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Summer Term 1 Newsletter 2022

Welcome back Jaguars! This page will give you an outline of all the topics we will be studying this half term. I have planned lots of fun and engaging lessons this half term and all I ask is that you work hard and get stuck in! Parents - If you have any questions/queries about anything then please e-mail me on jaguars@parkgate.cheshire.sch.uk. 

 

Reading:

The children will be given a levelled book from Oxford Owl and this will be changed once a week. It’s important to re-read the book once finished as it will help to build reading skills for example being able to summarise. Please ensure reading books are brought into school every day so that children can be listened to and work on their reading targets throughout the school week.

 

English:

This half term we will be studying a range of non fiction texts about Ancient Egypt. These will link nicely with our art, history and geography lessons. 

 

Guided Reading:

For Guided Reading, we will be reading ' Young, Gifted and Black' by Jamie Wilson. 

 

Blurb

Meet 52 icons of colour from the past and present in this celebration of inspirational achievement—a collection of stories about changemakers to encourage, inspire and empower the next generation of changemakers. Jamia Wilson has carefully curated this range of black icons and the book is stylishly brought together by Andrea Pippins’ colourful and celebratory illustrations. Written in the spirit of Nina Simone’s song “To Be Young, Gifted, and Black,” this vibrant book is a perfect introduction to both historic and present-day icons and heroes. Meet figureheads, leaders and pioneers such as Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela and Rosa Parks, as well as cultural trailblazers and athletes like Stevie Wonder, Oprah Winfrey and Serena Williams.

 

We will be reading this non fiction text and answering questions around the key reading areas:

Vocabulary

Inference

Prediction

Explain

Retrieval  

Summary

 

Maths:

This half term, we will be finishing off our Decimals where we will be covering these objectives: 

  • Recognise and write decimal equivalents to ¼ ½ and ¾.
  • 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. 

 

Next we will begin our Money unit where we will cover the following objectives: 

  • Pounds and pence
  • Ordering money
  • Estimating money
  • Adding and subtracting money
  • Finding change
  • Money word problems
  • Four operations

 

To finish off the half term we will be moving onto Time!

 

Times Tables:

Times tables are really important and by the end of year 4 it is expected that you should 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. Click on the times tables icon at the bottom of this page for some useful websites and games.

 

Here is a link with more information about the times tables test:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/869846/2020_Information_for_parents_multiplication_tables_check.pdf

 

Here is a link to Maths Frame. https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check

 

This website gives you an example game of what the test will be like so you can practise one here as much as you like. 

 

You will have to get used to the time element - I do understand that the time element can upset some children and make them anxious but if we start now and practise as much as we can, we can build up their confidence for when it comes to the actual test. 

 

Science: Animals including Humans

We will explore the following objectives:

Reasoning 
I can find patterns between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it.
Observation
I can identify how sounds are made, associating some of them with something vibrating.
I can find patterns between the pitch of a sound and features of the object that produced it.
I can recognise that sounds get fainter as the distance from the sound source increases.
Discussion
I can recognise that vibrations from sounds travel through a medium to the ear.
Planning
I can set up simple comparative tests.
Obtaining and Presenting Evidence 
I can record findings using scientific language and using drawings and labelled diagrams. 

 

PE:

PE will be taught by Mr Hall and Mr Kelly every Tuesdays and Wednesdays. You can wear your full PE kit on these days. Can you also please remember to bring in spare socks and shoes/trainers in case we go out onto the field where it can be set and muddy. 

 

History: Ancient Egypt

We will explore the following objectives:

  • I can  plot recent history on a timeline using centuries. (CU)
  • I can place periods of history on a timeline showing periods of time. (CU)
  • I can explain how events from the past have helped shape our lives. (KI)
  • I can understand that people who lived in the past cooked and travelled differently and used different weapons from ours. (KI)
  • I can independently, or as part of a group, present an aspect I have researched about a given period of history using multimedia skills when doing so. 
  • I can appreciate how items found belonging to the past are helping us to build up an accurate picture of how people lived in the past. (KI)

 

PSHE: What is going on in the local news? 

This half term we will be focusing a lot on Picture News and reading a weekly newspaper from Picture News. 

 

RE:

Our focus for this half term will be Sikhism and we will be doing lots of activities and discussions around our big question: 

 

How do Sikh’s live life to the full and achieve good karma?

 

 

Computing – Spreadsheets

 

Objectives:       

I can enter data into a spreadsheet, change data and observe changes in results.

I understand that spreadsheets perform calculations.

I understand that computing can create graphs for different purposes; some are more appropriate and easier to read than others.

I can read and interpret bar and line graphs created through data logging, to draw conclusions to experiments.

I can collect data from internet research, digital surveys and digital devices including data loggers and tablet devices.

 

I can enter data into a graphing package and use it to create a range of graphs, and to interpret data across all subjects.

 

Music: Composing notation: Egyptians

I can perform accurately from graphic notation using voices and instruments. (P)

I can identify how the key features of music are written down by following a score whilst listening. (L)

I can create a sound story using voices and instruments and notate it using hieroglyphs (C)

 

Homework

English homework will be set on Google Classrooms every Wednesday and expected to be completed for the following week. Maths will be set on My Maths every Wednesday and expected to be completed for the following week. Your child will come home with a letter with their login details. 

If your child is finding the homework difficult then please encourage them to come to homework club on a Thursday or Friday Lunchtime.

 

Mrs Rashid :)

 

 

 

 

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