Welcome back after the October half-term holidays - we hope you have a had an enjoyable rest with your families. I will be your children's class teacher this year, my name is Mrs S Hussain. I will be joined by Mrs Esmail (TA) and Mrs Ahmed (Associate Teacher). Our topic this term is called 'The Great Plague '. 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. 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/Friday and needs to be handed in by Wednesday. PE will take place on a Thursday with BRFC, the unit will be Athletics - so please make sure your child has a full Brookhouse PE kit in school on that day and remove any earrings. 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 Fairytales and Classic Narrative Poems. 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 Jeremy Strong's book ' Dinosaur Pox' but we will start with a non-fiction book 'Real Robots in the World'. 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. 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.
The topics we will be covering this half term are: Geometry, Measurements, Statistics, Multiplication and Division. Our Maths lessons will provide pupils with the opportunity to learn using concrete, pictorial and abstract models. They will then learn to apply their fluency knowledge to reasoning and problem solving.
Our topic this half term is Sound, 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.
In our History lessons we will be learning all about The Great Plague in 1665. It would help the children if they could learn the facts on their knowledge organiser. We will be learning about how, why, where and when The Great Plague happened.
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 Patel on a Thursday, they will be finding out about Healthier Lifestyles and how they can use this in their day to day lives.