Welcome back to term 4! This is a short but very busy term!
This term we will look at finding frations of amounts, including looking at measures. We will start by looking at the short division written method which is sometimes also called the 'bus stop' method. We will also be looking at measures, including converting between different units (eg cm to m), finding areas and perimeters and time. We will continue with weekly maths clubs focussing on times tables - remember that by the time children leave Year 4 they should know their times tables up to 10x12.
Our English this term will be closely linked with our topic. We will begin by looking the Silence Seeker by Ben Morley – all about moving to a new country and the difficulties with making new friends. During English Week, we’ll focus on a letter written by an old Glenfrome pupil writing a response telling her about life at school today! The last 3 weeks will be focussed on the book Night Flight by Michaela Morgan, about a refugee settling in a new school. We are going to write to the characters in the story to inform and ask them questions. Finally, will do some research about the issues going on today related to new arrival to the UK and will finish the term by writing to the government about what we have been learning about and what we think needs to be done. We will continue to look at key skills in writing throughout the term and build on our editing skills so that we become more confident at checking for sense and punctuation as we write as well as thinking about how to improve our words and sentences.
This term’s topic will be looking at the reasons people travel with a focus on PSHE and geography skills, starting with refugees then looking at holidays and families living in other countries. Children will think about what it is like to be a refugee, why people move from their home countries and how we can help them feel at home. We are going to be writing stories and poems. When thinking about why families travel (refugees, holidays and living in different countries), we will look at maps to think about which countries they may travel through. We would like our children to empathise with other’s in unfamiliar settings. We recognise that we have a wealth of expertise within our community and would like to invite families in to share their own journey stories, especially in discussing what it is like to live in an unfamiliar country.
Clickhereto see this term's topic web.
We are really lucky to be learning how to play the ukelele this term - we really enjoyed our first lesson with Aiden! We will be learning some French songs with him as well as some Hawaiian songs. We are going to be performing in an assembly next term (date to be confirmed, we'll let you know soon)
We are also taking part in Zimbe, an African concert, with several other schools and adult choirs ! The performance will be in March at The Orchard School - we'll let you know more details soon.
P.E is a statutory part of our curriculum so please ensure your children have P.E kits on Monday and Thursday. PE will be indoors on Mondays and outdoors on Thursdays. In our PE lessons we will continue to work on teamwork and sportsmanship skills in a variety of ways and give children the opportunity to take the lead during some parts of our lessons.
Please remember that from 8.45-9.20 children have the opportunity to look at the previous day's learning with an adult if they found it tricky or get a 'pre-teach' on they day's learning if we feel it will help them. They may also have the opportunity to read with an adult, respond to marking or practice those all important times tables. Punctuality is so important!