Dear Parents and carers,
Happy New Year and welcome back to spring term 2018. I trust everyone had a wonderful break and managed to find time to rest and recuperate after a very busy first term.
Our topic curriculum for the spring term will be ‘Romans’ followed by ‘Volcanoes’. The ‘Romans’ is a huge topic and we will focus on their influence on Roman Britain. We will visit the Tiverton Museum, who will be able to develop our understanding of Romans and historical Devon. Our focus in Volcanoes will be on the formation and location of these incredible natural landforms. Please refer to the curriculum overview for details of our other subjects.
As mentioned last term, home learning and parental engagement plays vital part in supporting your child’s learning. Reading, spelling and times tables continue to remain our key focus.
It is beneficial that children read at least five times a week and this is recorded in the children’s reading record books. Reading records need to be brought into school each day. I will recognise the commitment of frequent readers with certificates, Dojo points and the opportunities to win books. Last term several children won books and I would like to see even more winners this term.
Spellings are issued every week and are stuck into the green spelling book. The green spelling book is used to help learn the spellings and needs to be taken home and brought back into school each day. are tested on a two-week cycle. The spellings will be a mixture of Year 3 and 4 statutory words, technical vocabulary linked to our topics and high frequency words. Strategies to help recall spelling patterns will be taught in class, as always your help in encouraging your children to learn their words is welcomed.
Times tables are assessed every week. This term, the aim is to answer forty questions in three minutes. Please support your child in learning the multiplication and division facts for the times tables up to the 12s, as this knowledge helps them access other areas of the maths curriculum more easily. Children should practise times tables daily in a variety of ways (rote, games, challenges, computer programs, songs etc.)
The online program, Mymaths has proved to be hugely popular with the Year 4 children. I set a range of activities linked to our current topics, as well as ones linked to previous learning. Children are expected to attempt one of the activities each week, however, they can complete as many as they wish. Last term, the Year 4 children were one of the classes that accessed this learning resource the most frequently – well done!
Topic Home Learning
The theme this term is ‘The Romans’ and ‘Volcanoes’. Examples of home learning that children have shared in the past have included models, art, stories, songs, cooking, reviews, fact files, role-play, ICT presentations, quizzes and so on. Last term, many great examples of high quality of home learning was shared with us and a selection of this home learning can be found in our ‘News and Events’ tab on the school website. Home learning needs to be shared with the class at least every two weeks, on a Wednesday; this is to ensure that your child can complete their homework on time and to a high standard.
Physical Education (PE)
PE for the first part of the term is swimming. Swimming will take place on Thursday afternoons starting on the 11th January 2018. Please ensure that your child has the correct swimming kit in school with them on that day. Girls will require a one-piece swimming costume, boys will require swimming trunks, a swim hat is advisable, as it will keep the hair reasonably dry for the walk back to school. Of course, a suitable sized towel for drying is needed.
The second part of the term we will be back to our normal days of Thursday and Friday. We will be looking at developing our gymnastic skills in the hall and our basketball skills outside. Please ensure that your child has the correct indoor and outdoor PE kit in school every week:
- Black plimsolls and suitable trainers to go on the field and be used in the hall (non-marking soles - white)
- Black shorts and a white t-shirt for indoor and summer outdoor lessons
- Joggers and a sweatshirt for winter outside lessons (preferably black or blue)
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This term, we have the support from Mrs Harte, Mrs Cridland, Mr Williams and Mrs Davies. Mrs Fitton will teach the class on Tuesdays. If you have any questions or concerns, or if you would like to volunteer to help in any way (especially with listening to readers), you can contact me at the school or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.