Welcome to Class Four
Your teachers are:
Mrs Minton-Allen (Class Teacher)
Miss Butler (Teaching Assistant)
Mrs Jones (Teaching Assistant)
Mr Evans (Teacher)
Monday - Spellings & Reading
Tuesday - Spellings & Reading
Wednesday - Spellings & Reading
Thursday - Spellings & Reading
Friday - Spellings, Reading & Maths.
Your regular homework includes reading which is essential to improve fluency and should be completed nightly. In addition, a weekly reading task will be set on-line through purple mash to be completed before Thursday of each week to develop comprehension skills. Maths homework is given on a Friday and should be returned by the following Thursday. To improve multiplication skills please ensure your child is completing TT Rockstars. You will also receive your new spellings on a Monday with the previous spelling score. Please make sure these are completed nightly. Remember to focus on the new spelling rule taught each week.
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 that we set as homework. Obviously the level of your 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. by 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 rewarding for all concerned. Best results are achieved when homework in not done at the last minute but has a fixed time in a child’s established home 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.
During the Spring term, our class topic is the Ancient Romans. We will explore historical aspects of life in England through the Roman invasions and the impact of Roman influence on life in Britain. In addition, we will study key historical figures such as Julias Ceaser and Boudaccia. Our geographical focus will be centered around Rome in Italy and places of historical importance such as Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii.
In English, we will be linking our writing to our Ancient Roman topic through William Shakespeare by reading Andrew Mathews adaption of Julias Ceaser where we will study and write chronological reports about this famous Roman leader. Next, we will travel back in time to AD79 to view the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the Roman Empire through Christina Balit's beautifully illustrated book, 'Escape from Pompei.' Whilst learning about the historical events of this ancient Roman city we will be developing our grammar skills and writing our own narrative with our own illustrations.
In maths, our key focus this term will be to consolidate our knowledge and understanding of place value and to become secure in our knowledge of all multiplication and division facts in the times tables up to 12 x 12. We will apply this knowledge to written multiplication and reasoning problems to develop our multiplication knowledge further. In addition, we will use the contexts of money and measures within multi-step problems and also within computing sessions.
In Science, we will be learning about states of matter. Children will be working scientifically to investigate the properties of solids, liquids and gasses through a range of practical experiments.
In Religious Education our world faith study will be Judaism.
In computing we will learning how to create spreadsheets and we will be applying our mathematical knowledge of decimals and percentages within our computing sessions.
In Music, we will be developing listening, composing and performing skills playing the Ukulele.
This term P.E. will take place on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Thursday we will be swimming, please ensure your child has their full swimming kit each week, including a swimming cap and goggles.
Thank you for your continued support - Year Four Team
Please see below the extensive list of websites that your child can visit to consolidate and extend his/her learning.
Supporting your child at home
The following links will take you to Espresso and Purple Mash. Both 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.