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Spring 1 Newsletter 2018

 

Welcome back Jaguars, I hope you have had a fantastic Christmas break and you are now ready to learn!

 

English:

This half term you will be studying an adventure story called ‘Leon and the Place Between’ in this unit you will write a range of text types:

 

  • To write a setting description of the circus.
  • To write a character description of Leon/Abdul Kazam.
  • To write dialogue between characters.
  • To write a descriptive poem about inside the circus tent.
  • To write a newspaper article on the disappearance of Leon.
  • To write your own adventure story based on Leon and the Place between.

 

 

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.

 

Maths:

This half term, we will be focussing on Fractions.

By the end of the term you should be able to:

 

  • Recognise and show, using diagrams, families of common equivalent fractions.
  • Count up and down in hundredths; recognise that hundredths arise when dividing an object by a hundred and dividing tenths by ten.
  • Add and subtract fractions with the same denominator
  • Recognise and write decimal equivalents of any number of tenths or hundredths.
  • Recognise and write decimal equivalents to ¼ ½ and ¾.
  • Find the effect of dividing a one or two- digit number by 10 and 100, identifying the value of the digits in the answer as units, tenths and hundredths.
  • Round decimals with one decimal place to the nearest whole number.
  • Compare numbers with the same number of decimal places up to two decimal places.

 

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.

 

Science:

The theme in science this half term is 'States of Matter'

By the end of the unit you should be able to:

 

  • I can compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases
  • I can 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)
  • I can identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle and associate the rate of evaporation with temperature

 

PE:

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.

 

Geography:

The theme in Geography this half term is Settlements in the UK.

 

  • By the end of the topic you should be able to:
  • To find out about the needs of early settlers and the origins of place names.
  • To be able to identify settlements and reasons for their original siting.
  • To be able to identify a range of mapping symbols and know their meanings.
  • To understand and describe how settlements are connected.
  • To be able to design a village settlement influenced by physical features and personal choice

 

Art:

Art will be taught by Mrs Hibbert and the topic for this half term is Patterns and Printing.

The children will:

 

  • Identify the different shapes and patterns of animals, birds, plants and nature
  • Understand aspects of symmetry and repeating pattern.
  • Expand my knowledge of the artist Andy Goldworthy and the work he produces.
  • Discuss what I like or dislike about an image.
  • Use a variety of media, including charcoals, pastels and sketching pencils
  • Use a variety of natural objects to create a piece of work
  • Create an imprint in polystyrene to design my own repeating pattern

 

PSHE:

You will be studying 'Healthy Eating'

During this topic you will learn:

 

  • To know why we eat and drink.
  • To examine their eating habits.
  • To develop an understanding of the different nutrients different foods, contain.
  • To develop an understanding of why we need to eat a balanced diet.
  • To know what foods are healthy.

 

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.

 

 

My Maths:

The children have been given a My Maths login which is glued into Maths homework books. If your child has trouble logging in at home, they are more than welcome to complete homework in school with me or go to homework club on a Thursday lunchtime.

 

Feel free to come and speak to me about any concerns or queries!

 

Mrs Rashid :)

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