I hope I find you all well and you have enjoyed the holidays. We will revise our school values of Respect, Good Manners, Patience, Perseverance and Honesty. We will continue with our 'Brookhouse Monsters University' rewards scheme to acknowledge positive attitudes and behaviour that are consistent with our values. If your child is in the winning team, they will celebrate with a party at the end of term. Homework will be collected in on a Wednesday to be marked and returned by Friday. There will also be online tasks to complete on MyMaths, PurpleMash, SPAG.com, Reading Plus and TTRS.
Our topic for this half term is Water, Water Everywhere.
The first unit will be Stories with a theme, where children will complete a narrative based on a text they have read. We will be reading two well known texts 'The Mousehole Cat' by Antonia Barber and 'The Water Horse' by Dick King-Smith. The next unit consists of children creating a poem based on the theme of water and finally an information booklet. All units will utilise the 'Talk for Writing' strategy of Imitate, Innovate and Invent.
Reading is a priority of ours at Brookhouse therefore we will have Whole Class Reading session everyday, where children are expected to read a range of texts and answer questions from all reading domains with a main focus on vocabulary. We will be continuing with the online reading resource called 'Reading Plus', children will use the resource in school and be encouraged to complete at home. It is imperative to support your child with reading and spellings at home for ten minutes daily.
Our Maths No Problem Scheme allows children to learn practically with resources alongside concrete, pictorial and abstract models. Our aim is to improve Maths fluency, reasoning and problem solving. Our units of work will be decimals, money, mass, volume and length, areas of figures, geometry, position and movement. Please encourage your child to practice their timetables up to 12x tables as they are required to complete the Multiplication Tables Check towards the end of the year to see if their knowledge is at expected level. In order to aid them with this, your child can use 'Timetable Rockstars' and 'MyMaths', Both website links can be located on the Website Star above.
In Science children will learn about chemistry, states of matter. By the end of the unit, they will be able to compare and group materials according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases focusing on their properties. Then, we will explore different liquids and gases. Furthermore, we will observe that some materials change state when they are heated or cooled and to understand the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle. Children will be expected to work scientifically by making comparisons, suggesting reasons for differences, conducting research and reporting findings.
Children will improve their knowledge of oceans around the world and be able to locate rivers on a United Kingdom map, then identify different features of a river. Children will be able to distinguish between different bodies of water such as rivers, reservoirs, streams, canals and lakes. They will also understand the advantages of humans living by rivers. By the end of the unit children will create an oral presentation about their chosen river.
History will consist of understanding the Ancient Egypt chronology both past and present in order to create a timeline of key events that happened in Ancient Egypt for example the pyramids and great sphinx being built, hieroglyphics being used, King Narmer uniting Egypt and the introduction of the gods. Children will recognise the difference between civilisations and finally explore the River Nile and how it was utilised.
Art, Craft and Design
In art, children will be introduced to Katsushika Hokusai and conduct research on the famous artist then analyse 'The Great Wave'. Children will develop their skills in layering, depth and texture by using tissue paper and paper mâché. Their final product will be a textured canvas inspired by Katsushika Hokusai.
P.E sessions will take place on Friday afternoon, please ensure your child comes into school wearing their full P.E kit. The kit should include a yellow P.E top with the school's logo matched with black shorts, joggers or leggings and black pumps with the school jumper or cardigan over the top. Some sessions will be conducted outside therefore trainers are advised. Additionally, Year 4 pupils will take part in swimming lessons on Friday morning - date to be confirmed. Please make sure children have an appropriate swimming suit and a swimming cap. All jewellery must be removed, ensure earrings are taken out before the session or covered with plasters.
Daily sessions will take place during assembly time. Well-being will continue to be a main focus and children will have the opportunity to share and discuss any concerns or worries openly.
If you have any queries, do not hesitate to discuss these with us at the end of the school day or arrange an appointment through the school office.
Finally, it is a worrying time for all so we wish you the best of health. Please look after yourselves and your families.
Miss Martin (Class Teacher), Mrs Khonat (Higher Level Teaching Assistant) and Mrs Esmail (Special Support Assistant).