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Summer 2 Newsletter 2018
Welcome back Jaguars! I can’t believe it’s our last half term together. I have had such a wonderful year getting to know you all and having so much fun in our lessons and on our trips! Thank you for such a great year and I will miss each of you dearly!
This half term, each of our topics will have the theme of conservation incorporated into it. In year 4 we will focus on the effects of deforestation on animals and indigenous people. We will be raising awareness in and around Parkgate – so look out for us! We will also be helping local charities who support this theme.
This half term you will be studying a range of non fiction texts about Rainforests and indigenous people which will help you to write the following:
The Reading Challenge:
The Reading challenge is going really well in year 4 and the children are always excited to come and show me their reading records each morning. Please keep it up year 4. There will be prizes towards the end of the year if you reach beyond the gold level!
You should read every night and ask your parent/carer to sign once you have read. If you manage to read 5 times within the week you will earn a stamp in your reading record. Once you have earned 10 stamps you will receive a bronze certificate in praise assembly. You will have to earn a further 10 stars for a silver and then gold certificate. Please ensure you bring your reading record and book into school every day in order to keep track of your reading.
This half term, we will be focusing on Measure and Properties of Shape and Statistics with Mrs. Rashid:
By the end of the term you should be able to:
On a Wednesday, Mrs. Gregg will be teaching Maths and you will focus on:
Times tables are really important and by the end of year 4 it is expected that you should be able to recall your times tables up to 12 x 12. In school we will be playing daily times tables games and there will be a weekly times table challenge called Rainbow times tables (This is a timed test. You will progress through the colours once you achieve full marks on each colour) To help you achieve full marks ensure you practice your tables at home too.
The theme in science this half term is ‘Living things and their habitats (saving our habitats)’
By the end of the unit you should be able to:
Mr Hall and I will be teaching PE on a Tuesday and Mr Kelly will be teaching PE on a Wednesday. Please ensure children have their full kit in school on these days with their names in.
The theme in Geography this half term is Rainforests which links nicely with our conservation theme.
By the end of the topic you should be able to:
DT will be taught by Mrs Hibbert and the topic for this half term is Weaving:
The children will:
You will be looking at a topic called ‘Fairtrade’
During this topic you will learn:
-How do fruits from the rainforest end up at our supermarkets?
-How does Fairtrade affect farmers and communities?
-What can we do to help and support Fairtrade?
Homework and spellings:
Maths and English homework will be given out every Wednesday and expected back the following Monday.
There is a star Icon at the bottom of our Year 4 Page called Homework and Spellings - here I will upload a copy of the homework and spellings for the current week.
If your child is finding the homework difficult then please encourage them to come to homework club on a Wednesday and Thursday Lunchtime.
Spellings will be given out every Tuesday and children will be tested the following Tuesday. You can help your child by testing them and asking them to put the spelling into a sentence to check their understanding of the words.
A slight change for this half term, there will be no my maths homework. I will be sending home mental arithmetic tests each week for the children to practise. If you click on the homework icon, I have attached the weekly tests along with the marking scheme which is located at the end of each test sheet. This does not mean you have to mark them! It means if you would like the answers they are there.
Feel free to come and speak to me about any concerns or queries!
Mrs Rashid :)