Welcome to Year 4
Jaguars Summer Newsletter 2017
Welcome back Jaguars class!
This half term the children will be studying a book called 'The Village that Vanished' The children will use the story to write a range of different genres such as writing a set of instructions on how to build an African hut, a character and setting description of the main character and the village she lives in, a report on slavery, an information text on Yao people, a persuasive letter to Chimwale to leave the villagers and to write and perform a poem about crossing the river using sound collected as a model. The outcome piece will be to write a diary entry in the role of one of the main characters.
In maths, we will be doing lots of problem solving activities, games and challenges which will revise what they have done throughout the year. A continuous focus for year 4 is times tables; you could help your child by playing times tables games or just by recalling them in order or randomly.
You can help your child by playing some maths games focusing on these areas – www.mathsplayground.com.
The theme this half term is 'Sound' the children will be learning about different sound sources, how sound travels, ways to change the pitch of a sound, investigate different ways we can absorb sound and making a musical instrument. We will also link our science unit with english when we perform our poems.
PE will be on a Tuesday and a Friday, please ensure children have their full kit with their names in.
The children will be comparing Egypt to the UK.
Children will be making Canopic Jars with Mrs Hibbert.
Homework and spellings:
Maths and English homework will be given out every Wednesday and expected back the following Monday. If your child is finding the homework difficult please don’t feel they need to complete it. They should bring the homework in to me so we can go through it. There will be a homework club on every 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.
Children have been given a My Maths letter with login details for your child which has been glued into their maths books. If your child has trouble logging in at home, they are most welcome to complete homework in school with me or go to homework club on a Thursday lunchtime.
The Reading Challenge:
Children should read every night and sign their reading records. Please ensure children bring their reading records and books into school every day. if your children has read 5 times within the week they will earn a stamp in their reading records. once they have earned 10 stamps they will receive a bronze certificate in praise assembly. The children will have to earn a further 10 stars for a silver and then gold certificates. These will be displayed in the hall.