Welcome back after the summer holidays - we hope you have a had an enjoyable time with your families and are well rested. We will continue to remind children about our school values of Respect, Good Manners, Patience, Perseverance and Honesty. Also, we will use our awards system called Brookhouse Monster's University dojo points - if your child's dojo wins they will be rewarded with a party at the end of term. Your child's homework grid will be sent home at the start of the term and glued into their homework book. Please encourage your child to complete the reading, spelling, times tables and topic homework. Homework will be given out on a Thursday/Friday and needs to be handed in by Wednesday. P.E will take place on a Wednesday with BRFC, the unit will be Dance - so please make sure your children have a full Brookhouse P.E kit in school, on that day and that earrings have been taken out. Swimming will take place on a Friday, until December 2019 so your child will need their Swimming kit on that day.
Through the use of Talk for Writing strategy of imitate, innovate and invent we will be reading and writing Explanations and Playscripts. As well as this, we will be focusing on the skills needed in order to invent our own piece of writing, at the end of each unit.
Through our Whole Class Reading approach we will be reading Phillip Pullmans book ' Firework Maker's Daughter'. We will continue to place a priority on a language rich curriculum, therefore children need to to be encouraged to understand and apply new vocabulary. So even in their home reading book, children should be looking up new vocabulary, in a dictionary so they have a better understanding of the text.
At the end of Year 4, your children will be sitting a Times Table test which all Year 4's will take nationally, therefore it is essential that your child learns all their times table facts, up to 12 times table. They should be able to recall these facts fast. In order to aid them with this, your child can use the online program Times Table Rockstars which the school has subscribed to.
The topics we will be covering this half term are Place Value, Addition and Subtraction. Our Maths lessons will include using Concrete, Pictorial, Reasoning and Problem Solving. We will begin with using equipment where possible, moving onto using pictorial models, leading to applying through real problems.
Our topic this half term is Electricity, through which we will be learning how to hypothesise, investigate and think about what we have found out. As previously mentioned, understanding and using scientific vocabulary will play an important part in our Science lessons. Children will be encouraged to learn the facts on their Knowledge Organiser so they can use them during the lessons.
Children will be talking about their emotions and feelings, encouraged to respect all and learning how to cope with different situations. With Mrs Patel on a Thursday, they will be finding out about Healthier Lifestyles and how they can use this in their day to day lives.
On October the 15th 2019, Year 4 will be leading an assembly all about Diwali which we will be inviting you to nearer the time.