Autumn 1, 2019
This term we will be focusing on “Deforestation” linked with our caring for creation topic. We will be focusing on what and where deforestation is happening, what are the causes, who does it effect and how can we help.
P.E. kits are needed on Wednesdays but I advise children to leave them in school all week so they know they have it. On these days can you please ensure that long hair is tied back and that earrings are not worn. It would also be helpful to label your child’s PE kit with their name.
Reading books need to be handed in on Tuesday morning and remember to change your book any morning so that you can achieve your goal of 20 times each month.
Weekly spellings will be given out on Tuesdays. Your child will be tested on a selection of these the following Tuesday. Also during the week, your child will complete a short dictation exercise containing the weekly spellings. Please support your child at home by helping your child learn their weekly spellings. Furthermore, maths homework will also go home on a Tuesday to help with their arithmetic skills. This must be returned on the following Tuesday also.
The Canon Popham Times Table Challenge
We use the ‘Times Tables Challenge’ award system to encourage the children to learn their times tables. The children need to learn their tables (multiplication and division facts and missing digit questions) to achieve awards. To help with this, we ask for your help to enable pupils to learn these as they will be invaluable to the continued success and progress your child will make in maths throughout their time in key stage 2. We ask that you encourage your child to use Reflex Maths to develop their skills further also.
This term we will be focusing our writing on deforestation and will be creating genres such as recounts, narratives and newspapers about the topic.
This term we will looking at place value to understand the value of digits. Furthermore, we will look at addition and subtraction.
Please remember to visit www.mathsisfun.com as there are many different interactive games and revision tools for your child to help them with their learning.
Here is a great game for times tables – http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button
We are also doing Maths with Parents which is a fun activity to try with your child.
If you haven’t signed up yet, you’re missing out on the fun! Go to www.mathswithparents.com and add your child’s class code to register. More information is on the Maths with Parents page. Year 4’s code is 656369.
We are continuing with our approach to homework this year and in addition to their reading book, spelling and maths homework, children can also choose to complete homework projects based upon our topic. The projects are designed to cover a range of areas to suit every child. Remember that you can work with your child on homework and it’s a fun activity to do with your child. We will be showing off our Topic work at the Pride in Our Learning event towards the end of the topic.
We also have a curriculum page with further information.
Mr Pitchfork, Mrs Probert and Mrs Beck.