Our European Neighbours
This term we will locate the world’s countries, using maps to focus on Europe (including the location of Russia).Using the book ‘Miranda the Explorer’ as a starting point, we will explore the key geographical features of particular countries and immerse ourselves in lots of drama and art activities.
PSHE: As we embark on a new year, the children will be encouraged to think about goals and ambitions that they want to set for themselves. The children will also learn about making informed choices and how they can have both positive and negative consequences. From this the children will explore the term ‘balanced lifestyle’.
R.E: This term we focus on the Christian faith, exploring parables, why Jesus told them and their relevance to our lives today. We will also explore what people believe about creation and how we should look after our world.
P.E: Swimming lessons continue every Wednesday afternoon. Please ensure that your child’s kit is clearly labelled with their name.
The children are also expected to have both an indoor and outdoor P.E kit in school at all times.
The children are expected to read to an adult for 20 minutes every day. Please make sure that you initial/sign their planner each time so that they can earn dojos. Spellings and times tables should be practiced daily for 10 minutes. Spellings will be in the children’s planners on a Monday and tested on a Friday. Times tables will be tested regularly. Maths and English homework will be set on Friday with the expectation that it will be completed by the following Wednesday. Some tasks will be set online and you will find their username and password in their planner.
English: This term begins with writing sensory descriptions and using the poem from the book ‘Escape From Pompeii’ as inspiration for our own performance poetry.
Through whole class reading, we will discuss and record words and phrases that the author uses to engage and impact on the reader, make predictions based on details and information that the children have deduced and identify where the author has made precise word choices for impact and effect.
Our narrative writing will explore the themes of both adventure and tales of fear, from which we will focus on the use of fronted adverbials, speech punctuation and the use of noun phrases, expanded by adding modified adjectives and prepositional phrases.
The non-fiction units on explanation texts, chronological and non-chronological reports will link closely to our topic this term.
Computing: The children will be developing their ability to use logical reasoning when debugging and explaining how simple algorithms work. We will also be using software packages to create classification keys to support our work in science.
We begin this term looking at multiplication and division units, the children will consolidate their prior knowledge of multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100 before moving on to using facts from the 6,7 9,11, and 12 times tables in order to both multiply and divide. We will also learn how to multiply both 2 and 3 digit numbers by a single digit, learn about factor pairs, understand and use written methods and solve correspondence problems. The children will continue to develop their ability to quickly recall and derive times table facts for all of the tables up to 12 x 12. This will help with the Times Table Test all year 4 children will take later on in this academic year.
After, we will be moving onto measurement, paying particular attention to length and perimeter. The children will learn to calculate the perimeter of both rectangles and rectilinear shapes. They will find missing measurements and calculate from diagrams without grids.
This term we will also explore the term ‘area’ through counting squares, making shapes and comparing.
Science: We begin the spring term by learning about the digestive system and how our bodies function. The children will also learn about our teeth and their role, as well as how they are affected by decay. The second half of the term will see us investigating living things and their habitats. During this unit we will learn how to classify living things and create classification keys.
Music: The children have been making steady progress with their instrument lesson. This term, the children will develop their ability to read standard notation and play with greater clarity and expression, with the teachers from Love Music Trust. Please remember
Modern Foreign Language – French This term, the children will learn about schools in France. As well as this being an opportunity to develop their cultural knowledge, the children will also learn key vocabulary and phrases relating to the school day.
Art/Design and Technology – There will be a focus on creating pieces linked to our topic, exploring and investigating famous artists and architects and evaluating their work. The children will experience a range of mediums and select from a variety of techniques in their work.