Spring Term 2020

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year.  I hope you and your family had a peaceful and merry Christmas.  Ms Jones, Ms Turner and I would like to thank you so much for your very generous gifts at Christmas, that was very thoughtful of you. Here is an outline of the work we will be covering, together with important dates for your diaries. We hope this is helpful to you when you are choosing library books, going on visits or helping with research. 

Main Topic

This term, we will be studying two topics – rainforests (specifically the Amazon rainforest in South America) and the water cycle.  Children will learn about the rainforest mostly through non-fiction texts, and they will look at one picture book which is a fictional story about the Amazon rainforest.   Children will be encouraged to conduct their own research about the rainforest online in IT lessons and through library books.  Their study of the rainforest is cross curricular with English, geography, science, art and IT. 

Literacy outcomes for this unit of work will be some or all of these: an explanation text, a debate, argument writing, report writing, making a visual text and a playscript.  Children will learn key spelling rules and apply them. Guided reading will continue to be taught through the text, ‘Letters from the Lighthouse’.

In art, the children will use chalk and oil pastels to create a class collage and their own representations of the rainforest.  In DT, the children will make a salt-dough model of South America including some physical features.  They will develop their geographical skills and learn how to use grid references, compass directions and symbols to locate places on a map.  In computing the children will explore digital mapping and conduct research.

 Maths

Times tables (it is a national requirement that all children know their times tables up to 12s by the end of Year 4 – the children will take part in national tests during the month of June).

Multiplication and Division

Measurement – area

Fractions

Decimals

 Science

States of Matter:

  • Compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases
  • Observe that some materials change state when they are heated or cooled, and measure or research the temperature at which this happens in degrees Celsius (°C)
  • Identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle and associate the rate of evaporation with

Living things and their habitats

  • Recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways
  • Explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment
  • Recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things

RE

  • Units from ‘The Way the Truth and the Life Series:
  • First half term: Jesus, The Teacher
  • Second half term: Jesus, The Saviour

Values

Each half term we focus on a key value and this half term we are focusing on Forgiveness. We are supporting our pupils in understanding what it means to forgive and how this is central to our faith. Please talk to your child about this and help them in this area.

Homework

Journal:               One written or creative task per week – given out Thursday, back by following Wednesday.

Reading:              Nightly – children are expected to read for 20-30 minutes AT LEAST five nights a week. They should keep a record of pages read nightly and – once they have finished their book – complete one of the tasks on the inside cover of their reading journal.

Spellings:            Wednesday for test the following Tuesday  (this may change)

Maths Homework:          ‘MyMaths’ – maths will be set to complement what is being taught in class. 

In addition to MyMaths, children have now got a login to Times Tables Rockstars.  This programme will be up and running for all the children by the second week of this term.

Dates for your diary:

January

Wednesday 29th                Thames 21 River of Life Workshop (in school)

February

Tuesday 4th                         Maths morning

Friday 14th                           Break up for half term

17th-21st                                HALF TERM

Monday 24th                       INSET day

March

Thursday 5th                        Tate Britain (3:00pm to 5:00pm more information to follow)

Tuesday 10th                       Open evening 4:30pm – 7:00pm

Thursday 12th                     Open evening 3:30pm – 6:00pm

Wednesday 18th                Horniman Museum (rainforest workshop)

Wednesday 18th                School Journey meeting (3:15pm)

April

Friday 3rd                              Break-up for Easter

School breaks up for Easter holidays on Friday 3rd April.  Children return to school on

Monday 20th April.

Thank you for your support in advance.  If you have any queries at all please do see me at the end of a school day.  If that’s not convenient, email on tfitzgerald5.209@lgflmail.org .

Best wishes,         

Teresa Fitzgerald

Autumn Term 1 2019

September 2019

Dear Parents,

The children have settled in well during their first week back at school.  Here is an outline of the work we will be covering, together with important dates for your diaries. We hope this is helpful to you when you are choosing library books, going on visits or helping with research. 

Main Topic and Literacy

This term, we will be studying World War 2.  This will include history and geography. Our core text is ‘Letters from the Lighthouse’.  This is a book about the experience of siblings who are evacuated from London to the Devonshire coast.  In addition to the core text, we will also explore three fictional picture books about aspects of Word War 2 as well as factual texts.  Children will work on recounts (diary entries), character study, descriptions of settings, feelings of characters, writing for an audience including: persuasion, instructions, a balanced argument and poetry.  Children will be encouraged to read with understanding and compare texts, plays and films.  They will learn key spelling rules and apply them. Guided reading will be taught daily through the core English texts, short stories, poetry and comprehension.

 Maths

Times tables (it is now a national requirement that all children know their times tables up to 12s by the end of Year 4)

Place value

Measure

Addition and subtraction

Length and perimeter

Multiplication and division

Apply and explain methods to solve multi-step problems

Please note this website is fabulous for learning times tables:  timestables.co.uk

Science

Electricity

The children will be taught to:

  • Identify common appliances that run on electricity
  • Construct a simple series electrical circuit, identifying and naming its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers
  • Identify whether or not a lamp will light in a simple series circuit, based on whether or not the lamp is part of a complete loop with a battery
  • Recognise that a switch opens and closes a circuit and associate this with whether or not a lamp lights in a simple series circuit
  • Recognise some common conductors and insulators, and associate metals with being good conductors.

Sound

Pupils will be taught to:

  • Identify how sounds are made, associating some of them with something vibrating
  • Recognise that vibrations from a sound travel through a medium to the ear
  • Find patterns between the pitch of a sound and features of the object that produced it
  • Find patterns between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it
  • Recognise that sounds get fainter as the distance from the sound source increases.

 RE

Units from ‘The Way the Truth and the Life Series:

First half term: The Bible

Second half term: Trust in God

Homework

Journal:                       One written or creative task per week – given out Thursday, back by following Wednesday.

Reading:                       Nightly – children are expected to read for 20-30 minutes AT LEAST five nights a week. They should keep a record of pages read nightly and write a detailed comment in their reading record once they have finished their book – this should be a reflection on what they like/dislike about the text, including plot and characters.  

Spellings:                     Wednesday for test the following Tuesday – 4F

Maths Homework:         ‘MyMaths’ – children will be given a login and password to this programme and maths will be set             weekly to complement what is being taught in class. 

 September

Tuesday 17th                Meet the teacher (6:15pm – 6:45pm)

October

Wednesday 9th             Visit to Chislehurst Caves (focus on WW2 and evacuees)

Friday 11th                   9:15am Harvest Festival in main hall

21st – 25th                      Half Term

Monday 28th                 INSET Day

November

Friday 1st                     All Saints (Mass)

Tues 5th– Weds 6th        Open evenings

11th – 15th                     Anti-bullying week

20th                              Flu vaccination day

December

Monday 9th                   Christmas Play (2:00pm) – 4F

Thursday 12th              The Canterville Ghost at the Unicorn Theatre

Thursday 19th              Break up

School breaks up for Christmas holidays on Thursday 19th December.  Children return to school on

Monday 6th January.

Thank you for your support in advance.  If you have any queries at all please do see me at the end of a school day.  If that’s not convenient, email on tfitzgerald5.209@lgflmail.org .

Best wishes,         

Teresa Fitzgerald