Monday, 7 January 2019

Year 4 Curriculum Letter - Spring

8th January 2019

Year 4 - Spring Curriculum Newsletter

A warm welcome back to the Spring 1 half term from the Year 4 team!  We hope you find this letter informative; please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions relating to the curriculum.

Our expectation at Broadford is that every child should do the following every night:
● 15 minutes reading to themselves or an adult (signed in the reading record)
● 15 minutes practicing spellings in their spelling book
● 15 minutes rehearsing times tables facts (including multiplication and division)

If children would like to attempt an additional challenge, we have a new Learning Challenge for children to attempt this Spring Term. All of the activities are based around a significant person, poem or painting relating to our topics. Children do not have to attempt every activity but instead select the activities that they are most interested in and compile a project that reflects the extra time and effort that they have put into their challenge. We hope that children will take their time with the challenge and be proud of the work they produce. The children should hand this into their teacher at the end of the Half Term.

Extended Learning:
To assist children with their learning even further, the children can use the ‘Mathletics’ and ‘Rockstars’ online platforms. The children have their details to access these where they can complete tasks set by the teacher. .

Spellings will be given out on Mondays. The children should practice their words every evening. Spelling books and reading records must be brought in on Fridays, which is also when the weekly test happens.

P.E Lessons:
Ash and Birch will have PE lessons every week on a Monday afternoon. Please ensure that your child is in possession of a full, named PE kit for their lessons.

Parental help:
It is always extremely valuable to have parents who are able to volunteer time to help hear the children read, or support them with their times tables. If you think that you are able to give a small amount of regular time to support the children then it would be warmly welcomed.

Curriculum Information:
We have included a summary of the topics which the children will be covering this term. If you would like to make any suggestions of what you or your child would like to learn in relation to the topics taught, please inform your child’s class teacher. We welcome any suggestions you may have.

Stay & Learn Sessions:
We look forward to welcoming you into class for our stay and learn sessions this term which will be on 24.1.19 with a writing focus and on 14.3.19 with a topic focus.

Please do come and see us if you have any questions at all.

Yours sincerely,

Miss Estall Miss Hamlin
Year 4 Lead Birch Class Teacher
Ash Class Teacher

Spring Term

1st Half Term
2nd Half Term
Fiction: Narrative Writing
Non Fiction: Balanced Arguments
Fiction: Playscripts
Non Fiction: Instructions
Please fill in the reading journal after hearing your child read. For a good selection of children’s books, visit your local library. Useful web links:
Multiplication and Division
Measurement- Area
Please practice the times tables with your child. The school is continuing to focus on Mental maths this year and it would be of great help if your children could learn them. Useful websites:
Introduction to Variables (Espresso)
Physics- Forces
Climate zones
Human impact
Signs and symbols and religions.
Preparing to play an active role as citizens
Netball, football and rugby
Art/Design and Technology
Piet Mondrian
Rainforests DT
Animals, Weather, Adjectives, Easter
Cinema 14th Jan
‘Rainforest’ VR Headset workshop - TBC
Rainforest animals TBC

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