This term our class topic is Food and Farming. Our cross curricular topic will give us the opportunity to explore healthy eating, growing plants, the digestive system, settlement, different regions of Europe and the world. We will look at land use in the local area, which will include local walks. We will also explore the water cycle and its influence on the growing of food. We are hoping to visit Brackenhurst Environmental Centre later in the term.
RE - Hinduism
During RE lessons this term we will continue to learn about Hinduism. We will be looking at creation stories, Gods and spirituality. We will also look at the Ascension and Pentecost.
We will be making strong links with our topic Food and Farming and will be making links with the Roald Dahl story Danny the Champion of the World.
Homework is a very important way of supporting your child’s learning in school. This term, we will have a big focus on reading. Please could you ensure your child reads 5 times a week. Each child has their own Bookworm Bookmark. If they have read at home five times during the week they will gain another 'Book Worm' token to add to their bookmark. When each child has obtained 10 book worm tokens, they will receive a book. Please don't forget to sign your child's diary when you hear them read or when they read independently at home.
Arithmetic Maths tests will continue to be on Thursday and tables tests on Friday. We will be covering maths topics of properties of 2 d and 3 d shapes, coordinates, statistics, division and decimals, percentages and fractions and addition and subtraction with money and measures.
It’s great to see so many of the children using purple mash at home. We will be learning about data bases and programming this half term. Please encourage your child to use mathletics.
Spellings and maths homework will continue to be given out on Friday however the children will now have an extra night to complete their homework so please can they hand it in on Wednesdays. Please look for any targets the children need to work on for each week’s spelling sentences. The test will be the following Friday. The children will be tested on their tables on Friday, which are very important. Also, please can you encourage your child to use Mathletics to support their learning in mathematics.
This term we will be learning about the digestive system and teeth in science.
In art we are going to be having a photograph competition of something from the local area. We will also focus on drawing and painting local aspects of the area. We will finally create some pieces of art work using mixed media.
During design technology we will be making scarecrows, baking bread and creating a healthy salad.
I would just like to take this opportunity to thank all the parents who have observed during swimming lessons. Swimming will carry on for a further three weeks so will finish on Tuesday 2nd May. We will also be learning how to play kwik cricket and will be doing athletics. Nottinghamshire County Cricket club will be working with year 4 on a Monday afternoon. Please could you make sure that P.E. kits are brought to school on Monday of each week and that all P.E. clothing is named.
If there is anything we can help you with, please do not hesitate to ask. Feel free to pop in and say hello before school or after school.
We are very much looking forward to an exciting half term.
P. Wise, J. Ball