading and writing skills of a range of non-fiction and fiction texts. These will include persuasive speeches and letters and narratives. Our key texts for this term will be Somebody Swallowed Stanley, The Day the Crayons Quit and The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. 

 

  

 

Maths:

We will begin the autumn term by revisiting and building on our knowledge of place value, before moving onto addition and subtraction. After these units we will look at measurement of length to consolidate our previous learning before exploring multiplication and division. 

 

 

     

 

Science:

We will be covering two science units this term, including animals including humans and sound. In our animals including humans unit we will be exploring what it takes to create a balanced diet, how the human skeleton and muscles work before learning about the different types of human teeth and their jobs and the human digestive process.

 

            

 

Topic:

Our topic focus for this first half term is geography through exploring natural disasters (particular focus on volcanoes and earthquakes). Towards the second half term our driver subject will change to history and we will be looking at the Romans in Britain period.

    

 

Home learning:

Each week children will have a range of home learning tasks to complete as follows:

  • 1 activity in their learning logs each week which should be linked to the topics outlined above for this term. Learning log homework is to be submitted each week by THURSDAY through their Seesaw account and they will be checked and given feedback on this day.

  • At least one 'sound check' on Times Tables Rock Stars. This is set up like the multiplication tables check that the children complete at the end of year 4. This will help them to develop their recall speed throughout the year as in the assessment, they will have 6 seconds to answer each question. Children will also be set specific times tables they can practise through the other modes on the website. 

  • Spellings lists will be given to the children on a Monday and will be tested on a Friday. Children will have opportunities to practice these spelling rules in class throughout the week. Working on them at home helps to consolidate this learning.
  • In addition to this, children will be given a log in for accelerated reader. This software helps children to demonstrate their understanding of what they have read through completion of small comprehension quizzes based on the books they are reading. Children should aim to complete at least 1 quiz per week, however this may not always be possible with larger books. 
  • Children will also receive a reading record that they are to use to log the title, date and page numbers they have read that week and these will be checked on a THURSDAY also. Due to the current climate we are having one day per week that reading books can get changed and this will also be on a Thursday. Please make sure books that borrowed from school are returned on this day once your child has finished reading them so that they can be quarantined then used by others within the class.

  • Home learning activities will be set most weeks on MyMaths and will need to be completed by the date indicated. Children have been given their log in details for this. Activities are given with a supporting lesson that children may work through before attempting their homework if they feel they need a little more work on this.

 

 

Should there be anything that you need to discuss with me, please speak with the office and I will get back to you as soon as I can. 

 

Thank you for your support, 

Miss Bickerton

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