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 Hunted.
The first unit will be Folktales, we will be reading numerous tales from 'Brer Rabbit' by Enid Blyton. By the end of the unit children will complete a narrative based on the studied text. The next unit consists of children debating and creating a discussion text based on our theme 'Hunted'. 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 more about Biology - Living things and their habitats. By the end of the unit, they will be able to name living thing living in a range of habitats, use classification keys when sorting living things and be able to give examples of how an environment may change both naturally and due to human impact Children will be expected to work scientifically by using keys and creating their own classification key, identify changes and dangers in local habitats, record observations on a map and in a table, conducting research and reporting findings.
In Design Technology, Children will make a vegetable raita with the purpose of supporting healthy diet. They will design, make and evaluate their product. During the design phase children are to taste a variety of raita and evaluate whilst using the eat well plate to identify the nutritional value. Children will then plan their raita and write a recipe, create their final product and then evaluate it against their design brief.
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).