Welcome to year 4 Chestnut class.
Curriculum Letter September 2017
Chestnut– Parents Information September 2017
We hope that you have all had a lovely summer. We would like to take this opportunity to let you know some information about this term.
PE is on Monday and Thursday. Please make sure your child has their full PE kit on these days.
Topic: Our topic for this term will be: Ancient Egypt. If anyone has a particular skill or knowledge regarding this topic, then please let us know.
Reading: Reading is a homework activity so do make time to listen to your child read 3-4 times per week. Checking children’s language understanding and comprehension of what has been read is particularly important. Please make comments to show that you have read with your child in their green home learning diary and sign – we will check these books weekly. This book acts as our home/school communication book too. Please make sure it is passed on to the teacher in the morning if it has a note written in it.
Times Tables: Your child will have access to ‘TT Rockstars’ – an internet based times table programme. They need to practise their times tables regularly. Children have been given their logons.
Spellings: These will be sent home weekly (by email if you receive them) – please help your child to learn their spellings. They will be tested on these each Monday.
Help in class: We really value parental help in the classroom, especially hearing readers. If you are able to help us in any way and have DBS clearance, please let us know. If you are interested in getting DBS clearance, please ask the office for further information.
Thank you for your support,
Mrs Hendriks and Mrs Stead.
Curriculum Letter January 2018
10th September 2018.
Welcome back and a Happy New Year to you all! As we begin the spring term, I thought I’d let you know what we have planned.
Curriculum – our topic experiences this term will be:
History – Stone Age to Iron Age. This will include focusing on tools and weapons. Children will be looking at the way people lived throughout this period and researching what jobs people had. We will also be looking at the health and diet of people in the Iron Age, the Bronze Age and the Stone Age.
RE – we will be asking what it means to belong to a religion and focusing on Hinduism.
DT – this will link really well with our RE work. We will be making and eating curry! I would really appreciate some parent helpers when we do this, please? I will send out a request nearer to the time that we start cooking.
Art – we will be studying the sculpture artist, Andy Goldsworthy. This links very well with our Science topic (see below).
Science – our subject will be plants, living things and habitats. This will also draw on our DT skills as we make bird boxes!
Computing – we will be following a programme by Rising Stars.
PSHE – Going for goals – children will explore setting themselves goals that will challenge them.
English – Writing. We will be focusing on sentence structure, paragraphing and our presentation skills in topics which draw on our own experiences (such as during the recent holidays). We will also be reading and watching material which will inspire the children to develop and enrich their own writing. As well as the spellings sent home, we will be working hard to spell commonly used words correctly in our writing.
English – Reading. Please help your child by listening to them read 3-4 times per week and do write a comment in their green Home Learning Log book (previously green reading record log book) – I will look at these books regularly so they can double up as a home communication book. I will also stamp in this book each time your child has taken part in guided reading.
English – Spelling
I shall be sending out spellings on a Monday for the children to learn at home. Children who can spell relatively easily, find writing easier so we must help them as much as we can. This year I shall be testing the children on their spellings so please do spend some time over the week helping them to learn them.
Mathematics – We will be focusing on Measurement (Area and Time), Fractions – please remember this when slicing up pizza and cake! And Decimals.
Times tables, number understanding and developing a good reasoning approach to mathematics is our main focus. We know that if children have a rapid recall of their tables, they will be become confident mathematicians. You can help your child to understand maths in real-life contexts by getting them involved in shopping, reading scale, reading time and measuring. At the start of each day, after quiet reading, there will be a different maths challenge on the board for the children to have a go at.
Kilve Residential Trip
As you are aware, the children will be setting off for their action-packed residential trip to Kilve from 11th – 13th April. We are all very excited about this! There will be more information about this nearer the time.
PE sessions are on Mondays and Thursdays.
Finally, if as a parent/carer of a child in Chestnut Class you have particular experience in any of our topic work and would be happy to come in and share it with us, please let me know. Also, if you can spare ten minutes at the start or the end of the day to hear some readers, I would be really grateful as this is so beneficial to the children.
I look forward to working with all of you over this spring term.
Dates for diary:
Kilve Residential trip 11th-13th April 2018.
Curriculum Letter April 2018
9th April 2018
Welcome back to the Summer term! As we begin a new term, we thought we’d let you know what we have planned.
Curriculum – our topic experiences this term will be:
Geography- we will be doing a river study looking at the journey of a river from source to sea. We hope to do a trip to a local river so we can do a local geography study and carry out some fieldwork by observing and measuring.
RE – we will be asking how people express their beliefs by looking at a number of different religions. We will be asking what it means to belong to a religion.
Art – we will be studying the painting and drawing of local artists. This will include a visit from a local landscape painter where children will be shown how to create their own landscape paintings.
Science – we will be finding out about how sound travels and how different sounds are made. We will also be looking at electricity including how to complete different circuits. In addition, we will be looking at which materials are good conductors and which are insulators.
Computing – we will be following a ‘we are co-authors’ unit where the children will make their own ‘wikipedia’ page based on either our geography or science learning.
PSHE – We will be looking at some of the early changes that our bodies go through as we move towards puberty. This will include talking about some body parts and discussing how to keep ourselves physically and emotionally healthy. If you would like to find out more about what exactly the children will be learning about then please see Mrs Stead.
English – Writing
We will be starting the term with recounts following our trip to Kilve Court. This will be followed by poetry based on Roger McGough’s work and children will be performing their own poems. After half term, we will be writing reports based on our geography river study. Finally, we will be studying a cautionary tale about chocolate!
Spelling, punctuation and grammar will be focused on in our written work. We will be working hard to get the children to spell commonly used and taught spellings correctly in their writing. Spellings will continue to be sent home weekly.
English – Reading
We will be doing daily guided reading sessions and we will be looking at texts which will inspire the children to develop and enrich their own writing. As well as guided reading, we will be running sessions using Cracking Comprehension. Please help your child by listening to them at least read 3-4 times per week and do write a comment in their green Home Learning Log book (previously green reading record log book). We will look at these books regularly so they can double up as a home communication book. We will also stamp or sign in this book each time your child has taken part in guided reading with an adult.
We will be continuing our work on decimals before going on to learn about money and time. After this, we will be learning about statistics and geometry. Please help your child at home by asking them questions involving the use of time. You could also get them involved with money when out shopping or at home. This will reinforce their learning at school.
We will continue to have a focus on times tables throughout the term as we know that if children have a rapid recall of their tables, they will be become confident mathematicians. Please help your child with these at home. Each child has a log on for Timestable Rockstars which will help with their rapid recall.
PE Days: PE sessions are on Mondays and Wednesdays. Several children are forgetting their PE kits regularly and we recommend that children keep their PE kits on their pegs and only bring them home if they are muddy or smelly! Children are sent to another class to do work if they do not have their PE kit.
Finally, if as a parent/carer of a child in Chestnut Class, you have particular experience in any of our topic work and would be happy to come in and share it with us, please let us know. Also, if you can spare ten minutes at the start or the end of the day to hear some readers, we would be really grateful as this is so beneficial to the children.
We look forward to working with all of you over this summer term.
Mrs Stead and Mrs Ker