SPRING TERM
CLASS NEWSLETTER 4T

18th  January 2019

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year – I hope it brings health and happiness to you and your families.  Thank you so much for your kindness at Christmas time; such incredible and generous gifts!

The children have settled straight back into their working routines. 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

Rainforests. Where they are; why they are important; structure and ecosystems; the threat they are under and what we can do to help. It’s a massive subject that the children are already busy finding out about, and early next month we shall be visiting London Zoo for a rainforest workshop.

Literacy

In the first half term the children’s key English objective will be to Study in depth ‘The Butterfly Lion’ by Michael Murpurgo, and the ‘Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes. The key text for the second half term is ‘The Story Collector, The Lion and The Unicorn and Other Hairy Tales’ by Jane Ray.  The children will also study script writing, letter writing and in-depth character analysis with regard to these texts.  They will explore poetry and short story writing across both half terms.

Children will be encouraged to: read with understanding; compare texts, plays and films; plan quickly; investigate viewpoints; read and write poetry, non-fiction, stories and scripts. The children will learn key spelling rules and apply them. Guided reading will take place two to three times a week, a written comprehension once a week and grammar lessons twice a week.  

Maths

Measures including time

Circles and angles

Properties of 2D & 3D shapes

Reasoning about shape

Number and place value

Mental addition and subtraction

Fractions and decimals

Co-ordinates,

Measure and units of measure

Mental multiplication and division.

Written multiplication

Science

  • Animals and Humans, Electricity

 RE

Units from ‘The Way the Truth and the Life’ –

‘Jesus the Teacher’ and  ‘Jesus the Saviour’

Class Routine

 Monday                 Italian, music and Topic                                         

Tuesday                 RE ART                  

Wednesday           Dance (up until half term) ICT

Thursday                PE – Gymnastics                                   

Friday                     Science and Singing                                                             

Homework

Spellings:                    Thursday for test the following week.

Maths Homework:         One piece of written homework per week, given out and handed in Wednesdays.

Reading:                      Children are expected to read for 30 minutes AT LEAST five evenings a week.

They should keep a record of pages read nightly and write a detailed comment each time they finish a book. Please encourage your children to read a variety of literature including newspapers, magazines and advertising material.

Unfinished Work:          Children who are slow to complete tasks will be asked to complete them at lunch times.

Dates for your diary:

Tuesday                        29-Jan-19                      Mindfulness and resilience for parents: 6-8pm

Friday                           01-Feb-19                     ‘Be Bright and Be Seen’ own clothes day

Friday                           08-Feb-19                     Year 4 trip to London Zoo

Wednesday                   13-Feb-19                     Year 4 trip to Synagogue

February

School breaks up for half term on Friday 15th February.  Children return to school on Tuesday 26th February.

March

 Tuesday                        5-Mar-19                       Parent/Teacher consultation evening 4:30 – 7:00pm

Wednesday                   6-Mar-19                       Ash Wednesday Service

                                                                        Parent/Teacher consultation evening 3:15 – 6:00pm

School breaks up for Easter on Friday 5th April.  Children return to school on Tues 23rd April.

As a reminder, Year 4 will be going on their residential trip to ‘Wild Child’ on Monday 29th April 2019

Thank you for your support.  If you have any queries at all please do see us at the end of a school day.  If that’s not convenient, email on rtoynton2.209@lgflmail.org.

Kind regards,

Richard Toynton

Autumn Term

CLASS NEWSLETTER Class 4T

 

14th September 2018

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am enjoying getting to know your children as we settle into the classroom routine and am very pleased to have such a hardworking class.  Thank you for your support in getting your children into school on time so learning can start at 8:45 am.

I am sure you want to support your child’s learning during the term so here is a summary of the work we will be covering as well as important dates for your diary.

Main Topic

The children will be researching the Second World War, with an emphasis on the effect it had on the lives of children in Britain. We will look at the average family and how lived in the War. Rationing, clothing, schooling, the blackout, evacuees; how evacuation had such an impact on children.

Literacy

The children’s key English texts will be ‘Carrie’s War’ by Nina Bawden, and  ‘The butterfly Lion’ by Michael Morpurgo. The children will also study script writing, letter writing and in-depth character analysis with regard to these texts.  They will explore poetry and short story writing across both half terms.

Children will be encouraged to: read with understanding; compare texts, plays and films; plan quickly; investigate viewpoints; read and write poetry, non-fiction, stories and scripts. The children will learn key spelling rules and apply them. Guided reading will take place two to three times a week, a written comprehension once a week and grammar lessons twice a week, with one longer session of creative writing also.

  Maths

Place value, number bonds and times tables. Problem solving/investigative work.

Column addition/subtraction/multiplication and division, including decimals.

Multiplication and Division facts/multiplying by 10, 100, 1000

Properties of quadrilaterals

Fractions and division/ percentages as part of 100

Children must know their times tables up to 12 x 12 by the end of year four, so this will be a continued focus.

Science

 States of Matter – the Water cycle  – Humans and Animals.

 RE

Units from ‘The Way the Truth and the Life’ –

The Bible – How it arranged and how to access its learning.

 Class Routine

Monday                            Italian, Music, Topic                                                      

Tuesday                             Philosophy RE                                                                 

Wednesday                    PE

Thursday                           Spellings Drama                                                             

Friday                                  PE Science Singing                                                                                

Homework

Journal:                                  This term is a reading emphasis, one entry however short, per night if possible.  Given in on Wednesdays.

Spellings:                               Thursday for test the following week.

Maths Homework:               One piece of written homework per week, given out and handed in Wednesdays.

Reading:                                Children are expected to read for 30 minutes AT LEAST five evenings a week.

They should keep a record of pages read nightly and write a detailed comment each time they finish a book. Please encourage your children to read a variety of literature including newspapers, magazines and comics as well as stories.

Thank you for your support.  If you have any queries at all please do see us at the end of a school day.  If that’s not convenient, email on rtoynton2.209@lgflmail.org.

Warmest regards,

Richard Toynton