SUMMER TERM 2021
A huge welcome back to school! It is lovely to have you all back and I hope you are excited and ready for the rest of the year ahead! On this page, you will find all the necessary information you will need for the summer term which will finish in July.
There has been a slight change of timetabling for PE from the Autumn and Spring term. This is to accommodate forest school sessions and swimming sessions. The days we will be having PE on are a Wednesday and a Thursday.
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.
Starting Tuesday 20th April 2021, we will be having a weekly forest school session every Tuesday until Tuesday 18th May 2021. Children will need to come suitably dressed for outdoor sessions. Waterproof shoes or warm wellies in the winter, coats may get dirty, children will need hats, gloves and scarves when it gets cold, they will need long sleeves and covered legs in all weathers. A couple of pairs of socks will help to keep your child’s feet warm. Both groups should come to school dressed in their forest school clothes (like children come to school on PE days in PE kits). Children will need to bring a spare pair of shoes they can change in to after their sessions as it is possible shoes may get muddy.
As it is a national curriculum requirement, those children who have not yet achieved their 25m will continue swimming for the summer term. This will replace the Thursday PE lesson.
Clothing requirements for School Swimming are as follows:-
One-piece swimming costume – no bikinis*
A swimming hat is required to be worn if the hair covers the eyes or airways
* Please note that in order for your child to benefit from the swimming lessons appropriate aquatic clothing must be worn. Should your children wish to wear items of clothing that cover up parts of the body, there are specific aquatic clothing designed for this purpose. Cotton leggings are detrimental to teaching and are a risk to health and safety.
A pair of traditional swimming trunks.
No Bermuda or long shorts are allowed, as these can be dangerous. - for reasons of safety the swimwear should be sufficiently tight fitting to allow the freedom of body and limb movement without causing unsafe water resistance.
A swimming hat is required to be worn if hair covers the eyes or airways
Jewellery of any description should not be worn in the School Swimming lesson. It is important that earrings in particular are removed.
Goggles are only permitted for medical reasons. Parents must produce a letter from either a Doctor or Optician to state that your child has a medical condition and is required to wear goggles in the school swimming lesson.
During this term we will begin by looking at the feast of Pentecost and the power of the Holy Spirit. We will think about how the Holy Spirit guides us and the gifts that the Holy Spirit bestows. We will then move onto exploring the Sacrament of Reconciliation and how God can show His mercy and how his love is unconditional. We will end the year thinking about examples of people who have devoted their lives to God including Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.
This term we will be focusing on continuing to develop our reading and writing skills of a range of non-fiction and fiction texts. These will include different forms of poetry, non-chronological reports, persuasive speeches and narrative writing. Our key texts for this term will be The Great Kapok Tree, Nim's Island and The Wolves in the Walls.
We will begin the summer term with our unit on decimals before moving onto money and time. After this, we will be exploring statistics, handling various forms of data. We will end our year in year 4 by looking at properties of shape and position and direction. A little reminder that by the end of year 4 we should know all of our times tables up to 12 x 12.
This term we will be looking at our final science topic for year 4, living things and their habitats. Throughout this unit we will look at how we can classify and group living things in a range of different ways. We will explore what a classification key is before thinking about how environments can change and what dangers this could pose to living things.
Our topic focus for this term is history which will be supplemented with geography. We will be exploring the Anglo-Saxons, thinking about how they came to be in the UK, what life was like for them before making comparisons to previous periods in history we have looked at. We will be creating and designing our own village and drawing maps to show this too!
Home learning is essential if your child is to achieve all that they are capable of. Each week, there will be activities set for your child to complete using different online platforms.
SPELLINGS - Weekly spellings are set on Spelling Shed. Children should learn these and understand the spelling rule and they will be tested on them on a Friday.
READING EGGS - It is vital that your child reads regularly each night and has an opportunity to practice their comprehension skills in order to support their progress in reading. I will be setting one activity to complete on Reading Eggs each week. It is possible for children to work on their own reading maps too if they finish this, again to further support their progress in reading. Children may also use this platform to access an electronic library of books. There is a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction material for them to read for pleasure.
MY MATHS - Where suitable, activities will be set for children to support them with their maths learning taking place in the classroom that week. Children will be notified when these have been uploaded to be completed.
TIMESTABLES ROCKSTARS - Children should be aiming to practice their multiplication and division fact recall as often as possible. 5-10 minutes each day is ideal. Knowledge of these facts feeds into almost all other mathematical units we cover throughout the year. Short frequent practice can be the most useful to support your child with progress in maths.
LEARNING LOGS - An ideas sheet will be handed out at the beginning of each half term which will link to the learning going on in the classroom for that half term. Learning Log activities should be completed and a picture uploaded on Seesaw before Friday, when the children will share their work with the class. This will all be electronic, so Learning Logs do not need to come into school and should remain at home. Children are expected to complete weekly Learning Log activities and upload them onto Seesaw every week.
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,