Blue Class Term 1
Teacher: Ms Pottinger
During term 1 we will be reading a lovely book entitled ‘Mouse Bird Snake Wolf’ by David Almond. It is closely linked to our Science Topic of Living Things and Their Habitats, and is about three children, Harry, Sue and Little Ben, who live in a world ‘rather like ours’ and who decide to create creatures of their own. Through this book we will be learning about different aspects of reading, as well as different forms of writing, including poetry and balanced arguments.
We will be looking regularly at spellings. Every week we will look at a new spelling rule, and the children will have some of these to learn for the following week. Other spellings will come from the list of words for Year 3 & 4. They will bring a ‘Look, Say, Cover, Check’ sheet home in their homework books, ask them to explain how it works!
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!
In Maths, we will learn how to read Roman numerals up to 100 and understand how, over time, the numeral system changed to include the concept of zero and place value.We will be continuing our work on place value with 4 digit numbers and working on rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. Towards the end of this term we will be learning about negative numbers and counting in jumps of 25.
Throughout the term we will be focusing on our 6, 7 and 9 timestables. The school has also introduced a new timtables rockstars computer program to help children memorise their tables. Get them to show you how it works!
It would be really helpful if you could encourage your child to recall their times tables regularly!
In our history topic we will be studying the Middle Ages, with particular focus on the Battle of Hastings. Learning Objectives will include:
- understand and explain what happened after The Battle of Hastings
- identify the role of a Castle in Norman times and explain how they were made
- explain the process of becoming a medieval knight
- understand how life in Medieval times is different to life now
In Science we will be looking at Living Things and Their Habitats, looking at grouping and classification of living things, and how living things adapt in different environments.
Our RE topic this year is looking at aspects of Christianity through visits to our local church.
In PA we will be focusing in invasion games such as basketball, netball and benchball.
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 - Trust
We will be reading the story of David and Goliath and every child will be given the opportunity to link this story in creating a prayer related to trust in our school community.
- Practice and use handwriting scheme to develop a cursive style
- To extend and use a wider vocabulary
- Times tables-rapidly recall multiplication and division facts for tables up to 12 x 12
- To order and compare numbers beyond 1000
Personal and Social
- Continue to build positive relationships and friendships.