Welcome to Year 4!
We have been very busy this term, the children have settled well and are now very familiar with our classroom routines.
In Maths, we have been concentrating on our understanding of the number system, in order to consolidate the vital calculation skills that the children need, going forwards through school. In Literacy, we have been studying stories with dilemmas and creating our own story chapters. In addition, we have had great fun studying lots of styles of poetry and using this experience to experiment with words and the power of language.
In Science, we have been investigating teeth and the digestive system, as well as solids, liquids and gases. The children particularly enjoyed watching egg shells dissolve in orange juice and coca-cola!
In Art we have studied aspects of sculpture undertaking creative projects inspired by a wide range of sources such as Burnley’s “Singing Tree,” animals from the Nativity, hedgehogs from our poetry studies and some very challenging Henry Moore pieces! We have used our Maths and DT skills to make and decorate gift bags and are about to embark on a range of Christmas themed chocolate sculptures.
Spelling: from the beginning of the Spring Term, children will be taught Spelling through a new systematic programme: Read Write Inc. Spelling. This will enable them to spell new words correctly and provide plenty of practice, including exception words and homophones. The children will bring home their new spellings in a log book, which they will be encouraged to share with you.
Thank you to all parents for your help, to date. Please continue to support your child by encouraging him/her to complete and return homework on time. Details are recorded weekly in the children’s Homework Diaries, as well as on the chalkboard in class. Queries should be raised before the due date please.
In order to support your child’s learning, please continue to read to your child as well as listening to them read to you, and encourage them to use the school library. Keen and motivated readers find access to the school curriculum much easier.
Please get in touch if you have any concerns about your child’s progress or wellbeing, in school.
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