This term our topic is Earth Quakes & Volcanoes, focusing on what causes them and where they can be found around the world.
This half term we will be looking at being called, community and self-discipline.
In English we will be developing our reading, writing, spellings and grammar skills through a range of fiction writing and non-fiction opportunities - The focus this term will be on descriptive setting, linked to the Romans and the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Pompeii; preparing and delivering a Persuasive Speech and poetry writing. Key speaking and listening skills will be extended through role plays and drama.
Guided Reading sessions and reading across the curriculum will enable children to develop a love of reading. Please help your child by listening to them read for 10-20mins every night! Reading Records should be signed regularly and they will be collected every Thursday for a member of staff to sign.
In Maths we will be looking at multiplying and dividing and fractions and decimals. Children will be challenged to apply the skills learnt to gain a deeper understanding of the application of mathematical concepts in the real world.
Keep learning your times tables - You should know your 2s, 5s and 10s from Year 2, 3s, 4s and 8s from Year 3 and Year 4 will focus on the rest of the tables, up to the 12 Times Table. Year 4 will be completing a Times Tables Check at the end of Year 4.
Practise your times tables everyday!
Homework - Log on to TT Rockstars to practice those timestables and weekly activities will be set on My Maths, based on the topics being covered in class. All children are expected to complete the weekly activities set on My Maths and this will be followed up in class.
In Science we will be learning about Living things and their habitats. We will be looking at the different groups of plants and animals and learning about the different plants and animals that can be found in different habitats. We will learn how to use identification keys and create our own to identify the names of different plants and animals. We will also be finding out about how and why environments change and how this affects the plants and animals that live there.
In Topic we will be focusing on Earthquakes and Volcanoes. In ICT we will be looking at creating a quiz on Scratch and in Art we will be looking at our drawing and painting skills.
Throughout the Spring Term we will be working through our module 'Me, My Body, My Health' before exploring the third unit 'Emotional Wellbeing'. We will finish the summer term looking at our final unit of 'Life Cycles'. For any further information please see the TenTen parent portal.
PE days will be on a Tuesday (Outdoor) & a Wednesday (Indoor). Children should come to school dressed in their full PE Kit (white t-shirt & blue shorts, trainers, jumper & tracksuit bottoms). Please note, Wednesday sessions will be in the hall and your child will need their indoor kit (white t-shirt and blue shorts) on these days.
Swimming - Any child who has not yet achieved their 25m at swimming, will continue swimming on a Thursday. They will join the Year 3 children in the 9.20am swimming lesson. A parent mail will be sent out to those children who need to continue with swimming lessons. Children should come to school dressed in their school uniform on this day. Please note, the children will finish school at the normal time of 3pm and should be picked up as usual from the school playground.
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.
Children are expected to complete home learning activities to help with their Maths and English.
Children have logins for Reading Eggs and Spelling Shed and should be going onto these websites regularly to practice their reading and spelling.
SPELLING SHED - MONDAY - Weekly spellings will be set on Spelling Shed. The children will need to access this to find and practise their spellings during the week, which will be tested on Fridays.
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.
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.
MY MATHS - Online activities linked to classwork - children are expected to complete the weekly activities set on My Maths.
LEARNING LOGS - FRIDAY - An ideas sheet will be handed out at the beginning of each 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.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.