Our Class Literacy targets To write in complete sentences. To select the most effective word for the effect. To use conjunctions such as because, after, when, if, meanwhile, while, during, although, however, despite etc. Our Class Numeracy targets To learn all our times tables & division facts up to 12 x 12. To use all four operations (add, times, divide and multiply) to calculate with number. PE: Tuesday & Thursday every week—Meerkats Wednesday & Thursday—Panthers Invasion Games: (please remember the correct kit of shorts, tshirt and trainers, and for Gymnastics either bare feet or soft plimsolls). Swimming: (Children must remember the correct kit: one piece swimming costumes for girls and suitable swimming trunks for Homework: Children will also be expected to complete the school’s termly homework passport. In year 4 children will receive spellings each week. It will be given out on a Friday evening for a test on the following Friday. Reading: All children should be reading on a daily basis, even just 10 minutes will make a huge difference! To help your child, encourage them to read aloud—this way you can hear their mistakes and improve their expression. If you have time, ask questions about what they have read to encourage their understanding. If it is easier, you can ask questions about something you have watched together on TV—the same skills will be developed. Autumn Term 2014 Welcome back to school after the Summer holidays. This booklet will inform you about the teaching and learning going on this term in Year 4. If you would like to speak to me regarding your child’s health, welfare or education, please do not hesitate to pop in and see me either before or after school each day. If you are unable to see me then, a mutually convenient appointment can always be made. I am always pleased to see parents and welcome the support that you are able to give to your children. I look forward to meeting you all at Parent’s Evening. Regards, Miss Dennis and Mrs Scoates Other adults working in Y4 this term will be Mrs Wilson, Mrs Clark, Mr Kurian, Mr James, Mrs Thomson & Ms Pittman. It is not possible to link the topic content to all aspects of learning. To ensure coverage children will also be taught the following under these subject headings: Our Challenge: To investigate the famous Gods and Goddesses of the ancient Egyptian era and identify how those changes continue to impact us today We will also be looking at developing thinking skills, personal and emotional education, social studies and citizenship. Planning, teaching and learning is organised within six key skills—see below: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. To research: The locality and terrain of Egypt; to find out about the importance of the river Nile; to find out about important Egyptian Pharaohs, Queens, Gods and Goddesses. To talk: To plan, design, make and evaluate a presentation, and to plan, develop and evaluate all their work; to read poetry aloud with expression. To read & write: Stories, poems and reports about the ancient Egyptians. To Calculate: To use the four operations to solve problems based in the ancient Egyptian times; the age of ancient Egyptian people and events in their historical context. To make and produce: To select suitable materials to make an ancient Egyptian mummy and sarcophagus. To perform: in class assembly and in classroom presentations. Numeracy hour will continue and planning and teaching will be informed by the National Numeracy Strategy’s units & the new National Curriculum for Year 4 for this term. All areas of maths will be taught and this will include solving written maths problems linked to number, money and measure as well as maths investigations. Mental maths strategies will continue to be taught to increase children’s ability to respond to oral mental questions quickly and accurately. Children will practise their ability to calculate with whole numbers with four number operations. Learning will be differentiated to meet the needs of pupils attaining above or below expectations. However, all children will cover all areas of maths and the objective will be to ensure that all children make good progress over the term. Reading, writing, speaking and listening are easily linked to our the topic. Children will continue to experience the literacy hour and teaching and learning will be informed by the literacy framework & new National Curriculum for Year 4. This will also include increasing knowledge and ability related to vocabulary, grammar, punctuation and spelling. Initially, the children will be focusing on Myths and Legends and stories about Egypt. USEFUL LINKS TO SUPPORT LEARNING www. gridclub.com Username: per639 Password: se23 2px Use mathletics.co.uk to support your child’s maths learning! Science this term will be on Sound. We will be investigating how sound is produced and can be affected by different factors. ICT: Children will use a range of ICT to support and communicate their learning. Links will be made within our topic and children will use safe searching methods to access the internet. RE: Christian beliefs PHSE: Building self-esteem and working together as a team. Music: Recorder skills and singing during whole school and class assemblies .