Welcome to Class Four
Welcome back, I hope you all had a lovely Christmas Break,
I am looking forward to an exciting Spring Term.
If you have any concerns or questions, please contact me via the front office.
Your teaching team this year is:
Class Teacher: Mrs Minton-Allen
Teaching Assistant: Miss Butler
Spring Term Learning
In English, we will be developing our descriptive writing skills through the book Escape from Pompeii which links to our History topic next term about the Ancient Romans. We will create tension through our descriptive writing as we retell this historic event. We will also begin reading our exciting adventure story The Land of Roar!
In Maths, we will continue developing our multiplication skills. A strong focus in Class Four is to continue learning all of our times tables up to 12 x 12. We will also secure our knowledge and understanding of both written and mental methods in a variety of contexts. We will also develop our knowledge and understanding of fractions and decimals. In measure, we will develop our skills in time, area and perimeter.
In Geography, we will develop our map skills as we learn about the different symbols and how to read coordinates on a map before we put our skills to the test through orienteering activities.
In Science, we will be learning about solids, liquids and gases. Our learning will enable us to take part in practical experiments as we learn about different states of matter.
In Art, we will study the artist Leonardo Davinci. We will study his designs for Skyships and create some of our own in preparation for one of our exciting adventure books, Dark Whispers. In addition, we will continue to develop our skills painting with watercolors as we experiment with a range of techniques.
In Music, we will be developing our musicianship skills as we apply existing skills and knowledge as we begin to learn to play the Violin. Alongside practical lessons, we will develop our listening and appraising skills through a wide range of music.
Enhanced Educational Visit
To enhance our writing this year we will be visiting the Liverpool Empire in November to watch the musical Charlie & the Chocolate Factory.
Details will be sent home in a letter.
Class Four Homework
Maths . A strong focus will be learning all of our times tables up to 12 x 12 in preparation for the national test in June.
Times Tables Please ensure you are logging into TT Rockstars at least three times a week. Also spend time revising your times table facts. Use Maths Frame to practise and adjust the test to focus on the areas you need to learn.
Reading Please ensure you that you read every night and your reading record is signed and brought into school each day.
Spelling It is important to practise your spellings each night before our weekly spelling test on a Friday. Please complete the spelling sheet and remember to print the word. Practise on the opposite page using different colours, writing the word backwards, writing it in a diagonal or in rainbows or in pyramids. Spelling homework will also be set through Spelling Shed.
At the Grange we believe that it is crucial to work in partnership with parents and carers. There is an expectation that you will support us by ensuring that your child completes the tasks we set as homework.
Obviously the level of engagement will depend on your child's age but we expect you take an active part in all aspects of homework and, where necessary, indicate that you have monitored the completion of it (e.g signing the Home/School Reading Record Book.)
The routines of reading every day, learning spellings and multiplication tables etc. can be great fun and very reading for all concerned. Best results are achieved when homework is not done at the last minute but has a fixed time in a child's established routine. Short, sharp periods of activity are preferable to prolonged periods of study where concentration can be lost.
Effective learning and consolidation of learning cannot happen in an environment with lots of distractions (e.g. television etc.) Please give some thought to where your child works at home.
Friday to Friday - Reading and spelling.
TT Rockstars - access 3 times per week
Spelling Shed - play 3 games per week
Mathsframe Mulipication Check - once per week
Supporting Your Child At Home.
The following links will take you to various websites. They contain numerous resources for supporting your child in all areas of the school curriculum. Individual log in details can be found in children's reading records. For further information about the curriculum please go to the Curriculum section of the school website.