Blue Class Term 5
Teacher: Mr Scrivener
This term will be starting a new class book called ‘Gregory Cool’. It’s about a boy called Gregory who travels to Tobago to visit his grandparents and initially finds it hard to adjust to a contrasting way of life. However, the warmth of the people and the climate soon makes him realise what he is missing by not opening up his heart and mind. The story offers lots of opportunities for the children to explore our topic of ‘The Caribbean’ through a range of creative writing. At the end of the term, we will also look closely at poems that have originated from The Caribbean. We will also be looking at persuasion texts towards the end of the term to persuade people to visit the Caribbean.
It would be helpful if you continued reading with and discussing books with your child.
Even though your child is now in Year 4, please try to read with your child as often as possible and encourage them to read daily!
During this term, we will continue to recap on using formal written methods for addition, subtraction and multiplication as well as using them in a context to solve problems. We will also be looking at finding the area of shapes and identifying acute and obtuse angles.
Towards the end of the term, we will also be revisiting fractions and decimals. This will give children the opportunity to solve simple measure and money problems involving fractions and decimals to two decimal places in addition to finding fractions of amounts.
Please could you continue to encourage your children to practise their times tables at home.
The National Curriculum expects all children to leave Year 4 knowing all multiplication facts up to 12 x 12. This website is very useful, we have been playing it in class and the children have been trying to beat their own scores!
It would be really helpful if you could encourage your child to recall their times tables regularly! Also... do play EDUCATION CITY at home, it's great!!!
This term our topic is ‘Why are jungles so wet and deserts so dry?’. In our English lessons, we will be exploring life in Tobago whilst in our topic lessons we will be looking closely at Jamaica. This will provide the children with a fantastic opportunity to compare two countries within the Caribbean to the UK. In our Art lessons, we will be exploring a range of colourful Caribbean art and creating our own pieces.
During out Topic (Geography) lesson, pupils are encouraged to reflect upon how climate has such an important influence upon landscapes, plants, animals and human activity on Earth.
In Science, we will be studying Electricity. Sorting appliances based on whether they use mains or batteries, explain how a switch turns the electric current on and off and reporting their findings / conclusions orally.
In PA we will be outside as much as the weather allows, learning skills for rounders and cricket.
EARRINGS – I have suggested to those with earrings, that they practice taking them out at home, so that they can learn to remove them for PA lessons rather than tape them. If you could help your child learn how to do this it would help them greatly to gain more independence in their journey towards Upper Key Stage 2 and beyond.
RE- Christianity - Theme Friendship
We will be reading the story of 'The Good Samaritan.' and every child will be given the opportunity to link this story in creating a prayer related to friendship. We will also explore the topic of friendship PSHE, what makes a good friend?
- To extend sentences with more than one clause by using a wider range of conjunctions
- To use appropriate vocabulary and style to structure an argument, justifying reasons for their opinions
- To find the area of rectilinear shapes
- To identify acute and obtuse angles and compare and order angles up to two right angles by size
Personal and Social
- To understand the importance of relationships and to develop skills to build and manage their relationships. (Friendship)