AUTUMN 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 autumn term which will finish in December.
Home learning/isolation folders
If for any reason your child needs to isolate, please find links to isolation folders where the children can access activities to continue their learning whilst at home.
The day we will be having PE is a Wednesday. Children should come to school dressed in their full PE Kit (white t-shirt & blue shorts, trainers, jumper & tracksuit bottoms). Please note, some sessions may be in the hall and your child will need their indoor kit (white t-shirt and blue shorts) on these days. If we are outside they will need trainers and warm clothes in the winter months.
All Year 4 children will be swimming every Thursday - children should come to school dressed in their school uniform on this day.
Clothing requirements for School Swimming are as follows:-
* 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.
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.
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 Jesus' family tree and understanding he had a human family just like ours. We will explore stories about some of his key family members including Abraham, Jacob and Joseph. After this, we will explore the Call of Samuel and David. We will end the term by developing our understanding of the season of Advent.
This term we will be focusing on continuing to develop our reading and writing skills of a range of non-fiction and fiction texts. We will be exploring what makes good character and setting descriptions and look at different types of letters. Our main text for this term will be The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
We will begin the autumn term with our unit on place value before moving onto addition and subtraction. After this, we will be exploring length and perimeter. We will end our term looking at multiplication and division. A little reminder that by the end of year 4 we should know all of our times tables up to 12 x 12, so it is important to be regularly practising our multiplication facts on times tables rockstars.
This term we will be looking at states of matter and electricity. Throughout this unit we will look at how to group materials together based on whether they are solids, liquids and gases. We will also observe how materials can change state when it is heated or cooled and research the temperature(s) this happens at in degrees Celsius. Another important part of our learning will be the water cycle. We will be creating and examining simple circuits, looking at what components are included and what role a switch plays in a circuit too! We will also be looking at what materials make good electrical conductors and insulators.
Our topic focus for this term is history which will be supplemented with geography. We will be exploring the Romans in Britain, 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 mosaics too!
Throughout the autumn term we will be working through our module 'Created and loved by God'. Within this module we will cover four units, starting with religious understanding to support our learning of PSHE themes. We will then move onto the unit 'Me, My Body, My Health' before exploring the third unit 'Emotional Wellbeing'. We will finish the module looking at our final unit of 'Life Cycles'. For any further information please see the TenTen parent portal.
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 continued support,