Dear Year 4 parents,
Our topic this term is Across stormy seas. Using the stunning pictures in The Arrival and the picture book, The Matchbox Diary, we will consider ‘big questions’ such as what drives people to leave their country of birth and travel across the world to set up home elsewhere. The children will use drama to imagine the thoughts and feelings of a migrant/refugee arriving in an unknown land and write poetry inspired by this learning. We will study diary writing and have the opportunity to write our own fictional narratives. In our topic work, we will consider the geographical similarities and differences between the UK and a Caribbean locality linking the learning to Windrush.
Morning activities will include vocabulary-related activities which aim to improve the children’s word consciousness and reading skills. Some children will also revisit previous phonics learning. We will continue to practise handwriting and spelling, particularly focusing on the long-term recall of learned words and use of word families to support our knowledge.
We will be practising times tables in various ways throughout each week but to supplement this learning, I would be pleased if you would support your child to practise times tables at home. All the children have access to Times Tables Rockstars and their login details can be found in their Learning Log. Rapid recall of times tables is fundamental to much of their Maths learning. In addition, they will be sitting the national Times Table test in June.
In a change to the previous format, an overview of this half-term’s spelling words will be posted on our class page and a paper copy sent home as well. With a view to cementing the longer-term recall of learned words, we will be continuing to teach the spelling rules in class and be giving the children the opportunity to practise using the words in sentences, however there will not be a weekly test. In place of this, we will be testing the children on a selection of the words on the overview during the last week of the half-term.
Homework will continue to be set on a weekly basis, usually on a Thursday. Please ask your child to explain the homework to you – it will be either My Maths or a Learning Log activity. It is important that all children complete the homework. Please email me if your child is experiencing any particular difficulties with the completion of the homework.
PE this half-term will be on a Wednesday and Thursday. Please ensure that your children have their PE in school.
Thank you for your continued support.