Welcome to Class Four
Welcome back, I hope you all had a fantastic summer!
If you have any concerns or questions, please contact me via the front office or via the class email:
Your teaching team this year is:
Class Teacher: Mrs Minton-Allen
Teaching Assistant: Miss Butler
Teacher Mrs Bevan
Autumn Term Learning
During the autumn term, our history focus will be the Ancient Egyptians. We will embark upon an amazing adventure to the 'Land of the Pharoah's' learning about all aspects of the Ancient Egyptian Civilisation. We will study the location and the importance of the River Nile to the Ancient Egyptian farmers. In addition, we will explore ancient tombs and immerse ourselves in Ancient Egyptian culture through a variety of art and DT projects.
In English, our writing in linked to our Ancient Egyptian topic at the time when Howard Carter discovered the tomb of King Tutenkhamun. We will head back to London in 1922, where Lil and her friends embark upon an incredible journey to return a package to its final resting place, to protect those they love and to break the deadly pharoah's curse in Emma Carroll's exciting novel, The Secrets of a Sun King.
Whilst learning about citizenship and democracy we will take part in UK Parliament Week and put our questions to our local MP and to a member of The House of Lords in a live Q & A session. We will learn about the different roles and responsibilites within UK Parliament and discuss and debate topical issues.
In Maths, we will strengthen our skills in place value, addition & subtraction. We will learn the value of digits depending on where they are placed and develop an understanding of what happens to numbers when we multiply and divide them. A strong focus in Class Four is 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. Our mathematical learning continues through our history lessons as we learn how good the Anceint Egyptians were at maths - they had to be to work out how to build the ancient pyramids so perfectly!
In Science, we will be learning about electricity and we will carry out various investigations using a variety of electrical circuits whilst testing conductors and insulators. To finish this topic we will apply our skills to produce a working light or doorbell within a model house.
In Art, we will learn about Ancient Egyptian art, discovering the different techniques and colours they use as we create replica sculptures and art pieces. Our artist study this term is Pablo Picasso.
In Music, we will be developing our musicianship skills as we learn the ukulelee. Alongside practical lessons, we will develop our skills in listening and appraising a wide range of music.
In PE, we will enhance our Gymnastic and fitness skills. PE sessions will be on a Thursday afternoon and a Friday afternoon. Children can were trainers for the fitness sessions.
In RE, we will be learning about the faith of Judahism.
Class Four Homework
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.
Times Tables Please ensure you are logging into TT Rockstars at least three times a week. Also spend time revising your times table facts.
Additional homework tasks will be set through Purple Mash, Espresso, Spag.com or Maths.co.uk throughout the year on a Friday. All of the links can be found below. Your child has a log in for each website.
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.
Monday to Friday - Reading and spelling.
Friday - A weekly homework task will be set through Purple Mash, Espresso, Spag.com or Maths.co.uk.
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.