Welcome to Class Four
I hope you have all had a lovely summer break.
It is wonderful to welcome you all back to school after your fantastic home learning.
Our main focus this term is to ensure you feel happy and safe returning to school.
During this half term, we will spend lots of time outdoors for PE so please ensure you have your PE kit and trainers with you every day as all PE sessions will be outside.
During daily English and Maths lessons we will be revisiting basic skills along side reading.
If you have any questions, please contact me via the front office.
Your teaching team this year is:
Class Teacher: Mrs Minton-Allen
Teaching assistant: Miss Butler
Class Four Homework
Please ensure your child reads every night.
Children will receive their new spellings on a Monday and be tested on a Friday. Their spellings will be in a book with a blank page for them to practise next to the spelling sheet. I will check the spelling homework on a Friday so there is no requirement to return it daily. Please ensure your child is not just copying the word. It is important to practise applying the rule that has been taught on a Monday. Children can be creative when practising by using different colours, writing the word backwards, writing it in a diagonal or in rainbows however when it comes to the spelling sheet please ensure your child prints the word.
Children must ensure they are logging into TT Rockstars x 3 times weekly. In addition, the children will be given a certain times table to focus on for that week.
Every Friday, I will set a piece of English and Maths homework on Purple Mash that must be completed by the following Thursday. At times, there will also be additional topic projects set throughout the term.
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.
During this term, we will embark upon an adventure to the land of the Pharoah's learning about all aspects of life during the Ancient Egyptian civilisation. During our history lessons we will learn about every day life in Ancient Egypt, learn about the importance of the River Nile, explore ancient tombs and immerse ourselves in Egyptian culture through a variety of art projects.
In English, we will head back in time to London 1922 when Howard Carter discovered the tomb of King Tutankhamun. We will follow a girl named Lil, who embarks upon an incredible journey to return a package to Ancient Egypt in Emma Carrolls's novel 'Secrets of a Sun King.'
In Maths, our main focus will be to develop our understanding of the value of numbers and what happens to them when we multiply, divide, add or subtract a number. We will be revising our times tables daily and linking our Maths knowledge to our Egyptian topic to build our own pyramids, as the Ancient Egyptians were very good mathematicians.
In Science, we will be learning about electricity and we will carry out investigations and construct a variety of electrical circuits.
In Music, we will be spending this term to develop our musicianship skills before we begin our instrumental lessons next term. We will also listen to a variety of music genres, from pop, classical, rock and jazz.
In Art, we will be learning how to use different techniques when using water colours. Our artist study is the infamous Pablo Picasso and we will be creating our own self portraits.
In Computing, we will be learning about on-line safety, computer hardware and we will begin to use Adobe Spark software to create our own presentation slides.
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.