Welcome back after the Christmas holidays - we hope you have a had an enjoyable rest with your families. I will be joined by Mrs Khonat (HLTA) for the Spring Term who will be supporting in Year 4.
We will continue to remind children about our school values of Respect, Good Manners, Patience, Perseverance and Honesty. We will use our reward system 'Brookhouse Monster's University' to recognise good behaviour and attitudes. If your child is in the winning University team, they will be rewarded with a party at the end of term. Our topic this term is called 'The Art of Food'.
Your child's homework grid has been sent home 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 or Friday and needs to be handed in by Wednesday. PE will take place on a Tuesday with a Cricket coach; the unit will be Cricket - so please make sure your child has a full Brookhouse PE kit in school on that day and remove any earrings.
Through the use of ‘Talk for Writing’ strategy of imitate, innovate and invent we will be reading and writing stories with Issues and Dilemmas and Recounts through Newspaper Reports. As well as this, we will be focusing on the skills needed to invent our own piece of writing.
Through our Whole Class Reading approach, we will be reading Jill Murphy's book ' Worst Witch' and we will start with a non-fiction book ‘Gross Body Secrets’. We will continue to place a priority on a language rich curriculum. Therefore, children need to be encouraged to understand and apply new vocabulary. When your child reads at home, please encourage them to use a dictionary to find the meaning of new vocabulary.
At the end of Year 4, your child will be completing a 'Multiplication Tables Check' so throughout the year, we will be focusing on learning times tables facts up to 12 x 12. Please encourage your child to practice their timetables at home. In order to aid them with this, your child can use the online program 'Times Table Rockstars' which the school has subscribed to. Also, your children can use 'My Maths' program to improve their skills in Maths.
The topics we will be covering this half term are: Fractions, Decimals, Area, Perimeter and Statistics. Our Math's lessons will provide pupils with the opportunity to learn using concrete, pictorial and abstract models. They will then learn to apply this knowledge to reasoning and problem solving.
Our topics this term are 'Animals Including Humans' and 'Teeth and Digestion'. We will be learning about the functions of our teeth and how to look after them, also how our bodies digest our food. 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 their lessons.
In our Artwork, we will be looking at the artwork by the artists Cezanne and Renoir; sketching and painting in our sketch books. Finally, creating a 3D sculpture, using fruit and vegetables as our inspiration.
Children will be talking about their emotions and feelings and will be encouraged to respect all and learn how to cope with different situations. With Mrs Khonat on Thursday, they will be finding out about Keeping Safe and how they can use this in their day to day lives.
The Year 4 Parents Reading Meeting will take place on Thursday the 9th of January at 8.40 am in the Library.